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News Headlines - Tuesday August 26th 2003
MEDIA TO GET WORLD TRADE CENTRE EMERGENCY CALLS
Journalists are to receive transcripts of taped calls made to emergency services on September 11.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey decided not to appeal against a court ruling ordering the release of the transcripts.
The New York Times has been lobbying to get the taped calls, made from the World Trade Centre, as it said it wanted to assess the response of the emergency services and tell the story of "heroes".
According to the ruling, the transcripts must be released by 5pm Thursday. The Port Authority has appealed to the media to "refrain from publishing gruesome, gratuitous or personal details".
AUSTRALIAN ABC RAPPED FOR DIY BOMB REPORT
Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), is under fire after it ran a report about home-made bombs.
The Federal Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, called ABC "irresponsible" after a prime-time news report showed how a group of filmmakers used instructions from a web site to make a bomb.
The report also followed the group as it used the bomb to blow up a van in a controlled situation. An angry Williams said the story could prompt copycat actions.
SECOND COLOMBIAN JOURNALIST KILLED
A second Colombian radio journalist has been killed in 48 hours.
The bullet-ridden body of reporter Andres Carmona was found on Monday.
His death follows that of Juan Carlo Benavides, who was killed on Saturday when left-wing rebels fired at the car he was travelling in with fellow journalist Jaime Conrado. Conrado was wounded.
ISRAELI TV, RADIO WANTS TO DELETE ARABIC WORDS
Israel's state-run TV and radio are mooting a ban on all Arabic words relating to the current crisis in the Middle East after a suicide blast in Jerusalem killed 21 people at the weekend.
The move would replace internationally recognised Palestinian words such as intifada, meaning the uprising.
No decision has yet been taken on whether to delete the words, although the Israeli media has already been told to refer to all Palestinian activists as terrorists, whether they are believed to have carried out an attack or not.
HONG KONG REPORTER JAILED FOR BRIBING GUARD
A magazine reporter has been jailed for three months by a Hong Kong court after admitting paying $300 "tea money" to a security guard in exchange for being allowed to photograph a film shoot for director Wong Kar-wai's long-awaited movie 2046.
Sudden Weekly reporter Alven Leung Shun-key, 29, was told that a custodial sentence was necessary because it was a serious bribery offence and the crime was premeditated.
Leung admitted all three counts of offering an advantage to the security guard.
IRANIAN INTERROGATORS 'TO BLAME' FOR JOURNALIST'S DEATH
An Iranian criminal court investigating the death of journalist Zahra Kazemi has announced that two interrogators were responsible for her murder.
Court officials called Kazemi's death a "quasi intentional murder" and ordered the two interrogators, who were not identified, be arrested.
Kazemi, a Canadian national, contributed to Recto Verso, a Montreal-based magazine, and the London-based photo agency Camera Press. She was arrested in June while taking photographs outside Tehran's Evin Prison.
After two weeks detention she died in an Iranian hospital. The cause of her death was found to be from a blow to the head.
GROUP CONCERNED FOR JOURNALISTS' WELFARE
A human rights group has expressed concern for the welfare of three journalists on hunger strike in a Cuban jail.
Reporters Without Borders said Mario Enrique Mayo, Adolfo Fernández Sainz and Ivan Hernández Carillo have been refusing food for more than a week.