As the government changes in Egypt, media outlets are finding it technically difficult to work. Al Jazeera was knocked off the air and 28 Al Jazeera staff were detained overnight in Cairo. Reuters reports that its journalists were also detained. No reasons have been given for the detention or technical impediments.
Two Somaliland journalists have been handed jail sentences for their reporting. In one instance a journalists was fined heavily and sentenced to two years for writing that Ethiopian diplomats were smuggling drugs into the country. Another journaists was fined heavily and sentenced to one year in jail for saying the president had relinquished power and transferred it. The court also suggested their paper be closed until their sentences are served.
A more upbeat media story concerns efforts in Turkey to use social media to propel democratic protests. Andy Kantrowitz, writing for PBS MediaShift, looks at the effective use of Twitter to mobilize crowds and spread information about the challenges to the government.