BBG Media Highlights - April 4, 2013
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End of an Era - American Journalism Review, April 3, 2013

"The Iraq story created a new generation of journalists, myself included," says Omar Fekeiki, an Iraqi who worked for the Washington Post from 2003 to 2006. He earned a master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and now works as an assignment editor for Radio Sawa, a U.S.-supported Arab-language station in Washington, D.C. "Readers gravitated to the Iraq story in Arab and foreign media outlets, and we had a great chance to shine."


International media go live from Myanmar- Mizzima, April 4, 2013

Myanmar's Ministry of Information has announced that Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, and US-based wire service Associated Press have been granted permits to open bureaus in the country."We are now examining the application of another Japan-based media group, Kyodo News, which also wishes to open a branch in Myanmar," said a spokesperson from the Ministry. Other major foreign media, including Voice of America (VOA), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Radio Free Asia (RFA), opened bureaus in Yangon in mid-2012.


Controversial Preacher Removed from Diversity Day Program- Fox News, April 3, 2013

Michael Pfleger, the controversial Catholic priest who made racial remarks about Hillary Clinton and defended Louis Farrakhan, has been removed as a keynote speaker at a diversity day event sponsored by a federal government agency. A spokesperson for the Broadcasting Board of Governors told Fox News that Pfleger's office has been notified that his invitation to address the group has been rescinded. "This is an event that is meant to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity," spokesperson Lynne Weil told Fox News. "It was deemed by our senior management that it was not appropriate to have him as a speaker." The BBG is an agency responsible for non-military international broadcasting sponsored by the federal government - including Voice of America.

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North Korea warns its military allowed to wage nuke strikes against US- NBC News, April 3, 2013

"South Korea's government deeply regrets the entry ban and urges it be lifted immediately," South Korea official Kim Hyung-seok told reporters Wednesday. China expressed "serious concern" to U.S. diplomats over the worsening crisis. 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.


Egypt IMF Bid Resumes as Tensions Mount Over Prosecutor- Bloomberg, April 4, 2013

Egypt pushed ahead with talks on an International Monetary Fund loan, while the presidency dug in its heels in a dispute over the country's top prosecutor. Planning Minister Asharf El-Arabi said Egypt would reach a final agreement with the IMF within the coming two weeks, after applying for a $4.8 billion loan, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported, citing an interview with him on Radio Sawa.


Tell us please, is it true or false?- Arab Times, April 4, 2013

The first report was broadcasted by Radio Sawa, the sister station of Al-Hurra TV, at 6:45 pm on March 31, 2013 and again at 7:15 pm on the same day. According to the report, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah allegedly admitted that there are two Kuwaitis among the 94-member Muslim Brotherhood cell standing trial at a court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for causing chaos to the ruling system there. The report also quoted the premier as saying that these two Kuwaitis are members of the Brotherhood chapter in Kuwait.


Offshore Leaks: Vast Web of Tax Evasion Exposed- Spiegel Online, April 4, 2013

Meanwhile, Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva, the daughters of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, appear several times in the records. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has reported that they have three holdings on the British Virgin Islands.


North Korean nuclear reactor could be functioning in 4-6 months time- The Hankyoreh, April 4, 2013

It is expected that it will take North Korea four to six months to reactivate the Yongbyon nuclear reactor. This is much shorter than the one year that the South Korean government and experts had previously predicted, and it means that the North could be able to bring the reactor back online by the second half of 2013. "It will take North Korea from four to six months to reactivate [the nuclear reactor]," said Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an interview with Voice of America on Apr. 3. "Just as it did in Syria, North Korea can make modifications to the reactor without rebuilding the cooling tower that it blew up in Jun. 2008."


Zambia: MMD Mobilising SADC Support for Rupiah- AllAfrica, April 4, 2013

Nevers Mumba, the leader of the main opposition political party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), has said his party has gone to regional leaders around SADC to highlight the basis of fourth president Rupiah Banda persecution. Mumba says Banda is facing trumped up charges that are politically motivated to mess up his fledging international image. "We are now going into the region to also brief other presidents and heads of state in the region on the inhumane treatment that is being given to the opposition parties, including president Rupiah Banda," said Mumba in an interview with the Voice of America.


Laos: Development wins; human rights, environment lose- Asia Correspondent, April 3, 2013

However, a recent meeting of scientists in the Thai capital has affirmed that dams, including hydropower plants, are the largest threat to the fisheries of the Mekong, which support the livelihoods of tens of millions of people. Dams also intensify the negative effects of climate change on the Mekong. Read more on that from Voice of America. Compared with most of its neighbors, Laos is poor and still undeveloped. This also means it has relatively large areas of unspoiled nature. As is the case in other countries (like Burma) largely Chinese investment into infrastructure and business projects is changing the landscape of Laos, literally and economically.


Village Democratically Elects Own Leader in NE China- New Tang Dynasty Television, April 3, 2013

A village near Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province chose its first leader through democratic elections on Sunday.  The votes tallied in at 892 for the villager's candidate and 147 for the Communist Party's preferred candidate, the old village chief. Residents of Gaowangdui village petitioned to have the previous village chief kicked out of office. The villagers told Radio Free Asia that he forcibly evicted 750 households over a development deal. No alternative housing arrangements were made and locals reported road blockades and power outages were used to intimidate residents.


Research carried out by Radio Liberty: In Azerbaijan ministers are aging in their seats, holding their posts for 15-20 years- Panorama am, April 3, 2013

Azerbaijani officials are aging in their seats, holding their posts for 15-20 years, reads an article published in the Azerbaijani service of "Radio Liberty". As stated in the article the record for holding the office in Azerbaijan is set by the 78-year-old Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, who is heading the government of the republic for 17 years. State Statistics Committee Chairman Arif Veliyev is also a record-holder for length of service at the same post. He runs the affairs of the country for 20 years already.

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How reality has pierced through China's 'happiest 30 minutes' on television - South China Morning Post, April 4, 2013

Mainland internet users sarcastically dubbed China Central Television's (CCTV) nightly prime-time newscast, Xinwen Lianbo, the "happiest 30 minutes" on television, but there are now fewer smiles than before.


Syria's Media War - Daily Beast, April 4, 2013

From airstrikes and artillery bombardments to kidnappings and snipers, the hazards and hassles of covering the Syrian civil war are many. Now the Free Syrian Army-or at least the rebel brigades that control the main border crossing between Syria and Turkey-are adding to the challenges by demanding that foreign journalists going into Syria use translators and drivers provided by the rebels.


Anne-Marie Slaughter Named Next President of New America Foundation - New America Foundation, April 3, 20113

The New America Foundation's Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Anne-Marie Slaughter as the Foundation's next president, effective Sept. 1.


To avoid sexism, follow AP style - Columbia Journalism Review, April 3, 2013

If the New York Times journalists behind the much-criticized obituary-that originally led with pioneering scientist Yvonne Brill's fab "beef stroganoff" and mom skills-had only turned to the AP Stylebook's longstanding rules for covering women, they would not have found themselves so deep in the stew.

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