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· August, 2014

Stories about Media & Journalism from August, 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

Mexican Cartoonist Compares James Foley's Execution with Presidential Interview

On August 21, Mexican cartoonist Francisco Calderón raised controversy after publishing on his daily cartoon section on Grupo Reforma, an image depicting president Enrique Peña Nieto wearing an orange jumpsuit...

13 Photos by an Exiled Iranian Photojournalist of People Caught in Conflict in the Middle East

Maryam Ashrafi's portfolio spans Iran, Iraq, Turkey and France. Global Voices interviewed her about her work.

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

A Private Hospital in Bangaldesh Held a Patient's Body Ransom Because the Family Couldn't Pay Up Immediately

The deficiencies in Bangladesh's government hospitals and the uncertainties regarding service prompts people to chose private hospitals -- at a huge expense.

In Defense of the National Gallery of Jamaica's Director

Over the last month, the National Gallery of Jamaica's executive director's leadership was the target of criticism, first via an anonymous letter written to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, and then...

With Body Bags Returning from Ukraine, ‘the War’ Comes Home to Russians

At the wrong ends of bullets and bombs, people have been dying in Ukraine for months already. Now there are new signs that Russian soldiers are joining in the bloodshed.

Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble

In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.

Ferguson Evocative of Civil Rights Movement, Says Trinidadian Diaspora Blogger

What’s happened – and what is HAPPENING in Ferguson makes my heart hurt. The ache won’t go away. The anger won’t go away. We’re witnessing history in the making, and...

Documenting Nationalistic Hate Speech in Macedonian Media

Human rights expert, activist, and blogger Žarko Trajanoski published a series of analyses about nationalistic, right-wing hate speech in Macedonian media, often veiled as “patriotic” speech. „Патриотскиот“ говор на омраза...

Serbia’s ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ Wins Big Support from Western Dignitaries

Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.

Macedonian Police Harass Journalists Covering Protests

Police harassment of media seems to have become a regular occurrence in Macedonia, which has included the detainment and sentencing of some journalists in the country. On August 25, 2014,...

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

Eerie Similarities in Deaths Provoked by Police Brutality in Staten Island and Paris

Eric Garner was a 44-year-old African-American man who died following an attempted arrest by the NY Police Department. On July 17, 2014, when police officers attempted to arrest Garner, he...

Digital Media Guru Headlines Highway Africa 2014

Highway Africa organisers have announced that Dan Gilmor will be the keynote speaker for the 18th edition of the conference which takes place from 7-8 September, 2014 in at Rhodes...

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

From Cats to Military Parades: Photoblogger in Sevastopol Reflects Crimea's Patriotic Euphoria

These days, Crimean photoblogger Natalya Golovan is more likely to document a military ceremony or a celebratory fireworks display than the cats she photographed before.

Iranian Photojournalist Arrested Alongside Washington Post Reporter Is Released

An unidentified female Iranian-American photojournalist was released on Thursday, Aug. 21 after being held in police custody at an unidentified location since July 22. The photojournalist had official accreditation from...

Ukrainian Daredevil Climber Admits to Painting the Moscow Star in Ukraine's Colors

The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.

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