Stories about Media & Journalism from April, 2006
Belarus: Conference on Mass Media
Edward Lucas, the central and east European correspondent of The Economist, has been invited to an unlikely conference on “integration of Belarus into the world media landscape” in Minsk, sponsored by the Belarusian government, but he doubts he'll be granted a Belarusian visa.
Chile: Newspaper Does Not Give Attribution for Photo
Leo Prieto says that local newspaper La Estrella de Iquique used one of his Creative Commons-licensed photos without attribution and that he plans on taking legal action. Creative Commons licenses were officially adopted in Chile late last year.
China: Google's compromises
Shak at Chinawhite, via Imagethief, gives us a sneak preview of Google in China: The Big Disconnect, a feature story to be published in this coming weekend's New York Times Magazine: “Brin's team had one more challenge to confront: how to determine which sites to block? The Chinese government wouldn't...
Cuba: Alternative radio workshop
Perspectivas in Movimiento announces (es) the Latin American workshop on “alternative radio in the fight for the emancipation of humanity”, in Holguín, Cuba, from May 4-7.
Barbados: Blood ties and general elections
Reading the Barbados online newspapers in the UK, Neil Benn discovers that his father will be a candidate in the next general election.
What is self-censorship?
Many people think that in China the state media is censoring content online and offline vigorously under government order. However it's not always true since many of the censorship works are not done by the government officials but self-censored. Followed is a translation of recent blog post by Zhao Maoyu...
Belarus: No BBC in Belarusian
br23 blog reports that there are no plans to launch BBC Service in Belarusian because Douglas Alexander, British minister, thinks the coverage of Belarusian affairs in Russian and Ukrainian is sufficient.
China: Dusty discussion
A storm in the Chinese blogsphere this week. Not the heated kind, though—this one's meteorological. A sandstorm has been raging through Beijing and parts of Northern China since April 10. Here are three posts from the last four days: April 16 DARKS Temporary Base blog 来到西安快两年了 却是在几天前才遇上了沙尘暴 尽管感觉很恶劣 还是如同第一次见到雪那样大惊小怪起来 I've...
There's no bridge, and a lot of troubled water in Malaysia. It's all about the cancellation of Malaysia's plan to build a bridge to Singapore. Jeff Ooi has been following the fallout and also wondering whether the Malaysian press was gagged over the story.
Manila – blogging conference capital
In the Philippines many bloggers are, understandably, excited by not one but two conferences on blogging and the internet taking place in the capital Manila. In one part of town there is the second Philippine Blogging Summit iBlog2. Blogger disini judges it a success: We had more speakers (5 times...
There's a new video blog site in Thailand
There's a new video blog site in Thailand. In fact it's apparently not just new, it's the first! Called, descriptively, Thailand Video Blogs it is part of the Thai-Blogs.Com group. I found the tattoo festival footage particularly interesting.
Manal – The bold and the beautiful Moroccan blogger
Do you remember Jyllandsposten? The newspaper that published cartoons of the prophet (PBUH)? Representatives of the paper refused to meet with the BBC, CNN or the Danish TV, but agreed to meet Manal!! Yes, Manal is a student-doctor who blogs and wants to make a difference. Her blog Manal Carpe...
Kenya: media presentations on Africa
Kikuyumoja’s realm comments on the journal, New African….. “the lasting impression is that they are constantly trying to portray this modern picture of the continent – the focus, it seems, is on showing the rest of the world what’s so new on Africa and how diverse it actually is.”
China: Unconstitutional arrests
Richard from The Peking Duck writes with a link and a post on two Chinese journalists arrested within the last year who according to Chinese law are being held illegally. “Hao Wu's sister, blogging about her helplessness in the face of her brother's disappearance into the black hole of Chinese...
Cuba: Festival of Poor Cinema
Malmi announces (es) the 4th International Festival of Poor Cinema, which takes place in Gibara, Cuba, from April 17-23, and discusses the festival's background and philosophy. “Those new technologies,” writes Malmi, “that widen the gap between rich and poor, when applied to the world of the image, allow for films...
Poland: Jolanta Kwasniewska
The beatroot writes about “Poland’s answer to Martha Stewart”: former first lady Jolanta Kwasniewska, now “a fashion and lifestyle guru.”
India: News and Adverts
Adverts disgused as news seem to run on headline tickers. I don't know what's worse – that companies resort to such advertising, or that media organisations need money that bad. Youth Curry has more.
Sri Lanka: Run-up to Geneva II
Even as the second round of negotiations are underway at Geneva, Moju examines the recent spate of violence and wonders if Geneva II could have had a worse start.
China: Correspondents receive Pulitzer
Lian Yue's Eighth Continent blogger makes mention of New York Times correspondents Jim Yardley and Joseph Kahn who, as announced Monday, have been awarded a Pulitzer prize for their recent series Rule by Law.
DRC: Building the Demosphere
Blogger Tony Katombe from Le Blog du Congolais invites (FR) readers to sign up for the Demosphere, ” a network of sites, blogs and emails of activists and militants involved with the struggle for democracy in countries under dictatorship.” Last week, Katombe and the Demosphere were the subject of a...
Mexico's Ley Televisa and TV Duopoly
Sure, the heated U.S. immigration debate is also being discussed south of the border. But so is another controversy, which could have a lasting impact on the future of media in Mexico, but has hardly been mentioned in the English-language press. The recent reform of a law, which gives more...