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At Fisk

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
When The Independent went entirely online in late March, its readers (or what were left of them) received solemn undertakings that it would keep its high standards of reporting and analysis, even if it was no longer in print. An op-ed by none other than Robert Fisk written on 10th [...]

The Indie and the art of forgetfulness

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
After selling The Independent and The Independent on Sunday to Johnston Press last week, Yevgeny Lebedev announced that the paper would cease its print run in March, but would continue as a digital newspaper. Part of me is saddened by the news, but not quite as sad as the former [...]

BBC debunks Russian media lie

Here’s a BBC journalist doing what journalists are supposed to do:

Peter Oborne and the Daily Telegraph

Peter Oborne has resigned from his post of chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph.  Reasons given:- that out of deference to its advertisers the Telegraph did not cover the HSBC tax evasion scandal and also because the old conservative (small and big “C”) newspaper has been losing its direction and its traditional readership.
I had [...]

Journalist who broke Nisman story tells of fleeing Argentina

Damian Pachter, the Argentine journalist who first reported the death of AMIA bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman, writes for Haaretz about the threats that convinced him to flee for his life and go to Israel.
I have no idea when I’ll be back in Argentina; I don’t even know if I want to. What I do [...]

The sad implosion of The New Republic

I’ve been a longtime reader of The New Republic, a small-circulation but venerable magazine of journalism and opinion.
Although staunchly liberal in its political orientation, the magazine has regularly challenged conventional wisdom on the Left– while sometimes, it seemed, being contrarian for the sake of being contrary.
Although the quality of the articles varies, it has produced [...]


Business Insider reports:

ISIS has tried to send a warning to the U.S. in about the most horrifying manner imaginable — by broadcasting the execution of an American citizen captured in Syria more than 600 days ago.
The video purports to show the execution of photojournalist James Foley.
The four-minute video opens with a clip of President Barack [...]

Hamas: We deported journalists who filmed launch sites

A revealing interview with a Hamas spokesperson about journalists in Gaza:

Notable quote:
“[T]he journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.
“So when they were conducting interviews, or when they went on location to report, they would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they [...]

Real journalism in Gaza

In a couple of recent instances, correspondents in Gaza have reported involuntarily on Hamas rocket launches aimed at Israel:

Here is a reporter for India’s NDTV in Gaza behaving like an actual journalist:

This report is being aired on NDTV and published on after our team left the Gaza strip – Hamas has not taken very [...]

Be careful, Vlad

A grimly amusing response from Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov to Vladimir V. Putin’s now-famous op-ed piece in The New York Times.
I hope Putin has taken adequate protections. Now that he is a Russian journalist his life may be in grave danger!
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) September 12, 2013

(See here.)