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July 24, 2010

Hugo Chávez’s government tightens its grip on the media

President Hugo Chávez's government is about to acquire a majority stake in Globovisión, a privately-owned TV station that is critical of his administration. By acquiring the shares of some of the station’s directors, the government says it will be able to control 48.5 per cent of its capital, according to Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF). Federal Bank chairman Nelson Mezerhane stepped in last month at the government’s request and bought 20 per cent of Globovisión’s shares, plus another 5.8 per... MORE
July 24, 2010

Here’s a twist: At Canwest, newspaper revenue grew while digital shrank

Canwest Limited Partnership, publisher of the largest chain of English-language dailies in Canada, grew overall revenue on the strength of newspaper print advertising, which offset a decline in digital media, its new owner reported Thursday, according to Editor & Publisher. The details: [ Link ] Postmedia Network Inc., which closed its purchase of the Canwest papers on July 13, reported fiscal third-quarter revenue ticked up 1% to C$270 million and operating income before amortization and... MORE
July 24, 2010

Journalists charged for takling pictures of Chelsea Clinton wedding venue

Two Norwegian journalists are facing trespassing charges after they were arrested snapping photos of the New York estate where Chelsea Clinton is expected to get married, says Huffington Post . Thomas Bjorn Nilsson, 43, of New York, and Kjerste Sortland, 41, of Snorova, Norway, were charged with a violation after they were stopped around 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Astor Estate in this picturesque town along the Hudson River 90 miles north of New York City, according to Maj. Michael A. Kopy of the... MORE
July 24, 2010

Cuban reporter freed, flown to Madrid; 11 now released

Reporter José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández was released from a Cuban jail and arrived Friday in Madrid, becoming the 11th independent journalist to be freed by the Havana government this month. “My colleagues and I warmly hugged each other upon arrival, sharing our happiness for regaining freedom and our sorrow for leaving Cuba,” Izquierdo Hernández told New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a telephone interview. “My dream of seeing my country enjoying freedom of expression,... MORE
July 23, 2010

New York Times beats revenue, earnings estimates, online ad revenues up

New York Times Co posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings and for the first time in three years increased revenue as advertising stabilised and readers paid more for its newspapers. The publisher on Thursday said advertising revenue was about flat in the second quarter, raising hopes among investors that the newspaper business might recover after a prolonged slump, according to Reuters. Total revenue rose 1 percent. Shares of the company, owner of the Times and The Boston Globe , rose 3... MORE
July 23, 2010

Tenth freed Cuban reporter lands in Madrid

Cuban journalist Alfredo Pulido López was released from jail and landed Thursday in Madrid, bringing to 10 the number of imprisoned reporters freed and sent to Spain as part of an agreement between the Catholic Church and the Cuban government. “I am extremely happy to regain my freedom, but I also feel sad for leaving my country,” Pulido López, left, told New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a telephone interview. “I am committed to work on behalf of a transition to a more... MORE
July 22, 2010

Facebook flops in US, less popular than some newspaper sites

Despite being the most popular website in America, consumers don’t like Facebook, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business Report, produced in partnership with ForeSee Results. Facebook scored 64 on the ACSI’s 100-point scale, which puts its satisfaction even lower than IRS e-filers. This puts Facebook in the bottom 5 per cent of all measured private sector companies and in the same range as airlines and cable companies, two perennially low-scoring industries... MORE
July 22, 2010

Immigration officials in Mexico assault photographer, confiscate his equipment

An independent photographer and documentary filmmaker was detained and assaulted and his camera was confiscated by officers from the National Institute for Migration in Mexico. Irineo Mújica Arzate was documenting on July 16 a police action in Soltepec, Puebla, to detain undocumented Central American workers who were travelling by train to the United States, the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CPET) has reported. According to Mújica, once the officers realised that they were being... MORE
July 22, 2010

Mexican journalist injured during car bomb explosion in Ciudad Juárez

Luis Hernández Núñez, an XEJTV Canal 5 cameraman in Mexico, was injured on July 15 when a bomb was set near a federal police convoy by individuals associated with organised crime. Four people were killed and at least 10 were injured in the attack in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET) has reported. The incident took place around 8:00 p.m. at the 16 de Septiembre and Bolivia intersection in the Partido Romero district. According to various accounts... MORE
July 22, 2010

US Senate passes proposal to protect American journalists from foreign defamation lawsuits

The US Senate on Monday passed a bill to shield US journalists, authors, and publishers from "libel tourists" who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favourable ruling.The popular legislation headed to the House of Representatives, which was expected to approve it and send the measure to US President Barack Obama to sign into law despite misgivings from key US allies, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Backers of the bill have cited England, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia... MORE