Malcolm Turnbull makes small people cry:

Citizen Journalists quick on their feet Citizen journalism is a term media theorists use to refer in part to people who do not work for established media organisations but use personal websites such as blogs to write about news events. Uganda has had blogs for some years now (over 200) on various topics raging from day-to-day life to sports, political commentary, religion and technology. During the Mabira Forest give-away chaos, a young Ugandan with offices in the city centre was posting updates every hour of what he saw from his window. The mainstream media are larger and more powerful but slow. Bloggers on the other hand can switch and adapt quickly. That is why this sort of citizen journalism thrives in moments of chaos such as the post election violence in Nairobi. While the mainstream media focussed on the fighting in the streets and villages, bloggers told us about the silent homes, supermarkets, kiosks and bars. — The new vision

Fighting the censors in China I always used to hate it when foreigners focused on censorship of the media in China. I think foreigners have this image of a Fu Manchu-like Chinaman, sitting in a dark corner trying to censor everything. I often wanted to say: “It is not like that. We don’t really feel that much censorship. However, during the current milk powder crisis, I realized censorship is actually pretty strong. Yes, Fu Manchu as Big Brother is among us. There is a lot of open debate about the milk powder crisis on the Internet. People are questioning the news, and everyone suspects a massive government cover-up job. However, all this debate is banned on state-owned media, particularly television. — The New York Times

Google hooks Bloomberg On the heels of this month’s deal to sell advertising on some of NBC Universal’s cable networks, Google has hooked up with Bloomberg Television to sell some of its commercials, the companies said today. It’s another step in Google’s effort to crack the television advertising market, a top priority for the Mountain View, Calif, Internet search giant. — LA Times

Industry dependent on internet More than 70 percent of working Americans now use the Internet on the job — and it has utterly changed how most of them operate. Researchers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project say it’s hard to find workers who use the Internet occasionally. Most use it frequently or not at all. According to Pew, a Washington-based nonprofit that studies technology’s effects, about 60 percent of American workers now use the Internet at least once a day, while 28 percent never use it. Only 11 percent of workers fall into a middle category that uses the Internet less than once a day. — Dallas News

No right to press freedom The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemned a 23 September 2008 decision, issued by the Ministry of Information press office, prohibiting reporting on the recent kidnapping of 8 Egyptians and 11 foreign tourists. The kidnapping, which occurred on 19 September, had already been reported by Egyptian and international media sources before the ban was issued. The ban represents a limitation on press freedom in Egypt and violates citizens’ right to knowledge and access to information. According to ANHRI, the ban is also not legally valid, as the ministry’s press office does not possess the authority to issue such a decision. — IFEX

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