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  • Yahoo grilled over role in Chinese jailing

    The behaviour of Yahoo and Google in China has long been controversial, because of allegations that the companies comply with Chinese censorship. Now Yahoo is on the hot seat before a U.S. congressional committee.  An excerpt of a story in
  • Info-porn: enough already

    From a report on the CBC web site: A survey conducted this July shows nearly nine out of 10 adult Americans believe there is too much coverage of celebrity scandals. Finally!!!!!Here’s the Pew report.
  • Climate change: misreporting?

    A story by Mike De Souza of CanWest concerns a report blaming mainstream U.S. media for “stalled international efforts to reach an agreement to fight climate change.” An excerpt of the story: The report, in the latest edition of…
  • Media and Chinese Olympics

    Weekend protests against Chinese repression of press rights by Reporters Without Borders included a giant flag flown in Paris showing the Olympic rings transformedinto handcuffs; a bicycle rally in New York with the “Beijing 2008” handcuffs graphic; a news conference…
  • Tom Long and the CBC’s news future

    The NDP is charging political interference by the federal government, in the search for a president and a news chief for the CBC. Tom Long, the man apparently in charge of the CBC head-hunting task for the firm Egon Zehnder…
  • California journalist gunned down

    The editor of the Oakland Post in California was gunned down on Aug. 2. Was his murder linked to his work?
  • Who are you calling sleazy?

    A cover story in Maclean’s entitled, “Lawyers are Rats,” is generating much controversy and attention from Canadian lawyers — which of course is the point of the provocative heading. The story is a full-on attack on the sleazy aspects of…
  • Media and Chinese Olympics

    Reporters Without Borders is stepping up its campaign to use China’s 2008 Olympics to draw attention to China’s repression of press rights, with a press conference in Montreal on Monday.
  • Harper and media control

    Canadian Press reports that the RCMP is evicting journalists from a Charlottetown hotel lobby at the request of the Prime Minister’s Office. The federal Conservative party is holding its annual summer caucus at the hotel. Police in plainclothes and the…
  • Annual report on Canadian broadcasting

    The broadcasting industry is continuing to expand and new media are increasingly important to Canadians’ lives, said the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in its annual broadcasting report. Here are the report’s findings: