Category Archives: Media Workers

labor issues and working conditions, censorship and citizen journalism

Al-Jazeera – Under Fire for Distorted Coverage

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Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-funded international news bureau, has been accused by its own editors and reporters of intentionally distorting coverage of conflict in Syria and Libya.

Canada’s Real News Network did a 3-part interview with Ali Hashem, a Beirut-based reporter for Al-Jazeera who recently quit his job. An editor at the same bureau later supported Hashem’s allegation and left his position as well. Continue reading Al-Jazeera – Under Fire for Distorted Coverage

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Hikers Freed from Evin Prison

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were freed from Tehran’s Evin Prison after serving more than two years on allegations of spying.

The two were arrested – with Sarah Shourd, now Bauer’s fiancee – in 2009 while hiking in Kurdistan. Shourd was released last year.

Media Alliance, which served as the fiscal sponsor for the support project, Free the Hikers  welcomes them home after too long a time.

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30-Year New Mexico Public Access Center Evicted by Police

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From a press release issued by The Media Literacy Project in Albuquerque, NM

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BREAKING NEWS: PUBLIC ACCESS STATION DENIED ACCESS TO BUILDING BY ARMED GUARD

Albuquerque public media nonprofit Quote Unquote made unable to fulfill contract with City by force.

Albuquerque citizens along with the staff and board of Quote Unquote Inc. showed up to the station at 519 Central NW to find their access revoked by an armed officer placed there by the City of Albuquerque. Preliminary reports by community members and would-be “movers” gathered on the street outside the station suggest that sometime over the course of last night the City Attorney ordered the locks changed on the building and used taxpayers’ money to station an armed guard there to prevent access. Apparently, the City of Albuquerque became aware of Quote Unquote’s very public and transparent appeal to its 30 year-long base of community supporters for help with moving all real property owned by the nonprofit for use at the new location of the public access television provider. Continue reading 30-Year New Mexico Public Access Center Evicted by Police

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