· July, 2013

Stories about Media & Journalism from July, 2013

Data Visualization: Electric Japan

  15 July 2013

Electrical Japan [ja], a website by researcher Asanobu Kitamoto [ja] lets you explore electric power plants and energy consumption in Japan through data-visualization. The color of the dots represents the type of power plant, for example fossil-fuel plants are red and hydroelectric plants are blue. The size of the dot represents the amount of power generated....

Caribbean: We Are Trayvon Martin

  15 July 2013

“Not guilty”. With those two words, a firestorm of discussion broke out among Caribbean netizens over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin‘s death.

Trinidad & Tobago's Media Association Pulls a 180 in Press Freedom Debacle

  14 July 2013

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago has retracted its original statement about political interference having a part to play in the alleged reassignment of key reporters in the Guardian's newsroom, leaving some bloggers wondering if the whole affair was a storm in a teacup…or if the public is not being told the whole story.

Africa Check: Sorting Fact From Fiction

  14 July 2013

Africa Check uses journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting out fact from fiction regarding claims made by public figures around the continent.

New Internet Law in The Gambia Puts Gag on Government Criticism

  12 July 2013

Parliamentarians in the tiny West African state of the Gambia have ratified and passed a new law that seeks to tighten laws on Internet freedom. The law seeks to punish “instigating violence against the government or public officials”, and also targets individuals who “caricature or make derogatory statements against officials” or “impersonate public officials”.

The Bahamas: Life Begins at 40?

  12 July 2013

The Bahamas marked its 40th anniversary of independence from Great Britain this week. A few bloggers shared their thoughts about the milestone…

Should Foreign Reporters Learn Bahasa?

  12 July 2013

DC Guy observes that most foreign correspondents in Indonesia have little knowledge of the local situation: They can't understand the TV. They can't understand the radio. They can't read local blogs, websites, or newspapers. All they have is the English language sources. It's why the Western wires were obsessed with...

Press Freedom Déjà Vu in Trinidad & Tobago

  11 July 2013

All anyone seemed to be talking about today in Trinidad and Tobago was the walkout at the Guardian newspaper and whether there is more in the mortar than the pestle. Many bloggers are making the point that this isn't the first attempt at silencing journalists in the country.

Indian Blogger Forced To Delete Post

  10 July 2013

Prasant Naidu at Lighthouse Insights reports that film critic, journalist and blogger Soumyadipta Banerjee was apparently forced to delete a recent blogpost. He wrote a post at his BollywoodJournalist blog describing the life and death of Constable Ravindra Patil, the only eye witness in Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s famous 2002...