What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

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At Global Voices, our community researches, writes, edits, and translates stories with a mission to support human rights and build bridges of understanding across countries, cultures, and languages.

We don't publish just to grab clicks or follow a news trend. We do, however, like to keep track of the ways in which our hard work has impact around the world.

To that end, one useful metric is how readers respond to our stories and translations. So let's take a look at who our readers were and what caught their attention during the week of April 16-22, 2018.

Where in the world are Global Voices’ readers?

Last week, our stories and translations attracted readers from 207 countries! The top 20 countries represented across all of Global Voices’ sites were:

1. United States
2. Brazil
3. Japan
4. Mexico
5. France
6. Spain
7. Peru
8. Colombia
9. Taiwan
10. Argentina
11. United Kingdom
12. Italy
13. Russia
14. Germany
15. Canada
16. Bangladesh
17. India
18. Indonesia
19. Ecuador
20. Chile

But that's only a small slice of the diversity of our readership. Let's use the True Random Number Generator from Random.org and take a look at a few other countries on the list:

69. Cameroon
115. Macau
42. Egypt
83. Vietnam
201. Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Global Voices in English

The English-language site is where the majority of original content is first published at Global Voices. The top five most-read stories of last week were:

1. Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton’s impending release from prison sparks renewed controversy
2. School history assignment stirs up a storm in Jamaica over how slavery should be taught
3. Syria and the anti-imperialism of idiots
4. China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged
5. Empty Nets Syndrome: How young fishing families on Cambodia’s Mekong are struggling to survive

Global Voices Lingua

Lingua is a project that translates Global Voices stories into languages other than English. There are about 30 active Lingua sites. Below is last week's most-read story or translation on each active language site.




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