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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 have a major influence […]

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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, Harding’s reporting on Wikileaks included “allegations that Russia under the rule of Vladimir […]

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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 right to be. In an opinion article on their website, Al Jazeera’s Director General Wadah Khanfar […]

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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 is a story I heard from a former […]

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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. According to a story in the New […]

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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. According to a statement from […]

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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 people in the world doing […]

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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 to work with (fill in […]

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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 state of the free press around […]

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Afghanistan's Secret Oscar Weapon

Among the most notable entries to the 2011 Academy Awards is a still-little known film by the name of “The Black Tulip.” The movie, a dramatic story of a middle-class Afghan family terrorized by the Taliban in modern Afghanistan, is an anomaly in many ways. For one, it’s Afghanistan’s official submission for best foreign film […]

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Ashley Gilbertson on Photographing PTSD

Ashley Gilbertson on Photographing PTSD

The Epoch Times will host an evening with Ashley Gilbertson, an award-winning war photographer and VII Network photojournalist who spent several years photographing Iraq. He will discuss his recent projects documenting the affects of PTSD on soldiers returning home. The event will be moderated by Chris Hondros, senior staff photographer for Getty Images. This is […]

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Writers to Wrestle with Mexico Drama in Forum

Some heavy hitters will be in New York City from all over the world on Tuesday, October 19 to discuss the crisis for journalists in Mexico: When: Tueday, October 19 Where: The Great Hall Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York City What time: 7 p.m. With readings by Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Laura Esquivel, Francine […]

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40 Turkish Journalists in Jail

Various sources report that dozens of Turkish journalists are jailed, and hundreds are facing trial. Chief among the reasons for so many to be jailed and facing legal action is their criticism of the government. Over 40 journalists are in jail, and over 700 more are facing lawsuits with the threat of imprisonment, according to […]

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Mexican Journalists a 'Deliberate Target'

In the wake of journalists recently murdered in Mexico, the country’s president, Felipe Calderon met with two international press organizations last week for recommendations on how to stop the violence. The meeting with the Inter-American Press Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reportedly had a positive tone and Calderon promised to do what […]

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'The Oath' to Air on PBS Sept. 21

'The Oath' to Air on PBS Sept. 21

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras’s ‘The Oath’ will air on PBS tonight. According to PBS: Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo facing war crimes charges. Directed by Laura Poitras (Flag Wars, POV 2003; the Oscar®-nominated […]

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About the Author

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times (www.theepochtimes.com). She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Poynter.org. Her blog on journalism is http://artofreportage.com.

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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