It could have been another chapter in the Arab Spring. Protests have exploded on to the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum against the government of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president.
But compared to some of the other uprisings in the region, this one has been all but ignored. Security forces have banned newspapers, citizen journalists have been arrested and activists have had to rely on social media to get information.
In this week’s News Divide, we look at why the media has failed to keep up with another uprising that quickly gathering speed.
This week’s Newsbytes: Sri Lanka’s Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa unleashes a tirade of abuse against a prominent Sri Lankan journalist; in Tunisia, the independent body created to reform the country’s media has quit, citing government censorship; a new law in Russia spells trouble for freedom of expression online; and the story of the politician who brandished a gun live on air.
London Olympics: Ambush advertising
From July 27, London will host the 30th Olympic Games. The stakes are high and the competition will be fierce, not just among the athletes, but the corporations who will use the mega-media event to sell to the billion people tuning in. The price to advertise has been around the $50million mark and companies have ensured they’re getting their full money’s worth. The official sponsors, however, find themselves competing with numerous advertising rivals, ‘ambush marketers,’ who employ guerrilla tactics to crash the branding party that the Olympics have become. In this week’s feature, the Listening Post looks at the competition of the corporations in this year’s Olympic Games.
Have you ever wondered what you would say if you had the chance to speak to yourself at a different age? Jeremiah McDonald, one US-based filmmaker, has apparently done that. Back in 1992, as a 12-year-old boy he recorded himself on video tape asking questions of his adult self – and now he is grown up, he has edited together that conversation. The two Jeremiahs banter about former pets, Star Wars and some old hobbies. The video has gone viral, with more than five million hits, but has people wondering whether the young Jeremiah is actually an actor. We have made it our internet video of the week and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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