Archive for November, 2003

AMARC and others call for Nigeria to implement African Charter on Broadcasting

Thursday, November 27th, 2003

The African chapter of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Africa) has joined the Panos Institute of West Africa and the Institute for Media and Society (IMS) in calling on the Nigerian government to adopt the African Charter on Broadcasting. Last week, the groups launched an initiative called "Building ...

Plumbing the depths of the stupid barrel

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

The Free Press editorial comment on an NYT report that a compromise in Congress will set the limit on tv ownership at 39% is beautiful:To be perfectly frank, if one were trying to find the bottom of the Stupid Barrel, this comes pretty close to not only plumbing the depths ...

Chinese suspend (some) newspaper subsidies

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

From Interworld Radio:Nearly 700 government-funded Chinese newspapers have been suspended. The move is part of a huge ongoing shake-up of the country's press designed to accompany moves towards a free-market economy. There will now be a limit on the number of publications provincial and regional authorities can support. Chinese citizens ...

Benetton take over lands in Patagonia

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

From Corpwatch's latest bulletin comes news of Benetton taking over Mapuche lands:To the Mapuche Indians in southern Argentina, the Italian clothing manufacturer Benetton is the newest conquistador in 10,000 years of land struggles in Patagonia. Sebastian Hacher and Pauline Bartolone report on the enclosures by the world s largest ...

300,000 children in Ireland live in relative poverty

Monday, November 24th, 2003

Recently published reports in Ireland claimed thata quarter of all children - some 300,000 - were living in relative poverty (defined as living in a household where the income is less than 60% of the average industrial wage) while 6.5% (around 70,000) were experiencing consistent poverty (which is defined as ...

Journalists among those arrested at FTAA

Monday, November 24th, 2003

Alternet has an interesting and dispassionate account of police activity in Miami, including that of Democracy Now! producer Ana Nogueira. The police really do seem to have misused their authority and stepped over the line.

New ITU survey

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Ireland ranks 26th in the ITU's Digital Access Index 2002.

FBI deny monitoring political speech, monitor anti-war groups

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

The New York Times has news of an FBI memo sent to local law enforcement authorities calling for them to monitor antiwar demonstrators, because - allegedly - of the risk of 'terrorism':The memorandum urged local law enforcement officials "to be alert to these possible indicators of protest activity and report ...

More FTAA news

Friday, November 21st, 2003

Alternet report from Miami:When a young white woman holding her fingers in a V-sign was shot point blank with a rubber bullet, the local ABC commentator said without the slightest evidence, "She took a rubber bullet in the stomach, she must have done something. You wanna play, you gotta pay."

Because organizing matters

Friday, November 21st, 2003