#IfTheyGunnedMeDown…which photo would the media use?

In the wake of this week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, hundreds of young black men and women have posted photos of themselves to Twitter with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The phrase is shorthand for the question many are asking themselves: If the police gunned me down, which photo of me would the media publish? Read more...


Police in China nearly beaten to death in citizen backlash

Several Chinese law enforcement officials were nearly beaten to death in the city of Cangnan after a brutal backlash by local residents. Riots broke out when five officers – known as ‘Chengguan’ – violently assaulted a man who refused to stop taking photos of them. Read more...

Bahraini mourners smoked out of wake with teargas

Mourners attending a wake at a private residence in the central Bahraini village of Aali were forced to clamber through windows to escape teargas this weekend after being attacked by security forces. According to our Observer, who attended the wake, the security forces’ reaction was sparked by fear that the vigil could turn into an anti-government protest. Watch the video...

California clashes cast shadow on 'Occupy' movement

Seeking to defuse tensions with supporters of the Occupy movement in the northern California city of Oakland, officials are looking at ways to facilitate a dialogue with members of the group as a week marked by clashes between police and protesters comes to a close. Watch the videos...

Iranian police clash with protesters… fighting for a lake

Iranian activists tried to stage a demonstration in the northwest of the country last week, but were met with a heavy police presence that led to violent clashes. Their cause? The country’s biggest lake, which they say is at risk of disappearing. Read more…


Anonymous take free speech protest offline and into the streets

Anonymous, a group of activists and hackers (or “hacktivists” ), is best known for its attacks on major websites around the world. On Monday, it took its crusade against censorship to the streets of San Francisco. One member of Anonymous tells us how – and why – they did it.