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Where Is Cuba Going?

Posted by fcnadmin on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 22:27

On the plane, something odd but also vaguely magical-seeming happened: namely, nobody knew what time it was. Right before we landed, the flight attendant made an announcement, in English and Spanish, that although daylight saving time recently went into effect in the States, the island didn’t observe that custom. As a result, we had caught up — our time had passed into sync with Cuban time. You will not need to change your watches. Then, moments later, she came on again and apologized. She had been wrong, she said. The time in Cuba was different. She didn’t specify how many hours ahead. At that point, people around us looked at one another. How could the airline not know what time it is where we’re going? Another flight attendant, hurrying down the aisle, said loudly, “I just talked to some actual Cubans, in the back, and they say it’ll be the same time.” That settled it: we would be landing in ignorance. We knew our phones weren’t going to work because they were tied to a U.S. company that didn’t operate on the island.

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Family of Austin Tice, Journalist missing in Syria makes an emotional plea for his release.

Posted by fcnadmin on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 16:10

The family of Austin Tice, a journalist believed to be captured in Syria, has made an emotional plea for his release.

Tice, a freelance journalist for The Washington Post and McClatchy newspapers and a Georgetown law student, went missing in Syria in August. He appeared in footage that recently emerged, which showed him blindfolded by his captors.

His family reacted in a statement to Russia Today's Arabic service, saying, “Knowing Austin is alive is comforting to our family, although it is difficult to see him in the circumstances recently depicted."

The New York Daily News reported that the news channel is funded by the Russian government, which has sided with Syrian president Bashir al-Assad.

Tice's family offered a "prayer" to the people of Syria, and asked that the Syrian government aid his safe return. “Understanding the many current demands on its resources, we nonetheless ask the Syrian government to determine Austin’s whereabouts, establish that he is well, and do all in its power to expedite his return to us,” his family said.

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Posted by Huffingtonpost on 10/05/2012 3:14 pm EDT Updated: 10/05/2012 3:18 pm EDT

Journalist are becoming an explicit target in Somalia's civil war.

Posted by fcnadmin on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 16:30

2012 has been a big year for Somali media – after years of covering civil war, rising insurgency and a battle for resources, Somali journalists reported on the country’s first election in decades. But there is another reason 2012 has been significant: 13 journalists have been killed in the country this year. A suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu on September 20 killed three reporters. Hours later, unidentified gunmen shot dead veteran journalist Hassan Yusuf Absuge for covering the explosion.

Al-Shabaab, the armed group operating in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for a number of the killings this year, but they are by no means the only threat. There are no official regulations on what you can or cannot report but journalists trying to cover stories that criticise Al-Shabab, government, big business or certain clans and their leaders, do so at their peril.

In this week’s News Bytes: As Syria’s civil war gets bloodier, journalists and media activists are becoming ever more explicit targets for attack, latest deaths take the tally of professional journalists killed in Syria to 11 while 32 citizen journalists have been killed as well; the decision by the Iranian government to block access to Google’s search and mail services in the country - after widespread protests over the anti-Islam Youtube clip - is being seen as a step towards disconnecting Iran from the world-wide web completely; Vietnam, which has the second largest number of internet dissidents in jail in the world after China, is seeking to push through a new law which would require internet users to register with their real names and would impose further penalties for criticising the regime; Al-Watan, an Egyptian newspaper, is going to head-to-head with French weekly Charlie Hebdo that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed earlier this month. Al-Watan responded by publishing 13 cartoons depicting how the West sees the Muslim community in a post-9/11 world.

Our feature this week looks at the future of online news. In the early days of the internet websites competed with each other for your attention. Each new visitor to the website was an achievement. But things have changed. The battlefield may be the same but the war is now being faught for your money. And fighting the battle the hardest is the newspaper in the street. For years, print publications watched helplessly as the internet ate into their market.

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Publish by Al Jazeera,September 29, 2012

"Noor" a Photo Agency with an Eye on Social Justice

Posted by fcnadmin on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 01:38

The photographer-owned photo agency, Noor, was started on Sept. 6, 2007, at the Visa Pour l’image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. This week the photographers will return, commemorating their fifth anniversary with the unveiling of a new Web site and an 11-volume book project. The Noor members Alixandra Fazzina, Kadir van Lohuizen and Jon Lowenstein spoke with James Estrin. The interview has been edited.

JE: How did Noor start?
KL: It started because Stanley and I started to speak, in New Orleans after the hurricane in 2005. We both felt that the market was changing very quickly, and that we didn’t have any influence. We were correct, though we didn’t know that it would happen so quickly. When we launched there were many people who felt that it was a risky idea to start an agency right now, but we proved that it was actually possible, and even a necessity.

JE: Why a necessity?
KL: A lot of other agencies, smaller agencies, went under. We saw that it was the time to unite photographers who are independent in the sense that they are initiating their own shows, initiating their own projects. and not waiting for assignments to come in. Those golden years were over. Every year, we do a group project where we work together on one theme, one issue, and we do master classes every year specifically for people not in the Western world. They’re just being selected for their talent they don’t have to pay for it.

JE: Jon, you were there when Noor started and you joined six months later. What made you want to join?
JL: When I saw the presentation at Perpignan five years ago, I thought Noor had the most hard-hitting and strongest photography that was committed to social justice. I thought that as a group we could really form a powerful entity to help to show what’s going on in the world. One of our major strengths is how we work together as a group. I also thought I would learn a lot from the other photographers, which I have. I also liked the autonomy — the ability to have an impact within the group and be a part of something and building something.

JE: Alix, why did you join?
AF: I’ve been working out in the field since Bosnia, but working very quietly, before the days of social media, working for picture desks at British newspapers and on long term projects. I didn’t want to go with just any agency, unless it was 100 percent perfect. Noor just had a lot more integrity and was doing more in-depth work than anybody else. I felt the effort between the group was incredibly strong. When you work as a photojournalist, you’re often very much alone on the road, kind of out on a limb. And it’s great to be with such like-minded people, and to have these opportunities to come together. And be stronger as a group.

JE: Alex, you mentioned being alone a lot of times, and traditionally, outside of newspapers, photographers have worked alone. Photographers often are more comfortable alone. Sometimes it feels as if working together can be antithetical to who many photographers are.
AF: Well I think in this case, we are such a tight-knit group of like-minded people compared to some of the bigger agencies. I do think it’s important that after so many years of out doing this, that you have a family to go back to.

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Interview by JAMES ESTRIN for The New York Times, September 4, 2012,

PBS show "Reportero" documents dangers of journalism in Mexico

Posted by fcnadmin on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 13:16


Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? An Official Selection of the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A co-production of Quiet Pictures, ITVS, and Latino Public Broadcasting with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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Interview by PBS July 25, 2012


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