Why Turkey Bans News About Terror Bombings

Barely one hour after a suicide blast ripped through an Istanbul square packed with tourists on Tuesday morning, the Turkish government imposed a media blackout.

Ten Germans died in the bombing in the historic neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Turkish officials said the suicide bomber was linked to the Islamic State militant group.

The prime minister’s office quickly rushed out a ban on media coverage of the blast, citing a 2011 Turkish law that allows the government to institute a temporary blackout to protect public order or national security. A few hours later, the ban was backed by a judicial order from an Istanbul court.

Tuesday’s media ban followed a pattern the government has established after recent attacks.

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[COVERAGE] BTS Finally Meets Their Indonesian Fans at 2015 1st SH Power Music with BTS and KM

After successfully touring 18 cities across 13 countries throughout The Red Bullet tour, BTS finally gets a chance to meet their fans in Indonesia at the 2015 1st SH Power Music with BTS and KM. The event was held at The Kasanblanka Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 11th, 2015.

The event commenced with a performance by an Indonesian K-pop style girl group, Korea Music (KM) at 6pm sharp. The group was made up of five members; Sessy, Wulan, Reika, Lira and Bila. They started with a song titled “Heundeul Heundeul” and introduced themselves soon after followed by upbeat songs like “Temptation” and “No Way”. They kept it cool and steady with a slow song titled “Hampa” but then they just hit the dance floor again with a catchy track, “Back To Me”.

The emcee showed up after KM’s performance to greet the audience. All fans were cheering for BTS to come out impatiently. They were so excited already to see BTS performing right in front of their eyes. BTS members came on stage with a flowery themed outfits. Who could ever resist these flower boys? They greeted their fans and also introduced themselves in Bahasa Indonesia. Lovely! The emcee asked a few questions to the members such as the Indonesian food that they would like to try. Jungkook answered that he would like to try “otak-otak”. (MKF: It is available in Malaysia too Kookie!) 

They also played a game in which BTS members needed to act out the phrases given by the emcee, for example, “sok lucu”. V tried to pose like a cool guy while Suga did an aegyo to counter. After the game session, BTS went back stage to prepare themselves for the performance while “I NEED U” music video being played on the screen. Fans cheered and sang along to the song due to excitement.

The lights were turned off. In a blink of an eye, the whole Kasablanka Hall were filled with red light. BTS performed N.O followed by We Are Bulletproof Pt.2. The members introduced themselves one by one for the second time. This time in English! Leader Rap Monster began to introduce himself with a swag accent, “Hello Jakarta, nama saya Rap Monster”, followed by the other members. “It’s our first time coming here to Jakarta for the "2015 1st SH Powet Music with BTS and KM”, he added. Did we mention that his English accent is so handsome? (MKF: We are melting here…) “Next, we are going to practice "Miss Right”“, Rap Monster told the fans. Then, Jimin cutely imitated him saying the same thing in English too. (MKF: Aww~)

BTS continued to serenade ARMY that attended the event with "I Like It”. Lyrics for these two songs (“Miss Right” and “I Like It”) were displayed on the screen which eased the fans to sing along to the songs. Jimin sat on the edge of the stage to sing together with their fans. What a lovely sight!

The boys also tried to initiate more interactions with their beloved ARMY (the name of BTS fan club). Rap Monster said, “ARMY Jakarta, bagus”! Jimin jumped up and down in excitement while saying, “Bagus! Bagus! Jjang jjang jjeollo”! Rap Monster asked the fans whether they were already tired or not. (MKF: So caring… but we think you’re the one who looked tired RapMon)

They hyped up the night with “Hormone War” and “Danger”. J-Hope teased the fans, “Bad news! Our show is going to end soon”! Jimin be like, “Oh my God!” then J-Hope jokingly hit him on the stage. Fans went crazy over it. (MKF: The bromance is real!! New OTP we guess? HopeMin? J-Min?)

The show has not come to an end yet. They also performed “I NEED U”. The fan chant for this song is no joke. Indeed, a song that united the whole fandom to strive towards No. 1 in music shows.

It was the time for their encore stage and fans screamed “We want more” continuously. They also sang the intro part of “Attack on Bangtan”.

BTS were finally back on stage wearing a new set of outfits. It was the jersey that they wore at The Red Bullet tour in Hong Kong end of last month. They started saying their ending speeches one by one. “How do you feel Jakarta?”, Rap Monster asked the fans. J-Hope said, “Wow! Good. Please stay with us”. “Thank you Jakarta”, said Jin with a smile. 

“Wow! Good, good. See you next time”, Suga continued. V said “Terima kasih” which means thank you in Bahasa Indonesia with such a lovely voice while Jungkook confessed, “I want to say that I love you all, thank you”. (MKF: How sweet >

The encore stage was continued with “흥탄소년단”. Last but not least, they had the final encore stage with “Attack on Bangtan”. Although it was their last performance of the night, they played with the fans by throwing heart signs everywhere. V also danced in a blindfold and he gave a peace sign before leaving. He was the last member to leave the stage. Before they left, all of the members sang a birthday song for Rap Monster together with ARMY. That was a blast Bangtan!

We would like to thank SH Entertainment for inviting us to the event.

Writer: Rain
Photographer: Cahyer
Official pictures credits to SH Entertainment

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Keeping the Spotlight on Syria’s Independent Media

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Since 2013 more journalists have been targeted and killed for their work in Syria than anywhere else in the  world, according to CPJ research. As the risk of assassination and kidnapping has increased, major news organizations including Associated Press and Agence-France Presse have stopped sending staff reporters to the country,leaving a critical gap in mainstream media coverage of the war, particularly in English.

In parallel, local journalists and citizen media networks have worked to cover the war since the conflict first began. And as foreign media have pulled back from Syria, these local reporters have become an increasingly critical source of information and documentation of violence. While citizen media groups reporting from Syria face equal if not greater risks than their foreign counterparts, their stories rarely make headlines in Western media.

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Image:  Naji Jerf and Ahmad Almossa, Syrian citizen media workers killed in 2015.

In case if you’re missing some headlines, here’s the latest.

A recent report said that there were rumors that an ambulance filled with explosives was found in a stadium in Hanover, Germany, which it caused panic of another threat of a terrorist attack. It was about to play a friendly match between Netherlands and Germany, but it got cancelled due to the discovery of the explosives which later said that they were not found. Also, they cleared a second stadium with a performance planned by a German band, but there were no serious threats found.

Anonymous claimed a takedown of 20,000 Daesh-owned Twitter accounts and declares cyberwar between one another.

Rockstars U2 and Foo Fighters have cancelled their concerts at Paris as both pay respect to the attack victims.

Brother of Salah Abdeslam, a known Paris attacker, told a news outlet to the attacker to “turn yourself over to the police – give yourself up so that justice can shed all the light on this”.

In the U.S., at least 25 states opposed bringing in Syrian refugees to the states because of fears of another terror attack from reactionary GOP governors to 2016 GOP candidates. Others suggest that they will bring Christian types rather than Muslim types. Pres. Obama claims the rhetoric ‘needs to stop’.

*Update: Now Anonymous claimed that they took down 20,000 Daesh-owned Twitter accounts at this moment. Before they hacked these, they were 6,000 of them before taking down the other Daesh-owned accounts on Twitter. Not only they target them, but also they claimed that they are taking down emails and other accounts that were affiliated with them as a source of recruiting.

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News: CTV To Have Super Bowl 50 Live Coverage

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