July 14, 2006

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Mid East press round-up, TV sparks change in Pakistan, The ribald father of civil liberties.

Mideast Press Roundup

The news from the Mideast this week was both eerily familiar and newly terrifying. A hostage-taking turned conflagration quickly involved Israel, Lebanon and Gaza in reciprocal bombings. Press in the U.S. struggled to find context and reflexively reviewed the past, but in the Middle East news outlets covered an immediate, ...

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Street Reporting

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists filled the street in front of Cairo’s Parliament building this week and went on strike after a proposed statute kept open the possibility of prison terms for reporters who criticize the president, his cabinet or even legislators. Despite the outcry, the law passed mostly intact. BBC ...

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Primetime Pakistan

In Pakistan, a new television show on the popular GEO TV channel has sparked a national conversation about a set of laws known as the Hudood Ordinance, which, among other things, sentences adulterous women to death by stoning. As a result, the laws are under review and real reform may ...

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Middle Child Syndrome

This week marks the 10th anniversary of MSNBC and MSNBC.com. A longtime ratings loser, the cable news network may be celebrating quietly. But the website, a leader in online news, has many happy returns to toast. Brian Stelter, who writes the blog TVNewser, joins Brooke for cake and a piñata.

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Public Defender

Eight senior staff members of the Santa Barbara News-Press have now resigned after that paper’s private owner, Wendy McCaw, broke down the wall that traditionally separates the executive suite from the newsroom. Fortune Magazine editor-at-large Justin Fox tells Bob that the whole affair is a reminder that the publicly-held model ...

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The Cleaning Agent

Say you’re a movie buff, eager to digest the latest Hollywood offering, but find some of the more lurid aspects of today’s films tough to stomach. Until recently, Ray Lines would have been your man – he founded Clean Flicks, a company that re-edits L.A.’s latest, filth-free. The Directors Guild ...

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Civil Libertine

John Wilkes was an 18th century libertine, philanderer and author of what has been called the dirtiest poem in the English language. He was also a civil liberties pioneer, one of the first stalwarts of the free press. Brooke probes Arthur H. Cash, author of John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father ...

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