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· June, 2014

Stories about Media & Journalism from June, 2014

30 June 2014

How the Philippine President Managed to Anger Film Legend Nora Aunor's Legions of Fans

The Filipina actress who starred in one of the most memorable Asian films has been nominated for the National Artist title. But the Philippine president rejected the nomination.

27 June 2014

Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Iran's Lacking Team Spirit, but Brazil's Favelas Have Plenty

You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.

These 5 Experts Explain Why Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest in Tajikistan Is So Troubling

Global Voices Advocacy

Civic activists and journalists fear the arrest of Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov could have worrying consequences on research in Central Asia.

TJournal.ru Says Enough With Russian Media's Ukraine Coverage

RuNet Echo

Responding to a flood of anti-Ukraine propaganda in the Russian mass media, the website TJournal has temporarily halted a service that aggregates news stories trending on the RuNet.

Justice Matters for Ethiopian Bloggers

26 June 2014

How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Rising Voices

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

China's Pixar? A Sneak Peek From New Animation Studio Light Chaser

25 June 2014

What Would Buddha Do? Not Attack Sri Lankan Muslims, Buddhists Say

Hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena's anti-Muslim rhetoric has fueled deadly riots in Sri Lanka. The group is vocal, but Buddhists are speaking out against them on and offline.

How a Protest to Reinstate a University Professor Relaunched Jamaica's Gay Rights Debate

Jamaica's moral compass is on overdrive ever since the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain. The controversy continues to fuel the debate over gay rights in an infamously homophobic country.

23 June 2014

African Union Moves Towards Gagging Free Speech Online

‘Happy’ in Thailand? How the Coup Regime Is Still Suppressing Democracy

Global Voices Advocacy

Mass media is being censored, Facebook is under fire and even the Hunger Games salute has been outlawed. Are Thais truly "happy" under the military regime?

TV Networks in Africa Squabble Over World Cup Broadcast Rights

Thanks to legal battles and network decisions, some fans on the continent might have a more complicated time tuning in to the World Cup.

Stop Using Growth as an Excuse to Pollute, African Activists Say

The impact of 2014 World Environment Day on Africa: The need for growth on the continent does not absolve nations from protecting the earth, African advocates say.

Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists

Journalists have led the way on social media in expressing Australians' shock over the prison sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

5 Places in Brazil Where People Were Protesting, Not Cheering During the World Cup Kick-Off

Not everyone in Brazil was excited to see the World Cup. Groups around the country staged protests against the money spent on the tournament instead of on the people.

22 June 2014

Russian Phone Prankster Fools Belarus Dictator

RuNet Echo

After Lukashenko found out he was a victim of a prank, he apparently gave his security apparatus "a week" to find Vovan and bring him to some form of justice.

21 June 2014

Iran's Internet Under Hassan Rouhani: Hope and Disillusionment as Narenji Bloggers Face Prison Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

What explains the recent moves to tighten controls within Iran’s cyberspace alongside Rouhani’s liberal Internet ethos? Mahsa Alimardani and Fred Petrossian explain in this exclusive #longread for GVA.

20 June 2014

The Darker, More Violent World Cup Kick-Off in São Paulo That You Didn't See

Just before Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull performed in São Paulo's Arena Corinthians, dozens of protesters and journalists were injured in a heavy-handed crackdown against anti-World Cup demonstrations.

18 June 2014

Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't

RuNet Echo

There is a new Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. But who's behind it all?

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