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April 02 2013

Chechen Leader's Tone-deaf Instagram Post

On April 1, 2013, the 20 year anniversary of Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper critical of the government and known for its investigative reporting, Head of the Chechen Republic (formerly President) Ramzan Kadyrov took to his Instagram [ru], as he often does these days, to publicly express respect for the publication and its journalists, even thought he “sometimes disagrees with them.” Some bloggers [ru] were flabbergasted [ru] – after all, it is a widely held belief on RuNet that Kadyrov (then Chechen Prime Minister) is at least partially responsible for the assassination of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya in 2006.

Сегодня исполнилось 20 лет "Новой газете", которая по сей день является одним из немногих островков настоящей журналистики. И хотя я часто не согласен с мнением некоторых журналистов, тем не менее я высоко ценю Ваше желание докопаться до истины и дать возможность Вашим читателям узнать ее. Надеюсь, что и я смогу Вам помочь в этом нелегком деле. Всегда готов ответить на Ваши вопросы и донести до Ваших читателей максимально объективную точку зрения о Чечне.

Foreign Investment Sidelines East Timorese

Olavio Quintas, from the eastern tip of Timor, expresses his frustration with “development” in his country to Radio Liberdade Dili. He says “Timorese people have become observers to foreigners’ investments” lamenting the lack of employment for young people, as investors and government do not trust Timorese to do the smallest tasks.

Chinese Teen Calls for Weibo Censorship

A 13-year-old girl, who was put on stage in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and criticized by netizens because of the “voice-over” arrangement, has seemingly come out in favor of more censorship on the popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. Her micro-blog has triggered a lot of discussion and debate in the past few days. More from Offbeat China.

Hong Kong: International Pillow Fight 2013

Screen capture from 2012 pillow fight in Hong Kong.

Screen capture from 2012 pillow fight in Hong Kong.


Hongwrong.com is going to hold its third international pillow fight in Hong Kong on April 6, 2013.

The Islamic Caliphate of North Korea

A tweet [ko] directing people to this fake blog post received quite some attention on April Fools’ day. Looking like a legit news article, the post says that North Korea announced that it is now an Islamic state and it includes detailed claims such as:

Kim Jong-un ‘asserted ‘every previous leader of North Korea were actually Muslim prophets, and so is Kim Jong-un himself’ and ‘Islamic leaders were highly offended by Kim Jong-un’s announcement.’

April 01 2013

Anonymous Brazil Report on Controversial Preacher

Anonymous Brazil released a dossier [pt] about Marco Feliciano, recently elected as chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Deputy Chamber amid the outrage of human rights defenders due to his vocal hardline views on homosexuality and racist remarks. The dossier contains information on legal cases involving the evangelical preacher and congressman as well as “ghost workers” from his office.

March 27 2013

Holy Week Traditions in Antigua, Guatemala

Alfombras (carpets), processions, and floats –AntiguaDailyPhoto shares a series of photo posts on Holy Week traditions in Antigua, Guatemala.

China's Dead Pigs Expose Illegal Farms

Barry van Wyk from DANWEI highlights a local report that shed lights on the floating dead pigs in Shanghai river by investigating into the problem of illegal pig farms in Hubei province.

No Ghost Cities in China

China Law Blog has a guest post by Dirk Chilcote who had lived in Zhenzhou for 3 years. He is skeptical of western media's report on China's ghost cities:

In my three years living and working in the neighborhood 60 Minutes decided to use for its doomsday exemplar, the most enduring memory I have is not of desolation, but rather of lightening fast development followed shortly thereafter by burgeoning numbers of new residents.

March 26 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: The Golden Globe

It’s another piece of our history that may disappear from our landscape because we lack the interest in preserving things of value.

Tillah Willah thinks that the Globe cinema is worth preserving for another generation of Trinbagonians, adding: “I would pay good money to go and see that and make plenty noise for heroes and sheroes who look, sound, act and feel like me.”

Global Dialogues Seeks Stories for Short Films

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Banner from Global Dialogues Lusófonos: “Does your story make a movie?” [pt]

Global Dialogues is promoting an international contest that challenges all young people worlwide (under 25 by April 10, 2013) to pitch an idea for a short film about HIV/AIDS and sexuality or about violence. Besides the prizes listed in the rules of the contest, Global Dialogues promises that “the best ideas will be turned into films by some of world's greatest directors and young cinema talents.”

Barbados: Shutting People Out?

Has Barbadian society become more exclusionary? Code Red cites a report that suggests it might have.

Venezuela: New Wave of Online Threats

Several Venezuelan cartoonists, journalists, writers and artists have been the target of a series of threats through Twitter, telephone and text messages, according to news portal Noticias 24. They began after a number of anonymous users spread the victims’ personal contact information, said the Press and Society Institute in Venezuela (Ipys in Spanish).

Alejandro Martínez from The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas Blog reports on a new wave of threats against journalists and media workers.
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Pakistan Drone Deaths Visualized

Drone Strikes Pakistan

Screenshot of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Drone strikes and deaths since 2004 in Pakistan by Pitch Interactive

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Chinese Mom Buys NYC Apartment for Toddler

China's state media CCTV News ran a video report on a Chinese mom who bought a USD $6.5 million apartment in Manhattan for her two-year daughter, in preparation for her daughter's college life in NYC. Offbeat China has translated the report.

 

Xi Jinping's ‘Shoe’ Metaphor Lights Up Web

While discussing the paths that nations take towards development in a speech delivered at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Chinese president Xi Jinping said, “Only the wearer knows if the shoe fits his foot.”  Xi’s metaphor triggered Chinese netizens’ comments. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has translated some comments, including Blogger and commentator Wuyue Sanren‘s comment.

Why China's Real-Name Microblog Rules Fail

The real-name registration regulation of micro-blogs in China has been implemented for more than a year, but a majority of netizens just ignore the regulation. David Caragliano from Tea Leaf Nation explains why the regulation has failed.

Crowdmapping Ukraine's Snow Volunteers

Watcher.com.ua reports [uk] that Kyiv-based netizens have set up an online volunteer coordination map [uk, ru] and a website [uk, ru] to offer help to those affected by the unprecedented snowfall in Ukraine's capital [see this GV text]. The map indicates the location of volunteers who can offer hot drinks and a place to warm up, or help dig the car out of the snow. The map also indicates locations where help is needed.

March 25 2013

24 hours in the Life of a Newsroom in France

The Journalism School of Lille [fr], in partnership with Canal France International (CFI), set up a website for online resources on journalism: 24 hours in the life of a newsroom. The objective of the site is that anyone who so wishes can learn through the experience of media professionals. The site unpacks the work of a newsroom in 24 steps for four media categories : print, television, radio and web. It is available in five languages​​, including Arabic and Swahili.

Google's Bangladeshi Independence Doodle

Aminul Islam Sajib reports that Google featured Bangladeshi National Flag as a Doodle on the occasion of the Independence Day of Bangladesh (26th March, 1971) which was a long time demand from Bangladeshi netizens.

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