AP reporter arrested and beaten by police (video)

Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest and mistreatment of Associated
Press Hanoi bureau chief Ben Stocking by police while he was covering a
peaceful demonstration by Vietnamese Catholics today in Hanoi. A video of his
arrest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTnukD8uYW4 clearly shows police officers
forcing him to leave the site of the demonstration. Stocking said the police
took his camera and, when he asked for it back, hit him on the head with it and
punched him in the face. He spent two and a half hours in a police station and
need four stitches to his head afterwards. The Associated Press has asked the
Vietnamese authorities to apologise and return Stocking's camera.

How Deep is the Candidates’ Faith in the Constitution?

September 4, 2008 — John Hanrahan writes that the moderators in the presidential debates need to ask a question like this one, first posed by reporter Charlie Savage: “Is there any executive power the Bush administration has claimed or exercised that you think is unconstitutional? Anything you simply think is a bad idea?” And they need to follow up so that the candidates answer it. (Second of two articles)
Source: The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Happy birthday, Constitution, with special thanks for your First Amendment

Courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists:

Michigan high school journalists rallied Wednesday on the steps of the state
Capitol to celebrate Constitution Day and promote legislative efforts to pass a student
press rights law. Joining the students was Mary Beth Tinker, who was among plaintiffs in the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines ruling that declared students don't lose their First Amendment rights at the
schoolhouse gate. The event was supported by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and SPJ's Detroit and Mid-Michigan chapters.

No roof, but Galveston Daily News never misses edition

GALVESTON — Hurricane Ike blew the roof off Galveston’s daily newspaper and reduced its equipment to a single cell phone, but the Galveston County Daily News never missed an edition.

The Daily News printed its Saturday edition Friday in advance of the storm, but the mandatory evacuation made distribution difficult, editor Heber Taylor said.

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Four-member TV crew kidnapped and killed in Mosul


Reporters Without Borders is appalled and saddened by the murder of four employees of privately-owned TV station Al-Sharqiya (photo,AFP) yesterday in the northern city of Mosul. Al-Sharqiya’s news director noted that the murders followed a smear campaign against the station by state TV broadcaster Al Iraqiya.

The Al-Sharqiya TV crew – consisting of Mosul bureau chief Musab al-Azawi (the son of a parliamentarian), cameramen Ahmed Salem and Ihab Maad and driver Qaidar Suleiman – were kidnapped by gunmen at midday while filming in the central Mosul neighbourhood of Al-Zenjili for a programme about Ramadan, which began two weeks ago. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found in a nearby district later yesterday.

YouTube bans videos that incite violence

The video-sharing service YouTube is banning submissions that involve “inciting others to violence,” following criticism from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) that the site was too open to terrorist groups disseminating militant propaganda. The company earlier this year removed some of the videos that Lieberman targeted, many of which were marked with the logos of al-Qaeda and affiliated groups.


Detained US filmmaker released in Nigeria

LAGOS (AFP) — A US documentary filmmaker and journalist detained for spying in Nigeria’s volatile oil-rich Niger Delta has been released, police and a Paris-based media watchdog said Wednesday.

“I can confirm that Andrew Berends has been released,” a senior police officer in Rivers state told AFP, without giving details. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it was “relieved” Berends had been released, but said he had been interrogated for 10 consecutive days by the police.