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Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules when it comes to net neutrality, and are reporting based on unnamed sources.

Late Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the reports of a turnaround "."

According to the Times and the Journal, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster pipe into people's homes to content companies willing to pay for it. In other words, content providers could pay for preferential treatment into American homes.

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NYT Retracts Russian-Photo Scoop

NY Times retracts photo storyTwo days after the New York Times led its editions with a one-sided article about photos supposedly proving that Russian special forces were behind the popular uprisings in eastern Ukraine, the Times published what you might call a modified, limited retraction.

Buried deep inside the Wednesday editions (page 9 in my paper), the article by Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer – two of the three authors from the earlier story – has this curious beginning: “A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny.”

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American journalist Simon Ostrovsky being held by pro-Russian gunmen

Simon OstrovskyPro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”

Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another.

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The New York Times agrees to be gagged by Israel

NYT gag orders on IsraelMargaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor, has written a thoughtful and important piece criticizing the way the newspaper complied with an Israeli-imposed gag order on the case of Majd Kayyal.

But it leaves some important questions unanswered about the Times’ apparent eagerness to let Israeli censors set its news agenda.

But it leaves some important questions unanswered about the Times’ apparent eagerness to let Israeli censors set its news agenda.

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U.S. intelligence chief bars unauthorized contacts with reporters on all intel-related matters

James ClapperEmployees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing without authorization any intelligence-related matter - even if it isn’t classified - with journalists, under a new directive issued by Director of National Security James Clapper.

Intelligence agency employees who violate the policy could suffer career-ending losses of their security clearances or out-right termination, and those who disclose classified information could face criminal prosecution, according to the directive signed by Clapper on March 20.

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4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

French journalists freedTen months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres - all said to be in good health - were freed over the weekend in unclear circumstances in what has become the world's most dangerous, and deadliest, conflict for journalists.

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Three Lebanese journalists for al-Manar TV killed in Syria

Journalists killed in SyriaThree Lebanese journalists working for Hezbollah's al-Manar television were killed on Monday after coming under attack in the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus.

Al-Manar said two other members of the team were wounded but were in a stable condition.

In a statement, it accused "terrorists" of killing reporter Hamza Haj Hassan, cameraman Mohamad Mantash and technician Halim Allaw who were in Maaloula to cover fighting between government forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, and insurgents, mostly jihadis who took over the town in December.

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