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AP Should Come Clean About Reporter's Conflicts Following Resignation
- The Associated Press' long-time Bolivia correspondent, Peter McFarren, will resign amidst revelations of widespread conflicts of interest, an AP spokesperson has told FAIR.
AP's Man in Bolivia Resigns Over Lobbying
- Washington Post article about clear conflict of interest by Associated Press reporter.
Adnan Gerger, Journalist assaulted
- Ifex says Gerger had been reporting (on TV) the attempted murder of Akin Birdal, president of the Turkish Human Rights Association. The assailants said, "With everything you have written, did you think you would get away with it?" May 26, 1998
Akin Birdal nearly assassinated in Turkey
- Attempt on life of Akin Birdal (President of Turkish Human Rights Org) May 12, 1998 thought to be by extremists with ties to Turkish government's military. He nearly died.
Akin Birdal sentenced
- Turkish human rights leader sentenced to one year in jail beginning in July, 1998 for allegations of inciting hostilities in an incredible twisting of words in court.
- Chilean Journalist Alejandra Matus Prosecuted by Chilean Government (CPJ Protests)
Brill's Content: My Untold Story
- Retrospective by Ralph Nader about his campaign.
College Newspaper Allegedly Sabotaged
- New Eagle on-line alternative in Calpella, California. Author believes that Mendicino College has subverted student leadership of their press.
Colombian Labor Monitor
- Praire Net of Urbana, Illinois, hosts this labor monitor site which supports free speech and provides links and information on specific cases in which free speech is subverted in Central America. Cites specific union members killed, fired, arrested in association with union activity in Coca Cola and Nestles Food plants in Columbia.
- Monitor Net's web editorial about CIA story and San Jose Mercury News. Jeff Elliott asks, "If the Agency's fundamental credibility is suspect, so is the honor of its most vocal defenders. It's a fair question for the public to ask the Times and Washington Post: Why the hell didn't you investigate this ten years ago? "
Democracy Now Threatened at Pacifica Radio
- A memo leaked in an October, 2000 of a programmed intimidation and harrassment of long term radio personality to get her program off the air, has come true. She's was fired in November, 2000.
FlyingFish - Salman Rushdie, British Petroleum (BP) and Iran
- Britain's current foreign policy towards Iran and Salman Rushdie's situation, history of BP's origins as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company; the 1953 BP/MI6/CIA-orchestrated coup of Iran's president Mussadiq, who was intent on reclaiming Iran's resources from the grip of foreign powers.
Is Pacifica Radio for sale?
- Incriminating letter, allegedly from its director to head of its board explains how Microsoft or other commercial interests may end up owning this 50 year old (former) progressive station.
Mainstream Press Misdeeds
- Judi Bari's refutation of mainstream press distorting information about Earth First and other activist groups is layed out at the bottom of this editorial page by Jeff Elliott.
New Culture Clubbed in China
- On August 3, 2000 the ministry of state security shut down New Culture Forum, China's first pro-democracy website.
Nicaraguan President Subverts Free Speech
- President Aleman threatens to close down radio stations that have openly and honestly described practices of his cronies acting illegally. Government threatens to take licenses and put stations up for sale for speaking out.
- Links to member sites, with a search engine, and a discussion forum.
Pinochet & Kissinger on Chile
- Henry Kissinger encouraged Chile's brutal repression, according to newly released documents. This U.S. government memo shows that Kissinger covered up U.S. information about atrocities in Chile and sought to persuade Pinochet that the U.S. government did not consider his behavior a major problem. This subversion of free speech could not be known at the time because of laws protecting certain U.S. functions. Freedom of Information Act lets it out now.
Police brutal to journalists
- Two journalists were severely beaten by Turkish police officers on February 24, 1999. Ibrahim Atesoglu, a cameraman with NTV, and Adnan Simsek, an Ihlas reporter suffered rifle butt, beatings to the head. One journalist probably suffered permanent brain damage.
Printers pulp Monsanto edition of Ecologist
- Fearful of possible litigation by Monsanto, a U.K. publisher destroys 14,000 copies of a periodical in which investigative reporting unearthed corrupt activities of this agri-business.
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