Stories about Media & Journalism from May, 2014
Police in Macedonia Strong-Arm Journalists Into Erasing Riot Arrest Footage
The riots, sparked by the murder of a 19-year-old, created tension between ethnic Albanian and Macedonian populations of the capital city Skopje.
Rwanda: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful
Although Rwanda has made great strides in recovering from the 1994 genocide, advocacy groups continue to report human rights violations.
Now Russia Wants to Tighten the Noose Around News-Aggregation Sites
Russian lawmakers are taking steps to classify news-aggregating websites as mass media, which would require companies like Yandex to register with the government and face stricter regulations.
Shooting the Messenger: Jamaica's Brendan Bain Controversy Continues
The controversy over Jamaican Professor Brendan Bain's court testimony in the Caleb Orozco case in Belize continues. Everyone's talking, but is anyone listening? A few bloggers peel away the layers.
The Legalisation of Political Repression in Ethiopia
Beza Tesfaye describes how the Ethiopian government legalises political repression in the country: It has been one month since the latest round of repression against government critics in Ethiopia began. Last weekend, the Zone9 bloggers and three journalists who were arrested in late April appeared in court. To date, very...
What Happens When a Muslim, Jew, Christian, Atheist and Agnostic Travel the World Together?
Victor, Josselin, Samuel, Ilan and Ismael all belong to different religions (or none at all). Together, they created the InterFaith Tour.
Podcast: History of the Internet in China
Sinaca Podcast discusses how the Internet has grown and changed China with three guests who have experienced the worst and the best of the Chinese Internet: Duncan Clark from BDA China, Gady Epstein from The Economist, and Bill Bishop, the author of the Sinocism newsletter.
Thai Coup Selfies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
There is reason to be less worried as long as we see Thai coup selfies on our timelines. Coup selfies provided the latest information about the political situation in Thailand.
What is Really Ailing France ?
The inability of the French economy to rebound from the Euro zone crisis, the loss of corporate champions like Alstom and Arcelor and the forceful rise of the far right party (Front National) at the latest European elections [fr] are seen by many observers as tell-tale signs of the country’s relative decline. Yet...
Serbian Bloggers Censored for Criticizing Flood Relief Efforts
Bloggers, journalists and rights-conscious Internet users have flooded the Serbian web with republications of a blog post condemning the government for stifling free expression during the country's state of emergency.
Trinidad & Tobago Media Association Slams Irresponsible Statement
A statement by the Commissioner of Police suggesting that “inaccurate reporting” may have led to death threats against a local journalist, has irked the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago: MATT hopes that the Acting Commissioner of Police was perhaps inarticulate in his characterisation of the threat because if his...
Russia's Hashtag Activism in Ukraine
Russian activists are capitalizing on #BringBackOurGirls by framing in analogous terms Ukraine's capture of two Russian journalists, hoping for a similar groundswell of awareness and public outrage.
Why the Press Needs Protection in Trinidad & Tobago
An investigative journalist testifies that his life was threatened. One Trinidad and Tobago-based blogger discusses how this troubling development challenges citizens' social contract with their democracy.
Will Another Minister Be Sacked in Trinidad & Tobago?
A video has surfaced allegedly showing Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Sport rolling what many perceive to be a joint; Wired868 has a field day with the news.
Were Jamaican Professor's Statements Supportive of Anti-Homosexuality Laws?
Esteemed medical professor Brendan Bain was sacked from the University of the West Indies over court testimony in which he suggested that homosexuality can be a danger to public health.
Escape from Ukraine, or Return of the Tomato Terrorist
After coming in contact with separatists, Morozov was arrested and accused of being a spy: "I don't hold it against the militia who tortured me in Antracite" he later wrote.
Free Speech Curtailed as Thailand Declares Martial Law
After controlling the newsroom of 14 TV stations, the Thai army has closed down 2,000 radio stations across the country. Army insists martial law is not a coup.
Can Technology Transform Education in Trinidad & Tobago?
Trinidad and Tobago recently hosted Virtual Educa, an initiative designed to explore cutting-edge developments in education, technology and e-learning. A few netizens wonder if technology will actually help improve schooling.
In Eastern Ukraine Conspiracies Believe in You
Several Russian journalists made connections between Eastern Ukraine separatist leaders and Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev.
Video on Murder and Corruption in Trinidad Goes Viral
Vice News produces a damning video about the level of corruption in Trinidad and Tobago, alleging that high-level players involved in international drug trafficking are driving the country's gang wars.
“JetGate” Forces Resignation of Bermuda's Premier
An alleged corruption scandal has prompted the resignation of Bermuda's premier, leaving the island in the midst of political upheaval and the ruling party with an uncertain future.