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1 June 2015

Stories from 1 June 2015

Kuma Sutra Screw-Up Nails Qatar Editor

What does an editor-in-chief in a conservative Arab Gulf country do when a Kuma Sutra drawing appears in his newspaper? And, most importantly, how do the people react?

From Media to Manga, How Japan's Pop Culture Changed After Fukushima

Global Voices interviews Dr. BA Wakefield, a lecturer at Leiden University who is organizing a the Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima workshop on June 5.

Russia Claims Another Victory Against Twitter, But Here's What Really Happened

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time Russian censors claim to have persuaded Twitter to comply with takedown requests. As before, Moscow’s claim today that Twitter “deleted 32 links” is inaccurate.

How Ecuador's President Bullied an Internet Satirist Into Quitting

Silvia Viñas of Radio Ambulante narrates the strange case of President Correa vs. Crudo Ecuador, a Facebook page that published political memes.

Pakistani Journalists Left in Limbo Amid Vicious Media War

"If you can not give employment to 2200 media workers, you have no right to take away 2,200 jobs."

How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.

Ugandan TV Personality Sacked After Her Nude Photos Appear Online

Jealous ex-lovers, young stars hungry for fame and a host of other profiteers have contributed to a culture of nude video and image leaking in Uganda.

The Dangerous Lack of Health Care Facilities in Pasni, Pakistan

When the residents of Pasni are in need of any serious medical help, they have to travel more than a hundred kilometers to other cities because local facilitates are dilapidated.

Stunning Images of Volcanic Eruption on Japan's Kuchinoerabu-jima Island

A boy manages to capture video shortly after a volcano suddenly erupts on an island in southwestern Japan. For residents of nearby Kagoshima, volcanoes have become a way of life.

Is Vladimir Kara-Murza's Hospitalization a Fluke or Part of a Violent Pattern?

RuNet Echo

A Russian political activist remains in critical condition after suddenly collapsing in his office last week, the day after his organization aired a hard-hitting exposé on lawlessness in Chechnya.