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· March, 2015

Stories about Media & Journalism from March, 2015

31 March 2015

Another Blogger Hacked to Death: Is Free Thinking Becoming Fatal in Bangladesh?

Global Voices Advocacy

A young man named Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in Bangladesh by religious fanatics in the second such incident in a month's time.

30 March 2015

An Interview with Anna Nemtsova About Being a Russian Journalist

Independent Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova talks to Global Voices about the assassination of Boris Nemtsov (no relation), Putin's recent unexplained disappearance, and censorship in Russia.

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

RuNet Echo

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

27 March 2015

Lights Out! In Many Global Cities, Power Outages Are Part of Everyday Life

"When it comes to power outages in Nigeria, I was born into it and the way things are going, I'll die without seeing an uninterrupted 24 hours supply of electricity."

The Media's Role in Mexico's ‘Warped’ Democracy

Eerie Similarities Between Germanwings Tragedy and Argentinian-Spanish Film ‘Wild Tales’

Omani Blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi Disappeared At UAE Border

Global Voices Advocacy

Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi was detained while attempting to enter the United Arab Emirates by car from Oman, according to a statement released by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Arduous Journey of Colombian Migrants Headed for Chile

Global Voices, in collaboration with Connectas, Agenda Propia, Útero.pe, Vice and El Mercurio de Antofagasta, explored the challenges and history of migration in Latin America during a Google Hangout.

Inaccurate Reports of ‘ISIS Taking Over Star Wars Set’ Anger Tunisians

Tunisians are responding with mockery to media reports claiming that the Star Wars filming location in the south of the country has come under the siege of ISIS.

26 March 2015

Prisoner of Conscience Pedro Canché's Letter to Journalist Carmen Aristegui

‘Diner en Blanc’ Fans the Flames of Jamaica's Social and Economic Divide

'Diner en Blanc' is a worldwide phenomenon - but staging it in economically challenged Jamaica, with its ever-widening gap between the haves and have nots, has left a bitter taste.

25 March 2015

Russian Social Media Users Write 30 Million Daily Posts

RuNet Echo

For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)

Cameroonians Aren't Happy With Le Monde's Coverage of Their President's Health

Cameroonians skewered the French newspaper's coverage, which reported that President Biya's trip to Europe was health-related. Some said it was an invasion of privacy or an attempt to destabilize Cameroon.

India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain

Global Voices Advocacy

People in India are cheering after the Indian Supreme Court struck down IT Act Section 66A, calling it a violation of free expression.

24 March 2015

Talking to Golnaz Esfandiari, English-Language Journalism's ‘Bridge’ to Iran

The Bridge

Global Voices speaks to Golnaz Esfandiari, a senior correspondent at RFE/RL and one of the few journalists based outside of Iran writing in English about the country's nuances and intricacies.

American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

RuNet Echo

Ironically, Swanson and his blog actually support pro-Russian views, which seems to have made the incident doubly disappointing in his eyes.

23 March 2015

Macedonian Journalist Describes How It Feels to Be Subject of State Surveillance

Mexico's Airwaves Aren't the Same Without Journalist Carmen Aristegui

The Bridge

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui says her firing is an attack on freedom of expression; her bosses say it's a breach of confidence. Either way, this is not her first rodeo.

20 March 2015

Japanese Power Utility Finally Admits Fukushima Meltdown

Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility was severely damaged following the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011.

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