Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'Delay, denial and stonewalling still clog FOI system'

The latest survey of government openness finds the same-old, same-old — namely, that you have to pry even basic information out of a bureaucrat's cold, dead hand. From globeandmail.com: When journalists from across Canada asked government officials for 85 public records ranging from court documents, to local water-quality reports, to federal food-safety warnings, the answer […]

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Sat, September 22 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

But this time, please go easy on the civilian collateral damage

Blackwater, a U.S. security contractor operating in Iraq, is partly back on the job there days after a shootout that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead. From the BBC: The company provides security to all US state department employees in Iraq. It had been ordered by the Iraqi government to halt operations while a joint US-Iraqi inquiry was held. A […]

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Sat, September 22 2007 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Indian journos jailed for story on judge

From the BBC: The verdict has been criticised as an attack on the freedom of press A court in the Indian capital Delhi has sentenced four journalists to four months in prison after they accused a former chief justice of corruption. The court ruled that the allegations, which appeared in an India tabloid newspaper, Mid […]

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Sat, September 22 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Charges laid against Politkovskaya murder suspect

From the BBC: Politkovskaya’s reports exposed alleged abuses of power by officials Prosecutors in Russia have charged a former Chechen politician with being an accomplice in the 2006 murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Lawyers for Shamil Burayev, who ran unsuccessfully for the Chechen presidency, say he will fight to clear his name. In August […]

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