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Morning Media Newsfeed: Al Jazeera Journos Sentenced | Post-Dispatch Defends Decision

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AJ Journos Denied Bail | CNN Hits Digital High | FCC Limits JSAs

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Al-Jazeera Reporters Plead for Release (The Associated Press / The Big Story)
Three Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt directly asked the judge on Monday to release them, insisting the terrorism charges against them were preposterous. The judge denied the request for bail by Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed during the fourth hearing in the trial that opened on Feb. 20. TVNewser The judge did not accept their plea, adjourning the case until April 10. Australian Broadcasting Corp. It was Greste’s fourth appearance in court after more than 90 days in prison, and in an unusual move he was allowed to directly approach the judge and tell him why he should be freed. In words translated for the judge, Greste said that he had only been in Egypt for two weeks before his arrest and he had no connection with the Muslim Brotherhood. NYT One of the journalists even recounted drinking alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam. It was the first time the journalists were allowed to speak in court, about a hundred days after being detained. All three worked for Al Jazeera’s English-language news channel, and their case has elicited protests from human rights and free-speech groups. Mansour has said in public letters to the journalists’ families that he hoped they were soon released. And for a brief moment on Monday, the judge appeared sympathetic to the journalists’ arguments. CNN International Fahmy told the court that he and his colleagues worked in public rather than in secrecy, and covered Egypt as they would other countries. He questioned how any journalist could be labeled a terrorist. Their lawyers also took up the issue of Fahmy’s health. Fahmy injured his shoulder before his arrest in December. He has complained about not getting proper medical treatment while in prison and says that because of the lack of treatment, he no longer has full use of his right arm. The trial was adjourned until April 10.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Flipboard Buys Zite | BBC3 to Go Online-Only | Egypt Tries AJ Staff

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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard (CNNMoney)
CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application. As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN to launch custom magazines for CNN shows anchored by Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper and John King. The deal could be valued as high as $60 million over time, taking into account future advertising revenue, said a source familiar with the deal. TVNewser The sale occurred less than three years after CNN acquired Zite for $20 million. CNN and Flipboard’s partnership will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy. Re/code Zite itself will shut down, but CNN says most of its 20 employees will go to work for Flipboard. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will not be joining them. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici The deal merges two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently ranked No. 5 among free iPad news apps in Apple’s App Store, while Zite is No. 39. Flipboard will absorb the machine-learning technology that Zite uses to personalize news feeds for its users. Mashable The move also divests CNN of one of its most high-profile acquisitions while putting it in front of Flipboard’s users, which according to Johnson number more than 100 million.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Website Goes Down | Grim Day for Journos | TWC Sued for CBS Blackout


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New York Times Website Returns After Hours Offline (NYT)
The Web site of The New York Times was offline for about two hours on Wednesday in what company officials say was a failure during regular maintenance of NYTimes.com and not the result of a cyberattack. “The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update being pushed out, and we believe that was the cause,” said Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for The New York Times Company. The site went down about 11:10 a.m. It returned around 1:15 p.m., but service was sporadic. The Verge As The New York Times struggled to get its site back online, the paper turned to often ephemeral social media to put out its stories. Unfortunately, while the outage wasn’t long, it was enough to threaten reporting of one of the week’s biggest stories: a violent clash in Egypt that left more than a hundred people — and possibly many more — dead. To get out news of the Cairo protests, the Times turned to a system that’s usually supplemental: posting updates on social media. The Guardian / Dan Gillmor But the venue the paper chose to post its material was ill-advised, for many reasons. Facebook may have been convenient, but it – not the Times – ultimately controls what appears on its service. Facebook is not hosting this material for the sake of the Times or for people who want quality journalism. Facebook itself is an increasingly threatening competitor to the journalism industry, and it serves its own needs first. Fox Business During the Times outage, parent company Dow Jones said on its Twitter account that it was making the Wall Street Journal’s website, WSJ.com, available for free. JimRomenesko.com Jill Abramson: “It’s been the stuff of bad dreams for us all — what would happen if our website went down — really went down — and email went down at the same time? All of you handled a difficult moment with patience, determination and even good humor. I am very grateful and proud of each of you for your unwavering devotion to our readers.” FishbowlDC The Washington and New York media worlds tipped over on their heads as the NYT shut down due to technical issues. So we mined Twitter for the best of and — let’s face it — endless and some terrible reactionary comments to the temporary interruption. Even crazy bearded Dave Hughes of DCRTV noticed something unusual was happening: “Journos in a f*ckin’ panic today with the NY Times’ website down. Sheesh…” he remarked. So who actually had something interesting to say?

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BuzzFeed Explains Egyptian Revolution with Jurassic Park Gifs

You never know what BuzzFeed will publish next, but let’s hope “The Story of Egypt’s Revolution In Jurassic Park Gifs” is the bottom of the barrel. Yes, BuzzFeed somehow thought explaining the terrible situation in Egypt — rapes, police murdering over 50 peaceful protestors, etc. — with gifs of a dinosaur movie was a good idea.

The article is disgusting on a variety of levels, but here’s Slate’s take, which we thought summed everything up nicely:

Jurassic Park is an entertaining film, but it is not allegorically deep enough to convey the complexity or tragedy of what’s going on in Egypt. BuzzFeed’s GIF-ification of Egypt’s civil conflict belittles the pain of people whose lives have been upended by violence and surely confirms the suspicion of many non-Americans that we in the U.S. do not take their lives and circumstances seriously.

For a site that desperately wants everyone to take it seriously, BuzzFeed sure does make it difficult to do so.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Murdoch Caught on Tape | Al Jazeera Targeted | Trouble at Patch?


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Rupert Murdoch Caught on Tape: ‘We Will Hit Back’ (Gawker)
ExaroNews, a British investigative website, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. CJR / The Audit At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers. It’s fair to say Murdoch is going to have some major headaches from this one: “We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn’t instigate it… I remember when I first bought the News of the World, the first day I went to the office… and there was a big wall-safe… And I said, ‘What’s that for?’ And they said, ‘We keep some cash in there.’ And I said, ‘What for?’ They said, ‘Well, sometimes the editor needs some on a Saturday night for powerful friends. And sometimes the chairman is doing badly at the tables, and he helps himself.’” The Guardian / Greenslade Blog The real significance of the tape is that it reveals the true, unexpurgated Murdoch. As I have said often since the hacking scandal first broke, as the man at the top I believe he has been responsible for the journalistic culture at Wapping. This tape appears to prove my point. The Guardian A prominent Labour MP has said US authorities should press corporate corruption charges against Murdoch’s global empire after he admitted in a secretly recorded meeting with staff on The Sun that payments to police were part of “the culture of Fleet Street.”

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One Journalist Killed, Another Raped While Covering Egypt

The Committee to Protect Journalists is reporting that one journalist is dead, another has been raped, and at least seven others have been attacked while covering the protests in Egypt.

Over the weekend, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation, and it has created a chaotic atmosphere. On Saturday, Salah al-Din Hassan, a 37-year-old reporter with the news website Shaab Masr (Egyptian People), was killed by a homemade bomb. That same day a group of journalists was hit with molotov cocktails, beaten, and had all of their equipment destroyed. Sunday the attacks continued, with unknown assailants chanting anti-media slogans. Today, it was reported that a 22-year-old Dutch TV reporter was raped while covering the protests.

“Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have fostered an atmosphere where journalists are attacked with impunity,” said Sherif Mansour, the CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa coordinator, in a statement. “We call on all sides to respect the safety of the media and urge journalists to take precautions for their security in this dangerous climate.”

[Image: Tara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times]

WNBC’s Charity Event Raises Close to $200,000

WNBC and its digital outfit New York Nonstop, held the 2nd annual Nonstop Day of Giving Telethon last month. Partnered with WOR and WBLS, WNBC raised close to $195,000 to benefit City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding hungry men, women, and children in New York City. The money raised will allow City Harvest to rescue and deliver more than 720,000 pounds of food to those in need.

“Working with such influential media partners has greatly helped us to raise awareness about City Harvest’s mission,” says Michael Jack, WNBC general manager and president. “The continued success of the Nonstop Day of Giving allows us to further advance the cause of ending hunger, an issue facing more New Yorkers than ever before.”

Ahead of the holiday season, on December 15, famed DJ Egypt of WBLS and Governor David Paterson of WOR, each had special guests on their shows, which were based from the NBC Experience Store at 30 Rock.

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New York Nonstop Hosts Day of Giving Telethon

This isn’t only the time of the year for family and friends to gather. It is also the time to think about the less fortunate.

New York Nonstop is hosting today’s 2nd Annual Nonstop Day of Giving. New York Nonstop, the digital arm of WNBC, is partnering with City Harvest, WBLS, and WOR for the day-long charity telethon that runs until 8 p.m.

This year, the station joined forces with City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization feeding the hungry of New York City, as well as new media partner, radio station WBLS, along with returning media partner WOR radio.  Both radio stations will be broadcasting at times throughout the day from the MSNBC.com Digital Café at the NBC Experience store in Rockefeller Plaza.  WNBC will also feature live highlights direct from Rockefeller Center with celebrities, local dignitaries, and key business people who will talk about their charities and the importance of giving.

Proceeds from the Nonstop Giving telethon will benefit City Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding New York City’s hungry men, women, and children for more than 25 years.  Those interested in making a donation can call 1-800-826-9888.  

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Lara Logan and Crew Detained by Egyptian Police

Time is reporting that Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News, has been detained by police forces in Egypt.

Logan, along with her crew who were also taken into custody, has been reporting on the revolt since January 31st. Apparently Logan and others were taken by the police just outside of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.