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20 January 2018

Risk for an UNESCO World Heritage Site: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

18 January 2018

Netizen Report: Five Months After Houthis Arrested Him, Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Walks Free

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 January 2018

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

Global Voices Advocacy

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

Gold Mining Threatens Communities in Macedonia's Agricultural Heartland

"We've given mining concessions on top of water springs to dig out an insignificantly small amount of gold. Someone has decided to poison us with arsenic, sulfuric acid, and cyanide."

Two Leading Figures of the Arts in Iran. Two Very Different Reactions to the Protests.

A notable writer, known for fighting against censorship, condemns the burning of the flag during protests. A notable filmmaker, however, shows support.

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Global Voices Advocacy

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

Palau Visitors Are Now Required to Sign a Pledge to Respect the Environment

"Children of Palau, I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home."

13 January 2018

This Week in the Caribbean: From ‘Shithole’ Comments to ‘Wining’ Laws

This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

Peruvian Human Rights Activist Sees Similarities Between Maduro's Venezuela and Fujimori's Peru

"Dictatorships not only learn but are sophisticated in their methodology."

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

‘We Have Entered the World of Adulthood, so We'll Do Our Best!’ Japan Marks Coming of Age Day

Reunions, revelry and motorized mischief mark Coming of Age Day in Japan.

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