Media Trade Monitor back up and running!

Submitted by Sasha Costanza-Chock on July 10, 2006.English

Some of you noticed that media trade monitor was down for several days recently, and we apologize - we had a malicious hacker who exploited a weakness in an old version of Drupal we were using (Drupal is a Content Management System). The problem was resolved by intrepid webmaster Ben Byrne, who updated to a newer version of Drupal.

So, the technical problem is fixed; however, switching versions produced various changes in the site design and functionality. In the next few weeks we'll be playing with the graphic design and some of the functionality of the site.

More than anything, what we need right now is to grow the community of folks who regularly post to this site. So, if you're a reader, please consider creating an account and posting! If you have any problems posting, contact me: schock AT riseup.net. Thanks

- Sasha Costanza-Chock, editor, Media Trade Monitor.

Completing the Cycle of Usefulness: Harper Doing his Master's Bidding (Completing the Cycle of Usefulness.doc by C. L. Cook)

Submitted by C. L. Cook on May 10, 2006.English | Journalism

Completing the Cycle of Usefulness: Harper Doing his Master's Bidding

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Newly forged Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper is peeved with the country's bleeding heart media reports to the people of their fallen fellow citizens overseas. Echoing his philosophical master in Washington, Harper demanded "No pictures, please!" of the sombre casket bearing processions certain to grow only more frequent. Indeed, so frequent are those processions expected to become, Canada's dead young will too pass unmarked by half-mast flags in the nation's capital. Mr. Harper sees no practical use for ceremonies of this nature.

US-Korean FTA

Submitted by Sasha Costanza-Chock on April 7, 2006.English | Korean | Media Ownership | Screen Quotas | WTO

Things are really heating up in Korea over the proposed US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). In the media and cultural sector, one goal of US negotiators is to reduce or eliminate the Korean screen quota system, which specificies that Korean movie theaters have to play Korean made films a certain number of days a year. The system is widely credited with nurturing the Korean mainstream movie industry to the level of popularity it enjoys today. The Coalition for Diversity in Moving Images has a website with information about their activities to defend the screenquota system, and even a flash photo show: http://screenquota.org/home2/default.asp.

WTO Hong Kong Telecom proposal (telecom requests.doc)

Submitted by Sasha Costanza-Chock on March 8, 2006.English | Subsidies | WTO

During the Hong Kong WTO Ministerial, a very significant group of countries (Australia, Canada, the European Communities, Hong Kong China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, Singapore, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, and the United States of America) reached agreement on objectives for further telecommunications liberalization.

UNESCO agreement shows political costs

Submitted by Anonymous on January 30, 2006.English

WTO Wrap-up

Submitted by Sasha Costanza-Chock on December 21, 2005.English | WTO

UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: CRIS Statement/ UNESCO Convention sur la diversité culturelle: Communiqué CRIS

The campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS:
www.crisinfo.org) welcomes UNESCO's near-unanimous approval of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. The Convention is a clear demonstration that governments recognize that culture cannot be reduced to a mere commodity. By endorsing the Convention, governments have shown that they are prepared to take positive steps to support cultural diversity in the age of global cultural industries.

The WTO, the Internet and Trade in Digital Products (flyer wunsch vincent.pdf by Sacha Wunsch-Vincent)

Flyer for a new book on electronic trade and WTO: The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies, music and software. As a result, there is a need for a global trade framework applicable to such digitally delivered content products. Yet, digital trade is currently not explicitly recognised by the trade rules and obligations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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