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· January, 2013

Stories about Media & Journalism from January, 2013

31 January 2013

The ‘Vishwaroopam’ Ban: Attack on Freedom of Speech?

The screening of Kamal Haasan's big budget Bollywood movie Vishwaroopam was banned in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu after Islamic organizations protested the depiction of the Muslim community. Actor-Director...

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights

RuNet Echo

As if Russia's liberals were not already outraged enough about a proposed federal law banning "homosexual propaganda", the firing of an activist school teacher protesting this law has sparked a...

Syrian photographer wins first place in a competition in Germany

30 January 2013

Why Did Mali's ‘Soldier of Death’ Go Viral?

This photo of a French soldier wearing a scarf depicting death's face has been shared around the world and has become a concrete symbol for many of the start of...

29 January 2013

Iran's Newspapers Silent on Mass Arrest of Journalists

The world's leading jailer of journalists has struck again. At least 12 Iranian journalists were arrested by agents of the regime's over the weekend.

“The Un-European Union”

28 January 2013

Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis

Search for Missing Boy Unites Malaysia

News about the disappearance of six-year old William Yau triggered a widespread campaign in Malaysia to help find the kid. Netizens helped in spreading news about the case. There was...

27 January 2013

Video: China's Social Media Landscape

Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a veteran activist and former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine (banned in 2010), received an 11 year jail sentence from a Thai court for publishing articles deemed...

Where Russia's Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov's Suicide

RuNet Echo

On the morning of January 17, Russian political refugee Alexander Dolmatov was found having hanged himself in a solitary cell of a Dutch deportation center. Dolmatov left Russia last summer,...

26 January 2013

Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga

The post of the Prosecutor General has been vacant for more than a year in Slovakia, largely due to President Ivan Gašparovič's failure to approve the previous Parliament's candidate. Slovak...

25 January 2013

Blogging for UAE Detainees

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice

On January 5, a group of illegal or "Journalia" workers (temporary or seasonal), started a long march from the city of Zouerat in order to reach the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott....

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement

24 January 2013

Hungarian Journalist Kidnapped, Then Released in Aleppo

Mexico: Florence Cassez, Guilty of Kidnapping or Victim of a Staged Process?

A great fuss has taken over the cyberspace after the French citizen Florence Cassez was released from a Mexican prision where she stayed seven years charged with kidnapping, illegal gun...

France: NGOs Condemn Privatisation of Public Domain

23 January 2013

Journalism Grants for Innovations in Development Reporting

Tobago's Election Results Send Message: Hit the Road, Jack!

Tobago's election results have come in and bloggers don't seem surprised. The incumbent, Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London, won by a landslide, while the main challenger, Ashworth...

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