Saturday, March 08, 2008

"The Media has to be responsible..."

And "The revolution will not be televised" --- it will be streamed.

China: Photojournalist Fired for “Political Incident” Global Voices blogger Meng Zhang reports · Wang Lili, a 52-year old photojournalist of Tongzhou Newsletter, was fired because the chief executive of Beijing Tongzhou District "bowed the head with closed eyes, presenting an off-colored image" in his picture report. The story quickly became a hot topic in Chinese blogosphere and various online communities.

Judge: USAToday reporter in contempt, must personally pay fines. It always hurts to get hit in the pocketbook...

The shadow of the World Trade Center terror attacks is eclipsing press freedom and other constitutional safeguards in the United States, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley says. "What has become clear in the aftermath of 9/11 is how much expediency trumps safeguards," Curley said in remarks prepared for the annual dinner of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. "Congress steps back from its constitutional role of executive oversight. Civilian oversight of the military wanes. A Justice Department interprets laws in ways that extend police powers. More drastically, prisons are established in places where government or military operatives circumvent due process or control trials," Curley said in accepting the foundation's First Amendment Leadership Award. Sources: Philadelphia Daily News and Associated Press.

NPR chief executive, Ken Stern, is stepping down, say Associated Press and The New York Times. His new media forays rankled NPR affiliates, reports the Washington Post.

What is the public's role in public radio? A board member of Baltimore NPR affiliate WYPR 88.1 gives his view in the Baltimore Sun. Personnel disagreements led to the recent firing of popular host Marc Steiner at WYPR, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

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