Rooney Mara will play journalist held hostage in Somalia; Guardian names women’s editor to head of media

Here’s today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org

1. Journalist’s story goes to Hollywood: Actress Rooney Mara will play Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian journalist who was held captive for more than a year in Somalia in 2008, Jessica King reported for CNN on Monday. Last year, Lindhout wrote a book about her captivity, “A House In The Sky.”

A small plane carries Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan at Mogadishu airport, Somalia, in November 2009. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

A small plane carries Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan at Mogadishu airport, Somalia, in November 2009. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

2. A new role at The Guardian: On Monday, The Guardian reported that Jane Martinson, the women’s editor, was promoted to the role of head of media.

3. Reporter freed in Burma: Zaw Phay, a reporter for Democratic Voice of Burma, was freed on July 4, according to a July 7 report from Reporters Without Borders. Phay was sentenced in April to a year in prison “on charges of trespassing on government property and disturbing a civil servant.” He’s one of RWB’s 100 Information Heroes.

4. Somehow it works: Brazil and Germany play today in the World Cup semifinal. This front page, from Jornal de Santa Catarina, in Blumenau, Brazil, has a great game day outfit idea. (Front page courtesy Newseum.)

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