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Norway tops the rankings again!
Oz is 21st and dropping :/
https://rsf.org/en/ranking Reporters without borders World Press Freedom index 2019

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Trump attacks NYT tax law article, calling it «very fake»

Speaking at a Tax Day event in Minnesota, Drumpf held up a printed copy of the Times article and voiced his displeasure with the headline “Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut.”
There's no word that spreads more confidence than the word «probably». He passed a bill for tax cuts two years ago, yet he doesn't know whether the audience he was speaking to - he should know who is voting for him - benefitted from those tax cuts. In the end, they all should know better than him whether they were granted tax cuts or no, disregarding the article and what the majority of the people they asked to fulfill their article said. The only ones who truly benefitted from the 2017 tax cuts were the upper-class people.
Multiple polls show that most Americans believe they are not benefiting from the law, which could limit its effect as a political asset next year. The Times article pointed out the disparity between popular opinion about the law and its actu
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#assange #trump #journalism #freepress #firstamendment #billofrights #hrw #wikileaks


 
I do think that #Assange is a shill for #Putin, yes I do.
But that doesn't mean I want him extradited or criminally charged for it. It is especially ironic that the man who was so afraid of Clinton that he helped trump defeat her, may now be extradited by trump.
But he isn't even being charged for the Russia stuff anyway. He is being charged for his association with (then )Bradley (now) Chelsea Manning! I was certainly grateful for that video which exposed the mowing down of Iraqi #journalists and the secondary attack on the rescuers.
The #Manning dump was huge, and I think there is also probably some stuff in there that shouldn't have been released because it may have compromised some sources and #... show more


 

Four further pieces on Julian Assange's arrest and extradition, and what it means for journalism

1. Task & Purpose:

London police were invited into the embassy at Ecuador's request — Assange finally pissed them off enough — and the cops subsequently hauled out Old Man WikiLeaks and threw him into a waiting police van.
Pissing him off means that he didn't care to pay his own fees, not cleaning on his own, and not taking care of his cat but telling the employees inside the embassy to do that. He behaved as if he was on his vacations in a hotel, while he was a persecuted criminal hiding inside the embassy.
After his arrest, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against him, which amount to "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer" — stemming from his 2010 conversations with then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

While many will hem an
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Georgia approves of bill to introduce board to rule over ethics of journalism


(Is it too surprising that out of all, five Republican lawmakers introduced such a bill to create a board which, coincidentally, preferably Republican lawmakers are going to occupy, to rule what are the ethics of journalism? In times in which Trump declared the Free Press to be the enemy of the people? If you asked me, the sole threat to the First Amendment are people who try to control the Free Press, no matter in which way. It's not the haunting ghost of Political Correctness some people fear to watch over them, but a state that tries to control what you are allowed to hear and read, and what not. This is what we seem to currently experience in the ruby-red state of Georgia, ruled by a man they call Brian Kemp. Thanks a lot for your listening.)
The Journalism Ethics Board, described in the bill as an “independent body,” would be based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism. The University System of Georgia’s chance
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#Alert: Julian Assange in big danger!


#JulianAssange #WikiLeaks #Freedom #Liberty #FreeSpeech #FreePress #Assange #Justice4Assange


 

Erdoğan's AK Party suffers losses, CHP wins in Istanbul

With nearly 98.8 percent of Istanbul's ballots counted at 11:55 p.m., AK Party candidate Binali Yıldırım of the People's Alliance held onto a slim lead with 48.71 percent of the vote, against main CHP's Ekrem Imamoğlu of the Nation Alliance with 48.65 percent of the vote. The difference between the two candidates remain lower than 5,000 votes.

In Turkey's third largest city Izmir, CHP candidate Tunç Soyer is projected to comfortably win the election with 58.06 percent of the vote against AK Party's Nihat Zeybekci with 38.49 percent, as nearly 92 percent of the votes have been counted.
Still, many of these results are comparably narrow, with percentaged achievements not above the 60 percent-margin. I mean, one should have more voters at one's side beyond 56 percent of utmost power. This is low, and is going to leave many voters alike depressed, and unheard.
In MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's hometown, southern Turkey's Osman
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Rappler CEO Maria Ressa temporarily arrested - again

Pasig police officers served the warrant of arrest the moment that Ressa deplaned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. Police officers took Ressa and her lawyer on board their police car.

“To any officer of the law, you are hereby commanded to arrest the person Maria Angelita Ressa who is to be found at (address redacted) or elsewhere and who stand charged before me of the crime of violation of Section 2-A of Commonwealth Act No. 108 or the Anti-Dummy Law,” said Judge Acerey Pacheco in an arrest order issued on Thursday.
Commonwealth Act - and I always thought that in the latter outcome, the Philippines were a US-American colony, and no longer an English one. Well, they didn't seem to have changed their law any afterwards.
The charges stemmed from a complaint by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which said that Rappler violated the Anti-Dummy Law for issuing Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to foreign investor O
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Trump orders investigation into critical news outlets, Google, Twitter and Facebook


“It seems to be, if it’s conservatives, if Republicans, there is big discrimination,” Drumpf said of social media platforms. “I see it absolutely on Twitter,” he said, also naming Google and Facebook as offenders.

I guess her heard about Nunes' lawsuit against Twitter for allowing people to express their sometimes blatant opinion. But why would he name Twitter anyway? I mean, he's on there all the time, trampling through it with his tweets, it's like his regular press secretary. He's an idiot, after all.

“You look at the networks, you look at the news, you look at the newscasts – I call it Fake News,” Drumpf said, letting Bolsonaro know he had first dibs.

During the eventful Rose Garden presser, Drumpf also announced the “twilight hour of socialism has arrived” in the Western Hemisphere, citing unrest in Nicaragua, and change in Cuba.
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Sunday Op|Ed on Why Julian #Assange & Chelsea #Manning hold key to #FreePress — 21st Century Wire
Make of this what you will, but I always respect the point of view from the crew at 21st Century. They're activist/journalists -The old guard of the new journalists not associated with Guvment #propaganda.
21WIRE | Why they represent three fundamental pillars of democracy - the right to publish, the rights of whistleblowers and a free press.
Explained: Why Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning hold key to Free Press


 

Alabama newspaper editor resigns over publisher's comment to the KKK to «ride again»


“He never left the building,” said Moore about Sutton, whose family has owned and operated the Democrat-Reporter based in Linden since 1917. “It seemed like (Dexter) would be real energetic and her (hiring) was the right thing.”

Several politicians, including U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, called on Sutton to resign. Sutton was also stripped of his past journalism awards, and was censured by the Alabama Press Association.

“They had a decent newspaper about 16 years ago,” said Moore. “His wife was a very good investigative reporter and a very nice person. When she passed away, all the credibility of that newspaper left.”
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Which websites featured on the Federation have the worst privacy?


My last post highlighted how ticking the OEmbed box to add a website picture to a post can compromise Federation users if it contains a tracker.

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I also mentioned tools, like Disconnect, we could use to detect websites which track their users. In this post I reveal some of the most popular reference websites on the Federation with low privacy and high tracking rates.

I believe Federation users should consider not embedding, or at least warning their readers about the surveillance techniques carried out by these sites.

A Princeton University study identified almost a million websites that track their users. Here are just 5 examples of websites whose stories are commonly quoted on the Federation:

WIRED


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SacBee journalist detained while doing his job


Kasler was handcuffed and led away as other reporters shouted that Kasler was a member of the media on assignment. He had been standing on the west side of the street, where several protesters who were also arrested had been standing.

More than 30 people have been arrested Monday night after at least five cars were keyed, Capt. Norm Leong said on Twitter.

Another Bee staffer, photographer Hector Amezcua was also involved in an incident while covering the protest. As police moved in to end the protest, Amezcua was shoved to the ground by an officer with a baton, his camera damaged. This was witnessed by legal observers at the scene as well as Bee journalists. Amezcua said he was not injured.
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Se pide pena de prisión por solidaridad con Özgür Gündem


https://anfespanol.com/libertad-de-prensa/se-pide-pena-de-prision-por-solidaridad-con-Oezguer-guendem-9879

via @ANF Español

#freepress #turquia #turkeycoup #kurdistan #freeOcalan


 

Turkey locks out German journalists


The Turkish decision means neither reporter can continue to work in Turkey. The 57-year-old Brase has headed ZDF's Istanbul bureau since January 2018. The 55-year-old Seibert has been accredited continuously in Turkey for the last 22 years.

Press cards issued by Turkey expire each December and journalists need to reapply for accreditation. Some German reporters have received their cards but others are still waiting. The cards are considered work permits and are also necessary for getting a residence permit.

Reporters Without Borders places Turkey 157th on its list of 180 countries ranked for press freedom.
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Before summit: White House banned four journalists from covering Trump-Kim-dinner


Reporters from the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Times and Reuters were excluded from covering the dinner because of what White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said were "sensitivities over shouted questions in the previous sprays". Among the questions asked of Drumpf was one about the congressional testimony of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

After loud pushback, including from photojournalists who protested, Sanders allowed a single reporter in the pool for the dinner: Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal, who was serving as the print pooler and did not ask a question at the dinner. In addition, at least two members of the North Korean media contingent, a photographer and cameraman, were seen covering the dinner.

Lauren Easton, a spokeswoman for the AP, said in a statement: "The Associated Press decries such efforts by the White House to restrict access to the president. It is critically important that any president... show more


 

On the death of local newspapers


_Mine wasn’t the only newspaper that closed during the Great Recession. By July 2009, Business Insider reported, 105 had been shut down and 10,000 jobs lost. I was in the center of that storm. I don’t need to remind those who were there how dark those days were.__

_One new study found that a municipality’s borrowing costs increase when local reporting dies. Without journalists, the risk of corruption, of mismanagement, grows. Another study found that communities with declining coverage have lower levels of voter turnout. People need independent, reliable, fact-based reporting to help them make good decisions. Democracy can’t function without it. I won’t quote Thomas Jefferson. But if you wonder what he would have said about the matter, look it up.__

In Philadelphia, a nonprofit owns the newspaper and is trying to turn it into a multi-platform publisher, and maybe other communities could do something similar. But while the news organizations are going to need to change how they approach their ... show more


 

CNN has hired Sarah Isgur in terms of appearing less biased


Isgur’s LinkedIn page indicates she has no journalism experience. She has, however, worked for a variety of right-wing organizations and campaigns, including the Carly Fiorina and Mitt Romney presidential bids, the Republican National Committee, and a Ted Cruz US Senate campaign.

The Washington Post reported that during an early 2017 Oval Office meeting with President Donald Drumpf, Isgur — who was critical of Drumpf during the 2016 campaign — “kowtowed to Drumpf” and pledged loyalty to his agenda as a condition of getting the job as Sessions’ spokesperson.

While the network hasn’t commented on its reasons for bringing Isgur aboard, it stands to reason that CNN sees hiring a conservative as a way to push back on the perception that it’s biased against Drumpf. Unsurprisingly, news of her hire was applauded by at least one prominent right-wing voice.
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«Rappler» CEO Maria Ressa charged with 2,000 US dollars for criticism of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte


“We will not duck, we will not hide, we will hold the line,” vowed the CEO of news website Rappler, who has been charged over a report her company ran seven years ago.

“Rappler, Ressa and Santos never attempted to obtain my side of the story on the crimes they wrongly imputed to me or to fact-check their baseless attacks against my name. I have never had a criminal record,” Keng said in a prepared statement issued shortly before Ressa’s release.

Asked whether Ressa’s arrest could impact ordinary citizens, La Viña said: “You can be sure, you can now be subjected to this type of thing. If you post something – even five years ago, it’s still up there, nothing ever disappears from the internet. If your enemy gets this and [files a case] against you, you can imagine the opportunity for corruption.”

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On the National Enquirer and its business practices


It was a familiar moment to Paul Barresi, a private investigator who spent years working on jobs for AMI and other tabloids. “The National Enquirer had some people who would go to a celebrity and say, ‘unless you give in to a one-on-one interview that would amount to a fluff piece with us, we’re going to report XYZ,” he said. “The celebrity would then acquiesce to their demand.”

The Los Angeles Times has reported that in 2003, the Enquirer paid a woman $20,000 for an exclusive about an alleged affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger, then never ran it and made Schwarzenegger a consultant for AMI magazines.

And while The Daily Beast was in the middle of reporting on a Bezos-funded investigation into how his texts wound up in the Enquirer’s hands, AMI threatened Beast reporter Lachlan Cartwright—an AMI veteran—with a $5 million lawsuit, and accused The Daily Beast of so-called “tortious interference”—messing with an AMI co... show more


 

French Communist newspaper "L'Humanité" faces bankruptcy


With its Italian opposite number, L'Unita, folding two years ago, editors said they were determined to fight on for "workers, ordinary people, and the 'invisibles'" who keep France going.

But sales slid six percent over the past year to 32,700 copies a day despite a rise in subscriptions.

The newspaper was founded in 1904 by the legendary French socialist Jean Jaures, but became the official mouthpiece of the French Communist Party (PCF) after 1920.

#France #Europe #Communism #Socialism #LHumanité #Journalism #FreePress #FreedomOfThePress #PressFreedom #News #Politics #Journalism #Bankruptcy #Italy #Unita


 

Any progressive hopes in Europe?


Charismatic and openly gay, Biedroń has been compared to French President Emmanuel Macron, who disrupted France’s political establishment in 2017. And his prospects certainly look good: His “movement,” not yet an officially registered political party, has already claimed 9 percent support in recent polls, compared to 37 percent for the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party and 25 percent for the main opposition grouping, Civic Platform.

When he was compared to Macron, I would not call this a progressive left-winged hope in Poland. Just because he may create a stronger opposite side to the ruling PiS party, doesn't mean he is good for the country he intends to overtake with his current nine percent of support in this country. Of course parties like PiS need to be removed as soon as possible, but not at all costs, if you wish.

He has also called for a much higher degree of economic redistribution from Poland’s wealthy cities to its much poorer towns and rural areas, as well a... show more


 

How algorithms change journalism


These types of stories also often require some mathematical analysis, which can tie up other resources in the newsroom. Journalists would prefer to be spending time on deeper, more meaningful investigations, such as why the climate is changing, and how does it affect people? Or which politicians are abusing the expenses system?

It’s not going to make anyone redundant any time soon – ReporterMate can only provide coverage for certain types of stories, and the coverage it provides is limited to templated summaries.

#FreePress #PressFreedom #Journalism #Information #Automation #QuakeBot #RSS #Reportermate #News #Politics