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12 May 2012

Stories from 12 May 2012

Lithuania: Alleged Child Abuse Case

Serbia: May 6 Elections Results

Bhutan: The King's Birthday Celebration

Greece: HIV-Positive Sex Workers Brutally Exposed Online

A multitude of reactions came after the Greek police uploaded photos and personal data of HIV-positive sex workers to a website. NGOs and hundreds of netizens, condemned through social media,...

Algeria: Low Turnout in Legislative Elections

On May 10, Algeria's first legislative elections since the start of the Arab uprisings were held. Many people expressed their disillusionment with the current political system by not voting.

Ethiopia: Muslims Take Campaign Online for Religious Independence

Signs of Ethiopian Muslims digital activism are mounting as they protest against government’s meddling in their religious affairs. They have turned to Facebook and Twitter to make their voices heard.

South Korea: Continuing Mad Cow Controversy Over US Beef Imports

Since last week, South Korea has seen continuing protests against importing beef from the United States after mad cow disease broke out in California. Korean government dispatched its inspection team...

Indonesia: Soldier Loses His Temper in the Street

Early this month, a two-minute video clip of an armed soldier angrily confronting a civilian in Indonesia circulated on YouTube and became a trending topic on Twitter. Netizens continue to...

Greece: Police Violence Against Immigrants on the Rise

Greek social media has been in uproar over a video posted on Facebook and Twitter, showing police officers overtly abusing a detained immigrant in downtown Athens. Racist and police violence...

Mozambique: President Rejects Social Networks

A rejection of online communication tools by Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza to an audience of young voters made waves on social networks. Netizens respond to the leader's comments.

Egypt: Disappointment at First Presidential Debate

On May 10 people around the region and beyond were pinned to their screens following Egypt's first ever presidential debate, which was between the top two presidential candidates, Amr Moussa...

Thailand: Grandfather Serving Lese Majeste Sentence Dies in Prison

Akong, a 61-year-old grandfather in Thailand sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending text messages deemed offensive to the Royal Family died in prison a few days ago. Human...

Spain: Many Reasons to Take to the Streets on 12M

On 15 May in Spain the first anniversary of the 15M will be commemorated. The events begin on 12 May (12M) in cities and neighborhoods. Spanish netizens have been anticipating...

Argentina: Lawmakers Approve Gender Identity Law

Argentina approved a gender identity law, which allows changes of sex and name without going to court. Once word spread of the law's passage, users across the social networking spectrum...

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