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· February, 2016

Stories about Media & Journalism from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Belgrade Mayor Stands By Police Chief Who Interfered in Journalists’ Work

Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali has refused to comply with the request of Serbia's Ombudsman to fire the chief of the Communal Police, who interfered with the work of journalists.

27 February 2016

Hokkaido's Popular Poplar Cut Down Because of Misbehaving Tourists

The tree had increasingly become a tourist attraction in recent years, with people traveling to visit the tree to snap its picture.

25 February 2016

Pressure Like Nowhere Else in the World: Journalism in Afghanistan

"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."

Fearing Foreign Influence, Iran's Hardliners Bash the BBC Ahead of Legislative Elections

"Those that claim that foreign media is supporting the reformists are charlatans."

UN Human Rights Official Pulls No Punches in Assessment of Hungary

After a nine-day visit, UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst highlighted the disheartening conditions human rights activists face in Hungary.

24 February 2016

Egyptian Writer Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for His ‘Sexually Explicit’ Novel

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji has been sentenced to two years in prison for publishing a chapter of his "sexually explicit" novel in a magazine.

Iberian Media Collectives Will Gather in Portugal to Debate Alternative News

Alternative media from Portugal and Spain will share their experiences because "it is urgent that we find other ways to communicate and to make and transmit information."

23 February 2016

Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece

In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.

Facts Be Damned. China's President Demands Media Outlets Parrot the Party Line

"When all the media are working for something other than the people's interest, people are left behind and forgotten."

Journalist Hit With Defamation Suit From Timor Leste's Prime Minister Over Corruption Reporting

It's the second time the journalist has faced legal action accusing defamation. This time, it's over his reporting on alleged irregularities in a computer equipment project in the Finance Ministry.

22 February 2016

Anabel Flores Becomes Yet Another Journalist From Mexico’s Veracruz to Be Killed

The murder of Anabel Flores adds to the distressing statistics which prove that Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America to practice journalism.

An Alleged Male Prostitution Ring Ignites Debate About Privacy and Journalism Ethics in Colombia

"By publishing the video of the ex-deputy minister, you have made yourself I would argue an example of what future journalists should NOT do."

Iranian Newspapers Document Abuse and Mistreatment of Afghan School Children

“There’s no official directive condoning physical violence against Afghan students. The problem is society’s views.”

21 February 2016

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

Fascinating 16mm Films of Japan, Hong Kong and Asia From the Last Century

Michael Rogge has uploaded a collection of videos documenting life in Japan and other parts of Asia at the dawn of the continent's economic transformation.

20 February 2016

Protests at Indian Universities Add Fuel to Public Outrage Over Sedition Laws

The arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges has posed a rare legitimacy test for Prime Minister Nahendra Modi and his "intolerant" ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Brazilian Activist Flooded With Death Threats After Newspaper Runs Phony Interview

The well-known Brazilian journalist, teacher, and human rights activist Leonardo Sakamoto says he started receiving death threats after a small newspaper published a fake interview with him earlier this month.

19 February 2016

Blogging Is Making a Comeback in Russia, Thanks to the Man Who Helped Kill It

RuNet Echo

A funny thing is happening in the chaos of today’s Russian Internet use: people are starting to feel overwhelmed on social media.

China's Media Wants You to Love the State as Much as You Love Your Family

"...you can't cut your connection with your father for the emperor's sake. The expression of 'showing filial piety to the state' is absolutely ridiculous."

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