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Media On Media Roundup (February 11)

[Screen shot from Iranian television showing an alleged captured drone] [Screen shot from Iranian television showing an alleged captured drone]

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to media@jadaliyya.com by Friday night of every week.]

Iran Shows Footage of Captured Drone 
Al-Akhbar reports that Iran has revealed decoded footage of a US spy-drone captured over the Islamic Republic, which had earlier been denied by the United States. Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader rejects negotiations with the United States so long as it continues to impose sanctions on Iran. 

Social Media Firms Move to Capitalize on Popularity in Middle East
Sara Hamdan writes about how the growing presence of social media among users in the Middle East has led to more interest for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies to expand their business and form partnerships with Saudi and Egyptian advertising agencies. 

A photo essay in the Washington Post follows a group of disillusioned Egyptian activists hoping to launch a new movement on Facebook "to take the revolution to a new level." 

Palestinian painter Monther Jawabreh talks about his work exhibited at Al-Mahatta gallery in Ramallah. Mr. Jawabreh describes his art as "trying to reflect the human or the hidden side of the masked Palestinian man." 
 
Hamza Mohamed explains the fear that is growing amongst journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia after a senior journalist at the Dalsan radio station was charged with insulting state institutions and sentenced to one year in prison after interviewing a woman allegedly raped by government soldiers.  
 
After doubts arose concerning the space launch of a monkey, a senior official at Iran's space agency confirmed that state media reports of the space launch used images of two different monkeys before and after the flight.  

Malala Yousafzai, the fifteen year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her activism, appears on camera for the first time after a successful surgery.  
 
Mark Sweney reports on BBC's Radio 4 Today programme's accuracy breach when host John Humphry inaccurately referred to the occupied Golan Heights as being part of Israel. The BBC's editorial standards committee said that the programme "has a good record of being duly accurate and impartial" in its coverage on the Middle East but that Humphry's "devil's advocate" approach was not "a reason for for the lack of clarity over the status of the Golan Heights." 
 
Blogger Ben White reports on the BBC's acknowledgement that Palestinian citizens are not guaranteed equality under Israeli law after White filed a complaint against the original wording of an article written by BBC reporter Tim Whewell on the Negev. 
 
Shooters Need to Get Better at Depicting Arabs
Hussein M. Ibrahim argues for better representation of Arabs and Arabic language in popular games that are often rife with stereotypes.
 
A report published by Abu-Dhabi based media hub twofour54 reveals that reality TV programming is on the rise after many successful Pan-Arab reality shows, citing the global format's "tried, tested, and safe way for television producers to generate ratings and revenue" and their contributions in "putting the Arab world on the global entertainment map." 
 
The program from Al-Jazeera English's Listening Post discusses the recent crackdown on the media ahead of the highly anticipated and polarizing presidential election. Journalists from the Guardian and BBC Persian are interviewed to share their thoughts about this recent round of government intimidation and its repercussions.

Recent Jadaliyya Articles about the Media


This Is a Mass Sexual Assault..We Will Resist (Video)
Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault highlights the attack on female protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square on 25 January 2013.

Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria
Audrey Ann Lavallée-Bélanger and Ella Wind discuss writers' different approaches in reporting on Syria in the media and the ways in which they are helping or, more often, not helping the Syrian Revolution.

"May in the Summer" Sundance Review
Roya Rastegar reviews May in the Summer, a film written and directed by Cherian Dabis, which opened the 2013 US Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival.

Iraq's Hackerspace
A profile of Iraq's Fikra Space, which describes itself as an “open place where people with common interests—often in computers, technology, science, art and anything else—can meet, socialize, share their knowledge, build new things or make use of existing things, make workshops, and collaborate.”

Baki 7our Mansour on Algeria, Mali, and Social Media
An interview with Baki 7our Mansour on Algeria, Mali, and Social Media.

Romancing the Throne: The New York Times and the Endorsement of Authoritarianism in Jordan
Ziad Abu Rish analyzes media coverage, in particular, the New York Times' "positive assessment" of voter turnout and political reform in light of the recent elections held in Jordan.

Mohamed Majd
Moroccan actor Mohamed Majd, who most recently appeared in Noureddine Lakhmari’s latest feature Zero (2012), has passed away at the age of seventy-three.

Syria and the United States: Jadaliyya Co-editor Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire"
Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire" with David Pollock, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Juan Cole, professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan; and Stephen Starr, journalist and author of Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising.

From Maghreb Media Roundup:

Mali: il était une fois l’Algerian Bashing.
Baki 7our Mansour highlights New York Times’ articles which place unfair blame on Algeria for jihadist terrorist acts.

How International Media Get Libya Wrong
Nigel Ash reflects on the problems with hasty media reports focusing on a "volatile" Libyan situation.

Mauritania Press Freedom Tops Arab World

Reporters without Borders gives Mauritania highest rating for freedom of the press in the region.

From Syria Media Roundup:

Social Media Buzz 
"Massacres, Finger Pointing, and Russian Backlash," Mohammed Sergie’s weekly entry on Syria topics, circulating widely on social media platforms. 

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