BBG Media Highlights - June 13, 2013
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Iran imposes severe restrictions on media election coverage - The Guardian, June 12, 2013 

Independent and opposition voices remain under threat. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said its Persian-language service, Radio Farda, documented nine cases in May in which family members of their staff had been harassed by the Iranian government.
Also mentioned in Radio WorldHeritage Foundation

Burma falters, backtracks on press freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists, June 13, 2013
The gap in reporting is especially evident on military affairs. While journalists are now free to report from the military-dominated, quasi-civilian parliament, access to the actual military remains tightly guarded, several reporters told CPJ. One case in point: A military colonel was demoted from his position last year for giving unauthorized comments to Radio Free Asia, a U.S.-funded broadcaster the previous regime publicly referred to as an "enemy of the state," RFA's Rangoon-based reporters said in an interview.

A Glimpse of Where Chicago Hockey Was in 1934 - New York Times, June 12, 2013
Here is a bit more Original Six lore as we await Wednesday night's opener of the Chicago-Boston Stanley Cup finals. We turn to the University of Chicago Library and its online copy of the Oct. 1, 1934, issue of The Chicagoan, a magazine of the period that was meant to be the Second City's version of The New Yorker, and the article "Falconer McLaughlin: The Boss of the World's Champion Black Hawks." The article, about the Hawks' mercurial owner, Maj. Frederic McLaughlin, was written in the wake of the club's first Stanley Cup by Kenneth D. Fry, a Chicago sportswriter and sports editor who later became a news editor at NBC and a founder/director of the Voice of America. But our interest here is how Fry portrays McLaughlin, who founded the Hawks in 1926 and fired coaches 14 times in his 16-year tenure.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Tibetan Nun Survives Self-Immolation - New York Times, June 12, 2013
A Tibetan nun who self-immolated on Tuesday in Sichuan Province in China during a religious ceremony is still alive and in a hospital, according to reports from Tibetan advocacy groups and Radio Free Asia, which is financed by the United States government. The nun set fire to herself near Nyatso monastery in Tawu County. Free Tibet said about 3,000 monks from 60 monasteries had gathered to take part in a debate festival.
Also cited in The TelegraphTibetan ReviewNew Straits Times

On World Day Against Child Labor 2013, Activists Fight To Keep Kids In School And Out Of Factories (WHAT YOU CAN DO) - Huffington Post, June 12, 2013
The issue of not knowing what constitutes child labor particularly comes into play with domestic workers. According to the International Labour Organziation, 10.5 million kids are employed to cook and clean homes, where they're often subjected to hazardous conditions and sexual abuse. This line of work, perhaps, puts kids at most risk because there's a "blurred relationship" with employing an entire family, the organization told Voice of America.

Mali's Elections and the Issues of Kidal - Council on Foreign Relations, June 12, 2013
In Burkina Faso, under the chairmanship of President Blaise Compaore, talks are underway between the Bamako government and the MNLA with the goal of allowing elections to take place in Kidal, perhaps in return for some autonomy for the region. The Voice of America reports that on June 10, there was an agreement "in principle" that would permit elections next month and the handover of Kidal to the new Bamako government.

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Syrian rockets hit a Lebanese border town - Almejhar News (Jordanian news and information site) June 12, 2013
Nine rockets fell in the town of Hermel on Tuesday, wounding at least one person. According to Radio Sawa reporter Yazbek Wahbeh, the attack damaged a number of houses in the area.

Ethiopia: Renaissance Dam will not negatively affect Egypt and there is no reason for war- Al Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) June 12, 2013
Al Ahram cited Radio Sawa for its interview with Ethiopia's foreign ministry spokesman Dena Mufti regarding the construction of the Renaissance Dam over the Nile River. "We want to assure the Egyptians that they will also benefit from the construction of the dam over the Nile. We endeavor to develop a relationship based on cooperation, friendship and peaceful partnership," Dena stated.

Also cited by numerous other publications.
Of Interest
Chinese Media Suggest N.S.A. Disclosure Will Hurt U.S. Ties - New York Times, June 13, 2013
After several days of relative silence on the issue, Chinese state media Thursday highlighted revelations that the United States government was engaged in widespread monitoring of Internet and telephone communications, carrying reports suggesting the disclosures could damage relations between the two countries. The reports in the state media are the closest thing to an official Chinese response to the revelations, which have come at an uncomfortable time for U.S. officials, just after President Obama pressed for Beijing's cooperation in curtailing Chinese cyberespionage. While Chinese government officials have refrained from directly criticizing the United States on the disclosures, the state media typically serve as a proxy for their views.

PRISM Gives Russia Great Excuse to Step Up War on Social Media - Mashable, June 12, 2013
Governments love to use the actions of their enemies to help push their own agendas. Alarmed by reports that American spies are gathering data from popular web services, Ilya Kostunov - a lawmaker from Vladimir Putin's United Russia party in the lower house of government - says he wants state officials to stop using U.S. social networks and email services such as Facebook and Gmail for official matters.

Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election - BBC, June 13, 2013
Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election. In an online statement, the firm said it had noticed a "significant jump" in the region's overall volume of phishing activity in the last three weeks. The timing and targets suggested the attacks were "politically motivated". 
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