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· July, 2019

Stories about Digital Activism from July, 2019

After two straight weeks of protests, Puerto Ricans force governor to resign

Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez will be Puerto Rico's second female governor.

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

Acute water shortage hits Chennai in India

The lives of 9 million people are affected in southern India, as Chennai, one of the six fastest-growing cities in the world, faces the worst water crisis in its history.

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests

Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

In the video, the Russian pranksters pretend to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

How one journalist sparked Armenia’s #MeToo moment

An Armenian journalist has started collecting and publishing anonymous accounts of sexual assault, provoking an uncomfortable but deeply necessary public debate.

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa

The NYT’s language to describe their ideal Nairobi bureau chief reignited the debate on Western media's perpetual use of tired clichés and tropes about Africa.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

This Jamaican woman is fighting ‘period poverty’ and daunting attitudes about reproductive health

"This ‘hush hush’ attitude to female reproductive health is dangerous. If we are able to talk openly, there are a lot of benefits. The silence stops you from getting help."

Nigeria's youngest MP physically assaults woman in sex shop

In the presence of a police officer, Nigerian Senator Elisha Abbo, assaulted a female staff member in an adult toy store in Abuja.

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