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· March, 2017

Stories about Media & Journalism from March, 2017

31 March 2017

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

30 March 2017

What Role Did Brazilian Mainstream Media Play in the Murder of a Teenage Girl? This Filmmaker Wants to Know.

"Eloá’s story is the story of many Brazilians. Brazil is the fifth country in the world in terms of the number of women killed..."

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

Thai Junta's Media Regulator Suspends Voice TV for ‘Unreasonable Criticism’ and ‘Biased Content’

"Even though Voice TV may provide different views, we insist that the contents do not harm national security."

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

Global Voices Advocacy

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

26 March 2017

Reporter's Murder in Mexico Revives Outrage over Violence against Journalists

"They killed Miroslava for talking, for making information that society demands to be public, and for annoying the powerful, in all its forms."

In Kyrgyzstan, Media Facing Pressure from a Fearful President

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of civil suits launched by the state prosecutor have seemingly targeted media for quoting the government's critics.

23 March 2017

‘Zelyonka': the Anti-Putin Antiseptic

RuNet Echo

"Brilliant green" is becoming the unofficial color of Russia’s opposition movement.

22 March 2017

If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines

The Bridge

Internet access is fleeting, connection quality is poor, and the costs of getting online are astronomical. But you wouldn't know it from the headlines.

Hong Kong's Hottest Fake News Headlines Target Refugees, Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.

Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship

"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."

19 March 2017

How One Small Japanese City Is Attracting Trainspotters

How is a small city in western Japan attracting thousands of tourists? Trainspotting.

18 March 2017

A Visit to a Moscow Mental Health Center

RuNet Echo

Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.

17 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

The Bridge

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

14 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Global Voices Advocacy

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

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