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13 February 2014

Stories from 13 February 2014

Government Threats Silence Venezuela Media, as Student Protests Leave Three Dead

Venezuelan citizens took to the streets to demand that authorities release young people who had been arrested in previous demonstrations. They also demanded improvements in food supply and public safety.

The Iconic Trinidadian Film You've Never Seen

The Bridge

In 1974, Bim—widely regarded as the iconic Trinidadian film—was released, then faded into obscurity. 40 years later, one film enthusiast gives it new life via Facebook.

Ecuador to Implement Charges for Private Copying Levy

The Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property (IEPI) plans to impose an additional tax of 4%-10% on the importation of all music and video players.

The Only Pakistani at the Sochi Olympics Taught Himself to Ski on Wooden Planks

Argentina's Polar Bear ‘Arturo’ Will Stay at the Mendoza Zoo

After a medical evaluation, Arturo the polar bear will stay in Argentina. The people of Mendoza and different organizations demand better conditions for him.

Self-Censorship in Hong Kong Claims Another Popular Radio Host

In the past ten years, a large number of newspapers columnists, editors, radio and TV hosts have been sacked for their critical stance towards the Hong Kong and Beijing governments.

Did Turkmenistan Get Cold Feet Before the Sochi Winter Olympics?

Warm-wintered Turkmenistan failed to send a singe athlete to this year's Winter Olympics. The only representative the republic sent to Sochi was its sport-loving president.

Nigerian Governor Reportedly Pays Bloggers for Meet-Up

"You blog about government wastes, get invited to a government Q&A, & collect money? Newsflash: y'all have chopped state funds"

Trinidad & Tobago: Feminist Soca

‘Costa Ricans Are Fed Up’

Another Journalist Dies in Mexico: Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz

A clandestine grave was the final destination of the Mexican reporter Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz. His assailants have not been brought to justice.

Doubts Arise Over Nigerian Journalist's Undercover Human Trafficking Exposé

A Nigerian journalist went undercover in a human trafficking syndicate, witnessed two brutal beheadings and lived to tell the tale. But some are questioning the veracity of her report.

Barbados, Guyana: Peas & Rice, Very Nice

Activists Ask China to Ban Bear Bile Farming

In China, moon bears are kept in captivity and their bile is harvested for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

Welcome All to Russia's 2014 Olympic Hunger Games

RuNet Echo

Another way to poke fun at Russia's hosting of the Winter Games has emerged: comparisons between the Olympics and the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise.

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