Human Rights /Media - Thu Jan 24 2008
Afghan reporter sentenced to death for blasphemy
A young journalist in the north of Afghanistan faces the death penalty in what observers say is a well-orchestrated campaign of intimidation against the media.
Media - Tue Jan 15 2008
Announcing: Media Accuracy on Latin America
Media Accuracy on Latin America is a new NACLA project that seeks to foster public discourse by offering more pluralistic views on events unfolding throughout the hemisphere.
Media - Mon Jan 14 2008
51 Egypt websites escape ban
A court in Egypt recognised the importance of freedom of expression in a civilised society and as such the websites should operate as long as they do not undermine fundamental beliefs or public order.
Media - Wed Jan 02 2008
Killings of journalists in 2007 maintain record levels
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said that violence against journalists has reached extreme levels for the third year in succession with 171 confirmed deaths, just below the record set a year ago.
Media - Tue Dec 18 2007
Joint declaration on diversity in broadcasting
By the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the ACHPR (African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (pdf version).
Media - Wed Nov 07 2007
Wikipedia 'shows CIA page edits'
In what could come as a major blow for Wikipedia's credibility, a web tool which enables the tracing of the source of edits has revealed that a number of edits on key people/institutions have been in fact done by government agencies. The more glaring instances include the CIA editing the story of the Iranian President, a edit on Sinn Fein leader Jerry Adams by the Vatican and so on. While Wikipedia is attempting to address the above issues on an urgent basis, it does throw serious questions on the nature of online collaborative works and the need for greater transparency in the entire process.
Media - Wed Nov 07 2007
Google faces more than just a new rival in Wikia
Wikia is a search engine project that seeks to challenge the established way of building search engines today, which has been traditionally a secretive world of closely guarded algorithms and data. The article looks at the Wikia model for building a search engine, which follows a collaborative approach to the problem as well as making the algorithm and data public to leverage the power of open source. If successful, this will greatly benefit people and organisations seeking to build or use a search service which has become almost ubiquitous in today's world.
Media - Fri Oct 26 2007
Lots of entertainment, not much politics
Journalists in Africa are a great deal better today than it was 15 years ago. But many newspapers and media broadcasters are strapped for cash and short of well-trained staff.
Media /Information and Communication Technologies - Thu Oct 04 2007
Africa: Continent Freedom of Information Centre launched
A network of Freedom of Information Advocates in Africa has launched a regional Centre in Lagos, Nigeria to galvanize the campaign for the adoption of access to information laws on the continent.
Media - Thu Jul 19 2007
IFJ condemns raid and calls for release of Moroccan journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the arrest in Casablanca of director Abderrahim Ariri and reporter Mostapha Hurmatallah of the publication Al Watan Al An.