Stories from 19 September 2009
On Sept. 1, a silence decree that requires bars and restaurants to close at 10 PM came into force in Budapest's District VI, an area well-known for its lively nightlife. Protests against the measure started right away.
Omani bloggers are joining hands to prompte more awareness and protect their people from the dangers of swine flu. So far, 16 people have died from the disease in the Sultanate, the highest amongst its neighbours.
Angry and frustrated, Akihito from the Polar Bear Blog reports that his wife received threatening DMs on Twitter and decided to delete her account [ja]. He thanks everyone who responded through Twitter, where many expressed outrage and offered encouragement and similar tales.
Corine Clesnes, on her blog Big Picture, notes [fr] that the US government launched the 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest, to promote the best ‘viral’ videos’ on flu prevention.
Diganta at The New Horizon informs that two new Bangla (Bengali) blogging platforms have been launched by Bangla speaking people in India.
Eating in public during Ramadan is often seen as a disregardful and disrespectful act and might attract the anger of the public. Moreover it is punishable by law. Moroccan Bloggers and cyber-activists react to the attempt by some non-observants to brave the ban on breaking the fast in public during Ramadan.
Recent flooding in Morocco has prompted bloggers to air their discontent with their country's lack of sanitation infrastructure. They went around taking pictures and shooting videos, sharing scenes seldom broadcast by the mainstream media. This is their citizen reporting.