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Did Financial Journalists Misjudge the Economic Downturn?

As commentators continue to explore the sources of the economic downturn in the United States, critics of financial news reporters as well as business journalists themselves are saying little was done to predict the current problem.

Russia's Supreme Court overturned the acquittals of three men accused of involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya on June 25, 2009, ordering a retrial. Meanwhile, the kidnapping and murder of another prominent human rights activist and journalist in Chechnya on July 15 showed that the country remains treacherous for reporters challenging authority.

White House Press Corps Resists Background Briefings

The Obama administration is facing criticism from White House correspondents and their news organizations for its practices in the White House briefing room, including the continued use of background briefings, or selective off-the-record meetings held with reporters, and Obama's decision to select and notify in advance some reporters before he calls on them in press conferences.

A hacker accessed the e-mail account of a Twitter employee and forwarded detailed company information found there to at least two blogs, the technology Web site TechCrunch reported on July 14, 2009.

Media Mogul Denies Paying to Settle Suits

In early July 2009, an ethical controversy led Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth to cancel plans for a series of "salons" underwritten by lobbyists willing to pay as much as $250,000 for private, off-the-record access to lawmakers and journalists, saying that The Post's business side misrepresented the newspaper's intent in hosting the events.

With the close of another school year, several high school magazines and yearbooks around the country raised the ire of school administrators over their content and the conduct of their staff.

Judge Blocks Publication of Salinger Spinoff Book

A federal district judge prevented publication of a book promoted as a sequel to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye (Catcher), finding it bears too many similarities to the classic novel without providing sufficient critique or parody. Fredrik Colting, a Swedish author writing under the pen name John David California, had sought to publish 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye (60 Years)in the United States.

Separate juries in Minneapolis and Boston assessed statutory damages totaling over $2.5 million against people accused of illegally downloading and sharing music in the first two file-sharing copyright cases to go to trial.

A federal judge in Minnesota ruled on April 28, 2009 that CBS does not have to pay to use the names and statistics of National Football League players in its fantasy football league because the information is in the public domain.

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