Media Mashup: August 13, 2015


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Padi awaits the decision of a judge to determine whether the dog will live or die.

Dogs and Death

Since many people seem more concerned about the fate of animals than humans, I bring you this tale of woe from Florida. Please note that I don’t think the dog should be killed, but then read on to the other stories.

A growing grassroots movement calling itself “Free Padi” contends that the dog was provoked and should not be euthanized. The group wants the dog released to its owner, veterinarian Paul Gartenberg, while the court case proceeds. For details, see

North Korea and Death

It’s tough to stay alive as a top minister in North Korea. He was executed for no apparent reason, although he was involved in talks with South Korean. For details, see

Pakistan and Death

Despite pleas from the international community, Pakistan executed a man who was convicted of killing three people when he was 25. That was more than 20 years ago during which the man continued to protest his conviction. Pakistan has executed more than 150 people since December.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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