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April 21, 2010

Paid news undermining democracy: Press Council report

“The phenomenon of ‘paid news' goes beyond the corruption of individual journalists and media companies. It has become pervasive, structured and highly organised and in the process, is undermining democracy in India.” So finds the draft report of inquiry conducted into the phenomenon by the Press Council of India to be discussed by the full Council on April 26 in Delhi. The Hindu has obtained a copy of the report to be put up at that meeting. The details: [ Link ] The report is titled “Paid... MORE
April 10, 2010

Press Council finds two Hindi newspapers guilty of paid news

The Press Council of India has found two newspapers, Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran , guilty of publishing advertisements masquerading as news before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The decision in the case, along with all the case papers, has been sent to the Election Commission for further action. These newspapers published a one-sided news item in the form of an advertisement in favour of an opposition candidate of the Rashtriya Parivartan Dal. The complaint was filed by the former... MORE
September 17, 2009

Iraq shoe-throwing journalist flies off to Greece for medical treatment

The Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush has arrived in Greece following his release, Iraqi diplomats said Thursday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. TV reporter Muntadhar al-Zaidi went to Greece for medical treatment after suffering torture while in prison, his family said. He was released on Tuesday after being jailed for one year for launching shoes at Bush on December 14 during a Baghdad press conference. The embassy said... MORE
September 16, 2009

Freed Iraqi show-throwing journalist claims he was "tortured" in custody

The released Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at former US President George W. Bush said Tuesday he was tortured during the first days of being in custody. "I have been tortured by electric shocks, beatings and whipped by cords," Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who was freed earlier in the day after nine months of imprisonment, told in the news conference at the TV station where he works in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Waziryah. "In the morning, I was left in the cold weather after they splashed me... MORE
September 4, 2009

Top Tehran TV journalist wanted by FBI for 1980 murder in the US

An American fugitive, accused of murdering an aide to the late Shah of Iran in the United States, was made an editor of Iran’s English-language television network in Tehran, a report in the Times newspaper has revealed. Hassan Abdulrahman, who is wanted by the FBI for shooting dead Ali Akbar Tabatabai in Maryland, worked for Iran’s flagship broadcaster Press TV. A Press TV journalist who resigned in protest over the channel’s coverage of the apparently rigged Iranian election in June told the... MORE
August 5, 2009

CNN asks cable operators to block ad critical of anchor who wants Obama's birth certificate

CNN has asked cable operators in the US that carry its channel to block a commercial, produced by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters, which critiques CNN's Lou Dobbs, the New York Times has reported. CNN managers said in a morning staff meeting on Tuesday that the channel had invoked unspecified agreements with operators to stop the ad from running. The ad accuses Dobbs of “promoting the false, right-wing conspiracy that President Obama hasn’t produced a valid US birth certificate.” It... MORE
August 5, 2009

Chinese female TV reporter sentenced to jail over bribery charges

A journalist from China Central Television was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve for accepting a bribe in northern Shanxi province, China Daily has reported. The Xinghualing District Court in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi, convicted Li Min of accepting 37,000 yuan ($5,400) and using her job to lobby for a suspect in a case being investigated by the Xinghualing procuratorate last October. Li's lawyer said she would not appeal the sentence. Li, 31, is among several... MORE
July 30, 2009

South African President Jacob Zuma wins damages against Guardian newspaper

South African President Jacob Zuma accepted "very substantial damages" from Britain's Guardian newspaper over an article that wrongly suggested he was a rapist, Reuters repored quoting his lawyers on Thursday. The March article, headlined "Get used to a corrupt and chaotic South Africa. But don't write it off" also alleged Zuma was guilty of corruption and bribery arising out of his involvement in a $5 billion arms deal. His lawyer Jenny Afia told London's High Court the allegations were "of... MORE
July 21, 2009

Iconic Spanish Civil War photo was staged, says Barcelona newspaper

An iconic Spanish Civil War photo that shows a Republican soldier at the apparent moment he was fatally hit in the back by a bullet was in fact staged, a Spanish newspaper claimed on Friday. "(Robert) Capa photographed his soldier at a location where there was no fighting," wrote Barcelona-based newspaper El Periodico which carried out a study of the photograph taken in September 1936, the third month of the war. More from the Agence France-Presse (AFP) report: [ Link ] The so-called "falling... MORE
July 16, 2009

Sikh journalist who flung shoe at Chidambaram sacked by Dainik Jagran

Jarnail Singh, the Sikh journalist who created a stir by flinging a shoe at Union home minister P Chidambaram, was on Thursday sacked by his employers. Singh, who was a defence correspondent with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran for nearly a decade, said his services with the newspaper were terminated following a show-cause notice issued about 4 months ago. “I have been victimised for raising a genuine issue concerning the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” he said. The newspaper management confirmed that Singh’s... MORE