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Egyptian press refuses to print to protest ‘tyranny’

Egyptian independent and opposition newspapers refused to publish their Tuesday editions in protest against lack of press freedom in the country’s draft constitution, set for a popular referendum on December 15. The move was in order to “stand up to tyranny,” independent daily Al-Tahrir said on its website. “The Egyptian…

New York Times offers buyouts to 30 newsroom journalists

The New York Times said Monday it was offering buyouts to 30 newsroom managers and other journalists as part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive in a difficult environment for the newspaper industry. “There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced,”…

News Corp. to close iPad newspaper The Daily

Rupert Murdoch’s online subscription venture was losing $30m a year and failed to win enough subscribers.  Rupert Murdoch is to shut iPad newspaper The Daily from 15 December, admitting that it has failed to win enough subscribers to make the online subscription venture viable in its 21 months of life.…

Women sidelined in family films and primetime TV, says study

A study of top-grossing family films, prime-time TV shows and children’s TV shows showed the persisting gender gaps in entertainment media, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California and published by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, reported Mother Jones. They broke…

Listen: Baltimore blogger broadcasts police standoff

A Baltimore blogger and internet broadcaster aired his standoff with police Saturday night as a SWAT team stood outside his house. According to The Baltimore Sun, police went to Frank James MacArthur’s home Saturday to serve an outstanding warrant from from a 2009 gun case against him. MacArthur insisted throughout…

Brazilian hostage situation unfolds on live television

The phrase “live coverage” took on a whole new dimension during a hostage stand-off in Brazil on Friday, as a popular television host was called upon to negotiate the victims’ release. CNN reported that the unidentified man, who had allegedly taken his mother and sister hostage in Sao Paulo, told…

News Corp. taps WSJ editor as publishing CEO

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. plans to name Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson as chief executive of its publishing spinoff, the newspaper said on Saturday. The Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the name of the new publishing company, along with senior executive…

Nate Silver: ‘Politico’ covers politics like sports, but ‘not intelligently at all’

On Friday, in an interview with ESPN radio host Bill Simmons, statistician and polling guru Nate Silver expressed his low regard for the Washington, DC political gossip sheet, Politico. The publication, headed by former Washington Post scribe Jim VanDehei and Time magazine’s Mike Allen, tries to cover politics “like sports,”…

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling dismayed by British PM on press ‘intrusions’

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday of betraying victims of press intrusion after he opposed calls by a major inquiry for laws to regulate newspapers. Rowling, who told the Leveson Inquiry last year that journalists had repeatedly invaded her children’s privacy, said Cameron…

Psy admits he gets sick of ‘Gangnam Style’

South Korean pop music sensation Psy admitted Saturday that he sometimes gets sick of his massive hit “Gangnam Style” but will continue performing the number that made him world-famous. Speaking at a news conference in Singapore ahead of a free performance for fans, the 34-year-old — clad in a black…

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