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News Corp.'s U.K. Actions Under Scrutiny In U.S.

The newest front for News Corp. involves the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law banning American firms from paying bribes to government officials abroad. Columbia University law professor John Coffee, director of the law school's Center of Corporate Governance, said the company is moving swiftly and powerfully to contain the threat. "News Corp. has pretty much assembled a dream team of all-star foreign corrupt practice litigators," Coffee said.

Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests

The crowd of twenty or so caught in the orange fence is shouting "Shame! Shame! Who are you protecting?! YOU are the 99%! You're fighting your own people!" A white-shirt, now known to be NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, comes from the left, walks straight up to the three young girls at the front of the crowd, and pepper-sprays them in the face for a few seconds, continuing as they scream "No! Why are you doing that?!" The rest of us in the crowd turn away from the spray, but it's unavoidable.

News Corp investors urged to drop James Murdoch from board

Investors in News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's media company, were urged on Tuesday to vote against the re-election of his son James Murdoch as a company director. Pirc, which advises shareholders on corporate governance issues, said of Murdoch that "it is unclear why he did not initiate in-depth inquiries at an earlier stage and why former colleagues now directly and publicly contradict his stated position that he was unaware that hacking extended beyond [Clive] Goodman."

Longshore Workers Make a Stand for Labor

Longshore workers on the Columbia River caught everyone's attention three weeks ago when they blocked a move by a multinational grain consortium that threatened their union and their jobs. The media berated hundreds of longshoremen "storming" the port of Longview, Wash., but most accounts glossed over the terminal operator's refusal to abide by the port's contract to hire workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Media coverage of Wall Street protest ramps up following cop clash

Major media outlets have drawn criticism for their collective lack of coverage of the ongoing, youth-led protests near Wall Street. But it appears that tide is changing, prompted in part by a YouTube video that shows a New York City police officer using pepper-spray on women during the Wall Street protests, The video has been picked up by national outlets, including the "Today" show.

AFL-CIO President Trumka sends list of killed Colombian labor leaders to Obama

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent a letter to President Obama on Monday expressing his labor federation’s opposition to the pending free-trade deal with Colombia. Included with the letter was a list of names of the 22 union leaders who have been killed in Colombia, 15 of those after the United States agreed to a labor action plan with the South American country in April to improve its labor rights record, according to the AFL-CIO.

Conservatives summon Sun journalists to testify in CBC fight

The Conservatives are calling on some of the CBC's harshest critics and competitors to testify about the broadcaster at a parliamentary hearing on access to information. The move prompted NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus to say the study is a thinly disguised attempt to undermine the public broadcaster. He noted that the Conservative Party recently wrote to its members asking them whether they believed the CBC was a good or bad value for money.

HHS Puts It in Writing: Staff Members and Reporters Are Forbidden to Speak without Reporting to the Authorities

The Department of Health and Human Services last week released a media policy which makes it official that staff members and reporters are forbidden to speak to each other without reporting to public information officers and supervisors.
Although over the last 10-20 years HHS and many of its agencies have prohibited staff members not to speak to reporters without PIO oversight, this is apparently the first time in history the agency has put it in writing.