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Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 15, 2011
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Twitter is a great tool for journalists to use when collecting information, but it can also be a valuable lifeline should they run into any trouble while reporting. A recent story posted by Foreign Policy tells the breathless tale of an American journalist arrested while working in Kyrgyzstan. He had been covering a protest when he was picked up by men claiming to be secret police. Fortunately for him, he was able to phone a friend before being taken away. This is the story of how his friends were able to use Twitter to locate him and start an immediate dialogue with the people in power who could help set him free.

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Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Oct 3, 2011
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A host of journalists, editors, technologists, developers, designers and hackers will be descending on Prague on October 21 for Mediafabric 2011, a day-long hackathon curated by open-source software startup, Sourcefabric. Read More »

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

Sep 13, 2011
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Though Nursultan Nazarbayev’s oil-rich Kazakhstan may be the wealthiest country in Central Asia, its Internet is certainly not the freest these days, as the latest crackdown on supposed “extreme” websites proves. Read More »

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Aug 24, 2011
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From time to time the issue of fake accounts comes up when talking about social networks. Before the arrest of so called “donkey bloggers” Emin Milli and Andnan Hajizade, though, the issue was rarely discussed. Public debates on the issue have grown with the rise of Facebook in Azerbaijan. Read More »

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Aug 23, 2011
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Satellite dishes have been declared a stain on Ashgabat’s landscape by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, but is the move to scrap the dishes a ploy to curtail access to international media? Read More »

Blogging in Georgia is a lonely pursuit

Blogging in Georgia is a lonely pursuit

Aug 19, 2011
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Despite a dramatic increase over the past few years in the number of Georgian blogs, only a small percentage of the population knows what a blog actually is.

The results of a survey conducted by ACT, a market research and consulting company based in Georgia, indicated that 92.1% of the population do not know what a blog is. Read More »

Photo-journalists face copyright problems in Azerbaijan

Photo-journalists face copyright problems in Azerbaijan

Aug 12, 2011
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One of the few Azerbaijani photography agencies with an online presence is facing problems with copyright. The Free Photoreporters website is unique in that it is updated frequently with work from well known photo-journalists based in and around Azerbaijan. Read More »

Is Online Collaboration the Key to Anti-Corruption?

Is Online Collaboration the Key to Anti-Corruption?

Aug 7, 2011
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While high costs and low speeds, heavily regulated content, and daily threats of violence and arrest continue to frustrate journalists working online in Russia and Central Asia, increasingly, networks of young activists have been using the latest developments in social media to promote anti-corruption. Read More »

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Jul 14, 2011
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After the July 7 explosion in Abadan, citizen journalists flocked to social media sites, including the Turkmen social network Teswirler, to ascertain the cause and casualties of the event. Read More »

Turkmenet proves strong

Turkmenet proves strong

Jul 11, 2011
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Last week, a fatal explosion in Turkmenistan sparked a wave of citizen journalism in the country, signifying the very real strength of the Internet and social networks in the dissemination of factual information. Read More »

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Jun 30, 2011
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The “Wednesday revolutions” organized via social networks and conducted in Minsk and other regional towns are making the Belarusian authorities nervous. Read More »

Twitter launches tool for journalists

Twitter launches tool for journalists

Jun 29, 2011
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With #TfN Twitter aims to become an indispensable resource for reporters and editors. Read More »

WordPress Woes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

WordPress Woes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Jun 28, 2011
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Our partners at neweurasia are reporting that access to the popular WordPress publishing platform has been cut off from users in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, creating severe headaches for bloggers working in the countries. Read More »

Slovak online media subscription meets success

Slovak online media subscription meets success

Jun 28, 2011
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It’s an uncommon headline, but an online news source is boasting promising financial prospects. Read More »

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