posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 09:54 PM
Here are two other related items reguarding free press and recent events.
Italy Radio Stations Lose Power Prior to Bush Protests
In Italy, the country's largest electric company cut off power to two left-wing radio stations just as they were preparing to broadcast coverage of
the protests against President Bush on Friday. This according to a report by MediaChannel. The electric company, which is partly state owned, claimed
the power outage was due to maintenance work but it forced the two stations Radio Città Aperta and Radio Onda Rossa off the air for four hours. Green
Party ministers have called for a parliamentary inquiry into the power outage. Protesters estimate 250,000 took to the streets against Bush in
Qatar Not Invited to G8 Summit Because of Al Jazeera
The New York Times reports most Arab nations with the exception of Qatar have been invited to attend the G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia. The Qatar
snub is the latest chapter in an ongoing battle over the Qatar-based satellite news channel Al Jazeera which the US claims incites anti-American
violence in Iraq. One diplomat said QUOTE "It's strange, having a summit declaration on democratic reforms and not inviting a country because it has
a free press."