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According to a leaked document in which technology companies are invited to offer their services, Egypt’s interior ministry says it wants the ability to scan Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber in real-time for usage that might “harm public security or incite terrorism”. The ministry asks the unnamed companies for a system that could dredge up “vocabulary which is contrary to law and public morality”. According to the document, this would include “degrading and acerbic ridicule; slander; insult; the use of profanity”, incitement of “extremism, violence and rebellion … demonstrations, sit-ins and illegal strikes”; and “pornography and decadence; immorality and debauchery, and the publication of ways to manufacture explosives”.

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The present study is focused on the role of the Minorities’ Press in Pakistan in covering the terrorism issue from September 2001 to December 2006. The Minorities’ Press includes the newspapers and magazines of Christians, Ahmedi’s (Qadianis), Hindu religion, Parsi religion and Bhai’s religion. The theoretical framework refers to the Agenda Setting Theory as the study intends to gauge the ‘Media Agenda’ of the minorities in Pakistan. The content analysis method was used to analyze the contents of the editorials and articles of the selected Minorities’ Press. The findings showed that overall the Minorities’ Press supported the government’s policy on war against terrorism and the Christian press was seen more active in this regard as compared to the rest of the newspapers and magazines of the minorities.

Paper by Pakistani researcher Zahid Yousaf: “These minorities’ based media organizations are freely covering the issues according to their own interests and likings. No governmental or State pressure is observed for the minority media so, minorities’ media is also enjoying the freedom of press in Pakistan.”

The present study is focused on the role of the Minorities’ Press in Pakistan in covering the terrorism issue from September 2001 to December 2006. The Minorities’ Press includes the newspapers and magazines of Christians, Ahmedi’s (Qadianis), Hindu religion, Parsi religion and Bhai’s religion. The theoretical framework refers to the Agenda Setting Theory as the study intends to gauge the ‘Media Agenda’ of the minorities in Pakistan. The content analysis method was used to analyze the contents of the editorials and articles of the selected Minorities’ Press. The findings showed that overall the Minorities’ Press supported the government’s policy on war against terrorism and the Christian press was seen more active in this regard as compared to the rest of the newspapers and magazines of the minorities.

Paper by Pakistani researcher Zahid Yousaf: “These minorities’ based media organizations are freely covering the issues according to their own interests and likings. No governmental or State pressure is observed for the minority media so, minorities’ media is also enjoying the freedom of press in Pakistan.”

[Cross-posted from the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

UPDATE:
– Technorati tracking blog updates on Mumbai
– Mumbai Twitter users sending updates to the Mumbai group
+ Global Voices link changed below

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There have been coordinated attacks on an unprecedented scale by gunmen, as well as bomb blasts, in several locations in the Indian city of Mumbai. There are also reports of a serious hostage situation inside the Oberoi Hotel. CNN-IBN has live video, BBC has footage, and there are updates coming from bloggers throughGlobal Voices.

As you’d expect, there’s a lot of information emerging as to who might be responsible, how many have been wounded or killed, and what’s happening right now, but in addition to the sources above certain places are emerging as nodes of information:

If you are in Mumbai and want to let people know you are OK, Dina suggests you click here, or use your Facebook or IM status message to let people know.

Vinu’s posting updates via Twitter and photos via Flickr. If you’re using Twitter, you can add #mumbai to your tweet to add to the stream of conversation and information.

Xeni Jardin and the Boing Boing community are pulling together news/other sources here.

More as we get it – please email hub@witness.org with relevant video links.