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Media coverage of Haiti
The aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, plus Google plans to pull out of China.
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2010 07:48 GMT



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On the Listening Post this week, the story of the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake and the challenges for the media in covering the disaster.

Plus Google's threat to pull out of China and what this means for people inside and outside the country.

Haiti - three million people in need of aid, one and half of them homeless.
The story of Haiti after the earthquake is a disaster on a colossal scale. The Caribbean country- the poorest in the western world makes news all the time, but seldom gets covered.

It took an earthquake to get it into the headlines and it is one of the ironies of the modern age is that the media could get live satellite pictures out of Haiti long before it could get clean drinking water in to the people who needed it.

Our starting point this week is the Haitian earthquake and the challenges, success and shortcomings of the coverage.

Google out of China?

Will Google pull out of China? [AFP]

In part two of the Listening Post Simon Ostrovsky takes a look at Google's potential departure from the Chinese market- what might this mean for people both inside and outside the country.

It is a clash of the titans- the battleground is the worldwide web and the potential implications are big.

Google, the web's dominant search engine is calling out the Chinese government and its policy of censorship, saying if the company is not allowed to post unfiltered content it may have to shut down its Chinese service, Google.cn.

The announcement, which instantly caused Google’s share price to drop, was provoked by what Google calls by an unprecedented attack on its g-mail user accounts.

In this week's Newsbytes: The New York Times will charge for its online content as European satellite signals are blocked from Iran. Meanwhile Jordan's highest court extends the reach of a controversial print and publications law to include electronic media. Israeli officials criticized for failing to communicate its policies to media in the Arab world and more that 30 Egyptian bloggers arrested.

Get out of my space!

Finally – For those of you who do not understand what social networking is all about - you are not alone. Our web video of the week from the online American Comedy Network reworks a classic song by a late, great American singer – who is confused as you are. It is our web video of the week. Watch it here.

This episode of The Listening Post can be seen from Friday, January 22, at the following times GMT: Friday: 1230; Saturday: 1030, 2230; Sunday: 0300, 1930; Monday: 0030; Tuesday: 0630, 1630; Wednesday: 0130, 1430; Thursday: 0330, 2330.

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Al Jazeera
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