11 December 2005

Paramount buys DreamWorks for $1.6 billion

Q: What'd ya do this weekend?
A: I bought some new shoes and a CD. What'd you do?
Q: I bought Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg...and a pair of sunglasses.

"We couldn't be more excited about having Steven Spielberg and David Geffen and the amazing roster of talent at DreamWorks join the Paramount family, and we look forward to our new partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation," said Tom Freston, co-President and co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom. "This is a major milestone in our efforts to re-establish Paramount as an industry leader."

05 December 2005

Sixty journalists killed in Iraq since March 2003

"Sixty journalists have been killed covering the Iraq war since the March 2003 invasion, including at least 13 killed by U.S. forces, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Another 22 media workers such as drivers and translators also have been killed, the group says."

"Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John Warner, a Virginia Republican, pressed Rumsfeld in September to address concerns about the increased detentions and shootings by U.S. forces of reporters in Iraq." -- Will Dunham, Reuters

Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF)cites similar figures saying 75 journalists and media assistants have been killed in the same 33-month time frame.
"A ce jour, au moins 75 journalistes et collaborateurs des médias ont été tués en Irak depuis le déclenchement de la guerre en mars 2003." -- Reporters Without Borders