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9 October 2012 | Knight Centerreport from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report, published on Sept. 27 and put together by journalist Sara Rafsky, of the organization’s Americas program, discusses some of the possible interests that each of the parties involved may be defending and that put into question the objectivity of political and economic information that citizens receive. One of the most notable confrontations is between President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Grupo Clarin, the country’s largest media conglomerate and owner of the most widely read newspaper in the country, Clarin. In Argentina, awarding official publicity is not regulated and there aren’t criteria for its distribution. According to the report, the arbitrary and discriminatory distribution of government publicity should be prohibited so it can’t be used to reward or punish media outlets. According to the study “Quid pro quo: Government publicity in Argentinaand its multiple facets,” conducted by the non-profit organization Poder Ciudadano and quoted in the CPJ report, the government didn’t award practically any publicity to Grupo Clarin between May and Oct. 2011. The report pointed out that the situation is more difficult for small media outlets in the country’s municipalities because often their only sustenance is official publicity.
9 October 2012 | Knight Centerdecried government harassment of investigative reporters in Trinidad and Tobago and accused the islands' communications ministry of abusing a dormant broadcasting rule, reported the organization on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 5. Journalists Denyse Renne of the Trinidad Guardian and Asha Javeed of the Trinidad Express were the targets of a government-led smear campaign to instill “fear and self-censorship” after they reported on a legal scandal involving the Caribbean country's National Security Minister Jack Warner, reported IPI. The Vienna-based organization reported that the journalists were the subject of widely circulated anonymous e-mails making allegations against their private lives. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago’s Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed announced a plan requiring private radio and television broadcasters to transmit official government messages without compensation, reported IPI. The proposal would require private broadcasters to air government messages up to five minutes once an hour between 6 am to 6 pm. The proposed rule is based on a 2005 broadcast concession allowing the government to “reasonably declare any matter or event to be of public interest and require the concessionaire to broadcast [it],” according to IPI. To date, the islands' government has never enforced the rule. If Trinidad and Tobago goes through with the broadcast rule, it will join Venezuela and Ecuador in requiring private media to carry official messages at no cost.
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9 October 2012 | CNET NewsProfiles Directory" tool. The directory lists all user accounts alphabetically and includes profiles with numbers and non-Latin character names. Twitter did not formally announce its new directory but instead quietly debuted the feature on the bottom of its homepage. "We launched this a few weeks ago," a Twitter spokesperson told CNET, "to help people find the accounts they're looking for with various search engines." The tool was most likely created to get Twitter into more searches on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other engines --rather than be particularly useful to the social network's users, according to Search Engine Land. The tool should be helpful in attracting advertisers because more search engine traffic usually means more page views, which is something advertisers look for in clients.