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December 16, 2008

Protests held all over Middle East demanding release of show-throwing Iraqi TV journalist

Protests are being held across the Middle East demainding release of the Iraqi journalist who is being held for throwing his shoes at US President George W Bush on Sunday. Huge crowds have been demonstrating in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities to demand TV reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi's release and echo his message to Bush, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported. Ordinary Iraqis are praising al-Zaidi, calling him "brave," and what he did "awesome." Local media has quoted police... MORE
December 16, 2008

Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George W Bush reportedly injured in custody

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush was hit on the head with a rifle butt and had an arm broken in chaotic scenes when he was leapt on by Iraqi security officers, his brother said Tuesday. According to Reuters, TV reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi, who called Bush a "dog" at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday, was in a hospital in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, his brother Maitham al-Zaidi said. "All that we know is we... MORE
December 15, 2008

Iraqis take to the streets over arrest of journalist who threw shoes at US President Bush

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush, news agencies have reported. Journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who was abducted by Shiite militants last year, was being held by Iraqi security and interrogated about whether anybody paid him to throw his shoes at Bush during a press conference the previous day in Baghdad, the Associated Press (AP) reported quoting an Iraqi official. Al-Zaidi was also being tested... MORE
December 3, 2008

Delhi-based Australian journalist imprisoned for drug offences in Singapore, sacked by ABC

An Australian television correspondent who said he was traumatised from covering wars and natural disasters has been sentenced to jail for 10 months by a Singapore court for drug offences. Peter Lloyd, 42, New Delhi-based correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was arrested while on holiday in Singapore on July 16, and pleaded guilty to three drug-related offences. In return, Singapore's Attorney-General dropped the most serious charge of drug trafficking, which could... MORE
September 22, 2008

TV station In Nigeria allowed back on air after being closed because of false report

Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission restored Friday the broadcasting licence of Channels Television, two days after it was revoked for mistakenly reporting a fabricated report that the president may resign due to his health. NBC said the station apologised and accepted responsibility for the false report, according to Reuters. NBC director-general Yomi Bolarinwa said the commission was satisfied with the results of its investigation into the false report. He added that the station had... MORE
September 17, 2008

Football officials in Romania incite players to hurt, abuse journalists

The European Federation of Journalists has condemned the administrators of football in Romania for encouraging violent attacks on sports journalists. The Romanian Football Federation (FRF), led by president Mircea Sandu, a member of the Executive Committee of the European Football Federation UEFA, has encouraged some football professionals in Romania to act violently, including throwing stones and being abusive, against journalists and the media. "It is a scandal that football players are being... MORE
September 16, 2008

IFJ welcomes decision to revoke prize awarded to journalist known for attacking Roma minority

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the decision by the 2008 Academy of the Chernoritzets Hrabar award in Sofia, on the recommendation of the Union of Bulgarian Publishers, to revoke a prize awarded earlier this year to a racist journalist. The prestigious Young Journalist of the Year prize given to Kalin Rumenov, a journalist with the Novinar national newspaper, prompted a protest from other journalists and civil society groups because the journalist is renowned for... MORE
September 10, 2008

Zuma newspaper cartoon stirs row in South Africa

A weekend newspaper cartoon depicting the head of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma, unbuckling his trousers allegedly to rape justice has sparked the ire of the party and its allies -- the South African Communist Party and the ANC Youth League, according news reports. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Sunday Times cartoon showed Zuma, who is fighting to have his corruption case thrown out of court, pulling open his trousers while the ANC and its... MORE
September 5, 2008

Media owners' prize to Bulgarian journalist known for hate speech reveals "shocking indifference"

The International Federation of Journalists has called for a "wide-ranging and honest" debate within Bulgarian journalism over intolerance in media following the presentation of a journalism prize by press owners to a reporter who has a reputation for hate-speech. IFJ says the award of this year's Chernorizetz Hrabur Young Journalist of the Year prize to Kalin Rumenov, a journalist with the Novinar national newspaper, reveals "shocking indifference and complacency" among publishers and should... MORE
August 29, 2008

Apple CEO ‘killed’ in news agency bloomer

In an error that could have cost Apple investors millions of dollars the Bloomberg financial newswire accidentally published a 17-page obituary of Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday. Bloomberg dispatched the Apple supremo to the hereafter with the obit inadvertently published during an update, gossip blog Gawker reported on Thursday. The short-lived homage – quickly pulled – contained a heartwarming tribute from Bill Gates who described Jobs as the best inspirational leader he’d ever met, while... MORE