USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup

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Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, April 11 - 17, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

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Media and Journalism

Honoring a Photojournalist's Life and Work
You couldn't ask for a more elegantly powerful document of a life than Sebastian Junger's tribute to his friend and colleague Tim Hetherington. The HBO film, about the frontline photojournalist who died in a mortar attack in Libya two years ago, is both an emotionally honest portrait of a specific, gifted man and a testament to the value of his profession - visual journalism during wartime.
See the full article (Boston Globe, Matthew Gilbert, 4/17/13)
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Pakistani News Editor Dies in Suicide Bombing
Aslam Durrani, news editor of the Daily Pakistan, was killed by a suicide bombing at a political rally yesterday in Pakistan's north-western provincial capital, Peshawar. More than 20 people were reported to have died in the attack and many others, including two journalists, were injured in the incident. The militant group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
See the full article (Guardian, Roy Greenslade, 4/17/13)
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Why Does China Mess With the Foreign Press?
In China, the flagship newspapers are still the "throat and tongue" of the ruling party, and their work is directed by the Party's Propaganda Department. That's the first reason why Chinese cyber snoops dug into the Times' servers -- to find out who had ordered a political attack on China's premier and for what purpose.
See the full article (Atlantic, Andrew Nathan, 4/16/13)
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BBC Tactics in Covering North Korea Are Faulted
As tensions escalated between North Korea and the world late last month, a small group of students crossed the border into the reclusive country. But among the students were three BBC journalists filming an undercover documentary. The BBC, the university said, "deliberately misled" the group to underplay the scope of the reporting, placed the students in danger and jeopardized its work in politically fraught nations.
See the full article (New York Times, Ravi Somaiya, 4/14/13) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Contradictions Among the People
Zeng Li was a "content examiner" at Southern Weekend, perhaps China's most progressive newspaper. As censorship became stricter in recent years, it fell to him to review the paper before it was printed. The censor's change of heart came in time for him to play an important role in the January revolt staged by some Southern Weekend journalists.
See the full article (Economist, 4/13/13)
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Internet and Social Media

Blogger Who Traced Flow of Arms to Syria Through YouTube Seeks Crowdfunding
The British blogger Eliot Higgins, who has played an important role in tracing the flow of arms to Syrian rebels through close analysis of video clips posted on YouTube from his living room in England, began an appeal for financial support from readers this week.
See the full article (New York Times, Robert Mackey, 4/17/13) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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The Plot to Block Internet Freedom
The expansion of the open Internet must be allowed to continue: The mobile and social media revolutions are critical not only for democratic institutions' ability to solve the collective problems of a shrinking world, but also to a dynamic and innovative global economy that depends on financial transparency and the free flow of information.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, Julius Genachowski and Lee C. Bollinger, 4/16/13) *Foreign Policy sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Putin Nemesis Stays Defiant Ahead of Trial
When middle-class Muscovites massed for the first time on Dec. 5, 2011, chanting "Putin is a thief," many were there because of the anticorruption blogger Aleksei A. Navalny. On Wednesday, Mr. Navalny, 36, will go on trial, facing charges of embezzling $500,000 from a timber company that could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
See the full article (New York Times, Ellen Barry, 4/16/13) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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China's Communist Party Isn't Really Afraid of the Internet
Earlier this week, a Chinese propaganda official said China's internet-based "new media" were threatening the Communist party. Indeed, it would seem that microblog Sina Weibo, video sharing sites, and other online forums used by millions of Chinese citizens have government officials shaking in their shoes.
See the full article (Atlantic, Lily Kuo, 4/15/13)
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How to Cover the Syrian War Without Leaving Your Home
The war in Syria has been documented unlike any conflict before. Every day, there is an electronic flood of information: Youtube videos, Facebook posts, and web forums all provide a ground-level view of events in the country. The Syrian conflict has spawned a cottage industry of analysts devoted to parsing this information.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, David Kenner, 4/12/13)
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What's New from PeaceMedia

"Coping With Peacebuilding Complexity: Cedric de Coning" - TEDx
Cedric de Coning is a research fellow with NUPI and a peacekeeping and peacebuilding advisor for ACCORD. In his talk, he exposes the importance of a bottom-up and inclusive approach in peacebuilding and peacekeeping.
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