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
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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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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.
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.
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.