News for the Minecraft generation: Gannett experiments with virtual reality
One of America’s largest media companies is hoping that young readers want to get their news the same way that video gamers play World of Warcraft and Doom. (Poynter, 9/22)
Either with us or against us
A militant in the guise of a journalist -- a shameless woman. Know your place!" This is how three-term Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose to describe Amberin Zaman, the Economist's longtime Turkey correspondent, during a campaign rally on Aug. 7, just three days before he won the country's first-ever direct presidential election. (Foreign Policy, 9/22)
Russia moves to extend control of media
Russia’s Parliament passed a preliminary bill on Tuesday that would limit foreign ownership of Russian media outlets to 20 percent, targeting several prominent publications critical of the government and extending the Kremlin’s control over the nation’s independent news media. (New York Times, 9/23)
Undercover in Vietnam: bloggers play risky game of cat-and-mouse to report
In the first of a four-part "Undercover in Vietnam" series on press freedom in Vietnam, CPJ Southeast Asia Representative Shawn Crispin explores the risks bloggers take so they can cover news events and protests. Under near-constant surveillance and with the threat of arbitrary detention hanging over them, the desire for an independent press drives Vietnam's bloggers to continue to write. (Committee to Protect Jounalists, 9/25)
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