BBG Media Highlights - June 19, 2013
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Prison hunger strike by Vietnam revolutionary's son tests government's culture of intimidation - AP, June 19, 2013
In his dramatic one-day trial in April 2011, Vu's lawyers walked out of the courthouse after a judge refused to read or distribute interviews Vu was accused of giving to foreign media, including the U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and three of house arrest.

CBC Wins at New York Festivals 2013 International Radio Awards - Broadcaster Magazine, June 18, 2013
The Grand Jury awarded multiple Golds in the Best Investigative Reporting category: Project Simoom" SR Ekot, Swedish Radio; "Underground Trade' WGBH USA; and "The Strange World of the People's Mujahedin" BBC World Service, Wise Buddah Creative UK. "Solitary Confinement" Vahid Pourostad, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty - Radio Farda Iran; and "This American Life #468 Act II: Forgive Us Our Press Passes" This American Life USA each received Silver Trophies.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Myanmar's Democracy Transition Marred by Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Violence [Video] - PBS Newshour, June 18, 2013
The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar has taken major steps to turn from a military dictatorship to a fledgling democracy. But that transition has also seen the rise of harrowing, deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. [Radio Free Asia footage was incorporated prominently in several spots, starting at 1:08.]
    
Man Films His Own Death: Evgeny 'Eugene' Titov, 29, Dies Filming Building Demolition In Russia - International Business Times, June 18, 2013

Witnesses, similar to the one seen at the end of the clip, reportedly attempted to assist Titov was who unconscious after being hit with what is being described as a "tsunami of bricks." According to relatives, Titov died from sustained injuries including: a smashed skull, broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and damaged internal organs. According to a report from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, the victim is survived by his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

China bans mourning, religious trites for Tibet self-immolation nun - Tibetan Review, June 19, 2013
Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) reported Jun 17 that on the day the nun died, a group of Chinese officials visited her home and issued stringent orders to her family as well as relatives and neighbours. They placed the family under house arrest and banned neighbours, relatives, and nuns and monks, or anyone else, from visiting the house. All were ordered not to contact people about the nun's protest or to visit the monastery to offer prayers for her.

Yugada: Kwankwaso's Deception of Jang is a Tragedy for Nigeria - This Day Live, June 19, 2013
Speaking in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service monitored in Sokoto yesterday, Wamakko maintained that the lifting of his suspension by the NWC was an indication that truth had prevailed in the end, as he had done nothing wrong to warrant the suspension.

NGF crisis latest: Nine PDP governors voted for Amaechi - Lamibdo - DailyPost Nigeria, June 19, 2013
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa Sate yesterday said nine Peoples Democratic Party governors voted for the embattled chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, at the just concluded election that eventually tore the forum apart. The governor explained what happened during the controversial election in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, VOA. According to him, "I also voted for Ameachi. Look, in the PDP, myself, the governor of Kano, the governor of Niger, the governor of Kebbi, the governor of Sokoto, the governor of Kwara, the governor of Rivers, the governor of Adamawa, nine of us, PDP governors voted for him.

Egyptian Islamists Declare War on Assad - The Jewish Voice, June 19, 2013
It remains to be seen how involved Egypt will be in the Syrian war. Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has reportedly cut diplomatic ties with Syria's government, Voice of America has reported, thus suggesting Cairo may indeed attempt to help the rebels.

Georgia consiers how to destory its trove of secret recordings - Transitions Online, June 18, 2013
Georgia's interior minister, Irakli Garibashvili, has promised to destroy years' worth of illegal phone and video recordings made by security services under the previous government, Radio Free Europe reports.

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CNN poll: Obama's approval down to 45 percent- Al-Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) June 17, 2013
Al-Ahram cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the CNN polling director Keating Holland regarding President Obama's approval rating. A CNN/Opinion Research poll published Monday shows Obama's approval rating dropping from 53 percent a month ago to 45 percent. "The drop in Obama's support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama's standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well," added Holland.
Also cited in AlmogazVeto GateYabous PressAlbawaba NewsEgyptian People

Former Argentine president sentenced to 7 years in prison - Marakech Now (Moroccan news and information site) June 17, 2013 
Former President Carlos Menem was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in violation of international embargoes in the 1990s, Radio Sawa reported. 

The Local Coordination Committees in Syria: 51 people have been killed Sunday in Syria - Al You Al Sabe'a (Egyptian news and information site) June 16, 2013
According to Radio Sawa, Syrian forces targeted rebels in several Damascene neighborhoods, including Joubar, Barzeh, Qaboon, Hajar Aswad, Kadam Assali and Yarmouk Camp.  
Of Interest

Zimbabwe's electoral body says it will end media bias, warns against unfair poll reporting - AP, June 17, 2013

Zimbabwe's official electoral body says it will for the first time take disciplinary action against journalists for unfair reporting ahead of the nation's upcoming elections. Electoral Commission head Judge Rita Makarau said Monday it will start monitoring media reports on the polls set for July 31.

 

Freedom of speech in Ecuador - Economist, June 18, 2013

He was a media darling before his inauguration in 2007, but President Rafael Correa's adversarial relationship with the press has counted among the defining characteristics of his six-year rule. On June 14th a legislature now dominated by his allies whisked through a bill to regulate the media. Gabriela Rivadeneira, the president of Congress, praised the reform for outlawing practices such as "lynching by media" (roughly, character assassination), and said that the new law would curb the press's supposed habit of "vetoing and vexing citizens". Many journalists fear it in fact spells censorship.

 

#OccupyGezi: The art of the Turkish protests - Creative Review, June 19, 2013

Twitter was officially labeled as a "troublemaker" by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan after the start of the protests as it was instrumental in distributing information for the protestors in a time when the traditional media practiced self-censorship. The Twitter bird wearing a gas mask is displayed in a stencil along with the most famous hashtag of the Gezi protests, #occupygezi (shown, above left). The gas mask, which has now become an everyday object for the Turkish protestors, is a reference to the enormous amount of teargas used by the police.

 

Michael Hastings, 'Rolling Stone' Contributor, Dead at 33 - Rolling Stone, June 18, 2013

Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33.

Related: "I'm Asking You a Question. That's My Job." Michael Hastings, R.I.P. - Slate, June 19, 2013

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