· October, 2010

Stories about Media & Journalism from October, 2010

Cuba: Incomplete

  19 October 2010

“The Cuban Catholic Church reported over the weekend that the ‘process to release the 52 prisoners is completed’, says Uncommon Sense, who adds: “But 13 of those prisoners remain in jail, including 12 who repeatedly have insisted they will not accept release if it means having to take forced exile…”

Myanmar: Advocacy video guide

  19 October 2010

The Witness Blog provides a Burmese version of their training videos that gives human rights activists several tips and techniques on how to document and advance their advocacies.

Brazil: Magazine censored by opposition party

  19 October 2010

The magazine Revista do Brasil, produced by the Rede Brasil Atual, has been censored by the opposition party, PSDB and its candidate, José Serra, for allegedly campaigning in favour of rival candidate Dilma Rousseff, informs [pt] Conceição Oliveira, in her blog, Maria Frô. Rede released [pt] a note repudiating the opposition's...

Barbados: Back in the Saddle

  18 October 2010

“Wuhlossssss. A day is a long time in politics in Bimshire. It's official, y'all….”: Cheese-on-bread! reports that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is back at the helm of the Barbados Labour Party as Leader of the Opposition.

Haiti: Camp Conditions

  18 October 2010

Nine months after the January 12 earthquake, Haiti Grassroots Watch examines the conditions in the country's “1,354 squalid refugee camps”.

Russian Newsweek Closes

RuNet Echo  18 October 2010

Closure of Russian Newsweek provoked a lively reaction [RUS] among bloggers. One of the reasons for it is that the majority of Russian Newsweek's staff had blogs. Photomans posts [RUS] his press passes, Anticompromat complains that the whole archive of the magazine is inaccessible now, BFM explains why the closure...

Russia: Photos of Children's Camp Decorated as a Social Network

RuNet Echo  18 October 2010

Habrahabr user goodsprite posts pictures of the children's summer camp. Author, who worked at the camp, claimed that children had to register in Russian social network Vkontakte.ru. Photos depict camp's wallpapers decorated by hand-drawn illustrations of Vkontakte.ru interface and various applications like “Happy Farmer” (analogue of “Farmwille”).

South Korea:A Star Anchor Threatens To Sue a Twitterer.

  18 October 2010

South Korea’s star anchorwoman, Kim Ju-ha made headlines as she threatens to file a defamation lawsuit against a tweeter who called her “brainless.” Many Twitterers are condemning her reaction as ‘neurotic’. The KoreaTimes translated and summarized a heated debate going on at Korean Twitter.

Puerto Rico: “80 grados,” A New Online Magazine

  16 October 2010

“80 grados is a publication open to a diversity of reflections”. The School of Communications of the University of Puerto Rico and the citizen media nonprofit Prensa Comunitaria have just inaugurated the digital online magazine 80 grados [ES].

Sierra Leone: The Vickie Remoe Show

  16 October 2010

Africa is a Country introduces his readers to the online and broadcast TV lifestyle show, The Vickie Remoe Show: “I’ve been following Sierra Leonean Vickie Remoe’s lifestyle and culture blog Swit Salone for a few years now. Blogging from Freetown since 2007, Vickie has been a consistent source of information...

Brazil: social networking world champions

  15 October 2010

Comunica Geral [pt] reports that a Unisys-led study has shown Brazilians beat the rest of the world in social networking. 19% of Brazilians said they access social networking websites at least once a day for work-related reasons, compared to 3% of Americans, 7% of Europeans and 5% of respondents from...

Brazil: media silent on handouts from state education departments

  15 October 2010

Conceição Lemes at Vi O Mundo [pt] has posted a lengthy interview with web researcher NaMaria News [pt], in which it has been claimed that some of Brazil's major media groups have received substantial funding from São Paulo state's Education Department and the country's Education Development Foundation.

Jamaica: Blogging for Action

  15 October 2010

Adding her voice to the Blog Action Day initiative, Labrish Jamaica says: “The global water cycle is speeding up and countries in the tropics are taking the brunt [of] it.”

Jamaica: Bail for Buju

  15 October 2010

As news breaks that Buju Banton has been granted bail, Girl With a Purpose says: “The conditions of his bail are so onerous, that I'm wondering if he shouldn't just save himself the expense and remain in prison until December”; The Wickedest Time, on the other hand, sees the development...

South Africa: How Do You Fairly Select Best Bloggers?

  15 October 2010

The winners of South Africa Blog Awards 2010 were announced on 25 September 2010 at the annual awards ceremony at the One & Only hotel, Cape Town. Some South African bloggers think that the process used to select best bloggers is not fair. Here is a roundup of their criticisms and suggestions.

Cuba: Violence in Schools

  14 October 2010

“Although the official media do not report it, through word of mouth from independent journalists, alarming cases of school violence have come to light”: Iván's File Cabinet reports.

Zambia: Are Journalists Dogs or Watchdogs?

  14 October 2010

Zambian journalists have recently been in the news not as reporters and editors but as victims after an opposition parliamentarian, Mumbi Phiri, labeled those working for state-controlled media organisations as Lt-Gen Ronnie Shikapwasha's dogs. Lt-Gen Ronnie Shikapwasha is the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services. Zambians online discuss her statement and apology.

Guyana: Creating Awareness

  13 October 2010

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month”: The Guyana Groove urges her compatriots to “speak up and save a woman’s life.”

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