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· March, 2019

Stories about Media & Journalism from March, 2019

The Slovakian memes that tore apart the first round of presidential elections

Pro-EU candidate Zuzana Čaputová won the first round following an eventful race that was wittily captured by the Slovakian internet on memes.

These Colombian journalists want you to know that Pablo Escobar was no hero

"This 'hero' forced us to stay indoors, to suspect from everyone, and to react with fire and violence."

China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to democracies, says media watchdog

“If democracies do not resist, ‘Chinese-style’ propaganda will gradually invade the world’s media, competing with journalism as we know it.”

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

Christchurch massacre brings out the best and worst in humanity

"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

Slovak businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée

"This is a significant step, and a rare one in murders of journalists. We hope authorities keep their promise to bring all perpetrators to justice."

Charged with ‘instigating crimes’, journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is released in Venezuela

The Global Voices community is relieved that our colleague is safe and with his family.

Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela

After hours of silence from the authorities, Díaz was confirmed to be detained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Police (SEBIN).

Trying to follow the news in Venezuela? Here are a few sources you can trust

Venezuelans are finding ways to gather, organize and assess information on their own terms.

Japanese app that ‘translates’ wives’ words for husbands ignites fierce online backlash

"This app is no more than an easy way out for selfish men who want to avoid the responsibilities of housework and childcare."

How social media recounted the story of the latest India-Pakistan conflict

Social media plays a prominent role this time around as both government actors and ordinary citizens on both sides of the border report events online minute by minute.

Russia sends an official implicated in a sexual harassment scandal to the 2019 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Leonid Slutsky’s appointment as the head of a national delegation to a global forum on the status of women can only be regarded as an act of cruel trolling.

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

A weekly dose of news about challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world.

Russia’s latest ‘anti-fake news law’ is so bad even Kremlin pranksters hate it

Provisions of the new law make it clear that its real target are the online news outlets still not fully controlled by the state or its subsidiaries.

The French Yellow Vests movement seen through global lenses

As we witness the rise of the Yellow Vests, France revisits its bloodthirsty history.

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

Late night Japanese TV show takes aim at foreign convenience store clerks

According to Nakai, instead of saying "change in 1,000 yen notes" (釣り千円で, or surisenyende), the convenience store clerk said masturbation, or zurizen (ずりせん).

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