USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup

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Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, April 4 - 10, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

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Media and Journalism

Egypt Media Shocked by Clashes with Copts
Egyptian media prominently cover the unrest around the Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, with writers and TV presenters expressing shock over the sectarian conflict and some social media users accusing the government of failing to act. Some see the collapse of the rule of law and a ''rehearsal for civil war'', while others interpret the events as a deliberate distraction from the pain of bread and fuel price hikes.
See the full article (BBC, 4/9/13)
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Journalists on Front Line of Mexico Drug War: 'Fear is Terrible and Well Founded'
Gun battles lasting for hours, seven decapitated bodies theatrically seated on a row of garden chairs, a video communique promising peace and tranquility read out against a backdrop of 70 armed, uniformed and masked men - Mexico's drug wars go on. But four months into the new government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, finding out about them is getting more difficult than ever.
See the full article (Guardian, Jo Tuckman, 4/9/13)
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Journalist in Russia, Badly Beaten in 2008, Dies
The Russian journalist Mikhail Beketov, who became a symbol of Russia's culture of impunity after he was brutally beaten in 2008, died of heart failure on Monday, his lawyer announced. After Mr. Beketov had called for the resignation of the municipal government in the city of Khimki, where he lived, his car was blown up.
See the full article (New York Times, Ellen Barry, 4/8/13)
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Somalia's Child Journalists
In Somalia the relative calm and stability of the last few years has resulted in a burgeoning journalism scene. But the practice is a deadly one, journalists are targeted for offending powerful interests, and most experienced journalists have fled. NPR's East Africa correspondent, Gregory Warner, talks to [On the Media] about who's stepped in to do the incredibly risky reporting in Somalia - children.
See the full article (NPR, 4/5/13)
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Pakistan's Sectarian Violence Creeps into Art Scene
Pakistan's sectarian crisis has grown so acute that it is creeping into the country's contemporary art scene, spurring young artists to question the causes and assumptions behind the violent Sunni-Shi'ite divide. Some artists have taken to expressing their anger at the carnage through their work.
See the full article (Reuters, 4/5/13)
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "Tribal Societies & Counterterrorism in Pakistan" on April 15 at 11:00am.
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Internet and Social Media

U.S. Embassy Learns a Hard Lesson about Twitter
In the world of traditional diplomacy, governments had more control over what was said about them and by whom. As the Egyptian and U.S. governments discovered the hard way, that control is long gone in the world of 21st century diplomacy with its 24/7 social media and powerful nongovernmental voices.
See the full article (CNN, Cynthia Schneider, 4/10/13)
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The Revolution is Being Televised
The Revolution Is Being Televised follows the work of Trad and five friends, as they capture the horrific realities of life in Syria, edit material together and argue about how they get it out to the rest of the world. This is their personal story - one of loss of family members, of survival and of fighting for a cause - where the risks and losses are made worthwhile by their first intoxicating taste of freedom.
See the full article (Al Jazeera, 4/9/13)
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Text Messages With Name of Ahmadinejad Aide Blocked/Unblocked in Iran
The Iran News Network website, which is affiliated with the country's government, reported on April 5 that SMS messages containing the last name of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's top aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, were blocked in Iran. Earlier this year, some news websites reported that text messages containing the slogan "Viva Spring" had been filtered in Iran. "Viva Spring" or "Long Live Spring" is believed to be a campaign slogan for the controversial Mashaei.
See the full article (RFE/RL, Golnaz Esfandiari, 4/6/13)
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Russia's Digital Underground
The principle of Internet censorship is not a new one to Russian authorities. For at least five years, regional prosecutors have implemented court decisions requiring Internet providers to block access to banned sites accused of extremism. But this has not been done systematically: sites blocked in one region remained accessible in others.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, 4/5/13)
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What's New from PeaceMedia

"Ken Conca - The Future of Water Conflict" - Environmental Change and Security Program
Ken Conca is an associate professor of Government and Politics at University of Maryland. In this short video, Conca discusses the future of water conflict with ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko. The Environmental Change & Security Program (ECSP) promotes dialogue on the connections among environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.
See the full video
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Prevention" on April 18 at 1:00pm.
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