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15 September 2018

Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience

Advox

"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."

14 September 2018

One Syrian's harrowing journey to freedom

"For the first time in years we saw streets undamaged by missiles, sidewalks unmarred by shrapnel, and walls unblemished by war."

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

Advox

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

Indigenous telecommunications network in Mexico to provide telephone and internet services via satellite

Rising Voices

The first indigenous telecommunications network to provide mobile and Internet services in Mexico's rural communities will expand its services via satélite technology, enabling it to reach the most remote areas.

13 September 2018

Japan’s vending machines strike again—this time with pizza and crepes

There is one vending machine for every 23 people in Japan and they still never fail to surprise.

‘Bien Chabacano’ blog preserves and promotes Asia's only Spanish-based creole language

Rising Voices

"Unless more aggressive preservation efforts will be implemented, the day will come when Chabacano will only be spoken inside the home."

Meet Ujwol Dangol, founder of Kathmandu's first skate park

Despite skate's growing popularity around the world -- even set to debut in the summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo --, in Nepal, it is still somewhat associated with criminality.

As online spaces for sexual harassment proliferate, Hong Kong authorities struggle to keep up

"There is currently no law specifically to tackle upskirting, and from what we read from media reports about the crime, the punishment tends to be light"

12 September 2018

Under Austria's right-wing government, ‘ethical’ principles for journalists could hijack media rights

Advox

If the current draft is adopted as it stands, it will provide for an extra layer of strict control that aims to silence the critique and dissent.

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

11 September 2018

Cubans can now join public debates on new Constitution through digital platforms

"In a space like this no one has to ask to speak up, there is no schedule for debate."

Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years largely forgotten following massive earthquake

The media has struggled to cover the dizzying succession of disasters, leaving people feeling that some are eclipsing others in the public consciousness.

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."

What an attack on a far-right presidential candidate means for Brazil politics

The attack was only the latest episode of a political drama plagued by violence and impunity.

More Afghan journalists killed as militants ramp up attacks on Shiites

Advox

"He was live moments ago on tv without knowing he himself will be making the headlines moments later. RIP dear friend."

Three years on, Lebanon's ‘You Stink’ movement finds fresh reasons to protest

In 2015, "You Stink" mobilized thousands of people against in what turned out to be Lebanon's largest non-partisan street demonstrations since the end of Lebanese civil war in 1991.

9 September 2018

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Shawkan to be released soon after five years in prison

Advox

"He never should have been behind bars. He was arrested while doing his job as a photographer."

8 September 2018

Jordanian health survey sparks online debate about family planning

Jordanians engage in online debates over results of a survey concerning maternal and child care.

Google caves in to Russian demands, censors videos promoting a protest rally

RuNet EchoAdvox

This latest scandal is unfolding as Google is in the middle of an existential crisis, with its employees revolting against what they see as embracing censorship by their company.

7 September 2018

It is women who bear the brunt of the Venezuelan crisis

"In Venezuela, the term 'feminism' has been consumed, abused and above all, distorted by [those] in power."

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