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June 24, 2009

Associated Press issues guidelines to staff on using Facebook and Twitter

The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles “to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards," says a WIRED report. The policy comes weeks after an AP reporter, Richard Richtmyer, was reprimanded for posting a comment to his own Facebook profile criticizing the Sacramento-based newspaper chain McClatchy, whose stock has become nearly worthless after a string of costly acquisitions... MORE
June 10, 2009

Associated Press reporter reprimanded For Facebook post; union protests

An Associated Press (AP) reporter has been reprimanded for comments on his Facebook page, according to Wired News. Richard Richtmyer, a Philadelphia-based newsman, posted a comment on his Facebook profile late last month criticising the executive management of newspaper publisher McClatchy, whose stock plummeted following a 2006 acquisition of San Jose-based Knight Ridder. “It seems like the ones who orchestrated the whole mess should be losing their jobs or getting pushed into smaller quarters... MORE
June 8, 2009

South African broadcaster accuses newspaper of theft following broadcast of documentary

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has laid a charge of "stolen property" after the Mail and Guardian Online posted on the web an episode of the current affairs programme "Special Assignment", a documentary report on political satire. The public broadcaster pulled the episode on the evening of May 26, 2009, citing "internal processes," after initially pulling it just before the elections in April. The Mail and Guardian immediately posted the documentary online. The documentary... MORE
April 10, 2009

Martial arts fighter charged with assaulting US food critic

On April 2, 2009, a professional mixed-martial arts fighter and boxer was charged with assaulting a food critic for the Times Union newspaper in Albany, New York. Police are investigating whether the assault was a premeditated attack in retaliation for a critical review of an area restaurant the year before. The professional fighter, Jerry Spiegel, was arraigned on two counts of misdemeanour assault, reported the Times Union , which further reported that authorities were investigating alleged... MORE
February 11, 2009

Street artist sues Associated Press over image of Obama copyright issue

Shepard Fairey, the artist whose “Hope” image of President Barack Obama was added to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, sued the Associated Press over the news company’s copyright challenge to the artwork. The lawsuit Monday in US District Court in Manhattan said Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey did not violate the copyright of the April 2006 photograph because he dramatically changed the nature of the image. AP has said it is owed credit and compensation for the artist's... MORE
February 9, 2009

Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George W Bush faces trial on February 19

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at ex-US President George W Bush faces trial next week for assaulting a foreign leader after an appellate court refused to reduce the charge, the Associated Press (AP) has reported quoting a judicial official. Muntadar al-Zaidi, 30, who won folk hero status throughout the Arab world for his protest, has been in custody since the December 14, 2008 outburst at Bush's joint news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He had been due to stand trial... MORE
January 23, 2009

Arab world's most prominent English newspaper closes down following legal dispute

The Beirut-based newspaper the Daily Star , the region's oldest English language daily, has stopped publishing after a Lebanese court declared it was bankrupt, Jamil Mroue, the paper’s owner told ZAWYA DOW JONES on Wednesday. Zawya reported that the Star was in a legal dispute with Standard Chartered Plc over a $1.7 million debt. The unfortunate details: [ Link ] Mroue said he is offering a 40 per cent stake in the paper in order to pay off the loan and turn around the bankruptcy ruling. The... MORE
January 19, 2009

Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist seeks fears for his life, seeks asylum in Switzerland

A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at US President George W Bush says his client will seek political asylum in Switzerland. Geneva-based lawyer Mauro Poggia says Muntadar al-Zaidi's life is in danger in Iraq, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Al-Zaidi is currently in an Iraqi jail awaiting trial on charges of assaulting a foreign leader for his December 14 outburst at a press conference in Baghdad. Poggia said he was contacted by al-Zaidi's family... MORE
December 22, 2008

Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist had been tortured for 'apology' to President Bush, says family

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush will go on trial this month on charges that carry up to 15 years in jail, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported quoting a judge. Zaidi became a hero to many in the Arab world when he threw his shoes at Bush during the US president's surprise visit to Iraq on December 14. Investigating judge Dhiya al-Kenani rejected new allegations by the journalist's family that he had been tortured in custody that were levelled after a... MORE
December 18, 2008

Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist writes to Prime Minister Maliki apologising over incident

The Iraqi journalist arrested for throwing his shoes at US President George W Bush has written to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki apologising over the incident. Muntadar al-Zaidi, who relatives and colleagues said acted because he "detested" Bush and America, is being held for possible trial for aggression against a foreign head of state during an official visit. "In his letter, he asks the prime minister's pardon," said the prime minister's press aide, Yassin Majid, speaking of a note... MORE