Friday, April 06, 2012

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei installed four live webcamsat his home in Beijing as a symbolic protest against the police's 24-hour surveillance of him. [Update: The Chinese authorities ordered Ai to turn off his webcams on April 4.]

Last year on April 3 [zh], Ai Weiwei was arrested at the Beijing airport under the pretext of being “a threat to national security”. The police action was believed to be part of the crackdown of the call for Chinese Jasmine Revolution inspired by the Arab Spring. Ai was detained for 81 days in a secret location and interrogated more than 50 times for inciting state sedition, economic flaw, tax evasion, distribution of indecent and obscene photos, double marriage, illegal money exchange, etc.

He has been under probation since June 22, 2011. Since then he has been under constant surveillance by the police. There are at least 15 cameras outside his house.

Big changes in Canada
::: The government has cut CBC radio to the tune of $115 million over three years. CBC has responded by proposing staff cuts and adding advertising to its two national music networks: Radio 2 and Espace musique. [RADIO SURVIVOR]

First, the penny, now this! Oi Vey! O Canada!

Elsewhere in the Kingdom - Media release: Students produce one-off newspaper ::: A group of journalism students at Staffordshire University have produced a newspaper to promote political and news comment site Pits n Pots.

The unique publication, which will be delivered to some 50,000 houses across Stoke-on-Trent next week, features 16 pages of community and political news as well as features and profiles of community champions.

The initiative saw volunteers given just three weeks to assemble a team, research and create content and finally design the paper. more »

New York Magazine covers fashion ::: Stella McCartney Used to Be ‘Quite F*ck You’

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