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AUGUST 24, 2006
ANOTHER 9/11 COVERUP IN THE MAKING?
The author of a new book about the mistakes that led to 9/11 accuses the National Geographic Channel of diluting a documentary about the book in order to protect the government. Despite the best efforts of the Pentagon to keep the lid on, the story of Able Danger -- the controversial secret military intelligence program that purportedly identified five active al-Qaeda cells and four of the 9/11 hijackers more than a year before the worst terror attacks ever on American soil -- continues to make news.
By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet
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US INTERVENTION HAVE BOOSTED IRAN, SAYS REPORT
The US-led "war on terror" has bolstered Iran's power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbour and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.
MEMRITV: IRINN TV: EXHIBITION OF HOLOCAUST CARTOONS OPENS IN IRAN
The following are excerpts from a news report on an exhibition of Holocaust cartoons in Tehran, which aired on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN) on August 17, 2006. Reporter: As the war in South Lebanon comes to an end, the Holocaust cartoon exhibition is held. It is attended by artists from 61 countries all over the world. The exhibition, held at the Museum of Palestine Contemporary Art, presents 204 works of art. The Holocaust issue, the international circles' ignoring of the truth, and the injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people are the main topics dealt with by the artists.
WHAT A MORONIC PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE!
Among the many flabbergasting answers that President Bush gave at his press conference on Monday, this oneabout Democrats who propose pulling out of Iraqtriggered the steepest jaw drop: "I would never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with me. This has nothing to do with patriotism. It has everything to do with understanding the world in which we live."
By Fred Kaplan
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FOX KIDNAPPERS SET 72-HOUR DEADLINE
A previously unheard-of Palestinian group released video footage on Wednesday showing two kidnapped Fox News journalists, and demanded that Muslim prisoners in US jails be released within 72 hours in exchange for the men, the Palestinian news agency Ramattan reported.
By Associated Press
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VIDEO KIDNAPPED JOURNALISTS RELEASED
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - A previously unknown Palestinian group released the first video Wednesday of two kidnapped Fox News journalists and demanded that Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails be released within 72 hours in exchange for the men, a Palestinian news agency reported.
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ETHNIC MEDIA SHARE SURVIVAL STORIES OF ONE YEAR AFTER KATRINA
SAN FRANCISCO – The men in the office slept on the floor, had to forego bathing and ate rations provided by the National Guard, but they were able to broadcast nonstop after the devastating hurricane. The men were five dee jays for 1540 Radio Tropical Caliente, some of the workers for the ethnic media of New Orleans that survived Katrina to provide first response services and eventually overcome financial blows and play a role in the rebirth of the city.
Donal Brown, New America Media
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AT SOME PUBLISHERS, NONBUSINESS IS GOING STRONG
By RICHARD SIKLOS
THESE are twitchy times in publishing, with a constant drip of dreary news from media titans about softening profits and flattening advertising revenue from newspapers and magazines.
BEACON TO CUT ITS NEWS STAFFING
Dropping profits spur new owner to lay off quarter of newsroom Beacon Journal business writer. About one-quarter of the newsroom employees at the Akron Beacon Journal will lose their jobs within the next two months. "It's a very sad day for the Beacon Journal,'' new publisher Edward R. Moss said Tuesday in announcing 39 layoffs, which he said are necessary to align costs with revenue.
By Gloria Irwin, Beacon Journal
CAN A BIASED MEDIA PREVENT THE NEXT WORLD WAR?
Perhaps now more than any other time in human history, objective media is desperately neededmedia to inform the masses; to provide voice to the voiceless; and to function as the objective counterweight that scrutinizes the powers that be.
By Abukar Arman
THE EASIEST SCAPEGOATS FOR BRITAIN'S RIGHT-WING MEDIA
This August, against the political backdrop of Bulgaria and Romania's inclusion in the European Union next year, the focus is on eastern Europeans.
By Ian Burrell, Media Editor
CHINA: TIMES RESEARCHER'S COURT HEARING SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY
New York Times Beijing-based researcher accused of revealing state secrets will stand trial. A court hearing has been scheduled on Friday for Zhao Yan, the Chinese researcher for The New York Times who was tried by Beijing on charges of revealing state secrets, raising the possibility of a verdict, his lawyer said yesterday.
South China Morning Post
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THAILAND: CYBER-FREEDOM MAY FACE A CRACKDOWN
Concern grows over content on Internet webboards As concern grows about controversial opinions being voiced at Internet webboards, Thai webmasters are wondering whether the time has come to clamp down on cyber-freedom.
By Anjira Assavanonda, Bangkok Post
PHILIPPINES: LEFTISTS IN MEDIA POSE RISKS - ARROYO ADMINISTRATION
The Arroyo Administration is taking seriously National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales' warning that communists have broken into Philippine media.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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ARAB MEDIA SLAM ASSAD FOR RIDICULING ARAB LEADERS
Syria's president sparked a wave of anger after he knocked Mideast leaders as "half men" in a televised speech, underlining the divisions as Arab nations try to form a unified front in the wake of the Lebanon crisis.
Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post
ARAB MEDIA VIEW HEZBOLLAH AS VICTOR AFTER UN-BROKERED CEASE-FIRE
Al-Jazeera broadcast scenes of rubble and bombed-out roads. Abu Dhabi TV showed buildings seared by fire. Lebanon's Future TV aired footage of residents in the village of Aita al-Shaab picking up remains of Israeli soldiers. One villager compared Israel's military to the Nazis.
Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writer
WOMEN SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
"Since the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, I have been monitoring statements by women regarding the current conflict in the Middle East. What follows are links to some of the available material. Please disseminate this widely; it is very important that these voices be heard…."
By Lucinda Marshall
RADIO INTERVIEW: INDY PRESS STANDS STRONG AGAINST CENSORIOUS, SEXIST "PROGRESSIVE" CORPORATION
Sonali Kolhatkar interview freelance journalist (and WIMN's Voices blogger) Keely Savoie and Clamor magazine publisher Jen Angel in a lively discussion of sexism, commercialism, union-busting, and "sweatshop-free" clothing co. American Apparel's attempts to control independent media content critical of AA's official and unofficial corporate policies.
By Jennifer L Pozner
SOUTH AFRICA: EMPOWERMENT ON HOLD IN PRINT MEDIA
Johannesburg- CYRIL Ramaphosa brokered a landmark deal with Anglo American in 1996, to buy a 35% stake in Johnnic Holdings through the National Empowerment Consortium. The deal promised much for the country's private media landscape, and particularly for black ownership and empowerment.
By Ron Derby
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SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA BILL DRAWS PROTEST
JOHANNESBURG - A South African draft law that its sponsors say is intended in part to curb pornography has drawn a cool response from the country's media and media watchdogs, who say it could be a first step toward political censorship.
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