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· December, 2016

Stories about Media & Journalism from December, 2016

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

RuNet Echo

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

In the Social Media Age, How Should Jamaica’s Head of Government Communicate?

"Jamaica’s Prime Minister [uses] social media. To imply that the press is asking hard-hitting questions that only they are capable of asking, is negating the opinions of the public."

‘Learning to Live with the Narco in Mexico’, Stories from Survivors of the War on Organized Crime

"We must urgently portray the faces of those who face fear."

28 December 2016

Homeless People Outside Tehran Are Taking Refuge in Empty Graves

Images of homeless people in Iran taking refuge in empty graves outside Tehran have been sweeping Persian social media.

27 December 2016

Syria's War May be the Most Documented Ever—And Yet We Know So Little.

The Bridge

With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.

23 December 2016

Investigative Journalists Reveal Accumulated Wealth of Serbian Politicians

The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.

Watch TED Fellow Bektour Iskender's Talk on the ‘Mega Force’ of Youth Journalism in Kyrgyzstan

In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.

21 December 2016

Thailand’s New Computer Crimes Law Threatens Free Speech and Encryption

Global Voices Advocacy

"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."

20 December 2016

Kazakh TV Channel Famed for Fake News in Hot Water after Fake Interview

The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.

19 December 2016

In Addition to Innovation, Journalism Needs Trusted Communities

The Bridge

A friend donates part of a grant to Global Voices, because "infrastructure, communities and trust take a long time to build—and without support, those gains can all too quickly disappear."

18 December 2016

That Fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana Issued Real Visas for a Decade

For ten years, a U.S. embassy operated quietly in Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana. But the embassy wasn't an embassy at all.

17 December 2016

MujeresMundi Offers Spanish-Language Chronicles of Women's Roles Around the World

"Change is around the corner, even though we sometimes feel it's far away. The only way to bring change closer is to set our minds on it."

16 December 2016

#FreeMaxenceMelo: Authorities Charge Tanzanian Whistleblowing Website Owner Under Cybercrimes Law

Global Voices Advocacy

"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."

15 December 2016

Ghanaians Call Out CNN for Misrepresenting Their Country in Post-Election Coverage

"Such a lazy coverage of a fantastic story by @CNN. No nuance, just the usual template "Africans are suffering."#CNNGetItRight"

14 December 2016

Russian State-Run TV Network Refuses to Give Former U.S. Ambassador His Own Show

RuNet Echo

This Sunday, Michael McFaul proposed a novel idea: he reached out to the chief editor of Russia Today, offering to host his own television show on the network.

13 December 2016

The High Cost of Algeria's Crackdown on Speech: Life and Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Will the Algerian government acknowledge the high cost of silencing its critics before more lives are lost or destroyed for a mere Facebook post?

Taiwanese Are Disappointed With the Foreign Media’s Response to Donald Trump’s Tweet

Donald Trump, the next president of the United States, shocked the people of Taiwan on Dec. 2, when he tweeted about a congratulatory phone call he'd received from Taiwan's president.

12 December 2016

Military Trials of Journalists Cast Light on the Taboo of Criticizing the Army in Tunisia

Global Voices Advocacy

Laws allowing military courts to handle cases involving citizens, including journalists and bloggers, continue to hold back Tunisia's democratic reforms.

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