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Weekly Roundup – Feb. 16, 2014 to March. 1, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Saturday, March 1, 2014

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don-cambodia-375x250How Not to Report On Sex Trafficking

CNN reports on women’s trafficking in Cambodia, but garners negative feedback after simply reporting that these womens’ families are to blame, and for failing to report all the outside factors contributing to the current situation.

From the article: “This sets the tone for the piece. Instead of pitting mothers against their daughters, CNN could have analyzed the complexity of systemic violations against women and their rights with an entirely different narrative. While the piece was long and detailed, and it discussed several factors contributing to the trafficking of children, it did not address girls’ and women’s perceived worthlessness, their economic insecurity, their physically vulnerabilities, or their subjugation in a thoroughly globalized patriarchal system that cultivates racism, relies on women’s free labor, and exploits their sexuality for profit—all of which accrue to produce and sustain this vicious trade. Instead we get ‘Women Who Sold Their Daughters Into the Sex Trade.'”


pussy-riot25fo2Police, media unwittingly help Pussy Riot to spread their anti-Putin message

As part of Pussy Riot’s plan, the police and media unwittingly helped them to spread their anti-Putin message to the world.

From the article: ” When they emerged this time, Ms. Tolokonnikova and Ms. Alyokhina – joined by three other women in balaclavas – ran out of the police station and into a waiting mob of Russian and foreign media, screaming the lyrics of their new song. “Putin will teach you to love the Motherland!” was the shouted chorus.

It had all been a brilliant stunt, meant to embarrass Mr. Putin in the middle of his Games. It worked because police, journalists (including this reporter) and bewildered local residents all played their part predictably and perfectly.”


press-freedom-worldmap-2012World Map of Press Freedom in 2012

A map of the world, colour-coded according to levels of press freedom in 2012. America has dropped to 46th place in press freedom.



APTOPIX Venezuela ProtestsIn Venezuela, One Journalist Wrote, “The Game Changed”.

While journalists are being silenced in Venezuela, a journalist manages to cover the country’s current civil unrest through social media, and reveals lack of media coverage on the situation.

From the article: “Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

After the major crackdown on the streets of major (and minor) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning.”


tp-coltanColtan: A New Blood Mineral

In 2006, the UN estimated 30% of schoolchildren, in the Dominican Republic of Congo, were forced to work in the coltan mines.

From the article: “Human rights observers charge that coltan, used in electronic devices such as cellphones, DVD players, video game systems and computers, has been directly linked to financing civil wars in Africa, especially in the DRC.

Men, women and children are said to be forced at gunpoint to mine coltan that is then shipped out of the country at huge profits.”


Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 2.33.11 PMDocumentary Film: ‘Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of the News’

This film takes an incredible investigative look into the very real dangers that journalists face world wide!



201422713164655734_20Al Jazeera Calls for Global Support of Staff

Global Action Day aims to show solidarity with detained journalists and put pressure on Egyptian authorities.

From the article: “Al Jazeera is calling for a Global Day of Action to demand the immediate release of four of its journalists who have been locked up in Egypt’s prisons for months.

People in more than 30 cities will express their solidarity and support on Thursday, with public events taking place in Sydney, Manila, Islamabad, Doha, Amman, Nairobi, Ankara,  Berlin, London, Rio, Montreal, Washington DC and San Francisco.”

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