Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Afghan journalist gets two-year jail term for 'blasphemy'

Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, who edits a womens' rights magazine in Afghanistan, dealt with some controversial issues, like criticizing the 100-lashes penalty for adultery. As a result, the Ulema Council — a body of distinguished Islamic clerics — asked the judiciary to punish him. So they did. An excerpt from the BBC story: Mr Nasab said […]

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Bill's household tip of the week

If you buy beansprouts, don't forget to refrigerate them. If you don't, they decay quite quickly into a putrid, liquified mess.

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Direct to the Web: The next step in film marketing

The Internet is quickly becoming the indie filmmaker's best friend, in terms of helping them find a market for their work. And they have Indieflix to thank. An excerpt from the NYT story: IT was a late night in Seattle. It was probably raining. Scilla Andreen was still haunting the offices of her as-yet-to-be-started Internet […]

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And if you haven't read enough thrashings of Judith Miller yet …

There's always this contribution from Slate's Jack Shafer. An excerpt: … Miller continues to haunt the New York Times two and a half years after her Iraq work was widely discredited, because the paper has yet to document how she botched the story of the decade and catalog the role she played in the current […]

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Village Voice to become a link in a chain

The Village Voice, the granddaddy, the eminence grise of alt.weeklies, is about to merge with New Times Media — along with five other alternative papers. An excerpt from the NYT story: The merger – coming in the same week as The Voice's 50th anniversary – will undoubtedly raise questions about whether The Voice and its siblings […]

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