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  • Biggie Smalls, one of rap music’s biggest stars, was buried
    yesterday in Brooklyn, New York. Hundreds of people attended the
    funeral service — and thousands more lined the streets — for the
    24-year-old rap star who was killed 10 days ago in Los Angeles.

    Police and some mourners clashed during the funeral procession
    yesterday , creating a tense atmosphere that lasted well into the
    evening. Mourners and area residents said police...

    Mar 19, 1997 | Story
  • The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said today that it will fly its flags at half mast in what diplomats call a "show of respect" for the three Chinese journalists killed in last Friday’s NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
    May 11, 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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