USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup

United States Institute of Peace


Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, July 25 - 31, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

What's New from PeaceMedia

**Click here to subscribe to USIP's Science, Technology and Peacebuilding News Roundup.**

Media and Journalism

War Photography, War Pornography – Must We See Blood to Understand Conflict?
Can we understand war without looking at blood? And without seeing blood, would we know what war looks like? Western media have largely chosen not to show extremely graphic images from conflict zones. If this trend continues and the stories we read are illustrated only by pictures of soldiers firing guns or tanks on the streets, are we eventually going to believe that wars are becoming less bloody and less violent?
See the full article (Reuters, Magda Mis, 7/31/13)
[Return to top]

In Egypt Unrest, Media Become a Weapon of the Warring Sides
The unrest that has shaken Egypt for more than a month has generated a war of images seeking to lay the blame for hundreds of deaths on an unchecked general, a toppled Islamist leader and legions of young men firing homemade guns and hurling stones through clouds of tear gas. "Egyptian media are all about mobilization," said Gamal Soltan, a political science professor at the American University in Cairo.
See the full article (Los Angeles Times, Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb, 7/30/13)
[Return to top]

Q&A: Veteran War Photographer Tim Page on Cambodia, Conflict and Getting High
Tim Page covered three decades of conflict across Indochina after falling into the industry as a 21-year-old during the attempted Laos coup of 1965. Page smuggled the only pictures of the putsch out of the country. Page was in Cambodia during last week’s disputed general elections and spoke to TIME about the changing atmosphere there as well as the shifting world of war photography.
See the full article (Time, Charlie Campbell, 7/30/13)
[Return to top]

How Vice's Tim Pool Used Google Glass to Cover Istanbul Protests
"When there's a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you're running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying 'OK Glass, record a video', makes that recording process a lot… easier," says Tim Pool. Pool has been using Glass for his livestreaming coverage of recent protests in Istanbul, Cairo and Brazil for Vice in 2013, but he's been doing what he calls "mobile first-person" journalism since 2011.
See the full article (Guardian, Stuart Dredge, 7/30/13)
[Return to top]

Media Fear for Egypt's Future after Killings
Media commentators fear that Egypt is on the brink of catastrophe after more than 70 people were killed in Cairo on Saturday at a rally in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. One Iranian writer believes the events of the past few days - involving the shooting of supporters of Mr Morsi, and massive rallies for and against the ousted Islamist president - have increased the risk of civil war.
See the full article (BBC, 7/29/13)
[Return to top]

Hamas Orders Closure of Gaza Media Outlets
The Hamas-led government in Gaza has ordered the closure of two media outlets in the territory - the broadcaster Al-Arabiya and the news agency Maan - after accusing them of publishing "false" news. Ismail Jaber, the attorney general, said on Thursday that the outlets reported "fabricated news" that "threatened civil peace and damaged the Palestinian people and their resistance" to Israel.
See the full article (Guardian, Roy Greenslade, 7/29/13)
[Return to top]

North Korean Media Make an Odd Claim about Panama
Two weeks after Panama detained a North Korean ship for illegally transporting hidden military equipment, apparently taken out of Cuba, North Korea’s state news agency put out a very strange article that refers to Panama but does not mention the detained ship. The Korean Central News Agency says that, as part of ongoing national celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, some sailors from a Panamanian ship spontaneously decided to join the festivities.
See the full article (Washington Post, Max Fisher, 7/29/13)
[Return to top]

Taylor Krauss, American Journalist, Faces Deportation From Uganda
Uganda said on Friday it would deport a U.S. freelance journalist arrested while filming opposition activists clashing with police in Kampala, accusing him of working in Uganda illegally. Authorities have recently stepped up a crackdown on independent media at a time of growing opposition to President Yoweri Museveni's government.
See the full article (Reuters, Elias Biryabarema, 7/25/13)
[Return to top]


Internet and Social Media

Twitter Transparency Report Shows Growing Government Demand for Data
Twitter said on Wednesday that the U.S. government continues to make the most requests for information about the social network’s subscribers in a growing pursuit of data that has sparked protest by Internet firms. In the first six months of the year, Twitter said federal authorities made 902 requests for user information, targeting 1,319 specific user accounts.
See the full article (Washington Post, Cecilia Kang, 7/31/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

If Your Government Fails, Can You Create a New One With Your Phone?
Wherever governments are in crisis, in transition, or in absentia, people are using digital media to try to improve their condition, to build new organizations, and to craft new institutional arrangements. Technology is, in a way, enabling new kinds of states.
See the full article (Atlantic, Philip N. Howard, 7/31/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Training Citizen Journalists: There's an App for That
StoryMaker's goal is to create an app that enables anyone to make and share compelling, real life stories. To date, StoryMaker has been installed on approximately 1,500 devices and is helping journalists and citizen journalists in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe to report on events in their community.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Brian Conley, 7/31/13)
Click to read "A Killing in Tunis: Will Tunisia’s Transition Survive?" an Olive Branch Post by Daniel Brumberg and Eya Jrad.
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Manning’s Conviction Seen as Making Prosecution of WikiLeaks’ Assange Likely
The conviction of Bradley Manning on espionage charges Tuesday makes it increasingly likely that the United States will prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a co-conspirator, . Manning [was found] guilty of several violations of the Espionage Act. Press freedom advocates said the verdict adds to their alarm that the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers will discourage whistleblowers from providing critical information on military and intelligence matters.
See the full article (Washington Post, Billy Kenber, 7/30/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Joins Instagram in Bold PR Move
Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has launched a new propaganda arm, on the popular online photo-sharing platform Instagram. Set up just last week - a few days after his forces killed scores of rebels in an ambush in Damascus, the account provides his followers with pictures of Assad and his wife happily touring the war-torn country.
See the full article (Independent, James Legge, 7/30/13)
Click to read "Syrian Children's Future Jeopardized in Education Too" an Olive Branch Post by Rachel Brandenburg.
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Advancing Internet Freedom Doesn’t Come for Free
When events unfolded in Egypt two years ago, it was a historic moment both because political change was sweeping through the Middle East and because political revolution had finally entered the digital age. But as the great promise of the Arab Spring turns into a much darker reality, it is increasingly clear that the United States is failing in its commitment to use technology to advance worldwide democracy.
See the full article (Washington Post, Craig A. Newman, 7/29/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Zimbabwe Blogger takes on Robert Mugabe
In March, a self-proclaimed disaffected insider of the ruling Zanu-PF party created the Facebook page of "Baba Jukwa". With the disarming profile picture of a cartoon old man, Baba Jukwa traffics in political napalm, spilling damaging details of high-level party meetings, allegations of voter fraud, and embarrassing gossip – all replete with private phone numbers for citizens to harass the officials in question.
See the full article (Guardian, Rebecca Regan-Sachs, 7/25/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]



What's New from PeaceMedia

"Syrian Journalists Remain Defiant" - Al Jazeera
Reporters who fled Syria to Europe are taking advantage of press freedom to get their message across back home.
See the full video
[Return to top]

Click here to subscribe to USIP's Science, Technology and Peacebuilding News Roundup.

Did we miss anything?



Share this: FacebookTwitterDeliciousDiggMySpaceStumbleUponGoogleMicrosoftYahoo! BookmarksLinkedIn| Forward this to a Friend