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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Chavez Turns Off 34 of His Radio Critics
The Venezuelan government has ordered the closure of 34 radio stations in its latest move to silence in its media critics. German state radio Deutsche Welle is reporting that Diosdado Cabello, Venezuela's minister of public works, has called the decision to close the stations part of "a new phase...
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Al Jazeera

Reuters is reporting that Bahrain has suspended local operations of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera. Without giving details, the official Bahrain News Agency has banned an Al Jazeera TV crew from travelling to Bahrain for “breaching the professional media norms and flouting the laws regulating the...

Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawatdipho was shot in the head on Thursday in Bangkok.

New York Times correspondent Thomas Fuller was interviewing Major General Khattiya Sawatdiphol, who is allied with anti-government Red Shirt protesters, around 7 p.m. May 13 when the general was shot in the head by an unidentified sniper and critically wounded.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
President Obama signed the legislation on Monday surrounded by the family of Dan

President Obama signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act that requires the U.S. State Department to compile a public list of foreign governments that violate press freedom.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Mikhail Beketov, an editor, was beaten severely in 2008.

Mikhail Beketov had been warned, but would not stop writing. About dubious land deals. Crooked loans. Under-the-table hush money. All evidence, he argued in his newspaper, of rampant corruption in this Moscow suburb.

Monday, 17 May 2010
Gillian Tett

As The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bash each other, the Financial Times, led by its sharp, glamorous new U.S. editor, Gillian Tett, intends to become a status symbol of American business.

Monday, 17 May 2010
Ahmad Ashour, right, explains the merits of youth citizen journalism.

Citizen journalism is the fifth estate and media censorship is an exercise in futility, experts said this week at Dubai's 9th Arab Media Forum despite objections from traditionalists resisting the inevitable.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Headlines in newspapers and magazines were once written with readers in mind, to be clever or catchy or evocative. Now headlines are just there to get the search engines to notice. In that context, "Jon Stewart Slams Glenn Beck" is the beau ideal of great headline writing. And both Twitter and...

Monday, 10 May 2010
Jon Meacham

Newsweek's operating losses last year totaled $28.1 million and $15.4 million the previous year. So The Washington Post Company announced on May 5 that it would sell the magazine, which it bought in 1961, and here is what people said.

Thursday, 06 May 2010
WSJ Reviews "A Mosque in Munich"

In "A Mosque in Munich," Ian Johnson examines how the Muslim Brotherhood found a haven in Europe. Matthew Kaminski reviews the book for the WSJ.