Communications Rights

OH, the Tubes! or, Why I don't MySpace

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The Murdoch connection and the terms of service make MySpace really too much to swallow.

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FEMA: a Disaster for freedom of the press

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Katrina victims “not allowed” to talk to media, reporter told

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Censorship for now

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If public television producers are forced to not only bleep words but also to pixelate lips, most will simply cut the scenes, no matter how powerful or relevant, rather than see them turned into a joke.

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Bloggers blocked after Mumbai blasts

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India's fast-growing community of 'bloggers' and Internet users was in for a rude shock when it found favourite sites blocked out in the wake of the serial blasts in crowded trains that killed 200 commuters in the western port city of Mumbai, last week.

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Foreign media scramble to win over Arab viewers

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Western media outfits, most with public funding and partly political motives, are racing to add more Arabic TV channels and Web sites to the mix, undeterred by scant advertising revenue.

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Korean activist vow to restore domestic film quota

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Korean film industry condemns the drop in domestic film quotas, required by the US as a precursor to free trade negotiations

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The other journalism: documentary screens in Oaxaca

Youth Initiate a Festival of Indigenous Cinema with a Screening of ���the Windmills Of Capitalism���

by Bertha Rodr??guez Santos, Narco News

SAN JUAN GUICHICOVI, OAXACA, M?�XICO: For the first time since Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos of the EZLN, visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in early February,

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Estamos montados en el burro

Media activists head to World Social Forum in Venezuela

Media activists head to World Social Forum in Venezuela
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UPDATE: photos. Reclaim the Media traveled to Caracas in January to participate in the sixth World Social Forum, as part of a North American communications rights delegation. This year, the social forum--a supergathering of civil society organizations from around the world--takes place also in Bamako (Mali) and Karachi (Pakistan). Among the thousands of workshops and events scheduled in Caracas, many focused on the theme "Communication, culture and education: alternative and democratising dynamics," and issues of cultural diversity and cultural sovereignty. Our delegation also took stock of the explosion of grassroots and counter-hegemonic media which has been one effect of the ongoing social-political revolution in Venezuela.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey