Google updates Islam-related search results to curb hate speech — IINA News Agency

 Terms such as “jihad,” “Shariah” and “taqiyya” now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts Image from Investopedia. California (IINA) – Results for queries about Islam and Muslims on Google have been updated amid public pressure to lessen disinformation from hate groups on the world’s largest search engine. However, activists who have worked to…

Hong Kong Becomes Fertile Ground for Online News Startups | At least five news websites opened in the past 12 months with success says the report — VOA News com

Screenshots represent four Hong Kong online news organizations. The latest Hong Kong summer blockbuster is not about kung fu fighters, triads or Canto-pop love interests. Instead The Menu, which opens today, is about online journalists. Its dramatic trailer starts with a rather dire pronouncement — “Print is almost dead” — followed by action shots of…

Media freedom in Afghanistan increasingly under threat — Deutsche Welle de

Despite its rapid growth in the post-Taliban era, Afghan media continues to face many challenges such as attacks on journalists and political interference that threaten to undo the progress made over the past decade. (…) Today, Afghanistan boasts a sprawling media sector with some 65 television channels, 174 radio stations and hundreds of print publications….

Saudi Gazette appoints kingdom’s first female newspaper editor — Al Arabiya Net

Somayya Jabarti becomes the new editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette daily. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Gazette) The Saudi Gazette newspaper has appointed the country’s first female editor-in-chief, in what has been called a “historic” move in the conservative kingdom. Somayya Jabarti takes the reins of the English-language newspaper from Khaled Almaeena, who becomes editor-at-large. Jabarti, previously…

Mawlana Hazar Imam departs Kenya; visits Arusha at the end of his East Africa visit – The Ismaili News Story

Also see: »  AKDN coverage: Press release and photographs   Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman of the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees at the site of the University’s Arusha campus. Photo: Zahur Ramji Nairobi, 28 July 2011 — As Mawlana Hazar Imam prepared to depart Nairobi, senior Jamati leaders bid him farewell at Jomo Kenyatta…

Islam & the Media with Ali Asani and Michael Paulson – Islamopedia News and video

Islamopedia Online presents another installment of Islam & the Media, a series of conversations between scholars and journalists aimed at improving coverage of Islam. In this installment, Professor Ali Asani and Boston Globe City Editor Michael Paulson discuss the various challenges and lessons of covering Islam in the United States. Islamopedia  Online Org ->>>>><<<<<-

CyberDissidents.org Launches Blogger Board – CDO news February 18, 2011

Ahl Makka adra bishi`abuha The people of Mecca know its paths — Arabic proverb Unprecedented tumult has rocked the Middle East in the past two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs have taken to the streets to protest dictatorship and corruption. As the above proverb notes, it is the people of the region who understand its…

Muslims and Christians together in a new Egypt – by Yasser Khalil at CGNews

Cairo – The recent protests in Egypt that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, and their political ramifications, have been covered extensively in the media. But stories of Christian-Muslim solidarity have not been broadcast as widely, and they deserve to be. During the protests, Christians stood in a circle around Muslims during their…