Experiments with truth: 5/6/11

    • Commuters in Italy scrambled today to find the few buses and subway trains running during a one-day general strike that also affected air and rail travel, banks, public offices and schools.
    • In Argentina, outsourced railway workers in the Belgrano Norte line blocked the ticket booths in the Retiro station for a couple of hours while demanding that they are hired as permanent staff.
    • More than 150 journalists from the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung downed tools on Wednesday between 8am and midnight, leaving a skeleton staff of senior editors to fill a smaller-than-usual paper with predominantly agency copy.
    • In Indonesia, hundreds of journalists rallied in front of Medan Police headquarters to protest the closure of TOPKOTA and an attack on Orbit, two local daily newspapers.


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