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Independent Media in Asian Democracies Battle Internet Rules

Independent news organizations in Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea are experiencing both direct and indirect challenges in cyberspace, from content blocking to censorship and self-censorship. Edgardo Legaspi, executive director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance, says threatened governments are “playing catch-up” after recognizing that the Internet can be an effective tool for voices to be heard.

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Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

What’s the data-driven journalism crowd tweeting? Here are top links for Sept 5-10: America’s shrinking middle class (@FT); Latino voters & Trump (@UniNoticias); iPhone7 rave (@newyorker); DocumentCloud (@SchoolOfData); Chicago’s sensor net (@arrayofthings); Visual Vocab (@MartinStabe); and more.

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Six Open Data and Accountability Tools for Africa

At this year’s Highway Africa — the continent’s largest annual gathering of journalists — watchdog groups showcased a host of open data and accountability tools aimed squarely at Africa. Here are six of them, developed by Code4SA and presented by Wellington Radu of Media Monitoring Africa and Levi Kabwato of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

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Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

What’s the data-driven journalism crowd tweeting? Here are top links for Aug 29-Sept 2: Earth warms at top rate in 1000 years (@NASAClimate); 2 million oil/gas docs (@Open_Oil); G20 CO2 emissions (@CarbonBrief); German dialects (@SPIEGELONLINE); Munich massacre on Twitter (@puls_br); ;and more.

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FOI Requests in 11 Countries: Implementation Is Key

With freedom of information statutes in over 100 countries today, the laws have become a key tool for journalists from India to Mexico. But their success depends on how they’re used and implemented, as Swiss scholar Vincent Mabillard explores in his recent paper, Freedom of Information Laws: Evolution of the Number of Requests in 11 Jurisdictions. We are pleased to present highlights from his paper from the University of Lausanne.

Successful digital media must produce good journalism, but their true secret is creating a conversation around it.

Know Your Audience, Build A Clique

Many great actors failed to adapt from silent movies to the “talkies” and disappeared from the big screen. By the same token, many great journalists risk fading away because they are not adjusting from the era of virtually silent audiences to the virtual era of talking audiences.

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CPJ: Impunity, Lack of Solidarity Expose Indian Journalists to Attack

For eight years India has been a fixture on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free. Perpetrators are seldom arrested and CPJ has not recorded a single conviction upheld in any of the cases of journalists murdered in India in direct relation to their work.