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· December, 2014

Stories about Media & Journalism from December, 2014

30 December 2014

Can Trinidad & Tobago's Government Win Political Goodwill from Christmas?

As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled the country for her "Holiday Toy Drive", some netizens were concerned about her spending in light of a precarious economic future.

29 December 2014

Will Death of Cartoonist Prompt Introduction of Better Traffic Laws in Bermuda?

A 17-Year-Old Rape Victim's Demand for Justice Gains Momentum in Nepal

Puja Bohara's open letter to Nepal's law minister has resonated with many in the mountainous country, where rape and other kinds of violence against women are prevalent.

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

Global Voices Advocacy

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

28 December 2014

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

27 December 2014

Meet the Kremlin's Snitch

RuNet Echo

A Russian Internet group has leaked a trove of emails allegedly from inside the Kremlin, showing reports about the political activities of influential bloggers and independent journalists.

22 December 2014

Facebook and Twitter ‘Won't Block’ Navalny in Russia, As Kremlin Continues to Block Protest Mentions

RuNet Echo

Tv Rain reports Facebook and Twitter have decided not to block any more Navalny protest pages, aware that this might mean their whole websites may be blocked in Russia.

20 December 2014

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

RuNet Echo

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

Some of Miami's Cuban Exiles Are Disgruntled at Obama's New Approach to Cuba

Our author, Robert Valencia, is in Miami, home to the largest community of people of Cuban descent residing outside of Cuba.

Harrowing Tohoku Tsunami Stories, Translated Into English

The Kahoku Shimpo, a major newspaper in Tohoku, is publishing English translations of its unique first-hand accounts of the March 11, 2011 "triple disaster" with the help of Harvard University.

19 December 2014

Washington's $60 Million for Russian Democracy Promotion Is ‘Essentially a Recommendation’

RuNet Echo

A source in Washington says, “The authorization language is essentially a recommendation, and we’re not expecting it to result in any new appropriations for Russian media or civil society.”

‘Ferguson Is Here': Black Brazilians Bear the Brunt of Deadly Police Violence

Hundreds marched in São Paulo, not only to support rallies in the US, but also to underline the country's dark reality: Brazilian police systematically target and murder black people.

17 December 2014

The ‘Perfect Human’ Doesn't Live in Puerto Rico (or Any Other Country)

Scientist Lior Pachter wrote a post titled "The perfect human is Puerto Rican" to underscore how absurd the obsession with genetically "improving" humans is. But some took the title literally.

16 December 2014

‘Spain Is a Corruptocracy': Netizens Slam Google News Tax

Global Voices Advocacy

News aggregator Google News has announced the shutdown of its Spanish subsidiary starting December 16, 2014 due to the tax imposed by the new Intellectual Property Law.

#IndiaWithPakistan: Indians Show Solidarity With Their Grieving Neighbors After Peshawar Attack

"Yes, I am Indian. So what? The pain of losing a child is universal. #IndiawithPakistan"

Have the Japanese Become ‘Numb’ to Earthquakes?

Following a strong 6.8 earthquake in November, Twitter users noticed that the Japanese seemed to brush it off easily, only three years after the 3.11 Tohoku Triple Disaster killed thousands.

13 December 2014

Ukrainian Hackers Leak Russian Interior Ministry Docs with ‘Evidence’ of Russian Invasion

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Cyber Forces hacker collective has leaked documents from Russian Interior Ministry servers that activists claim show evidence of Russian military presence in Ukraine.

11 December 2014

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam

Global Voices Advocacy

Convicted of plotting to "overthrow" the Vietnamese government, Minh Man was sentenced to nine years in prison. Now she is on hunger strike.

10 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist

Global Voices Advocacy

The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

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