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Editor’s Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

Editor’s Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

 
The verdict in a five year-old murder in Turkey is causing a serious public outcry. 18 people were accused in a lengthy trial over the killing of newspaper editor Hrant Dink, and only 2 were sentenced to punishment of any kind. According to

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Tragedies of 2011 Also Inspire

Tragedies of 2011 Also Inspire

2011 was a year of heartbreaking tragedies for journalists caught up in the tide of massive world events. Certain cases of journalists killed and attacked in the crossfire of the stories they were reporting stand out. In 2011, there were many instances in which the media became part of the …

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Images Worth Perusing

Images Worth Perusing

An interesting find and a valuable place to look at images–BagNews features some provocative and informative photographers and their work.
For example, an image they posted of the Japanese “sumimasen” (apology without end) in action:

(photo: AFP/Getty. caption: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) president Masataka Shimizu (C) and company executives bow to …

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Wikileaks Cables: China’s Grip on the Media

Wikileaks Cables: China’s Grip on the Media

Recently released U.S. State Department cables from Wikileaks show that the Chinese government exerts strict control over journalists. Domestic Chinese journalists are particularly under tight restrictions.
In terms of foreign news organizations, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Liu Jianchao said during a …

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120 to be Released from Iranian Prison

120 to be Released from Iranian Prison

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist and writer who was held in Iranian prison while he was reporting for Newsweek noted via Facebook on Sunday night the release of a league of prisoners in Iran.
Bahari said that there are going to be about 120 people released from Iranian prison.
Bahari’s comments …

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Rixos Hotel in Tripoli Prison to Dozens of Journalists

Rixos Hotel in Tripoli Prison to Dozens of Journalists

About 30 journalists are being held captive in the Rixos Hotel in Libya’s capital of Tripoli. According to Twitter feeds of journalists inside the hotel, notably CNN’s Matthew Chance and AP’s Dario Lopez-Mills.
Sky News’ Mark Stone describes where the Rixos is situated …

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Why Murdoch’s Media Scandal Matters

Why Murdoch’s Media Scandal Matters

For those who have been following the News Corp. scandal over the last few weeks, they have seen it get increasingly complicated. For those who haven’t been following it, they should.
News Corp. controls a wide range of media-related ventures, from television to publishing to newspapers. These are entities that generally …

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UK Reporter Denied Entry to Russia

A reporter for the UK’s Guardian has been denied re-entry to Russia after a two-month absence.
Luke Harding, who is the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, was told he could not enter Russia after two months away reporting on Wikileaks.
According to the Guardian, …

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Al Jazeera 'Demands' US Broadcasting

Al Jazeera 'Demands' US Broadcasting

Al Jazeera is leveraging the crisis in Egypt (and their coverage of it) to campaign for broadcasting rights throughout the US. They say they are not available in most of the 50 states in the US, but want the …

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Getting 'Street Cred' in Egypt

Journalists and reporters have an unofficial badge of honor they work for in their careers: credibility. Or what people in the media industry sometimes jokingly refer to as “street cred.” It is usually earned by reporting under dangerous, extremely taxing, or even life-threatening circumstances.
An extreme example …

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Egypt's War on Journalists

As the situation in Egypt ramps up by the day, a casualty that is frequently making headlines  is the media. Specifically, reporters.
The attacks on journalists have become so frequent and high profile (think Anderson Cooper) that the White House, in a rare move, has commented on it.

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Sri Lankan News Website Office Set Afire

Sri Lankan News Website Office Set Afire

The office of a news website, Lankaenews (or Lanka-e-news) was set on fire over the weekend, apparently in an act of arson.
The news website shows photos of the completely decimated office after the fire, which destroyed the organization’s computers. It is not the first time they have been attacked.

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The Tortured Writer

I don’t ever want my name as a journalist to be prefaced with the phrase “Pulitzer-prize winning reporter.” It’s not that I am against winning the Pulitzer Prize for my work someday, or that I think the Prize is the mark of a bourgeois journalist. There are simply too many …

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Obama's State of the Union Rhetoric

Every speechwriter knows that when a politician needs a speech, there are certain key words and phrases to hit on. In the case of the President of the United States, they are usually things like “hope” and “challenge” and “promise.” There is also the seminal standby: reaching across the aisle …

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UNESCO to Host Journalism Symposium in Paris

Paris will be home to a conference of over 300 of what IFEX characterizes as “media professionals, government officials, policymakers and civil society activists” on Jan. 26 when UNESCO’s headquarters hosts an international symposium on freedom of expression.
The event will be one day and will focus on the …

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