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WebNewser: BNO News is launching a subscription-only newswire next year, and its first client is MSNBC.com.

AgencySpy: Meet the new AOL: Aol.

GalleyCat: Now you can immortalize your tweets in print.

New York Times: A number of media companies have posted World War II-era Britain-inspired signs telling staffers to “Keep calm and carry on”. Wonder if any one is following that advice.

Newsweek/Mediaite: Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari chronicles his ordeal in prison in Iran in this week’s cover story, and mentions that a “Daily Show” segment that ran shortly after after his arrest was used by his captors as evidence that he was a spy.

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Freed Newsweek Reporter Bahari Gives A Glimpse Of Life In Iranian Prison

bahari.pngThis week we were captivated by David Rohde‘s tale of kidnapping and escape, but there are many more journalists around the world who have been kidnapped or arrested who remain detained today.

Until recently, Newsweek‘s Maziar Bahari was among them. Kidnapped in Iran without explanation in June, Bahari was released by the Iranian authorities just last week.

Newsweek got a little peek into what Bahari’s days in captivity were like in an exclusive Web article this week:

“For day after day, month after month, following his imprisonment in Iran on June 21, documentary filmmaker and Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari did not see the face of his interrogator. Bahari, 42, was blindfolded or faced a wall as the accusations and questions — often it was hard to tell the difference — kept coming at him. And always the interrogator told him the same thing: ‘No one on the outside cares about you. Everyone has forgotten you.’ Nothing could have been further from the truth.”

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Newsweek‘s Meacham Pleads For Bahari’s Release From Iranian Detainment

baharo.pngSince his arrest by Iranian authorities last month, Maziar Bahari‘s employer, Newsweek has been making pleas for his release. Today, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jon Meacham again called for Bahari’s release with an article detailing the foreign correspondent’s work in an effort to dispel allegations that he is a subversive or spy.

Throughout Meacham’s detailed article, it becomes obvious that Bahari is close friend and important member of the Newsweek team. There is also a sense of fear and urgency. It is scary to have one of your own behind bars in a foreign land, especially one as full of uncertainty and unrest as Iran, and with no formal charges against him or even access to a lawyer.

“Some in the government of Iran would like to portray Bahari as a kind of subversive or even as a spy,” Meacham writes. “He is neither. He is a journalist; a man who was doing his job, and doing it fairly and judiciously, when he was arrested. Maziar Bahari is an agent only of the truth as best he can see it, and his body of work proves him to be a fair-minded observer who eschews ideological cant in favor of conveying the depth and complexity of Iranian life and culture to the wider world. Few have argued more extensively and persuasively, for instance, that Iran’s nuclear program is an issue of national pride, not just the leadership’s obsession.”

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Devin Gordon Set To Replace Tacy At Newsweek.com

gordon.pngLast week, we reported exclusively that recently appointed Newsweek.com editorial director Will Tacy had left the publication. Yesterday, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham announced Tacy’s replacement: senior editor Devin Gordon.

Gordon had helped reimagine the magazine’s “Scope” section for its relaunch a few weeks ago and led Newsweek‘s front of book coverage, and his important position will not remain empty for long. National affairs editor Bret Begun has already agreed to step into Gordon’s shoes, Meachum said. Begun has plenty of FOB experience, previously serving as deputy editor of the magazine’s “Periscope” section, according to his Newsweek.com bio.

(Meacham’s full memo, including glowing descriptions of Gordon and Begun’s work, after the jump)

baharo.pngIn other Newsweek news, the publication is desperately trying to publicize the disappearance of foreign correspondent Maziar Bahari in Tehran. According to the magazine, Bahari (right) was “detained without charge by Iranian authorities” on Sunday and hasn’t been heard from since. A Newsweek spokesperson said this morning that there is still no update on his whereabouts.

Bahari, a Canadian citizen, has been living and working in Iran for the past decade, Newsweek said, adding that the pub “strongly condemns this unwarranted detention, and calls upon the Iranian government to release him immediately.”

Our thoughts and prayers go to Bahari and his family, and best wishes to Gordon and Begun, taking on new challenges amid a dangerous time for journalists.

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