Items tagged with: PressFreedom
Final appeal for Reuters journalists rejected by Myanmar's highest court
Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months in detention since they were arrested in December 2017 while working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys.Only calling for it wont' be enough and is not going to release them from their unjust imprisonment. What is required is an international communtiy that will intervene in this country to free those public servants, united. Otherwise, they are going to rot in this prison for seven years, unless an insurgent army for truthful reporters will get them out the unorthodox way.
“The United Nations will continue to call for full respect of freedom of the press and human rights,” he said in a statement. “Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo should be allowed to return to their families and continue their work as journalists.”
Panei Mon, Wa Lone’s wife, who gave birth to their first child last year, said she had been “hoping for the best”.
#Myanmar #Asia #Burma #FarEast #SouthEastAsia #Rohingya #Genocide #War #StopGenocide #NoWar #Reuters #PressFreedom #FreePress #Journalism #FeedomOfThePress #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #News #Politics #Military #MilitaryJunta #SuuKyi #AungSanSuuKyi #Humanity #Humane #Inhumane #Freedom
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wins journalism award
It is sponsored by European parliamentarians after being established in 2018 in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.
The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public" and to honour "individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public".
"His imprisonment and threatened extradition to the United States has drawn a sharp line in the sand. You are either encouraging the crackdown on media freedom or you are standing with Julian Assange."
#WikiLeaks #Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #Assange #JulianAssange #Politics# US #USA #Ecuador #England #Britain #GreatBritain #UK #UnitedKingdom #Politics #News
Derry riots leave one journalist dead
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the New IRA "are likely to be the ones behind this" and detectives have started a murder inquiry.Hm... But on what ground would they murder a journalist? This is strange, it doesn't fit.
Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander during Thursday night's rioting appears to show a masked gunman crouching down on the street and opening fire with a handgun.My condolences to the bereaved, this is a horrible tragedy that should've never happened in the first place.
She was a journalist of "courage, style and integrity" and a "woman of great commitment and passion", said the union's Séamus Dooley.
Dissident republican activity has been increasing of late, with police in Northern Ireland fearful of a spate of violent incidents marking the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.These riots need to control themselves a lot better. To murder journalist is a reckless deed that only displaces cowardry and a terrorist tendency. You must not murder those who don't side with anyone but only are there to exhibit what is going on. To murder them shows you are unsupportable, that you're a monster without any sense of empathy.
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said the "intolerable actions" of those behind Ms McKee's murder were "rejected by the overwhelming majority of people who want to build a peaceful and more prosperous future for everyone in Northern Ireland".Including a reunion with its homeland to prevent further riots from happening, to really and intentionally recover peace in the North? That'd be great.
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #Ulster #Journalism #PressFreedom #FreePress #News #Politics #IRA #UpTheRA #NewIRA #Police #Journalist
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 actual effects.
His latest remarks came the same afternoon it was announced that the Times had won a Pulitzer Prize for its long-form article investigating Drumpf’s finances, which said the Drumpf family has been dodging taxes for years.
#NYT #NewYorkTimes #News #Politics #TaxCut #IRS #Trump #DonaldTrump #FakeNews #Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #InvestigativeJournalism
The detective who documented his job in a scrapbook
When Howe, born Simeon H. Hunt, moved to Denver, Colorado, after serving as a Union soldier in the Civil War, he became one of Denver’s first police officers. “He was a mysterious, quiet, shy, almost reclusive little man,” explains Clark Secrest, author of Hell’s Belles: Prostitution, Vice, and Crime in Early Denver. “But he put in many years on the police department, and he was well regarded in the community.”
owe wanted to develop a way to keep track of the people he had apprehended and connect them with other transgressions they had committed throughout the years, so he began meticulously hunting for connections and documenting them in scrapbooks. He got the idea from the newspapermen of the time, many of whom he had developed strong relationships with. He noticed that they kept track of their stories by clipping related articles in case they needed to do a follow-up. He decided to give it a try.
Not only did other officers use Howe’s books for background research or information, but so did the very newspapers that he clipped stories from. Howe was beloved by reporters and always gave them free and open access to study and borrow his books.
#History #Culture #Documenting #Journalism #PressFreedom #ForensicJournalism #US #USA
On the book Assange clutched onto when being arrested
Looking frail after seven years in his cramped embassy quarters, Assange emerged and pointedly held out a copy of ‘Gore Vidal: History of The National Security State (Includes Vidal on America)’.
The book immediately drew attention given Assange’s long-running battles with those who wield power and seek to protect powerful interests, and Vidal’s musings on the same topics. The U.S. Justice Department accuses Assange of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon; his defenders, including whistleblower Edward Snowden, called Assange’s arrest a grave blow to press freedom.
After Assange’s copy of the book was spotted, the Real News Network posted a series of Jay’s interviews with Vidal from 2007. They cover power, public information, politics and more, and include Vidal’s assertion that President Harry Truman decided, after the Second World War, to make a ready-made enemy out of Joseph Stalin and use the ensuing fear to “militarize the economy.”
#Russia #Sweden #Ecuador #UK #UnitedKingdom #England #GreatBritain #Britain #US #USA #Assange #JulianAssange #News #Politics #Extradition #Arrest #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #Journalism #Wikileaks #Theft #GrandTheft #SecretDocuments #DeliberateDestruction #Embassy #Osho #Dumbledore #CastAway #DrunkardAtTheStation #ForeignAffairs #ForeignPolicy #Scandal
Four further pieces on Julian Assange's arrest and extradition, and what it means for journalism
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 and haw about press freedom and the 1st Amendment and all that jazz, journalists and publishers don't have legal protection when they encourage or assist a source in committing a crime. Of course, these are allegations so Assange could ultimately be found innocent of these charges, but he'll forever be guilty of sporting a terrible beard that would only be permissible in Amish country.
The charges Assange faces in the United States do not directly relate to his publishing activities. Instead, he faces one count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” alleging that Assange agreed to help Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning by trying to crack the password on a Defense Department computer in order to obtain classified government documents, which would then be leaked to WikiLeaks.As I am reading through the tweets that have been embedded in the article, I guess that it could become an example of threats against journalism in general in the US depending on what Assange will be charged for: Having hacked a DoD computer to leak verified documents, or for having published hacked material. This will be the point to watch within his trial.
(Yes, it's a source that was also mentioned in one of the tweets, I know, that's where I found it too. I just wanted to separately list it in this post for those who may have not read the Nieman Lab article, which mainly consisted of tweets.)
The first, theory is the one that Obama’s DOJ rejected, based on the recognition that it would expose NYT journalists to prosecution as well. I suspect the Drumpf Administration will have the same reservations with such a prosecution.
This is a closer call. There is a Supreme Court precedent protecting journalists who publish stolen newsworthy information. But it’s one already being challenged in civil suits in ways that have elicited a lot of debate. Prosecuting a journalist for trying to do maximal damage actually would criminalize a great deal of political journalism, starting with but not limited to Fox. Note that when the founders wrote the First Amendment, the norm was political journalism, not the so-called objective journalism we have now, so they certainly didn’t expect press protections to be limited to those trying to be fair to both sides.
I think it possible and journalistically safe to go after Assange for releasing stolen weapons to extort a criminal pardon. But most of the other theories of prosecuting Assange would also pose real risks for other journalists that those rooting for an Assange prosecution appreciate and rely on.
If the case plays out as expected, he’ll first get a platform in Britain to argue to a worldwide audience that it’s all a political setup. And if he loses that round, and the case does come back to the United States, he might well get the government to serve him up, by law, the kind of massive document haul he loves.
Prosecutors probably brought a standard-issue computer crime against Assange instead of espionage charges for two reasons. Because computer crimes are punished under the law in both the United States and the United Kingdom, extradition cases involving them are relatively straightforward. Bringing espionage charges, on the other hand, would have complicated extradition by allowing a defendant to directly invoke the “political offense exception,” arguing that the treaty signed by the U.S. and the U.K. stipulates that a person shall not be extradited to be prosecuted of an offense of political character.
#FreedomOfThePress #PressFreedom #Journalism #FirstAmendment #1stAmendment #FreePress #News #Politics #Assange #JulianAssange #US #USA #Britain #GreatBritain #England #Sweden #UK #Extradition #WikiLeaks #Osho #Dumbledore #BeardedDavidLetterman #Leak #Trump #DonaldTrump #HillaryClinton #Manning #ChelseaManning #LeakedInformation #Theft #GrandTheft #Hacking #DoD #DepartmentOfDefense #Ecuador #Moreno #LeninMoreno
Does Julian Assange seriously face death penalty amid extradition to UK?
(Normally, I couldn't care less for such ridiculous claims, especially when they are uttered by reporters of Russia Today, a Kremlin-controlled proxy news station for people who only see an opponent state oppressed by the US-led Western elite. But since I have seen some talking heads here on the Diaspora who have got enough influence to feed their fellowship with such some information, I guess that it's worth to prove them wrong. Feel free to read the article)
The claim that was made:
In her next Telegram post, Simonyan asserted: “Kindly Ecuador, which today surrendered Assange to the police, demanded that the British not extradite him to the country where he faces death penalty – i.e. the States. A few years ago Assange told me the UK will extradite him to Sweden and [from]Sweden to the U.S. Precisely where he is under the threat of the death penalty.”Corrections:
According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, for charges similar to those brought against Assange in the U.S., a “person shall be fined or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”Unfortunately, I have to admit that the latter sentence is only true in theory. In reality, judges and persecutors will not tire to do anything to give you a sentence as high as possible. The defendant will have to put as much effort into one's case as possible to not spend a lifetime behind bars. So much for the Democracy of the US, I'll give it to the Russian pundits.
Furthermore, if Assange, who was arrested today (April 11) in the British capital after being convicted of skipping bail is extradited to the United States, he will have a right to defend himself in a U.S. court, where any defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty.
Earlier this week the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov made a similar statement claiming that “electric chair” was awaiting Edward Snowden in the United States. Polygraph.info examined his claim and found it false.... We don't use the electric chair anymore, too costy. We switched over to lethal injections, that's much cheaper, and boosts the US economy.
#Russia #Sweden #Ecuador #UK #UnitedKingdom #England #GreatBritain #Britain #US #USA #Assange #JulianAssange #News #Politics #Extradition #Arrest #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #Journalism #Wikileaks #Theft #GrandTheft #SecretDocuments #DeliberateDestruction #Embassy #Osho #Dumbledore #CastAway #DrunkardAtTheStation #ForeignAffairs #ForeignPolicy #Scandal
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 chancellor would select nine journalists to appoint the board: three editors, three “news producers,” a retired journalism professor, and two digital journalists.Ok, it may not be any lawmaker of some partisan parliamentary party, but still, why do we need such a board? And who is going to decide which journalist will be elected onto the board?
The bill would also grant interview subjects the right to request any photographs, audio, and video recordings taken by a journalist, free of charge and at any time in the reporting process. Reporters that fail to respond in a timely manner would face civil penalties.Is it only to demand them, or would they also have the power to decide what they write, and what they publish in general? I mean: Of course they already have such a right, to decide what kind of comparably personal data is going to be published, but in a narrower sense, I fear that this is going to curb journalists' rights. This is a bit fishy, this entire undertaking...
Should the Ethics in Journalism Act pass, a lawmaker such as Ralston could file a complaint to the ethics board and have reporters’ work investigated, essentially for publishing a factually accurate story the subject did not like.Talking about misling the press... I smell some Third Reich relations in this bill... Or relations to any autocratic state, like... Russia...
Georgia lawmakers have not previously sought to regulate journalists. However, in recent years, Republican lawmakers in South Carolina and Indiana have proposed journalist registries in an effort to critique coverage they see as critical of Second Amendment rights.The land of the free - in which lawmakers head forward to regulate the press in regards to their liking, because they feel like their Second Amendment rights were being undermined by the press (or, like Devin Nunes, by critics who imposture his cow, his alternative mother, his thin skin, his Ego, and so on and so forth).
#Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #Georgia #Misleage #ThirdReich #ControlThePeople #MindControl #US #USA #EnemyOfThePeople #Trump #DonaldTrump #UndermineThePress #IndependentJournalism #InvestigativeJournalism #Democracy #Liberty #Libertà #Freiheit #Freedom #Liberté #SaveThePress #SaveThePeople
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.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 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.
In MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's hometown, southern Turkey's Osmaniye, MHP received 53.11 percent of the votes and became the leading party in the province. Osmaniye has witnessed a tough competition between the two components of the People's Alliance, the MHP and AK Party in previous elections. The MHP's mayoral candidates won the 2009 and 2014 local elections with 45.1 and 47.3 percent of votes, respectively.
#Erdoğan #RecepTayyipErdoğan #Turkey #Election #GubernatorialElection #News #Politics #AKP #CHP #PKK #TKP #MHP #Corruption #Crooked #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #Istanbul #Ankara #Democracy #FreePress #FreedomOfthePress #PressFreedom #SaveThePeople
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.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.
“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.
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 Omidyar Network.
#Journalism #PressFreedom #FreePress #FreedomOfThePress #Duterte #RodrigoDuterte #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #Dictatorship #Rappler #Ressa #MariaRessa #News #Politics #Bail #Oppression #Philippines
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.
#Trump #DonaldTrump #FakeNews #Twitter #Facebook #Google #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #News #Politics #FreeSpeech #FreedomOfExpression #FreePress #PressFreedom #ImpeachTheMotherfucker #NotMyPresident #PresidentTrump
US State department obstructs press freedom, only allowing «faith-based media» to enter
According to CNN, one member of the State Department’s press corps was invited to join the call only to later be uninvited after attempting to RSVP. The journalist was reportedly told that the briefing was for "faith-based media only."
A transcript of the call will not be provided to reporters, CNN added.
"It's perfectly fine to ensure faith-based media have a seat at such a table. But it's PR malpractice to cut off access to the broader press corps. I wish I could say I expected more from this crowd," Kirby added.
#US #USA #News #Pompeo #MikePompeo #StateDepartment #FaithbasedMedia #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #Autocracy #CNN #Authoritarianism #Fascism #NoFascism #Trump #DonaldTrump
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.”
#Alabama #Sutton #GoodloeSutton #Racism #NoRacism #StopRacism #KKK #KuKluxKlan #RightWing #RightWinged #US #USA #News #Politics #Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress
The absolute state of #censorship – the #Vatican is probably putting it on its list of #ForbiddenBooks as well!
New Zealand authorities have reminded citizens that they face up to 10 years in prison for "knowingly" possessing a copy of the New Zealand mosque shooting video - and up to 14 years in prison for sharing it. Corporations (such as web hosts) face an additional $200,000 ($137,000 US) fine under the same law…
#Censor #Censorship #CriminalizingVideoPossession #ElectronicFreedom #Freedom #FreedomOfSpeech #FreedomOfPress #FreeSpeech #PressFreedom #Liberty
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.
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 is a popular website referenced on the Federation by many users because it publishes great tech-based stories. But how private is it?
Although it offers an ‘ad-free’ version for subscribers, normal visitors are ruthlessly fleeced for their data.
WIRED has embed deals (agreements to embed tracking codes into their pages for money or gain) with a staggering 171 third parties including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Vogue, GQ, Golf Digest, Bonappetit and Vanity Fair.
Some tracking beacons embedded on WIRED and captured by Ublock Origin
151 of these third parties are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Turn, Add This, Scorecard Research, Adobe, Twitter Analytics, Typekit, Criteo and Quantserve. Aggressive trackers like Google Tag Manager (GTM), Add This and Turn are present here.
Below is a screengrab of the many scripts NoScript has blocked from the WIRED website, the 33 scripts, gifs and beacons blocked by Ublock Origin and a couple by Disconnect.
WIRED sets 25 short-term and 28 long-term cookies itself, while allowing its third party partners (including 69 tracking companies) to set 26 short-term and 133 long-term cookies.
It uses Google Analytics without the anonymization feature enabled, so user details are sent to Google servers.
All WIRED servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules can be ignored.
Websites loading this many scripts/cookies are usually blacklisted by most users, not least because they drain a device’s battery.
WIRED claims that subscribing with them will mean an ad free experience, but I find it hard to believe that a subscription to WIRED will suddenly load a clean page without a single tracker retrieving data. But then I am not a WIRED subscriber. Please comment if you are and have no trackers.
Seen by some as a safe pro-privacy resource celebrating Free and Open Source Software, FOSSPOST lets its users down by digitally fingerprinting their devices and loading 19 trackers into a browser.
FOSSPOST has embed deals with 27 third parties, making its embed renting in the ‘low’ category, including Google, Amazon, Creative Commons and WordPress.
13 of these are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Mailerlite, One Signal and the data-hungry caterpillar that is WordPress.
FOSSPOST sets 2 short-term and 2 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 3 tracking companies) to set 4 long-term cookies.
It uses Google Analytics without the anonymization feature so user details are sent to Google servers. All FOSSPOST servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules can be ignored.
Acquired by Yahoo’s parent company, Oath (a company that includes AOL), under the Verizon umbrella, in 2010, this is a popular reference source for researchers and Federation users.
Historically, Yahoo deserves some kudos as they were one of the few big tech companies that objected to sharing their users’ details with the PRISM
The Bush administration threatened them with $250k a day fines until they complied. Verizon bought them in 2017. Yahoo suffered the largest data breach in history in 2018.
The link to this NYT story is not embedded (consider blocking the GTM tracker on the site)
TECHCRUNCH.com fingerprints the user’s device and dumps 2-7 Yahoo trackers in their browser, depending on the page loaded.
TECHCRUNCH.com has embed deals with 27 third parties, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and WordPress.
15 of these are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, WordPress, Atwola, Typekit, AOL and Scorecard Research.
TECHCRUNCH.com sets 4 short-term and 5 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 4 tracking companies) to set 1 short-term and 7 long-term cookies.
It uses Google Analytics but interestingly enables the anonymization feature so some user details are not sent to Google servers.
All servers are based in the US so forget about GDPR privacy rules.
THE REGISTER .co.uk
Although a great resource with well-written and groundbreaking stories, it isn’t as private as I’d hoped.
There is no obvious digital fingerprinting but it seems to have gathered more Google syndication in the last couple of years, (9 of its 16 embed deals are with the Big G). 12 known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Admedo and the Amp Project gather data.
THE REGISTER sets 3 short-term and 4 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 2 tracking companies) to set 7 long-term cookies.
It uses Google Analytics without enabling the anonymization feature so user details are sent to Google servers. Although THE REGISTER’s domain is in the UK, both its data and email servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules could be compromised here, though I am not a lawyer.
The Guardian .com
I’ve been sitting on this for a few years now but it’s about time I blew the whistle.
I first noticed the Guardian newspaper’s website was digitally fingerprinting its users’ devices when they published an article on, um, Canvas Fingerprinting.
That page has been removed since, but they still continued doing it, long before Facebook, though not before Google.
I’ve kept quiet about this surveillance because I admire the paper for its incredible journalism, especially exclusives like the Snowdon revelations, and its general championing of freedom issues across many sectors of society. But the hypocrisy has started to wear me down.
Some tracking items & widgets embedded on Guardian .com and captured by Ublock Origin
The Guardian has embed deals with a privacy-sapping 142 third parties, including Google, Amazon, Bing, Twitter, and, despite being one of its main critics, Facebook. 132 of these third party partners are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Turn, AddThis, Scorecard Research, Blue Kai, Twitter Analytics, Rubicon, Criteo and Quantserve.
Some of the most aggressive trackers like GTM, AddThis and Turn are present here.
The Guardian also sets 3 short-term and 5 long-term cookies itself, while allowing its third party partners (including 51 tracking companies) to set 10 short-term and 131 long-term cookies.
Yes, we NEED the Guardian’s continued existence, but castigating Facebook et al while allowing them to track its users doesn’t sit well with me.
The website uses Google Analytics but at least enables the anonymization feature, so some user details are not sent to Google servers.
Although The Guardian’s data servers are in Germany, their email servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules could be compromised here, though, again, I am not a lawyer.
In conclusion, I’ve given just 5 examples of popular sites Federation users quote in their posts.
I am NOT advocating a boycott of these sites but politely suggest we don’t OEmbed them, just feature a hyperlink and give readers the heads-up about these privacy concerns.
Alternatively, look for other sources featuring the same story. It’s also worth highlighting which websites do NOT add a tracker when we OEmbed a story, or have a low level of surveillance. Please promote those guys.
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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.
#Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #SacBee #SacramentoBee #News #Politics #US #USA #ACAB #Police #FuckThePolice #StephonClarke #Clarke
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 uphold American press freedom standards, not only at home but especially while abroad."
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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 jobs, they’ll also need help.
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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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French president Macron attacks free press
Edwy Plenel, the founder and publisher of Mediapart, calls the attempted raid “an attack on the free press,” and an unprecedented attempt by Emmanuel Macron to reveal Mediapart’s sources and seize documents and recordings. In a press conference with the Mediapart journalists, Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary General, called the move “a freedom-destroying drift against the secrecy of sources.”
The story relied on recordings and documents, given to Mediapart by anonymous sources, which revealed that Benalla and Crase conspired to hide evidence against them; that Benalla organized a security contract with a Putin- and mob-linked Russian oligarch; and that Benalla had committed perjury before the French Senate. Mediapart’s stories about Benalla, the last of which ran this past Friday, have thrust Macron into what could be a major scandal.
The public prosecutor opened the investigation because they believe the publication committed an “invasion of privacy” and “illicitly possessed technical devices allowing the interception of communications or conversations.”
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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.”
#Philippines #SouthEastAsia #Asia #FarEast #Duterte #RodrigoDuterte #News #Politics #Journalism #InvestigativeJournalism #FreePress #FreedomOfThePress #PressFreedom #SaveThePeople #InformThePeople #Libaility #Libel #DigitalLibel #Criticism #Rappler
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 contract.
#Journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #FreedomOfspeech #FreedomOfExpression #NationalEnquirer #PulpFiction #StopTheTabloids #SaveThePeople# Tabloid #Amazon #Bezos #JeffBezos #TheDailyBeast #News