BBG Media Highlights - June 5, 2013
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New generation of defectors expose North Korean abuses - Reuters, June 5, 2013
Ji Seong-ho, 31, crossed the Tumen River on the border with China on handmade wooden crutches, having previously lost his left hand and leg after he fell from a moving freight train. He'd been trying to steal coal to make money. Ji, who came to South Korea in 2006, is president of Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights (NAUH), an organisation that does broadcasts to the North via Radio Free Asia and tries to get defectors out of China. 


Does French Stand a Chance Against a Global English-language Tsunami? - Huffington Post, June 4, 2013
Dujarric, who was questioned by Margaret Besheer, the Voice of America U.N. correspondent, stressed he was speaking as an "expatriate living as a linguistic minority," rather than a U.N. official. He gave some interesting statistics: 


Supporters urge White House to keep Victor Ashe on broadcasting board- Knoxville News Sentinel, June 5, 2013
Victor Ashe's departure from a federal board that oversees the government's foreign broadcasting agency is causing almost as much conflict as his tenure on the panel. President  Barack Obama is looking to replace Ashe on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that watches over government-supported broadcasters such as Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe. 


Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Chants Against Iran's Supreme Leader Heard in Video of Dissident Cleric's Funeral- New York Times, June 4, 2013
According to a translation by Golnaz Esfandiari, who blogs about Iran for the American-financed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, mourners appear to chant "Oh, Hussein, Mir Hussein!" and "Karroubi and Moussavi must be released!" in a brief clip of the procession along a broad avenue in Isfahan posted on YouTube by a Persian-speaking blogger. 


Despite censorship, Chinese find ways to mark Tiananmen anniversary - UPI, June 4, 2013
Chinese activists say they will mark the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre despite government censorship of any mention of the event. Many are posting photos of candles online, while others are wearing black T-shirts, Voice of America reported Tuesday. Police began standing guard to ward off protests at the square on Friday where Chinese troops had crushed a student-led demonstration.  


Irish NGO to support food, water projects in N. Korea: report - Yonhap News, June 5, 2013
Ireland's largest humanitarian organization plans to support projects aimed at helping North Korea bolster its food output and improve water sanitation, a report said Wednesday. According to Radio Free Asia, Concern Worldwide, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to helping the world's poorest people, said its 2013 project for the communist country calls for building food production infrastructure in places such as Hwanghae and Kangwon provinces. 


Financial Cold Shower Awaits Croatia, Poland Announces Military Spending Splurge- Transitions Online, June 4, 2013
Armenia remains on "excellent" terms with Russia, presidential security adviser Artur Baghdasarian said, smoothing over concerns about President Serzh Sargsyan's absence from last week's informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, led by Russia. Sargsyan remained at home to celebrate the Armenian independence day holiday rather than travel to the Kyrgyzstani capital, Bishkek, for the meeting, Baghdasarian told a press conference, according to Radio Free Europe's Armenian service. 


In the foreign-language press


Egyptian Minister of Industry: No One Will Stop Suez Development Project- Aljareeda, June 2, 2013
The Egyptian Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, Hatem Saleh said no one will stop the Suez Canal Corridor development project. Saleh told Alhurra's Hiwar Cairo host Tarek El Shamy  that the Suez Canal project will attract international investors. Saleh added that the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade, is treating business men from different political backgrounds equally including those who are members in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Of Interest

For Young Somali Journalists, Work Often Turns Deadly - NPR, June 3, 2013
Shabelle Media is Somalia's largest news outlet - and a very dangerous place to work. Of the 12 journalists gunned down in the country last year, four were reporting for Shabelle. A number of the reporters are teenagers, some as young as 15. The reporters almost never venture out of the office, which is outfitted with sleeping quarters and a kitchen. Why are Shabelle's young journalists being targeted more than others? 


Turkish Media Slammed for Poor Riot Coverage - AP, June 4, 2013
Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas may have been blanketing the central square of Turkey's largest city, but it was penguins that dominated the evening on one of the country's largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. 


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