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6:15 PM ET, December 31, 2012

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Times Reporter in China Is Forced to Leave Over Visa Issue  —  BEIJING — A correspondent for The New York Times was forced to leave mainland China on Monday after the authorities declined to issue him a visa for 2013 by year's end.  —  Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian who has worked …
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John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
China expels journalist after Wen revelations  —  John Garnaut is The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's China correspondent.  —  AN AUSTRALIAN journalist with The New York Times has been expelled from China in an apparent act of retaliation for a news report about the family wealth of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
New Tribune Board to Include Peter Liguori, Other Entertainment Veterans  —  Ex-News Corp. and Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn and former Disney exec Peter Murphy will also join the board as the media company emerges from bankruptcy.  —  Former top executives of Hollywood conglomerates …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
‘Journal News’ advertisers face boycott over gun map  —  The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix Goes Down: Company Says Only DVD Website Affected  —  Following its lengthy Christmas Eve outage, Netflix is again experiencing issues today, according to a message posted on the Netflix website, dozens of reports from users on Twitter, and other third-party website monitoring services.
Discussion: SFist, CNET and ZDNet
Associated Press:
German magazine mistakenly publishes Bush obituary  —  BERLIN (AP) — Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel mistakenly published an obituary Sunday for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, hours after a family spokesman said the 88-year-old was recovering from illness.
Discussion: New York Magazine, Gawker and Mediaite
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban, for 3 Minutes  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A ban on YouTube, which Pakistan imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots in much of the Muslim world, was lifted Saturday, only to be reinstated — after three minutes — when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Among Top News Stories, a War Is Missing  —  Look closely at the end-of-the-year lists of 2012's top news stories.  What's missing?  The 11-year-old war in Afghanistan and American-led counterterrorism efforts around the world.  —  The Pew Research Center's weekly polling on the public's interest …
Discussion: Gawker
Associated Press:
Netflix CEO pay: Hastings' gets 100 percent raise  —  Netflix CEO pay will double after he took a 43 percent pay cut this past year for management missteps.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will be paid $4 million in salary and stock options for the coming year.  —  LOS ANGELES
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Touch Publishing Platform Onswipe Now Reaching 10M Monthly Active Users On iOS  —  Onswipe, a startup that helps publishers build websites optimized for iPads and other touchscreen devices, is closing out what sounds like a big year.  Content published through the Onswipe platform reached …
Owen Matthews / Spectator:
Who killed Newsweek?  —  Tina Brown can't just blame the internet  —  So farewell then, Newsweek magazine, which published its last print issue this week.  After 79 years — 15 of them as my employer — the venerable old rag is to disappear into an uncertain, web-only future.
Erika Fry / Fortune:
Can the media escape the wilderness in 2013?  —  The news and publishing industries are on no firmer ground than a year ago as the quest for a sustainable business model continues.  What did we learn from 2012?  —  FORTUNE — In a year with a highly contentious presidential election …
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IFJ says governments and UN are failing to protect journalists and media staff after 121 killed in 2012
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