BBG Media Highlights - July 9, 2013
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Xinjiang suffers information blockade four years after demonstrations - Reporters Without Borders, July 4, 2013
Only tiny number of news blogs exists, because ensuring online anonymity is impossible, given the numerous laws requiring identification of each internet user - laws that carry heavy penalties. The anonymous dissemination of articles written by Uighurs for a Uighur audience is a practical impossibility. As in the rest of mainland China, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are prohibited. Broadcasts of some radio stations, such as Radio Free Asia, manage to reach Xinjiang. But listening to them is a very risky activity.


Rouhani can take steps to improve Iran press freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists, July 8, 2013
The government could also reinstate publications which have been banned, giving ordinary Iranians access to a wider range of news sources and journalists better employment opportunities. Publications need permission to run from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and under Rouhani's watch, there is potential for conditions to improve. A safer situation in Iran and more employment opportunities could also help some Iranian journalists who fled the country after the 2009 crackdown return. Currently, some of them work--mostly on contract-- for international outlets such as BBC Persian, Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe, but many are unemployed or work on small projects that are dependent on grants.


Censorship: The problem child of Burma's dictatorship - Index on Censorship, July 8, 2013
From about 2005, browsing the internet became part of my daily routine. Low-speed internet connection, which continues today, made it difficult to access information. In addition, though, a great number of websites were banned, including the BBC, Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA). At that time, most of my friends who used the internet exchanged proxy website addresses in order to access government-banned websites. Hardly anyone was astonished when, in 2009, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) ranked Burma the worst country in the world to be a blogger.


Could one man have shortened the Vietnam War? - BBC News, July 8, 2013
[Konrad] Kellen was the kind of person that people went up to unannounced in cafes and asked great favours of. He had that gift. After the war, the army sent him back to Berlin where his job was to interview German soldiers to find out why they kept fighting for Hitler long after it was clear that the war was lost. Then he went to work for Radio Free Europe. Again he had the job of a listener, asked to interview defectors from behind the Iron Curtain to get a flavour of what life was like under the Soviet regime.


Jamming in Azerbaijan: Foreign news outlets unable to broadcast - Al-Jazeera, July 9, 2013
Since January 2009, foreign broadcasters have been  banned  from accessing national frequencies in Azerbaijan, a move that took the Azerbaijani services of the BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), and Voice of America off the air, effectively eliminating the only international sources of broadcast news in the country.

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Tension Flares as Tibetans Celebrate Dalai Lama's Birthday - New York Times, July 9, 2013
According to the International Campaign for Tibet, Radio Free Asia and other groups, the crowd included Buddhist monks and nuns from nearby monasteries but also scores of lay people who were celebrating the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama, an event that has traditionally been banned by the authorities. Despite the prohibition on such gatherings, rights advocates say the police often look the other way as celebrants burn incense or hang prayer flags to mark the occasion.


Mixed Messages From Iran On Internet Access - Tech President, July 8, 2013
Collin Anderson, an independent researcher and authority on Iran's Internet (he's credited with unearthing plans for Iran's national Internet, nicknamed Halal Internet), told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the Internet speed returned to normal less than a week after the election. "The throttling is not as aggressive as it used to be. . .I think that things are still kind of throttled but in a normal way, so Iran's Internet is back to its normal, everyday level of craftiness," added Anderson.


It's second revolution in Egypt, says Dhahi - Khaleej Times, July 9, 2013
What is going on in Egypt now is indisputably a second revolution against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said on Monday. "This underscored that no party or group could stand in the face of the unconquerable will of the people," he said in an interview to Engy Anwar of Al Hurra TV channel to be telecast at 7pm today.


Boss-napped: What We Can Learn From China's Labor Banditry - Huffington Post, July 8, 2013
Since labor protection and regulatory enforcement are so weak, Slaten says, direct action like the Beijing incident "is a clear case of worker rights defense, even if it is perhaps a less utilized method of protest then, say, strikes. Unions are unhelpful and the legal process often too long or expensive, so workers chose to force an early resolution."This radical tactic was at play in another labor dispute this week at a Huizhou piling factory, where, according to Radio Free Asia, workers who feared they would be laid off detained five managers to demand assurances that they would be properly compensated.


Drinking Themselves Into Oblivion: Alcoholism A National Scourge In Kenya - International Business Times, July 9, 2013
"The alcohol problem is catastrophic. It is a disaster. Especially in Central Province and the areas around Nairobi, the alcohol problem is really, really huge," Boniface Ndirangu, who runs two treatment centers in Nairobi and one in Mombasa, told Voice of America. "It's been going on for 10 years now, generations are wasted, young men have become almost impotent. ...  Alcoholism [leads to] many issues of unemployment, disintegration of the cultural ways of living of the past, extreme capitalism. I think there are many reasons why this has happened, but it is catastrophic. Many people are drinking very cheap alcohol, and that is dangerous for their health."  


Cambodian strongman 'eyeing political dynasty'; PM Hun Sen, senior party officials fielding sons in polls - Straits Times, July 8, 2013
"We don't just make the appointment, they must be qualified," he said, adding that it is important that young people run for office in order to replace ageing politicians. "No one starts their work when they are old," he was quoted as saying by the Radio Free Asia. The CPP's policy is to put up younger candidates, CPP Member of Parliament Cheam Yeap told reporters just days ago, defending the move to nominate children of party members. His own son is running for the CPP. 


Agriculture News: Oldest Archaeological Plant Remains Ever Discovered From Pre-Pottery Stone Age - Design&Trend, July 8, 2013
According to Voice of America, the Chogha Golan site uncovered architectural remains, bone tools, animal bones, stone tools, depictions of humans and animals, and the richest deposits or charred plant remains ever recovered from the pre-pottery Stone Age of the Near East. Agriculture News: Oldest Archaeological Plant Remains Ever Discovered From Pre-Pottery Stone Age.


Coptic Priest Killed: 39 Year Old Mina Aboud Sharween Gunned Down in Sinai's Provincial Capital; Violent Clashes Continue in Egyptian Streets - Lawyer Herald, July 8, 2013
Amidst the violent clashes following the ouster of Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, a 39-year-old Coptic priest was killed in the Sinai Peninsula by gunmen while driving by on a motorbike last week, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. Mina Aboud Sharween was shot dead in El Arish, the Northern Sinai's provincial capital.


Chinese police 'fired on Tibetans marking Dalai Lama birthday' - Manchester Wired, July 9, 2013
"They smashed doors and windows of our vehicles and started beating Tibetans gathered in the area and dispersed the Tibetans and started shooting at the crowd," an unidentified local resident was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia. One of those who was shot was the brother of a nun who set herself on fire in 2011, RFA and Phayul said.


Senegal judge charges Habre with crimes against humanity - LegalBrief, July 9, 2013
Voice of America reports that defence lawyer El Hadji Diouf said Senegal's special tribunal had no legal basis and were part of 'a deliberate effort' to imprison Habre, regardless of the evidence. 


In the foreign language press


Alhurra's On-Air Promotions Win  4 Promax Awards - Al Youm Al Sabe'a, July 2, 2013
According to Al Youm El-Saba, Alhurra Television was the recipient of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the 2013 PromaxBDA Arabia awards. Alhurra-Iraq's Final Edition promo won the Gold Award for the Best News or Factual Programming Promo. The Final Edition promo also was awarded the Bronze Award for Best Use of English Typography.  In the category of "Something for Nothing,"Alhurra won two awards. The Alhurra promotion of Radio Sawa took home the Silver award; while Alhurra's Ramadan greetings promo won Bronze.


Also mentioned in the following publications:
Maktoob News Yahoo, Akhbar Now, Hoorya News Network , Al Bayan (UAE daily newspaper), Hawaa Magazine, Elnhrda, Masr Press, Masrawy, wnet, Arab Net 5 and Shabka Online.


It's a revolution against Muslim Brotherhood: Dubai Police chief - Gulf News, July 8, 2013
Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, has said that the current events in Egypt are, without a doubt, a revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood. He said that there is no group or party in existence that can stand against the invincible will of the people. Dahi Khalfan made the statements during a TV interview with Dubai's Al Hurra channel, which was broadcast on Monday, July 8 at 7pm.


The interview also appeared in Al Youm Al Sabe'a, Al-Ahram, Al Bayan, Al Wattan and Emirates News Agency.



Of Interest

Media bill gets freedom of expression clause - Myanmar Times, July 8, 2013
The Pyithu Hluttaw last week approved the Ministry of Information's Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill but made 24 amendments, including the addition of a clause that would protect "people's free expression". The bill, submitted earlier this year, was approved on July 4 and will now go to the Amyotha Hluttaw, or upper house, for consideration. However, the parliament is also expected to consider a rival print media bill drafted by the Interim Press Council during the seventh session, and it is unclear how the two print media bills will be reconciled into a single piece of legislation.


Without the web, Syrian journalists turn to pirate radio - The Verge, July 8, 2013
Without a stable and secure internet, Chawaf and a group of other exiled journalists have begun turning to more traditional technologies. The technical challenges they face are formidable, and the risks could prove fatal, but Chawaf remains optimistic that the old can succeed where the new has failed. Late last month, she and a team of five Syrian journalists launched Radio Rozana - a station that aims to bring objective and independent reporting to Syrian listeners. The Arabic-language station gathers news from a network of undercover journalists on the ground in Syria, and broadcasts two hours of news, commentary, and interviews every day via satellite and on its website.


CNN Becomes Target Of Egypt Protesters - Huffington Post, July 8, 2013
CNN has become a target of protesters in Egypt after it mistakenly labeled a crowd as being supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and repeatedly referred to his overthrow as a "coup." The crowd was actually protesting against Morsi, and backers of his ouster have strongly objected to calling it a coup, saying that the Egyptian military deposed him based on popular will. CNN called the events a coup minutes after Morsi's departure from office was announced last Wednesday.

About Us

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 203 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.  BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).