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26 August 2015

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

Australian National TV Airs Lewd Twitter Handle About Prime Minister

The handle, "AbbottLovesAnal," was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Q&A program.

24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

23 August 2015

Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

"As a professor of law who was banned from teaching in Iran, I strongly support the nuclear deal," Mohammad Taghi Karoubi declared in a video.

17 August 2015

The Bold and the Uniformed: How New Ukrainian Police Are Taking Over Social Media

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian capital Kyiv has recently revamped its police force in an attempt to improve law enforcement's reputation, and the fresh new officers are taking social media by storm.

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

Kyrgyz Rappers Trash Bribe-Takers in Hip-Hop News Segment

"There are no clean people on this old stage."

12 August 2015

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.

10 August 2015

Pro-Russian Web Network Digs Up the Dirt on Kremlin Critics

RuNet Echo

Some of the sites in the pro-Kremlin network aim to attack Ukrainian politicians and Russian opposition figures by way of "personal dossiers" and alleged "dirt" dug up on the individuals.

9 August 2015

Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance

Global Voices Advocacy

"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."

7 August 2015

Russia Hacks the Military Again (Its Own)

RuNet Echo

Russian hackers Anonymous International are shaming the country's Defense Ministry for poor information security practices by leaking sensitive documents that were allegedly sent via free email services.

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

Global Voices Advocacy

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

5 August 2015

Future Caribbean Lawyers Give Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons is likely to exacerbate major societal issues such as violence, corruption and poverty.

3 August 2015

Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.

2 August 2015

Selfie Empowerment: Russian Communists Want Your Lenin Selfies

RuNet Echo

Young Russian Communists want to make Lenin hip again—so they're proposing a flashmob campaign that involves taking selfies with Lenin statues.

Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards

Global Voices Advocacy

"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"

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