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· November, 2015

Stories about Media & Journalism from November, 2015

30 November 2015

Armed Police Provide Intimidating Backdrop for Serbian Interior Minister's Press Conference

"This is a way of openly calling for persecution and lynching of individual journalists and directly puts their safety at risk"

27 November 2015

Are Russian News Media Getting a Boost from Retweet Bots on Twitter?

RuNet Echo

Analysis indicates the retweet and favorite counts of some of Russia's top news agencies are seemingly being artificially inflated by hundreds of Twitter bots.

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

24 November 2015

How the Ruling Oligarchy Imperils Japanese Democracy

How committed is Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to Japan's national defense, and what does that mean for the country's Constitution?

If You Want to Know What #1in5Muslims Thinks, Don't Ask UK Newspaper The Sun

The British tabloid inspired the hilarious hashtag after twisting the results of an already dubious telephone poll into the Islamaphobic headline: "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis".

23 November 2015

Haitians Take to the Streets to Protest Elections Results

Haitians are claiming that the results of the country's recent elections are a sham, staging massive street protests that are quickly turning violent.

21 November 2015

On Covering the Paris Attacks, and Other Thoughts on Journalism

The Bridge

"Landing in Paris a day after the attacks with 24 hours to tell a story. Go where? Talk to whom?" An Iranian journalist reflects on his craft and its context.

20 November 2015

Five Top Tweets: Iranians Ridicule Censorship on the ‘Filternet’

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian Internet users hurled sarcasm, profanity and snark at the country's "filternet" after recent blocking of the Telegram messaging app.

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

RuNet Echo

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

17 November 2015

Peruvian Journalist Is Awarded Prize in Climate Change Contest

The Peruvian journalist Pilar Celi Frías is one of the winners of the Voices2Paris contest, being selected from among 130 articles about climate change submitted from 40 countries.

After Blasts That Killed 43 People, Lebanon Asks: ‘What About Us?’

Tragedy hit both Beirut and Paris, with bombings claimed by ISIS. While Parisians gets a "safety check" feature on Facebook, the Lebanese are asking why have they been left out.

15 November 2015

Think You're Cool? Then These Stop-Motion Ultraman Videos Are for You.

A YouTube user has created compelling stop-motion videos of the beloved Japanese superhero Ultraman.

13 November 2015

A New Hashtag Battles the Hatred Between India and Pakistan With Love

"Let peace be spread everywhere...Long Live Peace...Long live peace lover of both countries...."

On French TV, Iran's President Plays Down Women's Facebook Protest Against Hijab

"...the law that made hijab mandatory in Iran is in part due to your own writings. You are responsible and now that you are in power you must be accountable."

9 November 2015

In Venezuela, 140 Characters Can Land You in Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

It took one or two tweets to seven people, with no criminal record and active political participation, ended up in jail in Venezuela. Here are their stories.

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

6 November 2015

Is an Award-Winning Photo of a Haitian Immigrant Bathing in Brazil Unethical?

"The objective of the media in the middle of these crises is to pressure the state to take a stand, not to embarrass those who need help the most."

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