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Ex-reporter tells UK court he hacked William and Kate's phones nearly 200 times

Clive Goodman, UK reporterThe former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid admitted to a London court on Wednesday he had repeatedly hacked the voicemails of Princes William and Harry, and William's wife Kate Middleton.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing voicemails on the mobile phones of royal aides, said he had hacked Queen Elizabeth's grandsons almost a decade ago in search of stories while working at the now-defunct tabloid.

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Executive editor Jill Abramson ousted from New York Times

Jill AbramsonNew York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was abruptly fired from the paper on Wednesday, sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO.

Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor, effective immediately.

The news of her departure was met with shock throughout the newsroom. Senior editors were unexpectedly summoned to a 2 p.m. leadership meeting at the Times headquarters in New York. The news was then announced in a staff-wide meeting by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

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Young French Journalist Killed in Africa

Camille Lepage killedFrench photojournalist Camille Lepage has been killed while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say.

The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a French patrol stopped a car driven by Christian anti-balaka militia in the Bouar region, a statement said.

She had reportedly been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting.

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Yemen deports Adam Baron, a Monitor and McClatchy correspondent

Yemen expels journalistYemeni authorities on Thursday expelled without explanation an American journalist who for years has used his singular access to show the gritty realities of the country’s counterterrorism struggle, from profiling casualties of US drone strikes to revealing the US interception of Al Qaeda’s internal communications.

Adam Baron, a freelance reporter who’s contributed to The Christian Science Monitor, McClatchy, and other news outlets from Yemen since 2011, confirmed his deportation in an email after he arrived in Cairo.

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Protesters set up camp at net neutrality rally outside FCC headquarters

Net neutrality rallyProtesters set up camp outside the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on Wednesday to fight plans they say will create a two-tier internet and hand control of the web to major corporations.

The rally – reminiscent of the Occupy-style rallies that started in 2011 – started outside the FCC’s Washington headquarters at noon with protesters from Fight For the Future, Popular Resistance and others unfurling banners reading “Save the Internet”.

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CBS News tries to scrub traces of Lara Logan’s false Benghazi report

lara LoganCBS is trying to eradicate evidence of Lara Logan's faulty reporting on the Benghazi attack.

Video and a transcript of Logan's October 27, 2013 "60 Minutes" segment, featuring a now discredited security consultant claiming to have been present at the U.S. Consulate in Libya at the time of the 2012 attack, were removed from the CBS website after his version of events were found to be dubious last fall.

New reports show that CBS News also requested the transcript be removed from LexisNexis.

Search results in the database indicate the transcript has been deleted "at the request of CBS News due to legal or copyright issues," Think Progress first reported.

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GOP's Voice of America reform push sparks propaganda fears

VOAThe House is moving to overhaul the handful of taxpayer-funded media organizations, but critics say the changes would turn the Voice of America into a tool for pro-western propaganda.

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill to make “dramatic reforms” to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees the government-backed outlets.

“U.S. broadcasters are competing with a hand tied behind their back,” Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said after the bill passed the committee.

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