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4 March 2016

Stories from 4 March 2016

Why Russian Television Said Nothing When a Nanny Beheaded a Four-Year-Old Girl

RuNet Echo

After the horrific murder of a little girl in Moscow, national television said nothing for 24 hours. That gave Internet users plenty of time to debate what the silence meant.

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

The Bridge

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

The Japanese Opposition's Mascot Has Reason to Fear for His Job

"...I think a better idea is to take him down to Hello Work [employment centers], get him some retraining and introduce him to a new workplace."

Macedonians Attempt to Exorcise the Phantom Voters Haunting Their Country

Macedonians tackle massive election fraud involving phantom voters and other "ghouls" through creative protest and combing the online Voters' Registry.

Jamaicans Exhale as Opposition Wins Elections By Unprecedented Slim Majority

After a final recount, the Jamaica Labour Party has emerged victorious in the country's general elections -- by one seat. Netizens share their concerns and hopes for the new government.

Demolition or Not, Trinidad & Tobago’s Historical Mansion ‘Mille Fleurs’ Needs a Lot of Work

In the midst of an economic recession, Trinidad and Tobago's government promises to find money to restore an important historical building as citizens discuss whether heritage should be a priority.

Live Twitter Chat Draws Attention to Lesotho's Worst Drought in Recent History

"The problem is getting worse, so we must tackle it with long-term solution, not just food aid."

There's a Prison in Russia Making Viral YouTube Videos

RuNet Echo

When you think of Russian prisons, you don’t typically imagine musical flashmobs or amatuer filmmaking, but that’s precisely what’s on tap at the Number 7 state penitentiary in Omsk.

Human Rights Activist and Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Is Assassinated in Honduras

After years of environmental activism and fighting for indigenous communities, human rights champion Berta Caceres was assassinated in Honduras today.