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January 1, 2000

Going Live

EVERY MORNING CHARLIE Meyerson gets on the 5:30 train for his early commute into Chicago. He takes a seat, whips out his yellow highlighter and dives into the Chicago Tribune. Meyerson, a breaking news columnist with the Tribune's online edition, sifts through the paper looking for stories that can be updated during the day. By the time he gets to his desk on the fourth floor of the Tribune Tower, he is ready to review the wires, catch the TV and radio news, check in with other Tribune... MORE
January 1, 2000

The Emergence of Convergence

TO SOME IT'S A convergence of shared interests, to others it opens the door to rampant conflicts of interest. But to all, I suspect, it is viewed as inevitable. The subject is alliances between news operations owned by separate and often competing entities. The driving force behind the alliances, as in so many other aspects of the media business, is the Internet. Based on recent agreements, the Washington Post Co.'s Washington Post and Newsweek will share news stories with NBC News and MSNBC... MORE
January 1, 2000

A Contract with the Media

FOR NEARLY TWO years, I have been editing the series in this magazine about the unsteady state of the American newspaper industry. A thread running through the series--it turns up again in William Prochnau's remarkable examination of Times Mirror, which begins on page 58--is the heavy obligation newspapers have to the citizenry in a democratic society, the life's blood of which, after all, is honest information. As we know, some members of the media take that obligation seriously, while others... MORE
November 26, 1999

Grenade attack on journalist's home in Kashmir

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, WAN has expressed its serious concern at an attack on the home of newspaper editor Jeelani Qadri. According to reports, early on the morning of 23 November 1999, Kashmiri militants threw a grenade at the Srinigar home of Qadri, editor of the daily newspaper "Afaaq". Qadri and his family, who were asleep inside at the time, escaped unharmed but the house was extensively damaged. Reports are unclear as to whether the assailants were... MORE
October 15, 1999

Journalist murdered in Manipur state

In a 15 October 1999 letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, RSF expressed its indignation over the murder of N. A. Lalrohlu, editor of the local vernacular newspaper "Shan". RSF asked that "a serious and thorough investigation is conducted to identify and punish the authors of the murder, which seems to be a serious warning to independent journalists in the state of Manipur." RSF also drew the prime minister's attention to assaults against journalists made by security forces in Manipur... MORE
July 29, 1999

Writer censored

CPJ is deeply concerned by the latest efforts to suppress discussion of the social and environmental costs of Gujarat's Sardar Sarovar dam construction, part of a controversial irrigation and hydroelectric project along the Narmada River. India's Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for 29 July 1999, to decide whether to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the writer Arundhati Roy for publishing an essay on the Narmada Valley Project. In a statement issued by the three-bench panel... MORE
July 5, 1999

India blocks Pakistani newspaper web site

According to PPF, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), India's sole gateway to the Internet, has blocked the web site of Pakistan's leading English language daily newspaper, "Dawn". According to "The Times of India", Internet users in India have been unable to connect to the "Dawn" website for more than a week. A VSNL official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told "The Times of India" that the company had blocked access to the Karachi-based newspaper's site. Only those users on privately leased... MORE
June 9, 1999

Indian minister of information replies to questions over ban of Pakistani broadcasts

IFJ General Secretary Aidan White met Indian Minister of Information and Communication Pramod Mahajan on 9 June 1999. White raised the IFJ's concerns, similar to those raised by other organisations, about the ban on Pakistan television by the Indian authorities. The IFJ notes that on the issue of the ban on Pakistan's broadcasts, the Indian authorities have offered more information on the reasons for their actions than has EUTELSAT, which has still not responded to an IFJ letter on the... MORE
June 4, 1999

India bans broadcasting of Pakistan Television transmissions

In New Delhi on 2 June 1999, the Indian minister for information and broadcasting, Pramod Mahajan, banned the transmission of Pakistan Television (PTV) by cable operators. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), Mahajan said cable operators throughout the country would be prohibited from telecasting PTV programmes because of the "vilification campaign against India, especially in connection with the Kargil situation," a reference to the military operations launched by the Indian army in... MORE
March 23, 1999

Journalist murdered in New Delhi

CPJ is deeply disturbed by the murder of Anil Rattan, a free-lance journalist and former correspondent for the Hong Kong-based magazine "AsiaWeek". Rattan's killing marks the third murder of a journalist in the Indian capital in less than two months. Police say that Rattan's body was discovered in the bathroom of his Delhi apartment on 20 March 1999 "in a highly decomposed condition," and estimate that he was killed around 18 March. According to police reports, Rattan had been stabbed several... MORE