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· February, 2016

Stories about Media & Journalism from February, 2016

Venezuela's President Finally Discovers Facebook, a Decade After the Social Network's Arrival

"I refuse to be a hypocrite or a brown-noser, you know that the country is in a bad way, due to your and your cabinet's ineptitude."

This Writer and Activist Wants to Rescue the West's Knowledge of Russia, One Translation at a Time

Translator Thomas Campbell tries to bridge the gap through his blog. Last week, he visited NYU, where he described the experience of running his website and monitoring the Russian blogosphere.

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

In Bahrain, Journalism Is a Crime

American journalist Anna Therese Day was arrested, along with her crew, and deported from the restive country as it marked its fifth anniversary of anti-government protests.

Burundi's Independent Media Aren't Going Down Without a Fight

"Why do you harass the only independent media left to us?"

How Syrian Activists in Raqqa Are Resisting ISIS

A group of citizen journalists are documenting life under ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Find out how Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently is resisting the militant group

Kyrgyz Journalist Loses ‘One Som’ Court Case Against His Country's President

When it comes to conflicts between the state and journalists, Kyrgyz defamation suits are not a two way street.

Burundi's Independent Media Finds Itself in the Crossfire of a Deadly Crisis

"...we could never have imagined that the government had developed a plan for the total destruction of the media..."

Serbia's Ombudsman Wants a Belgrade Police Chief Fired for Obstructing Journalists

“There was an unlawful use of force, there were threats...Many bad things were done,”

A Brief Twitter Guide to Uganda's Elections This Month

Global Voices presents a brief Twitter guide for updates, news, analysis, and reports related to Uganda's national elections later this month.

‘Georgian Dream’ Looking Increasingly Dreary After Year to Forget

As ex-Soviet Georgia's ruling coalition faces troubled times, it has resorted to some worrying tactics.

Haiti's Electoral Crisis and Unsteady Future

Haiti's legislative elections took place last August. Months later, the country has been left with no president, an interim government and a mandate for new elections by April 24, 2016.

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

The YouTube Women: Delivering Hard-Hitting Digital Video Activism

"In Brazil at least, where we have a very communicative culture, it is [...] far easier to persuade someone to watch a video than to read an article."

After Revealing Workplace Sexual Harassment, an Iranian Newscaster Says It's ‘Time to Break Free’

Sheen Shirani has reportedly fled the country after posting evidence on Facebook that her bosses sexually harassed her. The case highlights the precariousness of women's roles in Iran's professional settings.

For Mainland Chinese, Taiwan's Earthquake Relief Efforts Stand in Stark Contrast to Their Own

"So concrete, transparent and efficient."

China Tries to Be Hip With Its Latest Political Propaganda Songs

Chinese Communist Party propaganda now comes in rap form, with lyrics like, "Say it with me, The Four Comprehensives, The Four Comprehensives, a prosperous society is the goal".

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

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