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Archives 2005-1014: News

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
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
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
August 18, 1997

US journalist barred from India

On 13 August 1997, Indian immigration authorities refused to allow Martin Sugarman, an independent United States (US) photographer and filmmaker, to enter India for the purpose of reporting in the Kashmir Valley. Sugarman arrived in New Delhi on a flight from London, United Kingdom shortly before midnight on 12 August. He had been issued a visa on 16 July by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, US. His passport was seized and then he was detained and questioned by immigration and security... MORE
March 4, 1997

Pakistani journalists detained at Delhi airport

On 28 February 1997, senior journalists from Pakistan were detained for over three hours upon arriving at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport. Among them were prominent journalists Mahmud Sham, editor of Pakistan's largest circulated daily "Jang", and Rehana Hakim (f), editor of the monthly "Newsline". According to Sham, for three hours, immigration authorities would not allow the journalists to exit the airport. When the journalists protested to the authorities and demanded permission to fly... MORE

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