Al Jazeera's path-breaking The Listening Post programme looks at enduring challenges facing media freedom in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan media war continues critically looks at the video broadcast by Channel 4, the sentencing of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam and the continued violence against independent media. This programme features at the end very short submissions made … Continue reading Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka
The murder of Neda Agha-Soltan is one of the most watched and viral videos and viscerally compelling stories that came out of Iran this year. Neda's mother was interviewed by the BBC recently. This is one answer. How would you like your daughter to be remembered? I don't want people to forget her. People - … Continue reading Neda Agha-Soltan’s mother speaks out
On the same day The Island newspaper cited net terrorism (sic) as the cause for an outrageous gaffe in its Children Section came news that the Lanka Dissent website had been hacked into. I don't for a moment believe that The Island was a victim of Internet "terrorism" but as an excuse it's credence was … Continue reading Independent media websites hacked in Sri Lanka?
I first wrote about the targeting of bloggers in Egypt two years ago. Things seemed to have got worse. There's stuff happening in Egypt today that we need to be mindful of. Here are a couple of stories that are a must read to get up to speed: Christian Science Monitor's prescient article on the … Continue reading The regime vs. bloggers in Egypt
The NY Times carries an article on the alleged activities of Chinese and / or the Chinese Government in disrupting the online advocacy of The Save Darfur Coalition by sophisticated Internet attacks. Kristof goes on to note that: The Darfur advocacy community has tried to shame China into suspending arms transfers to Sudan and taking … Continue reading Approach to web media and internet activism in Sri Lanka may soon mirror China on Darfur