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By Tabelo Timse (AFP)

JOHANNESBURG -- Five newspapers line a vendor's makeshift table built from cardboard and sticks but most customers go straight for Isolezwe, one of South Africa's growing Zulu-language dailies.

"I guess people feel comfortable reading in their language," says Blessings Kupe from his stand at a busy Johannesburg taxi rank where he offers the country's most-read papers, all English titles like Daily Sun and The Star.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-05 09:10

Twitter plans to launch an Arabic version of its website as well as promoted tweets for the Middle East by 2011, said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, The National reported last Wednesday.

"People use [Twitter] differently around the world but people also use it similarly," said Stone in an interview. "The key takeaway there is that we've only translated the service into [six languages] ... but we're very keen on opening that up and getting it translated into more regions in the world sooner rather than later."

The microblogging website is already available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. However, "the use of Arabic-language characters will cause Twitter some technological headaches, much as their Japanese interface did," Fast Company explained.

Currently, Twitter has 175 million registered accounts and, according to Stone, 370,000 people register daily. Nonetheless, the site has low penetration in the Middle East and "faces competition from Watwet, a Twitter-like service in Arabic that by last year had registered about 25,000 users," The National pointed out.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-22 17:52

Yahoo! India will expand its website to other six regional languages by 2011 and its looking for local partners to generate content, Reuters reported yesterday.

Besides English, the site also provides information in Hindi as part of a partnership with daily newspaper Dainik Jagran. "We see huge opportunity in regional language content. Our Hindi news traffic had taken over the traffic we see for news in English," said Yahoo! India Managing Director Arun Tadank, the Hindustan Times quoted.

Last week, Yahoo! CEO and President Carol Bartz announced the company's plan to increase local content in India by expanding the website to at least 18 regional languages, CIOL News Report pointed out.

"We aim to become the world's largest digital media company," she said adding that it could only be done through partnerships. "You need to understand that you cannot build everything," Bartz said, The Financial Express reported.

According to the Hindustan Times, India has 50 million Internet users, which are expected to increase up to 240 million in the next five years. Currently, 73 percent of the users has access to Yahoo!.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-16 17:20

Somalia's Ministry of Information has launched a weekly newspaper called "Dalka (The Country)" and daily Somali-language news bulletin online, SunaTimes.com reported today.

Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to engage with the public and contribute to the overall increase in oral literacy in Somalia, while providing the government with an extra source to inform the Somalis about key developments inside the country and about international developments as well.

Image: SunaTimes.com

In addition to topical issues covered by the newspaper, such as politics, reconciliation, business, health, education, youth, women, and sports, it will also carry a page dedicated to Somali poets and musicians, according to a report on the SunaTimes.com. The publications will document key events in hard retrievable form and will be published by the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

The publications can be followed through the Radio Mogadishu website as well as through e-mail circulations. Users can also sign up through sonnanews@gmail.com.

The Ministry aims to launch printed version of the newspaper too, and plans to launch English and Arabic language editions of the publications as well.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-12 18:37

OWNI has launched its first English-language site, OWNI.eu, reported Journalism.co.uk. OWNI, which describes itself as a group of French and European media, as well as a thinktank, experiments with digital journalism and, for example, recently created Wikileaks' Iraq War Logs website.

The new site OWNI.eu has articles on technology, politics and culture: a mixture of original content, translations from pieces on OWNI.fr, blog aggregation, infographics and data visualizations, explained Journalism.co.uk. Its editor is 25-year-old Federica Cocco.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-04 17:19

South Africa's Sunday Times will launch a Zulu-language edition in KwaZulu-Natal Nov. 7, BizCommunity.com reported Friday. This will be the first time the paper will be published in a language other than English in its 104-year history.

The Sunday Times made the decision to launch the edition, called the Sunday Times Zulu Edition, after focus groups showed the additional language publication would be in great demand. The new edition will focus on the area's politics and general news, as well as sport and celebrity news. The only sections to be in English will be the television guide and Careers.

Image: Webster's Online Dictionary shows the regions in which Zulu is a top language spoken in South Africa.
The Sunday Times has 4 million readers, making it the largest weekend paper in South Africa. An expansion into the Zulu-language will begin at 10,000 copies, but will likely grow, Journalism.co.za reported.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-01 19:03

The Moscow News yesterday re-launched its Arabic edition in the United Arab Emirates 17 years after its closure, RIA Novosti reported. Anbaa Mosku will cover Russian affairs and is a part of Russian government's new strategy to step up relations with the Arab world.

"The advent of this publication will not only serve as a portal through which the Arabic-speaking community in London can observe Russian affairs, but as a long-awaited bridge of communication between the Middle East and Russia," Svetlana Mironyuk, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti was quoted by MyNewsDesk.com as saying. The bi-weekly independent newspaper is now distributed in 13 countries across Middle East, North Africa, London and Russia with a circulation of more than 190,000 copies.

The newly launched Arabic newspaper will carry a circulation of 49,000 copies across United Arab Emirates.

If the newspaper performs financially well, Alexander Yu. Babinsky, deputy editor-in-chief of Ria Novost0, hinted that the production could beef up and the newspaper will transform from a bi-monthly to a new weekly edition, GulfNews.com reported today.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-04 21:28

Scotland's online magazine for the Polish community, Scotsbarszcz, debuted its first bilingual print edition today, AllMediaScotland.com reported. The magazine, published in English only until recently, will now carry side-by-side translations of stories in English and Polish.

"The magazine was launched with the intention of encouraging integration of recent Polish immigrants into the Scottish communities where they have chosen to live. It aims to introduce Scottish culture to the Poles and Polish culture to the Scots," Gerry Cassidy, editor of the magazine, told AllMediaScotland.com.

While offering businesses in Scotland an opportunity to advertise their products and services for a new market, Cassidy hopes the new bilingual magazine will be able to expand its reach further into the Polish community at home and abroad through the new format.

Since its launch in December last year, the magazine has established a strong global readership with its online presence. Through this bilingual initiative, the magazine aims to
gain a wider readership in the Scottish market by selling in more outlets, from Polish shops to public libraries, tourist information offices and Prestwick Airport, according to AllMediaScotland.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-13 22:51

Seventeen years after closing down publication in the Middle East, The Moscow News will once again publish an Arabic edition, called Anbaa Mosku, in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf News reported today.

About 40,000 copies of the newspaper are expected to be distributed bi-monthly in the UAE beginning October 3. Before its UAE launch, Anbaa Mosku was relaunched in 15 Arab countries and in Israel as a monthly publication in November 2009, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which publishes the newspaper. In the Arab world outside the UAE, it has a circulation of 150,000.

The Arabic version of Anbaa Mosku is not an Arabic-language copy of its Russian counterpart, said Svetlana Mironyuk, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti "It is the Arabic language edition of the Moscow News. It is not available in Russian." She added that a Dubai-based bureau is planned for the future.

Anbaa Mosku was shut down following the collapse of the former Soviet Union. A RIA Novosti report stated that the relaunch of the newspaper "was met with widespread support both in Russia and in the Arab world which hope that it will contribute to the maintenance of strong political and economic ties of the old partners for many years to come," according to the Gulf News.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-09 21:14

Polish free daily Metro is launching a German edition of its newspaper in Berlin, Newspaper Innovation reported today.

Owned by Polish publisher Agora, the German edition will carry a circulation of 30,000.

The launch of the German edition is aimed at boosting tourism growth in Poland by providing Polish advertisers with an opportunity to reach potential customers beyond borders.

This is the third German publication launched by Agora since September 2009, according to Newspaper Innovation. The first German publication was awarded first prize in the "Marketing Solutions for Advertising Clients" category at the INMA Awards 2010 competition.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-26 22:02

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