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Monday, June 22, 2009

Can't Stop the Signal

The demonstrations and violence in Iran continues, and the ability for international media to cover the events became more difficult, with authorities first limiting reports to one per day and then enforcing a rule that everything must be cleared by the state prior to broadcast. Friday, Reza Sayah was able to do his single report, in which he spoke first with Hala Gorani and then Wolf Blitzer. Both portions were carried on Domestic:

Reza has not been on the air since Friday, presumably because the monitors are not approving his reports. Iranians are bravely risking imprisonment and worse to get information out to the rest of the world.

On NewsRoom yesterday, they showed a clip of Michael Holmes talking to Ivan Watson about how Iranian police and the offical thug-squad known as the Basij deal with unrest:

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There is also news from other international fronts -- Phil Black reported Sunday on the massive bomb set off in Kirkuk which created the largest death toll so far this year in Iraq:

And this morning he had a report on the situation in Mosul, where there are serious concerns about whether the lid can be kept on the violence when US troops are required to leave Iraqi cities next week:

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Nic Robertson reported this morning on a campaign by the Pakistani army to retake Buner from the Taliban:

Nic also has been reporting on the escape of a New York Times reporter who has been held captive by the Taliban for the past seven months. Media outlets had not publicized David Rohde's abduction in Kabul last November for fear of putting him in increased danger from his captors, but when Nic met with the spokesman for Mullah Omar recently, he did ask about him:

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Where in the World...?

MONDAY: TJ Holmes was in for John Roberts; Kitty Pilgrim was in for Lou Dobbs.

TUESDAY: Reza Sayah was in Tehran; Christiane Amanpour was in London; Ivan Watson was in Istanbul. TJ was in for Rick Sanchez.

WEDNESDAY: John King was in Cleveland. Wolf Blitzer was in for Larry King.

THURSDAY: Ivan was in Atlanta; Gary Tuchman blogged while on vacation in Morocco; Anderson Cooper tried to get to Washington for an interview but his flight was unable to land there and went back to New York. Don Lemon was in for Heidi Collins; Wolf was in for Larry, who was in Dallas to interview the Jonas Brothers. Campbell Brown's program was bumped for a Money & Main Stspecial. Domestic took the International feed overnight to cover Ayatollah Khamenei's speech.

FRIDAY: Carol Costello was in for Kiran Chetry; Betty Nguyen was in for Heidi; Wolf was in for Larry; Erica Hill was in for Anderson. Domestic took the International feed overnight to cover the Iranian protests.

SATURDAY: Betty and TJ were on an hour early to cover the Iranian protests; Nic Robertson reported from Islamabad. Domestic took the International feed overnight to cover the Iranian protests.

SUNDAY: Phil Black was in Baghdad and Mosul (above).

(Also, it seems like Ivan Watson and Josh Levs were on nearly constantly all weekend, they really did an incredible job.)

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