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Weekly News Roundup, June 7 - 13, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

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Media and Journalism

Chinese Media Focus on Snowden Leaks, US Spy Programs
The front pages of Chinese state media were covered Thursday with the allegations of ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, who says the U.S. government has been hacking computers in China for years. Those claims by Snowden were the top story on most of China's major news portals on Thursday, including on the front page of both the Chinese-language print version and and English-language online version of the Communist Party-controlled Global Times.
See the full article (VOA News, 6/13/13)
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'Harmful for Children': Turkish TV Channels Fined for Live Coverage of Protests
Turkey's TV watchdog fined four TV channels over their live coverage of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, citing that the broadcasts were "harming the physical, moral and mental development of children and young people." The Radio and Television Supreme Council fined private channels including Halk TV, Ulusal TV, Cem TV and EM TV.
See the full article (RT, 6/13/13)
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Iran Imposes Severe Restrictions on Media Election Coverage
Severe restrictions have been imposed in Iran on foreign and domestic media to ensure that coverage of Friday's presidential election is tightly controlled. International media watchdogs and journalists say most visa applications from foreign news organisations to cover the contest have been rejected or simply ignored.
See the full article (Guardian, Ian Black, 6/12/13)
Click to read "Iran’s June 14 Vote to Replace Ahmadinejad Heats Up with Debates, Dropouts," an Olive Branch Post by Viola Gienger.
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Turkish Media: Caught in the Wheels of Power?
With the vacuum in mainstream media coverage, protesters [in Turkey] turned to social media to get their story out but this unfettered source of news potentially inflamed the situation. [This article] assesses what the domestic coverage of the protests – or the lack of - says about media ownership in Turkey and the relations those companies have with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.
See the full article (Aljazeera, 6/8/13)
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Internet and Social Media

Google Detects Iran Phishing Attacks ahead of Election
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.
See the full article (BBC, 6/13/13)
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Internet Should be Prepared for 'Militarisation': UK Ministry Report
A recently published report on potential scenarios of cyber-conflict, The Global Cyber-Game, says it is inevitable that the internet will be “militarised” — used to serve the needs of military conflict between nations — and that ICT will increasingly be both an important means and a target of such conflict.
See the full article (Computerworld, Stephen Bell, 6/13/13)
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'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?
Foreign policy is evolving and adapting in front of our eyes, not only to new technologies but also to the different personifications of power and influence. Thanks to social media and the advent of digital diplomacy, this transformation is happening very fast and affects the very DNA of how governments interact with each other and with their publics.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Andreas Sandre, 6/11/13)
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Kuwaiti Woman Jailed for 'Insulting' Emir Tweets
A Kuwaiti court has sentenced a woman to 11 years in jail for insulting the emir and calling for regime change on social networking site Twitter. Huda al-Ajmi, a 37-year-old teacher, has been also convicted of misusing her mobile phone.
See the full article (BBC, 6/10/13)
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Iranian Government Pursuing 'National Internet'
Iranian internet users could have access to international websites such as Google and YouTube blocked, under little-known government plans to manage the internet. The Iranian government says its "national internet", currently used for domestic websites including banks and government departments, would improve browsing speeds and data security.
See the full article (BBC, 6/10/13)
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Singapore Clamps Down on News Web Sites
About 1,000 Singaporeans joined a weekend protest against a new government policy that requires some news Web sites to obtain licenses and possibly to remove offensive content. The policy, which took effect this month, has set off criticism that the authorities in the city-state are trying to enforce online media censorship.
See the full article (AP, 6/9/13)
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"Activists Hold Protests around the World for Press Freedom in Burma" - Press TV
Human rights and free speech activists held demonstrations in different cities of the world from Bangkok to Paris to protest the continued imprisonment of activists, journalists and politicians.
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