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Follow Friday: @courtneyr and @pressfreedom, fighting for Greste and others

When it comes to press freedom, the Peter Greste case is only the tip of the iceberg, says Courtney Radsch from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Egypt wants to silence Peter Greste, but you can listen to him here

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been imprisoned for seven years for spreading “false news”. See for yourself the evidence on which he was convicted.

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‘A very bad day’: Greste’s shocking verdict

On-the-ground observers say Peter Greste’s Egyptian trial was bizarre and incompetent, and his seven-year prison sentence has brought international condemnation. Freelance writer Rachel Williamson reports.

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‘They’re going to attack us’: Al Jazeera on the front lines of Egypt’s revolution

Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt faced particular danger reporting on the revolution. From his new book, Scott Bridges reports on one hairy encounter with protesters.

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Egypt’s jailed journalists: Aussie behind bars paves the way for Sisi

Peter Greste’s case is far from isolated — Egypt’s regime has jailed dozens of journalists and activists. Egyptian-Australian journalist Myriam Robin says Sisi is sending a message.

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Media briefs: Media Watch watch … Murdoch $30m bonus … Al Jazeera hacked …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … ABC MD speaks out on Aunty’s sport coverage and ratings ambitions … Murdoch pockets $30 million … Al Jazeera website hacked …

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Mercury rewrites Orwell … AFR time … Al-Jazeera twit-hacked …

In today’s Media Briefs: Animal Farm on CCTV … Turning back time at The AFR … Front Page of the Day … Stood-down Fairfax ed loses seat chance … Al-Jazeera’s Twitter hacked and more …

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Shining the light on carbon tax costs

Crikey readers have their say.

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Aj Jazeera’s Libya live blog

It finally appears that Colonel Gaddafi’s stranglehold on Libya is crumbling. Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Libya via Al Jazeera’s live blog.

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My best mate is missing in Syria

It’s been nearly two weeks since Melanie McFarland heard from her best friend, Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz. Parvaz has been mysteriously detained in Damascus, Syria after being sent to cover the political unrest.

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Media briefs: Stock & Land crosses thin blue line … Oz hot property … Al Jazeera quits Syria …

Copy killing laughs at Stock & Land. It seems the anonymous author behind the “Blowflies and Bulldust” column in the Fairfax-owned Stock & Land is a closet Body Count fan. The Cop Killer rappers famously glorified pinging the pigs in their 1990s Los Angeles hood, but the sentiment never really took off in Middle America. […]

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The Stream: where social media meets TV news

Al-Jazeera has had enormous success lately thanks to its coverage of the Middle East protests, and is about to launch a new social media show focusing on news from citizen journalists and bloggers.

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New SBS boss … the Scream spoiler …

SBS goes to ABC for its new boss, Fairfax film critic Jim Schembri spoils the ending of Scream 4 — then denies it — and other media news.

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Dictator Watch: in Yemen, the butcher becomes a T-shirt

As the crisis in Yemen hots up, President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government has shut down Al Jazeera’s offices.

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AFR’s Marty McFly moment … op-ed gender divide

Back to the future at The AFR, with a return to a resources focus like there was in the 1980s. Plus, Libya regime’s treatment of journalists, the gender divide on op-ed pages and other media news.

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Al Jazeera launches an English channel for kids

Al Jazeera might be most known for its news reporting, but the network will soon launch an English-language children’s channel, aimed to hit the US market next year.

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How Al Jazeera leads the world in social media for news reporting

Al Jazeera’s reporting from Egypt’s revolution and now the uprising in Libya has been transformed by the use of social media and social networking tools.

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Bad ad placement … NT News watch … Al Jazeera’s revolution …

In today’s Media Briefs: inappropriate ad placement #548,958, crocodiles dominate the NT News, footage of JFK’s last night made public after 47 years, Hamish and Andy set to sign with Nine and more…

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Mubarak stands firm

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied expectations he would announce his departure — expectations of the protesters, the media and seemingly even the Obama administration.

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‘Egypt should not show this face to the world’: the perils of reporting from Cairo

He wasn’t arrested or severely bashed while covering the Egyptian protests for Al Jazeera, but journalist Gregg Carlstrom encountered angry crowds of pro-Mubarak supporters who jabbed knives into his chest and tried to keep him away from Tahrir Square. It’s a chilling tale.

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When governments know less than their citizens

The traditional asymmetry of information between people and their governments has been upended in recent months. It’s unlikely to ever be restored.

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Al Jazeera English’s Cairo performance: it’s the new CNN

If the first Iraq War in 1991 made CNN’s reputation, surely its ongoing coverage of the Egypt uprising should cement AJE’s reputation as a world-class broadcaster.

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The battle for Egypt

Crikey wrap: Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak no longer wants to be leader, but fears his country is too unsteady to abandon. But with ten left dead after fighting in Tahrir yesterday, the country is already in chaos.

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Al Jazeera liveblogs Egypt’s riots

Al Jazeera may have been kicked out of Egypt and some of its staff caught up in the violence, but its journalists are still covering the Egyptian protests, with a brilliant liveblog encompassing their audio, updates and photos from the ground.

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Rethinking the Middle East

Amid another day and night of widespread protests in Egypt, and rumours of a massacre of protesters in Suez, Western governments’ policy toward the Middle East is tottering and is now one dictator’s plane flight away from collapsing altogether.

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