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United Nations Bans Journalist from Climate Conference
Robert Wenzel

A veteran journalist and documentary film maker, Phelim McAleer, known for asking difficult questions of climate scientists and politicians, has been denied press accreditation for the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

Wikileaks and Iran
The Real News Network

Historian and investigative journalist, Gareth Porter, says media selecting cables that support Iran war narrative.

The Snakes Sleep: Attacks Against the Media and Impunity in Honduras
Sandra Cuffe

According to the “Death Watch” compiled by the International Press Institute (IPI), Honduras is now the second most dangerous country for journalists, second only to Mexico.

$335,906 is the Price of the Constitution
Daniel Greenfield

When Senators give speeches, they will say that you can't put a price on freedom. But as it turns out you can. You can actually put an exact dollar amount on the Constitution. And that amount is $335,906. That's the amount that Hollywood gave Senator Patrick Leahy. And in return, Leahy gave them COICA.

Corporate Media Saturation of TSA News an Operation to Desenitize and Anger Population
Lee Rogers

The greater amount of coverage the terrorists at the Transportation Security Agency gets, the more people will be desensitized to it and the more likely they will accept it as a new reality.

US Senate Committee Passes Bill to Give the Attorney General the Power to Shutdown Alternative Media
Lee Rogers

The U.S. Congress through Senate Bill 3804 or the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act is seeking to enact a copyright law that would effectively give the office of the U.S. Attorney General the ability to shutdown web sites if they suspect a particular web site might be infringing copyright law.

Mexico’s Regional Newspapers Limit Reporting of Cartels’ Role in Drug Violence
Stephen Engelberg

Mexico's regional newspapers are failing to report many of the murders, attacks on police and other violence linked to the nation's war against drug cartels, a new analysis shows.

MSNBC President Threatened to Fire Keith Olbermann; Network News Icons Upset with Anchor’s Behavior
Doug Thompson

MSNBC President Phil Griffin threatened to fire bombastic host Keith Olbermann during his suspension over donations to political candidates.

Fox News Anchor Effectively Says All Hispanics are Illegal Aliens
John Byrne

Fox News often takes the spotlight for its sensational news coverage, but one Fox News anchor appears to have taken the network a step further.

Helen Thomas on Her Resignation and Middle East
The Real News Network

Helen Thomas: Israel should get out of Occupied Territories; White House Correspondents Association is out of line.

Gunmen Attack Mexican Newspaper, No Injuries
Associated Press

Mexican officials say gunmen attacked a newspaper office in the resort city of Acapulco last week, spraying the building with bullets but causing no injuries.

Foreign Media 'Focus Too Much on Mexico Drug Violence'
BBC News

Mexico's ambassador to the US has criticised the international media for paying excessive attention to the drug-related violence in his country.

Rights Panel Calls for Probe of Mexican Reporter’s Killing

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has urged Mexico to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Carlos Guajardo, who was slain during a massive anti-drug operation in which a cartel kingpin was killed.

Latin Media Leaders: Gangs, Censors Both Threats
E. Eduardo Castillo

Latin American media leaders debated this week what poses the greatest threat to journalists in the region - government censorship or organized crime. Their conclusion: Both.

President Calderon: Drug Gangs Biggest Threat to Press
E. Eduardo Castillo

President Felipe Calderon warned this week that organized crime has become the biggest threat to press freedoms in Mexico.

Olbermann Saga Highlights the Decline of Journalism
Doug Thompson

Keith Olbermann returns to his chair as host of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC Tuesday night. His suspension — such as it was — kept him off the air for Friday and Monday nights. When you make about $7 million a year, a couple of days without pay won’t send you to the poorhouse.

Every Word Silenced is Another Reason to Fight Criminals: Calderón
Suzanne Stephens Waller

During the Official Opening Ceremony of the 66th General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Society, held in Mérida, Yucatán, the President said that, "Freedom of the press is a right not a concession."

Editors: Latin American Press Freedoms Threatened
Eduardo Castillo

Latin American media leaders warned Sunday that press freedoms in the region are under threat from narco-violence in Mexico and political repression in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Olbermann Suspension Ends Tuesday
David Bauder

MSNBC says Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, ending his suspension for violating NBC’s rules against making political donations after two shows.

Reporter Killed in Shootout in Mexico Border Town
Associated Press

A Mexican journalist has been killed in the crossfire of a shootout between marines and gunmen in the border city of Matamoros.

MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely Over Political Contributions
Doug Thompson

MSNBC Friday suspended Keith Olbermann, the volatile host of “Countdown,” indefinitely and without pay because the “news anchor” contributed to three Democratic candidates.

Condolences Over Death of Alí Chumacero
Suzanne Stephens Waller

Mexican President Felipe Calderón deeply regrets death of Mexican writer and poet Alí Chumacero Lora.

Pentagon Asks Media Not to Publish War Leaks
Associated Press

The Pentagon on Monday asked media organizations not to publish any classified war files released by the WikiLeaks Web site, as the U.S. braces for the potential disclosure of hundreds of thousands of secret Iraq war documents.

Mexico a High Risk for Media
Agence France-Presse

With over 28,000 people killed in nearly four years, Mexico's drug war is the most dangerous beat in the Americas - with at least 11 journalists killed this year alone, according to Reporters Without Borders.

US Media and Afghan War
The Real News Network

The US military is fighting more than just the Taliban in it’s current counterinsurgency campaign in Kandahar, said journalist and author, Reese Erlich.

President Calderón Congratulates Writer Mario Vargas Llosa
Suzanne Stephens Waller

Mexican President Felipe Calderón congratulated Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa on winning the Nobel Literature Prize 2010, saying it is a great day for Spanish literature.

New Media? Everything New is Old Again
Doug Thompson

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz shocked his colleagues and even his critics this week when he announced he was leaving the Post after 29 years to join The Daily Beast, a web-only news site run by Tina Brown.

Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" and the Importance of Reportage
Melvin A. Goodman

Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" offers a disturbing account of President Barack Obama's lack of leadership and the flawed decision-making practices of his national security team.

Surveillance: America's Pastime
Stephan Salisbury

The dried blood on the concrete floor is there for all to see, a stain forever marking the spot on a Memphis motel balcony where Martin Luther King, Jr. lay mortally wounded by a sniper’s bullet. It is a stark and ghostly image speaking to the sharp pain of absence. King is gone. His aides are gone. Only the stain remains. What now?

Granta Names 22 Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists
Carolyn Kellogg

At a news conference in Madrid, Granta and its sibling literary journal Granta en Español announced the 22 best young Spanish-language novelists, all of whom will appear in the magazines' November issues.

Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High
Lymari Morales

For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

Twitter Feeds and Blogs Tell Hidden Story of Mexico's Drug Wars
Jo Tuckman

A small army of bloggers and tweeters is filling the gaps left by traditional media in Mexico that are increasingly limiting their coverage of the country's drug wars because of pressure from the cartels.

Mexico's Diario Editorial Appeals to Narcos - and the Mexican Government
Allan Wall

The Mexican drug cartel war drags on. According to Universal, Mexico’s paper of record, as of September 25th there were 8,083 narco killings thus far in 2010. A recent editorial by a Mexican newspaper raised the ire of the Mexican government as it publicly dealt with this issue in a new manner.

Mexican Drug Wars: Press Freedom Is the Latest Victim
Delia Lloyd

The Mexican drug wars have just claimed their latest victim. Last Sunday, a well-respected Mexican newspaper openly asked drug cartels for guidance on how it could cover them without causing offense.

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