Al-Jazeera, as American as Apple Pie
by Joanne Levine | The Washington Post, Page B03 | 25 June 2006
In a country's hinterlands, a distant region seldom visited by outsiders, a television crew investigates why so many residents are fleeing the area. When local officials catch wind of the crew's presence, they begin interrogating people the journalists interviewed, and pressure others not to talk.
Russia? Uzbekistan? China? No. This incident took place in North Dakota, in the heart of the United States.

That's where a team of reporters I supervise went to shoot a story about the Great Plains emptying out. When the sheriff of Crosby, a town near the Canadian border, heard about it, he contacted the U.S. Border Patrol. An agent soon showed up at the local newspaper, asking for the journalists' names. Other agents asked whether they "seemed like U.S. citizens." More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jul 22, 06 | 9:27 am

UK Media Gagged Over Contents of Bombing Memo: Targeting Al Jazeera
by Linda S. Heard | Counterpunch | 23 November 2005
On Tuesday, Britain's Daily Mirror published an explosive story riddled with implications concerning the character and intent of the US president when pursuing his so-called 'war on terror', and perhaps, shedding light on the bombing of Al Jazeera's offices in both Kabul and Baghdad.

Twenty-four later, the Mirror and all other British papers had been subjected to a "gag order" under Section 5 the Official Secrets Act at pain of prosecution.

"The Daily Mirror was yesterday told not to publish further details from a memo marked 'Top Secret', which revealed that President Bush wanted to bomb an Arab TV station," wrote Kevin Maguire in Tuesday's edition of the paper. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Nov 24, 05 | 9:50 am

Israeli army 'lied' about Miller death
by Mark Townsend | The Observer | 24 April 2005
Leaked report returns Gaza Strip death of British film-maker to the spotlight

Israeli soldiers stand accused this weekend of 'lying' and tampering with evidence in an attempt to obstruct an inquiry by military prosecutors into the death of British film-maker James Miller, according to internal army documents seen by The Observer.

A 79-page report by the chief lawyer of the Israeli army's southern command into the shooting of Miller in the Gaza Strip details how soldiers questioned over the killing changed earlier testimonies. The version of events offered by the soldier originally implicated in the shooting, identified only as Second Lieutenant H, were so contradictory that his accounts were described in the report as coming 'full circle'.

'Evidence shows that Second Lieutenant H heard his soldiers lying in their testimonies during the investigation, and unfortunately did not mention that fact to his commanders, that his soldiers are giving them details that are not true,' the report says.

In addition, the report alleges the barrel of the rifle understood to have been used in the shooting two years ago was changed. Rifles submitted as part of the investigation could not have been those used in the shooting because it was 'impossible' that bullets found at the scene in Rafah belonged to the weapons surrendered, adds the report. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Apr 24, 05 | 11:17 am

Israel 'shocked' at BBC reporter award
by HERB KEINON | The Jerusalem Post | 21 April 2005
sraeli officials expressed dismay this week that BBC reporter Orla Guerin, who has come under sharp attack for what some perceive as an anti-Israeli bias in her coverage, will receive an MBE honor from the British government for "outstanding service to broadcasting."

Diaspora Affairs Minister Natan Sharansky, who last year wrote a formal letter of complaint to the BBC over Guerin's coverage, said it is a pity that a lack of anti-Semitism was not a criterion for the award. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Apr 22, 05 | 10:24 pm

Wounded Italian Journalist Recalls Ordeal
by MARIA SANMINIATELLI | AP/Yahoo! | 6 March 2006
ROME - The freed Italian hostage wounded by American troops at a checkpoint in Baghdad shortly after her release said in an article Sunday that her Iraqi captors had warned her U.S. forces "might intervene."

Giuliana Sgrena, who writes for the communist newspaper Il Manifesto, described how she was wounded and Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was killed as she was celebrating her freedom on the way to the airport. The shooting Friday has fueled anti-American sentiment in a country where people are deeply opposed to U.S. policy in Iraq. More...
Submitted by: adminr on Mar 06, 05 | 1:05 pm

Two Murders and a Lie
by Reporters Without Borders | Reporters Without Borders | 15 January 2004
Reporters Without Borders called today for the reopening of the enquiry into who was really responsible for the US Army's "criminal negligence" in shooting at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on 8 April 2003 and causing the death of two journalists - Ukrainian cameramen Taras Protsyuk (of Reuters news agency) and Spaniard José Couso (of the Spanish TV station Telecinco). More...
Submitted by: adminr on Feb 26, 05 | 9:58 am

FBI seazes Global Indymedia Servers
by Sascha Meinrath | UCIMC.ORG | 7/10/8994
FBI took the hard drives of Global IMC servers in the USA and the UK. It appears that a court order was issued to Rackspace (Indymedia's service provider with offices in the US and in London) to physically remove the hard drives from Global Indymedia servers (backup servers are now in place). Rackspace was given no time to defend against the order before it was acted upon and turned over the hard drives, both in the US and the UK. The servers hosted numerous local IMCs and the reason for the seizure is not known.
Submitted by: nachoua on Oct 08, 04 | 5:05 pm

Straw protests Stevens deportation from US
by Marc Sage | | 22/9/2004
Mark Sage, PA News, in New York

Cat Stevens should never have been detained and deported from the United States, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told his American counterpart tonight.
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 23, 04 | 5:36 pm

IFJ Demands Inquiry into Death of Journalist in US Missile Strike
by IFJ | IFJ | 13 September 2004
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today backed protests by journalists in the Palestinian territories over the killing yesterday of Mazen Al-Tomaizi, a television journalist, when a United States helicopter fired on a crowd in Baghdad after insurgents attacked a military vehicle. More...
Submitted by: adminr on Sep 19, 04 | 3:03 pm

"I'm a Journalist! I'm Dying! I'm Dying!": One of Baghdad's Bloodiest Days
by PATRICK COCKBURN | CounterPunch | 13 September 2004
"I am a journalist. I'm dying, I'm dying," screamed Mazen al-Tumeizi, a correspondent for the Arabic television channel al-Arabiya, after shrapnel from a rocket fired by an American helicopter interrupted his live broadcast and slammed into his back.

Twelve others were killed and 61 wounded by rockets from two US helicopters on Haifa Street in central Baghdad. They had fired into a crowd milling around a burning Bradley fighting vehicle that had been hit by a rocket or bomb hours before. More...
Submitted by: adminr on Sep 15, 04 | 10:25 am

A Personal Bias
by Ewa Jasciewicz | The Guardian | 26 August 2004
Life for journalists wanting to report from Israel has just become harder. I was detained two weeks ago by the Israeli authorities while trying to enter the country in order to complete a number of commissions for the British magazine Red Pepper. I have been held in custody at Ben Gurion airport ever since, while appealing against deportation. Yesterday, an Israeli judge ruled that the evidence against me, which has not been seen by my lawyer, is admissible, and so my appeal will be heard by the supreme court in the near future.
During my initial interrogation at the airport in Tel Aviv I was asked if I knew any violent Palestinians. Responding in the negative, I was told: "We think you do, but we can accept that you don't know that you do." More...
Submitted by: adminr on Aug 26, 04 | 3:33 pm

IFJ Accuses Iraq of “Unacceptable and Illogical Censorship” Over Ban on Al-Jazeera
by IFJ | IFJ | 9 August 2004
The International Federation of Journalists has criticised the interim government of Iraq over a month-long ban on the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, which it says is an act of “unacceptable and illogical censorship that casts a shadow over hopes for a new era of press freedom.’

The interim government ordered the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one month at the weekend. The Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said a commission had been monitoring Al Jazeera for the past four weeks to see whether it was inciting violence and hatred, and that the decision had been taken "to protect the people of Iraq". More...
Submitted by: adminr on Aug 21, 04 | 7:19 pm

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