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· November, 2012

Stories about Media & Journalism from November, 2012

Tajikistan Blocks Popular News Website

The higher the walls they are building, cutting people off from the outside world, the more willing people are to destroy the walls and bury those who build them under...

Chinese Netizens React: People’s Daily Fooled by The Onion

Chinese newspaper People’s Daily made a fool of itself this week when it seriously reported that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was named Sexiest Man Alive by The Onion,...

Will China's New Leadership Bring More Freedom of Press?

China Central Television (CCTV) has always been considered as government propaganda. However, the past week has seen progress in its news coverage, including that of Ren Jiayu, a young man who...

Tajik Official Blocks Facebook and Summons its CEO

The chief of the state-run telecommunications service in Tajikistan has ordered Facebook blocked and asked the social network's CEO to travel to the Central Asian country and meet with him....

Spotlight on China's ‘Re-education Through Labour’

Ren Jiayu, a former village official in Chongqing, who was sentenced to re-education through labour for criticizing the government was released and put under the spotlight of state-controlled media. Many...

Japan's Live Streaming Platform to Host Cross Party Talks

Japan's popular live streaming platform Nico Nico Douga will host cross party talks on November 29, 2012. Niwango, the company that runs Nico Nico Douga invited the presidents of 14 different political...

Mozambican Newspaper Wins Innovation Grant to Develop a “Citizen Desk”

Global Voices partner in Mozambique, @Verdade newspaper, is one of the winners of the African News Innovation Challenge, ICFJ announced today, November 28, 2012. The innovation grant will be used to...

Television Network Telecinco Sues Blogger in Spain

Pablo Herreros, the blogger who a few months ago successfully got sponsors of a television show to pull their advertising until TV executives committed to more ethical behavior, was sued...

Angola's Sophisticated Censorship

The 37 years of independence of Angola don't translate into more press freedom. Rather, the model of Angolan censorship is getting increasingly sophisticated. The most recent attack was against the...

China: Top 10 horrible figures of 2012?

This week, Chinese internet users come up with their own list of the “10 Most Horrid People of 2012.” The list was shared on Sina Weibo by “Weekly Commentary” [zh]  (每周评论),...

A Glimpse of the Human Moment of Chinese Leaders

A Chinese micro-blogger, Wang Dongdong tweeted the above image on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter on November 23, which has been retweeted over 103,000 times. The blogger [zh] said, I really like this...

In Russia, Fake News Sounds Real

A Russian version of The Onion wreaks havoc on unsuspecting bloggers. Could it be a Kremlin plot? That's probably a hoax!

Protests Put an End to Chris Brown's Guyana Gig

Just over a month ago, Guyanese bloggers were voicing their displeasure over talk of a Chris Brown concert that was allegedly being supported by the government. Much of the controversy...

Top Russian Journalist, Oleg Kashin, Fired from Print Newspaper, Moves to Online Journal

Earlier today, Kommersant newspaper announced that it has fired columnist Oleg Kashin, one of Russia's best known journalists. In comments to Lenta.ru, Kommersant's chief editor, Mikhail Mikhailin, explained [ru] that Kashin's...

Ivorian and Russian Bloggers Make Light of the Electoral Fiasco for the Presidency of the French Conservative Party

Ivorians should abstain from bombing the Head Quarters of the UMP (The main Conservative Party) in France and help them move forward with the recount. Notre Vision in Côte d'Ivoire...

Beloved Presidential Candidate in South Korea Bows Out

With the presidential election just a month away, South Koreans were surprised when the top contender suddenly dropped out of the race. This unprecedented political move was made by South...

A South Korean Received 10 Month-Jail Term for Retweeting North Korean Tweets

Park Jung-geun, a South Korean photographer/activist, was arrested for retweeting North Korean official Twitter account's messages back in January. He received a suspended 10 month jail term last week.

Spain: Catalan Newspaper Censors Blog for Reporting Hunger Strike

Catalan journalist and Global Voices contributor Lali Sandiumenge recently decided to disassociate her blog on digital activism, Guerreros del teclado or "Keyboard Warriors" from Catalonia's leading daily newspaper, La Vanguardia...

United Russia MPs Object to Online Satire

United Russia MPs threaten to take humorous website to court for libel. The outrage, however, was likely provoked by an internet tabloid.

Pakistan Stands With Palestine

A number of rallies and protests were held in Pakistan to show solidarity with the Palestinians in their recent conflict with Israel. Using social media, people have raised concerns over...

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