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21 July 2016

Stories from 21 July 2016

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

Advox

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

Will Trinidad & Tobago Students Be Last Out of the Gate if the Government Stops Funding Tertiary Education?

As the country faces an economic recession, there are concerns that students have been abusing the government's funding of their tertiary education. Will the programme be discontinued or merely restructured?

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Advox

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

Viral Photos of Fukushima Win Media Attention Abroad, Criticism From Some in Japan

"Not only is what he did illegal, but beyond disrespectful to victims of the disaster who had no choice but to leave their homes."

One Children's Song, Translated Into Australia's Many Local Languages

Rising Voices

Australia's children are being invited to translate a song into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for an internet video competition promoting linguistic diversity.

Two Argentineans Travel Throughout Latin America Looking for ‘The Other Education’

“Education in Motion” was created by two young Argentineans who travel throughout Latin America documenting the development of popular education and the proposals inspired by social movements in the region.

As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship

"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

Advox

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."