BBG Media Highlights - May 21, 2013
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White House Visit Is Reward for Burma Reforms - Chosun Ilbo, May 21, 2013
The White House said Obama and Thein Sein planned to discuss "many remaining challenges to [Burmese] efforts to develop democracy, address communal and ethnic tensions, and bring economic opportunity" to the Burmese people. Thein Sein addressed some of those issues Sunday at a town hall meeting at the Voice of America.
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Korn Still Speaking Truth To Power - Daily Report, May 21, 2013
After a career of building the business and legal framework for journalism, the man who was Ted Turner's top lawyer during the creation of Cable News Network has returned from a stint at the helm of Radio Free Europe with a new appreciation for speaking truth to power. "The people who work there, the journalists in particular, are absolutely courageous, brave heroes," Steven Korn said of the staff of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer from July 2011 until the end of January 2013. "Time after time, they've endured prison, solitary confinement and harassment in their home countries and they are completely dedicated to providing a free press."
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North Korea Culls Birds in Effort to Contain Flu - The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2013
During the last outbreak in 2005, when at least 200,000 chickens and other poultry were killed due to another strain of avian flu, H7N7, North Korea asked international organizations for tools for diagnosis, disease control and vaccination. The World Organisation for Animal Health Director Bernard Vallat said North Korea hasn't made a similar request, in an interview with the Voice of America last week.

U.S. urges N. Korea to 'fully cooperate' with U.N. human rights probe - Yonhap News, May 21, 2013
Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for human rights in North Korea, said the human rights situation in the North "remains deplorable," warning that, unless Pyongyang's leadership takes care of its people, it will become even more isolated. [...] "The U.S. government supports Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA), which broadcast ten hours daily via medium wave. We also provide support to independent broadcasters based in the ROK (South Korea)," the envoy said.

Turkmenistan-EU Rights Talks Neglect Detained Journalist - EurasiaNet, May 20, 2013
Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) on May 17 that at a meeting with Turkmen officials in Ashgabat on May 15 the EU human rights delegation expressed concern over Yazmuhamedov's detention. "We have very specifically expressed concern about the arrest, have asked for details about the reasons for his arrest and whether his family, for example, and lawyers were authorized to visit him, and we will continue to monitor this closely," Kocijancic told RFE/RL. Turkmen authorities "should make a decision on this case within 10 days," she added.

Police shut down, search Ugandan newspaper offices - UPI, May 21, 2013
Ugandan police closed down the offices of the Daily Monitor after it ran a series of articles about the president making his son successor, journalists said. Longtime Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is apparently grooming his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to be his successor, Voice of America reported Monday.

China Cyber Attack in the US: Fearless Chinese Hackers Recommence U.S. Attack - International Business Times, May 21, 2013
The Chinese military resumed cyber attacks on different American companies after lull, The Voice of America reported. A U.S. computer security firm had validated the report. Mandiant revealed that a Chinese army unit has just gained access inside supposedly classified computer systems of over 100 companies. The cyber attack aimed to steal important trade secrets.

Ansar al-Sharia supporter dies after Tunis police clash; 14 injured - UPI, May 20, 2013
Eleven police officers and three protesters were hurt in the fighting Sunday between security forces and supporters of Ansar al-Sharia, an organization that advocates implementation of strict Sharia, or religious, law, Tunisia's official TAP news agency reported. Police fired tear gas to disperse militants in two cities after the government banned Ansar al-Sharia from staging its annual congress Sunday, Voice of America reported.

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Free Hour - Al-Quds Al-Arabi, April 26, 2013
Al-Quds Al-Arabi mentioned Alhurra's "Free Hour" program. The author Salim Azzouz said, "If you want to see a professional television program hosting guests with different views, you need to watch Free Hour and (host) Hussein Jradi."
Of Interest
Voices in Danger: In Pakistan, state brutality makes journalism a dangerous business - The Independent, May 2013
When Umar Cheema was being dragged off to be tortured after investigating Pakistan's ISI secret services, it was his son and unborn child that he worried about most. Umar, a 32-year-old reporter for the Pakistani paper The News, had been on his way home in Islamabad at 3am during Ramadan in September 2010 when two unmarked cars nearly drove him off the road. A dozen men in commando fatigues grabbed him, accused him of running over a pedestrian and forced him into one of the vehicles. They covered his face, handcuffed him and drove him around for an hour.

Kremlin orders Russian pollster to register itself as 'spy' - Christian Science Monitor, May 20, 2013
Russia's only independent polling agency, the Levada Center, may face closure after Russian prosecutors ordered it to register as a "foreign agent" - a term that's synonymous with "spy" in Russian - under a new law designed to clamp down on nongovernmental organizations that receive any amount of funding from abroad and engage in any form of activity that authorities deem political.

How some news orgs use Tumblr - Poynter, May 21, 2013
What do you do with a blog service full of cat GIFs and memes? If you're Yahoo, you buy it for $1.1 billion. If you're a media outlet, you use Tumblr as an extension of your brand. The platform, founded by David Karp in 2007, is home to more than 108 million blogs and more than 50 billion individual posts. Tumblr pages take seconds to set up, and users range from individuals like John Green to companies like IBM. Even the White House has a Tumblr.
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