Watch the video from Aljazeera here
On Listening Post
this week: Online hoaxes and the dilemma for journalists trying to
cover the Arab uprisings. And Rwanda's media 17 years after the
When it emerged that a gay, female blogger had been detained in
Syria, the story drew massive interest online and was quickly carried by
the mainstream media. Activists were outraged and there were vociferous
calls for the release of the blogger, Amina Abdallah. But when the
pictures on her blog turned out to be fake, the story quickly started to
unravel. Soon journalists realised that no one had ever actually met
Abdallah or even spoken to her and questions were raised as to whether
she even existed. Those suspicions were confirmed when the blogger
behind A Gay Girl in Damascus turned out to be a straight man in
Scotland. Our News Divide this week looks at this case of
online deception and how difficult it is for journalists to verify
information in a country they are locked out of.
In News Bytes
this week: Suspected Anonymous activists arrested in Turkey and
Spain; a prominent Indian crime reporter is gunned down in Mumbai;
Bahrain sues a British newspaper for what it calls 'defamatory'
coverage; after 40 years, the Pentagon Papers are finally released; and
South Africa's best-known political cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, takes
on President Jacob Zuma, again.
Seventeen years ago ethnic tension in the small East African country
of Rwanda boiled over into one of the bloodiest genocides the world had
ever seen. Approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed
in around 100 days. What helped to trigger those events was the hate
speech broadcast on Rwandan airwaves, by one station in particular -
Radio Mille Collines. Fast-forward to 2011 and Rwandan journalists are
still burdened with that legacy. Their government still uses the media's
complicity in 1994 as justification for its restrictive and punitive
media laws and governments across the continent use what happened in
Rwanda to clampdown on their own media. Listening Post's Nick Muirhead looks at the Rwandan media landscape and how the sins of the past still haunt it today.
Our Internet Video of the Week
is a hilarious anthropological case study. A lot of us change our
behaviour when we go online, but imagine behaving in the real world the
way you do on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A comedian from the UK
did exactly that to promote a new opera in the West End of London and it
resulted in him looking like some kind of off-line weirdo. We hope you
enjoy the show.
Listening Post can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0830, 1930; Sunday: 1430; Monday: 0430.
Africa Great Lakes Democracy Watch
Welcome to Africa Great Lakes Democracy Watch Blog. Our objective is to promote the institutions of democracy,social justice,Human Rights,Peace, Freedom of Expression, and Respect to humanity in Rwanda,Uganda,DR Congo, Burundi,Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya,Ethiopia, and Somalia. We strongly believe that Africa will develop if only our presidents stop being rulers of men and become leaders of citizens. We support Breaking the Silence Campaign for DR Congo since we believe the democracy in Rwanda means peace in DRC. Follow this link to learn more about the origin of the war in both Rwanda and DR Congo:http://www.rwandadocumentsproject.net/gsdl/cgi-bin/library