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Desperate Iraqi Yazidis Rush Toward Relief Chopper, With CNN Correspondent on Board

IvanIraqCNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson accompanied an Iraqi Air Force helicopter emergency aid delivery in northern Iraq today. Two Kurdish Peshmerga machine gunners began opening fire on suspected targets as they flew over ISIS positions toward Mt. Sinjar where Iraqi Yazidis remain trapped.

Watson told Wolf Blitzer that as they approached, they could see the Yazidi waving makeshift white flags. Once the aircraft landed, dozens of them rushed toward the chopper. But they weren’t after the diapers, condensed milk, water, shoes and food on board. Instead, they began throwing themselves into the helicopter. In all, about 20 civilians were rescued.

“I’ve been doing this job for more than 10 years, Watson told Blitzer. “I have never seen a situation as desperate as this, as emotionally charged as this, and I’ve never seen a rescue mission as ad hoc and improvised as this.”

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Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt

detained al jazeera journalistsSix months after their arrest in Egypt, three Al Jazeera journalists have been found guilty of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, the network reports:

The guilty verdicts were delivered by a judge on Monday against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in jail, while Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.

Other Al Jazeera journalists being tried in absentia were sentenced to 10 years. Their names are: Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane and Sue Turton.

Al Jazeera has always rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence.

In a statement, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said: “Today 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.  Read more

Turkish Prime Minister: CNN’s Ivan Watson Is a ‘Flunky,’ an ‘Agent’

WatsonTurkeyReuters reports on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s critical comments about CNN correspondent Ivan Watson, who was roughed up by Turkish security forces during a live report Saturday in Istanbul.

“The international media that came to Istanbul and made exaggerated, provocative calls were licking their paws,” Erdogan said in front of parliament today.

“One of them was that CNN flunky. He was caught red-handed. These people have nothing to do with a free, impartial, independent press. These people are literally executing their duties as agents,” Erdogan is quoted as saying.

After having his report interrupted by security, Watson says he was held for a half hour while security forces checked his identification. He had been reporting on the one year anniversary of the standoff and crackdown in Istanbul’s Gezi park.

“We stand unequivocally by our reporting from Turkey, which has been and continues to be fair, factual and impartial,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser.

Ivan Watson: ‘I’m Being Kicked. I’m Being Kicked’

WatsonTurkeyCNN’s Ivan Watson says it was just another day at the office Saturday when he was roughed up by security forces in Istanbul while reporting  on the one year anniversary of the standoff and crackdown in Istanbul’s Gezi park. Turkish authorities began demanding his identification, then knocking him around and kicking him, all in the middle of a live report.

“I’m pretty used to getting knocked around by security forces,” Watson told Kate Bolduan on “New Day.” “I’ve been detained in Iran and Russia. I’ve been knocked around in Turkey before. The difference here is that it happened on live television.”

Watson says he wasn’t legally detained but rather held for a half hour as security forces conducted an identity check. “They did not accept my Turkish press accreditation,” he says, adding that he’s seen other colleagues in the media leave their jobs because of the pressure put on them by security forces. WATCH: Read more

Programming, Staffing Changes at CNN International

cnn international logoCNN International is making significant programming changes to its lineup, adding new primetime shows and expanding live programming. With the changes, the network is eliminating some jobs in Hong Kong and adding positions in other bureaus.

Among the major changes: the launch of “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani” and “The Business View with Nina dos Santos,” a new time slot and show format for “Connect the World with Becky Anderson,” and an expansion of live news programming for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (more details are in CNN’s announcement, after the jump). CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson will also be relocating to Hong Kong.

TVNewser hears that about 20 off-air editorial positions have been cut in Hong Kong. A CNNI spokesperson tells us about two dozen positions will be added across the London, Atlanta and Hong Kong bureaus, and those jobs will be posted as early as today.

In a note to staffers announcing the changes, CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said the network is committed to keeping the impact on Hong Kong roles “to a minimum.” 

The majority of jobs will be added in Atlanta, where the new CNNI programming will be produced. As we reported yesterday, CNN’s domestic daytime programming will be broadcast entirely from New York and DC beginning in August as Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello move to NYC.

Maddox’s note and CNNI’s official release, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Ivan Watson Caught in Tear Gas at Istanbul Protest

CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and his crew were caught in a cloud of tear gas between police and protestors while covering the protests in Istanbul.

“OK, they’re throwing rocks. We’re in between the police and the demonstrators, which you don’t want,” Watson can be heard saying in the video. “There’s tear gas over there …. oh God, the tear gas is pretty bad now.” Seconds later, Watson can be heard coughing heavily, returning to the report several minutes later wearing a gas mask. Watch:

Philippines Typhoon Coverage Enters Second Week

As coverage of Typhoon Haiyan enters its second week, some changes to ABC News’ and CNN’s correspondents in the Philippines. ABC News’ Gloria Riviera will file her final report from Manila for tonight’s “World News.” She will relocate over the weekend. Ditto CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who will anchor “AC360″ from the region tonight and travel back to the U.S. this weekend.

NBC News and CBS News will keep their correspondents on the ground at least through the weekend: Seth Doane is in the Philippines for CBS, and NBC has Dr. Nancy Synderman, Harry Smith and Ian Williams in the region. NBC also has a separate team of digital journalists there reporting for both NBCNews.com and the network’s broadcasts.

William LaJeunesse will continue to report from the region for Fox News throughout the weekend. CNN has a team of six correspondents in the region other than Cooper, including Nick Paton Walsh, Ivan Watson and Anna Coren. Another correspondent, Karl Penhaul, is en route to the Philippines.

Here’s Who’s Covering Typhoon Haiyan

SmithTyphoonThe networks have dispatched correspondents to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Here’s a list we’ve compiled so far:

Harry Smith and Dr. Nancy Snyderman are covering for NBC News from Tacloban and Manilla.

ABC’s Terry Moran is in Manila, and Gloria Riviera is reporting from Tacloban.

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is in the region.

CNN’s Senior international correspondent Ivan Watson, CNNI anchor Andrew Stevens and correspondent Paula Hancocks are in Tacloban, while CNNI anchor Kristie Lu Stout reports from Manila. Anna Coren is in Cebu. And Anderson Cooper will anchor his show from the Philippines tonight.

Fox News has correspondent David Piper reporting from Bangkok.

Marga Ortigas of Al Jazeera English is in Manilla.

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CBS, NBC, CNN Correspondents Granted Rare Access to North Korea

North Korea has granted foreign journalists rare access to the country for a military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane, NBC News anchor Ann Curry and CNN reporters Ivan Watson and Paula Hancocks are currently reporting from the country ahead of the parade, which will take place Saturday in Pyongyang.

In his report on “Evening News” yesterday, Doane detailed some of the rules set for visiting journalists, including being assigned to a government “minder” who keeps journalists from photographing anything without permission:

Appearing on “Today,” Curry also noted that her movements within the country are “tightly controlled.” Watch her report, as well as Watson’s latest CNN report, after the jump. Read more

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