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US journalist for Jewish paper posts first report after gaining rare access to Iran

Forward reporter given visa to Irann American journalist from a Jewish, pro-Israel newspaper was granted a visa to Iran this summer, and published his first report from the country on Tuesday – one month before the US congress is set to vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

Larry Cohler-Esses, the managing editor for news at the Forward, an influential national US newspaper, was the first journalist from a Jewish, pro-Israel publication to be granted a journalist’s visa since the 1979 Revolution, he wrote.


Photojournalist slain in Mexico City

photojournalist slain in MexicoMexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.

But the killings may have had to do more with the four women found dead alongside Ruben Espinosa, 31, who worked for the investigative magazine Proceso and other media, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said in news conference.


Clinton campaign complains of 'egregious' New York Times reporting errors

NYT 'egregious' Clinton errorsThe Hillary Clinton campaign sent a nearly 2,000-word letter to the executive editor of The New York Times this week expressing "grave concern" with a recent and controversial report relating to the former Secretary of State's private email account.

"We remain perplexed by the Times’ slowness to acknowledge its errors after the fact, and some of the shaky justifications that Times’ editors have made," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri wrote in the letter to Dean Baquet, which the campaign forwarded to the On Media blog late Thursday night.


Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is "A Big Problem For The Party" In New Harvard Report

GOP media problemsRepublican insiders are complaining that the right-wing media "is shaping the party's agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans' ability to govern and to win presidential elections," according to a new Harvard report.

New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes, a Joan Shorenstein fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, spent nearly four months researching how the conservative media is increasingly influencing the Republican Party.


35 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault appear on 'New York' cover

New Yorker coverThe latest cover of New York magazine features a black and white image of 35 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

The magazine photographed and interviewed the women for the issue, which was released online Sunday.

Many of the women share similar stories of being young actresses or mentees of Cosby who were drugged by the actor and sexually assaulted. Some didn't speak out until now for fear that no one would believe them.


NBC cuts ties with Donald Trump

NBC cuts ties with TrumpNBC is cutting its ties with Donald Trump over the 2016 Republican presidential candidate's recent remarks over immigrants.

"Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," the network said in a statement Monday.

NBC also said it would no longer air the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.


Press freedom is declining in the US

Press freedom decliningToday the world recognizes World Press Freedom Day. Instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), its purpose is to “celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on [its] independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

The issues of quality reporting, media independence and the safety of journalists are as relevant today as ever – especially in the United States.


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