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· April, 2015

Stories about Media & Journalism from April, 2015

29 April 2015

An Unexpected TV Rerun Sends Serbia's Social Media Into Censorship Panic

Satirical news show 24 Minutes was supposed to air a new episode with Serbia's embattled ombudsman as a guest, but a rerun ran instead. Censorship-weary viewers feared the worst.

What Has Happened to Russia's Best Independent Radio Station?

RuNet Echo

It's still one of the few outlets where you’ll find independent reporting and analysis, but Echo of Moscow has become Russia’s liberal radio station that Russian liberals love to hate.

Chernobyl Is Burning, But Who's to Blame?

RuNet Echo

As first responders fought the wildfire near the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine, panic and the conspiracy theories bloomed fast on social networks.

27 April 2015

TV Reporter Sacked Over Less-Than-Rosy Tweets About Australia’s War Memorial Day

Scott McIntyre tweeted about the "execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs." "We've gone from #JeSuisCharlie to #SackScottMcIntyre in 4 short months." one observer remarked.

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

24 April 2015

Guyana's Health Minister Assails Women's Activist, Says He Would ‘Slap Her Ass’

The Minister of Health's tirade against a women's rights activist raises questions about gender equality, human rights and the political status quo in Guyana.

22 April 2015

Angola: Award-Winning Journalist Faces Trial Over ‘Blood Diamonds’ Investigation

Global Voices Advocacy

Jonathan McCully contributed to this report. Last month, Rafael Marques de Morais was awarded the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism for his “impactful, original, and unwavering investigative...

‘We Want Answers': Mexico’s Federal Police Accused of Massacre at Apatzingán

An investigative report debunks the Mexican government's version of a shooting in January. "Friendly fire" among civilians didn't leave 16 people dead. Federal police firing into a downtown plaza did.

Bangladeshis Stand Up to Sexual Violence Following New Year's Assaults

Netizens have used social media to try to identify the assailants, who were captured on film in the act. Meanwhile, social media is brimming with protests against sexual violence.

21 April 2015

Bulgaria's First Crowdfunding Journalism Project

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

The 7th Summit of the Americas in 35 Tweets

Global Voices collects 35 tweets by representatives of the 35 countries that participated in the 7th Summit of the Americas, held in Panama.

18 April 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

17 April 2015

Latin America Mourns Eduardo Galeano, One of the Continent's Greatest Writers

Best known as the author of celebrated book “The Open Veins of Latin America”, the Uruguayan writer and journalist died this Monday, April, 13 in Montevideo.

16 April 2015

Japan's ‘Vagina Artist’ Denies Obscenity Charges

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, nicknamed "The Vagina Artist" by the Western media, says there's nothing obscene about artwork based on her genitalia.

Battle-Weary Colombians Demand Peace on Day for Armed Conflict Victims

On National Day of Memory and Solidarity with Victims of the Armed Conflict, Colombians turn out in droves to march for peace, a goal that overcomes traditional differences.

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