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31 January 2012 | Wall Street Journal
31 January 2012 | Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union
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31 January 2012 | The Guardian
31 January 2012 | Knight CenterAssociated Press. Aridjis was one of more than a hundred writers, reporters and freedom of expression defenders who condemned the killing of 77 journalists in Mexico since 2000. The PEN international delegation of writers, aimed at showing solidarity with Mexico's reporters, was received by the U.S. ambassador in Mexico Mexico, Anthony Wayne, as well as Canadian writer John Ralston Saul, president of PEN International, reported Voz de America and the Latin American Herald Tribune.
31 January 2012 | Observers France 24photograph photoshopped to add more protesters to the crowd. Web-users proved the falsehood by pointing to sections of the crowd that were duplicated in other parts of the photograph. Le Maghreb, which has a reputation for being a serious left-leaning newspaper, is headed by Editor-in-Chief Zied Krichen, who was attacked by an extremist Islamist last week just outside a courthouse. Contacted by FRANCE 24, Krichen explained that the photographer digitally altered the image himself, and that Le Maghreb’s editors were unaware of this when the newspaper went to print. Krichen says a correction will run in the newspaper's Tuesday’s edition (it is not printed on Mondays).
30 January 2012 | The Guardian
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30 January 2012 | Rapidtvnews
30 January 2012 | Deutsche Welle
30 January 2012 | New York Times
30 January 2012 | Money Control
27 January 2012 | Reutersa blog post published Thursday. It said even with the possibility of such restrictions, Twitter would not be able to coexist with some countries. "Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there," it said. Twitter gave as examples of restrictions it might cooperate with "certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content." Twitter's decision to begin censoring content represents a significant departure from its policy just one year ago, when anti-government protesters in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries coordinated mass demonstrations through on the social network and, in the process, thrust Twitter's disruptive potential into the global spotlight. In the interest of transparency, Twitter said Thursday, it has built a mechanism to inform users in the event that a Tweet is being blocked.
27 January 2012 | Kuwait Times
27 January 2012 | BBC News
27 January 2012 | The GuardianTwitter map of Africa shows the social network is forging links between smartphone users from Cape Town to Cairo while, with a few exceptions, political and business leaders are yet to get the hang of tweeting. More than 11.5m geographically pinpointed tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011 were analysed by Portland Communications's Kenya office and media platform Tweetminster. Africa's biggest economy, South Africa, generated the most tweets with over 5m, more than double second placed Kenya's 2.48m. Then came Nigeria (1.67m), Egypt (1.21m) and Morocco (0.75m). Rwanda, which has invested heavily in information technology, produced nearly 100,000 tweets – way more than its giant and impoverished neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 2,408. The map also shows that thousands of people are now using Twitter in less "wired" countries such as Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Sudan. The research, How Africa Tweets, also carried out a survey of 500 of Africa's most active tweeters. It found Twitter in Africa is fast becoming an important source of information on a continent with few guarantees of press freedom.
27 January 2012 | AP
27 January 2012 | Knight Centerreporting. When analyzing journalists' posts, Facebook also found that 62 percent of their posts contain links (such as to stories the journalist wrote), 25 percent pose a question to their readers, and 30 percent contained "promotional language" (like "read my 12th interview"). Interestingly, Facebook found that posts with promotional language, or with some kind of analysis accompanying a link, prompt more referral clicks and engagement. As TechCrunch noted, thousands of journalists - including 50 from The New York Times and 90 from the Washington Post - are using the Facebook subscribe button, which "poses a very real threat to Twitter. With time it could severely reduce the growth potential and unique value of Twitter by bringing its functionality and content to Facebook’s more popular network."
26 January 2012 | Knight Center2011-2012 Press Freedom Index that Reporters Without Borders released Wednesday, Jan. 25. Brazil dropped 41 places to no. 99, Chile plummeted 47 places to no. 80, and the United States fell 27 spots to no. 47. Brazil was taken down in part because of the killings of at least three journalists and bloggers, Reporters Without Borders said, and the arrests of journalists covering student protests in Chile and the Occupy protests in the United States contributed to those countries' falls. Canada (no. 10), Jamaica (16), and Costa Rica (19) topped the list of countries throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Guatemala (97th), Panama (113th), Paraguay (80th), and Trinidad and Tobago (50th) all dropped at least 20 places. El Salvador (37th), Nicaragua (72nd), Surinam (22nd), and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (25th) all moved up at least 10 places on the index. Colombia (143rd), Mexico (149th), Cuba (167th), and Honduras (135th) rounded out the bottom of the press freedom index for Latin American countries.
26 January 2012 | Reuters
26 January 2012 | The Tokyo Times via Media Network
26 January 2012 | BBC News
26 January 2012 | Bhutan Broadcasting Service via Media Network
26 January 2012 | Washington PostTimes247.com, which will provide a continuously updated blend of news, opinion and analysis from The Times combined with selected content from top news sources to an audience who shares conservative values. The news service will be distributed digitally to millions of opted-in readers and available over the Internet on a 24/7 basis. Users can choose the site’s home page or “The Skinny” section featuring breaking news headlines “without the filler.”
25 January 2012 | BBC News
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25 January 2012 | AFP
25 January 2012 | Knight Centerreport criticizing the Ecuadoran government for measures taken against freedom of the press and expression. WAN-IFRA conducted its investigation in November 2011, interviewing representatives from the Ecuadoran communications industry and government. Based on this investigation, the report determined that there is a "rapid degradation in the state of press freedom in the Andean country." President Rafael Correa is known for his aggressive stance towards the press and against freedom of expression. His administration's actions have concerned defenders of freedom of expression inside and outside Ecuador. According to the news website Confirmado.net, the WAN-IFRA report concluded that Correa is carrying out "a sophisticated strategy of marginalizing all voices independent of state power." The Ecuadoran NGO Fundamedios reported last year that there are at least 13 claims and investigations open against media companies or journalists in the South American country. The NGO also reported that there were "156 attacks on the media, journalists, and citizens exercising their right to free expression" in 2011.
25 January 2012 | AFP via EU Business
25 January 2012 | Reutersnew study found. In early January, 19 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew owned an e-reader, up from 10 percent in December, with identical results for tablets, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. As a result, the percentage of Americans owning at least one digital reading device rose to 29 percent in January from 18 percent, according to the survey. Amazon.com Inc and Barnes & Noble Inc each introduced new tablets and cheaper versions of their Kindle and Nook devices respectively ahead of the holidays, while Apple Inc's iPad continued to be popular. The report also found that men and women were equally likely to own a device but that ownership was also more likely among people with higher education and higher income. The figures are from several surveys conducted by Pew. The first, pre-Christmas survey of 2,986 Americans 16 and older was conducted in November and December, while the second and third were done about 2,000 adults in January.
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