Stories about Media & Journalism from June, 2014
Hosting the World Cup or Olympics Isn't All Fun and Games. This Website Breaks It Down
These sporting events don't always have a positive impact on their host cities. Website Sport Better Cities digs into the good, the bad and the ugly of hosting.
Slow Internet Connectivity Holding Back Online Reporting in Cameroon
In an interview with the online journal Tiptop Stars, Adeline Sede-Kamga, publisher of FabAfrique magazine and organizer of the recent Cameroonian bloggers hangout, assesses the state of online reporting in Cameroon: I think a lot of people are getting their voices heard online these days. Although there are a few...
This Experiment Tried To Test India's Rape Problem. The Results Might Startle You.
An entertainment group staged a rape in India to see how passersby would react. Their hidden camera captured many ignoring the woman's screams and doing nothing.
54 Days in Prison and Counting for Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers
Six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective and three journalists have been in prison with no formal charges since April 25, 2014.
INTERVIEW: Taking a Closer Look at ‘Boteros,’ Havana's Private Taxi Drivers
The project "Boteros of Havana" shows how day-to-day life can bring out interesting stories in journalism.
What About Bermuda's Unsung Heroes?
Bermuda marks National Heroes Day on June 16, but in the absence of an honoree for this year's celebration, bloggers discuss how the observance of the holiday could be improved.
Some Clarity on New Russian Blogger Regulations
The Russian agency in charge of regulating the Internet, Roskomnadzor, has released a new document detailing how laws governing blogs will operate when they comes into effect later this summer.
Sharia Law and Free Speech in Brunei
The Sharia Law has created more difficulties in enhancing free speech and media freedom in Brunei. Dissenting voices were stifled after the Sultan threatened legal action against critics.
Do You Know Top 30 Kenyan Blogs?
Kenyan blogger James Wamathai shares a list of top 30 Kenyan blogs: According to Alexa, the following are the top 30 Kenyan blogs. As with the list I did in February, it is dominated by gossip, entertainment and lifestyle blogs. One notable entrant to the list is benkiruthi.com which is...
50 Most Visited Websites in Kenya
Did you know what are the top most visited websites in Kenya? Read James Wamathai's blog post on the subject: A lot has changed since February, when I did the last Top 50 most visited Kenyan websites list. Budget airline Jambo Jet was launched, NMG’s county paper Nairobi News was...
Are Bangladesh's “Men In Black” Fighting Crime or Killing for Money
Bangladesh's elite crime-combat force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is under intense scrutiny for alleged cases of abductions, torture and extra judicial killings.
Thousands of Spaniards Demand a Republic Following the King's Abdication
Many observers see an intent on behalf of the crown to maintain the monarchical system with this abdication.
Did You Share Those Images of the Indian Girls Who Were Gang-Raped and Hanged?
Shocking images of two teenage Indian girls, gang-raped and hanged from a tree went viral on social media, leading to heated debates about our motives behind sharing such images indiscriminately.
Europe’s Far Right Are Inspiring Russians
While the electoral success of the Far Right worries some in the European community, many Russians have welcomed the surge in Euro-skepticism as a vindication of Moscow’s anti-EU posturing.
Can Trinidad & Tobago Rise Above Race-Based Politics?
As the Prime Minister remains mum about polarizing comments made by a religious and political leader, Trinidad and Tobago netizens wonder if the country will ever get beyond tribal politics.
Hackers Are on the Money Trail
Saturday June 7 is ”The Money Trail ”regional hack day organized by Hacks/Hackers to track the flow of public funds throughout Latin America.
Caribbean: Corruption & the World Cup?
The sooner the international investigation is able to bring closure to the matter…the sooner the Caribbean maybe able to purge this sore from the…landscape. As the 2014 World Cup draws closer, Barbados Underground tackles the issue of alleged corruption within the world governing football body and its ties to the...
Thailand's Coup Protesters Are Looking to The Hunger Games for Inspiration
Protest ban? No problem for anti-coup protesters in Thailand as they adopted the 'Hunger Games' salute while some conducted 'read-in' activities in public places.
This Santomean Scholar Wants You to Help End Racial Stereotyping in Media
Grada Kilomba, expert on racial studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin, talks about how the same media which helps reinforce racial stereotypes should be mobilized to rebuild a positive identity.
What Democracy? Questioning Oscar López Rivera's Imprisonment in the United States
Puerto Rico's most widely circulated newspaper, El Nuevo Día, published an editorial [es] in its Sunday edition on June 1, 2014 in which it questions the moral standard of the United States’ government to intercede in favor of political prisoners around the world while insisting on unjustly maintaining Puerto Rican political...
Puerto Rican Diaspora Calls for Oscar López Rivera's Release
The digital magazine La Respuesta has put together a series of photo galleries that chronicle efforts in Chicago, New York City, and Cleveland to release Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera from prison. Oscar has already served 33 years in prison, an exaggerated amount of time for the charge...