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News Headlines - Tuesday September 2nd 2003
AGENTS CLEARED OVER JOURNALIST'S DEATH
Prosecutors in Iran have dropped charges against two intelligence ministry agents in connection with the death of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist.
The agents had been charged with complicity in the "semi-premeditated murder" of photographer Zahra Kazemi, 54, who died on July 10 after sustaining head injuries while in custody.
Kazemi died three weeks after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests. After 77 hours of interrogation, she was taken to a hospital, where she died a fortnight later.
NEW ITALIAN NEWS CHANNEL OPENS
Sky Italia has begun a 24-hour Italian language news service, mixing news, sports, features and weather.
SkyTg24 will show news coverage in 30-minute segments along with nightly and weekly talk shows focussing on politics and business.
The network has its own staff but will also share footage with sister networks Fox News and Sky News.
Pay-TV platform Sky Italia is 80% owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and 20% by Telecom Italia.
ARAB NETWORK LAUNCHES WEB SITE IN ENGLISH
Arab satellite TV station al-Jazeera has launched an English-language web site.
Five months ago, hackers brought down a temporary site launched by the controversial network during the Iraq war.
al-Jazeera news coordinator Susi Sirri, said the site aimed "to fill a niche for English speakers who want to get the other side of the story, the Arab perspective".
FIFTH JOURNALIST KILLED IN PHILIPPINES THIS YEAR
A radio reporter has been killed in the Philippines, the fifth journalist to be slain in the South East Asian country this year.
Rico Ramirez, a reporter at the DXSF radio station, was found shot dead by the roadside on August 20, but his death has only just been reported. Police said they had no motive for the murder.
Ramirez was killed one day after another radio reporter Noel Villarante was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his home near Manila.
EUROPEANS PUT FAITH IN TV OVER GOVERNMENTS ON IRAQ
When it comes to Iraq, the British, French and Germans are more inclined to believe what they watch on TV than what their own politicians tell them.
According to a survey, only 9% of Germans and 6% of Britons said they trusted their governments more than their TV stations on the issue.
In contrast, 20% of Germans and 24% of Britons said they would believe the TV over the government. The French said they held both TV and government in equal disdain.
"These findings suggest that governments in three key European countries have done little to convince people that the information they are giving out on Iraq can be trusted," said Graham Page of TNS, the company that undertook the research.
"Moreover, with the Hutton Inquiry currently under way in the UK, trust in government-sourced information on Iraq is particularly low among Britons."
PRESS TO GAIN GREATER ACCESS TO PRINCE
St James's Palace has failed to provide the press with enough access to Prince William over the past two years, Prince Charles' private secretary has admitted.
Sir Michael Peat says he will now inform journalists about Prince William at least once a term.
Media groups have been frustrated by the inaccessibility of the heir to the throne during his time at St Andrews University.
NEWS CHANNEL GOES WALL-TO-WALL
Round-the-clock news channel Euronews will now be available to digital subscribers in Ireland 24 hours a day.
Customers of the Go Digital subscription package will receive the expanded service via a deal with NTL Ireland.
Euronews, which is broadcast across the continent, was previously aired for only a few hours a day on national terrestrial channels RTE1, Network 2 and TG4.