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2007 Silha Lecture Focuses on Media Violence Regulation

Attempts to legislate violence on television and video games are likely to continue, even though “the kids are all right,” according to the 2007 Silha Lecturer.

Cartoons Cause Community Controversy Across the Country

In September and October 2007, cartoons in one city newspaper and three student newspapers were called offensive for their content and messages.

Mohammed Cartoons Draw International Ire

The publication of cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Mohammed led to death threats against a cartoonist and editor in Sweden and landed several journalists in Algerian court.

FEMA Holds Press Conference ... for Itself

A press conference the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held on Oct. 23, 2007 praising its own response to the wildfires in Southern California lacked a key attendee: the press.

News Consultant Linked to Bogus Interviews

A frequently-cited expert source on terrorism and national security and former consultant to ABC News was discredited after interviews with a host of high-profile figures he had contributed to a French political magazine were proven to be fakes.

The scandal surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restroom led some to raise ethics questions about media coverage of politicians’ personal lives.

Ramsey County (Minn.) Judge David C. Higgs ruled Sept. 18, 2007 that publisher Par Ridder must leave the Minneapolis Star Tribune for one year. The ruling denounced Ridder’s actions and called his attitude “cavalier.”

Music Industry Wins First Internet Piracy Case

Single Mother Will Appeal $222,000 Verdict

A jury levied a $222,000 fine against a Brainerd, Minn. woman on Oct. 5, 2007 in the first-ever trial over the downloading and sharing of copyrighted music. However, some say the high-priced verdict is unlikely to discourage more downloading.

Artists Challenge Copyright Extension Law

A recent decision in the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals may have provided a reprieve for artists, musical conductors, and educators affected by two federal statutes passed in the 1990s which extended copyright protection to works formerly in the public domain and resulted in hefty rental fees.

International Roundup: China, Burma, Zimbabwe, Iran

Chinese Research Assistant Zhao Yan Released from Chinese Prison

Zhao Yan, a Chinese research assistant for The New York Times, was released from prison in China in September 2007 after serving three years for a fraud conviction.

The media’s relationship with the government in Russia remains uneasy. In August 2007, Russian authorities made new strides in the investigation into Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s death, but critics say such developments are illusory and that the mastermind behind the contract killing will never be identified by the government. Russian authorities also detained a journalist in September 2007 on charges of extorting money from a government official, a claim the journalist’s newspaper denies.

China promised foreign journalists more freedom to report this year in the prelude to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but recent reports issued by human rights organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International conclude that these promises remain largely unfulfilled.

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