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April, 2018

Stories from April, 2018

30 April 2018

Media censorship surrounds the Pashtun rights movement in Pakistan

Advox

"There was complete media blackout. But journalists were there [to] tell the story [through] social media. Self censorship sign of oppression"

At the World Cup in Russia this summer, Central Asia will be supporting Mohamed Salah

"Salah, with his glorious football talent and good behaviour is introducing the real Islam to the world."

Brutal murder of three film students in Mexico sparks outrage

"The confirmation of the students murdered in Jalisco is a shame.  As a country, we must demand justice. There is no justification for these crimes... Never impunity, never amnesty..."

28 April 2018

Why pilgrims from India and Nepal throng to see an orchid that blooms in April

According to local legend and tradition, the Salahesh Fulbari garden in eastern Nepal is the place to be on the Nepali New Year's Day.

27 April 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

Advox

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

26 April 2018

Netizen Report: Protests in Nicaragua trigger media bans, DDoS attacks and the killing of journalist Angel Gahona

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

25 April 2018

How an Indian professor is turning plastic trash into highways

After seeing plastic waste was a growing problem throughout the country, Dr. Vasudevan devised a method for converting recycled, shredded plastic waste into flexible, long-lasting roadways.

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Advox

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

24 April 2018

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Advox

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

Skopje's pedestrians call out cars and cafes for dangerously invading their #PublicSpace

"No problem, pal, the patients will find a way [around your car parked on the sidewalk]. #PublicSpace"

Armenia's leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Protestors expressed long-held resentment toward Sargsyan, who has led Armenia through a period of economic stagnation and high-level corruption.

23 April 2018

#SOSNicaragua: At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests, including one journalist, say human rights groups

Advox

Nicaraguans are live broadcasting, tweeting and video blogging about the crisis on the ground.

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

Advox

A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of April 16-22, 2018, the most popular story on our Indonesian language site was about Taiwan. And on our Polish language site? A story about Mexico.

22 April 2018

Armenian civil society spreads its feathers in #YerevanProtests involving up to 100,000 people

The country's old president and new premier is the main focus of the country's biggest protests in at least two decades.

China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged

Russia claims the Syrian chemical attacks were staged; China's state media echoes that narrative, but not everyone is buying into it.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RuNet Echo

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

20 April 2018

Chinese netizens’ #IamLGBT campaign pushes change at Weibo

Advox

The move is significant, but it doesn’t mean that LGBT content will be spared from the latest censorship crackdown.

Jordan's poorer areas can go weeks without water, while the wealthier have a 24/7 supply

"We would get water two times a week, sometimes in the summer that is barely enough to get us through the week..."

8-year-old Asifa's heinous rape and murder in India fans the flames of nationalism

"Asifa is not 'just the face of a child'; she symbolizes the violence her community faces."

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