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Thursday, October 31, 2013

USIP's Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding Roundup


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Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, October 24 - 30, 2013

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Media and Journalism

Egyptian Prosecutor Censors Journalists
An Egyptian prosecutor has banned journalists from reporting on a legal complaint filed by a former presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, who claimed that last year's elections were fixed. According to a judicial source cited by the website Aswat Masriya the prosecutor made the decision after Shafiq's attorney argued that the election results were "manipulated."
See the full article (Guardian, Roy Greenslade, 10/29/13)
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New Guidebook Tells Reporters How Not to Write About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A new reporter’s guidebook released on October 23 aims to balance media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a field that often spirals into semantic mudslinging at the cost of clear news coverage. The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) published Use With Care: A Reporter’s Glossary of Loaded Language in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict after a year of joint work between six anonymous Israeli and Palestinian media veterans.
See the full article (Daily Beast, Alice Su, 10/28/13)
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Iran Bans Reformist Newspaper over Article Questioning Shia Islam
As Iran engages with the international community, its government, led by President Hassan Rouhani, has taken great strides to convince Western leaders that it is open to change. But within the country, Rouhani and his government have had to strike a pragmatic balance between allowing some freedoms and the keeping in line with the country’s conservative rulers. That was made evident this week as Iran's press watchdog imposed a ban on the Iranian reformist newspaper Bahar for publishing an article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam, Iranian media reported Monday.
See the full article (Aljazeera, 10/28/13)
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Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Upsets All Sides on Return to TV
The Egyptian broadcaster CBC has distanced itself from its star satirist, Bassem Youssef, after he criticised both the army-backed government and the Islamist regime it succeeded in the first episode of his long-delayed new series. Youssef's widely watched show, which rose to global prominence last year for lampooning the former president, Mohamed Morsi, had been off air since before Morsi's overthrow in July.
See the full article (Guardian, Patrick Kingsley, 10/28/13)
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Somali Journalist Killed by Attackers, Others Beaten
A Somali journalist died in the hospital on Saturday after being attacked by gunmen on Tuesday, his colleague told the Associated Press Sunday, bringing the number of reporters killed in Somalia this year to seven. Mohamed Mohamud, nicknamed "Tima'ade," was shot more than five times, by unidentified gunmen on his way to work, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
See the full article (Reuters, Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar, 10/27/13)
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Moroccan Editor Jailed on Terrorism Charges Released on Bail, Still Faces Charges
A prominent Moroccan editor facing charges of abetting terrorism for reporting on an al-Qaida video was released on bail Friday after a month in prison, according to supporters and his lawyer. Ali Anouzla left Sale prison, near the capital Rabat, and was greeted by a crowd of supporters and journalists, but he made no statements.
See the full article (AP, 10/25/13)
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Westgate Attack: Kenyan Police Warn Journalists
Kenya's police chief has warned journalists over their coverage of last month's attack on the Westgate shopping centre, following reports of looting by soldiers. David Kimaiyo said reporters should not "provoke propaganda" or "incite Kenyans" in their coverage. CCTV footage has been leaked on local media which appears to show soldiers taking items from a supermarket.
See the full article (BBC, 10/24/13)
Click to read "Al-Shabab's Kenya Attack - Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Military Response" an Olive Branch Post by Dominik Balthasar.
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Internet and Social Media

Kuwaiti Blogger Faces 10 Years in Jail for "Insulting" Tweets
The Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a blogger's comments on Twitter. It confirmed the conviction and sentence of Hamad al-Naqi, who was found guilty in June of insulting the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, of provoking sectarian tensions, of insulting the Prophet Mohammed and the prophet's wife and companions, mocking Islam, and misusing his mobile phone to disseminate the objectionable comments.
See the full article (Guardian, Roy Greenslade, 10/29/13)
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Syrian Hackers Target Obama's Twitter, Facebook Posts
The pro-Assad group Syrian Electronic Army claims it hacked the Twitter and Facebook accounts of U.S. President Barack Obama. In an exclusive email to Mashable sent from an account believed to belong to the SEA on Monday, the group notified us of the hack, but would not provide details about how it accomplished it. It appears the SEA did not actually access Obama's social media accounts, but altered the links in the posts by tampering with the URL shortener service for
See the full article (Mashable, Fran Berkman, 10/29/13)
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Vietnam Convicts Facebook Blogger Who Criticized Government
A blogger who posted criticism of the Vietnamese government on Facebook (FB) was handed a suspended 15-month prison sentence by a court in the southern province of Long An. Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, said he was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state. He used Facebook to campaign for the release of his younger brother, imprisoned for using social media for political commentary, according to Human Rights Watch. Uy, who was arrested June 15, faced a three-year prison sentence.
See the full article (Bloomberg News, 10/29/13)
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Punishments Reduced, but Burma’s Harsh Online Law Remains
Burma’s restrictive Electronic Transactions Law, under which political dissidents were in the past imprisoned for sending or receiving “detrimental” e-mails, remains in place for now, though work continues to have the code revised or replaced. This week Rangoon parliamentarian Thein Nyunt won the consent of fellow Lower House MPs to have punishments under the law reduced, with lawmakers voting to replace prison sentences with a system of fines.
See the full article (Irrawaddy, Simon Roughneen, 10/24/13)
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