Stories from 9 March 2009
Israel Yoroba wins West African blog award
Congratulation to Ivoirian blogger Israel Yoroba, in Dakar this week to accept an award for best blog written by a West African journalist [Fr].
Sri Lanka: TamilNet On and Off
ICT For PeaceBuilding (ICT4PEACE) reported that TamilNet, a pro-LTTE news site was once again accessible after being blocked inside Sri Lanka in June 2007. But the good news only lasted 12 hours as it was blocked once again, the blog informs.
Pakistan: A protest Up Close
Saad Sarfraz Sheikh at Lahore Metblogs posts some photos and first hand accounts of the protests of the workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) against the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that disqualified the Sharif brothers from contesting the general elections.
Guatemala: Will the New Anti-Smoking Law be Enforced?
Claudia Navas of Ordinaria Locura [es] is pleased that the new anti-smoking law is now in effect in Guatemala, but lists some of the arguments by some why it won't be effective such as that no one will follow the law and that the police and other public officials will...
Mexico: Gubernatorial Candidate's Website Similar to Obama's Website
MexaBlog [es] presents gubernatorial candidate Juan Blanco for the state of Chihuahua and whose website contains a striking resemblance to the website of Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.
Guatemala: Easy to Understand Demographics
Mafaca breaks down the demographics of Guatemala's population [es] in easy to understand terms.
The Status Of Women In Nepal
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day Birat Simha at Nepali Perspectives.. comments on the status of women in Nepal: “Until we can accept the fact that all babies, whether male or female, are born equal and have equal rights, the status of Nepali women will continue to be...
‘Middle India’ can make a difference
Rajesh Jain at Emergic opines that the 400 million strong Middle India, whose voices are not heard and who do not get the focus of the politicians, can make a difference in the upcoming Indian Elections.
Bangladesh: Role Of Media In Covering The BDR Mutiny
An Ordinary Citizen analyzes the role of media in covering the recent BDR Mutiny in Bangladesh. The blogger acknowledges that the “electronic media tried to convey the real-time phenomenon to the viewers,” and the citizen journalists expressed their opinion unhindered and made the whole process participative.
Iran: A blog to support Ahmadinejad
Jonbeshedavat blog is launched [fa] to invite Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to run in the next presidential election in June.
Iran: Student activist in trouble
In You Tube we can see (from 3.33-4.43 min) Ali Bagheri, a student activist in Sistan University in Iran was arrested by “security forces”. He was banned from university for protesting against insecurity and authorities in the university.
Egypt: Mostafa Hussein shreds the Honor Legacy
Honor, honor crimes, female genital mutilation (FGM), and virginity are deeply rooted concepts in the Egyptian culture. Call them heritage, legacy, or traditions, Mostafa Hussein brilliantly feeds them into the shredder.
Iran: A group of Muslim bloggers support Hoder
A letter was initiated by a group of Iranian Muslim bloggers inside Iran and calls on the Head of the Judiciary to act in bringing justice to Hoder, an Iranian blogger, who is now entering his fourth month in detention.
International Women's Day: “All women are queens”
Yesterday was International Women's Day, and francophone bloggers around the world used music, poetry and art to honor the beauty, achievements, and continuing struggles of women.
Senegal: A new documentary: Democracy in Dakar
Ethan reviews a new documentary titled, Democracy In Dakar, “It’s not just a portrait of a country’s vibrant music scene – it’s the complicated story of how hiphop emerged as a political force in Senegal, and how that force has been both empowered and thwarted in recent elections.”
Israel: Recruiting for the war of words
The Israeli government has been recruiting people for online hasbara, or promotion of Israel, and Mo-ha-med, who is based in Israel, decided to sign up.
Zimbabwe: Will Morgan Tsvangirai Attend Wife's Funeral?
Morgan Tsvangirai may not be back in the country for the burial of his wife in Buhera on Wednesday, writes Zimbabwean blogger Denford Magora.
Nigeria: The Nominees For Naija Bloggers’ Awards Are…
The nominees for Naija Bloggers’ Awards (Who You Be?) have been announced and the voting has begun.
Zimbabwe: Media Blackout On Opposition Ministers?
What will the the future of the relationship between journalists and the opposition in Zimbabwe?, “Zimbabwe journalists left The Avenues clinic in Harare where human rights activists are being admitted because two MDC ministers wanted them out. Finance minister Tendai Biti and ICT minister Nelson Chamisa had ordered the journalists...
Syria: Documentary Film Festival
Donatella Della Ratta, an Italian researcher on media in the Arab world, has been attending Dox Box 2009, a creative documentary film festival in Damascus.
Antigua & Barbuda: Upcoming Election
Abeng News Magazine notices that “the first significant general election in the English-speaking Caribbean in the post Obama campaign era is showing that it has learnt a lesson from the great North” – using the power of the Internet to reach potential voters.