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· July, 2012

Stories about Media & Journalism from July, 2012

31 July 2012

Costa Rica: Video Love Note Gets Vice-Minister Dismissed

The Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños was removed from her post by the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla after a video showing an underwear clad vice minister sending...

Russia: Anti-Church Activist Flees Under Psychiatric Incarceration Threat

RuNet Echo

A blogger and leader of the Youth Human Rights Group in Karelia, has fled Russia to Poland after months of interrogations by prosecutors that included threats of detention in a...

Angola: Citizens Demand Transparent Electoral Campaign

Tanzania: Newspaper Shut Down by Government

On 30 July, the government of Tanzania banned indefinitely a popular weekly investigative newspaper called Mwanahalisi. Tanzanians received the news with great astonishment, although the same newspaper was previously banned...

Wales: Imagining the Welsh Language Web

For the 600,000 speakers of Welsh the Internet represents a galaxy of new opportunities to use and see their language. But what exactly is 'y we Gymraeg' - the 'Welsh...

30 July 2012

Taiwan: Threat of Media Monopoly and Power Abuse

Taiwanese civil society is worried that the acquisition of cable TV services by Want Want China Times would result in political censorship, in particular on mainland China news. A recent...

Mauritania: Diplomat Sets Himself Alight

A few minutes before Iftar, Hassan Ould Abba, a Mauritanian diplomat who used to work as an advisor at the Mauritanian Embassy in Kuwait, set himself alight in the district...

Brazil: Concerns Over Public Health in Januária

Rising Voices

Participants of the citizen journalism project Amigos de Januária, Rising Voices grantee of 2011, are carrying on the mission to monitor the local government of Januária, in Brazil. The latest...

29 July 2012

Pakistan: Hindu Boy Converted to Islam in Live Telecast

A Ramadan special on a private TV channel is making news in Pakistan. Controversial TV show host Maya Khan, invited a religious scholar to convert a young Hindu boy to...

Brazil: Board of Social Communication Under Criticism

Peru: Environmental Journalist Detained in Cajamarca

24 July 2012

Indonesia: EngageMedia's Video4Change Retreat on Video for Social Change

Indonesia was the host-country for Video4Change, a week long retreat where different organizations came together to discuss how video can be used for social change and also come up with...

The Bahamas: Comments on the Colorado Shooting

There has not been a significant reaction in the Caribbean blogosphere about the Colorado movie theatre shooting - which is being cited as one of the deadliest in recent U.S....

Colombia: Locals Concerned Over Media's Slant on Cauca Conflict

The indigenous people of the Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, are concerned that the media is misrepresenting their struggle to expel legal and illegal armed groups from their territory. Netizens...

21 July 2012

Mauritania: A Journalist Behind Bars

Mauritanian journalist Obeid Ould Amegn, whose health is in bad condition [Ar], is still in the central prison of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Obeid Ould Amegn, a journalist and an...

Peru: Graffiti Overshadows Coverage of Anti-Mining Protests

During a recent protest march in Lima against the Conga mining project, the monument to the liberator Jose de San Martin was defaced with slogans against the government and the...

19 July 2012

Video: Internet Society Discusses International Freedom of Speech and Censorship

Will the technologies of anonymization win out over new digital monitoring tools? And will new wireless data technologies foster democracy–or lead to more effective tracking and surveillance? A panel discussion...

Indonesia: Charismatic Entrepreneur Charmed Jakarta Voters

Residents of Jakarta, Indonesia went to the polls to elect a new governor of the country's capital. In a surprising twist, voters supported Joko Widodo, an entrepreneur and mayor of...

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