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Friday Media Roundtable: The Guardian under fire, Syria war crimes, Mandela

Parliamentary Recording Unit, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On the next  Your Call, it’s our Friday Media Roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of the parliamentary questioning of Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger. He’s accused of of helping terrorists by publicizing top secret information leaked by Edward Snowden. We’ll also discuss coverage of Syria. For the first time, the UN has accused President Ashar al-Assad of committing war crimes. We’ll be joined by the Washington Post's Liz Sly and Free Press’s Josh Stearns. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.



Josh Stearns, Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director for Free Press

Liz Sly, a reporter from the Washington Post operating out of Beirut

Kevin Gosztola, writer for "The Dissenter" blog for Firedoglake

Web Resources:

The Guardian - Guardian will not be intimidated over NSA leaks, Alan Rusbridger tells MPs

The Guardian - Alan Rusbridger and the home affairs select committee: the key exchanges

The New Yorker - Freedom of Information

Washington Post - Syria fighting in Qalamoun triggers new exodus of refugees to Lebanon

Washington Post - Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqess Assassinated outside his Beirut home

NYT - Syria Crisis is Worsening, UN Relief Official Says

The Guardian - Bashar al-Assad implicated in Syria war crimes, says UN

Firedoglake - Why there is nothing wrong with the fact that only 1% of NSA files have been published

Firedoglake - NSA Sent home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations with Family and Friends During the Holidays

Firedoglake - ‘Do you love this country?’ - British MPs Question Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief

Recommended Reading:

Rolling Stone: Snowden and Greenwald: The Men who Leaked the Secrets

Washington Post, Lynn Duke:  Nelson Mandela, ex-president of South Africa, dies at 95

Washington Post:  NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

The Guardian: Mandela's Wife: 'I learned to separate the man from the myth'

NPR Fresh Air: Beyond Good Cop/Bad Cop: A look at real-life interrogations