Media Highlights – September 11, 2012

Media Highlights – September 11, 2012

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Syria: ANHRI condmens the detention and the fabrication of charges of terrorism against a Turkish journalistArabic Network for Human Rights Information, September 9, 2012
ANHRI denounces, the detain Turkish photo-journalist “Junaid Unal” and the fabrication of charges against him.He was charged of belonging to an international terrorist organization. ANHRI calls the Syrian authorities to revile the place of the Jordanian journalist “Bashar Fahmi”, the reporter for Al-Hurra, who disappeared since entering the Syrian territory accompanied with Unal.
Also in Arabic at this link.

10 must-follow reporters on Twitter - The Daily Dot, September 10, 2012
Steve Herman: Herman is the Voice of America chief for the Korean peninsula and Japan. He was also the voice of the Japanese earthquake and Fukushima disaster, often tweeting stories and leads a full 24 hours before other news organizations. In a multilingual zone, it’s all the more challenging to understand what’s being discussed. Add to that the challenge of distilling it into 140 characters at a time and you have a serious test for any journalist at the best of times, let alone during an earthquake, evacuation, tidal wave, and nuclear meltdown.

A Jail For China’s Elite: Better Food, Beds, CellsAP, September 11, 2012
Chen Xitong, deposed in 1995, went on a hunger strike to protest the poor food, according to a recent book by Yao Jianfu, a retired scholar who interviewed Chen. Yao said Chen was given a radio to listen to Voice of America and keep up with the outside world.

Media Citations of BBG Broadcasters

My Take on Xi RumoursSri Lanka Guardian, September 11, 2012
Radio Free Asia (RFA), which is funded by the US Congress, reported, inter alia, as follows on September 10 while discussing the various rumours under circulation: ” “China’s Internet censors on Monday blocked searches about vice-president and presumed leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping and the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s discipline czar He Guoqiang following rumors that they had been injured in separate car accidents….”

Bahraini opposition holds the government responsible for terrorizing marchesIslam Times, September 11, 2012
Mousawi said in a statement to Radio “Sawa” on Sunday, “The march, which was dispersed by Security Forces, was licensed and legal”, adding “Official rejected our march proposal 24 hours prior to the event, which in Bahrain is contrary to the law. A notification needs to be presented 48 hours before any public event or it is considered legal.”

Out of the darkness: After surviving Aurora shooting, recent SU graduate refocuses on the futureSyracuse Daily Orange, September 11, 2012
Barton would have arrived in Russia next week, on Sept. 21, and then flown from Moscow to the town he’d be teaching in, Kazan. He admits he was nervous about flying between the two cities, since Russia holds the world’s worst air safety record. Seven Russian plane crashes killed 121 people this year, according to a Sept. 12, 2011 Voice of America article.

Chinese flag again seen replaced by Tibetan in Karze County school - Tibetan Review, September 11, 2012
A Chinese national flag flying on a pole in the Dzachukha Woenpo township elementary school in Sershul (Chinese: Shiqu) County of Karze County, Sichuan Province, was again seen removed and replaced with a Tibetan national flag on Sep 8 morning, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) and others Sep 9 and 10.

32 dead in Kenyan tribal revengeUPI, September 10, 2012
Friday’s attack was believed to be revenge for an August raid by the Pokomo tribe that left more than 50 people dead in a long-running dispute over grazing land and water, Voice of America reported.

Probe started in 16 preachers’ deathsUPI, September 10, 2012
Eight Malians and eight Mauritanians were killed at the Diabaly checkpoint in the Segou region while on their way to a conference in Bamako, Mali’s capital, Voice of America reported.

Of Interest

SMS containing ‘dollar’ suppressed in IranMiddle East Online, September 10, 2012
Iran’s currency plunged nearly eight percent to a new record low against the dollar on Monday, but the dramatic drop was being suppressed within the country on mobile phone text services and some exchange websites.

Turkey puts 44 journalists on trial for terrorism and backing pro-Kurd groupThe Guardian, September 10, 2012
The first hearing of Turkey’s biggest trial against members of the press has started, involving 44 journalists. Thirty-six of those have been in pre-trial detention since December, facing terrorism charges and accused of backing the illegal pan-Kurdish umbrella group, the KCK.

Facebook’s China problemFortune, September 10, 2012
Facebook’s most immediate hurdle in China is a communist government that limits free speech and allows officials access to company data. In return for a license to operate, Chinese companies are required to employ censors at their own expense. It’s a stipulation other American consumer Internet companies face as well.

The World Wide Web, by the NumbersThe Atlantic, September 5, 2012
Tim Berners-Lee’s vision for the World Wide Web was predicated on two core ideas: universality and connectivity. But now that the web has been around for a generation — and, you know, changed the world, revolutionized information, etc., etc. — how has it actually been adopted? Is the web, its obvious success notwithstanding, ultimately living up to its vision and its potential?

Dear CPJ: Some malware from your ‘friend’- CPJ, August 30, 2012
We talk a lot about hacking attacks against individual journalists here, but what typifies an attempt to access a reporter’s computer? Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director, received an email last week that reflects some characteristics of a malware attack against a journalist or activist.

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