Good news for royalists and for fans of free content. Press Gazette reports that The Times and Sunday Times of London will be dropping their paywalls this weekend in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Sunday Times app will also be available for free trial period over the weekend, notes the article.
Will Bunch from Poynter weighs the arguments about the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s decision to cut print publication to just three days a week and go digital first. In this thoughtful article, Bunch suggests ways to move beyond the conflict between print-first and digital-first advocates, and create better and more inclusive news reporting in New Orleans.
The Guardian reports that Israeli investigative reporter Uri Blau is facing trial in Israel for possession of classified information that was leaked to him by a former soldier. The secret documents revealed members of the Israeli military and security forces had "authorised the killing of Palestinian militants", in operations in which they could have been detained, writes the paper. The Guardian notes that the ex-soldier who gave Blau copies of the documents was given a four-and-a-half year jail term in February, after being convicted of collecting and distributing classified information.
The London Evening Standard reports on the UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s appearance at the Leveson Inquiry today, where he answered questions about his involvement with the Murdochs and his handling of News Corp’s controversial BSkyB bid. The paper reports that Hunt is under pressure over a text message that he sent to James Murdoch after Vince Cable was made to stand down from his position presiding over News Corp’s BSkyB bid, which read “Great … just Ofcom to go.”
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