Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
The Palestine was the hotel that was shelled by American troops during the 2003 invasion, killing two journalists and wounding several others. The Al Hamra was where Time magazine's bureau was located when Michael Ware became bureau chief. More recently, it was home to the McClatchy and Christian Science Monitor bureaus. They left the hotel recently. John Walcott, the Washington bureau chief for McClatchy, sent out a note to his staff this morning about that move:
The recent move out of the Hamra was no accident, nor was it simply good luck. Hannah Allam, who oversees the Baghdad bureau from her base in Cairo, was in Iraq late last year overseeing the merger with the Monitor and was alarmed by the deteriorating security conditions at the hotel and some developments in the immediate neighborhood, most colorfully the openings of two brothels across the square, which in addition to their primary purpose provided an ideal place to survey the Hamra and its defenses without attracting much notice. The security force had shrunk to about half of what's needed, largely because NBC News has bailed out of Iraq and taken its budget with it, and one day workers arrived and began tearing down the blast walls, we suspect because of a dispute over payments to someone in authority.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Nat Geo Channel Grabs Afghanistan Doc
National Geographic Channel has acquired exclusive global broadcast rights to a feature-length documentary about U.S. troops on the frontlines in Afghanistan, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
"Restrepo," which will premiere on the opening night of the Sundance festival, is based on Sebastian Junger's latest book, called “War,” and comes from Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington.
Theatrical rights have yet to be sold. The move is expected to air on Nat Geo in the fall.