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  • Navy security personnel fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters and journalists on Vieques yesterday asthe Navy resumed its bombing of the island. More than 23,000 marines, sailors and soldiers engaged in the largestmilitary maneuvers on the island since a civilian was killed by Navy bombing two years ago. At least 12 protestorsinvaded the Navy range in an attempt to stop the latest round of bombing and shelling.
    Aug 03, 2001 | Story
  • On April 26 Democracy Now! attended a press conference where former Senator Bob Kerrey admitted that he led a NavySEAL mission which killed at least a dozen Vietnamese women and children in 1969. Over the next two nights FoxNetwork’s Special Report with Brit Hume, Mort Kondracke of the Weekly Standard, Mara Liasson of NPR, and othersattacked the questions we asked Senator Kerrey as part of a "left-wing cabal," questioning the...
    May 07, 2001 | Story
  • Journalists who don’t play by the rules often don’t get access to the most powerful people. At press conferences their raised hands are ignored. Their phone calls are not returned. Their queries are handled by low-level assistants. But sometimes top politicians and business leaders who talk only under the managed conditions and grant interviews only to the journalists they know are caught in the headlights of a free press. One such...
    Feb 09, 2001 | Story
  • All over the world, journalists are targeted for their work. Some are murdered, some are fired, some are banned orharassed, some are simply not rehired because they have taken stands that offend governments, editors or mediaowners.
    Jan 29, 2001 | Story
  • Think of the footage you see on the news from conflict zones around the world: the footage last winter of the fighting in the heart of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, at a time when there were almost no journalists there; or the horrifying footage of more than eighty Albanians, many of them women and children, who had been scorched to death by NATO missiles in Kosovo; the image of the American soldier being dragged through the streets of...
    May 26, 2000 | Story
  • Journalists are killed around the world simply for doing their jobs. Miguel Moreno and Kurt Schork were foreign journalists covering a war abroad. But the risks on the job increase greatly for reporters covering their own countries. Colombia has the highest rate of murders of reporters in the world. Former Democracy Now! producer Maria Carrion was just in Bogota. She spoke with Ignacio Gomez, who for fourteen years has headed the...
    May 26, 2000 | Story
  • The IMF announced that it would not grant accreditation to community-based radio and public access stations for this week’s meetings in Washington. Some activists are challenging what they view as the disempowerment of the public that is being created by the corporate media culture. The Independent Media Center grew out of the WTO protests in Seattle last November, when activists wanted to establish a public newsroom that furthers the...
    Apr 17, 2000 | Story
  • The line between the mainstream media and the military has again been blurred. Alexander Cockburn tells the story in yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News:

    "A handful of military personnel from the 4th Psychological Operations Group (i.e. PSYOPs) based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina have until recently been working in CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. An enterprising Dutch journalist named Abe De Vries came up with this important...

    Mar 24, 2000 | Story
  • The head of a United Nations-backed intervention force in East Timor said he has asked the Indonesian military to make four of its officers available for questioning about the murder of a Dutch journalist two weeks ago who was the correspondent for London’s Financial Times. He said there has not yet been a response.
    Oct 04, 1999 | Story
  • Benny Mateus, the chief justice of Nusa Tenggara Timor Province, Timor intends to prosecute US journalist Allan Nairn for two technical violations of Indonesian immigration law, a local immigration official in Kupang, West Timor has informed Nairn. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 17, 1999 | Story