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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.

“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.”
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.
Panei Mon, Wa Lone’s wife, who gave birth to their first child last year, said she had been “hoping
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We speak with the Bangladeshi human rights activist about his arrest and why his government thinks he's a threat. #PressFreedom #Bangladesh #Media #Journalism #HumanRights #Asia


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.

She was a journalist of "courage, style and integrity" and a "woman of great commitment and passion", said the union's Séamus Dooley.
My condolences to the bereaved, this is a horrible tragedy that should've never happened in the first place.
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 displ... show more

We debate the obstacles and solutions to climate change and speak with Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam. #Environment #GlobalWarming #PressFreedom #Journalism #Bangladesh #Africa #UnitedStates

Journalists around the world are facing increasing hostility, new report by Reporters Without Borders shows. #PressFreedom #Media #US&Canada #LatinAmerica #MiddleEast #Africa

Myanmar reporters win journalism award for revealing massacre of Rohingya men by country's security forces. #Myanmar #Journalism #PressFreedom #Media #Rohingya


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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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’
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WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson discusses the timing of Julian Assange's arrest and what's at stake for the media. #Media #JulianAssange #Journalism #PressFreedom #UnitedKingdom #UnitedStates #WikiLeaks

UK man who was accused of high-profile US hacks and successfully fought extradition slams arrest of WikiLeaks founder. #UnitedKingdom #Europe #PressFreedom

The Observer view on extraditing Julian Assange | Observer editorial #JulianAssange #Media #Pressfreedom #Newspapers #Newspapers&magazines #USnews #Worldnews #UKnews #Sweden #Europe

Journalists fear WikiLeaks founder's case could set precedent and harm media's ability to report government wrongdoing. #Europe #US&Canada #Media #PressFreedom #UnitedStates #UnitedKingdom #JulianAssange #WikiLeaks


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 J
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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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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.”
According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute
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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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Al Jazeera condemns decision by Egypt's highest court to designate three of its journalists as 'terrorists'. #MiddleEast #Egypt #Qatar #MahmoudHussein #PressFreedom


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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Unidentified men accost journalist Jones Abiri in Bayelsa state and force him into vehicle at gunpoint, say witnesses. #Africa #Nigeria #PressFreedom


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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Rappler news site reported extensively on President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown that has killed thousands. #Philippines #PressFreedom #Journalismunderfire #Journalism #Media #RodrigoDuterte #AsiaPacific

Hajar Harb, 34, acquitted on appeal over 2016 investigative report that revealed misconduct in Gaza's health ministry. #Gaza #PressFreedom #MiddleEast


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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Egypt imposes new rules that allows state to block websites and social media accounts for 'fake news' or incitement. #Egypt #HumanRights #Socialmedia #PressFreedom #MiddleEast


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.
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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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New Zealand threatens 10 years in prison for "possessing" the Christchurch shooting video!

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

ZDF's Brase and Tagesspiegel's Seibert leave Turkey as Berlin warns citizens over risk of arrest there. #Turkey #Germany #PressFreedom #MiddleEast

The Kremlin tries to take control of Russia's internet traffic. #Russia #Europe #PressFreedom

Critics see the legislation as part of Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism and tighten control. #Russia #PressFreedom #VladimirPutin

A draft law could see people accused of 'damaging' the reputation of the country jailed for life. #Iraq #Internet #MiddleEast #PressFreedom


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:


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The evening talk show 'With Dawood' was cancelled by authorities for 'unknown reasons', according to state media. #SaudiArabia #Media #PressFreedom


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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Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, was arrested while covering a crackdown on anti-military protests in 2013. #MiddleEast #Egypt #PressFreedom #HumanRights

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, was arrested while covering a crackdown on anti-military protests in 2013. #MiddleEast #Egypt #PressFreedom #HumanRights

The tale of a family that lives and works at the intersection of journalism and politics in Nicaragua. #Media #DanielOrtega #Nicaragua #LatinAmerica #PressFreedom

Decision to ban two senior journalists prompts protests from Berlin, which says the move is 'incomprehensible'. #Turkey #MiddleEast #PressFreedom #Turkeyattemptedcoup


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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US reporter David Kirkpatrick held for seven hours without food or water before being sent back on a flight to London. #Egypt #MiddleEast #PressFreedom #Journalismunderfire #JournalismIsNotACrime


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... show more


«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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Rappler editor posts bail after spending the night in detention at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila. #Media #AsiaPacific #Philippines #Journalism #PressFreedom


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