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· February, 2010

Stories about Media & Journalism from February, 2010

Morocco: The Death of a Newspaper

Jamal Elabiad writes of the possible demise of Morocco's only English-language newspaper, The Casablanca Analyst.

Qatar: Artist MF Husain trades Indian passport for Qatari one

Reactions on the Internet ranged from shock, dismay and delight as MF Husain, one of India's most celebrated and reviled artists, is offered Qatari citizenship - and accepts.

Morocco: Maghreb Bloggers Search for Common Ground

A three-day workshop for bloggers from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco was held from 15 to 17 February 2010 in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Participating bloggers reported and live-tweeted the event....

Azerbaijan: Oil Academy corruption allegations

ANTV, a citizen journalism site recently awarded for its contribution to freedom of the press in Azerbaijan, posts a YouTube video [AZ/EN] interview with Elmin Badalaov, a fourth year student...

Greece, Germany and the middle finger of Venus de Milo

In the continuing drama of the Greek financial crisis, a row erupted last week because of a German magazine cover that depicted ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo flipping a...

Azerbaijan: ANTV receives freedom of the press award

ANTV [AZ/EN/RU], an online citizen journalism site co-founded by now imprisoned video blogging youth activist Emin Milli, has received an award from ZEIT-Stiftung for its work in promoting independent voices...

Trinidad & Tobago: New Opposition Leader

“Kamla Persad-Bissessar will take her seat today in the Red House in Port-of-Spain as Trinidad & Tobago’s first female Oppostion Leader”: Islandista and Trinidad and Tobago News Blog weigh in.

Cuba: On the Front Line

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense says that “Orlando Zapata Tamayo's fight for liberty is not over, as reports…are that other Cuban freedom fighters are taking his place on the front...

Global: Concerns About Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

The last meeting of negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has provoked the protest of online communities against both its content and the circumstances of their negotiations

Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana: Rights of LGBT

gspottt has its eyes on developments in Guyana regarding the filing of “a constitutional challenge to a law criminalising ‘crossdressing’ in that country’s high court.”

Macau: Alternative public sphere

Chong from interlocals has a summary of a local research on the development of online alternative public sphere in Macau.

Russia: Government Supports Blogger School

Gov-gov.ru blogs [RUS] about a new online initiative: government-sponsored blogger schools that emerge in Tomsk (Siberia) [RUS] and Dagestan [RUS]. The Dagestan region has one of the lowest Internet penetration...

Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis: Corruption Watch

Barbados Free Press has its eyes on St. Kitts and Nevis when it comes to transparency and government accountability.

Russia: Provider Sued For Not Blocking Web Sites

The prosecutor's office of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Siberian region where most of Russia's oil comes from, filed a suit against a local Internet provider that refused to block “extremist”...

Armenia: Working conditions

Adrineh Macaan details the trials and tribulations of working in Armenia. The blog says that conditions are inconvenient and lacking, hours are long, and salaries sometimes take months to be...

China: CNN Poll on Tibetan Independence

C. Custer from ChinaGeeks blogs about anti-CNN members’ recent mobilization to spam CNN poll on Tibetan independence.

Russia: Online Media Competition Lacks Transparency

The Russian Federal Telecommunications Agency announced [RUS] a competition to support online media. Adindex.ru reports [RUS] that requirements for  lack transparency and suggests the competition is a way to encourage...

India: The Influence Of Local Language News Channels and Media

“The recent expansion in Indian language news channels and media, preceded by the expansion in the Indian language newspaper market has brought television to the fore, as a powerful new...

Puerto Rico: Artifacts Seized

The Voice of the Taino People Online notes that “the French authorities confiscated a piece of the Taino culture valued as high as one million euros…”

Trinidad & Tobago: Observations

Diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch focuses his attention on a few developments – from politics to crime – in Trinidad and Tobago.

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