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19 April 2011

Stories from 19 April 2011

Philippines: Using social networks to promote local music

A photographer uses various social networks to promote original Filipino music.

Laos: Protest against Xayaburi dam

Activists held a picket in front of the Laos Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand to protest against the planned Xayaburi dam in Mekong River in Laos. The big dam, according to...

Myanmar: Petition campaign for peace and reconciliation

A petition campaign was initiated on the first day of the Burmese New Year at the headquarters of the Myanmar opposition party, the National league for Democracy, urging the President...

Myanmar: Quake victims need water and zinc sheets

A relief worker reports that quake victims in Northeast Myanmar need drinking water and zinc sheets for shelter. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar last month.

Malaysia: Residents to receive email account from the government

All Malaysian residents above 18 years old will get a 1Malaysiaemail account from the government.

Mexico: Felipe Calderon's Cabinet on Twitter

In mid-April, the government headed by Felipe Calderon announced with much fanfare that every member of the cabinet was now registered on Twitter, and prepared to deal more directly with...

Philippines: Mosquito Press

The Mosquito Press is an online publication that satirizes Filipino public figures, government offices, mainstream press, commercial products, and media practitioners, among many others. Some of its victims include the...

Uganda: Government Attempts to Block Facebook, Twitter as Protests Continue

As opposition politicians and others angry over rising fuel and food prices in Uganda continue to stage "walk to work" protests against the current regime, the government is asking Internet...

Malaysia: Ruling Coalition Tops Sarawak Elections

On Saturday 16 April, 2011, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won the state election in Sarawak, winning 55 of the 71 seats contested to retain its control and two-thirds...

Macedonia: “Sewing” Video-Clip/Film

On his blog, Daniel Gjurchinovski presented his short film Sewing, “shot and edited in one day.”

Colombia: Teen Produced Web Series about Gay Youth

Nineteen year old Jhoncito Arango's most recent web project has certainly caught the local media's eye in his native Colombia, where his web series Yonkis has had a very good...

Russia: Play on the swansong of the Yeltsin era

British playwright Thomas Hirst guestblogs at Siberian Light, writing about his new play The 17, about the demise of the Yelstin era in Russian politics.

Russia: Pullitzer prize for corruption coverage

Putin Watcher draws attention to two New York Times journalists winning the Pullitzer Prize for their coverage of Russian state corruption.

Russia: Restricting racism

Sean's Russia Blog writes about increasing government intolerance with Russia's racist movements, signified by a court ruling to outlaw an organization against illegal immigration.

Hungary: New constitution passed by parliament

Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum discusses the new Hungarian constitution, last-minute changes, and how major parties boycotted the parliamentary vote.

North Korea: Starving People Welcome Big Forest Fires

A recent NASA satellite photo showed a number of forest fires in North Korea. Free North Korea Radio, an internet-based news media founded and runs by North Korean defectors, reported...

North Korea: Biggest Magic Show Ever

North Korea staged its biggest magic show ever on April 18. It is believed to be a highlight in a week of festivities surrounding Kim Il Sung’s April 15 birthday,...

How China reports the Arab world

David Bandurski from China Media Project has translated al-Jazeera‘s chief correspondent, Ezzat Shahrour's excellent blog post raising questions on Chinese media's reports on the Arab world.

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