BBG Media Highlights - April 9, 2013
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Internet Censorship In China: Tibetan Activists, Bloggers Use Apps, Proxies To Access Banned Contents- International Digital Times, April 9, 2013
Complaining about the censorship in China, Chinese overseas human rights activists and Tibetans-in-exile say that Beijing uses every tactic possible to track any anti- government movements. Surprisingly, there are still quite a lot of bloggers and activists who are able to gain access to the officially banned and barred foreign channels and sites, including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. Tsering Woeser, a famous Tibetan blogger based in Beijing, is one of the bloggers who was able to access such banned sites and channels. Woeser says she uses a number of apps and proxies to access contents despite censorship in China. Many other Tibetans like Woeser can also listen to the Radio Free Asia or Voice of America or Voice of Tibet by using apps and proxies apparently brought from the black market.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
China declines to blame North Korea for recent tensions- The Washington Times, April 8, 2013
Beijing's reluctance to pressure its ally may be due in part to the foreign policymaking role played by China's military, which is largely responsible for the existence of North Korea, having committed 2 million men to turn back a U.S.-led U.N force during the Korean War. "The logic of North Korea as a buffer still, I think, has currency within, particularly military circles in China," Euan Graham, senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore told Voice of America.  Many analysts consider that Beijing's view of its own interests on the peninsula coincide with those of Pyongyang: Both parties' top priority is to preserve the hereditary dictatorship of the Kim family.

95 Army personnel going to Guam for missile defense- USA Today, April 8, 2013
In a 2012 report, the National Research Council of the National Academies said a THAAD system would be the one best suited to protect military bases on Guam and in Japan from a North Korean attack. Last week South Korean officials said North Korea moved a missile with considerable range to its east coast, which Voice of America said likely is a Musudan rocket capable of carrying a 1.2 ton bomb. The Musudan's range is a little less than 2,000 miles but potentially could be as much as 2,500 miles, according to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington. That's enough firepower to reach Japan and also could make a target of Guam, a 209-square-mile island with about the same area as Huntsville, Ala.

Saudi Arabia Court Orders Criminal to be Surgically Paralyzed- Time, April 9, 2013
According to a 2010 Pew study, at least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan say they would favor making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery, whipping and cutting off the hands of those found guilty of robbery and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion. In practice, however, "most Muslim countries do not use traditional classical Islamic punishments, " Ali Mazrui of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies said in an interview with Voice of America. And at least one form of eye-for-an-eye punishment is still common in the U.S., where 33 states still have the death penalty. When it comes to executing the most people per year, the U.S. ranked in thetop five in 2011 - along with China, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen.

32 Students Allegedly Massacred in Recent Meikhtila Violence- The Irrawaddy, April 9, 2013
Saw Nang, a reporter with the Democratic Voice of Burma, arrived at the madrasa around 5 pm on 21 March, some six hours after the attack took place. She said she saw a pile of 30 to 40 bodies between the madrasa and a nearby elevated road. She returned at 9 pm and the bodies were on fire. People were standing around the pile, some of whom she said were crying. Video shot by Radio Free Asia and circulated on Facebook shows the immediate aftermath of the attack on the madrasa and surrounding buildings, with police seen escorting hundreds of Muslims out of Mingalarzayaung quarter. At one point in the video, a woman watching the evacuation from the road is heard shouting "Kill them, kill them!"

Monk Arrested for Smuggling Rohingya in Buddhist Robes- The Irrawaddy, April 9, 2013
A Burmese monk has been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle a group of Rohingya Muslims disguised in Buddhist robes from western Arakan State to Rangoon, Radio Free Asia reported on Monday. The monk from Mon State and the driver were charged with smuggling eight Muslim men and helping them impersonate the Buddhist clergy, the news agency reported. The Rohingya men were arrested for traveling without proper documentation. The United Nations calls Rohingya Muslims one of the world's most persecuted groups.

Morning Clicks- South China Morning Post, April 9, 2013
Radio Free Asia: Still no news from the four demonstrators detained since last week after publicly calling for officials to declare their assets in Beijing.

From the foreign-language press

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Egyptian Military Protects Democracy- Masrawy (Egyptian news and information portal) April 8, 2013
In an interview with Alhurra, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that the Arab Spring was inevitable. "It was impossible that these dictatorial leaders, in some of these places, would be able to maintain control over the people, not share the wealth of their nations and deny them information and opportunities; I never expected this to be an easy transition," Dempsey stated. On the situation in Egypt, Dempsey said, "I believe that the Egyptian military has been a stabilizing influence inside of Egypt. So it wouldn't make sense to me today to suggest that we should withdraw support from the Egyptian military, because they have been the ones protecting this democratic process."
Also cited in Elbashayer
Of Interest
News by and for the Authorities- New York Times, April 5, 2013
Unlike independent publicly owned media in democratic states, authoritarian state media's chief functions are to block and attack. Blocking ensures that consistent criticism of the leadership does not affect the public that consumes its news primarily over the airwaves. Attacking, by use of smears and mass media disinformation, is designed to tarnish anyone who is perceived to pose a threat to the authorities' power. For civil society, it is this attack function that is most destructive.

Will 21st century broadcasting use the airwaves?- Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2013
In light of a second preliminary court ruling in favor of Aereo, a service that lets people record and watch broadcast television programs through the Internet, a top News Corp. executive says the company may take its Fox television stations off the airwaves, Bloomberg's Andy Fixmer reported Monday. And News Corp. isn't the only broadcaster that may retreat from over-the-air TV; according to Forbes' Jeff Bercovici, two major networks are mulling whether to do so if they can't prevail in court against Aereo and Dish Network's automatic recording and commercial-skipping features.

The View From Inside Cuba's Not-So-Worldwide Web- techPresident, April 5, 2013
The "Palacio Central de Computacion" lies in the heart of central Havana, amid battered monuments and the crumbling shells of grand hotels. Despite its "palace" billing, the design of the squat blue two-story building recalls its origins as a pre-revolution Sears box store. At the entrance, a government employee sits at a desk, with two uniformed guards standing by. No, she states firmly, foreigners may not enter the facility, and no, photographs are not permitted. What are those intent young Cubans doing at the desktops behind her? "Computing," she answers, that is, writing school essays and emails to their Cuban friends on the Cuban "Intranet."
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