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Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner may not be enthused by The Rockadictos music video. The video, “Una Mensaje Mas” by The Rockadictos, a Miami-based Argentine-Venezuelan rock band is animated and is sung in Spanish. The Rockadictos released the music video in September 2012. Christina Fernandez is portrayed engaging in sexual activity, undressing and grouping herself. According to South American Herald, Google revealed that they have received request from Argentina to remove the YouTube video. Google’s Transparency Report states that it receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world. The request to remove content from their services in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Global Media News
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Polemic billboards in Columbia sponsored by former vice president and 2014 presidential candidate, Francisco Santos asks viewers, “Guess who killed more policemen. We want peace with no impunity.” The billboard shows portraits of slain drug cartel chief Pablo Escobar and FARC guerilla leader Ivan Marquez. According to Columbia Reports, a billboard located in Medellin was bombard with tomatoes by an angry group of citizens. The National Electoral Council ordered that the billboard be taken down, but according to Caracol, Santos said, “We will not go down the fences, I am very sorry. Whether we have to go to the constitutional... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Global Media News
In Yemen, 600,000 of 3.6 million people that have Internet access are Facebook users. Facebook is a social networking site that allows people to stay connected with friends and family by sharing status updates and photos. However, due to social stigmas in Yemen, according to The Yemen Times, many women, public figures, and activist register on Facebook with fake profile pictures, and usernames. In a Yemeni society where women are rarely seen outside without concealing there bodies with abayas, niqab, or veils, women are discouraged from posting pictures of themselves online. A report by socialbakers.com shows that the male to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Global Media News
Italian journalists were held hostage in Syria. According to Reuters, Italian media reported that four Italian reporters were kidnapped in the north of Syria. Syria is said to be the world’s most dangerous place for journalist according to The Malasyian Insider. One of the kidnapped victims works for RAI news channel while the other three journalists are freelancers. Amedeo Ricucci, Elio Colavolpe, Andrea Vignali, and Susan Dabous were identified as the abducted journalist by Corriere della Sera newspaper. The Union of Syrian Journalist estimates that 153 journalist and media activist have been killed since 2011 including The Sunday Times’ correspondent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Global Media News
Zero Dark Thirty, a movie based on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, has been unofficially banned in Pakistan. Zero Dark Thirty, shows events from 2003 to May, 2, 2011, the day where terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden has been found hiding and killed by Navy SEAL Team 6 in Pakistan. Pakistan’s movie industry, “Lollywood”, produces about 20 films a year compared to the 1000 films that Bollywood produces Mumbai. According to Telegraph, Pakistan’s highest point in the film industry was during the 1960’s when Abbot Road in Lahore played the latest color films. Lately, Bollywood, which is a 1.3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Global Media News
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Bloggers in Vietnam have become the target an Internet crackdown. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has documented violations of the right to freedom of expression. According to the report, “Bloggers and Netizens Behind Bars: Restriction on Internet Freedom in Vietnam” 32 bloggers and netizens are being detained, charged, and/or sentenced to prison time in Vietnam. FIDH says that bloggers resort to the Internet to voice political opinions, expose corruption, and show officials abusing power. Together, the prison terms range from 2 to 16 years. According to The Australian, three Vietnamese journalists, Nguyen Van Hai, Ta Phong Tan, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Global Media News
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A new Internet law in the Philippines can now lead to imprisonment for social networking activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter post. The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 set punishments for computer-related crimes. The law is set to address cybersex, identity theft, online fraud, and child pornography. In relation to defamation by writing, printed, or video media, the Cybercrime Prevention Act can result in imprisonment of an offender. Harry S. Roque, president of Media Defense South East Asia, says the law applies to libel online activities of individuals commenting sites like Facebook and Twitter. Writers of the libelous comments could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Global Media News
With the quick flash and booming shock wave, a meteor burned through the Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs. The meteor blast has injured more than 1,000 people as it blew out windows and panicked a city of 1 million people. Most of this has been captured on dozens of car dashboard cameras. But a question that sparks the mind is why do so many people have dashboard cameras in the Russia? “There was panic. People had no idea what as happening,” said Sergey Hametov of Chelyabinsk “we saw a big burst of light,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Global Media News
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