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  • Smith College protesters ban reporters who don’t ‘articulate their solidarity’

    11/19/2015 1:44:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Hundreds of Smith College students gathered Wednesday to voice solidarity with University of Missouri protesters, only journalists were reportedly barred from the event unless sympathetic to the cause. A sit-in from noon to midnight at the Northampton, Massachusetts, campus reportedly drew 300 to 500 students and Black Lives Matter activists who chanted and shared their own experiences with racism and discrimination. Similar to rules enforced at the University of Missouri and other campuses nationwide, media members were not allowed to cover the Smith College sit-in unless they openly supported the movement, MassLive reported.
  • Obama grants interview to China state-run media

    11/11/2014 12:55:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama plans to discuss differences with Chinese President Xi Jinping directly and candidly, he said in a written interview with Chinas state-run Xinhua news agency. Obama regularly conducts such written interviews with prominent news organizations in the countries where he travels, but the decision to talk to an organ of the Chinese government could raise eyebrows amid continuing concerns over Beijings human rights record. At a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday, Obama said he continued to have concerns about Chinas actions. There are certain things that the United States believes. We believe in freedom...
  • FCC backs off newsroom survey plan

    02/21/2014 1:49:14 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2014 |
    The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it was putting on hold a controversial study of American newsrooms, after complaints from Republican lawmakers and media groups that the project was too intrusive. FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with critics that some of the study's proposed questions for reporters and news directors "overstepped the bounds of what is required."
  • Republicans, Stop It Now!

    02/21/2014 7:41:06 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    2/21/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Republican legislators, stop this Fed takeover of the newsrooms in it's tracks! They already control around 95% of Big Media. We are hedging toward 100% Pravda reporting! STOP BEING WIMPS!!
  • Is Obama trying to kill a free press?

    02/21/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Jay Sekulow/
    The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public needs to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear. The agency will conduct a General Population Survey that will measure community members actual and perceived critical information needs. Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know. Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the philosophy of the newsroom, inquire about possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and...
  • FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official

    02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | FoxNews
    An Obama administration plan that would get researchers into newsrooms across the country is sparking concern among congressional Republicans and conservative groups. The purpose of the proposed Federal Communications Commission study is to identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations, according to the agency. However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. He also said he feared the study might...
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Departments Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homelands Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Most aggressive since Nixon: Report details Obamas assault on free press

    10/11/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 11, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    A brutal report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) blasted the Obama administration, calling the White Houses efforts to control information the harshest since the Nixon administration. The report is something of a first for CPJ, which typically focuses on oppressed journalists in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Written by Leonard Downie Jr., the former editor of The Washington Post, the report contradicts the Obama administrations insistence that it is the most transparent administration in history. The administrations war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive Ive seen since the Nixon administration, he...
  • FREEPER Bill Spadea, anchor of new FOX "Chasing NJ" show, under attack by democrat to pull license.

    07/09/2013 7:35:13 AM PDT · by mick · 6 replies
    The Record ^ | July 8, 2013 | HERB JACKSON
    Citing what he called more than a decade of declining commitment to New Jersey, a congressman who is running for U.S. Senate called Monday for the states only commercial television station to have its license revoked because it abruptly canceled its nightly newscast last week. Now WWOR has pulled the plug on the only newscast the station had left, Rep. Frank Pallone said in a letter Monday to Mignon Clyburn, the acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. This action deserves immediate enforcement by your agency. Pallone, a Monmouth County Democrat, is vying in a special primary for the nomination...
  • Abusing Due Process

    03/11/2013 6:19:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 11, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Totalitarianism is brewing in the heartland. An Indiana inmate is now serving two years for voicing his online opinions against a judge who took away his child-custody rights during a divorce case. I know the custody case pretty well having written about it in 2009. But I'm convinced that the free speech case that is brewing in its aftermath heaps an even greater injustice upon an existing one. And I'm convinced it is showing the darker side of a dangerous man who needs to be stopped. Dan Brewington is justifiably angry because James Humphrey took his kids away from...
  • Freedom of the Press-Control

    02/10/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jack Kerwick
    While teaching on Aristotle in my ethics class last week, I noted that he was a teleologist. A teleologist is simply one who thinks that everything in the world has an essential purpose that makes it the kind of thing that it is. This is what most people held up until the advent of modern science. An astute student then attempted to tie Aristotles analysis into the current debate over the Second Amendment. He observed that those who favor ever more oppressive restrictions on the Second Amendmentthe proponents of gun controlsound very much like teleologists when it comes to guns....
  • Clinton troubled by Turkey journalist arrests

    07/16/2011 9:03:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    -excerpt- "I do not think it is necessary or in Turkey's interests to be cracking down," Clinton said, adding that Turkey's institutions could withstand the scrutiny and debate that a free press brings. "It seems to me inconsistent with all the other advances Turkey has made."
  • Iran, Cuba force out the most journalists: survey

    06/21/2011 10:42:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | June 21, 2011
    Iran and Cuba together have forced more journalists into exile over the past year than all other countries combined, a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. "Nearly 70 journalists were forced into exile over the past 12 months, with more than half coming from Iran and Cuba, two of the world's most repressive nations," the report said. "Iran, which has waged a massive, two-year-long crackdown on the independent press, and Cuba, which freed journalists from prison only to force them to leave their homeland, each sent 18 journalists into exile," it said. The survey said most --...
  • Is Obama launching a new fall attack on Fox News?

    09/28/2010 11:05:59 PM PDT · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 30 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 28, 2010 | David Zurawik
    Last year at this time, President Obama and his top White House advisers were about to launch a disastrous campaign against Fox News. I say disastrous because the acting communications director, Anita Dunn, who sounded the call to arms on Howard Kurtz's "Reliable Sources" show would resign within weeks, and the president and his innermost circle after going on every major non-Fox news show to attack the highest-rated cable news channel as "not really being a news channel," were in full retreat.
  • White House rips Forbes article

    09/16/2010 11:13:52 AM PDT · by DFG · 100 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 09/16/10 | Howard Kurtz
    Dinesh D'Souza has drawn a torrent of criticism with a Forbes cover story that accuses President Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father. But while most detractors focus on the author--and Newt Gingrich, who embraced the critique--the White House is aiming its ammunition at the business magazine. "It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says in an interview. "I think it represents a new low."
  • Mark Steyn: Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl

    05/21/2010 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies · 1,776+ views
    oc register ^ | 5/21/10 | Mark Steyn
    Barack Obama's remarkable powers of oratory are well known: In support of Chicago's Olympic bid, he flew into Copenhagen to give a heartwarming speech about himself, and they gave the games to Rio. He flew into Boston to support Martha Coakley's bid for the U.S. Senate, and Massachusetts voters gave Ted Kennedy's seat to a Republican. In the first year of his presidency, he gave a gazillion speeches on health care "reform" and drove support for his proposals to basement level, leaving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to ram it down the throats of the American people through sheer parliamentary...
  • Gunmen pepper Mexico TV station, but no one hurt

    05/18/2010 9:32:10 AM PDT · by AuntB · 12 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | May 17, 2010 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, AP
    MEXICO CITY Attackers fired more than 100 bullets and threw at least three grenades at a television station in Mexico's western state of Nayarit before dawn Monday, causing damage but no injuries, a company spokesman said. Enrique Berumen, a spokesman for Mexican broadcasting giant Televisa, said the raid on its XHKG channel in Nayarit was the eighth attack on one of the company's facilities in recent years. Investigators found 102 spent cartridges from high-powered rifles as well as pieces of an exploded grenade and two grenades that didn't go off. In January 2009, a Televisa station in the northern...
  • MONDAY: President will sign 'Freedom of Press Act'

    05/16/2010 6:49:09 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 99 replies · 4,432+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 5-16-10 | Breaking on Drudge
    MONDAY: President will sign 'Freedom of Press Act' in Oval Office. The signing will be pooled press... Developing...
  • The President's Trick Or Tweet

    05/10/2010 5:45:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 782+ views ^ | May 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Free Speech: President Obama, while addressing college graduates, condemns our access to new media as a subversion of democracy. Is the iPad a threat to democracy or exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind? At Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, the president lamented that in an age of text messaging, the Internet and the iPad, information and its unfettered exchange had become a diversion that was putting a strain on democracy. We are not making this up. The "24/7 media environment," he told the students, "bombards us with all kinds of comments and exposes us to all kinds of...
  • The Mao The Merrier

    11/16/2009 5:16:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 554+ views ^ | November 16, 2009
    Officials: Anita Dunn may be leaving with her little red book, but her husband enters as the next White House counsel, bringing experience in suppressing dissent, assaulting the First Amendment and limiting speech. Dunn, whose favorite philosophers include mass murderer Mao Zedong, was expected to leave after a short stint. She rose to fame as chief strategist for former Senate majority leader, now national health care guru, Tom Daschle. While serving as White House communications director, she was the commanding general of the administration "war" on Fox News. Like her philosophical mentor, Mao, and her colleague, FCC diversity czar Mark...
  • NYT op-ed by 'expert' bought and paid for by overseas Arab money

    11/01/2009 4:25:29 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 3 replies · 557+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/01/09 | Ed Lasky
    The New York Times neglects to inform its readers that an op-ed writer slamming Israel earns a handsome living courtesy of overseas Arab money. Henry Siegman is a self-styled Middle East expert who has a simplistic view of the Middle East: Israel is always at fault. He has called Israel an apartheid state -- but that is only the tip of the iceberg. In Monday's New York Times he characterizes Israelis as being pathological and filled with hostility toward Barack Obama because he wants to bring peace between Israel and the Arab world. Polls show that only 4% of Jewish...
  • Diversity Czar Threatens Free Speech

    08/31/2009 5:49:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 127 replies · 7,210+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 31, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    1st Amendment: Mark Lloyd, a disciple of Saul Alinsky and fan of Hugo Chavez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity "czar" says Venezuela is an example we should follow.When Mark Lloyd was appointed July 29 as the chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a nation focused on ObamaCare and a deteriorating economy took little notice. But as angry constituents flood town hall meetings and call in to talk radio, a man dedicated to silencing them sits at the right hand of the president. They share a common hero...
  • Meat Importer Suing Broadcaster Over US Beef Scare

    08/11/2009 1:35:41 AM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 16 replies · 661+ views
    The Dong-A Ilbo ^ | August 11, 2009 | The Dong-A Ilbo
    A domestic meat importer yesterday filed a lawsuit against the broadcast network MBC and five producers of an investigative news program for reporting false facts about U.S. beef. Park Chang-kyu, president of A Meat and meat and restaurant chain Orae Dream, filed the lawsuit with the Seoul Southern District Court. He is seeking about 300 million won (240,000 U.S. dollars) in damages against MBC, five producers of PD Notebook, and actress Kim Min-sun. Our companies suffered about 500 million won (410,000 dollars) in operating losses due to distortion of facts on American beef by the MBC program PD Notebook. A...
  • Helen Thomas Remembers - Free Press

    07/28/2009 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 10 replies · 712+ views
    Helen Thomas Remembers By Norma Zager "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823 On occasion a particular revelation or thought may cause one to laugh out loud. An hour after watching the White House briefing recently where seasoned reporter Helen Thomas took Robert Gibbs to task for White House efforts to control the media, I laughed aloud. It occurred to me, at...
  • Watchdog Report: 41 Journalists Jailed in Iran

    07/12/2009 8:38:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 718+ views
    VOA ^ | July 12, 2009
    The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders says it is concerned by what it calls the growing repression of journalists and cyber-dissidents in Iran. In a report issued Sunday, the RSF (Reporters Sans Frontieres) announced the detention of five more journalists. RSF says 41 journalists are currently imprisoned in Iran a month after the country's contested election. RSF says Iran is currently the world's biggest prison for journalists, and is becoming the world's most dangerous place for them to operate. RSF says the recently-detained journalists include photographers Majid Saidi and Tohid Bighi, blogger Henghameh Shahidi, and journalists Somaieh Nosrati and...
  • Iran orders paper director's arrest for 'insulting' president

    07/01/2008 6:18:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 162+ views
    AFP ^ | Jul 1, 2008
    Iran orders paper director's arrest for 'insulting' president Jul 1, 2008 TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's judiciary on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the director of a leading reformist newspaper over an article attacking President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his remarks on the Shiites' "hidden imam." Mohammad Javad Haghshenas, director of Etemad Melli newspaper, has been issued with an order for arrest and investigation on charges of spreading lies and publishing "an insulting piece", a spokesman for Tehran public and revolutionary courts told the ISNA student agency. The spokesman said the "insulting" article was written by mid-ranking cleric Rasoul Montajab-Nia in Tuesday's...
  • Iran bans six papers - website

    03/16/2008 7:45:34 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 266+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | March 16 2008 | Tabnak news website
    Text of report by Iranian Tabnak news website on 16 March Tehran 16 March - Iran bans six publications under provisions of Article 11 of the press law. According to an informed sources a suspension order has been issued for the following publications: Doya-e Tasvir [World of Images]; Haft [Seven]; Besoy-e Eftekhar [Toward dignity]; Talash [Effort]; Neday-e Iran [The Call of Iran] and Shoka. [Article 11 of the press law states: The Press Supervisory Board is responsible for examining applications for press licenses and the competency of the applicant and the managing director.] Source: Tabnak news website, in Persian 0850...
  • On assassinating freedom

    02/29/2008 12:10:36 PM PST · by JZelle · 2 replies · 82+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-29-08 | Austin Ba
    In early February, Danish police launched a pre-emptive attack on terrorism when they arrested three men involved in a "terror-related assassination" plot. The cops carefully identified the men as "a 40-year-old Dane of Moroccan origin and two Tunisians." The would-be murderers targeted 73-year-old Kurt Westergaard, an editorial cartoonist, and his 66-year-old wife, Gitte. Think about it a 73-year-old and 66-year-old. Visit two Danes that age, with names like Kurt and Gitte, and you expect a platter of Danish pastry. If Kurt has an edge to him (and fair bet he has one after all, he's an editorial cartoonist),...
  • Russians remember killed reporter

    10/08/2006 12:14:40 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 20 replies · 924+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-08-2006 | BBC
    Hundreds of people have gathered in central Moscow to pay tribute to prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya -a day after she was murdered.
  • THOMAS MITCHELL: And now for something completely offensive

    02/12/2006 7:54:50 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies · 640+ views
    Just where is it written -- in the Constitution, the Bible or the Quran -- that there is a right to never ever be offended As best I could tell, by week's end the Review-Journal was one of only four U.S. newspapers to print one or more of the dozen Danish editorial cartoons that recently ignited rioting and assorted mayhem in several Islamic nations, even though they were first published back in September. Apparently, it took a couple of imams out on a hatemongering concert tour to whip up a frenzy of hooliganism. Several editors at a New York newspaper...
  • Men angry at drawings surround Gaza office (Armed militants angered by Danish cartoon of Prophet)

    02/02/2006 9:20:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 59 replies · 1,311+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | February 2, 2006 | IBRAHIM BARZAK
    ASSOCIATED PRESS GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Armed militants angered by a cartoon drawing of the Prophet Muhammad published in European media surrounded EU offices in Gaza Thursday and threatened to kidnap foreigners as outrage over the caricatures spread across the Islamic world. About a dozen gunmen with ties to the Fatah Party approached the office of the EU Commission. Three jumped on the outer wall and the rest took up positions at the entrance. In a statement read by one of the gunmen, the group demanded apologies from the governments of Norway, Denmark, France and Germany and called on...
  • The Journalist Who Went to Jail for a Crocodile

    11/23/2005 8:00:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 504+ views
    EmbassyMag. ^ | November 16th, 2005
    The Journalist who went to jail for a crocodile Embassy, November 16th, 2005 By Brian Adeba An Iranian cartoonist tells of the harrowing experience of press censorship in his country as Reporters Without Borders kicks off a campaign to highlight the plight of jailed journalists around the world. It was a phone call every journalist in Iran dreads. It came from none other than Saeed Mortazavid, a man whose name strikes terror in the hearts of journalists in Iran. In Canada, he is best known as the prosecutor in the Zahra Kazemi case. But Nikahang Kowsar, 36, a cartoonist for...
  • Hamburg court rules against Tillack (Freedom of press dead in EU)

    02/05/2005 10:39:44 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Euobserver ^ | 02.02.2005 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Hamburg's highest court, the Oberlandesgericht, yesterday (1 February) ruled against former Brussels editor Hans-Martin Tillack and his employer, the German Stern Magazine, fighting a case against the EU anti-fraud office, OLAF. The court said that, due to a general immunity protecting EU officials, it could not order a former European Commission spokesman not to spread allegations that Mr Tillack bribed EU officials. The judge underlined that this does not mean that the Commission spokesman was telling the truth. In 2002, Mr Tillack published articles in Stern about alleged irregularities in OLAF based on internal documents from the organisation. OLAF then...
  • NYT(All the News That Fits on our Petard): At Leak Inquiry's Center, a Circumspect Columnist (Novak)

    12/31/2004 6:27:03 AM PST · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,274+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2004 | LORNE MANLY and ADAM LIPTAK
    In 41 years as a pundit, Robert D. Novak has rarely shied from controversy. As a syndicated columnist and fixture on cable-news shoutfests, Mr. Novak has opined from the right about some of the biggest stories of his time. He has been a stout cold warrior, a critic of Israeli policies and a passionate defender of military veterans who criticized Senator John Kerry's Vietnam War record. But now Mr. Novak, 73, finds himself a central figure in perhaps the gravest confrontation between the government and the press in a generation, and he has been uncharacteristically circumspect. With a federal judge...
  • FEC May Regulate Web Political Activity

    10/13/2004 1:45:08 AM PDT · by kattracks · 128 replies · 3,589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/13/04 | SHARON THEIMER, AP
    WASHINGTON - With political fund raising, campaign advertising and organizing taking place in full swing over the Internet, it may just be a matter of time before the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) joins the action. Well, that time may be now. A recent federal court ruling says the FEC must extend some of the nation's new campaign finance and spending limits to political activity on the Internet. Long reluctant to step into online political activity, the agency is considering whether to appeal. But vice chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said the Internet may prove to be an unavoidable area...
  • Ramsey lawyer joins Bryant accuser's team

    07/09/2004 4:35:55 AM PDT · by Hawk44 · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 07/09/2004 | Charlie Brennan
    The lawyer for John and Patsy Ramsey is now also representing the alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant case. Atlanta attorney Lin Wood has initiated several libel actions on behalf of the Ramseys and for one-time Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell. He also is representing former California congressman Gary Condit in a lawsuit filed against writer Dominic Dunne. It was announced Thursday that Wood has been retained by the Eagle firm of Wheeler & Clune to assist in protecting the interests of the 20-year-old woman Bryant is charged with raping. A statement from Wheeler & Clune said Wood will...
  • Iraq's press carried away by freedom

    01/12/2004 6:59:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 188+ views
    The Times (Australia) ^ | January 13, 2004 | Correspondents in Baghdad and London
    THE red banner headline reads like something out of the National Enquirer. "Saddam married 18-year-old girl in spider hole," it screams. Details in the next edition, says a tiny paragraph below. Such are the tactics used to sell newspapers in Iraq. Since Saddam Hussein's fall, Iraq's press has exploded into a frenzy of free, fearless and frequently inaccurate journalism that can put the worst of the world's tabloid press to shame. The unlikely story of the former dictator's cramped nuptials may be harmless, but other stories have a sinister edge, from accounts of the immoral behaviour of the infidel occupiers...
  • Cuban independant journalist freed after six years in prison

    11/15/2003 2:35:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 134+ views
    AFP/yahoo.comnews ^ | NOvevmber 14, 2003 | AFP
    HAVANA, (AFP) - Cuban independant journalist Bernardo Arevalo Padron hhas been freed from a prison in eastern Cuba after having served six years on conviction of committing an "outrage" against the Communist government of President Fidel Castro, his friends said "Effective yesterday (Thursday), Bernardo was released and is with his wife in Camaguey," 500 km (310 miles) east of Havana, Laura Pollan, wife of imprisoned dissident Hector Maseda, told AFP. Maseda is serving a 20-year sentence imposed last March after his arrest with 74 other opponents of the Castro regime. Arevalo Padron, founder of the former independant press agency Linea...
  • Out Of Control (Slick Willie Barf Alert)

    06/29/2003 7:29:39 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 24 replies · 408+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 6-28-03 | Impeached Former President Bill Clinton
    If it's allowed to stand, an FCC ruling will feed media merger mania BY BILL CLINTON "It's your money," says President Bush when he promotes tax cuts. I disagree with his tax policy but admire his spin. The same argument applies with greater force to whether big media conglomerates should be allowed to control more television and radio stations: "It's your airwaves." The American people own the bandwidth that broadcast media companies use to deliver programs to our TV and radio sets. Because the space on that bandwidth is limited, the Federal Communications Commission regulates who has access to our...
  • S. Korea : Media organisations express concern over government's new press policy(curbing dissent!)

    04/20/2003 12:52:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 183+ views
    IFEX ^ | 04/17/03 | N/A
    PRESS RELEASE/ALERT: Media organisations express concern over government's new press policy Originator: International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Date: 2003-04-17 Country: SOUTH KOREA Person(s): Target(s): Source: IFJ Type(s) of violation(s): (IPI/IFEX) - The following is an IPI update on the latest press freedom developments in South Korea, which has been on the IPI Watch List since 6 September 2001: At a meeting of government agency spokesmen held on 27 March 2003, the South Korean government adopted a new press policy, dubbed "How to Operate Press Rooms". /snip A spokesman for the opposition Grand National Party (GNP) said that the Roh administration...
  • Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling

    04/04/2003 6:11:04 AM PST · by Enemy Of The State · 8 replies · 252+ views
    Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling Since the outbreak of the Iraqi War, the world's major media have plunged themselves one after another into a news battle. However, if you read their news reports on the war carefully, you will find the puzzling practices of some Western countries and their media, which always flaunt "freedom of the press" and advertise themselves as being "true, objective and just" in their covering of the war. Let's first say something about the "freedom of the press". According to a dispatch from Doha by a Chinese reporter, journalists who conduct...
  • Venezuela Restricts Imports: Paper Imports For Books Not Newspapers

    03/13/2003 12:49:07 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 322+ views ^ | March 13, 2003 | Dow Jones
    CARACAS -(Dow Jones)- Venezuelan Trade Minister Ramon Rosales said a recently published list of "importable" items included paper only for text books and not for newspapers, which are a lower priority, local daily El Nacional reported Thursday. Paper for newspapers may be included in future lists, and newspaper owners needing to import paper can file a request for "reconsideration," Rosales was quoted as saying. Rosales couldn't be reached for further comment. Newsprint isn't manufactured in Venezuela and many local newspapers have said they only have paper to last them through about April. Opponents of President Hugo Chavez warn he'll likely...
  • State Department demands source of classified material (reporter for National Review VISA)

    07/12/2002 7:07:27 PM PDT · by PatriotReporter · 40 replies · 397+ views
    WASHINGTON (July 12, 2002 7:35 p.m. EDT) - A reporter for National Review magazine said Friday that State Department officials demanded he disclose the source of classified papers he had obtained on the U.S. visa program in Saudi Arabia and detained him briefly for questioning. The reporter, Joel Mowbray, said he called a lawyer on his cell phone and was permitted to leave the building only after copies of the classified material that he had left in the press briefing room were recovered by Diplomatic Security Service officials. Mowbray has written critically of the way visas were issued in Saudi...