Media Highlights – September 19, 2012

Media Highlights – September 19, 2012

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Bush: Suu Kyi’s Long Journey to Freedom – Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2012
Thanks to the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and the BBC, the people of Burma knew that they were not forgotten. Like the Cold War dissidents in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, they could draw strength from every mention of their plight and every expression of faith in their cause and in their future. By August 2011, the political dam had burst, and Burma began to reform.

India interrupts FM Radio Mirpur transmission: Senate panel informed – Business Recorder, September 19, 2012
About the broadcasting of Voice of America (VOA) programs through Radio Pakistan, the committee members said that the PBC is not broadcasting contents of other foreign radios, including BBC, Chinese Radio and Saudi Radio, however, the PBC could generate enough revenue by giving them some airtime. The committee directed the PBC to submit a copy of the agreement singed between the VOA and PBC pertaining to the broadcasting of the VOA programs.

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In US, Suu Kyi supports end to Myanmar sanctions – AFP, September 18, 2012
Asked separately about the Rohingya in an interview with Washington-based Radio Free Asia, Suu Kyi said that the key was to “remove the roots of hatred.””That is to say you have to address these issues that make people insecure and that make people threatened,” she told the broadcaster’s Burmese service.
Also cited in ReutersMizzima NewsKnoxville Sentinel

Burmese reforms are not ‘irreversible’: Suu Kyi – Mizzima News, September 19, 2012
In an interview with Voice of America in Washington on Tuesday, she said the pace of political change in Burma over the past two years is startling, and the army has not yet committed itself to total change, which would include changing elements of the Constitution, which gives it exceptional power over the civilian-led government.

Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, Iran Cleric, Claims He Was Beaten Up By ‘Badly Veiled’ Woman – Huffington Post, September 18, 2012
“Not only didn’t she cover herself up, but she also insulted me. I asked her not to insult me anymore, but she started shouting and threatening me,” the cleric said, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. “She pushed me and I fell to the ground on my back. From that point on, I don’t know what happened. I was just feeling the kicks of the woman who was beating me up and insulting me.”

China and Japan Must Show Restraint – New American Media, September 18, 2012
An op-ed in the Korea Times is urging restraint from Japan and China over an increasingly contentious territorial dispute involving a set of rocky iselts off the coast of Taiwan. On Tuesday Voice of America reported that two Chinese government vessels had entered territorial waters near the islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.

Ukraine’s FEMEN Activists Open Headquarters In Paris (PHOTOS) – Huffington Post, September 18, 2012
FEMEN was founded in 2008 to protest gender discrimination in post-Soviet society, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. The group has since earned a reputation worldwide for its demonstrations during the London Olympics and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in Poland.

China to Protesters: Please Keep It ‘Orderly’ – Newser, September 18, 2012
China quickly complained, the Wall Street Journal reports, and also asserted that it reserves the right to “take further actions,” perhaps military ones if necessary, according to the defense minister. Further complicating the situation, Taiwan also claims the disputed area, but wants to help resolve the conflict, Voice of America reports.

In the foreign-language press:Alhurra’s Egyptian Street Pulse starts tonight – Al Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) September 15, 2012
Alhurra launches Street Pulse program tonight. The program takes a unique look at the most important social and cultural issues; examining a single topic each week through interviews with experts and citizens. This new program is a continuation of Alhurra’s commitment to covering Egypt with shows such as Hiwar Cairo, Rayheen Ala Feen? and Al Youm.”
Also cited in Al EqtesadiyaEgyptElbashayerHorrya,Misr News Agency, and other publications

Of Interest

USAid covertly influencing political processes, says Russia – The Guardian, September 19, 2012
Russia has accused the United States of using its aid agency in Moscow to covertly influence the country’s politics and elections, explaining its decision to expel the mission amid a wider crackdown on the opposition movement.

Al Jazeera English launches digital magazine – Al Jazeera, September 17, 2012
The monthly magazine will provide iPad users with comprehensive analysis, interactive graphics and video footage.

French Magazine Publishes Cartoons Mocking Muhammad – New York Times, September 19, 2012
A French satirical magazine on Wednesday published a series of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, setting off a new wave of outrage among Muslims and condemnation from French leaders amid widening unrest over an amateur video that has provoked violence throughout the Islamic world.

Technology’s impact on similar crises, two decades apart – CNET, September 18, 2012
The current anti-American tensions in the Middle East shows how much digital media impacts such crises when compared to the time of Salman Rushdie’s Iranian fatwa in 1989.