November 24, 2017

2013: The Year in Internet Freedom

To say that 2013 was just another year in the struggle to protect our online rights is quite the understatement. When the history of the Internet is written, 2013 will be considered one epic year.   Edward Snowden blew a giant hole in the corporate-government surveillance complex; nearly every week brings new information damning both government agencies and the companies ... Read More »

A Sorry Moment in American Media History

We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.   There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.   This sorry state of affairs is the culmination of a trend that started in the late 1990s when Congress and the Federal Communications Commission allowed massive consolidation in the broadcasting industry. This policy shift ... Read More »

The End of the Internet As We Know It

The Internet is the world’s largest shopping mall, library, video store, post office and town square. When you turn on your computer, you’re in the driver’s seat, choosing what you want to read, watch, and hear.   We owe everything we love about the Web to net neutrality, the principle that the Internet is an open platform and service providers ... Read More »

Arab Media, The Internet And Free Speech Under Attack

Three small but grim pieces were added recently to the great Arab jigsaw puzzle — and none of them should surprise us. Last week, an Egyptian court in Alexandria sentenced 14 women to 11-year prison terms for carrying anti-government banners at a demonstration last July.   In Dubai, an American was charged with violating Internet laws. Al Jazeera reported that he ... Read More »

Lack of Transparency Fuels Public Unrest in Hong Kong

Around 120,000 people recently took to the streets to protest against the government’s decision not to grant a free-to-air license to Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV). The decision sparked public outrage because it was seen to be unfair and contrary to the fair market principles at the very heart of Hong Kong’s economic success. The failure to disclose the reasons for ... Read More »

Indigenous Communication Gains Strength in Ecuador

In Latacunga, capital of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi province, the antenna for Tv MICC stands beside the one for state television. It’s a symbolic victory for the country’s first Kichwa-language television station, which started operating in 2009 following an initiative by the Cotopaxi Indigenous and Campesino Movement (MICC). After four years, the station is second in ratings in this central province of ... Read More »

Scoops About Spooks And ‘Embedded’ Indian Media

  Come to think of it, retired General V. K. Singh’s recent disclosure about the Indian Army paying politicians in Kashmir had all the ingredients for a career-defining story reporters on the intelligence beat would have loved to scoop. Yet, despite all the cups of coffee they have gulped with spooks in plush restaurants, they had little idea about what ... Read More »

Pakistani Militants’ Media Front

  Militancy poses a serious threat to the security and stability of Pakistan. While the government and various state institutions are trying to respond in their own way and according to their own capacity, persistent ideological, political and operational ambiguities about the nature and level of militancy not only compound the problem but also add to its intensity. One critical ... Read More »

Combating Impunity of Crimes Against Media in Pakistan

Media in Pakistan continues to face grave threats, including threats to the lives of journalists. The recent statistics are stark. Over 60 journalists have been killed in the last six years (2007 to 2013) – about two-thirds of them shot dead in target killings and the rest killed in suicide attacks and bombings in public places. On average, for each journalist ... Read More »

Pakistan: Journalism Gets Perilous by Day

Investigative journalist Ali K. Chishti had a nightmare in Karachi (Pakistan’s southern port city) on the evening of August 30, 2013. He was traumatized by a 10-hour ordeal after ‘uniformed Karachi police personnel’ abducted him and his driver. Chishti was handed over to a group of people who were irked by his writings for one of the country’s leading weekly ... Read More »