Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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'Blasphemous' Afghan journo's nightmare continues

Reporters sans frontieres is calling on Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai to pardon a young Afghan journalist after that country's Supreme Court upheld a 20-year sentence for blasphemy. You can help Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh. Please sign this petition. From the RSF news release: Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that the Afghan supreme court has upheld the […]

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She is what she is, and that's all that she is

Soul singer Bettye LaVette on becoming a performer at a young age: “I don’t know what else I could’ve been. I’m not scholastic and I never wanted to be a student. I always wanted to dress up and hang out with adults. I was born to be in dark places, drinking and smoking and doing […]

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'The man who interviewed Osama bin Laden … 3 times'

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir is finishing up a biography about Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. How he came to meet him so many times is an interesting yarn in itself. From the Independent: It all began when Mir traveled to Afghanistan in 1996 and met Taliban leader Mullah Omar. “I asked him, 'Why are the […]

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No CBC bailout money: Heritage Minister

Heritage Minister James Moore says the federal Conservative government won't be ponying up any new money to help CBC cope with at $65-million revenue drop. In addition, changes to other media funding programs mean the CBC will have to fight harder for its share of those dollars. From CP via globeandmail.com: The beleaguered CBC will […]

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