Stories about Media & Journalism from July, 2016
South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks
Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.
Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack
RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.
A Chinese Communist Party Ad Asks: ‘Who Am I?’ Social Media Responds: ‘Corrupt.’
"I am the one promoted, I am the one who enjoys privileges, I am the one you can never surpass, as you can never overthrow the party."
Critics of ‘Military Impunity’ Take On Indian-Administered Kashmir
In recent weeks, there have been protests in Delhi and Calcutta, where demonstrators called for the revocation of two controversial laws, and the immediate demilitarisation of the Kashmir region.
With Trepidation and Excitement, Pokémon Go Finally Launched in Japan
Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan on July 22, 2016. The entire country has surrendered to the craze of capturing mythical monsters using a mobile device.
Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales
A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.
Viral Photos of Fukushima Win Media Attention Abroad, Criticism From Some in Japan
"Not only is what he did illegal, but beyond disrespectful to victims of the disaster who had no choice but to leave their homes."
As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship
"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."
Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover
"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."
The Murder of Trinidad's Notorious ‘Robocop’ Leaves the Country Worried About What’s Next
As some in Trinidad and Tobago plead to "stop the killing", others wonder whether they should brace themselves for more violence after the murder of an alleged crime lord.
Ayatollah Khomeini Died 27 Years Ago, But a Trump Advisor Still Wants Him to Condemn Last Week's Attack in Nice
Appearing on Fox News, Flynn said, “I want the Imam, or Khomeini, to stand up and be counted and to talk about this radical form of ideology in their bloodstream."
O Little Town of Danghara: Tajikistan Facebookers Mock Historical ‘Discovery’
"Adam and Eve were also from Danghara!"
You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…
"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.
After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together
"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."
Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance
"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"
Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)
“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.
Can Fact-Checking Save Democracy—and Journalism as We Know It?
In the age of copy-paste disinformation, the need for formal fact-checking is more critical than ever.
One Twitter User's Frame-by-Frame Analysis of the Dallas Shooting Media Coverage
"Think critically about what is reported and how it's being said. More importantly, look for what's being left off the page and why."
Tax Evasion or Political Journalism? Private Newspaper’s Battle With Zambian Government Continues
Unpaid taxes, arrests, alleged police brutality and upcoming elections have convoluted public perspective on whether Zambia's main independent newspaper should be allowed to remain operational.
European Memes, the Hilarious Antidote to the Shock and Uncertainty of Brexit
In the aftermath of Brexit, relations between the UK and EU are in a shambles. The Twitterverse, however, remains united in hilarious transnationality.
According to the Indian People, The Real Brexit Happened In 1947
Brexit could have huge implications on global economics, trade and politics -- but India has a unique perspective on the UK's decision to leave the European Union.