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11:40 PM ET, September 12, 2012

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Miriam Arghandiwal / Reuters:
Afghanistan bans YouTube to block anti-Muslim film  —  (Reuters) - Afghanistan banned the YouTube website on Wednesday to stop Afghans watching a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad that sparked protests in North Africa and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name  —  Revelations about the alleged producer of the now-infamous trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims.”  —  As part of my search for more information about Sam Bacile, the alleged producer of the now-infamous anti-Muhammad film trailer …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's YouTube Blocks Film Behind Protests in Libya  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube video-sharing service is blocking access in Egypt and Libya to a film about the Prophet Muhammad that is viewed as blasphemous by Muslims, that sparked protests and an attack responsible for the deaths of four Americans.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Lede, Wired, @mathewi and Reuters
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
California man confirms role in anti-Islam film  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role …
Discussion: Mediaite, L.A. NOW and LA Observed
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Times Denies State Department Request to Remove Photo from Web Site  —  The State Department asked The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon to remove a photograph of the dying ambassador to Libya from a gallery on the newspaper's Web site.  The ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens …
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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Was Photo of Dead Ambassador Acceptable?  —  Where is the line between good taste and important journalism?  And did The Times cross it when it used, in a Wednesday afternoon online photo gallery, an image of an unconscious J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador, who was killed in an attack on the United States Embassy in Libya?
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The ‘facts’ from Benghazi  —  Almost from the moment some 3,000 Salafist protesters and football fans started gathering outside the U.S. embassy compound in Cairo yesterday, the press was spitting all over itself trying to get a handle on the story as it developed.
Discussion: This Just In, Gawker and CNN
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The Kernel sued by former contributors  —  The London-based blog about the tech startup scene, the Kernel, is being sued through an employment tribunal for non-payment of thousands of pounds by two of its former contributors, and is said to owe thousands more to other former staff.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
After ‘Today’ Criticism, NBC News Chief Apologies to Affiliates  —  As it promised, NBC did not apologize on the air Wednesday for its decision not to observe a moment of silence during the “Today” show on Sept. 11.  —  But Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, did send out a message …
Discussion: Deadline.com
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NBC won't apologize for airing Kardashian interview during 9/11 moment of silence
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Patriot-News staffers will learn next month if they've lost their jobs  —  Two hundred and thirty employees of the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News will be notified by the first week of October whether they'll keep their jobs, the Associated Press reports.  —  In late August the Pulitzer Prize …
Discussion: @sganim and The Newspaper Guild
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Associated Press:   Harrisburg's daily Patriot-News to publish on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting Jan. 2
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
A Sneak Peek at Roll Call's New Name Plate  —  Leaked to FishbowlDC: a picture of the new nameplate for Roll Call that come November will combine Roll Call and and CQ Today and an internal memo laying out more details about it.  The NYT broke the news Sunday night that on Nov. 13 Roll Call …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:   Roll Call editor leaving for NPR
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Not too much for news orgs in Apple's new announcements  —  When Apple has one of its semiannual stage shows to show off new gear, we sometimes do a quick roundup of the implications for news organizations.  But today's announcement of the iPhone 5 (and assorted other tidbits) was pretty light on angles.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Journal Register opens the kimono a bit  —  CEO John Paton gives us some hard numbers  —  One of my biggest criticisms of Journal Register Company and Digital First Media has been how it has cherry picked financial figures to show its transformation is succeeding, and how the press covered those incomplete numbers.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Adam L. Penenberg / PandoDaily:
Shhh... Don't Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed  —  At its iPhone-a-palooza today Apple announced that it's upgrading iTunes.  It'll be more mobile friendly, and the store will be, oh, I don't know, more store-like?  There will be Facebook integration, better search, and a bunch of other features …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Glenn Beck's Show Heads to Dish Network  —  Glenn Beck is bringing his brand of conservative commentary back to the television set.  —  One year after embracing an Internet-only distribution model, Mr. Beck is repositioning his streaming network, TheBlaze TV, as an offering for cable …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
NRS: Guardian has highest combined print and online monthly readership for quality titles  —  A new study, which combines print and online readership figures for the first time, shows that more people in the UK read the Guardian online than in print, with the newspaper securing …
Discussion: Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Web adds a fifth to UK newspaper readership, print still dominates
Discussion: Guardian and NetNewsCheck Latest
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hillsborough report: why the Mirror refused to accept police spin  —  In October last year I wrote a blog item headlined The Sun's Hillsborough source has never been a secret - it was the police.  So today's confirmation came as little surprise.  —  A couple of months later …
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Dina Rickman / Huffington Post UK:
Hillsborough Tragedy: Kelvin MacKenzie, Former Sun Editor, Apologises To Liverpool For ‘That Headline’
 
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