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mediawiremorningGood morning. The weekend is in sight. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize: The former BBC blogger turned activist “has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee writes. Indian children’s advocate Kailash Satyarthi shares the prize with her. (
  2. Back in St. Louis: During protests last night following an officer-involved shooting in the city’s Shaw neighborhood, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn saw people “slamming a brick on the ground to break it in two.” One “asked what I was tweeting and I said nothing. He basically but me in a headlock and asked to get my phone. I said no,” she tweeted.
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‘Today, I can speak,’ Malala says in new video

Associated Press | BBC
In a video published Monday, Malala Yousafzai says, “I’m getting better day by day.” Taliban gunmen shot Yousafzai last October in her hometown of Mingora, Pakistan. Malala, who is 15, blogged for the BBC about education for girls. “I want to serve the people; I want every girl, every child to be educated,” she reiterates in the video. She is recuperating in the United Kingdom.

The video was made Jan. 22, the Associated Press reports. After she delivers her message in several languages, the video shows Malala looking at cards and emails from supporters.

Previously: Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousafzai in stable condition after Taliban attack | Teen blogger shot by Taliban can now stand, write sentences | Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousafzai is Time’s runner-up for Person of the Year Read more


Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousafzai is Time’s runner-up for Person of the Year

The Taliban “wanted to silence” Malala Yousafzai when they shot her and several classmates on Oct. 9, Aryn Baker writes. “Instead, they amplified her voice.”

The Pakistani teenager was targeted for championing girls’ education, a campaign that gained international recognition when she began blogging about her education for the BBC, anonymously at first. After she acknowledged she’d written the blog, Malala was attacked in her hometown of Mingora, where one would-be assassin put a bullet in her head. The authorities made arrests, but didn’t find the attack’s planner. The Taliban complained later that the media showed bias while covering its attempted murder of a child: “this filthy, godless media has taken huge advantage of this situation, and journalists have started passing judgment on us,” a Taliban spokesperson said in October. Read more

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Teen blogger shot by Taliban can now stand, write sentences

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Malala Yousafzai’s doctors in Britain say she’s been able to stand and is “writing coherent sentences,” CNN reports.

Malala, 14, and several of her classmates were shot earlier this month by Taliban gunmen in her hometown of Mingora, Pakistan. Malala blogged about attending school despite the Taliban’s opposition; a Taliban spokesperson told The New York Times she was targeted because she’d “become a symbol of Western culture in the area.” Earlier this week, she was flown to a hospital in Birmingham, England, that specializes in trauma cases. Read more


Arrests made in Malala Yousafzai shooting

NBC News | BBC News
Three men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani blogger Malala Yousafzai, NBC News reports. Malala was shot Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

“During raids in Swat on Thursday night, we captured three culprits involved in attack on Malala,” Swat police chief Gul Afzal Afridi told NBC News by phone.

Perhaps underlining the fluid nature of events in Swat, the BBC says four men — who were among 100 people rounded up since the shooting – were arrested.

Both accounts say the planner of the attack has not been arrested. Taliban representatives, Mushtaq Yusufzai reports for NBC, “refused to confirm if any of their members have been arrested, but claimed they had ‘dozens’ of trained gunmen in the area.” The BBC report says “Pakistani officials said they had intercepted a telephone conversation suggesting Taliban militants were planning attacks against the media over their coverage of the shooting.” The Taliban opposes educating women. Read more


Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousafzai in stable condition after Taliban attack

CNN | “The World” | The New York Times | The New Yorker
Fourteen-year-old Pakistani blogger Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen in her hometown, Mingora, Tuesday.

BBC Pakistan editor Haroon Rashid told “The World”‘s Marco Werman that Malala was targeted because she’d praised President Obama. Rashid believes one of the gunmen “knew who he was looking for because some of the witnesses told us he specifically asked for Malala and when the students said, ‘We don’t know who she is,’ he shot two students at the same time to make sure either [one] of them would be Malala.” Read more

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