USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup

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Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, May 31 - June 6, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

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Media and Journalism

Journalist Tulin Daloglu Calls Out Turkish Government For Media Crackdown
Journalists and press freedom advocates are raising their voices against the Turkish government in the wake of the anti-government protests currently rocking Istanbul. The Turkish media has been slammed for ignoring the massive protests - the largest that Turkey has seen in years. The Associated Press reported that television stations opted to run documentaries and a cooking show, while police fired tear gas at protesters outside.
See the full article (Huffington Post, 6/5/13)
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Iran Court Bans State-Owned Newspaper for 6 Months
Iranian media say that a court has imposed a six-month publishing ban on a state-owned newspaper for its allegedly false reporting. Conservative hard-liners who control many state institutions have been hammering at Ahmadinejad and his allies ahead of the June election, which decides on the president's successor.
See the full article (ABC News, 6/2/13)
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How the Global Open Data Movement is Transforming Journalism
While traditional media continue their difficult decline, a cadre of the most innovative reporters, from Afghanistan to the Amazon, are quietly transforming journalism by harnessing the power of open data. Many data projects arise from concerns about global corruption and impunity. For example, the Afghan media development organization Nai has created a map of attacks against journalists in Afghanistan; Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists are creating a similar map for Mexico.
See the full article (Wired, Jeanne Bourgault, 5/31/13)
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "An Uphill Battle: Counter-Narcotics Issues and Policies During Afghanistan's Transition" on June 12 at 2:00pm.
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FATA: Behind Pakistan's Iron Curtain
The FATA agency of Waziristan is sealed behind an Iron Curtain controlled by the Pakistan Army. Journalists are forbidden entry, except accompanied by army handlers. Meanwhile, Pakistani officials, think tank intellectuals and government-controlled media fill the information vacuum with tales of their nation's constant battle against the Taliban and its fierce tribal allies.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Melissa Roddy, 5/31/13)
Click to read "Water Problems: Pakistan's Overlooked Security Issue," an Olive Branch Post by Thomas Omestad.
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Internet and Social Media

Dozens Arrested in Turkey for 'Inciting Riots' using Social Media
Turkish authorities detained 29 people overnight for "inciting riots" using social networking sites such as Twitter, local media reported on Wednesday. The detentions came in the coastal city of Izmir, where police and protesters have clashed repeatedly since anti-government protests swept this nation six days ago. Those arrested were accused of "conducting propaganda" through social media.
See the full article (Log Angeles Times, Glen Johnson, 6/5/13)
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Egyptian Blogger Faces New Charges, Kept in Jail - State Media
A prominent Egyptian blogger convicted of insulting Islamist president Mohamed Mursi is facing fresh charges of inciting violence, judicial sources said on Tuesday, in a case that has triggered accusations of a crackdown on dissent. Ahmed Douma was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday for calling Mursi a criminal and a murderer in media interviews.
See the full article (Reuters, Asma Alsharif, 6/4/13)
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "Current Challenges to Christian-Muslim Relations in Egypt" on June 14 at 10:00am.
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Bradley Manning Court-martial Begins
Prosecutors opened the Army's court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Monday by charging that the former intelligence analyst knew full well the 700,000 classified documents he has admitted giving to WikiLeaks could fall into the hands of America's enemies.
See the full article (Politico, Stephanie Gaskell, 6/3/13)
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Singapore: Internet freedom under Threat
Alarm bells rang among the Singaporean online community as the government revealed a new licensing scheme for news websites that could potentially give a heavy blow to grassroots citizen journalism. The Media Development Authority (MDA) has announced that Singaporean news websites with about 50,000 unique hits a month will now require individual licences to operate.
See the full article (Aljazeera, Kirsten Han, 6/3/13)
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Iran Accused of using Online Censorship and Hacking to Sway Presidential Poll
Iranian authorities are mounting a sophisticated campaign of online censorship, hacking attacks and filtering to influence the country's imminent presidential elections, according to reports from people inside the country and security researchers outside. Iranians are finding that text messages or websites containing certain words, such as candidates' names or slogans, are being intermittently blocked, while some news sites within the country are taken offline entirely.
See the full article (Guardian, James Ball and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 5/31/13)
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What's New from PeaceMedia

Jody Williams: A Realistic Vision for World Peace - TEDTalks
Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what "peace" really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle -- and sacrifice -- of those who work for it.
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