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Weekly News Roundup, June 30 - July 6, 2011

Media and Journalism

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Media and Journalism

Pakistan's Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist
Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country's military, according to American officials. New classified intelligence showed that senior officials of the spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, directed the attack on him in an effort to silence criticism, two senior administration officials said.
See the full article (New York Times, Jane Perlez and Eric Schmitt, 7/4/11) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Sudan Targets and Tortures Journalists to Prevent Reporting
The Sudan government is using an array of underhand legal methods to detain journalists and to halt the publication of independent newspapers. According to the New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Sudanese authorities "aggressively" target individual journalists and publications through "contrived legal proceedings, politicised criminal charges, and confiscations."
See the full article (Guardian, 7/4/11)
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "The Birth of the Republic of South Sudan" on July 14 at 2:00pm. You can also watch the live webcast! [Return to top]

British Journalist's Iraq Kidnapper Jailed 15 Years
An Iraqi court handed down a 15-year jail term on Saturday to a man it convicted of taking part in the abduction of a British journalist in 2008, a judiciary spokesman said. Spokesman Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar did not identify the convict by name but said the court had sentenced him for the armed kidnapping of Richard Butler, who was seized with his translator and held hostage for two months.
See the full article (AFP, 7/2/11)
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French Journalists Held Hostage by Taliban Return Home
Two French journalists held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 18 months have arrived in France, flying into an airport near Paris. Cameraman Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere were freed in circumstances that remain unclear. The pair were kidnapped with Afghan colleagues near Kabul in December 2009 while on assignment for French TV.
See the full article (BBC, 6/30/11)
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Internet and Social Media

Britain Needs to be on the Side of Internet Access Across the World
Harvard professor Joseph Nye talks of a world changed by the shifting distribution of power from West to East and the growing dispersal of power from state to citizens. Before visiting the region, I was somewhat skeptical of the extravagant claims made about social media's role in the revolutions. But having visited Tunisia and spoken to activists there, I no longer think you can understand what happened without analysing the role that social media played.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Douglas Alexander, 7/5/11)
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Spreading the Word: Syria's Digital Revolution
An oppressive regime, a brutal military and little promise of change: Unlike the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the uprising in Syria has faced seemingly insurmountable odds from the very beginning. "The Syrians right now have actually discovered the power of their voice, and the power of numbers," Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington DC, said. That power, say many protestors, is thanks in part to digital technology.
See the full article (Deutsche Welle, Sumi Somaskanda, 7/5/11)
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Foreign Policy: Google Searches for Peace
Google Ideas, the Silicon Valley giant's self-proclaimed "think/do tank," just wrapped up its Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin. The conference, as the identity of its host would seem to imply, was heavily focused on the power of technology to combat radicalism. Former militants and aggrieved mothers can dissuade youth from joining violent groups; competing networks can distract them; and outlets for positive activism can channel their energy toward more productive ends.
See the full article (NPR, William Mccants, 7/1/11)
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