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12 April 2018

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

Advox

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

#GirlsOnBikes: Women Ride Bicycles To Reclaim Public Spaces in Pakistan

"We wish to encourage each other to participate in this collective movement to assert our right to navigate public spaces on our own terms."

11 April 2018

New Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Professor Jorge I. Domínguez Spark Heated Online Debate

"...it seems incredible that, at this point, our testimony is still put into question."

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

Advox

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

Brazil's Black Population Dominates Popular Politics, But Remains Left Out From Government

Brazilian scholar Flávia Rios reflects on achievements and challenges in the struggle for racial and gender equality.

How RootIO Broadcasts Radio in Uganda Using a Bucket

Rising Voices

RootIO provides an open-source toolkit for communities to create their own micro-radio stations using easy-to-find materials.

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

Advox

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBT Community Speaks Out as Court Decision on ‘Buggery’ Law Approaches

"Religion must not trump reason when it comes to basic human rights."

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of April 2-8, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 209 countries. Number 53 on the list? Thailand. And number 182? São Tomé & Príncipe.

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Six Vietnamese Human Rights Activists Are Dealt Long Prison Sentences

“I will continue the struggle and if I must sit in jail, others on the outside will fight on for me and they will never stop.”

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

On World Health Day, African Nations from East to West Struggle to Improve Basic Health Care

Whether it's psychiatric illness and stigmatization in Somalia, the rising drug abuse epidemic of Nigerian youth or the exodus of Nigerian doctors, the state of health across Africa remains precarious. 

A Rural-Born Peace Movement Turns Heads Amid the Carnage of the Afghan War

"The only aim of the sit-in is to stop fighting from both sides. The Taliban should not send bombers and the government should not drop bombs on them."

8 April 2018

With the Election of Its First Afro-Descendant Vice President, Costa Rica Takes a Step Forward in the Fight Against Racism

“It is a way of reclaiming not only the Costa Rican black community, but the entire black community of Latin America."

7 April 2018

How ‘Power Harassment’ and ‘Karoshi’ Continue to Cause Serious Problems for Japanese Workers

“Power harassment”, which includes verbal intimidation, emotional abuse, and forcing employees to work overtime with no pay, and “karoshi“ (or “death from over-work”), are becoming real perils in Japan.

6 April 2018

A European Union-Supported Rap Video Tries to Persuade Young Guineans Against Migrating

"It’s about poverty, the lack of opportunities...That is why young people find it more risky to stay at home...They say: 'I would rather die on the sea than stay here.'"

Why Spring Brings Both Joy and Pain to Afghanistan

"Happy Nawroz to all. May this year be a year of peace, harmony and an end to suffering. Peace will prevail. We are optimistic for it."

India's Data Security Dilemma Continues With Cambridge Analytica

Advox

The fallout from revelations of data exploitation by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has taken hold in India, where political leaders are accusing one another of using similar means to manipulate...

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

Advox

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

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