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Blog: South Africans clash on Twitter over #Zumaspear

4 Jun

A screen shot of a graphic released by City Press' parent company that samples tweets from around the country. (Media24/Andrew Trench)

South African journalist and arts critic Charl Blignaut made
what turned out to be an excellent prediction. “Of all the work on show, it’s
this depiction of the president that will set the most tongues wagging and most
likely generate some howls of disapproval,” he wrote on May 13 in a review of
an art exhibition in Johannesburg.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/06/south-africans-clash-on-twitter-over-zumaspear.php

Malaysia – Book banning frenzy must end, say civil society organisations

4 Jun

While there has been uproar against Irshad Manji’s Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta recently, the trend started much earlier with the banning of works by Karen Armstrong, Salman Rushdie, Khalil Gibran, Irvine Welsh and Iris Chang, among others.

via IFEX

China – Editor dismissed for online comments

4 Jun

Yu Chen, editor of the in-depth investigative news desk of the Southern Metropolitan Newspaper, was suspended, and later forced to resign, from his position because of online comments he made using the newspaper’s microblog account.

via IFEX

Blog: Foreign broadcasters shut down for Cambodian elections

4 Jun

How
far has democracy advanced in Cambodia?

Not
very far.

Activists
from three different political parties died during the 15-day campaign period
leading up to the elections, in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party won a
large majority of seats, according to a report issued by the Committee for Free
and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel).
The Phnom Penh Post ran articles on “allegations
of intimidation, ghost voting, and electoral-roll sabotage” in the election,
and the U.S. government-funded Voice of America (VOA) published a story
headlined “Observers: Cambodian Vote
Improved but Problems Remain
.”

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/06/foreign-broadcasters-shut-down-for-cambodian-elect.php

Philippines – IFJ outraged by murder of witness to journalists’ massacre

4 Jun

Esmael Enog, a brother of Rakim Amil, one of the 100 Ampatuan massacre suspects who have been arrested and detained, had testified that he drove 36 of the accused, four of whom he identified, to the massacre site in Maguindanao.

via IFEX

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