January 29, 2010 |
America met Baghdad at the outset of the 1991 Gulf War with CNN correspondent Peter Arnett's live coverage from atop the Al Rasheed Hotel. A dozen years later, the beginning of another American war in Iraq came to us largely from reporters broadcasting live from another hotel, the Palestine. Those hotels -- complete with correspondents in the eerie light of antiaircraft fire -- have become landmarks in our collective memory. But the hotel that captured, or at least housed, the collective soul of a generation of correspondents in Iraq's wars was a stubbier, scruffier cousin, the Al Hamra.
January 9, 2014 |
CAIRO -- Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said Thursday that three of its journalists, detained by Egyptian authorities on Dec. 29, had been remanded to an additional 15 days in custody. The three, two of whom hold foreign passports, have been accused of harming Egypt's state security and having links with the Muslim Brotherhood. All work for Al Jazeera's English-language service. The broadcaster, in statements posted on its website, has denied any wrongdoing on the journalists' part and demanded their release.
August 23, 2013 |
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its creator, Aaron Sorkin. And if the nostalgic montage wasn't already a dead giveaway, the events of the pilot drove home Sorkin's purpose: After going on an inflammatory tirade about the dumbing-down of America, anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels)
July 28, 2010 |
Four journalists with Mexican news organizations remained missing Wednesday, two days after they were kidnapped in northern Mexico after covering disturbances at a troubled prison. The seizure of the journalists, representing two broadcasters and a newspaper, appeared to have been aimed at manipulating media coverage of drug gangs that are battling in the violence-plagued states of Durango and Coahuila. It was not immediately clear who carried out the kidnappings, though journalists said it probably was a trafficking group based in the state of Sinaloa that is said to hold sway at the Durango prison.
August 18, 1997 |
Two Russian journalists who were being held hostage in Chechnya were freed on the eve of talks in Moscow between President Boris N. Yeltsin and Chechen Prime Minister Aslan Maskhadov. The kidnappers released their captives after Russian and Chechen security forces presented an ultimatum, Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister Movladi Udugov said. The journalists were seized in the breakaway region's capital, Grozny, on June 11. The Itar-Tass news agency said no ransom was paid.
August 6, 2009 |
The release came suddenly, heralded by a familiar face. In an emotional homecoming Wednesday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, journalist Laura Ling told family members and friends about the moment when she and her colleague, Euna Lee, knew they were about to be freed after nearly five months of detention in North Korea. "We feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard-labor camp," Ling said. "And then suddenly we were told that we were going to a meeting.
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his top Justice Department deputies met with journalists and their lawyers Friday and pledged they would not seek to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for reporting and writing stories that may disclose classified information. Holder and his aides also said they were looking closely at the department's guidelines that govern how prosecutors can seek information from journalists and news organizations. The officials focused particularly on provisions in the current rules that in some cases allow the government to obtain records regarding a reporter's telephone calls or emails.
February 19, 2005
Re "Judges Say Reporters Must Name Sources in CIA Case," Feb. 16: Are we losing our freedom? Now I see that journalists are being targeted by right-wing bloggers and courts. How are we going to get our news if you are all tied up by this right-wing plague that is infecting our free press? How long are Americans going to sit by and watch as our money and freedoms are consumed by this government? Carolyn Kay Lopez Santa Ana Why not Robert Novak? I just don't get it. Will someone please explain it to me?
July 26, 2002
The issue regarding the media taking partial responsibility for the current furor [over the videotape of the alleged beating of a teen by Inglewood police] (Al Martinez column, "Don't Like Bad News? Blame the Messenger," July 18) is entirely justified because, in most cases, supposed journalists are the ones fanning the flames. Does the media have the right to do that? Sure--if it has the entire story. But in this case, it (the media) and we (the public) do not have all the details--especially the part of the story that comes before the tape began rolling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2001 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to pay $60,000 to seven journalists struck by police officers trying to disperse protesters outside the Democratic National Convention last year. Under the settlement agreement approved by the council, the Los Angeles Police Department also will be required to institute a policy that recognizes that the media has a right to cover public assemblies, even if they have been deemed unlawful.