Feeds

Tech writer axed for thinking

SF Chronicle dumps Norr

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The San Francisco Chronicle today sacked technology reporter Henry Norr in an apparent response to his protests against the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The paper suspended Norr after he took a sick day and then joined in the large scale protests here last month.

A paper spokesman declined to comment on the reasons for the decision in an interview with Reuters.

Norr's reporting was some of the best the Chronicle had to offer. He approached a wide range of technology with skepticism and wrote in a way that everyone could understand.

While his dissmisal from the paper has ties to the immediate conflict in Iraq, Norr's removal may actually be the result of a long-standing feud with the management.

The Examiner reported that Norr's card had been marked since writing about Intel's second largest fab outside the USA, at what is now called Qiryat Gat. It's built on Arab land that became known as the 'Faluja Pocket'.

Norr also made pro-Palestine statements that angered co-workers, according to The Examiner .

After the San Francisco rallies, Norr made his way to Oakland, and was shot by police with a wooden dowel while taking part in a peaceful protest.

Effectively San Francisco's sole daily paper (The Examiner having laid off most of its staff) can use all the help it can get, and firing writers for expressing their opinions in their own time is a strange way for the Chronicle to signal its relevance to the city. ®

Related Stories

Tech writer iced for expressing opinion
Are Scott, Carly and Larry risking time at Camp X-Ray?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.