14 March 2009

Stories from 14 March 2009

Pakistan: Media Muzzled Again

  14 March 2009

All Things Pakistan reports that GEO News (a private TV news channel) was blocked in different cities of country as crackdown on the Long March continued in Pakistan.

Armenia: Anti-corruption student protest?

  14 March 2009

Unzipped comments on an apparent anti-corruption action staged by members of a pro-government youth movement against allegedly corrupt university lecturers in Armenia. Global Voices Online's Caucasus editor also reports on the action on the Frontline Club blog.

Colombia: Insecurity at Antioquia University

  14 March 2009

A former student at Antioquia University in Medellín, Colombia was killed with six shots to the head by two masked men. Juliana Rincón of Medea Material [es] provides some of the reaction in forums and email lists to the insecurity at the university.

Peru: Death Threats to Journalist Julio Vásquez

  14 March 2009

Angela of Desde Mis Ojos [es] writes about the death threats being received by Peruvian journalist Julio Vásquez, who had uncovered the torture of townspeople by the national police and the security staff of a local mine in Piura.

Serbia: Anti-Discrimination Law Controversy

  14 March 2009

Belgraded writes about a proposed new anti-discrimination law: “In short, The Churches don’t like two articles – one concerns person’s right to change religion. This is the same reason we can’t keep our mobile phone number if we switch to a different mobile carrier here in Serbia. Both the Churches...

Hungary: Subtitling vs Dubbing

  14 March 2009

Csíkszereda Musings is campaigning against Hungarian TV dubbing – and in favor of subtitling: “My problem is that saying that you are the world’s best dubbers is akin to saying that X is the world’s best instant coffee. It may be true, and you may even be proud of it,...

Czech Republic: The Crisis and the Media

  14 March 2009

The Czech Daily Word doesn't like the Czech media's approach to the coverage of the crisis: “But I think it is more than obvious by now that the more extensive and detailed coverage of anything where the word crisis is mentioned, the more people will, well, freak out.”

Czech Republic: “We care about Tibet”

  14 March 2009

The Czech Daily Word writes: “The famous flag can be seen on various buildings all over Brno once again. Institutions, public or private companies and even individuals display it to say We care about Tibet.”

Latvia: Ban on March 16 Rallies

  14 March 2009

Free Speech Emergency in Latvia writes about the ban on “the right to free assembly near the Freedom Monument [in Riga] on March 16, a date associated with commemorations of the World War II Latvian Legion as well as counter-demonstrations claiming the Legion memorials glorify Nazism.”

Poland: “The Brothers K”

  14 March 2009

Raf Uzar, whose “theory” is “that contemporary Polish politics will be fashioned by the strength (or weakness) of the relationship between the twins,” writes about “the Brothers Kaczyński.”

Jordan: Bloggers Come Together in Celebration

Jordanian bloggers came together to mark the second Blog About Jordan Day on March 12, an initiative started in 2008 by Qwaider. Jordanian and expat bloggers wrote about Jordan's perks and advantages, about its problems and future, and some were inspired to reflect on their personal attachment to the country.

Ukraine: Banks Not Trusted

  14 March 2009

Ukrainiana explains why people are reluctant to entrust their money to Ukrainian banks: “Bring the money to the banks? Only to have the banks refuse to give the money back when you need it? Hasn’t the government poured billions of hryvnias into troubled banks without demanding equity stakes from them?...

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