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According to AFP, "Magyar Hirlap, one of the most respected Hungarian news dailies, will shut down next week because it was generating losses, the paper's publisher announced Friday. "Despite all our efforts we could not raise circulation," Bela Papp, managing director of the Ringier Publishing group, said at Magyar Hirlap's offices in Budapest. Papp said the last edition would be published on November 6. Magyar Hirlap, which first hit newsstands in 1968, in recent years has won acclaim for its in-depth coverage, sharply-worded editorials and non-partisan stance in the often politicized newspaper market in Hungary. Its Swiss publisher, Ringier, also owns the largest circulation news daily, the centre-left Nepszabadsag, the tabloid Blikk and sports daily Nemzeti Sport as well as a number of other magazines.

Source: AFP

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Bertrand Pecquerie

Date

2004-09-08 19:10

Polish Polskapresse, which publishes 9 regional daily newspapers, generated a net profit of 12,8 million PLN (about 3,1 million EUR) in 2004 and is said to do even better this year reports the Warsaw Business Journal. This follows a loss of 17,3 million PLN (approx. 4,2 million EUR) in 2003.

This success was possible by lowering costs mainly through merging titles. "The financial result is an outcome of good investments, management and marketing policies," says Dorota Stanek, Polskapresse president in the Warsaw Business Journal.

Source: Warsaw Business Journal,  

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-09-03 17:25

Ben Goldacre, himself an academic (see here), writes a comment piece in The Guardian about science journalism and the media's inability to cover scientific evidence. (See also his site Bad Science.) Among others, he states that many reporters cannot handle statistics and some even confuse hypothesis and evidence. He asks why "science in the media is often pointless, simplistic, boring, or just plain wrong". Here are some quotes from his article. The full article can be found at The Guardian (registration required).

"Statistics are what causes the most fear for reporters, and so they are usually just edited out, with interesting consequences. Because science isn't about something being true or not true: that's a humanities graduate parody. It's about the error bar, statistical significance, it's about how reliable and valid the experiment was, it's about coming to a verdict, about a hypothesis, on the back of lots of bits of evidence."

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-09-03 17:25

The Los Angeles Times reports that the American government has been planting stories in the Iraqi press that promote the idea of Iraqi democracy and self-rule. The American government adopted this strategy in Iraq despite it having been declared illegal in the United States in the spring of 2005 and having spent millions of dollars to properly train Iraqi journalists in freedom of the press.

The Pentagon hired the Lincoln Group, a public relations firm, to translate articles from the American military into Arabic and transmit them to Iraqi publications and advertising agencies. Occassionaly, articles were taken from other publications translated verbatim without proper sourcing.

During the winter of 2005, it was revealed that the Bush administration had been selling government "news" broadcasts to television stations without making it clear that the messages had come from the government. This practice was declared illegal.

It was also found that the government was paying journalists to speak favorably of government programs.

In Iraq, the government via the Lincoln Group, has also been paying about 12 Iraqi journalists who had not spoken out against the occupation.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

Date

2004-09-02 12:04

From the Committee to Protect Journalists: Philip Agustin, editor and publisher of the local weekly Starline Times Recorder, was killed last night in the village of Paltic, about 70 miles northeast of the capital Manila, according to local news reports. A special edition of the Starline Times Recorder dedicated to corruption and illegal logging was slated to come out the next week. At least 18 journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work in the Philippines since 2000, making it the most murderous country for journalists in the world, according to CPJ research.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists through the European Journalism Centre newsletter

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Bertrand Pecquerie

Date

2004-09-02 12:04

At a time when the aging Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet is under house arrest for what looks to be the rest of his life, one crime committed during his stranglehold on the country is affecting the nation's most recognized newspaper. El Mercurio and its tabloid sister La Segunda have been asked to apologize over political cartoons depicting the crime.

The brother of, Lumi Videla, a woman killed in a what appeared to be a political motivated assassination, has asked that the papers apology for satirical cartoons that were printed in 1974. One cartoon depicted a human canon ball being shot behind the walls of an embassy. Another cartoon shows a worker discreetly sweeping human remains out the door of the Italian embassy.

Refugees escaping Pinochet's rule fled to embassies and Videla's body was left outside of the Italian embassy.

Source: La Nacion (in Spanish)

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Bertrand Pecquerie

Date

2004-09-01 13:34

In preparation for the 2008 Olympics, the New York Times reports that the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has agreed to educate Chinese officials in press relations. This may be seen as a kind gesture, but alumni of the prestigious foundation were not aware of curator Bob Giles' decision until after it was made. The institution's primary functions involve re-training mid-career journalists. Giles received angry responses from alumni for having strayed from this mission and aiding a repressive government. "The major interest of the Chinese will be to limit damaging news coverage," said Howard Berkes, weathered National Public Radio reporter.

Source: The New York Times

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Bertrand Pecquerie

Date

2004-09-01 13:34

According to Mediapost, "Weather.com's decision earlier this month to start running advertorials for Scott's fertilizer--a first for that site--evidences the growing trend of online content paid for by sponsors, say online media experts. And while the watchdogs say there's nothing inherently wrong with advertorials, they stress that publishers should clarify that the content is paid for. Without such disclaimers, they say, consumers will eventually lose confidence in the Web as a source of information... The Scott's advertorial on Weather.com has not yet launched, says a company spokeswoman, so it's unclear how the site plans to handle any disclaimers. Although Weather.com has no corresponding print presence, experts say they consider it a journalistic site because it performs the traditionally journalistic tasks of collecting and analyzing information."

Source: Mediapost

Author

Dana Goldstein

Date

2004-07-27 18:00

It's a surprise: the warplane maker Serge Dassault, now owner of Socpresse and Le Figaro, first national daily in France has just appointed Nicolas Beytoux as new editor-in-chief of Le Figaro. So, Beytoux leaves Les Echos owned by Pearson and his family. The future role of Jean de Belot, former editor of Le Figaro is still not clear, but it seems remaining in the newspaper. Not the case of Yves de Chaisemartin, vice-president of Socpresse who was dismissed.

Source: AFP

Author

Dana Goldstein

Date

2004-07-27 18:00

As revealed by the comparative sales statistics 2003/2004 for Germany, published by Zeitungs Marketing Gesellschaft (organization for the marketing of Newspapers) on wednesday, the sales of daily newspapers in Germany have been reduced by 2.91% to 27.97 million. during the third quarter of 2004. The sector, which was hit worst is that of newsstand sales with a reduction of 5.36%, while subscription sales have only diminished by 2.26% according to ZMG.

Source: ZMG (registration required)

Author

Dana Goldstein

Date

2004-07-20 16:48

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