The Media in the Press 8.6.10

Edinburgh Napier University MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, browses through today's papers for media stories…

Broadcaster Stephen Fry unveiled the 'most beautiful' Twitter message at the Guardian Hay Festival in Wales. The winning tweet was: “I believe we can build a better world! Of course, it'll take a whole lot of rock, water & dirt. Also, not sure where to put it”.

Says The Herald (page 9), it was written by Marc MacKenzie from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, writing under the name @marcmack. The festival organisers had asked competitors to send their entries to the festival's Twitter account.

A White House reporter, Helen Thomas, has resigned from Hearst newspapers after making anti-Semitic statements.

Eighty-nine year-old Thomas has covered the White House for 57 years. She is reported The Guardian (page 16), saying: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land, not Germany and not Poland.

Thomas has issued an apology and did not cover the White House briefing yesterday.

The Times (page 4) also reports Helen Thomas story, concluding, “it is always dangerous for a reporter to become the story”. Her remarks were scarcely reported at first, but when posted on the Drudge Report website at the weekend they provoked a storm of controversy in which accusations of anti-Semitism quickly drowned out defenders of free speech, Giles Whittell writes.

The Danish cartoonist who caricatured Prophet Muhammad has announced his retirement, The Scotsman says (page 29). “One has to stop at some point,” Kurt Westergaard is reported, saying. He turns 75 this July.

He has been working with Jyllands-Posten newspaper for 27 papers. Four years ago, Westergaard and 11 other artists angered Muslims around the world by creating the Muhammad cartoons.

It led to terror attacks on his newsapaper and against him. He hopes his retirement might help “to lower the terror threat” against his newspapers.

Westergaard's cartoon, which he said took him 45 minutes to draw, was considered the most offensive of the 12 drawings. He has refused to apologise saying that poking fun at religious symbols is protected by Denmark's freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, a new daily newspaper tabloid called Newsday has been launched. The owner of the paper, Trevor Ncube, is quoted, saying:, “Its going well. It is early days but there is a lot of excitement.”

The arrival of Newsday – says The Times, page 28 – ends seven years of state-enforced monopoly by The Herald, a broadsheet deveoted to the country's President Mugabe and his party.

The Times (page 57) also carries an obituary of journalist and science writer, Martin Gardner, who died on the 22nd of last month, at the age of 95. Says the paper, he was blessed with the gift of making mathematics and science come to life through the written word, a talent he used to the full in more than 60 books and hundreds of magazine columns.

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