BBC covers Iraqi bloggers
: The BBC reports on Iraqi bloggers, focusing on the blogging brothers Omar, Ali, and Mohammed:
One such blog is Iraq The Model, an online diary focusing mainly on politics and reform which is written and run by three Baghdad-based brothers – Mohammed, Omar and Ali.
Ali, a doctor, told BBC News Online that he and his brothers developed the blog because he wanted to send out a more positive message about events in his home country.
“More than 90% of major media outlets have a rather negative agenda and what’s the benefit of us doing the same?” he asks.
“We do feel optimistic about the future of Iraq, but we see many facts about Iraq that are not covered, which is a shame.”
“They [the media] ignore pictures of good relations between the Iraqis and the coalition and the good interaction between both sides, they only focus on bad events – like what is happening in Abu Ghraib.” …
Ali attributes the rise in popularity of such Iraqi blogs to both the growing number of Iraqis who have access to the internet and an emotional sense that Iraqis want to tell the world about their lives.
“There is an eagerness to reach out to the world and talk because we were silent for a long time,” he says.
“They are happy that they can reach the world and that some people are listening and interacting.”
: Rafat Ali has a scoop about Starz and Real starting an Internet movie service. And Om Malik has a few scoops, too.
As online bloggers — especially in the trade arena — get more readers they will get more sources and more scoops.
The mullahs strike again
: An Iranian journalist has been arrested because of what he published on the Iranian new portal Gooya.
The Daily Stern
: OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: Ernie Miller gets into a rightful and proper snitfit as he fisks Federal Censor Michael Powell‘s misplaced trumphalism after the Clear Quisling settlement:
Clear Channel copped a plea that some of its broadcasts were indecent. We never find out which specific broadcasts though. “Mistakes were made, although we aren’t quite sure exactly what.” This is actually one of the scariest sentences in Powell’s statement. These are the sort of government settlements one expects in dictatorships. The government gets people or organizations to admit some vague guilt, but how, exactly, they violated the law is never clearly demonstrated.
: Ernie — who has been a leader in media analyzing the importance of the FCC’s expansion into profanity — also wonders why the Clear Quisling decree does not mention profanity.
: Won’t be on the air much today because I’ll be in the air and then going to an all-afternoon untrendy trend seminar without wi-fi.
I’m not meant to travel anymore. Got up too damned early this morning and checked my Continental flight status because, hey, I’m an online wonk and I can. Uh-oh: “Mandatory crew delay.” Arrives at Newark too late for untrendy trends. Try to use airline sites to reserve new flight; can’t because it’s too close to flight time; rush out of room and throw the key at the desk; rush from airport hotel to airport hoping for 6a flight to Laguardia (worry about car at Newark later); American sold out until 8a; grab it; slink back to hotel to get room back; get back online; write this dumb post.
Man, I’m not meant to do this anymore. Make my travels virtual.