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WaPo Reporter, Other Journalists Appear to Have Been Detained in Iran (The Washington Post)
Three American citizens, including the Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday. FishbowlDC Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, are among four individuals — including two unnamed American freelance photojournalists — detained without explanation. Mediaite Salehi, an Iranian citizen, works for a paper out of the United Arab Emirates. The Post does not know why they were detained or by whom; Rezaian’s family has not issued a comment. The State Department said it was aware of the incident but revealed no further information. HuffPost Rezaian has been based in Iran since 2008 and with the Post since 2012. He most recently reported Friday from Vienna on talks over Iran’s nuclear program. Laura Rozen, a reporter with Al Monitor, tweeted that she saw Rezaian on Saturday and that he was planning to fly back that night to Tehran. NYT Hamid Babaei, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, said it, too, was “following up on the case” and would notify reporters when it had any news. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom advocacy group, called on the Iranian authorities to explain their actions, and to release those it was holding. The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran. The Swiss government, which has an embassy in Tehran, acts on behalf of American citizens in the country.

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As CNN points out at the top with an Editor’s Note, the article “10 of the World’s Most Underrated Cities” was originally published in May 2012 and has been updated two years later for another summer gander.


On the plus side, Queens leads off the list, and still comes ahead of the hot spot known as Isfahan, Iran. On the minus side, the article text touts Shea Stadium as a great place to catch a Mets game. And that, in turn, has further upped the reader comments total:


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From Mother Jones Contributor to Mother Jones Staffer

ShaneBauerPicLaura Ling joined E! Investigates; Euna Lee spent a year studying documentary filmmaking at Columbia University; and now, another former U.S. foreign-journalist captive has re-embraced the Axis of Free Will.

Shane Bauer, one of three hikers arrested on the Iranian border and held captive from 2009 to 2011, joined the Mother Jones San Francisco office full-time May 1. His beat is human rights and social justice. From today’s announcement:

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Shane on board,” noted co-editor Monika Bauerlein. “We’ve been great fans of his reporting here and elsewhere, and I know our readers are hungry for more of his investigations.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Carlson Show Announced | Iranian Press Dispute | HBO With Broadband?

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The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson to Debut at 2 P.M. on Fox News Sept. 30 (TVNewser)
Fox News has confirmed that former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson will be taking over the 2 p.m. hour on the network starting Monday. The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson will be preceded by America’s News HQ, co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota. Variety Carlson’s program will be set against an hour of CNN Newsroom on CNN and MSNBC’s News Nation, hosted by Tamron Hall. Deadline Hollywood The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports, the network said. Carlson recently left the network’s popular morning program Fox & Friends; she was replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. TheWrap Carlson, who came aboard Fox News in 2005 after serving as a correspondent and co-anchor on CBS News’ Saturday Early Show, will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.

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What’s New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller Up To In Iran?

29keller.jpgThe developing story in Iran (and how the media has been covering it) has been a popular topic of conversation around here over the last few days. And one thing has not gone unnoticed: New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller‘s presence on the front lines and the front page of his own paper — as a reporter.

At first, we thought Keller’s trip overseas was pretty well-timed, corresponding as it did to his appearance on the “Daily Show” and his digs on the Huffington Post and Drudge Report for not having Baghdad bureaus. But Keller has been doing some intense work over there, writing a “Memo From Tehran” about reactions in the streets after the election and co-bylining a story about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s not often that a top editor from a huge paper like the Times can get out from behind his desk and get his hands dirty reporting from the trenches and the Times has said that Keller didn’t go to Iran expecting to write stories.

Today, Keller sent Editor & Publisher two hurried emails explaining his trip and why he “plunged in.”

“Briefly, I came to watch our reporters in action and to get a (first) taste of a big subject,” he said. “I try to get out in the field as often as I can, because nothing else gives you as good a sense of the complexities and texture of a story. I usually don’t write on these trips, but this story got so big, and the correspondents were so welcoming of an extra pair of hands, that I plunged in. It reminds me why I got into this business. (Also, no one here wants to talk about the future of the newspaper business.)”

So did Keller go to Iran with the intention of talking to someone about the future of the newspaper business? Perhaps that’s all anyone wants to talk to him about these days.

Sadly, Keller told E&P that his visa is up tomorrow so he’s heading home. “Some reporters have contemplated overstaying their visas, trying to work under the radar. Even if you manage to elude the authorities, though, you create real dangers for all the Iranians you would need to hide you, translate for you, get you around and help you get the story out,” he said.