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Ukrainian newspaper office burned down after threats

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The newsroom of a newspaper in eastern Ukraine burned out on Tuesday (22 April) after Molotov cocktails were thrown into the building.Journalists at Provintsiya (Province) in the city of Konstantinovka, in the Donetsk region, had previously received threatening phone calls. Continue reading...

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:40 am

How Fleet Street's finest defeated Israel's Gulf War censorship

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

My posting yesterday, "New York Times obeys Israeli gag order over journalist's arrest", mentioned the fact that journalists working in Israel are expected to sign a censorship document in order to obtain a press card.It reminded one of my former Daily Mirror colleagues, Gordon Hay, of his...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:14 pm

Former Sun reporter cleared after spending 19 months on police bail

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

After spending 19 months on police bail, The Sun's former west country correspondent, John Coles, has finally been told he will not face any charges.He was arrested in September 2012 as part of the Operation Elveden investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to public officials."M...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:29 pm

Richard Desmond's executive named as member of Ipso's funding body

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Another part of the new press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, has been revealed with the appointment of the board of directors of Ipso's regulatory funding company (RFC).One stand-out name on the list is Paul Ashford, editorial director of Richard's Desmond's media company,...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 12:34 pm

Alex Salmond to address inaugural Scottish newspaper conference

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Tomorrow sees the opening of the inaugural Scottish Newspaper Society (SNS) conference in Glasgow.The highlight is expected to be an address by the man leading the Scottish independence campaign, the first minister, Alex Salmond. Continue reading...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 11:52 am

The Sun's Shakespearean spread proves a hard act to follow...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Sun has published one of its best educational spreads today to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday: "Happy Bard Day". Continue reading...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 10:29 am

Another journalist abducted in Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Pro-Russian separatists have abducted an American reporter, Simon Ostrovsky, in eastern Ukraine. He works for the US-based global news channel Vice News.Ostrovsky is being held in Slavyansk by a group led by the self-proclaimed "people's mayor" Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, according to the Daily...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:37 am

Pakistani TV journalist murdered

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Pakistani TV journalist Shahzad Iqbal was shot dead in Mianwali in the south Punjab yesterday (22 April). He was riding on a motorcycle with his brother when they were attacked by a gang of four men.The brother is in a critical condition in hospital. Police are said to be investigating the motives f...

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 8:43 am

Guardian's Edward Snowden revelations receive backing in poll

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

YouGov finds 37% of the British people thought it right to publish while 22% thought it wrongA public opinion poll has found that more Britons think it was right for the Guardian to publish Edward Snowden's NSA leaks about surveillance than think it was wrong that the paper did so.According to the Y...

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:58 am

New York Times obeys Israeli gag order over journalist's arrest

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The New York Times did not report that a young Palestinian journalist had been arrested in Israel because it obeyed a gagging order issued by an Israeli court.The paper's delayed publication of the story about the detention of Majd Kayyal (see below) was revealed by its public editor, Margaret Sulli...

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:09 am

Kazakh court orders newspaper closure

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

One of Kazakhstan's few remaining independent newspapers, the weekly Assandi Times, has been ordered to close by a court in Almaty, the country's largest city.Yesterday (21 April), the court ruled that the paper, which has a national circulation of about 7,500, should cease publication because it wa...

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 10:07 am

Journalist detained by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have detained a Ukrainian journalist and accused her of war crimes. Irma Krat was held late on Sunday (20 April) by militants in the city of Slavyansk.Initially, she was shown in public in a blindfold. But, as the YouTube clip above shows, the blindfold was...

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 8:26 am

Three journalists detained in Somaliland

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Three journalists have been arrested in Somaliland for attending a conference deemed by the authorities to be a threat to the region's peace and security.Abdiqani Ismail Gooh, correspondent for the London-based Somalisat television, and freelancers Ali Yusuf Ahmed and Abdirashid Aideed Dirir were de...

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 8:12 am

Sunday Times headlines female professor as a 'grandmother'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Oh dear! Today's front page story in the Sunday Times about a British professor leading a crusade against human trafficking was, to say the least, infelicitous:"Grandmother, 71, tackles slave traffickers for the Pope" Continue reading...

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 12:57 pm

A Sunday Times sting ends up with the stingers being stung...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

This is one of those crazy things that can happen to undercover journalists engaging in a spot of subterfuge. Two Sunday Times investigative reporters, Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, set out to discover whether it was possible to purchase a Bulgarian baby. Continue reading...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:07 pm

Pickles tells five London councils to stop publishing their newspapers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Communities minister Eric Pickles is demanding that five London councils stop publishing newspapers. He has given them a two-week ultimatum to explain why they should not face legal action.Formal letters have been sent to the councils responsible for producing East End Life, Greenwich Time, Hackney...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:36 pm

Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Financial Times has decided to regulate itself. The paper will not be joining the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso).The FT's editor, Lionel Barber, has told his editorial staff that, "after careful consideration" the FT will put in place its own system which will be "...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:17 pm

The Sun apologises to Louis Walsh, on page 2, for a page 1 'fix' story

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The opening clause in the editors' code of practice, about accuracy, states: "A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence...""A headline in our 15 March article on Britain's Got Talent wrongly suggest...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:28 am

Three Lebanese TV staff killed in Syria

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Three members of a Lebanese television news crew were shot dead in the Syrian town of Al-Maaloula, 60 km south of Damascus, on Monday (14 April). They were reporter Hajj Hassan, cameraman Mohammed Mantash and technician Halim Allaw, who worked for Al-Manar, a TV station owned by Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:05 am

Daily Mirror's 'crying girl' picture lands the paper in an ethical row

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Daily Mirror is in hot water over today's poster-style front page image showing a little girl crying to illustrate a campaign about poverty in Britain.But the girl is not British. It was taken years ago. And she is not weeping because she is poor. In fact, she is American, the daughter of a phot...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:42 pm