Stories from 3 May 2011
Russia's position in American non-profit organisation Freedom House's report "Freedom on the Net 2011" ratings has dropped from the previous findings in 2009. The report analyses freedom of access to the Internet in 2009-2010 in 37 countries. According to author Marina Litvinovich, to "liberate" the Internet and raise Russia's position in Freedom House's ratings, the Russian community must turn its attention to Article 282 and start a campaign to have it repealed.
On World Press Freedom Day, Tetyana Bohdanova translates from online discussions about the state of the media in Ukraine and the possible reasons behind the shrinking of press freedom in the country.
Anupam Saxena at Medianama reports that the Bangalore Traffic police has launched a Facebook page, for connecting with citizens as a department.
The crisis scenario in Portugal, worsened by the fall of the Government in mid March, and consequently the opening of the doors to the "troika" for an international financial bailout, has left the Portuguese judging the path taken over the past three decades, one towards the idea of an open and joined-up Europe.
To learn about music in Portuguese or by Lusophone artists, visit Caipirinha Lounge [en, pt], a bilingual blog “born out of a sincere belief that Lusophone music should reach a much larger audience”.
Saudi terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in a United States CIA operation in Abbottage, Pakistan, yesterday. Netizens from around the Arab world have reacted to the news. On Twitter, reactions flowed all day, with some cheering his death and others mourning the demise of the Al Qaeda's 54-year-old head, whom they called a martyr.
Don't be surprised to learn that Taiwan TV news always try hard to decode global issues with “Feng shui“, and this time it is the death of Osama bin Laden and his mansion being decoded. While “Feng sui Master” in the news says that any leader stay in that kind...
The website For CV introduces a theatre and film project in Cape Verde called Mim’delo [pt]. According to the non-profit association behind it, 10 pt, Mim'delo aims to involve marginalized youth who “[struggle] to find their identity, space and voice under the pressure of poverty, the lack of job opportunities, crime,...
The news of the death of Osama Bin Laden is still creating commotion in world media and especially in social media. Aamir Raz Soomro from Karachi brings to us some different perspectives on how Pakistanis on social media reacted to this eventful news.
The news of the death of “the world's most wanted man” was received by Zimbabwean netizens with mixed reactions. Perhaps the reactions were somewhat to be expected as Osama was killed by the American government, which some Zimbabweans say is responsible for their country's problems.
It may only be May but a lot has happened in the last few months across the Arab world. After news of the operation in which Saudi terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed was announced yesterday, tweeps are left reflecting on the year that was.
“When I heard the news, I wasn't sure whether I should exhale or hold my breath”: CURRENTS BETWEEN SHORES suggests that the killing of Osama Bin Laden is tantamount to a “powerful symbolic victory”.
Gerard Best suggests that “the Trinidad and Tobago media [must] go beyond the discussion of Press Freedom and begin to re-examine its role in advancing the development of this small, complex and culturally rich society.”
Diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch calls the death of Osama Bin Laden “a political coup…political survival at its best, and apparently it has worked…”
Uncommon Sense says that the Cuban authorities continue to try to contain free expression, “extend[ing] its blockade on information…by limiting access to the Internet.”
Caribbean Book Blog reports that Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott has won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his “seemingly effortless flow of language and imagery.”
On Bondy Blog, Widad Kefti portrays [fr] the capital “Tunis’ main road, stripped clean of Benalism”.
Illegal Tunisian migrants, who arrived in Paris via the Italian island Lampedusa and were rescued by a grass-root organization tell the Bondy Blog [fr] about their feelings of “regrets, anger, honor, and a little shame too”.
When news of Osama bin Laden's death broke on May 2, 2011, journalists in the United States were tweeting and using social media to report what they saw on the streets. It marks an interesting contrast to how 9/11 itself was reported in 2001 when social media was still only a nascent technology. Have journalists finally become citizen reporters?
Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated Chinese netizens’ reactions on Osama bin Laden's death.
Speaking at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event over Skype, Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli call for an international campaign involving celebrities to draw attention to those harassed and imprisoned by authoritarian regimes. The two recently released video blogging youth activists also note that online tools are ineffective without...