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Posted by Diane Farsetta on August 30, 2007

The Barbour, Griffith and Rogers (BGR) lobbying firm "is talking to the Justice Department about how to amend its foreign-agent filings after department lawyers questioned whether the firm had adequately disclosed who was paying" for the $50,000 per month contract with former Iraqi prime minister

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on August 23, 2007

Bush and Allawi"Republican lobbyists with close ties to the Bush administration are aiding and supporting the efforts of an Iraqi opposition leader who is calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki," reports IraqSlogger.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on August 15, 2007

As newspapers continue shrinking, Julian Friedland worries about how journalism will handle the "conflict of interest between pleasing the bottom line" versus "upholding its mission to educate the public by publishing a steady stream of hard-hitting investigative reports." As investigative journalism has been "eviscerated" by declining budgets, the "very best news sources in the country" are either family-owned newspapers like the New York Times or

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Posted by Bob Burton on August 14, 2007

A lawsuit against airservices company Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., has been re-filed to include two more victims of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's extraordinary rendition program. In December 2002, Bisher al-Rawi was kidnapped from Gambia and flown to a secret U.S.

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Posted by Bob Burton on August 13, 2007

Rick Snell, the editor of the Freedom of Information Review and lecturer in law at the University of Tasmania, has welcomed reforms proposed by the Victorian government for its freedom of information (FOI) laws.

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Posted by Conor Kenny on August 09, 2007
  • In anticipation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's upcoming appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent Gonzales a letter detailing questions the chairman planned to ask, in order to help avoid so many "I don't recall" responses. (TPM Muckraker story)
Posted by Bob Burton on August 09, 2007

Jamil Anderlini and Mure Dickie report that when the banking company HSBC and the China Charity Foundation recently held a celebration in Beijing, the event organizers paid attending Chinese journalists 200 renminbi ($26.40) as "transport money." "It's awful. It's an embarrassment for Chinese journalism ... and it's corruption," said Ying Chan, director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on August 07, 2007

Cover of Inside Spin: The dark underbelly of the PR industryThe PR industry in Australia "employs more than 10,000 people and turns over more than $1 billion a year," writes the Center for Media and Democracy's Bob Burton, drawing on research published in his new book, "Inside Spin." While some PR campaigns are bene

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