BBG Media Highlights - April 3, 2013
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Bashar Kadumi, missing 226 days, no news - Medyaloji (Turkish news outlet), April 3, 2013
Journalists gathered in front of the Syrian representative offices in Istanbul and Ankara, to urge for action on the 226 day mark of the disappearance of their colleague, journalist Bashar Fehmi Kadumi. [...] Bashar Fehmi Kadumi, Al Hurra TV's correspondent, disappeared on August 19, 2012 while reporting on the civil war in Syria.
[Link goes to Google Translate version of article. For original, click here.]

Let lawyers speak freely - Phnom Penh Post, April 2, 2013
In practice, this probably means that if a lawyer hasn't applied in advance, the Bar Association will take note and wait for a chance to hit back at the lawyer. A case in point: on Radio Free Asia, Bun Hon ridiculed combative lawyer Sok Sam Oeun, president of the Cambodian Defenders Project, saying he didn't know the law. Sok Sam Oeun had criticised Article 15 of the lawyers' code of ethics, not realising the article had been amended - and Bun Hon took full advantage of this.

Peter Halasz - The Telegraph, April 2, 2013
He spent his years of exile in New York until 1970, London until 1975, and then in Munich, winning a loyal following from the Hungarian diaspora. As a writer and broadcaster for Radio Free Europe from 1957 to 1987, he also retained a large audience in Hungary, whose citizens were thirsty for news and views not subject to censorship. His topical reports and interviews with famous Hungarian émigrés such as Arthur Koestler, Sir Georg Solti, Edward Teller and the Hollywood film director George Cukor gave his compatriots a window to the outside world. But such work made him persona non grata in Hungary, and it was not until the fall of communism in 1990 that Halasz finally visited Budapest again.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Fatal Landslide Draws Attention to the Toll of Mining on Tibet - New York Times, April 2, 2013
The surge in mining, aided in part by the opening in 2006 of the train across Qinghai Province to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, has drawn investment even from Western companies.As a result, protests have flared across the plateau. One rally against a project in Markham County by about 1,000 Tibetans in August ended with the fatal shooting of a man by security forces, according to a Human Rights Watch researcher and Radio Free Asia.

China expresses 'serious concern' over North Korea crisis - NBC News, April 3, 2013
A Chinese official met ambassadors from the United States and both Koreas, expressing hope that Pyongyang and Seoul could resolve their differences through talks, China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, according to Reuters and Voice of America reporter Steve Herman.

Uzbekistan should free editor to receive medical care - CPJ, April 2, 2013
Nina Bekjanova, the journalist's wife, told reporters that she saw that his health had deteriorated when she visited him in jail in March. She said he needed immediate treatment for a hernia and a relapse of tuberculosis, according to Radio Ozodlik, the Uzbek service of the U.S. government-sponsored Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Bekjanova said the editor had not complained about his health to her during her previous visits, but that when she visited him last month, he had said, "There's not much longer left [for me] to suffer."

World Digest - Washington Post, April 2, 2013
China frees longtime Tibetan prisoner: Noted Tibetan political prisoner Jigme Gyatso has been released after 17 years in a Chinese prison and is reported to be in poor health as a result of his treatment, according to a spokesman for the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in India and Radio Free Asia. The 52-year-old former monk was reportedly released about a year early, probably because of poor health, and has returned to his home town in an ethnic Tibetan area in the northwest province of Gansu.
Also cited in China Digital TimesTimes of India

AU rejects Seleka leadership in CAR - UPI, April 2, 2013
African Union spokesman El-Ghassim Wane told Voice of America the alliance was working with the international community to find a suitable solution. "We totally reject the act that has been taken by Seleka, that of course, includes the illegal decision by the head of Seleka to proclaim himself as president of the republic, to remain in power and to usher in a so-called transitional period," he said.

In the foreign-language press:

H7N9 Avian Influenza Found in China and the Public Fears - SINA (China mainland online news) April 1, 2013
Wang Wen, a biochemist at Oxford University in Britain, said in an interview with Radio Free Asia on March 20th that infectious virus such as influenza can be transferred from birds to pigs and then to people. That is to say it is possible that influenza-infected pigs floated on Huang Pu River, but Chinese government claimed the animals died from freezing temperatures.

NK's ridiculous claim that Rodman delivered U.S. apology - (South Korean news), April 2, 2013
North Korea claiming Dennis Rodman and other basketball players who visited Pyongyang last February were an official U.S. diplomatic delegation. Even more unbelievable, Radio Free Asia reports, is that North Korean press is claiming Rodman's visit represented an apology on behalf of the United States.

Continuing International aid to NK - OBS NEWS (South Korean news), April 2, 2013
While tensions on the Korean Peninsula are escalating, international humanitarian assistance to North Korea is ongoing. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency said to RFA's Korean Service on Tuesday that they'll provide almost 6 million $U.S. for drinking water and sanitation projects in North Korea. 
Of Interest
Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership - Harvard Business Review, March 29, 2013
How, then, does one lead the changing of an organization, whether it is a company, business unit, service line, department, or work unit? By changing the work systems that comprise the work environment around the people whose behavior is supposed to change. Therein lies the key to successful, embedded, and sustained change: alter the environment, and people will adapt to it. Call it a species strength. We behave based on the reality around us.

Libya's shaky post-revolution media - Foreign Policy, March 29, 2013
The field of journalism witnessed a huge expansion in Libya since the February 17, 2011 uprising. Under Qaddafi's rule, the media was tightly controlled. Freedom of expression was censored entirely Today there are 200 printed newspapers in Tripoli and Benghazi alone, and more than 18 satellite TV channels throughout the country, and the number is only increasing. However, the industry still has a long way to go before it can become a reliable source for many Libyans.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Year of Living Dangerously - The Daily Beast, April 2, 2013
As a worldwide symbol of the struggle for human rights, there has been hope and indeed expectation that Suu Kyi would speak out on any or all of these issues, to play the role of moral guide and teacher, which she fulfilled so admirably in between her bouts of detention. Instead there has been an uncomfortable silence.

To Russia with Internet restrictions: Russia's child-safety plan is more censorship than good sense - Digital Trends, April 2, 2013
If you remember SOPA/PIPA, you know that sometimes laws intended to halt illegal behavior can end up limiting Internet access. And that's what opponents to a Russian Internet law that aims to block Internet pages it deems harmful to children are concerned. Of course, protecting children from seeing harmful content is a good idea, but the way it's being enforced casts doubt on its efficacy. Innocent websites and Internet users are getting caught in the crosshairs and penalized for innocuous statements.
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