BBG Media Highlights - May 2, 2013
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Getting Away With Murder - CPJ, May 2, 2013
Iraq has the world's worst record on impunity. No convictions have been obtained in 93 journalist slayings in the past decade. The vast majority of the victims, 95 percent, were local journalists. They include freelance cameraman Tahrir Kadhim Jawad, who was killed on assignment outside Baghdad in 2010 when a bomb attached to his car exploded. Jawad was a "courageous cameraman" known for getting footage "where others had failed," Mohammad al-Jamili, Baghdad bureau chief for the U.S. government-funded outlet Al-Hurra, said at the time. Police opened an investigation but made no arrests.

In Index, a pattern of death, a roadmap for solutions - CPJ, May 2, 2013
When I took a close look at the murders that occurred in 2012, several trends stood out. All 25 victims were local journalists, and about 85 percent had covered politics. Many of the victims focused on corruption, produced multiple reports on the same topic, and were outspoken in their views. The large majority worked for small to mid-sized radio stations, websites, or newspapers that could provide little to no institutional support or protection. Because of the public nature of their work, the victims were easily identified and their routines readily tracked by their killers. Among the 2012 victims, six were targeted on their commute to and from work. Nine other victims were killed as they went about their daily routines: giving prayer as Mukarram Khan Aatif was doing at a mosque in Pakistan; drinking tea as Rajesh Mishra was doing at a public stall in India; or having a drink as Décio Sá was doing at a bar in Brazil.

North Koreans tune in for a glimpse of the outside world - Guardian, May 1, 2013
There are more professional stations, such as Voice of America and the Korean Broadcasting System. Often, people simply listen to whatever they can find. But Lee believes that defectors have a better understanding of how to address North Koreans, and that many in the North are intrigued to learn about those who have left the country. The broadcasts go out between midnight and 2am, when people in the North have the best chance of listening without interruption. Listeners glue the seals from their devices back on if they hear rumours of crackdowns.

The Enduring Legacy of America's Commitment to Asia - Heritage Foundation, May 1, 2013
My hope has always been that Radio Free Asia-and I had the legislation to make that permanent-which broadcasts into countries that don't otherwise have a free press-will provide that opportunity for a surrogate free press. But what's important here is that the voices need to be reporters who are recently from that country. We have also expanded this into North Korea in some major ways.

Religious freedom in Tibet worst in a decade: Report - Phayul, May 1, 2013
The report further recommends the US to "offer publicly to facilitate meetings between Chinese officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama" and ensure "continued availability of funds to maintain appropriate Tibetan and Uighur language broadcasting through the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia."  
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Video of Turkmen Leader's Spectacular Fall Foils Effort to Cover Up Accident - New York Times, May 1, 2013
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, an American-financed broadcaster, reported that the president was riding one of "Turkmenistan's prized Akhal-Teke horses," named Berkarar, the Turkmen word for "mighty." One witness, Clara de Vos van Steenwijk, president of Luxembourg's Akhal-Teke Association, told the broadcaster that as the president crossed the finish line, "he looked at the crowd with a big smile, and, about 20 meters further, the horse stumbled, probably on a soft spot in the sand, and went down on his knees and, of course, stopped at that point. And so the president, who was going quite fast, moved on and fell in the sand."

Last remaining personnel at Kaesong may return home Thursday: source - Yonhap News Agency, May 2, 2013
Related to the cutting off of ties, a poll conducted by Radio Free Asia (RFA) on North Korean escapees in the South, showed 54 percent wanted the Kaesong complex to be maintained compared to 32 percent who wanted it shut down.

Is the United Nations ready for a fight in Congo? - Foreign Policy, May 1, 2013
This kind of rhetoric may not mean much and it's far from certain that there will be direct clashes. The brigade's presence may instead serve as an incentive for militia groups to negotiate and even eventually disarm. But if there are confrontations, this Voice of America account raises an important question: what happens if the M23 or other militias direct their ire not at the intervention brigade itself, but at the bulk of the UN force, which is spread out and has far fewer resources?

Freedom of the Press 2013: China media environment 'one of the world's most restrictive' - Shanghaiist, May 2, 2013
Responding to Freedom House's findings, Libby Liu, President of Radio Free Asia, said: "Sadly, there are no surprises here. Especially troubling in this year's survey is the noticeable decline in Hong Kong's media environment, which may be interpreted as a distressing indicator of things to come."

Egyptian Islamists 'could undermine years of work' on FGM - International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, May 2, 2013
Islamist political factions in Egypt "could undermine years of work" to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country, the Egyptian Center of Women's Rights has said. The organisation's director Nehad Abud Komsan said that Salafist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which are gaining political traction in the country, are "destroying years of efforts to protect girls and women in Egypt and, unfortunately, by using religion", the Voice of America reported.

Nephew of Chen Guangcheng Denied Treatment for Appendicitis - Epoch Times, May 1, 2013
Chen Kegui's father, Chen Guangfu, attempted to obtain medical leave for him, "But the prison authorities wouldn't accept it, because they said it was only granted in cases where the prison hospital couldn't treat the case themselves," he told Radio Free Asia.

In the foreign-language press:

Antonio the golf playing son of Fidel Castro - (leading digital newspaper in Spain), May 1, 2013
Antonio Castro Soto del Valle just won in Varadero (Matanzas) the fifth annual Montecristo Cup golf tournament. The news, reported by the Russian news agency Ria-Novosti and by martinoticias, would not have been particularly special if it were nto for the fact that the winner is the son of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro , who came to power in 1959 and eradicated all symbols of capitalism, golf among the first.

Journalist Eman Haddad visits an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to learn about the "Taliban Women" - Kasheef.Com (Palestinian news and information website) April 4, 2013
Eman Haddad visited Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem and produced a report about the "Taliban women". The report aired on Alhurra's Al Youm. Haddad aimed at discovering and the lifestyle of the "Taliban Women," who are part of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group. The Israeli author Yaair Nahari, who published a novel about the "Taliban Women" accompanied Haddad during her visit.
Also cited in: Farfesh (Palestinian website), Walla (Israeli website), Hespress (Moroccan website)
Of Interest
Salman Rushdie on Chinese Censorship - The Atlantic, May 2, 2013
The author Salman Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for his novel Midnight's Children, is perhaps best known for being forced into hiding after the then-Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, declared a fatwa against his life in 1989 following the publication of Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses. In subsequent years, Rushdie has championed the cause of writer freedom through his involvement with PEN International, a worldwide association of writers. Rushdie will appear this Friday, May 3rd, at the at the release of PEN's new report on China. In this edited interview, Rushdie discusses censorship, literature, and the bravery of Chinese dissidents.

German surveillance is used against dissidents - Deutsche Welle, April 24, 2013
Houssam Aldeen was careful. After serving in the Syrian military for two-and-a-half years, he was quite familiar with surveillance technology. The Damascus-based freelance journalist, who also worked as a translator for foreign reporters, opened several bogus e-mail accounts and only used the Internet from public places. He was arrested all the same, and accused of exchanging information with foreign organizations. Apparently, the Syrian secret service monitored Aldeen's conversations.

Masha Gessen Is Writing a Book on the Tsarnaev Brothers - The Atlantic Wire, May 1, 2013
Gessen, in the words of the Times' Julie Bosman is "well qualified to write the book," speaking both Russian and English, having reported from Chechnya, and emigrating to Boston from Moscow as a teenager. Gessen, who wrote Putin biography The Man Without A Face, recently resigned as director of the Russian-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty "to begin work on a new book."
Also mentioned by Radio World, Politico, New York Times 
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