Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

“Hacker” by the Preiser Project via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0) The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Technical attacks ranging from 1:1 hacking incidents to full-on DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have become an increasingly common tactic for silencing critical voices…

‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy’: Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate

Screenshot from Facebook – people protesting with #আমিগুপ্তচর (#IAmSpy) hashtag Since January 29, dozens of journalists in Bangladesh have claimed, in their social media profiles, that they are spies. Holding placards bearing the #আমিগুপ্তচর hashtag (pronounced “Ami Guptochor”, and meaning “#IAmaSpy” in the Bengali language) they are speaking out against a newly proposed law that…

Deki the Balkan Lynx Is All Grown Up, Photos Show, but His Species Remains in Trouble

Deki the lynx from Macedonia's Mavrovo National Park, pictured as a cub in 2013, and as an adult 2017. Photos by Macedonian Ecological Society, used with permission. They are among the Balkans’ most reclusive residents. That's why environmentalists in Macedonia and Albania and their allies in Western Europe are highlighting recently captured images of a lynx…

Five Attacks in the Last Year that Shook Kabul to its Core

A damaged building in the center of Kabul after it was struck by an ambulance packed with explosives. Photo courtesy of Fatima Faramarz. Published with permission. As deportations of Afghan assylum seekers from the West continue apace, the South Asian country's capital Kabul is fast turning into a death trap. In January alone, close to…

Justice Deferred: Uproar After Turkish Court Releases, Re-Arrests Amnesty International’s Taner Kilic

Supporters gather outside the courthouse in Turkey. Photo by Arzu Geybullayeva. A small crowd was gathered outside Caglayan court. They held “Free Taner” signs while representatives from the Amnesty International's Turkey office were read their demands out loud. “We demand an unconditional release for Taner,” said one of the human rights defenders, speaking to a…

A Palestinian Cultural Space in Haifa Reclaims Authentic Artistic Voice

Scenes from Manjim. Al photos used with permission from Rana Asali. The following is a partner post from Mangal Media. Republished with permission. Emerging artists, curators, crazy scientists and anyone seeking the exchange of ideas, rockup at this exciting  new venue;  a safe haven for experimentation and alternative art. Manjm (منجم), which translates as a “mine” or a “rich…

Nina Paley’s Seder-Masochism Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Egyptian Idols

Screenshot from the song sequence “You Gotta Believe” by Nina Paley on Vimeo. Global Voices interviewed American free culture activist and filmmaker Nina Paley about her new animated film Seder-Masochism. It is loosely based on the Book of Exodus from the Torah/Bible and exposes the veiled patriarchy in the religious text. Creative Commons licensesCreative Commons…

Decades After US Immigration Policy Separated His Family, a Man Searches for His Ancestral Village in China

After a long search, 64-year-old Russell Low (left) visited his great-grandfather's ancestral home in Guangdong Province in southern China in May 2016. Low met village elders and learned that his grandfather's three younger brothers also ended up in the US, though no one knows what became of them. Credit: Courtesy of Russell Low This story…

A Judicial Coup? Maldives Court Orders Retrial and Immediate Release of Jailed Opposition Leaders

In July 2017, Police officers and soldiers in riot gear forcibly dragged out opposition lawmakers from the parliament building. Image via Flickr User Dying Regime. CC BY 2.0 On Thursday, February 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the immediate release of former president Mohamed Nasheed, former vice president Ahmed Adeeb and several…

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government’s Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

A screenshot from a YouTube video chronicling some of controversial American fundamentalist pastor Steven Anderson's anti-gay rants. Human rights activists, online campaigners — and many other Jamaicans — were pleased with the government's recent decision to deny entry to American fundamentalist pastor, Steven Anderson. While concerns regarding free speech linger, it was not just the…

A 10-Year-Old Was Already Suing the US Government Over Climate Policy. Then Climate Change Really Hit Home.

10-year-old Levi Draheim is the youngest plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 21 youths who claim the federal government has violated their constitutional rights by supporting the continued use of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. Credit: Deepa Fernandes/PRI This story by Deepa Fernandes originally appeared on PRI.org on January 23, 2018. It is republished here as part…

Top Secret Australian Government Cabinet Files Accidentally Sold Inside Filing Cabinets

The Australian Cabinet in session. Courtesy David Foote, AUSPIC/DPS (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU) & Top Secret (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) As the cliché goes, you couldn't make this stuff up. Classified documents from five Australian administrations covering nearly 10 years were accidentally sold in two locked filing cabinets at a second-hand furniture shop. Most…

Supporters of Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park Protest for Its Protection With Music, Meditation, Running and Even Soup

The UNESCO World Heritage Site faces expanded construction activities. “Save Pirin” written on a roundabout in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, while protesters dance a traditional horo in a round, on January 25, 2018. They used leftover bags from one of their regular cleanups of the nearby Danube river for the writing. Photo by Yavor…

Burundi’s Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (left) alongside President Pierre Nkurunziza (right) while on a visit to Burundi. 25 February 2016. Photo by Flickr user GovernmentZA. CC BY-ND 2.0 In 2015, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in office, despite the constitution being widely understood to hold a two-term limit. His controversial re-election sparked…

Netizen Report: The Rising Cost of Cameroon’s Internet Shutdowns

Cloud cartoon from Fundacion Karisma video. The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Two digital rights NGOs are suing the Cameroonian government for imposing an internet shutdown on the country’s two Anglophone regions for more than three months in 2017, just before…