BBG Media Highlights - May 24, 2013
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RFE/RL Correspondent Freed - Reporters Without Borders, May 23, 2013
Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Rovshen Yazmuhamedov (Ровшан Язмухаммедов), a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen service, was released yesterday. He had been held since 6 May in the northeastern city of Turkmenabat for reasons that are still unknown.

CPJ report asks Nawaz to probe killing of journalists - The News, May 24, 2013
MQM and ISI however denied the accusations leveled against them in CPJ report. Author of the report, Elizabeth Rubin, former New York Times correspondent, has investigated at length the killing of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar, Voice of America's reporter Mukarram Khan Atif and Saleem Shehzad.

Michael Lynton Resigns from Broadcasting Board of Governors - Variety, May 23, 2013
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton informed President Obama on Thursday that he was stepping down from his seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, apparently over time commitments.
Also mentioned by Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Tibetan rights groups criticise China over monk's five-year jail term - Guardian, May 23, 2013
Gartse Jigme, 36, was sentenced on 14 May by a county court in Malho, a prefecture in western Qinghai province bordering the Tibetan autonomous region. Jigme, a monk at Gartse monastery in the mostly Tibetan county of Rebkong, has been a writer since 1999, according to rights groups. He has been in detention since 1 January. "The distribution of his book Courage of the King was cited as a reason for his detention," an unnamed source told Radio Free Asia. The book covers topics Tibetans are not allowed to openly discuss, such as the Dalai Lama, protests, and self-immolation.

Corruption Currents: From An Ericsson Investigation to Vatican's Defense - Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2013
Swedish investigative journalists published new bribery allegations against Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.  She didn't respond to requests for comment, but lashed out on Twitter. (The Atlantic, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

China news round-up: N Korean envoy arrives in Beijing, Russia closes fake Chanel factory - South China Morning Post, May 23, 2013
Radio Free Asia: North Korean markets are awash with counterfeit Chinese yuan.

Next month's peace conference has Syrian rebels at a crossroads - Washington Times, May 23, 2013
Syrian National Coalition member Louay Safi told Voice of America Thursday the group still has questions about the talks, but remains adamantly opposed to allowing President Bashar Assad to take any part in a future Syrian government.

Twin suicide bombings kill 20 in Niger - UPI, May 23, 2013
One person was killed and 14 others injured in an early-morning suicide attack on a mining operation in Arlit owned by uranium mining group Areva about 100 miles north of Agadez. No group has taken responsibility for the attack, Voice of America reported.

China democracy activists warned off Tiananmen commemoration - Tibetan Review, May 24, 2013
Activists Xu Xiangrong, Li Weiguo, and Li Wensheng were threatened by officers at the city's Yuexiu district police station after they went to apply for a demonstration permit on May 22 to mark the Jun 4 anniversary, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) May 22.  

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Saad Eddin Ibrahim: the (Egyptian) elections will happen with international monitoring - Al Ahram, May 19, 2013
Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, President of Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies, expects that the elections in Egypt will happen with International monitoring. Ibrahim told Alhurra's Hiwar Cairo that the United States is putting pressure on both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood to create balance and move forward with the democratic process in Egypt.
Also cited by Ahl Alquran, Elbashayer and many other publications
Of Interest
Internet Cable from Cuba to Jamaica Comes Online - AP, May 21, 2013
A new branch of the Venezuela-to-Cuba undersea fiber-optic cable has reportedly come online, linking the island to nearby Jamaica, increasing Cuba's potential international communications bandwidth and providing a backup for the main line. Doug Madory of Internet analysis firm Renesys told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he detected new traffic between Cuban state telecom monopoly Etecsa and Cable & Wireless Jamaica beginning May 13.

J-School in the Land of the Junta - Foreign Policy, May 20, 2013
The future of Burmese journalism is in a shopping mall. At least, that's what the government hopes. Up the glass escalators of Yangon's sparkling new Junction Square, past the ice cream parlors and kiosks offering cosmetics, jewelry and jeans, the Myanmar Media Development Center is tucked away on the third floor. Opened with great fanfare in July 2012, it is one of the few institutions training journalists in a country that until recently had very little use for them.
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