Browsing All Posts filed under »press freedom«

RIP, Wall Street Journal

August 1, 2007


In the end, money talks. Never mind that the Bancroft family has apparently insisted on retaining the Wall Street Journal’s top editors and wrangled an agreement to limit Murdoch’s ability to replace the newspaper’s top dogs. You just know that it’s a matter of time before Murdoch gets his way. He always does anyway. That’s […]

alan johnston is released

July 3, 2007


After constantly tightening the screw, Hamas, which now runs Gaza, has managed to get a Palestinian militant group holding BBC reporter Alan Johnston to set him free. The Army of God had held the reporter hostage since March 12, or for nearly four months. He was reported to be back in the BBC’s Gaza office, […]

BBC reporter Johnston strapped to bomb vest

June 25, 2007


Things have taken a decidedly worse turn for abducted BBC reporter Alan Johnston today, as his captors released a video of him with an explosives vest strapped to him. The BBC showed a new video tape that is purportedly released by Johnston’s captors, a little-known Gaza-based group known as the Army of Islam. “The situation […]

setback for johnston

June 17, 2007


In what is perhaps a setback for the release of kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston, his kidnappers have gone to the media, not with news of his freedom, but with threats to kill him if their demands were not met. Gaza-based extremist group, the Army of Islam, which had said it has held Johnston since […]

hope for alan johnston?

June 15, 2007


Perhaps Hamas’ control of Gaza will yield at least one good thing — the freedom of captured BBC journalist Alan Johnston. After a week of bitter fighting with Fatah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s forces, Hamas has gained the upper hand in Gaza. And one of the first things they have done, to their credit, […]

bravo, venezuelans

May 21, 2007


Perhaps Venezuelans have finally had enough of the antics of their president, Hugo Chavez. Tens of thousands took to the streets of the nation’s capital, Caracas, protesting against Chavez’s decision not to renew the license of the country’s oldest private TV station, RCTV. RCTV has been known to be critical of the Venezuelan government and […]

alan johnston update

May 9, 2007


BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who has been missing since March 12, has reportedly been kidnapped by a Gaza-based group called Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam). In a tape submitted to the Arabic news channel al-Jazeera, the group claims they have Mr Johnston, showed his BBC work pass and demanded the release of Muslim prisoners held […]