Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pitt & Jolie: Freedom of the press is so yesterday

The political lay of the land was obviously not lost to Jolie during her frequent trips to Africa. Nothing like having a star-struck Marxist police state governor in your back pocket to avoid life’s little inconveniences.
Doctor: Jolie, Baby Doing Well in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) -- It looks like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got what every parent wants - a healthy baby. While Namibian officials declined Sunday to give any details on the birth Saturday of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, a doctor at the hospital said there were no complications and the mother and daughter were doing well…

Police ringed the hospital with tight security Sunday, refusing to admit journalists and photographers into the building…

"Any information relating to the birth of the baby will be made available to the public soon," said [Governor of the Namibian region of Erongo, Samuel] Nuuyoma, who has become friends with the celebrity couple…

The government has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect the privacy of Jolie and Pitt, who came to Namibia to avoid photographers and in the weeks leading up to the birth of their first child.

Namibia put tight security around their hotel and the hospital, set up large green barriers to protect their privacy from photographers and refused to grant visas to any foreign journalists unless they had written permission from Jolie and Pitt to cover the birth.

Police have also arrested photographers and confiscated film…

Jolie and Pitt were linked romantically shortly after appearing together in the 2005 movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Jolie, 30, is a frequent visitor to Africa and serves as goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She has two adopted children: toddler Zahara, from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, from Cambodia. Both had their surnames legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intentions to adopt the children as well.

Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston divorced last fall.

Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," is divorced from Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

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