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The Shame of US Journalism Is the Destruction of Iraq, Not Fake Helicopter Stories

Shock and aweThe news that NBC’s Brian Williams was not, in fact, on a helicopter in 2003 that came under fire from an Iraqi Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) should come as a surprise to noone. Williams had repeated the lie on several occasions over the course of a decade until a veteran, who was on the actual helicopter that was attacked, had enough of Williams’ war porn and called the TV host out on Facebook.

In a quite pathetic effort to cover his tracks, the anchor—who makes in excess of $10 million per year— claimed that his fairy tale was, in fact, "a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men and women" who had served in Iraq. Twelve years, it seems, is enough time for Williams to confuse being on a helicopter that came under fire from an RPG with being on a helicopter that did not.

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Brian Williams apologizes for false Iraq story

Brian WilliamsNBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.

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Dutch journalist to be tried in Turkey on 'terror propaganda' charges

Frederike GeerdinkA Turkish prosecutor formally accused a Dutch journalist of 'terrorist propaganda' on Monday, and asked she be jailed for up to five years, local media reported on Monday, a move that will deepen fears over press freedom in the NATO member state.

Security forces briefly detained freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink last month and raided her home in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish south-east.

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Jailed Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste freed and deported from Egypt

Peter Greste freedAl-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from jail in Egypt and deported to Cyprus on Sunday after spending 400 days in jail.
Greste was arrested on Dec. 2013 on charges including reporting false news and endangering Egypt's national security. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Two other al-Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested and sentenced to seven and 10 years, respectively. They remain imprisoned.

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Former CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to journalist

Jeffrey SterlingA former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third day of deliberations, the jurors told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. However, they delivered guilty verdicts later in the afternoon after the judge urged them to keep talking.

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Journalist and activist sentenced to 5 years for FBI threats

Barrett BrownAfter he was arrested more than two and a half years ago, a journalist once known as the unofficial spokesman for Anonymous has been sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement with the hacker collective.

Inside a Dallas federal district courtroom on Thursday, Barrett Brown pleaded guilty to three charges: transmitting threats, accessory to hacking charges, and interfering with the execution of a search warrant. Judge Samuel A. Lindsay also ordered that Mr. Brown pay $890,000 in restitution and serve two years parole.

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Paris Mayor Announces Plans to Sue Fox News

Paris MayorParis is suing Fox News after the "image" of the city was "insulted" and "prejudiced," CNN's Christiane Amanpour reported Tuesday, citing a conversation with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Amanpour's post was retweeted from Hidalgo's Twitter account.  The mayor's account also wrote that Hidalgo was "of course shocked by Fox's stigmatizing error."

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