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PBS decries “chilling” cyber attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – The US non-profit Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) denounced hacker strikes on its news websites as “chilling and irresponsible” attacks on journalism. PBS was targeted by hackers in retaliation for an in-depth look at whistle blower website WikiLeaks in a “Frontline: Wiki Secrets” film broadcast last week,…

Assange: Obama looks to ‘put a chill across all investigative journalism’

If the Obama administration’s prosecutions of Pfc. Bradley Manning and a high tide of other journalists and whistleblowers are successful, the result will be “a chill across all investigative journalism,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told reporters Wednesday. Speaking on a press call, Assange was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, a former…

Blogger who beat the NYT sues Huffington over the ‘Wal-Martization’ of journalism

Former Huff blogger: Arianna is creating ‘a Third World class of creative people’ Arianna Huffington has long been criticized for the unpaid work of the thousands of bloggers whose content made her site a must-click, and valuable enough to be acquired by AOL for $315 million in February. Now, the…

Washington Post suspends Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for plagiarism

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Washington Post has suspended a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for three months for lifting material from another US newspaper. Sari Horwitz, who won America’s top journalism award with a colleague in 2002, was found to have used “substantial” parts of two articles from the Arizona Republic in…

AOL confirms that it’s cutting 900 jobs

U.S. Internet provider AOL Inc. confirmed Thursday that it was eliminating as many as 900 jobs as it incorporates The Huffington Post, which it agreed to buy last month. About 200 workers will be laid off in the U.S., with the majority coming from the editorial side of the company,…

Arianna Huffington urged to end ‘exploitation’ of journalists

The Newspaper Guild, a journalists’ union with more than 34,000 members, has launched a letter writing campaign calling on Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of the Huffington Post, to share her fortune with the unpaid writers who made her successful. “As we look to the future, we look to you, Arianna…

Having ‘political objective’ disqualifies Assange ‘from being considered a journalist,’ State Dept. says

Who is and is not a journalist? In a hyper-connected age where anyone and everyone can become a publisher in seconds, the word’s definition seems increasingly intangible and ever-evolving. The US State Department, however, appears to have crossed that very muddy line with its criticism of secrets outlet WikiLeaks. Speaking…

US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says

The journalist who helped break the story that detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were being tortured by their US jailers told an audience at a journalism conference last month that American soldiers are now executing prisoners in Afghanistan. New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh also revealed that the…

Maddow: Raw footage reveals O’Keefe lied about ACORN tapes

When conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles released tapes last fall purporting to show ACORN employees advising them on how to set up a child prostitution ring, it resulted in widespread praise for their intrepid journalism and a Congressional defunding of the anti-poverty group. But it is now becoming…

Fmr. NYT editor: Fox running ‘propaganda campaign’ against Obama

A former executive editor of the New York Times has charged the president of Fox News, Roger Ailes, with “using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration — a campaign without precedent in our modern political history.” “Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and…

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