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And Leto’s Oscar goes to … journalists

Newly minted Oscar winner Jared Leto delighted journalists on Sunday by promptly inviting reporters to fondle his coveted statuette. The 42-year-old star picked up the ultimate accolade of an honor-laden awards season for his performance as an AIDS-……

Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial for ‘airing false news’

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday referred to trial 20 journalists working with Al-Jazeera television network, including four foreigners accused of "airing false news." The 16 Egyptians have been charged with belonging to a "terrorist organisation ...……

CNN lays off more than 40 senior journalists

Zucker aims to regain lead from Fox News CNN has laid off more than 40 senior journalists as part of a reorganisation of its business by the company’s president, Jeff Zucker, reports the Financial Times. Zucker is trying to regain CNN’s 24-hour cable news leadership from the Fox News channel.…

China to require all journalists to pass exam on ‘Marxist view of journalism’

China will require its 250,000 journalists to pass a ‘Marxism test’ (via GlobalPost) Enlarge A newspaper vendor looks out from her booth on a street in Shanghai in January 2013. After a year in which Chinese media tested the government’s restrictions, the Party is now requiring journalists to pass a…

Republican senator on journalists who publish leaks: ‘Historically, spies have been shot’

In a contentious Senate panel hearing about what protections should be available to journalists who receive government secrets, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) said that “historically, spies have been shot for revealing information,” and that the thinking on a shield law for journalists should proceed forth from that point. The…

UNESCO addresses ‘safety crisis’ of journalists covering war

A crucial discussion will take place in Paris today about how best to protect journalists from being murdered. Most importantly, it will touch on the sensitive issue of impunity – the failure of authorities to investigate the killing of journalists, which is seen as an encouragement to murderers. The meeting…

103 journalists killed in 2011: watchdog

VIENNA — A total of 103 journalists were killed in 2011, with Mexico the most dangerous place to work for the media, a Vienna-based press watchdog said Thursday. This was the second highest toll on record after 2009, when 110 journalists were killed while covering a story. “The numbers are…

Journalists allowed to use Twitter in English courts

LONDON — Reporters can now use Twitter, text messages and email in courtrooms in England and Wales without needing to ask permission, the head of the judiciary said Wednesday. “Twitter as much as you like from today,” Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge told journalists as he handed down new guidelines…

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