USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup


United States Institute of Peace


Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, August 8 - 14, 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

3 Journalists, Including Sky News Cameraman, Dubai Newspaper Reporter, Killed in Egypt
Three journalists, including a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter, were killed and several were injured in the violence that erupted in Egypt on Wednesday. Media watchdogs urged Egypt to investigate all attacks on journalists and to hold those responsible to account.
See the full article (AP, 8/14/13)
[Return to top]

Kuwait Pulls Cleric from TV Over Sectarianism
Government officials in Kuwait have pulled a prominent cleric off television over previous comments they say stoked sectarian tensions and promoted an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria. Shafi al-Ajmi's show, "Following the Path of the Prophet," premiered on Monday on state television in Kuwait.
See the full article (AP, 8/13/13)
[Return to top]

What a Murder Mystery Reveals About Chinese Censorship
Omission and misdirection is hardly uncommon in domestic Chinese reporting, but the digital age has significantly complicated the process of suppressing information. The tactic is telling of the censors’ strategy: it doesn’t much matter if the barrier is linguistic or digital, as long as the vast majority of readers in China remain unable to surmount the divide.
See the full article (New Yorker, Jiayang Fan, 8/12/13)
[Return to top]

Tanzanian Journalists Self-censor for Fear of Attack, Harassment - Report
Conditions for journalists are worsening in Tanzania, with reporters increasingly being harassed, attacked and censoring their work out of fear of reprisal, a study has found. Afraid of offend the authorities and worried about their safety, journalists are failing to report the whole story on topics like corruption and political and civil unrest.
See the full article (Reuters, Kizito Makoye, 8/9/13)
[Return to top]

Journalists in Syria Face Dangers of War and Rising Risk of Abduction
Abductions of journalists inside Syria have increased sharply this year as the ravages of the conflict have worsened and the insurgency has turned more jihadist and chaotic, making the country one of the most hostile conflict zones for news gatherers in recent memory, according to news media advocacy organizations, rights workers and veteran correspondents.
See the full article (New York Times, Rick Gladstone, 8/9/13)*NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
[Return to top]

Media Myopia and the Image of Africa
There seems to be no limit to the media's unwitting capacity to mischaracterize the African continent. The print and broadcast media have usually constructed an African narrative of endless ethnic warfare, incessant drought, tragic famine, unspeakable epidemics, rampant rape and chilling child abuse.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Paul Stoller, 8/8/13)
Click to read "Radio’s Power for Peace Among South Sudan’s Youth" an Olive Branch Post by Theo Dolan and Christine Mosher.
[Return to top]


Internet and Social Media

Covert Twitter Ops: Israel's Latest (Mis)Adventure in Digital Diplomacy
There's a new front in the social media wars: Israeli university campuses. In cooperation with Israel's national student union, Haaretz reported today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office is planning to create "covert units" of students who will fight for the country -- on social media, that is.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, Elias Groll, 8/14/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

North Korea 'Makes Home-grown' Arirang Smartphone
North Korea says it has produced its first home-grown smartphone, but experts have disputed its origins. The Arirang handset, described as a "hand phone" in state media, was shown to leader Kim Jong-un during a factory tour.
See the full article (BBC, Dave Lee, 8/13/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

WikiLeaks’ Teenage Benedict Arnold
When he met Julian Assange for the first time, Sigurdur Thordarson admired the WikiLeaks founder’s attitude and quickly signed up to the cause. But little more than a year later, Thordarson was working as an informant spying on WikiLeaks for the U.S. government—embroiling himself as a teenager in one of the most complicated international events in recent history.
See the full article (Slate, Ryan Gallagher, 8/9/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]

Colombia’s President Seeks US Clarification on Electronic Spying
President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he is seeking clarification from Washington on whether its intelligence-gathering in Colombia has overstepped the countries’ joint operations against drug traffickers and illegal armed groups. Santos said in an interview with The Associated Press that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called him about the issue following revelations by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that massive U.S digital snooping has targeted allies as well as foes.
See the full article (AP, 8/8/13)
[Return to top] | [Return to section]



What's New from PeaceMedia

"Science & Technology Entrepreneurs Park - India" - World Bank
Business Incubators help to improve the survival and growth of innovative start-up companies by providing facilities, management advice and support services. STEP is a model interface institution, which delivers innovation, science and technology and entrepreneurship through training, development and consultancy initiatives. It has been continually engaged in promoting a new genre of entrepreneurs and many new initiatives for ushering in technology based growth.
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