Honduras media censorship. The Field‘s Al Giordano says:

CubaDebate (Spanish language) has an illuminating find regarding the coverage of the crisis in Honduras by the pro-coup newspaper, La Prensa. The now-iconic photograph of the late 19-year-old Isis Obed Murillo, being carried by his friends to seek medical help moments after his shooting by gunmen during Sunday’s demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, was also published by the Honduran daily… Except that La Prensa chose to airbrush the young man’s blood out of the photo.

Media that literally whitewashes the story to this extreme, of course, is not shut down, destroyed or attacked by the coup regime. That treatment is reserved only for real journalists.

This is a translation of the below correction from La Prensa:

Que conste — let it be understood / let it be shown / evidence

Due to an error in its processing, the image published in our edition of Monday the 6th of July of the youth that died in Sunday’s protest, Isis Obed Murillo, was distorted (maybe we would say ‘manipulated’, ‘altered’ etc.) (above), differing/changing it from the original. We apologise for the error, which contradicts the editorial politic (I think they use the word ‘politic’ to mean ‘ethic’) of LA PRENSA.

La Prensa claims its whitewash of this photo was a “processing error.” Does any photoshop error selectively remove blood, headwounds, and round out a head? — @1D4TW on Twitter and The Field

Al Jazeera has bowed to Indonesian pressure not to screen the West Papua documentary Pride of Warriors. The Melbourne made film, which voiced West Papuan perspectives of the Indonesian military presence and human rights abuses, was due to be screen on Al Jazeera English channel on Thursday night at 6:30pm. The film, which is said to have been made by smuggling six camera’s into the province where foreign media access is severely restricted, voiced West Papuan perspectives of the Indonesian military presence and human rights abuses. Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson told the Jakarta Post‘s Teuku Faizasyah that the film was ‘sensational’ and ‘one sided’ and violated the principles of journalism. — Engage Media

Newsstand censorship: in America a naked woman is okay but not a naked man. Newsstands in the land of the free have been treating GQ‘s July cover, featuring a nude-but-not-all-hanging-out Sacha Baron Cohen like p-rn. A Gawker tipster at a Hudson News in Manhattan has noticed the decision has lead to some interesting juxtapositions:

This is what the GQ cover looks like. Completely different nudity to the Esquire image above. Sasha Baron Cohen obviously should have covered up with more permanent marker.


US online radio stations strike big deal on royalties. The future of internet radio appears more secure in the USA after a handful of online stations reached an agreement Tuesday to head off a potentially crippling increase in copyright royalty rates. The revenue-sharing deal announced Tuesday is between SoundExchange, a nonprofit that collects royalties for recording copyright owners from digital radio services, and three smaller webcasters: radioIO, Digitally Imported and AccuRadio. Under the agreement, large commercial webcasters will pay copyright owners up to 25 percent of their revenue or a “per-performance” rate that is below the rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Smaller webcasters will pay either a percent of revenue or a percent of expenses. — AP

News Media Guild asks AP to rescind controversial social media rules. The News Media Guild, which represents some 1,500 Associated Press employees, has formally asked the news organization to rescind controversial social media rules it instituted last month. A note to members declares: “The request was sparked by new rules posted by AP on June 18, including a requirement that employees delete the comments of friends that could run afoul of AP’s Ethics Policy. The new rules angered many employees who believe they’re intrusive and unbecoming of a news agency that promotes free speech.” — Editor and Publisher

Top 10 ironic ads from history. Yes once upon a time someone legally sold heroine, asbestos and lead paint and yes, they advertised. Sometimes with images of the world trade centre:

The Consumerist