India Restores Some Internet Access in Kashmir After Long Shutdown

NEW DELHI — Months after imposing a sweeping communications blackout in Kashmir, the Indian government on Saturday unblocked several hundred websites in the disputed Himalayan region, bringing a tentative end to the world’s longest internet shutdown in a democracy. The announcement comes nearly half a year after India’s government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, […]

Russell Simmons Documentary Premieres Amid Controversy

PARK CITY, Utah — Outside the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “On the Record,” the documentary about women who have accused the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, a truck flashed an electronic sign in support of survivors: “Hold sexual abusers accountable.” Inside, the directors were thanking the festival for its support after Oprah […]

Pompeo Denounces News Media, Undermining U.S. Message on Press Freedom

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated his clash with a respected NPR journalist on Saturday, lashing out at her and what he called the “unhinged” news media in an extraordinary statement. A day earlier, he abruptly ended an interview with her and delivered what the news outlet described as a profanity-laced rant. The […]

Indonesia Releases U.S. Journalist Detained Over Visa Issue

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An American environmental journalist accused of violating the terms of his visa has been freed after three days in jail and is likely to be deported soon, a top Indonesian government minister said. The journalist, Philip Jacobson, 30, who works for the nonprofit news site Mongabay and is known for exposing environmental […]

Trump Impeachment: Making a Case Against a President, and Against Tuning Out

They played video. They brought graphics. They cited Alexander Hamilton so many times, they may owe royalties to Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Democratic House impeachment managers, unfolding their case against President Donald J. Trump, were conducting a TV trial without many of the staples of legal drama, particularly witnesses on the stand. Instead, they relied on […]

Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries. Google’s fees range from $45 for a subpoena and $60 for a wiretap to $245 for a search warrant, according […]

Marlon James to Host New Literary Podcast

In his novels “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” Marlon James frequently conjures lost and forgotten voices. As one of the hosts of “Marlon and Jake Read Dead People,” a new podcast whose first two episodes will be available Monday, he does something similar with the spoken word. In the […]

Jeff Bezos’ Hack Inquiry Falls Short of Implicating National Enquirer

Almost a year ago, Jeff Bezos hinted that Saudi Arabia had played a role in The National Enquirer’s 11-page exposé of his affair with the Los Angeles television personality Lauren Sanchez. In making the case in a post on the website Medium, Mr. Bezos noted that his newspaper, The Washington Post, had published the Saudi […]

Editor Who Sharpened Daily News Is Picked to Revive Deadspin

The publisher of the irreverent sports website Deadspin tapped a former editor in chief of The Daily News on Thursday to lead rebuilding efforts, nearly three months after a staff exodus over what employees characterized as editorial meddling. Admirers credit Jim Rich, the site’s new editor in chief, with revitalizing The News as a sharp […]

Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85

Jim Lehrer, the retired PBS anchorman who for 36 years gave public television viewers a substantive alternative to network evening news programs with in-depth reporting, interviews and analysis of world and national affairs, died on Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 85. PBS announced his death. While best known for his anchor work, […]

Hollywood Women Push Directors Guild for Better Parental Benefits

Among the achievements and accolades that the photojournalist and director Jessica Dimmock has amassed are three World Press Photo prizes, an Emmy nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and membership in the exclusive international photo agency VII. In September 2017, Dimmock reached another milestone, when she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Roxanne. But after […]

How the Grammys and Deborah Dugan Went From Hello to War in 5 Months

It was supposed to be a new day for the Grammy Awards. After years of bruising criticism over the show’s poor record of racial and gender diversity — both onstage and behind the scenes — the Recording Academy, the nonprofit that oversees the awards, had charted a path toward change. Out was the longtime chief […]

The Boys Return to Their Comic Book Roots

“The Boys,” the series about corrupt superheroes which premiered on Amazon Prime TV last year, is returning for a second season later this year. Before that, however, the characters will return in a comic book mini-series, The Boys: Dear Becky, beginning in April. The Amazon show is based on the comic book series The Boys, […]

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher at Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that Reagan Arthur is its new publisher, succeeding Sonny Mehta, who died at 77 in December after more than three decades at the helm of the august literary imprint. Arthur, 55, becomes just the fourth head of Knopf, following its namesake founder, Robert Gottlieb and Mehta. The imprint, which has […]

When the Tech Backlash Turns Dangerous: Fake Calls for a SWAT Team

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the first week of November, the police in San Francisco and New York responded to a series of telephone calls claiming that hostages were being held in the homes of Adam Mosseri, a senior Facebook executive. The calls appeared to be coming from inside the homes. Officers arrived in force and […]

Hallmark TV Chief Leaves After Dispute Over Same-Sex Wedding Ad

ImageA scene from one of the commercials that the Hallmark Channel, which Bill Abbott had led since 2009, removed last month.Credit…Zola Hallmark’s top television executive, Bill Abbott, is leaving the company weeks after the Hallmark Channel confronted a withering backlash over its decision to pull commercials that featured a same-sex wedding. Mr. Abbott had been […]

Jack Van Impe, End Times Preacher on TV, Is Dead at 88

Jack Van Impe, a televangelist who reached a wide audience interpreting current events through apocalyptic passages of the Bible and prophesying the end of the world, died on Saturday at a hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 88. His death was announced by his organization, Jack Van Impe Ministries International, which did not specify […]

American Journalist Is Arrested in Indonesia Over Visa Issue

BANGKOK — An American journalist whose work for a conservation website exposed environmental degradation and corporate malfeasance in Indonesia has been jailed by the country’s immigration authorities on suspicion that he violated the conditions of his visa, his attorney said on Wednesday. Philip Jacobson, an editor for the environmental science website Mongabay, was traveling on […]

Grammys Chief Calls Her Removal Retaliation for Exposing ‘Boys’ Club’

Deborah Dugan, the suspended chief of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, said in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday that she had been removed as retaliation for uncovering a range of misconduct at the academy, including sexual harassment, improper voting procedures and conflicts of interest among academy […]

Biden and Sanders Trade Attacks Over Honesty and Social Security

MASON CITY, Iowa — A day after former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders appeared to have brokered a truce after weeks of tension, Mr. Biden released a video on Tuesday night suggesting the Sanders campaign was engaging in “dishonest attacks” and Mr. Sanders responded with a video of his own […]

Analysis Said to Tie Hacking of Bezos’ Phone to Saudi Leader’s Account

SEATTLE — A forensic analysis of Jeff Bezos’ cellphone found with “medium to high confidence” that the Amazon chief’s device was hacked after he received a video from a WhatsApp account reportedly belonging to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, according to a person familiar with the Bezos-ordered investigation. After Mr. Bezos, who […]

Trump Impeachment: A Quill-and-Ink Process Enters the Digital Age

Viewed from one angle, the first day of the Senate trial of President Donald J. Trump was a plain affair. Or I should say, viewed from two angles — the two provided by the official congressional cameras, one trained tight on the speakers’ stand, one providing a static wide shot. This was by design: The […]

Netflix Reports a Subscriber Bump as Disney Poses a New Threat

Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, has grown used to going up against Amazon, Hulu and YouTube. But the Walt Disney Company’s entry into the streaming industry, with Disney Plus, caught his attention. After Netflix released its earnings figures for the fourth quarter of 2019 on Tuesday, Mr. Hastings noted his new rival’s “great” […]

Trump Trial Day 1: Roped-Off Reporters and TV Cameras Run by the Senate

CBS blinked first. After less than three hours of live coverage on Tuesday, the network of Walter Cronkite cut away from the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, yielding to daytime fare like “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy.” NBC held out longer, but by 5 p.m., ABC was the last traditional broadcast network still in […]

The Former Journalist Who Is Bernie Sanders’s Media Critic

When the first in-house newsletter of Bernie Sanders’s campaign landed in inboxes last August, its chief antagonist was neither President Trump nor a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, but rather The Washington Post and, as the email said, “the Washington pundits who are paid by the corporations and billionaires who own the media.” Campaigning […]

Tony Hall to Step Down as BBC Chief

LONDON — After leading the British Broadcasting Corporation for seven years, Tony Hall said on Monday that he would resign this summer to become chairman of the National Gallery, an unexpected announcement that made no mention of the gender pay-gap scandal that has dogged the BBC in recent years. “If I followed my heart I […]

With Impeachment in the News, Ads Are Staying Away From Politics

At this point in the 2016 election cycle Donald J. Trump was slashing through a field of more seasoned candidates and Hillary Clinton appeared to have a good shot at becoming the first female president. Americans were transfixed, and a number of advertising campaigns capitalized on the growing interest in an unusual race. A Chrysler […]

A New Player at Sundance, Backed by Laurene Powell Jobs

The coming out party will feature teenagers from Texas, journalists from Manila and a woman in Louisiana who spent 21 years fighting to free her husband from prison. Concordia Studio, a production company backed by the multibillionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, will make its debut this week at the Sundance Film Festival, two years after […]

New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren

The New York Times editorial board endorsed the two leading female candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Sunday, throwing its support behind Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The board’s decision to back not one but two candidates is a significant break with convention, one that it says […]

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Excelled at the Box Office. ‘Dolittle’ Didn’t.

Hollywood tried to resuscitate two bygone series this weekend. Only one came fully back to life. Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” was far and away the top movie at domestic theaters this weekend, leaving Universal’s “Dolittle” in the dust as it collected an estimated $59.2 million in tickets Friday through Sunday. That’s just a bit […]

Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage

News coverage of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate began last week with a Republican senator calling a CNN reporter “a liberal hack” in the halls of Congress and laughing about it later that night during a Fox News interview. Things haven’t improved much since. Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on […]

Facebook Apologizes for Vulgar Translation of Chinese Leader’s Name

Facebook apologized on Saturday after its platform translated Xi Jinping, the name of the Chinese leader, from Burmese to a vulgar word in English. The mistranslation caught the company’s attention when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, wrote on her official Facebook page about Mr. Xi’s two-day visit to […]

Pressured by Simmons Over Exposé, Oprah Winfrey Faced a Big Decision

For months, the filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering had a pair of dream partners: Oprah Winfrey and Apple, who had committed to back their documentary about women who have accused the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Booked for the Sundance Film Festival and Apple’s new streaming platform, the film was primed to […]

This Is the Guy Who's Taking Away the Instagram Likes

On a recent afternoon, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, assembled members of his staff to discuss the secret details of a critical project: the elimination of public “likes.” You’ll be able to see how many hearts your posts get, dear user, but not other people’s tallies. The effort is referred to internally as “Project […]

Disney Drops Fox From 20th Century and Searchlight Studio Names

LOS ANGELES — Sound the trumpets: 20th Century Fox, a name and klieg-lit logo that stretches back 85 years in Hollywood, is dropping the word Fox, a move that may prevent consumers from mistakenly thinking the movie studio has anything to do with Rupert Murdoch’s polarizing Fox News media empire. The Walt Disney Company bought […]

Ninez Cacho-Olivares, Journalist and Critic of Marcos, Dies at 78

Ninez Cacho-Olivares, who was one of an extraordinary cadre of newswomen who faced down the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s when most of their male colleagues allowed themselves to be cowed or co-opted — but who later unexpectedly turned around and supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his crackdown on independent journalists — died on […]

The Real Fashion Trend of Glenda Bailey’s Bazaar

On Feb. 28, when Glenda Bailey stands in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of the Louvre, presiding over the opening of a new photography retrospective, “Harper’s Bazaar: First in Fashion,” it will mark her final act as editor of the storied magazine. Hearst, the publication’s owner, announced on Wednesday her move to become a “global […]

Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter a ‘Liberal Hack’

WASHINGTON — It was a straightforward question being put to nearly every Republican senator in the Capitol on Thursday: Should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial? But when Manu Raju of CNN, a longtime congressional reporter, put it to Senator Martha McSally of Arizona, a first-term Republican who is up […]

What to Expect from The Peacock Streaming Service

Despite taking its name from one of the flashiest animals on the planet, NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is at risk of blending in with the flock. On Thursday at Rockefeller Center, the media company, owned by the cable giant Comcast, made the case that Peacock would distinguish itself from Netflix and Disney Plus, among others […]

Delayed by Abuse Claim, Apple’s ‘The Banker’ Gets New Release Date

After its original rollout plan was scrapped late last year, “The Banker,” a civil rights drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, has a new life. Apple announced on Thursday that the film would be made available to Apple TV Plus subscribers on March 20, with a theatrical release scheduled for March 6. One […]

After Hashtag Activism, Hollywood Assistants Get a Raise

Using the hashtag #PayUpHollywood, assistants working in the entertainment industry have been agitating in recent months for higher wages and more considerate treatment from their sometimes mercurial bosses. The assistants scored a small victory recently, when Creative Artists Agency, one of the Big Four talent agencies in Los Angeles, announced that it was raising pay […]

Trillion-Dollar Company: Google Reaches Milestone in Market Value

SAN FRANCISCO — Numbers have long held a special significance at Google. When the internet company was founded in 1998, it based its name on the mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. When it filed to go public in 2004, it said it planned to raise $2,718,281,828, which […]

Roger Scruton, a Provocative Public Intellectual, Dies at 75

LONDON — Roger Scruton, a prominent British philosopher and public intellectual whose espousal of conservative causes and contentious views elicited both plaudits and opprobrium, which he likened to “falling to the bottom in my own country,” died on Sunday. He was 75. His family announced the death on his website without providing other details. Mr. […]

7.3 Million Watched Democrats Debate in Iowa as First Votes Loom

DES MOINES — Six and a half months ago, with the Iowa caucuses a speck in the distance, roughly 18 million Americans paused their evenings to watch a group of Democratic presidential candidates debate onstage in Miami, a record audience for a televised Democratic matchup. The caucuses are now less than three weeks away. The […]

Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Steps Down

Glenda Bailey, the editor in chief of the luxury fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, will step down at the end of February. The move was announced by Hearst, the publisher of the magazine, on Wednesday. Ms. Bailey, who led Harper’s Bazaar for nearly 19 years, was one of the last in a line of fashion editors […]

In Democratic Debate, the Candidates Mostly Kept the Gloves On

It’s unusual for a TV host to boast that the show we’re about to watch is the smallest ever. But that’s what CNN’s Wolf Blitzer did before Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, declaring that this was “the smallest debate stage yet this cycle.” As the last forum before the first 2020 votes are cast, it felt […]

With Stars Made for Streaming, Nature Shows Are Hot Again

At a time when millions of species are at risk of extinction and deep-pocketed streaming services are spending billions on content, an old television genre, the nature show, is booming. On Saturday, the latest big-budget nature documentary series from BBC Studios, “Seven Worlds, One Planet,” will make its debut in the United States across various […]

Podcast Groups Aren’t Just About Podcasts

When news broke last week that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be stepping aside from royal duties, fans of the celebrity-focused podcast “Who? Weekly” thrilled to discuss it: Where would they live? (Canada? California?) Would they get jobs? What did the queen think? Their ideas — and inside jokes — played out across several […]

Apple Takes a (Cautious) Stand Against Opening a Killer’s iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is privately preparing for a legal fight with the Justice Department to defend encryption on its iPhones while publicly trying to defuse the dispute, as the technology giant navigates an increasingly tricky line between its customers and the Trump administration. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has marshaled a handful of […]

Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85

Gladys Bourdain, a longtime copy editor at The New York Times who helped kick-start the writing career of her son Anthony, the chef who became a world-famous memoirist and television host, died on Friday at a hospice facility in the Bronx. She was 85. Her son Christopher confirmed the death. He said she had been […]