Tag: censorship

by Julie Keck

1. Twitter agrees to block ‘blasphemous’ tweets in Pakistan (Robert Mackey / New York Times) 2. TVTY raises $4.5 million to sync TV and online ads (Romain Dillet / TechCrunch) 3. Knight funds innovation and a push for media diversity at Hampton University (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. Can the New Republic find its [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Social media companies and publishers consciously uncouple products in quest for mobile users (Steve Rubel / AdAge) 2. Twitter’s selective censorship of tweets may be the best option, but it’s still censorship (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 3. How algorithms decide the news you see (Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Why Condé Nast [...] more »

by Fannie Cohen

Even though Western music and movies are a major export to the Middle East, many people there support censoring these programs if they are deemed offensive. This is one of several findings in a new study on Middle Eastern media habits by Northwestern University in Qatar.  NU-Q and the Doha Film Institute compiled the data [...] more »

by Angela Washeck

A new study by Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute reveals that Middle Eastern citizens are quite active online, with many spending time on the web daily to watch news and entertainment video, access social media and stream music, film and TV. “Entertainment Media Use In the Middle East” is a six-nation [...] more »

by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Automattic, steward of WordPress, snaps up Longreads (Brad Stone / Businessweek) 2. “Journalism is aggregation” (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 3. Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court rulings (Daren Butler / Reuters) 4. The Heartbleed hit list: The passwords you need to change right now (Mashable) 5. Journalism needs the right skills to survive [...] more »

by Marianna Tzabiras

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments of Burma’s progress vary, especially around media freedom and free expression. On a recent visit [...] more »

by Hiba Zayadin

Car bombs. Suicide attacks. Assassinations. These words are too often attached to any mention of Iraq these days. The reported death toll in this war-torn country reached over 1,000 in January 2014 alone. Journalists have been, and continue to be, among the casualties. In the first of 2014, Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a 28-year-old freelance reporter [...] more »

by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the [...] more »

by Erica Salkin

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its [...] more »