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Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, September 5 - 11, 2013

Media and Journalism

Internet and Social Media

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Media and Journalism

During Dark Times, a Darkroom on the Front Lines
Dr. Jock Cobb created a trove of images documenting the war efforts in North Africa, and later, at the front lines in central Italy. He did it by converting his ambulance into a makeshift darkroom to process film and make prints away from the eyes of military censors.
See the full article (New York Times, Jonathan Blaustein, 9/11/13) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Indonesia, Timor Leste Journalists Told to Help Forge Countries’ Partnerships
Journalists from Indonesia and Timor Leste are expected to help forge partnership between the former foes, according to a bilateral dialogue. Speakers at the Dialogue Forum for Indonesia and Timor Leste Journalists held in Dili on Wednesday encouraged journalists to partake in improving the relationship between the two countries in a number of fields.
See the full article (Jakarta Post, 9/11/13)
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How Assad Wooed the American Right, and Won the Syria Propaganda War
Even before President Barack Obama put his plans to strike the Syrian regime on hold, he was losing the battle of public opinion about military intervention. Part of the credit, no doubt, goes to a successful media blitz by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its supporters. In an interview aired on Monday night, Assad himself advanced his government's case to Charlie Rose, saying that the United States had not presented "a single shred of evidence" proving the Syrian military had used chemical weapons.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, David Kenner, 9/10/13)
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How Syria Deeply Goes Beyond the Headlines
Syria Deeply, a digital-first news portal founded to focus on the stories and context of the Syrian conflict, ran a Google+ Hangout with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday September 10. Syria Deeply was launched in public beta in December 2012 to supplement traditional news sources and provide a greater degree of context to the crisis.
See the full article (Journalism.co.uk, Alastair Reid, 9/10/13)
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The New York Times was Right to Send Reporters on a Refugee Boat to Australia
Conflict journalism, said the late veteran war reporter Marie Colvin, means "trying to find the truth in a sandstorm of propaganda.” The waters of the Indian Ocean that flow between Indonesia and Australia's Christmas Island are no war zone, but news that two freelance journalists working for the New York Times undertook the perilous journey on a boat carrying 55 other passengers seeking asylum raises similar ethical questions.
See the full article (Guardian, Oliver Laghland, 9/10/13)
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Internet and Social Media

Syria War Videos Key in Online Battle for Support
The Obama administration has urged Americans to go online and see for themselves what it says is evidence the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on its own people, a charge the Syrian president denies. But with hundreds of thousands of unfiltered videos of the civil war in Syria available online, how do people know what is real or fake?
See the full article (BBC, 9/10/13)
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China: 3 Years in Jail for Spreading "Online Rumors"
Chinese authorities have further tightened controls of its social media, warning that people who post comments deemed libelous and that are reposted 500 or more times will face defamation charges and up to three years in prison. Judicial authorities have said the rules would also apply to people whose posts are viewed by at least 5,000 Internet users.
See the full article (AP, 9/10/13)
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Iran Cabinet Ministers All Sign Up to Facebook - Despite Social Media Site being Banned
Iran's entire cabinet has opened Facebook pages in a move that could signal greater openness from the new government - even though the social media site is blocked in the Islamic Republic. The pages of 15 ministers could be viewed in Tehran through a proxy server.
See the full article (Independent, Majid Mohamed, 9/9/13)
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The NSA has Killed the Best Argument for Still Using a BlackBerry
BlackBerry may be on the rocks financially, but it had at least one thing going for it: Its commercial e-mail service was considered one of the most secure on the market. Now, via Der Spiegel, we’ve learned that that security may have been compromised by the NSA.
See the full article (Washington Post, Brian Fung, 9/9/13)
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In a Bid to Boost Image, Assad's Wife Turns to Instagram
Some of the most recent images of the Syrian first lady, [Asma al-Assad], were uploaded to the relatively new "Syrian President" Instagram page in the past several days -- even as international condemnation was building over Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons and U.S. President Barack Obama was vowing to lead a military response.
See the full article (RFE/RL, Heather Maher, 9/6/13)
Click to read "How Women Can Help Build a Culture of Peace" an Olive Branch Post by Maria Jessop.
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Iranian Officials Take to Twitter to Wish Jews a Happy New Year and Welcome Diplomacy
A series of tweets by Iranian leaders over the past couple of days has students of diplomatic semantics — a sometimes exact science — wondering whether a mere greeting is an opening to the country’s adversaries.
See the full article (Washington Post, Jason Rezaian and Anne Gearan, 9/5/13)
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What's New from PeaceMedia

"David Jensen : Natural Resources and Peacebuilding: Is the United Nations United?" - TEDx
The presentation focuses on the need to address natural resource degradation, governance and benefit-sharing as fundamental components of peacebuilding in Afghanistan and other post-conflict countries.
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