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28 May 2017

How Sri Lanka Is Coping with the Worst Flooding in a Decade

More than 100 were killed and over 400,000 people have been affected by a flooding and mudslide disaster. It's the country's worst flooding in a decade.

27 May 2017

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

RuNet Echo

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

21 May 2017

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

18 May 2017

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

17 May 2017

Political Bad-Mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago Sullies Opening of Stadium Named for Cricketer Brian Lara

Politics and sport may be inextricably linked, as evidenced by the online commentary following the opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in south Trinidad.

Beirut Activists Launch Heritage Watch Day to Defend Threatened Historical Sites

The laissez-faire privatization and development frenzy in Lebanon’s capital has destroyed much of the country’s heritage. Activists are determined to stop that trend.

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom. (From Now On.)

RuNet Echo

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

"Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea."

14 May 2017

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

Bangladesh: Where Heavy Metal Dies at the Doorstep

Heavy metal fans in Bangladesh were heartbroken after Brazilian death metal bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were forbidden from performing at their sold-out concert in the capital Dhaka.

12 May 2017

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

8 May 2017

Oleg Kashin Explains How Russia Reinvented the Political Rumor Mill

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo translates an article by Oleg Kashin about the messaging app Telegram, focusing on the rise of “channels” dedicated specifically to spreading anonymous political rumors.

7 May 2017

Is This the End of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela?

Maduro's answer to the ongoing protests in the country has been a proposal for changes to the Constitution, which has intensified the distrust and rejection of his rule.

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

RuNet Echo

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

5 May 2017

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

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