Surya Gaire at AllVoices reports that Maoist rebels opened fire on a polling station in Manipur, India. At least five were killed, including a female voter and poll workers.
Archive for January, 2012
Head of new media at press freedom group Reporters Without Borders says Twitter’s ability to ‘withhold’ content from users based on local restrictions could have ‘real consequences’ for journalists.
They are preparing an open letter to the chief executive of Twitter, to raise concerns about an announcement that the social media platform now has the power to “reactively withhold” tweets from users to meet country-based restrictions.
Read the full article on UK website Journalism.co.uk.
A penny for your thoughts–but these are free.
How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ (George Lakey, Common Dreams)
Debate Club: Did the US Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon? (Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams)
Students Step Up Tucson Walkouts (Jeff Biggers, Common Dreams)
Should Journalists Be Truth Vigilantes? (Tony Rogers, About.com Journalism)
Here are a few headlines and reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.
Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs (TechCrunch)
Obama Proposes Steps To Keep Tuition Down (Huff Post)
And this was an amusing time waster.
State of the Union: The 44 top tweets (Current)
Here’s a video project that is more ambitious than what many of us will do this year. Maggie Padlewska will go around the world, visiting a different country each week for a year. This 52-country trek will not go to touristy stops but is more sociological. She will explore the lives of people who “lack the resources to share them with the world.”
I wish her the best of luck.
Video: One Year, One World and 52 Different Stories (Global Voices)
Here are some editorials from CJ sources.
Amy Goodman: The SOPA Blackout Protest Makes History (Common Dreams)
Paul Buchheit: Education Will Get You a Job! But We’re Cutting Education (Common Dreams)
Roberto Rodriguez: Arizona’s ‘Banned’ Mexican American Books (Common Dreams)
Thomas S. Harrington: More Intellectual Dishonesty at the New York Times (Common Dreams)
Here are some headlines from CJ sources that you may have overlooked.
Cocaine conspiracy trial underway (Global Reporter)
Feds. aware of fabricated Rwandan genocide evidence: Mugesera lawyers (Global Reporter)
Women found dead in alley due to police mistake! (CNN iReport)
Los Angeles to porn industry: Use condoms or else (Digital Journal News)
AP source: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife (Newsvine)
Protests Continues in Maldives (CNN iReport)
A note to CNN iReport: Citizen journalism is not uploading vacation pics or giving birth announcements.
I had to do a double-take on that one. At first I thought I had read WikiLeaks. Yet it’s actually Wikipedia that will go offline for 24 hours to protest SOPA. This will start at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. So you better get all your research for your book reports done by then.
English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout (Wikimedia)
This article about police in Decatur, Alabama, shooting two dogs brings up a string of questions about the tendency for police to cross the line in recent years. Some call them “adrenaline junkies,” and, in my opinion, shows like COPS glorified sometimes over-the-top behavior of people who took their jobs a little too seriously. And this incident occurred over an arrest for public intoxication and having an open container–a law I find even more surreal and backward the longer I live outside the U.S. As always, the brave men in blue defended their actions against unanimous witness accounts.
Police Brutality against innocent dogs (CNN iReport)
Here are other examples that have brought this pattern to mind.
Police fatally shoot dog at Adams Morgan festival (Washington Post)
Cop Kills Dog, Tries To Buy Owner’s Silence! (KFOR via YouTube)
Police Brutality & Killing Dogs – Columbia Mo SWAT Raid 2/11/2010 (Totally-useless.com)
Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground (WHO TV Des Moines)
Cop shoots, kills family dog (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Maryland SWAT Team Raids Home on Hunch, Hits Husband in Face, Handcuffs Couple, and Shoots Family Dog — and Finds No Evidence of a Crime (via Jonathan Turley)
Justin Ellis at Nieman Journalism Lab brings up Google’s latest experiment, “Search Plus Your World.” It’s a more personalized social search, something that had been predicted from Google for a while. Ellis takes it a step further to predict what would happen to Google News, which is how many people get their news these days.