Searching for ‘indios’ in Ecuador and Venezuela: A Lesson in Language and Data

  Indigenous protest in Ecuador in February 2017 Photo: Public Domain (CC0 1.0 Universal) In our work with Global Voices’ NewsFrames project, we use data to create evidence-based stories that explore a broad spectrum of topics. Data can provide us with fascinating insights and guide our stories towards surprising conclusions. People who work in qualitative research are aware…

Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka

Featured image by Deshan Tennekoon via Groundviews This post written by Raisa Wickrematunge accompanied by photographs of Deshan Tennekoon, originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices. She strikes a pose for the camera; arms akimbo,…

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers

Malaysiakini office. Flickr photo by fuzheado (CC BY-SA 2.0) Malaysia’s Court of Appeal ruled on January 12 that news website Malaysiakini had defamed Raub Australian Gold Mining (RAGM) in a series of articles about the health risks associated with living near a mine. The independent news site was ordered to pay 90,000 USD for damages…

A Victim of Police Brutality in Myanmar Seeks Justice While Confronting Racist Comments on Social Media

Kyaukdata police station in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo via Google Map Streetview. A Myanmar man is facing a backlash online and in the justice system, after reporting that he was arrested arbitrarily by the police. On his Facebook account, the young man described how a group of men in civilian clothes — who claimed to be police officers…

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

The cover photo for the piece “Block of the DOPS Basement” shows the colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the only commander from the dictatorship sentenced by the Brazilian courts for crimes of torture. Photo: Shared/ Facebook A group of carnival organizers intends to celebrate what is literally and figuratively one of the darkest places of…

‘Crimes of Solidarity’ Once Again Lead to Outcry in France

Evidence of a refugee camp below an overground railway bridge in Paris's 18th arrondissement. #BACKTOTHESTREET, by Jeanne Menjoulet on Flickr CC-BY-2.0 According to a 2017 survey, 53% of the French survey participants believe the number of immigrants in their country is too high. Buoyed by public opinion support regarding a stronger immigration policy, French President Emmanuel…

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Soldiers taking selfies photos with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in an army camp in Mindanao. Photo from the Facebook page of Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines). The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to close down news website Rappler after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the company’s license to operate…

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Stencil art in Wisconsin, US. Photo by David Drexel via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. The specter of “fake news” is still looming large and the power of internet companies to control and capitalize on…

India’s Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won’t Fix the Problem

Taking fingerprints for Aadhaar, photo via Wikimedia Commons, by Kannanshanmugham. CC BY 3.0 India's national scheme holds the personal data of more than 1.13 billion citizens and residents of India within a unique ID system branded as Aadhaar, which means “foundation” in Hindi. But as more and more evidence reveals that the government is not keeping…

7 Global Voices Stories That Resonated With Readers in 2017

Reader favorites from 2017 at Global Voices. Global Voices authors published more than 1,600 stories in English in 2017, on topics ranging from ‘eco-coolers’ that run without electricity to the unique vocabulary of small languages. These were written, researched and translated by many of our 1,200 members of our community, who live and work in over 170 countries…

A Legislator in Taiwan Risks a Recall for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

The legislator, Kuo-Chang Huang, is at risk of a recall because of his support for same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: Kuo-Chang Huang's facebook profile photo.) Taiwan became the first Asian country to embrace same-sex marriage in May 2017 after its Council of Grand Justices ruled that regulations that prohibit marriage between same-sex partners are unconstitutional. The court asserted…

Graphic Journalists and Illustrators Draw Alternative Narratives in Syria

An illustration from ‘Syria: a bakery and a climbing frame tank’ – Azaz, August 2012 (George Butler/SyriaUntold)] This is a story written for Syria Untold by Nathalie Rosa Bucher, a French-Germany writer currently based in Beirut. It was originally published on December 6 and is republished here as part of a partnership agreement. The following is a slightly shorter…

UNESCO Protects Balkan Grandma March Day Custom As Cultural Heritage

Grandma March Day ornaments called martinki/mártenitsa/mărţişor/martis/verore. Photo by HAEMUS, used with permission. UNESCO has granted the status of “intangible cultural heritage” to a special custom linked to Balkan Grandma March Day. The day is a celebration of the approach of spring in South-eastern Europe. The tradition features the exchange and wearing of woolen red and white…