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Archives 2005-1014: Features

November 14, 2008

Repression in Tibet continues, foreign media still unable to investigate, says RSF

The Chinese government is still demonstrating lack of goodwill towards foreign journalists trying to visit Tibet. Its repression of Tibetans who dare to talk about what has happened to them has remained unabated. A Tibetan monk, for example, was arrested three days ago after speaking openly in a video and answering a foreign journalist's questions about the torture he underwent in prison. "The simple fact that the freedom of movement and freedom to interview granted to foreign journalists are... MORE
November 7, 2008

Newsmedia will see chaos in 2009, and in chaos will be opportunity: INMA report

The year 2009 will be one of disruption, displacement, and disaggregation for newsmedia companies. Structural trends that have been building for the past decade will be accelerated in an economic downturn whose precise magnitude is still unknown as of this writing, says a report from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA). The year 2009 will hinge on the economy, the migration of advertising to the internet, access to capital in troubling times, and newsprint prices, says the... MORE
November 5, 2008

Bombing of two prominent journalists threatens Croatia’s bid to join European Union

It has been called one of the most serious attacks on press freedom in years in the entire South East European region, one that could seriously damage Croatia’s bid to join the European Union: two journalists were killed in a car bombing in Croatia. Ivo Pukanic, journalist and owner of the NCL Media Group in Zagreb, and Niko Franjic, marketing director of the leading investigative weekly newspaper Nacional , which is published by NCL, were killed on October 23 when a car bomb exploded under... MORE
October 28, 2008

Yahoo News is still the preferred online news source among Indian Internet users

At least eight of ten users checking news online in India are males. Almost eight of ten engaging in such activity fall in the 19-35 age bracket. These and other key insights have emerged out of one of the largest surveys conducted by JuxtConsult earlier this year among Internet users in India. The habit of checking news online is indulged in by 63 per cent of online users. Though this is up 2 per cent since last year, this activity still ranks fourth among all online activities of Internet... MORE
October 14, 2008

Azerbaijan President Aliyev continues to dominate state media’s electoral coverage

As Azerbaijan gears up for the forthcoming elections in October, President Ilham Aliyev continues to dominate the state-owned media landscape. The president’s visits to various regions of the country and the government’s diplomatic activities continued to be the leading stories in state-owned media. Election coverage has also been plentiful, but it focused mainly on the preparations being carried out by the regional and local electoral commissions, says Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The... MORE
October 9, 2008

Tunisia greets international friends, silences critics at home

Tunisia promotes itself as a progressive nation that protects human rights, but an investigation has found that it aggressively silences journalists and others who challenge the policies of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In a new report, 'The Smiling Oppressor', the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found that journalists are subjected to routine imprisonment, assault, harassment, and censorship. Ben Ali's administration enjoys close ties with Western governments, which have been... MORE
September 22, 2008

World newspaper industry braces up for another showdown with Google

The world newspaper industry is heading for another showdown with Google. The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has asked competition authorities in Europe and North America to block the advertising agreement between Google and Yahoo on anti-competitive grounds. The deal, WAN insists, would have a negative impact on the advertising revenues that the search giants provide to newspaper and other websites, and on the cost of paid search advertising. WAN, which represents 77... MORE
September 22, 2008

Malayasia falls back on draconian security Act to silence journalists and bloggers

The arrest of a prominent blogger and a journalist under Malaysia's draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) is being seen by free speech advocates as the start of a wider crackdown ahead of an anticipated opposition push to gain control of parliament. Malaysia's leading blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, a staunch government critic on his website Malaysia Today, was the first to be taken into custody on September 12. Tan Hoon Cheng, a journalist with Chinese-language Sin Chew Daily , a newspaper... MORE
September 7, 2008

Website owner’s last words to his editor: “Roza, they are taking me away”

Roza Malsagova, the editor of the website, Ingushetia’s only source of independent news and information, has just lost an ally in her struggle against the government’s determination to suppress all coverage of human rights abuses in this southern Russian republic, which adjoins Chechnya and which is contaminated by the region’s conflicts. Magomed Yevloyev, the site’s owner and a government opponent, was murdered while held by the security forces in the new capital, Magas, on... MORE
September 5, 2008

Journalists, photographers in Malaysia lack protection

Cases of assaults and threats against journalists and photographers in Malaysia used to come and go quietly. It has now become almost a tradition that mainstream print and broadcast media give minimal coverage to issues about the profession, leaving the true gravity of the problem hidden from the public. Since 2007, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), based in capital Kuala Lumpur, has documented 12 cases of assault against media professionals. Most of these cases were given not more... MORE