posted by Katherine Campo
More than a year after Myanmar’s authoritarian regime began enacting broad political reforms – including easing harsh restrictions on media — early euphoria is beginning to give way to caution and skepticism.
Among the high-profile changes that have won praise from western governments was the announcement that a new media law would be drafted by a press council, made up of 28 non-government experts.
Although the law would need approval in the national parliament, allowing civilian experts to propose how they should be governed was unprecedented in Myanmar, which was ruled for decades by military dictators.. It’s one of the...
posted by Katherine Jacobsen
In his last year as pope, Benedict XVI made several moves that appeared aimed at reshaping his legacy in the Catholic Church. First, the Vatican hired Greg Burke, a top Fox News commentator to manage communications for the Holy See. It also cooperated with the Catholic News Service’s expanded television coverage of the Vatican. And, in perhaps the least important, but most covered move, a Twitter account was opened in the pontiff’s name (@Pontifex, which in Latin means both bridge and pope).
But none of these moves changed the fact that the Catholic Church is woefully out of date in the digital age of instant...