BBG Media Highlights - April 5, 2013
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Cat and mouse- The Economist, April 6, 2013

The internet had been commercially available in China only since January 1995, and at the time it had fewer than 80,000 users in the country, but the fear of a "virtual Tiananmen Square" was palpable, writes Xu Wu, an academic.At about the same time the government started blocking foreign websites, including Voice of America. By July 1997, writes Daniel Lynch at the University of Southern California, Chinese police were looking for advanced filtering software at a conference in Hong Kong. In December 1998 China held its first known trial for a purely internet-based political crime, imprisoning Lin Hai, a software engineer, for sending 30,000 Chinese e-mail addresses to a pro-democracy magazine based in America.

Also mentioned in:  The art of concealment- The Economist, April 6, 2013


The Americans, Season 1- Slate, April 3, 2013

In Slate's TV Club for The Americans-which was created by Joe Weisberg, brother of the Slate Group's chairman and editor-in-chief, Jacob Weisberg-June Thomas will IM each week with a different partner. This week she chats with Masha Gessen, director of Radio Liberty's Russian service and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.


VOA Reacts to the Sequester- Radio World, April 4, 2013
The Voice of America is responding to the sequester budget cuts by eliminating select services, especially those aimed at Central Asia [...] VOA says, however, that all is not lost, it will continue to get its message out "through a host of other platforms, including radio and TV affiliate stations, direct-to-home satellite, web streaming, mobile sites and social media."

This Is Where the World's Richest People Hide Their Money- The Daily Beast, April 4, 2013

The British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Belize, and Switzerland. And we're talking billions.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a group of news outlets including The Washington Post, Le Monde, Radio Free Europe, and the BBC, unearthed a trove of 2.5 million files related to offshore accounts of individuals and countries from the United States to Azerbaijan. ICIJ says these documents represent the "biggest stockpile of inside information about the offshore system ever obtained by a media organization." The documents have been seen and analyzed by members of the ICIJ, but the millions of files are not publicly available.


Alumni Headliner: Alberto Pimienta- Ball State Alumni Magazine, Spring 2013 

When Alberto Pimienta, '12, turned from the camera to catch a glimpse of the Metropolitan Police Department's brigade parading down Pennsylvania Avenue, he knew this was not only an historic day for the United States but for his career. Having come to Ball State from Venezuela, it was moving and joyous for him to see peaceful democracy in action.  That morning, he arrived at his job in Washington, D.C. at Voice of America to cover the presidential inauguration and give his Latin American audience a sense of the momentous occasion.  (page 45). 

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Korean Tensions Aren't Spurring Foreigners To Evacuate- NPR, April 5, 2013

The phrase "tensions are rising" has been used a lot in recent days as And there were new reasons Friday morning to use that phrase: "North Korea Moves Missiles, South Korean Markets Roiled." (Reuters) "Report: North Korea Loads 2 Missiles Onto Mobile Launchers." (Voice of America) "South Korea Dispatches Aegis Warships." (Yonhap News) But as NPR's Bruce Auster , "the sky isn't falling over the Korean peninsula - yet."  


Can Xi Jinping Really Fight Corruption?- China Digital Times, April 4, 2013
With the detention of four activists in Beijing for publicly expressing support for official financial disclosure, The New York Times' Andrew Jacobs reports that new president Xi Jinping's push to curb corruption within the Communist Party may have limits [...]A number of political activists have signed a petition in favor of the so-called "sunshine law," according to Radio Free Asia, which spoke to the wife of one of the detained demonstrators   


Events in Rada reduce Kyiv's chances to sign agreement with EU, says Pifer-  Interfax Ukraine, April 5, 2013

The events that took place on April 4 taint the image of the Verkhovna Rada and Ukraine as a whole, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and now senior fellow of the Brookings Institution Steven Pifer said in an interview with the Voice of America. "The fact that the parliament is not working brings discredit to it. Unfortunately, the image of the Verkhovna Rada in Europe and the United States is not very good: fighting, MPs who vote for a few ones, and now a split. The Rada does not give the impression of the state body which is trying to solve serious problems in the country," he said.


Civilians in Afghanistan killed by NATO air strike (Video)- examiner, April 4, 2012

In a story on April 4, 2013, Radio Free Europe has reported, NATO Air Strike Kills Afghan Police, Civilians. Afghan officials have said a NATO air strike has killed at least four Afghan police officers and two civilians. This incident reportedly took place on the evening of April 3 in Ghazni Province, which is located in country's volatile southeast. Fazal Ahmad, who is the district governor of Deh-Yak, where the incident is said to have occurred, has said that a group of local police officers were patrolling the village of Sulaimanzai when they were attacked by NATO warplanes.


BMAP to bring strong candidates in constituencies: Achakzai- South Asian News Agency, April 5, 2013

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (BMAP) Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has said that different ethnic groups' rights must be acknowledged.  In an interview with Voice of America on Thursday, Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that Pakistan should be a real democratic country, where rights of the people should be respected, adding that people should have benefits of democracy, by bringing reforms Pakistan may become a great country." To a question over the current situation in the country, he said that country is passing through a very crucial phase. We may travel towards a fair democratic system.


A Tibetan Woman self-immolates over encroachment- Phayul, April 5, 2013

An unidentified Tibetan woman has set herself on fire in Kyegudo in Amdo (Ch: Qinghai) Province to protest against the demolition of her home. Citing sources in the region, the US-based Radio Free Asia said the protest occurred last week when a Chinese wrecking crew arrived to destroy her house. "Because of the eviction [of Tibetans] from their homes and the confiscation of people's farmland, a Tibetan woman self-immolated about a week ago" RFA quoted a Tibetan man as saying. However, Tibetans put out fire and the woman's condition is said to be "not life-threatening".


Anti-U.S. drones protest started in New York- News Pakistan, April 5, 2013

"We have a Nobel Peace laureate right now as president of the United States who is also a constitutional law professor by trade," Gilson says. "And yet he sees absolutely nothing wrong with invading foreign airspace against all sovereign rules and regulations of international law." The Obama administration has tried to assuage fears about drones by affirming that the president does not have the authority to use the weapons to kill U.S. citizens on American soil who are not engaged in combat, the Radio Free Europe reported. But for the protesters in New York, that's not enough. They are proposing a resolution to the New York City Council that would make the city a drone-free zone. Meanwhile, Pakistan's rights commission says that the United States has carried out 48 drone attacks in the country's tribal regions in 2012.

Of Interest

How A Female Photographer Sees Her Afghanistan - NPR, April 2, 2013

Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a "very closed, very dark time." To carry a camera would have been unthinkable. [PHOTOS]


4 Daily Habits of Game-Changing Social Innovators - Forbes, March 12, 2013

When we think about social innovation, we tend to focus on the outcomes-assistive technology for the blind, work for the underemployed, housing for the homeless. But it's people who work day after day to come up with new ideas and realize better solutions to social challenges. What are these changemakers doing on a day-to-day basis, when not receiving MacArthur Genius Grants for their work? And could you be doing the same?


Bloggers in Bangladesh Face Threats Online and Off - Slate, April 4, 2013

With political protests raging in the capital city of Dhaka, government authorities in Bangladesh are tracking activist bloggers and Facebook users accused of making derogatory remarks about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. This week, four bloggers have been detained, and officials say that seven more are to be arrested in the coming days.

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