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· May, 2012

Stories about Digital Activism from May, 2012

21 May 2012

South Korea: Police Question Influential Podcasters for Campaign Violations

One of South Korea's most influential podcasters was summoned for questioning last week over alleged illegal campaign activities, igniting heated debates and discussions online.

Palestine: Agreement Made to End Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

On May 14 over 2000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended their hunger strike after periods varying from 28 to 77 days, when the Israel Prison Service agreed to implement...

20 May 2012

Pakistan: Twitter Goes Through Weekend of Censorship

On Sunday 20 May, Twitter users in Pakistan suffered a total blanket censorship across all ISPs in Pakistan on order of the Pakistan Telcommunucation Authority who cited the reason as...

18 May 2012

Video: Capacity Building in Rising Voices Media Training

In the border between Burma and Thailand, the Rising Voices grantee project Karen Border News has launched their audio podcast workshop. In this short film, the students of the radio...

Russia: The RuNet's Enduring Tomatoes & Tusovki

RuNet Echo

To a casual observer, the RuNet and the Russian protest movement seem current and contemporary. It is easy to forget, however, that the core of the RuNet and the protests...

Cuba: Questioning Digital Expression within the Revolution

The recent Encuentro de Blogueros Cubanos en Revolución [Meeting of Cuban Bloggers in Revolution] brought together a group of “official” bloggers—chiefly journalists and communications professionals who are employed by the...

17 May 2012

Armenia: Homophobic Firebombing Controversy Continues as Officials, MPs Promote Hate Crime

Controversy continues to surround the firebombing of a gay-friendly bar in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, as officials and politicians praise the arsonists. Online, however, many are instead speaking out against...

16 May 2012

Russia: State TV Justifies May 6 Police Violence, Cites Spanish Bill Criminalizing Online Protest Organization as Example

Video: Anatomy of a Good Advocacy Video by WITNESS

Bangladesh: Bloggers March for Murdered Journalist Couple

Three months have passed since the brutal murder of the journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and his wife Meherun Runi in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Till date, the police have been unsuccessful in...

15 May 2012

Malawi: Kondwani Munthali: Malawi's Blogger of the Year

Victor Kaonga interviews Kondwani Munthali who made history this month by becoming the first blogger to be awarded Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Blogging Award of the year in...

Caribbean: Supporting Our Mothers

Mother's Day, celebrated this past weekend all across the Caribbean, was a hot topic of discussion with regional bloggers - or rather, mothers were. From posts of admiration and thanks...

Russia: Website Appears Publishing Civil Servants’ Incomes

RuNet Echo

The project "Public Profit" was established so that anyone interested could access information about the salaries of civil servants and state deputies. The information is compiled using public records and...

14 May 2012

Yemen: The #NoDrones Campaign

Yemenis have launched a campaign on Twitter to express their condemnation of the United States' drone war in Yemen. They are tweeting under the hashtag #NoDrones, and have asked non-Yemenis...

Spain: Arts Also Blossom in the Global Spring

The arts have also flourished with the 15M movement. To commemorate the 15M's first anniversary, the 12M--15M events, and to invite everyone to take to the streets again, the blog...

Saudi Arabia: May 7 Marked as Saudi Liberalism Day

On May 7 Saudi liberal activists gathered online to celebrate Saudi Liberalism Day, an initiative to acquire recognition and acceptance for liberal ideas.

Brazil: Street Dwellers Share Their Voice on Newspaper

Jordan: Campaign Launched Against “Rape-Marriage” Law

In March of this year 16-year-old Moroccan Amina Filali committed suicide after she was forced to marry her rapist. Now Jordanians are speaking up about a 15-year-old rape victim who...

13 May 2012

Spain: The First Anniversary of the Indignant Movement

The initiatives to commemorate the first anniversary of the 15-M (15 May) or Indignant Movement keep cropping up. The Catalan group Informatbcn interviewed several representatives of Attac Europe concerning this...

12 May 2012

Ethiopia: Muslims Take Campaign Online for Religious Independence

Signs of Ethiopian Muslims digital activism are mounting as they protest against government’s meddling in their religious affairs. They have turned to Facebook and Twitter to make their voices heard.

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