BBG Media Highlights - June 6, 2013
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Global Voices: Tibetan self-immolation soars with despair - Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2013
Since 2009, when Beijing tightened its administrative grip on the region following massive protests, at least 118 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a public display of desperation. Once the rare, radical action of Buddhist monks sacrificing themselves for their religious and cultural heritage, self-immolation has lately been embraced by teenagers, women, intellectuals and workers in the prime of life. In the hourlong documentary produced by Tibetan exile and Voice of America Tibetan Service director Losang Gyatso, "Fire in the Land of Snow" recounts recent Tibetan history and poses the question of why so many are choosing to protest "through one of the most painful and terrifying ways to die." Gyatso spoke with The Times about the film's making and its message. 

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Analyst: Assad's Qusair victory won't lead to war's end - USA Today, June 5, 2013
Syrian forces retook the town on the Lebanese border after a three-week offensive with help from hundreds of fighters from Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite militia backed by Iran. Rebel fighters who relied on sniper fire and small arms said an ongoing government artillery barrage forced them to retreat for the sake of civilians. More than 1,000 civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters died and 20,000 people remain in the city, opposition activist Abu Rami told Voice of America


Iranian presidential debate focuses on culture - UPI, June 5, 2013
The eight candidates approved to run in the Iranian presidential election debated for the second time Wednesday. The debate focused on art and cultural issues in Iran. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty published an English-language live blog of the candidates' comments during the debate. Candidate Mohammad Reza Aref was quoted as saying authorities should work to ensure "immoral information" wasn't getting into Iran from the Internet. 


Russia suspends Syrian missile sales - All Voices, June 5, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin says the sales [of anti-aircraft missiles] have been suspended. Ria Novosti confirmed the report. The Voice of America reported Putin said his government does not want to upset the balance in the Middle East. 


Digital Analytics Starts Here and Goes Everywhere - CMS Wire, June 5, 2013
Someone put that content there. Someone thought about how a story will unfold across devices. And for the story to be told well, you didn't need a set of instructions about where to start and where to stop. It happened organically. According to Robert Bole of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Voice of America - that's the point. You can start anywhere. 


Jury Trial for Accused Politkovskaya Killers, New Deal in Works for Kyrgyz Gold Mine - Transitions Online, June 5, 2013
Alleged environmental damage at Kumtor has sparked numerous protests in Kyrgyzstan. Centerra has already been ordered to pay nearly $500 million in fines but "has steadily defended its environmental record in Kyrgyzstan," Radio Free Europe reports. 


Guriyev fears new move against jailed Khodorkovsky - Asia Times, June 6, 2013
Despite Putin's invitation on June 4 to come back, Guriyev, whose wife and children live in France, says he would rather be free abroad than risk losing his freedom in Russia. "I left because I don't want to sit in jail," he told Voice of America from Paris. "And I see that there is a sufficient risk that I end up in prison."


In the foreign-language press


Amnesty Int'l launches letter writing campaign to Kim Jong Un calling on the safety of 9 NK children - Nocut News, June 5, 2013
Amnesty International started 'Urgent Action' sending mail to urge Kim Jung Un to guarantee nine young North Korean defectors' safety. Rajiv Narayan, an East Asia researcher of Amnesty International, told Radio Free Asia on June 4 they started sending mail in English and then will translate into diverse languages to encourage members in the world to join this campaign.  

Of Interest

Internet Surveillance and Free Speech: the United Nations Makes the Connection - Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 4, 2013
Frank La Rue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion delivered this week a landmark report [PDF] on state surveillance and freedom of expression. In preparation, the Special Rapporteur reviewed relevant studies, consulted with experts including EFF, and participated in the state surveillance and human rights workshop we organized last year.  Today, EFF's Katitza Rodriguez has been taking part in the first detailed conversation about State Surveillance and Human Rights at the U.N., held by the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council during the U.N.'s 23th session in Geneva. 


Myanmar: The Final (Mobile) Frontier - Bloomberg, June 6, 2013
In an era when many countries have more mobile phones than people and the price of wireless service is falling fast, Myanmar is a place operators want to be. Opened up last year after decades of military rule, the Southeast Asian nation began a program to encourage foreign investment and new infrastructure. Among those initiatives, the government is offering two licenses to provide mobile-phone service to the country's 64 million people. Only about 9 percent of the population has a mobile phone, and just 1 percent has a fixed line. That compares with 70 percent mobile penetration in Cambodia, 87 percent in Laos and more than 100 percent in Thailand, Myanmar's Communication Ministry said in January. 


Al Jazeera hires Michael Viqueira as White House correspondent - Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2013
In the latest step toward the launch of Al Jazeera America, the network has named former NBC correspondent Michael Viqueira as its White House correspondent. Viqueira, who joined NBC News in 1998, will cover White House daily news briefings, all presidential events and trips and other White House news and events, the network said Wednesday.  

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