A regular update on content from my media consultancy blog -
It’s been a quiet few weeks on the site as the launch of Virus has rather taken over.
Bahrain: My pro bono work with democracy activists in Bahrain continued as news and updates from the Bahrain Human Rights Center supplied detailed updates on the continuing human rights crisis there.
After discussion with activist leaders like Nabeel Rajab and Marayam al-Khawaja, I put a call for funding to assist in the global PR campaign for the Bahraini non-violent activists. This post received a record number of hits and likes, but alas no adequate funding was forthcoming.
China: I have been working with Jared Genser and the Freedom Now organisation for some years now, on a variety of topic areas, such as Burma (Jared is Aung San Suu Kyi’s international legal counsel), North Korea and China. I was able to assist Jared publish an opinion piece in the Jakarta Globe on the Nobel Prizes awarded last month, focussing on the plight of last year’s laureate Lui Xiaobo (who is a client of Freedom Now).
Pick the Spin: I launched an irregular spot called Pick the Spin, which is intended to allow me to waffle on about PR spins that look interesting for whatever reason. I talked up on Qantas, Iran and the US among other issues.
Virus: With Virus going up on Amazon next week, I have uploaded an extract to the Ax site. I may add more if there seems to be a point in doing so.
Occupy Movement: The National Times published my opinion piece on the Occupy Movement here and overseas. The article generated the usual scuffle among the net geeks and vested interests in the comments section, became personal fairly soon and then descended into a mire of irrelevance and diatribe. Common pattern. There was also this response from the tabloid Daily Telegraph’s oped editor’s blog, nicely underlining my arguments.
Soon I’ll put up my edit which was changed slightly by the National Times editor to be less aggressive on the media. I thought his edit and argument was fair enough, hence I agreed to all but one, but I’ll let readers judge.
Fun Stuff: In my capacity as the resident destinations blogger for the Sunshine Coast area, I filed a spot on a big picnic and the appearance of Gary and George from (Australian) TV’s Masterchef. More of this to come in the next few months, which is great because I get paid to have fun. Does it get any better?
James Rose | Random Ax Media