Archive for December, 2005

BBC Opens News Archive

December 31, 2005


“For the first time in its history BBC News is opening its archives to the UK public for a trial period. You can download nearly 80 news reports covering iconic events of the past 50 years including the fall of the Berlin Wall, crowds ejecting soldiers from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and behind-the-scenes footage of the England team prior to their victory over West Germany in 1966.”


Apparently you have to be in the UK to use the service, however I am sure that there are going to be ways around this.


Bloggers Publish Leaked Torture Memos

December 31, 2005

craigmurrayCraig Murray, Former ambassador UK to Uzbekistan is appealing to bloggers to spread the truth about the torture practices there. His forthcoming book is being blocked by the Foreign Office until he removes references to two documents concerning the legal opinion of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office concerning evidence that may have been obtained through the use of torture.

However, instead of removing the references to the documents, he has published them in full, and asked bloggers to spread them around the world.

In one letter he wrote, Craig Murray said,

“I will not attempt to hide my utter contempt for such casuistry, nor my shame that I work in and organisation where colleagues would resort to it to justify torture. I have dealt with hundreds of individual cases of political or religious prisoners in Uzbekistan, and I have met with very few where torture, as defined in the UN convention, was not employed. When my then DHM raised the question with the CIA head of station 15 months ago, he readily acknowledged torture was deployed in obtaining intelligence. I do not think there is any doubt as to the fact”

The documents are below in full.

Link to Register article by John Lettice.

Link to the former ambassador’s blog, here is the Wikipedia entry on Craig Murray (which currently also includes text of the banned memos) and here is a related thread on MeFi.

Link to Boing Boing article where we first read about this story.

Link to site tracking all new developments and reports.


Digg’s New Journalism

December 31, 2005

digglogoYou become the editor at Digg with the ability to endorse any story with a vote (a digg). You can also submit posts and report them as lame, spam, old news, broken or redundant.

In an interview with wired, founder Kevin Rose said,

“Digg is quite different from (older) sites. Slashdot is put together by an editorial board. Digg uses the collective wisdom of the masses and, consequently, news breaks faster.”

For more information read digg’s faq or read this report by Wired.

First Blood – Torontoist Takes Jab at blogTO

December 31, 2005


Torontoist takes a jab at blogTO today. Apparently they are disgusted with using the above picture from the Toronto Star’s coverage of the Boxing Day shooting on Yonge St. in a post initially about iPod theft.

Torontoist writes,

“In the blogosphere, as they say, BlogTO takes a gruesome photo from the Star to accompany a description of a stolen iPod. A snippet:

About a week before Christmas, one of my best friends was mugged. His newly purchased prized Video iPod, that he had gone through a great deal of trouble to finally own, was snatched right out of his hands on the TTC subway. The brave soul that he is, RAN AFTER the thief and cornered him at the wrong end of the platform.

Torontoist says: Nothing. Torontoist says nothing, but rather is completely mystified. Is this really a post about petty theft? Does it have any relationship to the picture, or these issues? (Makes disgusted face.)”

So far it seems blogTO hasn’t noticed. Will this be the first sign of a rivalry between the two very similar blogs?

Why We’re Here

December 31, 2005

Who watches the watchers? We do. We’re here to comment on the interesting world of journalism; sometimes the way a story is reported is just as interesting as the story itself.

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