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WMC Daily News Brief: Martha Raddatz, Global Gag Rule, Egypt

February 10, 2009

Q&A: Martha Raddatz

2/9/09

Broadcasting and Cable: While ABC News recently announced that it would expand its partnership with the BBC to cover breaking news in Iraq, the network is still spending resources in the region. ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz has been to Afghanistan three times since November. 


Ungagging Women's Human Rights

2/10/09

Women's eNews: The global gag rule actually condemned more women to illegal, unsafe abortion by cutting funding for the very family planning programs needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place.


Egyptian Women, Some Men, Fight Sexual Harassment 

2/9/09

AP via Google: Dressed in karate uniforms and track suits, the young Egyptian women break off in pairs and begin sparring.  The nearly two dozen women and girls in a small gymnasium in this city of one million, north of Cairo, are learning to fight off assailants — a rare training for women in the Arab world.


Local TV Stations Face A Fuzzy Future  

2/10/09

Wall Street Journal: Lisa Howfield, general manager of KVBC, the NBC affiliate here, watched last year as the broadcast-television business began to shrink. She started cutting. She combined departments. She made do with old equipment, and did away with luxuries like yearly sales getaways.


Sudan Expels Reporter Over Darfur, Arms: U.S.

2/9/09

Reuters via Boston Globe: Sudan has expelled Heba Aly, a foreign journalist who wrote for U.S. news agency Bloomberg, the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor newspaper and the United Nations news service IRIN, for reporting on the country's Darfur crisis and arms industry.


New Media Breaks In, But Tradition Lives On  

2/10/09

NY Times: President Obama on Monday evening became the 10th American president to call on Helen Thomas at a White House news conference. And he was the first to call on Sam Stein, a reporter for The Huffington Post, whose Internet publication sprung to life during Mr. Obama’s candidacy.


U.S. Supermarket, Newsstand Magazine Sales Tumble

2/9/09

Reuters: Newsstand and retail sales of U.S. magazines fell 11 percent in the second half of 2008, with celebrity and women's titles taking a hit as supermarket and drugstore shoppers cut back on their spending.


Sri Lanka: 'Govt Targets Media Under Civil War Cover'

2/9/09

IPS: Sri Lanka’s ruling establishment has become increasingly intolerant towards the island country’s independent media, even as President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government steps up its military offensive against separatist Tamil militants in the north.


Ad Declines In Mass Media Seen As More Than Just Economic  

2/9/09

Wall Street Journal: With dire forecasts, multibillion-dollar write-downs and widespread job losses piling up throughout the industry, media companies are watching their life blood -- advertising -- erode at a rate not seen in a generation.


New Senator Vows To New Yorkers To Take Wider View On Gun Issues  

2/10/09

NY Times: Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who campaigned upstate for Congress last year as a stalwart opponent of gun control, vowed after meeting with the parents of a slain Brooklyn high school senior on Monday that she would lead the fight against gun violence as a senator for all of New York.


Resisting The Sex Panic: Sex Workers Struggle For Evidence-Based Regulation In Nevada 

2/10/09

RH Reality Check: In rural Nevada, the possible expansion of the brothel industry has US sex workers hoping at last to be given a central role in governing their own industry, rather than being seen as at-risk women who require protection from themselves.


Justice, Not Revenge, Is Her Motive  

2/10/09

NY Times: Valerie Lucznikowska is part of a group called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. She was invited to the Obama meeting, she said, because she had immersed herself in reading and writing about Guantánamo.


Female Workers Can Jolt Economy; Look At Japan 

2/10/09

Women's eNews: As Obama's economic stimulus moves through the Senate, women's rights advocates are finding some faults. Mimi Abramovitz, for one, echoes calls for an emphasis on rebuilding the social infrastructure as well as the physical.


Safe Schools Advocates Say Ruling "Sends a Message"

2/10/09

RH Reality Check: Safe-schools activists are hailing the recent ruling in a bullying lawsuit, saying it sends a clear message to school districts in Michigan.


Traveling Mothers Face Hurdles In Pumping Breast Milk  

2/10/09

NY Times: No longer are there tales of airport security guards forcing a breastfeeding mother to pour a two-day supply of her baby’s milk into the garbage or another to taste her own milk. But a business trip still presents an array of challenges for breastfeeding mothers.


Mothers For Sale? The Ones With Hungry Children 

2/10/09

Women's eNews: Kolkata's red light districts are world famous, but the women who work there are too numerous to stand out. Shamita Das Dasgupta and her co-author interviewed some of those with children to feed. Article based on an excerpt from the new book.


Abortion, Contraception, And Sex Ed In The States In 2008 

2/10/09

RH Reality Check: In 2008, a few state legislatures took steps to promote reproductive health, by requiring hospitals to provide information on EC to rape survivors and laying the groundwork for expanding Medicaid family planning coverage.


Regimens: Multivitamins Not Found To Reduce Risks  

2/10/09

NY Times: Many postmenopausal women take multivitamins in the belief that they help prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer, but a large study has found that they do neither.


African Art Museum Gets New Chief

2/10/09

Washington Post: The Smithsonian Institution yesterday named Johnnetta Cole, an anthropologist and former college president, as the new director of the National Museum of African Art.


Vonn Keeps Picking Up Speed And Gold Medals  

2/10/09

NY Times: Lindsey Vonn won the downhill Monday at the world Alpine ski championships in Val d’Isère, France, becoming the first American woman to win two world championship golds in the same year in 57 years.

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