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Published: 02/16/11

Lara Logan Assault: For Female Reporters, the Added Peril of Turbulent Places

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Lara Logan Assault: For Female Reporters, the Added Peril of Turbulent Places

Lara Logan appeared fearless and intrepid when she reported from war zones -- exactly what you want in a foreign correspondent. The reporter "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" while covering the celebration in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, according to CBS News, Logan's employer. Egyptian women and soldiers rescued her from a hostile mob that had separated her from her film crew, and she is now in an American hospital recovering. Logan's assault is a reminder that reporting is a dangerous business. According to Reporters Without Borders, five reporters have already been...

Published: 02/2/11

Anderson Cooper Among Many Journalists Attacked in Cairo

By  Dana Chivvis - AOL News
Anderson Cooper Among Many Journalists Attacked in Cairo

Journalists in Cairo are being targeted and attacked, apparently by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, several news organizations are reporting today. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was punched in the head and kicked while trying to make his way into the "no-man's land" between the anti-Mubarak and pro-Mubarak crowds. "We realized the situation would get very bad very quickly," Cooper said in a broadcast afterward. "We turned around and started to walk calmly. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing more punches, kicks, trying to grab us. It was...

Published: 12/29/10

Chinese Investigative Journalist Dies After Gang Beating

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Chinese Investigative Journalist Dies After Gang Beating

Media rights groups are calling for an inquiry into the fatal beating of Chinese journalist Sun Hongjie, who had investigated politically sensitive issues such as government-enforced housing demolitions. Sun, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post in western China, died at a hospital in Kuitun on Tuesday, 10 days after he was beaten by six men at a construction site, The Associated Press reported. The government-controlled state media reported what police said: that Sun had been involved in a personal dispute with another man who arranged the beating. The official Xinhua...

Published: 12/9/10

Middle Eastern Media Quiet About WikiLeaks Revelations

By  Sarah A. Topol - AOL News
Middle Eastern Media Quiet About WikiLeaks Revelations

(Dec. 9) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his voluptuous eastern European nurse. Persian Gulf leaders beseech the U.S. to bomb Iran. While these disclosures from State Department cables were among those released by WikiLeaks and were widely reported in much of the rest of the world, the press in the Middle East has remained largely silent about them. That silence underscores the deep restrictions that Middle Eastern media must function under despite some limited improvements in the past decade. And that issue was emphasized further today when a Lebanese daily that did publish some of the...

Published: 01/26/10

Bill Gates Says China Censorship No Big Deal

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Bill Gates Says China Censorship No Big Deal

(Jan. 26) – Since Bill Gates gave up the day-to-day running of Microsoft in 2008, he's tried to sell himself as the world's greatest philanthropist. But his new cuddly image took a knock Monday, when he dismissed China's much-condemned attempts to quash Internet dissent as "very limited." Speaking to ABC's "Good Morning America" show, Gates attacked Google's move to scrap censorship on its Chinese search engine, saying companies should obey the rules of the nations they operate in. "You've got to decide: Do you want to obey the laws of the country you're in or not?" he said. "If not, you...

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