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· September, 2017

Stories about Media & Journalism from September, 2017

29 September 2017

On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

RuNet Echo

One of the most popular Telegram channels made the headlines in the Russian press in September 2017 when it was sold for 5.5 million rubles (US$95,000).

22 September 2017

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

21 September 2017

In Tanzania, Hepatitis Is a Serious Concern, but HIV/AIDS Remains Deadlier

Data shows that while infection and transmission rates for hepatitis are growing, HIV/AIDS causes more deaths overall.

20 September 2017

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

18 September 2017

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Global Voices Advocacy

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

15 September 2017

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

13 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

11 September 2017

The Stories Behind DACA, the Now-Ended Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the US

Rising Voices

"The term American should not be defined by a document or the lack of one, but more so the willingness to contribute to the country and help others out..."

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

About one hundred demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech on its network.

Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Global Voices Advocacy

Malicious propaganda, hate speech, and false photos are making it difficult to verify information coming from the conflict in northwest Myanmar.

9 September 2017

Azerbaijan Runs $2.9 Billion ‘Laundromat’ but Soros and the ‘Armenian Lobby’ Are to Blame

"The Azerbaijani operation...was likely designed primarily to obscure the origin and destination of dirty money."

6 September 2017

Cambodia Daily Closes Down After Government Threatened It with Hefty Tax Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

"Cambodia lost a significant aspect of its media diversity. It lost a training ground for a generation of Khmer journalists. It lost a beacon of free speech."

A Year After Newspaper Ban, Independent Media Remain Under Siege in Oman

Global Voices Advocacy

Azamn newspaper was banned over a report on interference with the independence of the judiciary. One of its journalists remains in prison.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Global Voices Advocacy

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

5 September 2017

Jamaica’s New Anti-Crime Strategy Gets a Cautious Thumbs up, at Least for Now

Jamaicans are fed up with the rise in violent crime, prompting the government to pass legislation designating special zones in which security forces have additional powers to curb crime.

4 September 2017

Local Groups Warn Suicide Is on the Rise Among Iran's Impoverished Arab Ahwazi Community

Ahwazi Arabs experience systematic discrimination in Iran. "There are people who have had to change their first and last name...to hide their Ahwazi Arab identity to get hired."

3 September 2017

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan Is Fake News

"At the fake "Starbucks" cafe, a "grande" cappuccino costs 12.50 manats, over twice its average cost in other trendy Ashgabat cafes."

1 September 2017

Public Trust in Justice Takes Another Knock With Arrest of Former Trinidad & Tobago Attorney General

"We caution members of the public to reserve comment until after a court of law has pronounced."

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

Global Voices Advocacy

"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."

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