Two Haitian journalists killed by gang outside Port-au-Prince

Two Haitian journalists were killed Thursday on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince after suspected gang members opened fire on a group of reporters who had arrived to interview the leader of a rival gang, according to a police official and local media.John Wesley Amady The two slain journalists were Amady John Wesley, who worked for the Montreal-based radio station Ecoute FM, and local reporter Wilguens Louissaint, according to a Haitian police official who spoke on condition of anonymity.Wilguens Louissant Ecoute FM confirmed Wesley’s death in a statement, describing the killing as a “criminal and barbaric act.” A third journalist in the … Continue reading Two Haitian journalists killed by gang outside Port-au-Prince

CNN’s Chris Cuomo suspended over help to governor brother

CNN star Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely over help he gave his ex-New York governor brother while he was battling sex abuse allegations. The decision came after the New York attorney general released new documents that showed the extent of his work for his older sibling, Andrew Cuomo. CNN said the documents show “a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew”. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after prosecutors said he harassed staff. Chris Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes efforts to help his politician brother were widely considered a breach of journalistic ethics in the media industry. The … Continue reading CNN’s Chris Cuomo suspended over help to governor brother

Tragic: Kenyan police investigate BBC worker’s death in Nairobi

Police in Kenya have launched an investigation after a BBC staff member was found dead in the capital Nairobi. Kate Mitchell, a British national who worked for BBC Media Action in a number of African countries, died on Friday. BBC Media Action is the corporation’s international charity, and its projects focus on using media and communication to address inequality around the world. It is not thought Ms Mitchell’s death at a hotel in the city was connected to her work for the organisation. And while the exact circumstances of her death remain unclear, police told local media they were investigating … Continue reading Tragic: Kenyan police investigate BBC worker’s death in Nairobi

China, US agree to ease restrictions on journalists

The US and China have agreed to ease travel and visa restrictions on each others’ journalists. The agreement comes after highly-anticipated talks between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday. The move will allow journalists to enter and depart from both countries more freely. State media outlet China Daily said the agreement was the result of “more than a year of difficult negotiations”. Under this, both governments will increase the validity of journalist visas from three months to one year, provided they are eligible under all applicable laws and regulations. Both countries have also pledged to allow journalists … Continue reading China, US agree to ease restrictions on journalists

US journalist Danny Fenster freed from Myanmar jail

US journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar after he was sentenced to 11 years in jail by a military court three days ago. He was “pardoned” before being freed on “humanitarian grounds”, the military government said. The release was secured after negotiations between the junta and former US ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson. Fenster’s employer, Frontier Myanmar, said he was on a flight out of Myanmar. Fenster, who was managing editor of the English-language news site, had been convicted of breaching immigration law, unlawful association and encouraging dissent against the military. He was set to … Continue reading US journalist Danny Fenster freed from Myanmar jail

Brian Williams leaves NBC News after 28 years

Brian Williams Brian Williams is saying goodbye to the network where he spent the majority of his career. The 62-year-old journalist and news anchor announced on Tuesday night that he is leaving NBC News after 28 years.  “Next year is my 40th year in the business, give or take,” he said on MSNBC. He then proceeded to share a lengthy statement about his decision to step down.  “Following much reflection, and after 28 years with the company, I have decided to leave NBC upon the completion of my current contract in December,” Williams shared. “I have been truly blessed. I … Continue reading Brian Williams leaves NBC News after 28 years

German media group fires BILD editor after damning press reports

The German media group Axel Springer said on Monday that it has fired the editor-in-chief of the BILD newspaper, Julian Reichelt, for failing to “to maintain a clear boundary between private and professional matters” and being “untruthful to the Executive Board.”Julian Reichelt “Axel Springer SE has relieved BILD Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt of his duties with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of press investigations, the company gained new knowledge in the last few days about Julian Reichelt’s recent conduct.” The company ​commissioned a law firm to conduct an investigation into Reichelt’s conduct earlier this year, … Continue reading German media group fires BILD editor after damning press reports

Former BBC journalist Katty Kay quits US media firm

Former BBC News presenter Katty Kay has quit her role at the US media company Ozy Media after just three months.Katty Kay It comes after the New York Times reported that an executive at the firm tried to deceive potential investors on a conference call. Ms Kay, who left the BBC this summer after more than three decades, said the allegations were “deeply troubling” and she “had no choice” but to cut ties. The BBC has contacted Ozy Media for comment. Announcing the move on Twitter, Ms Kay said: “I had recently joined the company after my long career at the BBC, … Continue reading Former BBC journalist Katty Kay quits US media firm

Afghanistan: Journalists tell of beatings by Taliban

Journalists in Afghanistan say that they have been beaten, detained and flogged by the Taliban when attempting to cover protests. Photos circulating online show two journalists from Etilaatroz newspaper with welts and bruises after their arrest in the capital Kabul. One of them, Taqi Daryabi, told the BBC he had been taken to a district police station where he was kicked and beaten. On Wednesday, the BBC’s team were also prevented from filming. Mr Daryabi, alongside Etilaatroz’s photographer Nematullah Naqdi, had been covering a women’s protest in Kabul on Wednesday. Afterwards, they were taken to a police station, where they say … Continue reading Afghanistan: Journalists tell of beatings by Taliban

Man faces arrest for on-air attack of MSNBC reporter

Mississippi police have issued an arrest warrant for an Ohio man accused of accosting NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live television.Shaquille Brewster, Dagley Benjamin Eugene Dagley will be charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of violating an emergency curfew, according to a statement from Gulfport police on Tuesday.  Given Dagley’s criminal record, authorities say that he could also be in violation of his probation out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for allegedly traveling without authorization. The public was able to help identify the suspect after Gulfport police shared a press release requesting … Continue reading Man faces arrest for on-air attack of MSNBC reporter

Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill TV reporter

Men claiming to speak for Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel have released a video threatening to murder a prominent female news anchor over what they deem to be unfair coverage. The warning was made by a man who said it was on behalf of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG). He complained that Milenio Television was favouring so-called self-defence groups organized to resist the CJNG. In the video, journalist Azucena Uresti is threatened directly. “I will make you eat your words even if they accuse me of femicide,” the masked speaker, who is surrounded by six heavily … Continue reading Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill TV reporter

CNN fires unvaccinated employees for going to office

US news network CNN has sacked three employees for going into an office without having been vaccinated against Covid-19, US media say. It is one of the first examples of a US firm firing staff for breaching a company vaccination mandate. It is legal in the US for firms to require employees to be vaccinated. Many large firms – including Facebook and Google – say they will require employees to be vaccinated when offices fully re-open in the months ahead. CNN chief Jeff Zucker mentioned the dismissal in a company memo sent on Thursday and seen by several US media outlets. Vaccination … Continue reading CNN fires unvaccinated employees for going to office