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Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan – all on Russia’s edge – are pushing media repression to new lows. With all broadcasting and most print media firmly under State control, the Web is the current target. Dictators on Russia’s borders perplex even Russian media.
Iran’s state broadcasting institution hosted again its International Radio Festival. The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union joined the event this year co-hosting the International Radio Forum. The BBC’s Director of Global News Richard Sambrook gave the keynote. Only one Iranian official walked out.
Media War 2.0
A day earlier this would have been a story about a television station, controversial in itself, changing owners. A Russian billionaire or two thrown in and the story gets a bit more interesting. But when the stations’ principal owner ‘suspiciously’ drops dead, this story took yet a different turn. Oh, add Rupert Murdoch to the mix.
Newspaper sale highlights transparency, international tension
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In Conflict Zones
Raise high the license fee, Burma, and see less - January 2, 2008
Georgian TV channel suspends broadcasts…owner in coup plot allegations - December 26, 2008
Yes, the basic garden variety – or rooftop – satellite dish is one ugly sight. In a recent beautification movement Turkmenistan’s president ordered them removed. Media watchers question whether he finds the dishes so ugly or the programs they receive.
Human Rights Day launch for Belarus TV channel - December 12, 2007
Mog mayor wants no bad news on the radio - November 28, 2007
Opposition leader cedes TV control to News Corp, takes to protest podium - November 5, 2007
Post-conflict media training expensive and ‘naïve’ - October 19, 2007
Russian broadcaster steps to the West - October 10, 2007
A decade ago European institutions saw Croatia’s media sector as hopeless, with little or no possibility developing to recognized standards. The new century brought considerable donor involvement in media but only modest attention from major broadcasters and publishers. The European Union declared Croatia last November a functioning market economy, another step toward EU accession and signal that the ‘post-donor’ era had begun.
Serbian media changes little, faces long transition - September 24, 2007
Iran tourism: very expensive and hard to leave - September 20, 2007
Private broadcast licenses ‘formalized’ in Cameroon - September 11, 2007
Talk show host murdered, station director killed, broadcasters warned - August 10, 2007
International broadcasters on high alert: Key channel, support group threatened - July 2, 2007
Honor Killings Stalk Women in Journalism - June 11, 2007
WAN Criticizes Lack of Press Freedom in Africa, But South African President Thabo Mbeki Chides Publishers and Editors For Cutting Back On Their African Coverage - June 5, 2007
“Media freedom in Africa is held captive both by the state and by the market," according to Zambian media analyst Fackson Banda, speaking at a press freedom in Africa roundtable at the WAN convention in Cape Town Sunday.
Alan Johnston Not Free Yet - June 3, 2007
Senegal Private Radio Launch Halted by Gendarmes - June 1, 2007
Palestinian Security Chief Rules Out Force to Free BBC Reporter - May 2, 2007
RTL Loses Serb License Appeal - April 4, 2007
Middle East Warlords Use Journalists as Poker Chips - April 9, 2007
Broadcasters Rally to BBC Journalist Kidnapped in Gaza - April 11, 2007
Radio Rides In To Rescue Middle East Peace - February 22, 2007
A country’s “best” radio station is taken off the air. The West protests. The government shrugs. The story repeats.
No More Free Radio/TV In Azerbaijan - November 27, 2006
Ogulsapar Muradova Died Violently Last Week. She Was a Journalist - September 18, 2006
Satellite TV Channel “With You Lebanon” Launched by Dubai Media Group - August 17, 2006
Armenian Broadcaster Wins Record Number of License Denials - May 28, 2006
Media Development Loan Fund Bonds With Swiss Bank - May 12, 2006
Wasting No Time, Serb Authorities Send a Message…With the Police. - April 28, 2006
Fox Television Joins Serb Channels in License Award - April 24, 2006
The entry deadline for the prestigious One World Media Awards is upon us. Nominations are sought for the Special Award for Developing Media.
Sustain – Not Stop – The Press! - December 28, 2005
Piramida TV’s Strange Weekend - December 12, 2005
Macedonia Public Broadcaster in Turmoil - November 1, 2005
BBC Albanian Service Launches Morning Radio Program - November 1, 2005 News and current affairs program BBC Sot, meaning BBC Today, airs 0700-0900 CET, Monday through Friday on the BBC’s Tirana station 103.9 FM and several affiliates across the country. The program format contains regional and international news bulletins each 15 minutes and features on business, sports and culture. Listeners can participate in live in-studio debates via SMS messaging, telephone and email
Afghan Journalists Review Afghan Media Scene - October 30, 2005
Guardian Reporter Kidnapped in Iraq - October 20, 2005
Hard Times in Conflict Zones - October 1, 2005
Belarus: Hot New Broadcast Market - September 12, 2005
Ukraine TV Owner Dies Mysteriously - June 30, 2005
Uzbekistan: What Color is Your Revolution? - May 14, 2005
Robert Mugabe’s Never Ending Battle With the Media - April 7, 2005
Radio Relief Arrives in Aceh. Really! - March 28, 2005
Togo’s New Rulers Clamp Down on Media - February 15, 2005
Big and Small, Broadcasters Determined in DR Congo - December 1, 2004
Ukraine: Return Us Now to Tomorrow - November 29, 2004
Gbagbo Supporters Mute Media in Ivory Coast - November 9, 2004
Confidence Crumbles in Serb Broadcast Council - November 8, 2004
Radio SAWA report: Big Audience, Low Impact - October 16, 2004
Public Broadcasters and Balkan Ghosts - October 1, 2004
Teaching Radio Best Practices - March 1, 2004
Also in Knowledge Conflict Zones - Civil Media
Professionals call them complex disasters. Wars, civil and otherwise, have complex roots and complex consequences. Where conflict is the order of the day, civil order disappears and with it the essential thread communication.
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