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Weekly News Roundup, August 22 - 28, 2013

Media and Journalism

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Media and Journalism

Why the Syrian Electronic Army Loves to Hack the American Media
The [Syrian Electronic Army] appears, based on its past attacks, to have pretty simple motivations: attention for itself and punishment for Western media organization they perceive as biased against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
See the full article (Washington Post, Max Fisher, 8/27/13)
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As Syria Attack Looms, Few U.S. News Outlets Report From Damascus
When Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem held a news conference Tuesday in the capital city of Damascus, Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher asked about the government’s reaction to reports of chemical weapons use. He was the only U.S. newspaper reporter to pose a question.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Michael Calderone, 8/27/13)
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Syria War Drums Reverberate Throughout Media
In nearly every newspaper, on every network, from continent to continent, the message was the same on Tuesday: the US, along with Britain and possibly others, will bomb Syria in a matter of days. The Guardian's Roy Greenslade rounded up a series of articles from the British press, all of which contained the same theme: warning against taking military action.
See the full article (Huffington Post, Jack Mirkinson, 8/27/13)
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War on Leaks Is Pitting Journalist vs. Journalist
Like almost all whistle-blowers, [Pfc. Bradley E. Manning and Edward J. Snowden] are difficult people with complicated motives. So, too, are the journalists who aid them. It’s not surprising that Julian Assange, and Glenn Greenwald have also come under intense criticism.
See the full article (New York Times, David Carr, 8/25/13)*NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Egypt Widens Crackdown and Meaning of ‘Islamist’
Having crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian authorities have begun cracking down on other dissenters, sometimes labeling even liberal activists or labor organizers as dangerous Islamists. Ten days ago, the police arrested two left-leaning Canadians — one of them a filmmaker — and implausibly announced that they were members of the Brotherhood.
See the full article (New York Times, David D. Kirkpatrick, 8/24/13)*NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Turkish Journalists Detained in Egypt
There is more evidence of attacks on correspondents covering the conflict along with arbitrary arrests. The press freedom group, the International Press Institute (IPI), has called on Egyptian security forces to release Tahir Osman Hamde, the Cairo bureau chief of Turkey's ??hlas news agency. At least five journalists have been killed in the week since Egyptian forces moved in to crush demonstrators loyal to the deposed president Mohamed Morsi.
See the full article (Guardian, Roy Greenslade, 8/22/13)
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Baloch Journalist Abdul Razzaq Killed in Karachi
The mutilated body of journalist Haji Abdul Razzak has been identified by his family, a day after it was found in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. The Balochistan-based journalist had been missing since 24 March. He was tortured to death.
See the full article (BBC, 8/22/13)
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Internet and Social Media

New York Times and Twitter Struggle after Syrian Hack
The websites of the New York Times and Twitter are still suffering problems related to a damaging hack carried out on Tuesday. The newspaper and social network were hit after their domain name details were maliciously edited by hackers.
See the full article (BBC, Dave Lee, 8/28/13)
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Why Google Brought Its App Store to Iran, and What It Could Mean for Syria
On Monday, Google became one of the first American companies to take advantage of newly loosened U.S. sanctions against Iran. The search giant announced that it was offering its Play store to Iranian citizens, allowing them to download free apps. But the recent easing is actually part of a longer process that doesn’t just change U.S. policy toward Iran; it also potentially touches the sanctions regime affecting other targeted states, including Syria.
See the full article (Washington Post, Brian Fung, 8/27/13)
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Cellphone Projects in Developing World Need Better Privacy, Security Measures
Every other week, I hear of a new cellphone project intended to help people in the developing world. Most of these initiatives are incredibly promising. Here’s the problem: Cellphones raise pressing privacy and security issues that can put users in the developing world in serious danger.
See the full article (Slate, Hibah Hussain, 8/27/13)
Click to read "Afghanistan’s Next Generation Mobilizes," an Olive Branch Post by Viola Gienger.
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Former Wikileaks ISP Nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize
The Swedish internet service provider that once hosted the machines behind Wikileaks is nominating NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bahnhof, will make the purely symbolic nomination in its latest quarterly financial report, set to be released when European financial markets open on Tuesday.
See the full article (Wired, Robert McMillan, 8/27/13)
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Government Requests to Facebook Outlined in Report
Governments around the world requested information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first six months of 2013. Facebook's Global Government Requests Report, released on Tuesday for the first time, offered details on official requests from 74 countries.
See the full article (BBC, Dave Lee, 8/27/13)
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