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France 24: French Values First, International News Second

Yesterday, France launched its new 24-hour global news channel, which is originally entitled: France 24. The network, which was opened with an online newscast on Wednesday and will begin broadcasting on cable TV today, expects to jostle for space amongst established players such as CNN and BBC World, and the recently launched English-language Al-Jazeera.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on December 7, 2006 - 11:27pm.

Hard-Hitting Mexican TV Reports Used to Block Competition

The two main television networks in Mexico have recently devoted a lot of air time to hard hitting news reports depicting the suffering of the poor. The motivations behind the reporting, however, are not all they seem.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on December 7, 2006 - 10:28am.

Is the Bible Really the Only Book of Congress?

Last week, radio host Dennis Prager posted a lengthy blog at the conservative, about the decision of the United States’ first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, to take his oath of office on the Koran. In his view, "America is interested in only one book, the Bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress."

Submitted by Malika Worrall on December 3, 2006 - 11:52am.

Could This be the End of an NYT Era?

As shareholders lose patience, The New York Times Company is facing some tough decisions.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on December 1, 2006 - 5:35pm.

Killed For Seeking and Speaking the Truth

A thought on the murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 25, 2006 - 12:23am.

Junk Food Advertising: At What Point Should We Be Nannied?

Government interventions in junk food advertising have been recurrent in the news recently, with three different countries offering three different approaches to the problem.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 24, 2006 - 12:56pm.

When it rains, it pours: Google saves for rainy YouTube days

Google may be smug about their latest video-streaming acquisition, but recent reports have suggested that executives are also wary of the dark days the YouTube investment will bring.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 16, 2006 - 10:48am.

Al-Muhajir's Statement Simplified

On Friday, a new 22-minute audio recording by Shaykh Abu-Hamzah al-Muhajir, leader of Al-Qa’ida in Iraq, was released on the web. But some of the statement's content seems to have been filtered out by the news media.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 12, 2006 - 12:14pm.

No Leaks for Slate

Unlike in previous years, Slate was unable to publish leaked exit poll information yesterday. Why? Because the consortium members from Associated Press, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and CNN who are responsible for analyzing the election data were apparently locked up in quarantined rooms for most of the afternoon, cell phones removed.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 8, 2006 - 7:17pm.

Professional Journalism is Not About Implicit Speculation

Some journalists seem to have a hard time admitting it when they can't explain an event.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 8, 2006 - 4:38pm.

Understanding al-Jazeera

The launch of the al-Jazeera English-language satellite TV channel could make understanding the Arab news organisation a reality for non-Arab speaking audiences.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on November 2, 2006 - 11:21am.

The U.S. comes 53rd for Press Freedom

The United States has been ranked 53rd in the Worldwide Press Freedom Index for 2006 released by Reporters Without Borders. Yes, that's right, more than fifty countries have more press freedom than the U.S., which is on a par with Croatia, Tonga, and Botswana.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on October 28, 2006 - 2:35pm.

The Value of Interruption

If you logged on to MySpace last week, chances are that your entry would have been interrupted by a page for the Rock for Darfur campaign, advertising the various concerts that took place around the United States on October 21. Before you had a chance to "skip" on to your active online social life, however, you might well have been halted by a familiar voice.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on October 24, 2006 - 6:32pm.

BBC Caught In the Cross Fire

The veil debate recently rose to the surface in the U.K. following the suspension of a muslim teacher for wearing a veil, and the comments of ex-foreign secretary, Jack Straw, who said that he asks veiled women visiting his office to consider removing it. A week ago the BBC found itself caught up in the controversy, raising questions about the effect of conspicuous faith on the viewer's perception of a newsreader.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on October 19, 2006 - 11:53pm.

The Poison Pill’s Catch 22

As News Corporation shareholders prepare to vote on whether or not to maintain the anti-takeover "poison pill" this Friday, I am reminded what a ridiculous situation a large section of international media is in.

Submitted by Malika Worrall on October 14, 2006 - 12:21pm.
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