Media Law Roundup 07/20

Quote Approval – 2012 Presidential Elections 

07.15 – Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It BackThe quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.

07.18 – Quote approval furore forces US news media to rethink ‘unacceptable’ practiceNews organisations in the US are reviewing their policies on quote approval after the New York Times blew the whistle on the draconian methods deployed by campaign officials to control their media messages.

07.19 – Dan Rather: ‘Quote approval’ a media sellout A New York Times front-page article Monday detailed a new phenomenon in news coverage of the presidential campaign: candidates insisting on “quote approval,” telling reporters what they can and cannot use in some stories. And, stunningly, reporters agreeing to it.


07.16 – Four ways social media could transform conflict in AfricaWhen Kenya invaded Somalia in October 2011 to oust destabilizing Al Shabaab insurgent elements there, the international community paid scant attention. Apparently more newsworthy was the “Tweet-off” a couple of months later between the Kenyan Army’s spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir and a spokesman for Al Shabaabthat touched on issues as mundane as goat killings and as contentious as the ethical permissibility of war tactics.

07.16 – Nigeria: ‘Information Age’s Impacting Human Capital Development’Director of Human Resources, Nigeria Breweries Plc, Mr. Victor Famuyibo spoke to Crusoe Osagie on declining standard of education, and the impact of the information age on human capital.

Mali Press Strike

07.17 – Mali’s Media Strike Over Journalist Attacks – Mali’s private press, radio and television carried out a one-day strike on Tuesday to protest at attacks on journalists critical of soldiers behind a coup in March and who still hold sway in the capital of the West African state.

Media law and Islam

07.16 – Saudi Arabia considers law against insulting Islam, including in social mediaSaudi Arabia is studying new regulations to criminalise insulting Islam, including in social media, and the law could carry heavy penalties, a Saudi paper said on Sunday. The potential regulations come five months after a Saudi blogger and columnist Hamza Kashgari, 23, was arrested for tweeting comments deemed as insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Kashgari said there were things he liked and disliked about him.

Afghanistan Media Law

07.18 –Afghanistan’s draft media law slowed, but not stoppedFor now, the Afghan government’s apparent attempt at railroading through a less-than-media-friendly new Mass Media Law without consultation seems to have been sidelined, though not derailed. On Sunday in Kabul, representatives of the Ministry of Information and Culture received recommendations from civil society workers and journalists, including some from the provinces, which were drawn up at a June 27 meeting organized by Internews‘s Nai Media Institute in Afghanistan.

Chinese Media

07.18 – Chinese newspaper shakeups raise fears of growing pressure on mediaAbrupt reshuffles at two outspoken Chinese newspapers have raised fears of growing pressure on the media in the runup to Beijing’s once-a-decade change of leadership this autumn. Lu Fumin, the editor-in-chief of Guangzhou’s New Express, has been moved sideways to its parent paper and national and international news coverage has been slashed, reportedly on the orders of officials.

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