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Afghan women: Finally a book that speaks from inside its society

A female Afghan writer has just released "The Mountains Have Witnessed: The Story of a Girl Who Dared for More.", a book that tells the story of Afghan women.

In Turkey women faced rubber bullets, tear gas from police as they marched to end gender-based violence

The protestors' main demand was for Turkey to rejoin the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty pledging to eliminate domestic violence and promote gender equality, which Turkey withdrew from this year.

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan tighten the screws on media freedom

The Uzbek government banned entry to a foreign journalist, while in Kazakhstan journalists and activists were targeted by state security services.

Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole

"[Especially during the] COVID-19 outbreak, when healthcare professionals have been similarly challenged by a pandemic, it is an appropriate time to mark her birth, life, legacy and example.”

An interview with media scholar Rose Luqiu about WeChat and techno-nationalism

"A major factor is censorship or 'coerced loyalty.' As other communication tools like Facebook and Twitter are unavailable in China. WeChat has a very special [monopoly] status in China."

‘In my country, I feared the war. But here I feared the Home Office': Asylum seekers speak on the UK refugee process

While the UK has some of the highest living standards in the world, financial resources and legal guarantees are scarce for the most vulnerable people.

Human-elephant conflict could lead to the extinction of elephants in Bangladesh

Around three dozens of resident and migrant elephants were killed in different parts of Bangladesh since January 2020, seven were killed in November 2021 alone.

Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for incitement

"I will not stop writing and singing my songs about my country. I will continue to educate the people through my songs and keep the patriotic spirit going."

France complicit in heinous crimes committed by Egyptian state, website reveals

'Strikes often destroyed several vehicles, and the number of victims could be as many as several hundred. According to UNGA resolution 56/83, France's complicity in these illegal executions could be...

Press Freedom and the Indian Judiciary

In India, journalists are being unfairly charged with defamation, sedition, and publishing fake news. Despite the constitutional guarantee of press freedom, threats to the press are rampant in the country.

‘Unfit for military service': How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel

In Azerbaijan, though homosexuality is not legally considered a disease, when it comes to military service it is registered as either a neurological/psychological illness or a personality disorder.

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

‘Bitcoin City’ in El Salvador seen through local memes

Most memes highlight the stark contrast between the government's over-the-top efforts to attract foreign investors and its limited investment in lowering crime rates.

Protests sweep Turkey as Lira plummets to an all-time low

Protests erupted across several cities in Turkey in the evening hours of November 23 after the Turkish national currency hit a record low against foreign currencies earlier in the day.

Undertones: Nicaragua's “sham” elections have cold shower effect on media

Journalists practice self-censorship, with propaganda channels dominating attention.

Introducing Undertones, Global Voices’ media analysis newsletter

This newsletter synthesizes Observatory research and analysis of key narratives and ideas circulating in the public sphere.

Could Jamaica's ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Jamaica hopes to get World Heritage status for Port Royal, one of only three sunken sites in the world and the only one in the Western hemisphere.

The ignored, unwanted, and unforgiven

On November 8, the Victory Day celebration, new annual holiday that commemorates Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, a crowd in downtown Baku was filmed cheering as they burned Armenian...

Chinese tennis star reappears after #WhereisPengShuai campaign sparked global outcry

Tennis star Peng Shuai has reappeared on a number of video clips released by Chinese state owned media outlets and the latest, a video call with the International Olympic Committee.

‘Neglect at home, profits abroad': Cuba's medical system

"The contradictions in the Cuban healthcare system have worsened with the pandemic. COVID-19 also enabled the government to relaunch its missions around the world."

China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Deal or steal?

Our latest Civic Media Observatory investigation examines the ways China is advancing its interests as a global power and projecting its ambitions in other countries. Chinese diplomacy took a key turn in 2013 when it announced the strategy now known as the Belt and Road Initiative, which is widely considered the cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy. Our investigation looks at the intersection of Chinese technology transfer, soft power, communications technology buildout, and public information.

More Civic Media Observatory research »

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