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Editat: juny 30, 2020, 5:39pm

Media Are Playing Games Yet Again With Anonymous Russia Leaks |
Watch nearly the entire corporate media establishment run wild with claims from completely anonymous sources in the intelligence community this week.
| by Mollie Hemingway | 30 June, 2020 | The Federalist (Washington, D.C.)


"Literally nothing about the political media’s use of anonymous sources to spread republic-damaging disinformation in recent years should lead anyone to treat further anonymously sourced reports with any deference. Yet the entire corporate media establishment immediately ran wild with the story and used it to suggest it was further evidence that Trump was an agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The story dominated cable news over the weekend and into the following week." ...


"It turned out that key details of the story were disputed by on-the-record sources. When the White House press secretary said neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence had even been briefed on this intelligence, reporters tried a new line of attack." ...


Editat: jul. 1, 2020, 11:09am

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juny 30, 2020, 11:40pm

Independent media advocate and journalist tell of challenges covering Belarus’s upcoming elections and coronavirus (CPJ)

As Belarus’s August 9, 2020, presidential election nears with President Aleksandr Lukashenko vying to remain in power after 26 years in office, press freedom advocates say Belarusian authorities are cracking down on journalists and government critics...

Editat: jul. 1, 2020, 4:42pm

Norm Eisen @NormEisen | 2:40 PM · Jul 1, 2020:

BREAKING: Bipartisan Senate leadership rarely gets together on anything. But they have gotten together today to object to Trump’s attempt to take over Voice of America & turn it into a propaganda mill.

Here’s their letter, & the lawsuit to stop this outrage is also proceeding.

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Editat: jul. 2, 2020, 12:36am

I unwittingly revealed a French political scandal, but the Fillons' downfall gives me no pleasure (Guardian)

As a reporter I became entangled with the ex-PM and his wife being investigated for embezzlement – and paid a price for it...

Wanchalearm Satsaksit: The Thai satirist abducted in broad daylight (BBC)

Sitanan Satsaksit was on the phone to her brother early in the evening on 4 June when he told her to hold the line. Wanchalearm, also known as Tar, was handing over a few dollars for meatballs at a stall opposite his home in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Then Sitanan heard noise coming from the other end of the line. "I heard a loud bang. At first I thought he had a car accident as he shouted 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe,'" she tells the BBC. Sitanan could hear the screams of her brother as men shouted in Khmer, a language she doesn't understand. But her brother had not been hit by a car - he was being kidnapped.

Witnesses at the scene say they saw a group of armed men bundling Wanchalearm into a black SUV. As he shouted for help in Khmer, some people started moving towards him, but the armed abductors warned them to back off, before speeding away. Confused and terrified, Sitanan could hear the muffled voice of her brother for another 30 minutes. Then the line went dead.

A friend of Wanchalearm made some inquiries for her. "Twenty minutes later, this person called me back to say: 'Keep calm sister, Tar was abducted'"...

jul. 3, 2020, 11:53pm

Cuban journalist Jorge Enrique Rodríguez detained amid protests, awaiting trial (CPJ)

On June 28, security forces arrested Rodríguez, of the independent news site Diario de Cuba, and took him to the criminal processing center known as ‘Vivac in Havana... Rodríguez’s detention came as Cuban authorities have been cracking down on activists and journalists since the death of an Afro-Cuban man, Hansel Hernández, in a confrontation with police on June 24...

jul. 6, 2020, 11:47pm

Russian journalists attacked, harassed while covering vote for Putin to remain in power

Since June 21, authorities have attacked, arrested, or harassed at least five journalists in the lead-up to today’s plebiscite on amendments to the country’s constitution...

Belarusian authorities detain at least 6 bloggers since June 15

Since June 15, authorities throughout the country have arrested at least six bloggers...

Russian court convicts, fines journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva in terrorism trial

Today, the Second Western District Military Court in Pskov, in northwestern Russia, found Prokopyeva, a correspondent of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, guilty of “justifying terrorism” and ordered her to pay 500,000 rubles (US$6,980) in fines, according to news reports. It also ordered the confiscation of Prokopyeva’s cell phone and laptop computer, but ruled that Prokopyeva can continue her journalistic work, according to reports. Prokopyeva said she would appeal, according to the video statement her employer published...

All from CPJ

jul. 9, 2020, 2:26pm

Unidentified attackers shoot and kill 2 journalists in Honduras (CPJ)

On July 2, two unidentified individuals shot Vallecillo Jr., a host for the local privately owned TV station Canal 45, and Posas, a camera operator and technician at the station, while they drove in the residential area of El Naranjal, in the northeastern city of La Ceiba...

jul. 10, 2020, 12:24am

Journalists attacked, harassed while covering anti-lockdown protests in Serbia (CPJ)

On July 7 and 8, demonstrators and police attacked at least 10 journalists who were documenting protests in Belgrade, the capital, against the Serbian government’s decision to reapply restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic...

Editat: jul. 13, 2020, 4:26am

While America Looks Away, Autocrats Crack Down on Digital News Sites (NYT)

Independent journalism is on the defensive, from Hungary to Malaysia...

jul. 14, 2020, 12:04am

Panama court freezes La Prensa’s assets amid defamation suit by former president (CPJ)

On July 4, a Panamanian civil court ordered a freeze on the assets and bank accounts of Corporación La Prensa, which owns the newspapers La Prensa and Mi Diario...

Voice of America visa review could put journalists at risk (CPJ)

“Voice of America has brought independent news to tightly censored countries and offered journalists working in those environments an opportunity to report freely and safely,” said CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna. “If they lose their visas, many of these reporters would be forced to return to their home countries, where they could face retribution for their critical reporting. Effectively expelling these journalists from the United States potentially puts them and their families at grave risk.”

The visa review, which follows the confirmation in June of Michael Pack as head of the agency, could affect 62 contractors and 14 full-time employees at Voice of America, according to reports by Voice of AmericaExternal link and NPRExternal link.

Repatriated journalists could face retribution for their critical reporting; CPJ research shows that VOA journalists have been harassed and detained in China, charged with treason in Ethiopia, imprisoned in Eritrea and Vietnam, and killed on assignment in Somalia...

Top UN official says 'Trump effect' is harming global press freedom (Guardian)

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression has accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.

In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month, David Kaye said in a series of forthright comments that he hoped “attacks” on US journalists would end when Donald Trump leaves office.

“Clearly the signature issue over the past four years now has been the way in which this particular president addresses the media: the way he denigrates the media, denigrates freedom of expression”...

jul. 15, 2020, 4:55am

US, UK, Interpol give Ghana phone hacking tools, raising journalist concerns on safety and confidentiality (CPJ)

In May 2019, senior members of Ghana’s law enforcement posed for photos with the U.S. ambassador to their country at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Between them they held boxes and bags, gifts from the U.S. government to Ghana which, according to one of the recipients, contained Israeli phone hacking technology.

That recipient was Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, then-director general of the Ghana police’s criminal investigation department. In May 2020, she spoke to CPJ about how the U.S. and U.K. governments, as well as Interpol, provided Ghana’s security forces with digital investigations training and technology. She cited tools made by the Israel-based Cellebrite corporation – whose website says their technology can break locks and encryption – and two U.S.-based companies, IBM and Digital Intelligence.

Journalists in Ghana say they are worried about how such technology may be used against them or their sources.

Last year, CPJ documented the use of Cellebrite’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) by Nigerian security forces, and how the military targeted journalists’ phones and computers with a “forensic search” trying to reveal their sources. Six days before the U.S. gave the same tools to Ghana, The Washington Post reported on how police used UFED to retrieve documents from journalists’ phones in Myanmar. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cellebrite has pitched its technology to help authorities access devices of infected people to trace their contacts, Reuters reported in April...

Editat: jul. 16, 2020, 3:01am

How objectivity in journalism became a matter of opinion (Economist)

In America, political and commercial strains have led to questions about its value and meaning...

Reported press freedom violations in Black Lives Matter protests near 500 (CPJ)

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is investigating nearly 500 reported press freedom incidents since May 26, representing the unprecedented nature of attacks on journalists during recent nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. The incidents include journalists arrested, assaulted, hit with rubber bullets, pepper sprayed, tear gassed and threatened with weapons. A vast majority of the attacks involve alleged police abuse...

Editat: jul. 18, 2020, 12:12am

Brazilian Minister of Justice calls for criminal investigations of 2 journalists, cartoonist

On June 15, Brazilian Minister of Justice André Mendonça published a series of tweets saying he had requested the Federal Police and the Federal Public Prosecutor to investigate Aroeira for publishing a cartoon and Noblat for reposting that cartoon on Twitter.

Mendonça tweeted that the cartoon violated Article 26 of the National Security Law, which criminalizes slander and defamation of the president and other heads of state. According to the law, those crimes are punishable with up to four years in prison...

Data journalists describe challenges of reporting on the true toll of COVID-19

How many people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus, and how many have died as a result? Finding reliable information on the virus’s toll has proven such a challenging task that it is nearly impossible to answer these basic questions, five data journalists from around the world told CPJ in May and June.

In some countries, journalists say that governments have deliberately shielded figures from the public, while in others, insufficient data forces journalists to sift through multiple reports to find trends. In response, journalists have turned to creativity, collaboration, and hidden sources to illuminate the coronavirus’s impact, in many cases exposing governments for distorting some official reports along the way...

Belarus police detain at least 17 journalists covering protests in support of opposition candidates

On July 14 and 15, police in the cities of Minsk, Brest, and Homel detained at least 17 journalists covering protests against the Central Electoral Committee’s decision to deny opposition presidential candidates Valery Tsapkala and Viktar Babaryka the ability to register in upcoming elections...

All from CPJ

Editat: jul. 19, 2020, 12:30am

Anti-Trump British journalist quits New York Magazine in 'woke' row (Guardian)

He is one of the most controversial voices in American journalism, the British-born “anti-Trump conservative” whose acerbic commentary and vivid feature writing have attracted a wide following and a host of critics.

But on Friday, 56-year-old Andrew Sullivan resigned from New York Magazine, where he has worked for four years, claiming a “critical mass” of staff no longer wanted to associate with him due to his critiques of critical theory or woke culture...

Sudan Army Vows to Answer 'Insults' With Lawsuits (VOA/AFP)

The Sudanese army announced Saturday that it would take legal action against any journalists or activists who insult the institution.

"Legal action will be available against activists, journalists and others, both inside and outside the country," it said in a statement, adding that an officer specialized in cybercrime had been named.

The military said its "patience is at an end in the face of insults and accusations" aimed at "damaging the army and {Sudan's} security system"...

jul. 19, 2020, 7:14pm

The Atlantic monthly magazine (Boston) now joins The New York Times, CNN and NBC's "Meet The Press" in journalism's gutter:

From The Federalist (Washington, D.C.) | Media |

‘I’m… At A Loss For Words’: The Unraveling Narrative Behind The Atlantic’s Defund-The-Police ‘Shooting’ Tale | A powerful story published by The Atlantic has a serious problem: proof it ever happened. | By Christopher Bedford | July 16, 2020


With "Liberals" eager to believe any kind of stuff, no matter how bizarre, improbable or incredible provided that it feeds their appetites for seeming support for their world-view's race-hate driven narrative, the press is ready, willing and eager to dispense with professional standards of good-practice to give the mob what it craves.

Another in the series

"Why This Thread Is an Ideologically-driven Ridiculous and Misconceived Piece of Shit."

The Press isn't in "danger," professional standards of a credible press are in danger.

And that danger springs from professionals within the press and the partisan gullible mobs whose fanaticism they feed, rather than from any oppressive government force.

jul. 20, 2020, 12:09am

Honduran journalist David Romero dies after contracting COVID-19 in jail (CPJ)

Honduran journalist David Romero Ellner died yesterday around 7 a.m. of respiratory failure after contracting COVID-19 while imprisoned at the Támara National Penitentiary...

Editat: jul. 21, 2020, 12:31am

Ukrainian journalist Katerina Sergatskova in hiding amid threats, doxing (CPJ)

On July 11, Roman Skrypin, a local journalist, posted on Facebook–where he has more than 130,000 followers–a photo of Sergatskova, chief editor of independent news site Zaborona, along with her son, her son’s name, and a picture purporting to be her home... Before they were deleted, commenters wrote Sergatskova’s address, threats of death and violence against her, and accusations that she supported Russia... The photo of Sergatskova and her son was not deleted. On July 13, Sergatskova fled her home in Kyiv, the capital, and went into hiding, saying she feared for her life and the lives of her husband and two children...

Prominent Zimbabwe journalist detained in latest abduction of government critics (Guardian)

Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested a prominent journalist known for his reporting on the country’s endemic corruption in the latest in a series of abductions of government critics.

Hopewell Chin’ono was taken from his home in Harare on Monday by eight “state security agents” who broke windows to gain entry and did not produce any warrant, his lawyer said.

Chin’ono, a well-known and internationally respected reporter, recently published documents that raised concerns that powerful individuals in Zimbabwe were profiting from multimillion-dollar deals for essential supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Police said he would be charged with “incitement to participate in public violence”, an accusation that is thought to be linked to a forthcoming protest against corruption organised by activists and opposition politicians...

jul. 21, 2020, 12:49pm

Journalist Patricia Devlin on working in Northern Ireland: ‘I feel vulnerable and I feel threatened’ (CPJ)

Over the past two years, crime and paramilitary and sectarian attacks have risen in Northern Ireland, fueled by economic stagnation, a power vacuum in the regional government, and the fallout from Brexit, according to news reports.

In this climate, journalists are also increasingly at risk: freelance reporter Lyra McKee was killed in April 2019, and there have been growing reports of crime gangs and paramilitary groups threatening journalists, according to a joint statement issued on May 19, 2020, by the publishers of three Belfast-based newspapers and the National Union of Journalists.

In May 2020, in an unprecedented move, the Northern Ireland police warned several journalists working for the Sunday Life and Sunday World newspapers that a loyalist, or pro-British, paramilitary group was planning “imminent” attacks against them.

Patricia Devlin, an award-winning crime reporter working for the Sunday World, was one of them.

Devlin has covered crime, drug and criminal gangs, and how their activities are intertwined with certain loyalist paramilitary groups that as she says, “through intimidation and extortion often terrorize and keep some communities in their grip”...

Editat: jul. 22, 2020, 1:43am

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa denies tax evasion charges

Editor of Rappler news site, known for scrutiny of president Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial policies, faces several government lawsuits...

Pakistani journalist and army critic released after being kidnapped in Islamabad

Matiullah Jan, an outspoken critic of Pakistan’s institutions, was seized by heavily armed men before being let go...

Both from the Guardian

Matiullah Jan: Pakistan anger as video shows reporter's abduction (BBC)

Editat: jul. 22, 2020, 10:42am


further to >16 proximity1:

The Atlantic monthly piece-of-shit magazine finds itself obliged to retract certain details of its CRAP journalism regarding the BULLSHIT claims surrounding Derecka Purnell and unverified events:

The Atlantic prints worthless shit; The Federalist checks it and cleans it up.


or, as "Nelson" of the Simpsons says,

(© Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television / Matt Groening)

(Investigative Journalism) | The Atlantic Finally Admits Its Police Abolition Piece Is Based On A False Narrative |
Four days, six comment requests, and one follow-up story later, The Atlantic issued a series of major corrections that confirmed The Federalist's investigation


* An earlier version of this article misidentified the interstate as I-70.

** An earlier version of this article described the shooter as “a cop.” In fact, he was an armed, uniformed security guard working at the municipal recreation center, employed by a security company under contract with the city of St. Louis. In addition, the author was 13, not 12, at the time of the incident.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to

Yeah, okay, then:

Your magazine is an embarrassing piece-of-shit.

jul. 22, 2020, 8:51am

>21 proximity1:

This is a sign of a responsible and responsive press. When mistakes are made and pointed out, they are corrected.

Editat: jul. 23, 2020, 1:34am

Venezuelan authorities charge 2 journalists, imprison 1, under ‘anti-hate’ law (CPJ)

On July 13, at about 2 p.m., police and counterintelligence agents raided Evans’ Caracas home in his absence, and confiscated a mobile phone and other equipment... At about 8 p.m. that evening, agents arrested Evans, founder and director of the independent news website Punto de Corte... On July 15, National Guard troops in the town of Carúpano, in eastern Sucre state, detained Rodríguez, a reporter for privately owned radio station Pura Candela...

Abood Hamam: 'A picture can kill you or save your life' (BBC)

Abood is only 45. But he lives his life on a tightrope, in constant fear, risking everything to bring the truth of what's happening in Syria to the world...

Editor-in-chief fired at Hungary's leading independent news site (Guardian)

Szabolcs Dull had recently publicly raised concerns about political interference at Index...

jul. 23, 2020, 1:04pm

Christiane Amanpour ‘deeply troubled’ by US press freedom developments, she tells Helsinki Commission (CPJ)

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor and a senior adviser to CPJ, today called on Congress to protect independent media and press freedom in the United States, saying, “Your democratic legitimacy depends on it.”

In prepared remarks for a hearing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, better known as the Helsinki Commission, Amanpour said she was dismayed by the scale of attacks on journalists covering recent U.S. protests and that President Donald Trump’s denigration of the media is a significant backdrop.

“I cannot tell you how many world leaders use the words ‘fake news’ to justify their crackdowns. If it’s a good enough bludgeon for the President of the United States, it’s more than good enough for us, they reason,” Amanpour said, according to her prepared remarks. “Americans, as well as people and leaders around the world must know it will not be tolerated”...

jul. 23, 2020, 3:18pm

Russian journalist Dmitriy Nizovtsev beaten by unidentified men (CPJ)

This evening, three unidentified men attacked Nizovtsev, a correspondent for Shtab Navalnogo, a YouTube-based news outlet owned by opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, near the journalist’s house in the eastern city of Khabarovsk...

Editat: jul. 24, 2020, 2:00am

Turkey proposes social media law, threatening press freedom (CPJ)

The draft said it would require social media companies with more than one million users in Turkey to store those users’ data in the country, and open offices staffed with local representatives. The text has yet to be finalized and reviewed in parliament, and the timeline for a vote on the bill is unclear.

The draft also said that the companies will be required to remove content that violates “personal rights” and the “privacy of personal life” from their sites within 48 hours of receiving a court order. Search engines could also be required to remove links to such content, the draft says.CPJ has documented Turkey’s frequent suppression of reporting that violates vague prohibitions on “suggestive” news or “propaganda”...

No, a reporter didn't call Kayleigh McEnany a 'lying b**ch,' but Fox ran with it anyway (CNN)

No, a reporter didn't call White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany a "lying b**ch" at Tuesday's White House press briefing.

This is a story that illustrates how quick some factions of the country are to jump to conclusions in order to vilify members of the press.

On Tuesday, some Twitter users accused Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett of muttering on a hot mic that McEnany is a "lying b**ch." That simply wasn't true. As Halkett wrote in a tweet, she actually told McEnany, after an exchange, "Okay, you don't want to engage."

If you listen to the audio, it's clear that is what she said. And the White House's official transcript of the press briefing later quoted her saying that.

The Twitter controversy, however, made its way to Fox News' highest-rated shows. Tucker Carlson ran with the story, saying, "Did she swear at the White House press secretary? We don't know." Uh, yes we do Tucker! She did not. That's according to *checks notes* the White House's own transcript.

Nevertheless, Sean Hannity also covered the non-story. He opened his interview with McEnany by leading with the falsehood. Hannity said his staff was torn "50-50" on whether Halkett made the profane remark. Hannity himself said it wasn't "totally clear" what Halkett said...

Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status in New Zealand (Guardian)

Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian exile and journalist who became the voice of those incarcerated on Manus Island, has had his refugee status formally recognised by New Zealand, and granted a visa to live there...

Over the course of six years held within Australia’s offshore processing regime in Papua New Guinea, Boochani emerged as the voice of the Manus Island detention centre and a tireless campaigner for the rights of those detained by Australia... He secured a temporary visa to fly to New Zealand in November last year as a guest at a writers’ festival, and lodged a claim for protection when he arrived...

jul. 24, 2020, 8:22am

Judge in Portland bars federal officers from arresting or using force against journalists and legal observers
David Shortell | July 23, 2020

(CNN) A judge in Portland, Oregon, barred federal law enforcement officers from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers mixed in with the crowds at nightly protests near a complex of government buildings there if they're not suspected of committing crimes.

Federal Judge Michael H. Simon issued the temporary restraining order Thursday evening ahead of another night of expected protests in the city's downtown. Videos taken by news crews there have captured harrowing moments -- like when the city's mayor was overcome by tear gas deployed to disperse a crowd on Wednesday -- and the American Civil Liberties Union had filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security and the US Marshals Service, which command the officers, detailing several examples of identified journalists allegedly being abused by the authorities.

The order, which Simon opened with a series of quotes about the importance of the free press, also says journalists can ignore dispersal orders issued by authorities.

...The ACLU...noted that Simon had issued a parallel order three weeks ago that has blocked the heavy-handed enforcement against the groups by local police officers in the city...


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Editat: jul. 25, 2020, 2:31pm

There's a lot today. NB: I don't go searching for these. They just appear, either by e-mail or on the regular news sources which I read every day.

Far-right Chelsea fan jailed for attack on Guardian's Owen Jones (Guardian)

James Healy given prison term for ‘frenzied and unprovoked attack’ outside London pub...

Sudan’s Army Threatens Activists, Journalists with Lawsuits (Human Rights Watch)

On July 18, the Sudanese army issued a statement saying they had appointed a special commissioner to bring lawsuits against individuals who “insult” the army, including activists and journalists, both in and outside of Sudan, who write online...

Hungarian journalists resign en masse after claims of political interference (Guardian)

Firing of editor-in-chief at Hungary’s biggest independent news outlet sparks protest...

Hungary's Index journalists walk out over sacking (BBC)

More than 70 journalists and staff at Hungary's top news site Index have resigned, accusing the government of launching a bid to destroy or tame their website. Index is the last of Hungary's key independent media and editor in chief Szabolcs Dull was fired on Tuesday...

US federal law officers attack journalists covering protests in Portland (CPJ)

On July 20, unidentified law enforcement agents shot freelance photographer Jungho Kim with a pink marker round, a nonlethal rubber round that leaves a paint residue on its target, while he was reporting on ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice around the Justice Center in downtown Portland, Oregon, he told CPJ in a phone interview. Kim told CPJ that “there were no protesters around” and he was wearing a yellow reflective press vest and a full-face respirator when he was shot. He posted a photoExternal link on Twitter showing that he was clearly identifiable as a journalist...

'Journalism has been criminalised': Zimbabwean reporter denied bail (Guardian)

Hopewell Chin’ono is in jail awaiting trial on charges he rejects of inciting violence...

Seattle media must provide protest photos to police, judge rules (Guardian)

Judge says images are critical for investigations but newspaper argues move puts independence and reporters’ safety at risk...

Paraguayan soldiers assault, detain journalist Roberto Esquivel (CPJ)

On July 18, Paraguayan soldiers detained Esquivel, a local freelance journalist, in the city of Bella Vista Norte, near the Brazilian border, while he was reporting on the country’s shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic... In a video of the detention shared on social media, about five soldiers are seen grabbing Esquivel on the street and placing him in the back of a truck. Esquivel later told local media that the soldiers handcuffed him, covered his head with a balaclava, and hit him without any explanation. He received bruises on his face, torso, and arm, according to reports. The soldiers drove Esquivel to a local police station, briefly detained him there, and then released him without charge...

jul. 27, 2020, 7:48am

China’s TV channel faces UK ban as complaints mount (Guardian)

Britain’s broadcasting regulator is under mounting pressure to bar China’s state-owned TV channel from the UK’s airwaves after accusations that it has repeatedly breached impartiality rules and aired forced confessions...

Editat: jul. 28, 2020, 12:42am

NYPD subpoenaed reporter’s phone records in leak case (CPJ)

On July 14, a New York-based freelance journalist who works for the Daily Mail received a letter stating that their phone records had been obtained from their cellphone provider, AT&T, and were being used in a leak investigation within the police department, according to the journalist, who asked that their name not be disclosed, citing fear of harming relationships with sources...

US attorney general may be using Assange case for political ends, court told (Guardian)

The US attorney general, William Barr, may be using Julian Assange’s extradition case in the UK for political ends, the WikiLeaks founder’s defence team alleged during a court hearing at which he appeared by video link from prison for the first time in months.

It was a fact that Donald Trump had described the defence case as “a plot by the Democrats”, Edward Fitzgerald QC told the hearing at Westminster magistrates court...

jul. 29, 2020, 11:54pm

Nicaraguan journalist Gerall Chávez and family receive death threats

On July 25, Chávez, a co-founder of the digital media outlet Nicaragua Actual, who lives in exile in Costa Rica, received threatening messages on his personal Facebook page, including an animation that depicted him being killed, according to news reports and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview and posted a copy of the animation on Twitter. Also on July 25, the journalist’s parents received an anonymous letter at their home in Nicaragua’s Carazo department, which included death threats and was accompanied by a USB stick that also had that animation file...

Colombian vice president files criminal defamation suit against journalist

On July 24, the attorney general’s office notified McDermott, a British national who works as co-director and legal representative of the Medellín-based news organization InSight Crime, that Ramírez had filed a criminal defamation suit against him... The criminal lawsuit, filed by Ramírez on June 2, accuses McDermott of damaging the “moral integrity, good name, dignity and honor” of the vice president in an article that alleged a connection between Ramírez’s husband, Álvaro Rincón, and a suspected drug trafficker...

Journalist from Dagestan, Russia threatened with death in a phone call

On July 22, a man called Anokhina and threatened to kill her... Anokhina told CPJ that the threat may have been in response to her journalistic work. She said that the timing of the call made her believe that it may have been about one specific article she edited on a controversial case. The article, published on the day before the threat was made, alleged that Chechen and federal-level authorities failed to investigate the alleged murder of a Chechen woman by her husband...

All from CPJ

ag. 1, 2020, 12:27am

US homeland security surveilling journalists covering Portland protests (Guardian)

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been surveilling the work of American journalists reporting on the unrest in Portland, Oregon, circulating “intelligence reports” on them to other federal agencies in a move that has been decried as a clear violation of the constitutional right to a free press...

India arrests dozens of journalists in clampdown on critics of Covid-19 response (Guardian)

Facing a continuing upward trajectory in Covid-19 cases, the Indian government is clamping down on media coverage critical of its handling of the pandemic. More than 50 Indian journalists have been arrested or had police complaints registered against them, or been physically assaulted. The majority of those facing action are independent journalists working in rural India, home to more than 60% of the 1.35 billion population. “The indirect message is that we cannot show the government in poor light. It does not matter if we have to turn a blind eye to issues we witness”...

ag. 2, 2020, 12:08am

Journalist Alex Braga attacked, threatened in Brazil (CPJ)

Shortly after 9 p.m. on July 23, unidentified men drove a car into Braga’s vehicle while he was driving in the city of Manaus, the capital of the northern state of Amazonas, and then punched and threatened the journalist...

ag. 5, 2020, 12:42pm

Mexican journalist Pablo Morrugares killed in Iguala (CPJ)

Morrugares was shot and killed in the city of Iguala in early hours of August 2...

ag. 6, 2020, 12:20am

Who is Jonathan Swan, the reporter who grilled Trump? And what do kangaroos have to do with it? (Guardian)

How did the Australian journalist who made his name with a story about marsupial faeces become a global meme?...

Editat: ag. 7, 2020, 1:52am

Freelancer Vladimir Sevrinovsky on covering COVID-19 in the North Caucasus: ‘The main misinformation I fight is from the state’

Vladimir Sevrinovsky is a Moscow-based freelance journalist and documentary photographer who has covered social and cultural issues in Russia for independent news site Meduza, independent weekly Russkii Reporter, and Kavkaz.Realii, a regional service of the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others...

Belarusian journalists detained ahead of presidential elections

On July 31, police arrested Vasilkov, a blogger who also works as a mechanic, at his garage in Khoiniki, near the Ukrainian border, and brought him to a police station, according to news reports. Police officers accused Vasilkov, who has covered elections and social issues on his YouTube and Telegram channels, both named Khoiniki for Life, of writing a slogan popular with critics of President Aleksandr Lukashenko on road signs, reports said. Vasilkov denied that he had put up signs and said his arrest was retaliation for his support for an opposition candidate on his blog...

Cuban security forces detain Yadisley Rodríguez Ramírez, interrogate her about news agency director

On July 27, at around 10:00 p.m. police and security forces broke into the home of Rodríguez Ramírez in Camaguey in central Cuba without a court order, searched her home, confiscated two phones and a laptop, and detained her overnight...

Journalist Setoute Yvens survives shooting attempt, another reporter receives death threats in Haiti

On July 28 around 8:45 p.m. in the Drouillard neighborhood of the Cité-Soleil commune in Port-au-Prince, Yvens, a journalist and camera operator for Radio Télé Mégastar, was returning home from work on a motorcycle when two armed men forced him to pull over... The two men accused Yvens of having published information about them in his reporting on criminal acts in the area... Yvens was able to escape into a vehicle that was driving by at the moment of the attack, leaving his motorcycle behind. The motorcycle, which has a Radio Télé Mégastar logo on it, was shot three times, Yvens verified after he retrieved the motorcycle with the help of the police, according to the reports.

Separately, on the same day, the alleged leader of a criminal gang operating in the Savien locality, in the commune of Petite Rivière in the Artibonite department, threatened to kill Alexandre on air during a live interview with Radio Delta Stéréo station...

All from CPJ.

Sudan Army’s Plan Is to Return to 'Dark Days,' Journalists Say (Voice of America)

Plans by Sudan’s army to file legal complaints against journalists for cyber libel and “insulting” the armed forces have echoes of the intimidation tactics used under the rule of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, local reporters say...

Editat: ag. 10, 2020, 1:41am

Winston Churchill waged war on paper over 'fake news' photo caption (Guardian)

It is one of the earliest examples of a politician accusing the media of fake news. And it illustrates that, despite having been a journalist himself, Winston Churchill had an ambivalent relationship with the press, praising it on occasions, attacking it on others.

Churchill had been incensed by a picture published on the back page of the Daily Herald on 4 June 1929, that showed him outside 11 Downing Street carrying a book with the title War clearly visible. The caption suggested that war was “one of his favourite subjects”.

Churchill insisted the photograph was a fake and ordered Edward Marsh, his private secretary, to write to the Herald’s editor, William Mellor, expressing his outrage...

Italy’s new liberal newspaper Domani promises ‘facts not chatter’ (Guardian)

One of the country’s leading publishers says his latest venture will give a voice to those hit hardest by the economic slump...

Editat: ag. 10, 2020, 6:06am

One is reminded of Trump & friends' attention to WaPo (and Amazon) owner Jeff Bezos, e.g., USPS contract, racy photo release.
(WaPo is critical of Trump and Bezos is WAY richer than Trump. For now, however, Trump's options are not as unlimited as Xi's.)

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law
James Griffiths and Eric Cheung | August 10, 2020

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China, has been arrested on suspicion of "colluding" with foreign forces, according to local police.

The offense was created by a new national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last month. Lai's business partner Mark Simon said the tycoon was arrested early Monday.

Seven men in all, aged between 39 and 72, were arrested, according to a police statement, on charges including collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud. The statement did not name any individual, but a spokesman told CNN that Lai was among them and that he had been arrested on suspicion of collusion.

The "police investigation is still underway, and we cannot rule out the possibility that more people will be arrested," it added.

...On Monday, Hong Kong Journalists Association chairperson Chris Yeung said that "a month or two ago, nobody could think that in Hong Kong, media organizations could be searched like this....We never thought that this could happen in Hong Kong...This is very sad."...

ag. 11, 2020, 12:25am

Apple Daily: Hong Kong newspaper defiant after crackdown (BBC)

Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper has vowed to "fight on" after the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a controversial security law imposed by Beijing. In extraordinary scenes streamed by the paper on Monday a handcuffed Mr Lai was led through his newsroom as nearly 200 police officers raided the building...

Belarus police attack and detain journalists amid election protests (CPJ)

Yesterday, riot police in Minsk, the capital, assaulted at least four journalists and detained at least five... As the protests continued today, police in Minsk and the western city of Hrodno detained at least three journalists and shot one with a rubber bullet...

ag. 11, 2020, 11:50pm

Kyrgyz authorities arrest Uzbek journalist following extradition request (CPJ)

On August 9, officers with the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security detained Abdullaev, a freelance journalist and Uzbek national... Yesterday, Abdullaev appeared at the Pervomaisky district court in Bishkek, where a judge said his arrest was prompted by an extradition request from Uzbek authorities for allegedly “disseminating materials that target the existing constitutional order of Uzbekistan via social media,” and ordered him to be detained for 30 days pending consideration of the request...

ag. 12, 2020, 8:44am

Bolivian photojournalist David Sapiencia attacked by protesters (CPJ)

On August 5, about two dozen protesters in the central Bolivian town of Mairana attacked Sapiencia, a freelance photojournalist... he drove to Mairana after activists blocked a highway to protest the Bolivian interim government’s decision to postpone presidential elections until October 18. When he took out his cellphone to take photos, the protesters, who gathered to support the opposition Movement to Socialism political party, beat Sapiencia with clubs and pelted him with rocks... Sapiencia was hospitalized after the attack...

ag. 14, 2020, 12:17am

The Guardian is most trusted by its readers among UK newspapers, finds Ofcom (Guardian)

Research from media regulator Ofcom has rated the Guardian as the most trusted newspaper in the UK among regular readers.

The regulator’s annual report into the British public’s media consumption also showed that fewer people are using Facebook, Twitter and Google as a source of news as social media suffers from an erosion in trust.

The proportion of people using social media as a news source has dropped from 49% in 2019 to 45% this year.

The report found that the Guardian and Observer ranked as the most trustworthy and accurate among regular readers, followed by the Telegraph and the Times. The print newspaper was rated as trustworthy by 80% of respondents to Ofcom’s survey and accurate by 81%.

The Guardian was also rated the most trustworthy online UK newspaper brand – ranked as such by 73% of regular readers.

According to the report, the Guardian was the second most trustworthy online news source overall, one percentage point behind the BBC. It was regarded as accurate by 74% of regular users – the joint top score alongside the BBC...

ag. 14, 2020, 10:06am

Cartoonist Xavier ‘Bonil’ Bonilla threatened by son of former Ecuadorian president (CPJ)

On August 6, Jacobo Bucaram Pulley, the son of former President Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz, tweeted a threatening message to Bonilla, a cartoonist at local newspaper El Universo... In the tweet, which has since been deleted but was screenshotted by Fundamedios, Bucaram Pulley wrote, “May God save and protect you in case I find you because you will have to defend yourself like a man, you goddamned SOB”...

Editat: ag. 15, 2020, 1:02am

Belarusian police continue beating and detaining journalists

Detentions and beatings of journalists have continued for the fifth day since the August 9 presidential elections...

Turkish courts play whack-a-mole with independent news outlets

The editor, Ali Engin Demirhan, is one of several journalists in Turkey engaged in a protracted game of whack-a-mole with the Turkish judiciary. Turkey’s courts routinely block news sites, and the outlets bounce back with new addresses, often the name of the publication with a new number attached...

Both from CPJ

How a BBC show helped shape Africa (BBC)

As BBC Focus on Africa marks its 60th anniversary, one of its former deputy editors, Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene, looks back at her time with the radio programme, how its journalism changed and how it helped shape the continent...

I can personally testify to the importance of Focus on Africa as I was an ardent listener for decades.

ag. 15, 2020, 5:52am

>44 John5918: I like Alan Kasujja (BBC World Service) for his stories from Africa, among other places. He's always interested, compassionate--and kind in cutting off longwinded people who don't present well on radio. Great accent, too!

ag. 15, 2020, 12:40pm

Colombian court orders authorities to compensate journalist Claudia Julieta Duque for years of harassment and surveillance (CPJ)

The tribunal announced its decision on August 11, and found that government entities including the attorney general and inspector general’s offices, the Ministry of the Interior, and the now-defunct Administrative Department of Security, the country’s former intelligence agency, responsible for crimes including illicit surveillance, threats, psychological torture, and a failure to respond to threats against Duque and her daughter... The court instructed authorities, including the national attorney general’s office and the Ministry of the Interior, to take measures to stop any further violation of journalists’ rights, and ordered the entities to provide financial compensation to Duque, her daughter, and other family members...

ag. 18, 2020, 12:35am

Hospitalized Belarusian journalist Alena Scharbinskaya tells of beatings inside Minsk detention center

Alena Scharbinskaya, a correspondent with the independent satellite broadcaster Belsat TV, was among dozens of journalists detained last week in Belarus when protests erupted after the re-election of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, whose victory has been contested by many voters and the opposition. She was kept for three days in the now-infamous detention center known among locals as “Akrestsin,” the name of the Minsk street where it is located. Scharbinskaya told CPJ she was beaten so severely that she was hospitalized after she was released without charges on August 13. According to data compiled by the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), at least 29 of the approximately 68 journalists who have been detained since the August 9 election were brutalized by police...

Ukrainian investigative program ‘Schemes’ targeted with car burning, alleged surveillance

On August 7, Mykhailo Tkach, an investigative reporter working for “Schemes,” an investigative TV program jointly produced by the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:First, found what he suspected were signs that surveillance equipment had been installed in his apartment in Kyiv, the capital, according to news reports and “Schemes” chief editor Natalie Sedletska, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview. At about 1 a.m. this morning, in the town of Brovary, near Kyiv, unknown attackers burned a car used by journalists working for “Schemes,” according to news reports and Sedletska. The car belonged to Boris Mazur, a driver employed by the program, Sedletska said...

Russian journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev: Jailed ‘without a single proof of his guilt’

Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, religion section editor of the independent newspaper Chernovik, has been in pre-trial detention in Makhachkala, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, since his June 14, 2019, arrest on terrorism charges...

All from CPJ

ag. 19, 2020, 12:40am

Nicaraguan journalist Kalúa Salazar faces criminal slander suit over corruption reporting

On August 10, three employees of the mayor’s office in El Rama, in southeastern Nicaragua, filed a criminal slander suit against Salazar, the editor-in-chief of the radio and television outlet La Costeñísima, in response to an August 4 radio report on alleged corruption in the town...

Soldiers shoot at journalist in Colombia, threaten reporters covering coca protests

On August 8, soldiers chased Osorio, a photographer for the local news cooperative Voces del Guayabero, which posts stories on Facebook, and fired their weapons at him while he was covering a protest by coca farmers against the military’s eradication of their crops near the southern town of Vista Hermosa... Osorio said that he and Álvarez, a reporter for Voces del Guayabero, found refuge in a farmer’s house. Soon afterwards, soldiers arrived at the house, insulted the two journalists, accused them of being left-wing guerrillas, and detained them at the house for about six hours before releasing them without charge...

Both from CPJ

ag. 20, 2020, 1:38am

Serbian journalist Jeton Ismaili’s family threatened during break-in (CPJ)

At about 2 p.m. on August 13, in Veliki Trnovac, southern Serbia, two men broke into Ismaili’s house and, finding only his wife and their three children home, shouted insults and death threats referring to the journalist and his family, and then fled... The journalist’s family reported the attack to police, who arrived shortly thereafter and helped Ismaili’s wife, who suffered psychological trauma in the incident... Yesterday, authorities filed criminal charges against a 76-year-old man and his 38-year-old son in connection with the attack...

Editat: ag. 20, 2020, 11:58pm

Colombian journalist José Abelardo Liz killed during military attack on Indigenous group (CPJ

On August 13, Liz was shot and killed during a two-day military campaign to remove members of the Nasa Indigenous group from land near the western town of Corinto...

Join my fight to free Julian Assange and stop US extradition by his partner, Stella Moris.

My partner, the journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is fighting extradition to the United States and faces 175 years in prison. I and many others are joined in that fight - against extradition and his continuing imprisonment. We are appealing for your help.

The charges Julian faces concern the WikiLeaks exposures ten years ago of US war crimes and human rights abuses. As a result, the detail then hidden is now known to the world...

Editat: ag. 22, 2020, 12:39am

Nicaraguan journalist David Quintana faces criminal slander suit

On July 10, Managua residents Nelson Vázquez Oporta and Junieth Dávila Cruz filed a criminal slander suit against Quintana, director of the independent digital outlet Boletín Ecológico... The suit cited a June 17 Facebook Live broadcast that Quintana aired on Boletín Ecológico’s page, in which he interviewed two people who said they had been violently evicted the previous day, amid a home ownership dispute with Vázquez and Dávila. Dávila told CPJ in a phone interview that she and Vázquez, her husband, felt Quintana’s reporting on the incident was incomplete because he refused to include their version of the story...

Outlawing TikTok may not impede journalists, but U.S. and India bans could set a risky precedent

TikTok might be a nontraditional avenue for delivering news and analysis, but the app was gaining traction in the U.S. media — mostly as a tool to reach younger consumers — when President Donald Trump issued vague executive orders August 6 to prevent it and the messaging app WeChat from operating in the U.S. should they remain Chinese-owned...

Both from CPJ

Malta's former PM questioned over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder inquiry (Guardian)

Malta’s former prime minister Joseph Muscat has been questioned by police in connection with the investigation into the murder of the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat resigned as leader of the EU member state in January after the widening political scandal surrounding the journalist’s death threatened to bring down his government...

Editat: ag. 24, 2020, 12:23am

Bolsonaro tells journalist he would 'like to smash their face in' over corruption claims (Guardian)

Response came after Brazil’s president was asked a question about mystery payments to his wife...

Miroslava Breach murder: Mexico jails man who ordered journalist's death (BBC)

A man in Mexico has been given a 50-year prison sentence for ordering the killing of a prominent journalist.

Miroslava Breach, who covered drugs violence and corruption in the country, was one of 11 journalists murdered in 2017 in Mexico.

Prosecutors said the lengthy prison term for Juan Carlos Moreno set a precedent in cases involving crimes against free expression.

Some 90% of attacks on journalists in the country reportedly go unsolved...

Editat: ag. 26, 2020, 4:58am

Turkish journalist Erkan Akkuş arrested after 4 years in hiding

On August 22, police in the western province of Kocaeli detained Akkuş, former news editor and anchor for the now-shuttered Bugün TV broadcaster, and transported him to Istanbul yesterday, where he was formally arrested and charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” according to reports by CNN Turkey and local newspaper Hürriyet. Akkuş had been in hiding since an arrest warrant was issued in 2016 over his alleged connection to the military coup attempt in July of that year, according to those reports, which said that the journalist denied the charges. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail...

Russian journalists imprisoned, beaten during arrests and detention

In the early hours of July 29, police in the village of Mosrentgen, near Moscow, beat and arrested Dorogov and Katelevskiy, deputy chief editors of the independent investigative website Rosderzhava...

Both from CPJ

Julian Assange in 'a lot of pain' and losing weight in Belmarsh, partner says (Telegraph)

Update on Join my fight to free Julian Assange and stop US extradition (Crowd Justice)

Yesterday I was able to take our two sons Gabriel and Max to visit Julian in Belmarsh Prison for the first time in almost six months... The visit to Belmarsh was difficult for everyone and very stressful. We had to wear masks and visors and we were not allowed to touch during the 20-minute meeting. He looked a lot thinner than the last time I had seen him. He is also in a lot of pain with a frozen shoulder and a sprained ankle...

The total legal costs of fighting the extradition have already exceeded £500,000 even though all of the lawyers involved are working for a fraction of their usual rates – with most working for free... We have less than two weeks until the US extradition hearing begins on September 7 at the Old Bailey Court in London...

ag. 29, 2020, 3:00am

Further Update on Join my fight to free Julian Assange and stop US extradition (Crowd Justice)

Julian faces up to 175 years in prison in the US under the Espionage Act for publishing Wikileaks revelations about war crimes and human rights abuses during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These were reported by hundreds of media outlets including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Washington Post and El Pais. Julian has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize numerous times and the information acted as a catalyst for the Arab Spring...

{Julian's defence team} will explain that the extradition should be thrown out because Julian is accused of a political offence, which is outside the terms of the UK-US Extradition Treaty. They will also show the numerous grave abuses of process have taken place during the case - and highlight the various statutory bars which apply to Julian being extradited. They will argue that the extradition itself is an abuse of the UK extradition process. They will also argue the many reasons why extradition would not be compatible with Julian’s human rights.

Our case is strong and the democratic principles at stake could not be more important... The outcome of this case has huge repercussions for press freedom. It is the first time a publisher has been charged under the Espionage Act. It would be the first time any foreign journalist is prosecuted and extradited to the US for publishing truths they didn’t like. This is a political case and an attack on journalism. If Julian is extradited it means any journalist or publisher in the UK could face similar charges in the future...

ag. 31, 2020, 8:21am

CPJ launches #MissingNotForgotten campaign (CPJ)

A lack of accountability in the cases of journalists who disappear is chilling for press freedom and devastating for the journalists’ families... Marking the International Day of the Disappeared yesterday, CPJ launched the campaign to pressure authorities to investigate the cases of at least 64 journalists missing globally, particularly those who have disappeared in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon during years of regional conflict – nearly one-third of the global total...

Editat: set. 1, 2020, 12:11am

Russian journalist David Frenkel’s car vandalized following June attack at voting station

Between the night of August 26 and the early hours of August 27, unidentified attackers slashed all four tires of Frenkel’s car and smashed two of its windows while the car was parked near the journalist’s apartment in St. Petersburg...

Belarus strips journalists working for foreign outlets of accreditation

Authorities in Belarus today withdrew accreditation from at least 17 journalists who had been covering post-election protests for foreign media outlets...

Both from CPJ.

Voice of America journalists condemn Trump-backed boss over 'spy' remarks

Some of the most prominent journalists at Voice of America have accused its new Trump-appointed chief executive of McCarthyism and putting reporters at risk by purging staff and suggesting that being a journalist is “a great cover for a spy”...

Maltese journalist was killed over reporting on power plant, say police

Detective tells court Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder was motivated by desire to suppress information...

Both from the Guardian.

Cheng Lei: Australian anchor on Chinese TV detained in China (BBC)

Chinese authorities have detained an Australian citizen working as a high-profile TV anchor, as relations between the two countries deteriorate...

set. 1, 2020, 10:56pm

Turkey to try 2 journalists for alleged membership in terrorist groups (CPJ)

On September 2, the 34th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes, in Çağlayan, is scheduled to begin proceedings against Sterk, a reporter at the Iraqi-Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, who has been charged with membership in a terrorist organization and held in prison since February... On September 3, the trial is scheduled to resume for Keleş, a former photographer with the now-shuttered Dicle News Agency, who has faced charges of terrorist organization membership since his arrest in 2017...

set. 2, 2020, 11:58pm

Rio de Janeiro mayor’s office paid employees to harass journalists covering pandemic

Brazilian national TV channel Globo yesterday aired an investigative report that found that the office of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella used public funds to pay groups of municipal employees to monitor and obstruct journalists at local hospitals and block news crews from covering the COVID-19 pandemic...

At least 10 journalists detained covering protest in Belarus, 6 remain in custody

Yesterday, police in Minsk, the capital, detained at least 10 journalists covering a student rally demanding the resignation of President Aleksandr Lukashenko... The journalists possessed press badges and permits to work in Belarus... Four of the journalists have been released without charge, and six remain in custody at the Oktiabyrsky police station in Minsk...

Both from CPJ.

set. 4, 2020, 12:05am

Bulgarian riot police beat and pepper spray journalists covering demonstrations (CPJ)

Yesterday evening, while breaking up an anti-government protest in Sofia, the capital, riot police officers attacked and briefly detained Dimiter Kenarov, a freelance reporter... Officers also hit Nikolay Doychinov, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse, in the back with batons and damaged his camera... Police also fired pepper spray that affected several journalists and television crews including Nikolay Minkov, a reporter at the public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television...

set. 6, 2020, 12:29am

Donald Trump attacks 'slimeball' reporter in war dead row (BBC)

US President Donald Trump has described as a "slimeball" a journalist who quoted him as saying dead US soldiers were "losers" and "suckers"...

set. 7, 2020, 12:04am

Why journalists in Nigeria feel under attack (BBC)

In Nigeria questions are still being asked about why some public officials consider journalists to be their errand boys...

The US's pursuit of Julian Assange threatens media freedom (Al Jazeera)

Assange's extradition to the US would set a chilling precedent for those who publish leaked or classified information...

set. 7, 2020, 6:29pm

Assange "trial" has begun.

Julian Assange has been a light in this darkness. Wikileaks have opened a window into the secret world of war crime, murder and corruption that underlies so much of the governance we live under throughout the “free” world. Coming in the wake of the public realisation that we had been blatantly lied into the destruction of Iraq, there was a time when it seemed Assange would lead us into a new age where whistleblowers, citizen journalists and a democratic internet would revolutionise public information, with the billionaire stranglehold shattered.

That seems less hopeful today, as the internet world itself corporatised. Julian is in jail and continuing today is an extradition hearing that has been one long abuse of process. The appalling conditions of solitary confinement in which he has been kept in the high security Belmarsh Prison, with no access to his legal team or a working computer, to his papers or to his mail, have taken a huge toll on his physical and mental health. The UN Special Representative has declared he is subject to torture. A media which is up in arms about the very dubious attack on Navalny, has no emotion for state torture victim Assange other than contempt.

It is constantly asked by Julian’s supporters why the media do not see the assault on a publisher and journalist as a threat to themselves. The answer is that the state and corporate media are confident in their firm alliance with the powers that be. They have no intention of challenging the status quo; their protection from those kicking Assange lies in joining in with the kicking.

I hope to be in court today, and throughout the extradition hearing. The public gallery of 80 has been reduced to 9 “due to Covid”. 5 seats are reserved for Julian’s family and friends, and I have one of these today, but not guaranteed beyond that. There are just 4 seats for the general public.

Journalists and NGO’s will be following the hearing online – but only “approved” journalists and NGO’s, selected by the Orwelian Ministry of Justice. I had dinner last night with Assange supporters from a number of registered NGO’s, not one of which had been “approved”. I had applied myself as a representative of Hope Over Fear, and was turned down. It is the same story for those who applied for online access as journalists. Only the officially “approved” will be allowed to watch.

This is supposed to be a public hearing, to which in normal times anybody should be able to walk in off the street into the large public gallery, and anyone with a press card into the press gallery. What is the justification for the political selection of those permitted to watch? An extraordinary online system has been set up, with the state favoured observers given online “rooms” in which only the identified individual will be allowed. Even with approved organisations, it is not the case that an organisation will have a login anyone can use, not even one at a time. Only specifically nominated individuals have to login before proceedings start, and if their connection breaks at any point they will not be readmitted that day.

Given these restrictions, I was very conscious I may need to queue from 5am tomorrow, to get one of the 4 public places, if I drop off the family list. So I went this morning at 6am to the Old Bailey to check out the queue and work out the system. The first six people in the queue were all people who, entirely off their own bat, without my knowledge and with no coordination between them, had arrived while London slept just to reserve a place for me. I was swept up by their goodness, their trust in me and by their sheer humanitarian concern about Julian and the whole miscarriage of justice. I chatted cheerily with them for a while, then came back to write this, but just got round the corner when I burst into floods of tears, overwhelmed by all this kindness.

I have to pull myself together now and get into that court.

set. 7, 2020, 11:25pm

Australian journalists flown out of China 'amid diplomatic standoff' (BBC)

Two Australian news outlets have removed their reporters from China over what they say is a diplomatic standoff...

set. 9, 2020, 12:03am

Belarusian authorities continue to arrest, obstruct journalists covering protests

Since yesterday, authorities have ordered the detention of at least two journalists, raided a journalist’s home, and fined two freelance reporters, all of whom covered protests calling for the resignation of President Aleksandr Lukashenko...

Turkish journalist Oktay Candemir charged with ‘insulting’ deceased sultan in satirical tweet

Yesterday, police in the eastern city of Van arrested Candemir, a freelance journalist who writes columns for the pro-Kurdish news website Nupel, at his home... Today, the court released Candemir after charging him with “insulting the memory of a dead person”... He is subject to a foreign travel ban, is required to regularly check in to a police station while his case is pending, and police have confiscated his computer and personal archive... The insult charge stems from a satirical tweet that Candemir posted on his personal account on September 3, where he has about 7,500 followers and frequently posts his reporting and commentary, in which he mocked a historical drama series produced by state broadcaster TRT. Authorities allege that the tweet insulted Ertuğrul Ghazi, a sultan who died around 1280...

Both from CPJ.

Editat: set. 10, 2020, 11:47pm

Turkey convicts 5 journalists under national security law

Yesterday, the 34th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes convicted Odatv chief editor Barış Pehlivan, and reporter Hülya Kılınç, Yeniçağ columnist Murat Ağırel, and Yeni Yaşam chief editor Ferhat Çelik and news editor Aydın Keser of violating the country’s national intelligence laws in their reporting on the death of a National Intelligence Agency officer...

Mexican reporter Julio Valdivia found beheaded in Veracruz state

The body of Valdivia, a reporter for the local El Mundo newspaper, was found yesterday afternoon in the municipality of Tezonapa, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, according to news reports. Valdivia’s body, which had been beheaded, was found near train tracks in the town of Motzorongo...

Kosovo journalist Ermal Panduri receives death threats following criticism of president

Since September 8, dozens of Facebook users have sent threatening messages to Panduri, managing director of the privately owned Kosovo TV station RTV Dukagjini, who hosts a daily political talk show on the broadcaster, some of them threatening his life... Panduri told CPJ that the threats began after he posted a video of Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi on his public Facebook page, where he frequently posts political commentary and has about 25,000 followers. In the comments on that video, Panduri wrote criticism of the president regarding a land dispute with neighboring Serbia... based on the users’ profiles, he believes they are real commenters and not bots, and that they are Kosovars living abroad...

All from CPJ.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst (The Register)

Julian Assange has been told to hold his tongue and not interrupt court proceedings by a judge as he contests US attempts to extradite him from Britain to stand trial over his WikiLeaks website...

set. 14, 2020, 11:36pm

Authorities block local news websites amid Belarus protests (CPJ)

Authorities threatened last week to censor another major domestic news website in Belarus, where dozens remain blocked amid nationwide protests...

set. 15, 2020, 12:32pm

Crimean Tatar civic journalists risk persecution to cover their community in Russian-annexed Crimea (CPJ)

After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, some Crimean Tatars–the indigenous population of the Crimean peninsula–had to flee for the Kyiv-controlled part of Ukraine. But most have chosen to remain. As the Russian-appointed new authorities established blanket censorship, squeezing out independent media outlets, a new phenomenon emerged–civic journalism. Members of the Crimean Tatar community–who had not previously worked as journalists–started photographing and filming raids and searches of homes and offices as officials cracked down on the Muslim-minority Crimean Tatar community.

When CPJ conducted its most recent prison census in December 2019, Russian authorities were holding four Crimean Tatar journalists on various terrorism and extremism charges. Those who are still free continue to take risks to report on rights violations against their fellow Crimean Tatars...

set. 16, 2020, 10:13am

Nicaragua court seizes assets of independent broadcaster Canal 12 (CPJ)

On September 11, Managua Judge Luden Quiroz García ordered the seizure of the outlet’s assets, including the channel’s main offices, vehicles belonging to the station, and a house belonging to Mariano Valle, whose family owns the broadcaster...

Editat: set. 17, 2020, 1:59am

Journalist Josie Huang arrested, charged with obstructing police in Los Angeles (CPJ)

On the evening of September 12, sheriff’s deputies tackled and arrested Huang, a reporter for a National Public Radio member station KPCC and local news website LAist, while she was covering officers making an arrest...

Vietnam war leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Julian Assange (Guardian)

The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam war has defended Julian Assange at his London extradition hearing on Wednesday, saying WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warned that its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States...

Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked documents known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other news outlets, told the court that WikiLeaks’ disclosures had shown Americans how they had been misled about US action in Iraq and Afghanistan just as his leaks, which also revealed previously secret information, did about the Vietnam War...

set. 17, 2020, 11:41pm

Turkey threatens to seize assets of exiled journalist Can Dündar (CPJ)

An Istanbul court today announced that Can Dündar, an exiled Turkish journalist living in Germany, would be declared a fugitive and his assets would be seized unless he returns to the country within 15 days... authorities were threatening to seize a family home where his mother still lives...

Editat: set. 22, 2020, 7:21am

Update on Julian assange extradition trial (Crowd Justice) by his partner, Stella Morris:

We are now into the third week of Julian’s hearing - in which he is fighting again extradition to the United States where he faces 175 years in prison.

Proceedings have been slowed down by problems over remote access and even a coronavirus scare. But the court has heard some very important evidence from key witnesses...

I was especially proud of Julian when he stood up in court to say that he had instructed his lawyers not to allow the suppression of parts of the evidence presented by Khaled El-Masri, an innocent victim of CIA rendition and torture, whose evidence the US was attempting to censor. Mr. El-Masri was testifying that he was able to win his case at the European Court Of Human Rights relying on cables published by Wikileaks. Julian said: “I have instructed my lawyers that I will not accept the censorship of a torture victim’s statement to this court.”

The court has also heard that Jennifer Robinson, Julian's lawyer, was present at a meeting in the Ecuadorian embassy with two people (one of whom is a congressman) who said they were emissaries of President Donald Trump. Julian was told he would have to give up the source of the 2016 publications (DNC and Podesta emails) if he wanted to walk out of the embassy a free man. It was said that the information would be politically beneficial to the US President and in exchange Julian would be given a pardon. Needless to say, Julian did not comply because he would never give up his sources, and he tweeted as much at the time.

Witnesses have told how they saw for themselves how Julian carefully ensured that names of persons who might face physical harm did not appear in the documents that WikiLeaks published, sometimes even withholding the documents from publication entirely, to protect innocent people.

Witnesses have explained the ways in which his prosecution is politically motivated, how he is being persecuted by the current administration (and how the previous Obama administration had decided against prosecuting him) and why it is impossible for Julian to face a fair trial in the US. Witnesses also explained why the charges are a dire threat to press freedom.

Others have stressed how important the Wikileaks publications have been to their work in court cases and in-depth investigations and how the United States has conceded it has no evidence of a single person being physically harmed by the release of documents.

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, said that what Julian did was in the public interest. He told the court that WikiLeaks’ disclosures in 2010 revealed truths about US action in Iraq and Afghanistan, just as his leaks had done for the Vietnam War, and how these truths led to policy changes in those wars...

More than 160 world leaders and diplomats call for UK to release Julian Assange (Independent)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be released from a UK prison and not be extradited to the US, according to more than 160 world leaders, politicians and diplomats. The high-powered group gave their support to Assange in an open letter addressed to prime minister Boris Johnson and other government ministers...

set. 22, 2020, 11:44pm

Argentinian radio journalist Luis Alberto Mancini assaulted after reporting on local corruption (CPJ)

On September 16 around 11 a.m., Mancini was violently attacked by two men while hosting his radio program, “Mano a Mano,” at the office of Radio FM Horizonte, the radio station he owns in Villa Río Bermejito in the Chaco province of northeast Argentina, according to press reports. In the days before the attack, Mancini had reported on alleged corruption in the Villa Río Bermejito municipality...

set. 24, 2020, 10:52am

Ukrainian journalists threatened with gun, police in Kyiv refuse to intervene (CPJ)

In the early hours of September 21, a man pointed a gun at Serdiuk while the two journalists were reporting for the multimedia platform Magnolia TV about a car accident allegedly involving the man... Road police at the scene refused to intervene to help the reporters...

Editat: set. 25, 2020, 12:23am

Investigative journalist Paola Ugaz faces criminal defamation suit in Peru (CPJ)

Yesterday, the Ninth Criminal Court of Lima held the first hearing in a criminal defamation trial for Ugaz, an investigative journalist and co-author of a 2015 book that alleged a pattern of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse within the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peruvian Catholic lay organization...

US has never asked WikiLeaks rival to remove leaked cables, court told (Guardian)

US authorities have never asked a WikiLeaks rival to take down unredacted cables that have been among those at the centre of the legal battle to send Julian Assange to the US, his extradition hearing has been told.

The evidence was given by a veteran internet activist whose website, Cryptome, published more than 250,000 classified documents a day before WikiLeaks began placing them online.

In a short statement submitted by Assange’s team at the Old Bailey, John Young said he had published unredacted diplomatic cables on 1 September 2011 after obtaining an encrypted file, and that they remained online.

Young, who founded Cryptome in 1996, added: “Since my publication on of the unredacted diplomatic cables, no US law enforcement authority has notified me that this publication of the cables is illegal, consists or contributes to a crime in any way, nor have they asked for them to be removed”...

Chen Qiushi: Chinese journalist missing since February 'under state supervision' (BBC)

A Chinese citizen journalist who disappeared in February after reporting on the outbreak of the coronavirus has been found, a friend has said. The whereabouts of Chen Qiushi have not been known since he was allegedly "quarantined by force". A friend has now uploaded a video to YouTube saying he is in "good health" but is under government supervision...

set. 25, 2020, 2:22pm

Journalist April Ehrlich facing criminal charges over reporting on homelessness in Oregon (CPJ)

On the morning of September 22, Medford police arrested Ehrlich, a reporter for National Public Radio affiliate station JPR, while she was reporting on evictions of people who had been living in the city’s downtown park... Police held Ehrlich for several hours, charged her with second-degree criminal trespassing, interfering with a peace officer, and resisting arrest, and then released her that afternoon, according to the station’s report...

set. 28, 2020, 11:29pm

Nicaraguan ruling party legislators propose law requiring some media outlets, journalists to register as “foreign agents” (CPJ)

The law, proposed on September 22, would require individuals and organizations that receive money from foreign sources, including government agencies and international non-profit organizations, to register as “foreign agents” with the Ministry of Interior...

“Labeling journalists and outlets as foreign agents is part of the Nicaraguan government’s systematic attempt to restrict and control the work of independent media”...

set. 30, 2020, 12:12am

Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis: Assange is a “highly principled individual with enormous courage” (WSWS)

well-known Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis condemned the abuses being perpetrated against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and stated that he had only been able to survive years of arbitrary detention because of his “conviction that truth should prevail”...

set. 30, 2020, 12:16pm

Exiled Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt attacked in Stockholm (CPJ)

On September 24, at about 2:40 p.m., three unidentified men attacked Bozkurt, a Turkish journalist living in exile, in the street outside his home in Stockholm... One of the men pulled Bozkurt to the ground, and then all three kicked him for several minutes before fleeing the scene...

Editat: set. 30, 2020, 2:05pm

Citizen journalist? Ugly, entitled American? Really dumb move by resort, that's for sure!

American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort
Richard C. Paddock | Sept. 28, 2020

An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.

The hotel, the Sea View Koh Chang resort on the island of Koh Chang, was equally unhappy with the guest and what it saw as his one-man campaign to damage its reputation. Unable to reach him or halt his posts on TripAdvisor, the resort filed a complaint with the Thai police under the country’s harsh defamation law.

As a result, the guest, Wesley Barnes, was arrested this month and spent a weekend in jail. If convicted of criminal defamation, he faces up to two years in prison.

If the Sea View was hoping to win back its good name, seeking help from the police backfired, badly. Mr. Barnes’s arrest has set off condemnation online, negative news stories and a burst of bad reviews for the resort. A hotel manager said the resort was receiving death threats from foreigners...

set. 30, 2020, 8:30pm

State department rescinds award to Finnish journalist for criticizing Trump


The State Department reversed plans to include a Finnish journalist last year among its recipients for its annual courageous women awards after officials discovered she was critical of President Trump on social media, an internal review concluded on Friday.

The report by the department’s Office of Inspector General noted a “broad discretion to select awardees” for its annual International Women of Courage prize, and said State Department officials were authorized to revoke their decision to honor the journalist, Jessikka Aro.

But it also found that department officials “inaccurately asserted” that Ms. Aro’s posts on Twitter and Facebook — including those that highlighted Mr. Trump’s broadsides against press freedoms — were not the reason the award was rescinded.

Documents and interviews cited by the review showed that department officials deliberately misled journalists, congressional staff and the public in explaining why Ms. Aro was denied the award after being told she had won it.

Editat: oct. 1, 2020, 12:07am

Indigenous journalist Anastasia Mejía arrested in central Guatemala (CPJ)

On September 22, the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC) arrested journalist Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz, director of the radio station Xol Abaj Radio and Xol Abaj TV, in the municipality of Joyabaj, Quiché, in central Guatemala, according to a report by Guatemalan news website Prensa Comunitaria. Mejía, a member of the Maya K’iche’ Indigenous group, is charged with sedition, aggravated attack, arson, and aggravated robbery... Mejía is being charged with participating in an August 24 demonstration by a group of Joyabaj residents against mayor Francisco Carrascosa. Mejía reported live on the events through the Facebook page of Xol Abaj TV, which has more than 157,000 followers...

Julian Assange would be sent to America's most notorious prison if extradited, court hears (Independent)

Julian Assange may wind up at one of the country's most notorious prisons if he is extradited to the US and convicted of espionage. That's according to Maureen Baird, a former warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York, who testified in London on Tuesday as part of the weeks-long trial involving Mr Assange...

Ms Baird told the court on Tuesday that Mr Assange would likely be sent to ADX Florence, the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, if he is convicted. Mr Assange, she explained, would need to be held under special administration measures (SAMs) because of national security concerns within the US government. Given those requirements, Ms Baird said the Colorado prison would be the "only place" for Mr Assange to serve his sentence, "unless there was a severe change in his medical status"...

US intelligence sources discussed poisoning Julian Assange, court told (Guardian)

Plans to poison or kidnap Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy were discussed between sources in US intelligence and a private security firm that spied extensively on the WikiLeaks co-founder, a court has been told. Details of the alleged spying operation against Assange and anyone who visited him at the embassy were laid out on Wednesday at his extradition case, in evidence by a former employee of a Spanish security company, UC Global...

oct. 1, 2020, 10:32am

Honduran journalist Luis Alonzo Almendares shot and killed (CPJ)

At about 6 p.m. on September 27, in the central Honduran city of Comayagua, two unidentified individuals on a motorcycle shot Almendares, a local freelance journalist, three times and then fled the scene; bystanders brought the journalist to a local hospital, and he was then transferred to the Escuela Universitario hospital in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, where he died yesterday morning...

Almendares posted his local news reporting to his Facebook page, where he identified himself as “The Voice of the Comayaguans.” He had more than 40,000 followers, and frequently reported on alleged corruption and mismanagement by local officials...

oct. 1, 2020, 1:21pm

Statement on Julian Assange by his partner, Stella Morris:

Julian faces a 175-year prison sentence. Most of the charges relate to simply receiving and possessing government documents. Under oath, the prosecution concedes that it has no evidence that a single person has ever come to any physical harm because of these publications.

Let me repeat that: there is no evidence that a single person has ever come to any physical harm because of these publications.

Julian is not a US citizen. He has never lived there. He did not sign an oath to the US government. He should not be sent there.

Julian’s duty is to the public: to publish evidence of wrongdoing, and that’s what he did.

The US administration is trying to make normal journalistic activities, which are entirely legal in this country, an extraditable offence. If he is sent to the US, Julian will not be able to argue the public interest of his publications because there is no public interest defence. And because he is not American, the US says he does not have free speech protections.

The US administration won’t stop with him. The US says that it can put any journalist, anywhere in the world, on trial in the US if it doesn’t like what they are publishing...

This case is already chilling press freedom. It is a frontal assault on journalism, on the public’s right to know and our ability to hold governments, domestic and foreign, to account.

Terrible crimes were committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and terrible crimes were committed at Guantanamo Bay. The perpetrators of those crimes are not in prison. But Julian is....

Editat: oct. 2, 2020, 12:11am

George Christensen calls on Australia to lodge formal protest over treatment of Julian Assange (Guardian)

A Liberal National party backbencher has called on the Australian government to lodge a formal protest with the US over the treatment of Julian Assange after a court heard claims of previous plans to poison or kidnap the Wikileaks founder... “The latest revelations show a foreign power tried to use illegal means to harm an Australian citizen.” Christensen and independent MP Andrew Wilkie met the British high commissioner to Australia on Friday to raise concerns about Assange’s welfare and question whether due process was being observed...

At least 4 journalists injured covering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (CPJ)

At least four journalists were injured today in a shelling attack in the town of Khojavend, known locally as Martuni, in the break-away Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan...

Editat: oct. 2, 2020, 11:59pm

Without offering proof, Salvadoran President Bukele alleges money laundering investigation into El Faro news website (CPJ)

In a news conference on September 24, President Nayib Bukele announced that El Faro, an independent news website, was under investigation for money laundering, and accused a number of Salvadoran outlets including El Faro, the Revista Factum and Gato Encerrado news websites, and the La Prensa Gráfica newspaper of lying and “attacking” his government...

Russian journalist dies after setting herself on fire following police search (Guardian)

A Russian journalist has died after setting herself on fire in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, a day after her apartment was searched by police. Prior to her self-immolation, Irina Slavina wrote on her Facebook page: “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.” Slavina worked as editor-in-chief at Koza Press, a small local news outlet that advertised itself as having “no censorship, no orders ‘from above’”...

oct. 5, 2020, 12:19am

Queen stresses need for trusted news sources during Covid crisis (Guardian)

The Queen has issued a message of support to the British newspaper industry, praising traditional media outlets.

The monarch said that “having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital”.

In a letter to the News Media Association, the industry organisation that represents all major national and local newspaper publishers, the Queen said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated what an important public service the established news media provides, both nationally and regionally...

oct. 5, 2020, 11:59pm

Why have we turned our backs on sacred outcast Julian Assange? (Independent)

Nothing about his case is fair: his crime was simply to expose corruption. The press loved him, then abandoned him. We need to understand his banishment before it is too late...

oct. 6, 2020, 11:57am

At least 5 journalists attacked, beaten in southern Georgia in run-up to parliamentary elections (CPJ)

On the evening of September 29, in the southern Georgian city of Marneuli, unknown assailants attacked a reporting crew for the pro-opposition TV broadcaster Mtavari Channel as police looked on without helping... Unknown assailants also attacked a cameraman for Georgian public TV broadcaster Pirveli Arkhi... In both incidents, reporters’ equipment was damaged...

Editat: oct. 8, 2020, 1:54am

Journalists attacked, obstructed during and after parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan (CPJ)

Officials in Kyrgyzstan today voided the results of the October 4 parliamentary election after mass protests broke out in the capital of Bishkek and other cities. Members of several opposition parties announced plans to oust the president, according to news reports. Several journalists were attacked while covering the vote and the unrest that has followed...

Vietnam arrests prominent journalist as state cracks down on free speech online (Guardian)

Vietnamese authorities have arrested Pham Doan Trang – one of the nation’s most prominent independent journalists. Trang was detained on Tuesday evening in Ho Chi Minh City, the same day Vietnam and the US held the 24th annual US-Vietnam human rights dialogue, which included talks on issues such as the right to freedom of expression. Analysts say her arrest is part of a crackdown on activists ahead of Vietnam’s five-yearly national congress in January, while Facebook is facing criticism for growing increasingly complicit in suppressing freedom of speech. Vietnamese authorities confirmed on Wednesday that they had charged Trang with “making, storing, distributing or disseminating information, documents and items” that aim to oppose the Vietnamese state. The harshest sentence for this crime is 20 years in jail...

oct. 9, 2020, 12:03am

Shelling injures 2 Russian journalists in Nagorno-Karabakh; Armenian government revokes journalist’s accreditation (CPJ)

Yuriy Kotenok, chief editor of the conservative Russian news website, and Levon Arzanov, a correspondent from the Russian state-run military news website Ofitsery Rossii, were injured today by shelling in Shushi, a city in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to news reports.

The two journalists were reporting within a cathedral that had been damaged in a previous shelling attack when another bomb dropped on the building, severely injuring Kotenok and moderately injuring Arzanov, according to those reports.

Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan tweeted that Azerbaijani armed forces had targeted the cathedral with multiple rockets. On its official Twitter account, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry wrote that the country’s army “does not target the historical/cultural/religious buildings” and said that the Armenian government’s claim was “unfounded.”

Also today, Armenian authorities stripped Ilya Azar, a correspondent with Russian independent daily Novaya Gazeta, of his press accreditation...

oct. 12, 2020, 11:49pm

Irina Slavina: Final protest of Russian journalist who set herself on fire (BBC)

Her last post on Facebook read: "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death"... it was an act of deliberate political protest, not desperation...

oct. 13, 2020, 11:36pm

At least 49 journalists detained in Belarus while covering recent protests; 8 still held (CPJ)

At least 49 journalists were detained between October 11 and 12 while covering protests in Belarus; three of them remain in detention, bringing the total number of journalists in custody to eight...

oct. 15, 2020, 5:05am

Twitter blocked users from sharing The Post’s own link to the story, which describes a 2015 email from Ukrainian energy company Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi thanking Hunter Biden for “giving an opportunity to meet your father.”...

Editat: oct. 15, 2020, 11:40pm

Journalists and media offices threatened, attacked in Kyrgyzstan as post-election unrest continues (CPJ)

In Kyrgyzstan, a number of attacks on journalists and threats to media outlets have been reported since October 4 parliamentary elections...

oct. 17, 2020, 12:26am

Dutch state broadcaster pulls logo from vans after attacks (Guardian)

NOS takes unprecedented step amid far-right risk, saying journalism is ‘under attack’...

oct. 27, 2020, 11:47pm

Fears of crackdown on US journalism as Trump ally removes editorial 'firewall' (Guardian)

The US diplomats’ union has denounced an attempt by a Trump appointee to remove the “firewall” protecting the editorial independence of the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other US overseas broadcasters, warning that it marked an attempt to turn them into vehicles for “government propaganda”. The CEO of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), Michael Pack, announced overnight on Monday that he would be rescinding the “firewall rule” insulating journalists from editorial direction from politically appointed management...

Editat: oct. 29, 2020, 4:09am

Hungarian police question journalists for ‘illicit data collection’ after use of drone footage (CPJ)

On October 26, the business crime unit of the Hungarian police in Fejér County in Székesfehérvár, a city in central Hungary, summoned Gabriella Horn, a reporter for investigative news outlet Átlátszó, to appear for questioning, her employer reported. The move followed a summons for questioning to Balázs Gulyás, a reporter for independent news website Magyar Hang, on October 22, 2020, his employer reported. Magyar Hang and Átlátszó said that the summonses followed their publication on May 8 and May 15, respectively, of stories that used drone footage to report on two military-grade armored vehicles parked on the estates of a company owned by businessman Lőrinc Mészáros in Bicske, a town 30 km from Budapest. Mészáros is a former gas pipe-fitter and a childhood friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who became a billionaire thanks to his ties to the government...

Legal setbacks could thwart progress in resolving journalist murders (CPJ)

Fragile gains toward reducing the murders of journalists worldwide could be thwarted by legal appeals and lack of political leadership... “Despite a decreasing number of journalist killings, impunity for their murders persists, including in countries that are viewed as more stable and democratic. Leaders around the world owe it to the families and colleagues of victims to pursue justice swiftly, to take action on long-standing cases, and to ensure that killers are not set free by legal loopholes”...

oct. 29, 2020, 11:29pm

Three more from CPJ:

Italian journalist Mimmo Rubio threatened over coverage of COVID-19 protests, organized crime

On October 19, a group of about 20 people driving scooters and demonstrating against the coronavirus lockdown in Arzano, in southern Italy, staged a protest at Rubio’s home and a nearby government building, shouting threats and insults at the journalist and yelling for him to leave the city, which forced Rubio to barricade himself in his home...

Russian police detain, interrogate journalist Yana Toporkova, raid her home

On October 2, three men in plainclothes who identified themselves as police officers raided Toporkova’s apartment in the southern village of Yablonovskiy, seized her laptop, phone, router, and notes, and detained her... Following the raid, the officers drove Toporkova, a reporter who covers regional news for the independent news agency Region Online, to Cherkessk, a city more than 200 miles from Yablonovskiy, where they questioned her as a witness in an investigation into alleged false information published on Instagram by the independent Cherkessk-based news website Politika 09...

US plans to restrict foreign journalist visas would be chilling, must be scrapped

Like many of the foreign correspondents I knew, I had extremely mixed feelings about U.S. foreign policy, but one thing was sure. Washington defended press freedom abroad and welcomed overseas reporters at home. That gave it a certain moral authority. Now, worryingly, that standing is under threat from a Trump administration proposal to slash the time foreign journalists can stay on U.S. soil and to increase scrutiny of their output...

Editat: oct. 30, 2020, 2:22pm

Glenn Greenwald resigns from The Intercept, which he co-founded, after editors spike his story on the Bidens.


Here is the piece in question, which he is now running independently.

oct. 30, 2020, 3:14pm

Greenwald should have been wiser in choosing which hill to die on. This is too pitiful, when even that opportunistic dudebro swine Taibbi can't spin it into anything worse than "the suppression of the story is the story".

I'm guessing there have been other problems at the Intercept.

Editat: oct. 31, 2020, 12:40am

Journalist Romano dos Anjos kidnapped and assaulted in Brazil

On October 26, at about 8:30 p.m., three unidentified men broke into dos Anjos’ home in the northern city of Boa Vista, in Roraima state, while he was having dinner with his wife, tied her up and kidnapped him, using his car to drive away... Later that night, local authorities found the car burned and abandoned alongside the BR-174 road, according to those reports. The next morning a passerby found dos Anjos in Bom Intento, an area on the rural outskirts of Boa Vista... Dos Anjos had been left at the scene the previous night, tied up and blindfolded, and had injuries to his legs, as well as one broken arm and the other dislocated...

Despite convictions, justice for murdered journalists in Mexico remains abstract

Some recent convictions in the cases of journalists murdered in Mexico may give the impression that the state is making significant progress in the fight against impunity. While CPJ has welcomed the convictions as an important step, the outlook for breaking the cycle of impunity and violence in Mexico has grown more dim under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...

Colombia court’s ruling in Vicky Dávila, RCN defamation case sets dangerous precedent for investigative reporting

On October 15, a Bogotá appellate court ordered Dávila, one of Colombia’s best-known journalists, and the private RCN media company to pay more than $43,000 in damages to the family of a police colonel who was removed from his post after Dávila reported on allegations that he was corrupt...

All from CPJ.

The Kashmir journalists 'harassed' and 'questioned' for doing their job (BBC)

Journalism has become especially risky in Indian-administered Kashmir since the federal government stripped the region of its special status in August last year. That seemed evident this week when India's top anti-terror agency searched the offices of the Greater Kashmir newspaper and the home of AFP journalist Parvaiz Bukhari. In all, India's national investigative agency searched nine locations... critics say what's worrying is that the raids come amid a larger crackdown on free speech and dissent in the valley. In the past year, at least 18 reporters have been questioned by police and more than a dozen were allegedly assaulted...

nov. 1, 2020, 10:58pm

Robert Fisk, veteran British foreign correspondent, dies aged 74 (Guardian)

Described by the New York Times in 2005 as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain”, Fisk won many prestigious awards over the span of his career for his coverage of the Middle East... from 1972 to 1975 he was the paper’s Belfast correspondent at the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles. In 1976 he moved to Beirut where he began his career as a Middle East correspondent, covering the Lebanese civil war, the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan... covering events such as Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the recent wars in Syria. He also reported on the Bosnian and Kosovo wars in the former Yugoslavia. A fluent Arabic speaker, he was among the few Western journalists to interview the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, which he did three times during the 1990s.

He was a controversial figure, known for his criticism of the US. Following the 11 September 2001 attacks, he faced a backlash after asking what had motivated those who were responsible for the attacks...

nov. 2, 2020, 11:21pm

Mexican journalist Arturo Alba shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez (CPJ)

In the evening of October 29, unidentified assailants shot and killed Alba, host of the daily television news show “Telediario,” in Ciudad Juárez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua...

nov. 4, 2020, 9:43pm

Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Sadygov sentenced to seven years in prison

Yesterday, Baku Grave Crimes Court sentenced Sadygov, chief editor of the independent news website, to seven years in prison...

Moldovan airline employee prevents Russian journalist Irek Murtazin from boarding flight to Moldova

On October 31, at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, an employee of the state-run airline Air Moldova refused to check in Murtazin, a correspondent for Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, for a flight to Moldova’s capital, Chișinău, where he planned to cover the November 1 presidential elections...

Nigeria journalist Oga Tom Uhia detained for weeks on defamation complaint

On October 13, police arrested Uhia at his residence in Gwarimpa, a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, without a warrant and took him to the Force Criminal Investigation Department... There, authorities questioned him about a complaint filed with police by Minister of State for Power Goddy Jeddy Agba, who helps oversee the electrical power sector in several states, regarding reporting on the official in Power Steering, Odeh said. Six days later, on October 19, Odeh said police told him that Uhia had been charged with 14 counts of alleged defamation and injurious publication. He said he has not received a copy of the charges...

All from CPJ

nov. 5, 2020, 9:45am

The dumbest kids in class become journalists.

nov. 5, 2020, 9:58am

>108 Earthling1:
And another brilliant bit of repartee stated without any source or evidence.

It’s always pleasant to see consistency in posts.

Editat: nov. 5, 2020, 10:33am

>108 Earthling1:

Robert Fisk (>105 John5918:) had a PhD fromTrinity College Dublin. Orla Guerin has a master's from the same college. Christiane Amanpour graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. Martin Bell achieved first-class honours at King's College Cambridge. Zeinab Badawi graduated with distinction from the the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Bob Woodward got his BA at Yale. Robin White graduated from Cambridge. Martin Bashir has a master's from King's College London. Lyse Doucet has a master's from the University of Toronto. If these were the "dumbest kids in class", there must have been some right bloody geniuses around.

These are just a handful of household-name journalists whom I looked up to see their academic qualifications, for my own interest as much as anything, as most of the journalists I've met have been highly intelligent people (and I confess openly that I have only met one of the exalted list of names above). The list could go on and on. I wait for you to provide some counter-evidence to back up your statement.

nov. 5, 2020, 11:12am

>109 bohemima: I worked in journalism as an adult and for school papers. Enough proof for you? Of course not.

nov. 5, 2020, 11:15am

>110 John5918: One of your favorite subjects: Authority. To you, having a PhD or master's degree is A Big Deal. Maybe fifty years ago it meant something. Today, so many people have them that they are no longer a sign of distinction.

There is also ample proof that these people are not all that bright. Look at their judgment.

Editat: nov. 5, 2020, 1:44pm

>108 Earthling1: and then >111 Earthling1:
So, then you were one of the dumbest kids in class? Hmm...

And your school journalism? Are you seriously offering that as proof of your statement?

Your anecdotal experience does not provide empirical proof that your statement that “the dumbest kids in class become journalists.”

That’s not how evidence works.

nov. 5, 2020, 2:49pm

>113 bohemima:
I'm not sure which assertion I find more unlikely: "The dumbest kids in class become journalists" or "as an adult".

nov. 5, 2020, 5:12pm

nov. 5, 2020, 8:45pm

Nope. I judge from experience. Something that would benefit the rest of you. Visit a newsroom, a college, a high school. See which kids enter which occupations. Generally speaking, the dumb kids enter journalism because it's an easy, low paying profession with a lot of freedom and v. little responsibility. It can be a challenging profession, but only to a high quality mind. I recall the words of Henry James that the worth of a novel depends on the quality of the mind that produced it. But I doubt anyone here has read Henry James.

nov. 5, 2020, 8:53pm

Goddamnit. Fisk will be missed.

Editat: nov. 5, 2020, 10:01pm

>116 Earthling1:
Since you repeatedly state that you doubt that people here read, why did you call people on this site “genius bookworms” with that metaphorical sneer?

Most of us here have open profiles, with complete access to their libraries on site. Perhaps you should use some of that journalistic experience to work, and check what people have read before you make any misguided assumptions about what we have and have not read.

You “judge from experience.” Your experience is hardly universal, and is a very narrow lens through which to view the world. Empirical evidence is what proves things, not your “experience.”

nov. 5, 2020, 10:34pm

>116 Earthling1: I judge from experience

Your experience of journalism as a student and in a US news outlet is clearly very limited. Look at the posts on this thread - they refer to international journalism, which includes but is not limited to small US news outlets.

it's an easy, low paying profession with a lot of freedom and v. little responsibility

Low paying, yes, freedom yes and no, as journalists have to go where the news stories are, and they often make personal sacrifices to do so. Very little responsibility? Not what I have seen.

It can be a challenging profession, but only to a high quality mind

Well, I would say it is a challenging profession for anyone, regardless of the quality of their mind. Just read some of the stories in this thread documenting the challenges faced by journalists. But since most of them do have a high quality mind, your comment is irrelevant.

Editat: nov. 6, 2020, 10:45am

Peruvian police raid offices of television and radio outlets in Ica, confiscate equipment (CPJ)

On October 27, police officers in the southern Peruvian city of Ica raided the Cadena Sur TV station as well as Radio Sistema and Radio La Mega, all three of which are privately owned, following a complaint by Mónica Guillén, the wife of Ica state governor Javier Gallegos...

Los Angeles police arrest, charge 2 reporters documenting social justice protest (CPJ)

Yesterday, around 7:30 p.m., the LAPD announced a dispersal order in response to Black Lives Matter protests near the intersection of West 5th and Hill streets in downtown Los Angeles and then proceeded to arrest Singh and Beckner-Carmitchel...

Journalists harassed, detained, and sentenced to jail in South Sudan (CPJ)

On September 1, Ochaya, a reporter with the privately owned No. 1 Citizen newspaper, went missing and was later confirmed to be held at South Sudan’s National Security Service headquarters, according to media reports. On September 14, Maror, a freelance journalist, was sentenced by a Juba county court to one year in prison and a fine of 5,000 South Sudanese pounds ($38) after being convicted of criminal defamation...

“South Sudan has one of the most hostile environments in the world for the press, and the continued arrest and harassment of journalists indicates that authorities are not committed to changing these conditions”...

Incidentally, I know a lot of South Sudanese journalists personally (although not the two mentioned here), and they certainly don't fit >116 Earthling1:'s description of "dumb". Most of them have "high quality minds" (Earthling's words again) and in addition they are very courageous and dedicated, often facing death, detention and torture just for doing their job. To use >116 Earthling1:'s words again, "I judge from experience".

Edited to add: Brazilian journalists threatened, assaulted while covering pandemic lockdown (CPJ)

In the morning of November 2, in the southern city of Florianópolis, a group of about nine unidentified men and women harassed and threatened NSC TV employees Barbosa and Soder while they were preparing a report on noncompliance of the area’s COVID-19 lockdown... One man slapped Barbosa’s hand as she held her phone, and a woman then grabbed the journalist’s phone while men took her wrists and restrained her... The group threatened to break Soder’s camera and steal Barbosa’s phone unless they stopped filming and left the area... Barbosa told CPJ the woman returned her phone after about 10 minutes, and that she and Soder then left the scene. Barbosa said she received scratches on her arms but was not seriously injured...

Editat: nov. 6, 2020, 11:06pm

Belarus authorities arrest journalists, issue jail sentences, launch investigation (CPJ)

Yesterday, police in the capital Minsk detained Nasta Zacharevich of internet news portal Zeleny, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a local advocacy and trade group. She was taking photos at a protest march by people with disabilities near Independence Square... the authorities launched an investigation into two journalists who have administered the popular Telegram channel NEXTA-Live, accusing Stsypan Putsila and Raman Pratasevich, of “organizing mass riots” and “group activities, which grossly violate public order"... As of yesterday, nine journalists were in detention...

Zimbabwe: Hopewell Chin'ono kept in jail after bail hearing postponed (Guardian)

The Zimbabwean journalist and anti-corruption campaigner Hopewell Chin’ono will spend the weekend in a high security prison after a magistrate postponed his bail hearing to Monday...

nov. 7, 2020, 11:15pm

Afghanistan vehicle bomb kills former TV presenter (Guardian)

A bomb attached to the vehicle of a former presenter on Afghanistan’s Tolo TV has exploded, killing the journalist and two other civilians, Kabul police have said...

Editat: nov. 10, 2020, 10:54pm

Russian journalist Aleksandr Pichugin awaiting verdict, sentencing in false news trial

Pichugin is charged with “public dissemination of knowingly false information that poses a threat to the life and safety of citizens,” and yesterday prosecutors requested a suspended sentence of two years and six months...

Mexican journalist Jesús Alfonso Piñuelas shot and killed in Sonora

shot dead November 2 in Cajeme, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. According to news reports, Piñuelas, 43, was driving his motorcycle in Cajeme, a municipality some 150 miles south of the state capital of Hermosillo, when he was shot and killed instantly...

Reporter Israel Vázquez shot and killed; third Mexican journalist killed in 2 weeks

Yesterday morning, in the central Mexican city of Salamanca, unidentified individuals shot and killed Vázquez, a reporter for the El Salmantino news website, while he was reporting from a crime scene... Vázquez was investigating reports of human remains left in a plastic bag, and arrived at the scene of that incident before any police officers; as he prepared to air a Facebook Live stream for El Salamantino, armed individuals in a vehicle approached the journalist and shot him at least five times...

Female journalists covering Mexican feminist protests face harsh police response

Lizbeth Hernández, a freelance journalist based in Mexico City, is documenting a rising women’s protest movement against gender-based violence in the country. According to federal data from the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SESNSP), deadly violence against women reached record heights in 2019; more than 1,000 women were murdered because of their gender, an increase of 10% over 2018, news reports said. Fueling the anger are reports of sexual harassment and assault by police officers in cities such as Mexico City and Guadalajara.

In recent months, covering such protests has become increasingly fraught with danger as police respond with overbearing force, intimidating, corralling, and harassing protesters. Women journalists covering the protests are often caught in the middle, even when they’re clearly identifiable as reporters, reports say. According to several female reporters CPJ spoke with this year, police officers often do not distinguish between them and protesters and sometimes harass, intimidate, and arbitrarily detain them...

All from CPJ

And from the Guardian: Mexico police open fire on femicide protest in Cancún

Human rights activists in Mexico have expressed indignation after police opened fire on protesters who tried to force their way into Cancún city hall during a demonstration against the country’s femicide crisis. Four journalists were injured in the incident late on Monday, including two who suffered bullet wounds...

nov. 10, 2020, 11:49pm

South Sudan Commemorates the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (UNESCO)

South Sudan joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Committed against Journalists from 2-3 November 2020 in Juba. The national event was marked under the theme “Promoting a safe and Conducive Media Enviroment for Journalists in South Sudan”. The event drew participants from government, parliament, media associations and houses, journalists, academia, CSOs, lawyers and Judges...

nov. 11, 2020, 4:52am

>116 Earthling1: I judge from experience.

So you extrapolate from a small group that is not at all a representative sample, which I suspect you measured subjectively. But somehow I don't think you'll respect my experience that off the cuff analysis like that is more often informative about the speaker than the subject they're speaking on.

nov. 11, 2020, 10:33pm

Demonstrators attack RFE/RL office in Armenia, assault 2 journalists (CPJ)

At about 4 a.m. yesterday, a group of approximately 40 people attempted to break into the Yerevan office of Azatutyun, the Armenian service of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty... When Hambardzumyan began filming the group with his phone, one unidentified man punched him, and another hit and shoved Sevak Mesropyan, an Azatutyun camera operator who was also at the scene...

nov. 14, 2020, 12:39am

UN Human Rights Office to deliver human rights trainings for journalists on the narrowing of democratic space (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Regional Office for South-East Asia)

a regional training series for women journalists and media workers in Asia on enhancing their protection within the context of the shrinking of democratic space in Asia...

nov. 16, 2020, 10:53pm

Azerbaijani journalist Polad Aslanov sentenced to 16 years on treason charges

The Grave Crimes Court in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, today sentenced Polad Aslanov, the chief editor of the independent news websites Xeberman and Press-az, to 16 years in jail on the charge of high treason... at the court hearing, which was held behind closed doors, Aslanov denied the charges and said they were in retaliation for his reporting on official corruption...

Police arrest, fine journalists covering protests in Russian far east; 3 remain in detention

Since November 5, police have detained at least six journalists covering protests in the eastern city of Khabarovsk... At least three journalists remain in detention, according to Bityutskiy, who described authorities’ “merry-go-round” method of detaining journalists for allegedly participating in a protest, and then upon their release, immediately re-arresting them for allegedly participating in a different demonstration...

Polish riot police attack journalists covering demonstrations

On November 11, during clashes between riot police and protesters in Warsaw, at least one journalist was shot with a rubber bullet that was fired by police, and police officers beat multiple journalists with batons and fired tear gas and pepper spray at members of the press...

All from CPJ

Editat: nov. 17, 2020, 11:43am

At least 35 journalists injured covering anti-government protests in Peru (CPJ)

Police officers attacked members of the press with tear gas, pellets, and other ordnance while they were covering protests following the November 9 impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra, injuring at least 35 journalists...

nov. 23, 2020, 1:30pm

Ecuadorian journalist Juán Sarmiento sentenced to prison for ‘discrediting’ local official (CPJ)

On November 12, the Justice Court of Napo, in central Ecuador, upheld a lower court decision convicting Sarmiento of making “expressions of discredit or dishonor,” an offense under Ecuador’s criminal code, and sentence him to 10 days in prison...

nov. 23, 2020, 11:29pm

Sudan tightens cybercrime law as army pursues “fake news” (CPJ)

the army had announced on Facebook that it had appointed a Special Commissioner in May to sue anyone who insults or defames the military on the internet... The army’s announcement coincided with a spate of threats to prosecute journalists under Sudan’s cybercrime law... That law—a relic from the repressive era of former President Omar Al Bashir—criminalized spreading false information online.

Sudan’s joint civilian and military transitional government made the law more punitive in an amendment this summer. Military officials and their supporters frequently dismiss reporting that puts them in a bad light as “fake news,” and Sudanese journalists and activists told CPJ that they fear the army is weaponizing the charge to silence criticism, rather than fight disinformation...

Editat: nov. 24, 2020, 11:03pm

Turkish police raid Mezopotamya News Agency, detain journalist Dindar Karataş (CPJ)

police officers in the eastern city of Van arrested Karataş at his home, and then brought him to the local office of his employer, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency, where they searched the premises and confiscated equipment, according to reports by the outlet and by local independent news website Bianet. Authorities stated that Karataş will not be allowed to see a lawyer for his first 24 hours in custody, and have not disclosed any allegations against him... Previously, on October 6, police raided the same office and detained Mezopotamya News Agency reporters Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur, according to news reports. Authorities have not disclosed the motive for those detentions...

The assassination of a ‘Brave Journalist of Afghanistan’ (BBC)

The shopkeepers opposite Dayee's house said that he checked the car as usual that morning. But a magnetic "sticky bomb" had been placed inside the wheel arch, police told the family, where it was hard to spot, and it detonated shortly after the two brothers left the house, killing Dayee and wounding Mujtaba. Dayee's wife heard the explosion from the house and went running...

nov. 29, 2020, 10:56pm

Reporting on a shambolic American election (Al Jazeera)

“America is a Third World country now”, Fortune magazine announced at the beginning of October, just a few weeks ahead of the US elections. Right on cue, as happens elsewhere in the “Third World”, an army of foreign correspondents descended on the country a month later – like vultures drawn to a carcass. The elections did not disappoint. There were allegations of rigging, a delayed vote count, violent demonstrations, clashes with police, and an authoritarian ruler who will not accept the outcome and may refuse to leave office – pretty standard fare for the brave, foreign correspondents who scour the “Third World” for tales of woe. But strangely enough, what emerged from that particular sh**hole sounded nothing like what we normally hear about other sh**hole countries around the globe...

An interesting reflection on how western journalists descending on a controversial election in the Global South tend to view it through a western lens and treat it in a condescending manner, while foreign journalists reporting on the US election behave differently.

The things that happen elsewhere are interpreted, not using the cultural contexts in which they occur, but rather within Western cultural frames for primarily Western audiences, which keeps them both exotic and somewhat unfathomable. Add to this the pressures of explaining complex foreign social phenomena within a few column inches in a limited period and you end up with pre-stocked clichés, stereotypes and even pre-written copy, which is why so much of it sounds the same... when non-Western correspondents find themselves in Western capitals, they do not always act as the cultural interpreters that their Western counterparts are. Rather than see Western society through their own cultural lenses, they mirror it in its own terms – basically reporting Western countries as they see themselves...

This perhaps makes them better foreign correspondents than their Western counterparts as their reporting is devoid of the patronising descriptions that infest much of the latter’s output... Western media has a long way to go to catch up. Before it can give up using gruesome images or condescending language, it will need to learn to see other societies and to report on them in their own terms, and not as exotic sh**holes of colonial lore.

nov. 29, 2020, 11:03pm

Syria war photographer 'wounded by police' during Paris protest (Guardian)

Press group says award-winning photojournalist Ameer Alhalbi fled Syria to take refuge from violence...

nov. 30, 2020, 7:58am

>133 John5918:

I often read this thread but never comment.
(I’m sure there’s some cheering about that)

Just a couple of things:
First, do you ever get just overwhelmingly depressed at what goes on all over the world? Even though you seem to have a pretty optimistic outlook in spite of everything.

Next, I really wish that we in the west could overcome that feeling of superiority that’s so prevalent. Technology isn’t the be-all and end-all of existence. Nor is unthinking greed for more—more money, more possessions, more power over others.

And rather than laugh at or denigrate the customs of others, it certainly would behoove us to learn everything we can about them, so as to better understand those we share the planet with.

But what do I know? Not a hell of a lot, actually.

And now I’ve got to seek out that Fortune article.

Thanks for this thread, John. I did t want you to think that no one’s paying attention.

Editat: des. 2, 2020, 8:59am

>135 bohemima:

Thanks, Gail. I think this is an important thread, whether one posts on it or not. It's the successor of a thread denigrating journalists, started by one of our right wing members (can't remember which one now - they tend to blur into one after a while), claiming that all journalists are drunk, stupid, biased, deserve to be physically assaulted, etc. A number of us posted positive rebuttals, and eventually someone (Rick, perhaps?) started this continuation of the thread with a positive title - "Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done". It's appalling the threats and real dangers faced by journalists simply for doing their job, and they deserve to be acknowledged and supported.

Earthling and their predecessor Barney both claim to have worked in journalism a long time ago (another interesting coincidence in their lives) and thus they know that all journalists are stupid biased drunks. Whether working for a small town US newspaper gives one an insight into global news corporations and intrepid war correspondents and investigative journalism I won't presume to judge. I know and have worked alongside a lot of journalists over the last 30-odd years. I myself have escorted journalists to dangerous areas in the war zone, and have often fed them with accurate information coming from the people on the ground in areas which they cannot reach. I have not been reticent in challenging them when I see errors in their published stories (usually due to sub-editors rather than to the reporters themselves). A few, I concede, are proper arseholes, as one will find in any profession. Most however are professional, committed and courageous people, who feel their responsibility to make known to the world some of the darker things which are happening - as well as to report on the good news which is often overlooked - and face real hardships to do so. I personally know journalists who have been threatened, harassed, imprisoned, beaten, tortured, just for doing their job. Offhand I can't think of one I know personally who has been killed, but I expect there have been some.

And yes, I have a pretty optimistic outlook on life generally. There are appalling things going on in the world, and I have seen quite a few of them in my own sheltered little segment of life, but overall I see hope in people, not necessarily the powerful and priviliged, but the poor and marginalised. I see their resilience and strength, and indeed their hope, and that gives me hope.

des. 2, 2020, 8:52am

Cuban authorities harass journalists, block social media amid protests (CPJ)

Since November 26, amid protests following the arrest of artist Denis Solís of the San Isidro Movement, a local freedom of expression and artistic freedom group, Cuban authorities have obstructed members of the press from doing their jobs, and have intermittently blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Instagram...

des. 3, 2020, 10:50pm

Africa: Young Catholic media professionals begin online course (Vatican News)

Forty young African media professionals, this week started a three-week online training programme organised by SIGNIS Africa under the banner: Citizen journalists of hope...

Editat: des. 7, 2020, 1:11pm

Murder in Mexico: journalists caught in the crosshairs (Guardian)

The 2012 killing of Regina Martínez, who was investigating links between organised crime and politics, began a wave of violence in the most dangerous country to be a reporter...

Guatemalan journalist Jovanna García attacked while covering anti-government protest (CPJ)

On November 28, a man participating in an anti-government demonstration in Guatemala City hit Jovanna García, a journalist with the online outlet Ruda, with an iron pole in her clavicle and shoulder and called her an “infiltrated feminist”...

des. 7, 2020, 10:20pm

Turkish journalist Ayşegül Doğan sentenced to 6 years, 3 months in prison (CPJ)

Today, the Ninth Court of Serious Crimes, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, convicted Doğan of membership in a terrorist organization, and sentenced her to six years and three months in prison...

des. 8, 2020, 11:03pm

Two men threaten to kill journalists at Croatian outlet over coverage of wedding amid coronavirus

At about noon on December 1, in the coastal city of Zadar, two men wearing surgical masks entered the shared office of local daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija and news website, and one shouted that they would “slaughter journalists” who had reported on a wedding that allegedly violated the country’s coronavirus regulations... The men then left the scene and said they would return, according to those reports. The following day, police in Zadar detained a man from Slivnica Gornja, the site of the wedding, for allegedly making those threats...

Colombian TV station employees flee country amid threats from FARC militants

On November 16, Arlex Piedrahita, a camera operator with the news broadcaster Caracol TV, fled to the United States with his family after he received a death threat and other threatening messages from individuals claiming to be members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist rebel group known as the FARC... he and two other Caracol TV journalists, Eduardo Manzano and Alexander Cárdenas, received a series of death threats from FARC members after reporting on the illegal marijuana trade in western Colombia in November 2019. Manzano and Cárdenas fled Colombia last year and remain in exile...

Venezuelan journalist Jamel Louka shot, injured in attack

On December 2 in the town of Altagracia de Orituco in central Guárico state, armed assailants shot Louka, a reporter and photographer with the privately owned Diario La Antena and a contributor to independent news website El Pitazo, in his left arm as he was fleeing what he described as a botched kidnapping attempt outside his home... Louka said he did not know the motive for the attack but said he is often criticized by local government officials for his reports on shortages of food, water, medicine, and electricity amid Venezuela’s economic crisis. “All of my stories are controversial”...

US immigration agency subpoenas BuzzFeed News, seeking information on source

On December 4, BuzzFeed News published an article disclosing that the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility had filed a subpoena on December 1, which demanded that the news outlet provide source information used in its reporting on immigration programs...

All from CPJ

des. 9, 2020, 10:56pm

‘They’re culpable’: the countries supplying the guns that kill Mexico’s journalists (Guardian)

Many of the weapons used in the murders of 119 journalists were imported – and Mexico’s laws and culture make tracing them impossible...

Editat: des. 10, 2020, 10:56am

BBC correspondent describes staying safe, finding journalistic camaraderie during Nagorno-Karabakh’s 6-week war (CPJ)

Journalists who covered the recent six-week-long conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh faced violence to get the story of the region’s latest bloody chapter to the world. At least six journalists were injured in shelling attacks in Nagorno-Karabakh and two were assaulted when a mob descended on a broadcaster in Armenia to oppose its reporting on the November 9 peace treaty, as CPJ documented... BBC Russia correspondent Marina Katayeva covered the most intense weeks of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. She spoke... about the challenges of working in war, safety measures for reporters, and the importance of journalistic camaraderie. For security reasons, Katayeva writes under a pseudonym...

Demonstrators attack RFE/RL office in Armenia, assault 2 journalists (CPJ)

At about 4 a.m. yesterday, a group of approximately 40 people attempted to break into the Yerevan office of Azatutyun, the Armenian service of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty... When Hambardzumyan began filming the group with his phone, one unidentified man punched him, and another hit and shoved Sevak Mesropyan, an Azatutyun camera operator who was also at the scene...

des. 11, 2020, 12:20am

CPJ calls on North Carolina county to grant court access, drop charges against journalist (CPJ)

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Alamance County Court in central North Carolina to grant journalists regular access to court proceedings and for the county district attorney to drop charges against local reporter Tomas Murawski.

Visiting district court Judge Fred Wilkins has twice refused to allow the media to be present for Alamance County court hearings over which he presided, according to the Alamance News. According to an Alamance County administrative order from October 12, witnesses and observers are allowed to be present at trials, and, in cases where social distancing to prevent virus transmission is not possible, the court should offer video or a livestream of the proceedings. Separately, the county district attorney charged Murawski, a reporter for the Alamance News, with resisting a public officer following his October 31 arrest while reporting on a social justice demonstration in Graham, North Carolina. This class 2 misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000, according to North Carolina law.

“It is outrageous that a judge would refuse to allow the press to observe court proceedings"...

Editat: des. 11, 2020, 10:54pm

Cuban journalist Luz Escobar barred from leaving home since December 4 (CPJ)

Today, security agents standing at her Havana home barred Escobar, a reporter for the independent Cuban news website 14yMedio, from going outside for the seventh consecutive day, according to a tweet posted by the journalist, who also spoke with CPJ via messaging app. Today marks the United Nations’ World Human Rights day; on the same day last year, Escobar was also prevented from leaving her home, as she tweeted at the time...

Mexican photojournalist killed after taking photos of bodies along a road (Guardian)

Jaime Castaño Zacarías is ninth journalist killed in Mexico this year after he was pursued by gunmen...

Editat: des. 12, 2020, 11:01pm

Iran executes dissident journalist accused of inciting unrest (Guardian)

Iran has executed a dissident journalist, a year after he was seized by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Iraq and forcibly repatriated to face trial. Ruhollah Zam, 47, was hanged early on Saturday morning, Iranian state media reported. His family visited him the previous day, but prison and judicial authorities had not told them or him about the scheduled execution, Amnesty International said. “The authorities rushed to execute Ruhollah Zam in what we believe was a reprehensible bid to avoid an international campaign to save his life”...

Press blackout for Kenyan football (Nation)

The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) has criticised the decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to lock selected journalists out of Saturday’s top league match between champions Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium. Some leading media houses have subsequently suspended coverage of FKF leagues in protest of the federation’s move that saw several journalists ejected from the match venue by policemen under instruction from the federation. On Saturday night, AIPS President Gianni Merlo said the global sports writers’ organisation will defend the independence of journalists, saying this was particularly important during this period of Covid-19 in which journalists are essential in disbursing information from events closed to spectators. “We have to fight against these otherwise such officials will use the same system to offer accreditation only to persona grata, or journalists that they like and lock out those critical to these officials”...

des. 12, 2020, 11:32pm

Trump Won His Other Campaign
by Larry Elder

Convinced that President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the media suddenly became less hysterical. Just like that, the media, at least to some degree, rediscovered concepts such as fairness and perspective, AWOL the last four years.

Two weeks after the election, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof haltingly, grudgingly and reluctantly, admitted that yes, Trump was right. Banning in-person school education to fight COVID-19 was and is bad policy.

Kristof wrote: "Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children."

Kristof, of course, could not acknowledge Trump's correct judgement without the "somethings are true even though Trump says them" snark. But remember, this is The New York Times, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Little steps.

Kristof even took a Trump-like swipe at Democratic-run cities. And, whether inadvertently or not, he made the case for K-12 vouchers for inner city kids:

"So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children's futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate. ... School closures magnify these inequities, as many private schools remain open and affluent parents are better able to help kids adjust to remote learning. At the same time, low-income children fall even further behind."

The New York Times again, after the media awarded the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, even questioned the science behind a ban on outdoor dining, like most counties in California recently enacted. In "Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?" the Times wrote:

"But are dinners and backyard barbecues really the engine driving the current surge of infections? The available data do not support that contention, scientists say. Still, the idea has been repeated so often it has become conventional wisdom, leading to significant restrictions in many states. ...

"But many epidemiologists are far less certain, saying there is little evidence to suggest that household gatherings were the source of the majority of infections since the summer. Indeed, it has become much harder to pinpoint any source of any outbreak, now that the virus is so widespread and Americans may be exposed in so many ways. ...

"A constant drumbeat about the dangers of social gatherings may help to convey the seriousness of the current surge, (Harvard University infectious disease epidemiologist Julia Marcus) said. On the other hand, in some states the misperception has led to draconian policies that don't square with science."

Goodness! If Pulitzer gave a prize for "Fair and Balanced Coronavirus Stories in the Post-Trump Era," The New York Times might actually deserve this one.

des. 12, 2020, 11:58pm

Mollie Hemingway: Media’s Failure To Cover Hunter Biden Story Was Intentional
December 11, 2020 By Tristan Justice

Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway railed against legacy media’s dismissal of the Hunter Biden story until this week as an intentional episode of extreme bias as opposed to mere malpractice.

“I think it’s important to understand that the media didn’t make a mistake by failing to cover this story, they intentionally failed to cover this story,” Hemingway said on Fox News Friday. “They knew that the Hunter Biden drama would affect Joe Biden’s prospects of winning the election and they didn’t want him to lose and so they suppressed this in every way.”

des. 14, 2020, 12:13pm

China warns of interference over Bloomberg journalist arrest (BBC)

China has said the arrest of a journalist working for the newswire Bloomberg is an "internal affair", warning others not to interfere. Chinese citizen Haze Fan was detained last week, accused of endangering national security by authorities. It is the latest in a string of arrests or expulsions of journalists in China...

des. 15, 2020, 12:31am

Number of journalists jailed worldwide hits record amid unrest, pandemic (CPJ)

A record number of journalists were imprisoned because of their work in 2020, as governments clamped down on news coverage of civil unrest and the coronavirus pandemic... “This wave of repression is a form of censorship that is disrupting the flow of information and fueling the infodemic"... At least 274 journalists were jailed as of December 1, the most since CPJ began collecting data in the early 1990s, and the fifth consecutive year with at least 250 journalists imprisoned. China, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia were the worst jailers...

Editat: des. 15, 2020, 8:13pm

Well, here's a black spot.
Fuck the New York Post. This is not what the media is for. Not even the tabloids. And especially not during a pandemic. Way to screw over your own city's EMS professional.

des. 19, 2020, 11:23pm

A lot of powerful people have a lot to be embarrassed about. The existence of ongoing federal investigations targeting Hunter Biden was first reported in October, days before the November election. Content surfaced on an abandoned Delaware laptop implicating Joe Biden in his son’s potentially criminal overseas business dealings.

Democrats dismissed the revelations as pure Russian disinformation, offering their allies in the corporate media an excuse to ignore the news they’re responsible for reporting when not delegitimizing the idea of Biden family corruption altogether.

des. 19, 2020, 11:24pm

Never before has a vaccine been developed, tested, approved, and administered in such a short period of time—less than a year. The success of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed stands as one of the greatest achievements of the Trump presidency, or any presidency. By any measure, it’s an historic achievement.

But you won’t see any news articles or think-pieces or op-eds in the corporate press that give a shred of credit to President Trump, much less even mention him by name. The silence has been deafening. The same media establishment that derided Trump during the election for promising a vaccine by the end of the year have exactly nothing to say about how they were wrong and Trump was right.

des. 20, 2020, 12:33am

#151---The New York Post much like its owner Rupert Murdoch is always striving to deliver something salacious and titillating for its readership whilst hypocritically condemning it. Murdoch like a lot of other right wingers is basically a sleaze and a sleaze merchant.

des. 20, 2020, 10:35pm

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm's spyware (Guardian)

Citizen Lab researchers say cyber-attack using NSO Group software likely ordered by Saudia Arabia and UAE...

des. 21, 2020, 1:00pm

Guatemalan journalists Marvin del Cid and Sonny Figueroa receive mailed threat (CPJ)

On December 7, del Cid, founder of the local press freedom group Artículo 35 and a contributing reporter to the investigative news website Vox Populi, found a letter in the mailbox of his Guatemala City home, he told CPJ by phone. It featured a message threatening him and Figueroa, the director of Vox Populi who also works as a stringer for The Associated Press, he said. The letter, a copy of which del Cid posted on Twitter, warned the journalists to refrain from investigating and publishing their work “or else you’ll see.” The letter did not specifically cite any subject covered by del Cid or Figueroa. Del Cid and Figueroa specialize in reporting on alleged corruption, and in recent months they have published a series of investigations into alleged influence-peddling among individuals connected to President Alejandro Giammattei...

des. 22, 2020, 12:42am

Killings of journalists rise as reprisal murders more than double in 2020 (CPJ)

The number of journalists singled out for murder in reprisal for their work more than doubled this year, leading to a rise in overall work-related killings, CPJ found in a report released today. Globally, at least 30 journalists were killed on duty in 2020, including 21 reprisal murders, up from 10 murders last year. The number of deaths in combat or crossfire fell to a 20-year low...

Editat: des. 24, 2020, 9:35am

Cuban journalist Carlos Manuel Álvarez harassed, assaulted by security agents

On December 21, at about 2 p.m., security agents in the Playa municipality of Havana summoned Álvarez to a local police station, where they interrogated him for more than two hours and then forcibly transferred him to his family’s home in Cárdenas, in Matanzas province... In the days leading up to the summons, Álvarez was held in de facto house arrest, with security agents stationed outside his home, monitoring him and barring him from leaving...

Turkish news podcasts on notice as regulator licenses Spotify

Spotify, the New York-headquartered audio streaming service, was one of four companies required to apply for a license to broadcast on the internet in Turkey in October, according to local news reports–a sign of Turkey’s strengthening regulatory power over podcasts, including news and commentary. The requirement was announced as Turkish authorities appeared to be ramping up pressure on global companies to restrict digital information. Social media companies report high rates of content removal requests from Turkish courts and officials; in 2018, CPJ found several journalists’ posts and accounts censored as a result...

Exiled Turkish journalist Can Dündar sentenced to 27.5 years in prison

Today, the 14th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes announced that Dündar, who lives in Germany, had been sentenced to 18 years and nine months in prison for an espionage conviction, and eight years and nine months for “aiding a terrorist organization without being a member,” according to news reports. The court also issued an arrest order for Dündar, and ordered the journalist to pay 8,200 liras (US$1,073) to the lawyers of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, complainants in the trial, and 7,139 liras (US$934) to the Treasury for the trial costs...

Honduran radio host Pedro Canelas shot and killed

On December 19, in the southern city of Dulce Nombre de Culmí, an unidentified individual on a motorcycle approached Canelas’ car while he was parked outside a convenience store and shot him, according to news reports and National Police spokesperson Jair Meza... Canelas was transferred to a local hospital, where he died hours later... Canelas owned Radio Bambi, a radio station where he also worked as a news presenter covering local politics and social issues...

Russia moves to curb internet following investigative reports on Navalny poisoning

Russian authorities have advanced measures to punish online libel, police the internet, and protect officials’ personal data since December 14, when international news websites published reports investigating the poisoning of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny...

All the above from CPJ.

Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen (RSF - Reporters Without Borders)

With support from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the family of slain British-American journalist Christopher Allen have launched an online memorial and writing prize to mark what would have been his 30th birthday. More than three years after his killing covering the civil conflict in South Sudan, Christopher’s family and RSF also renew their call for an investigation and concrete steps towards justice without further delay...

Edited to add: Brazilian radio journalist Marco Antônio Ferreira threatened, car burned (CPJ)

Around 3:30 a.m. on December 12, Ferreira, a host at the privately-owned broadcaster Rádio Nova Brasil where he goes by the name “Marco Serelepe,” woke up at home in the city of Araçatuba, in Brazil’s southern São Paulo state, and found his car in flames in his garage... about a month prior on November 15, during the Araçatuba municipal elections, he received threatening voice messages on WhatsApp. In the messages, which CPJ reviewed, a man can be heard saying “I’ll find you and I’ll break your face.” Ferreira said he believed the threats were related to his reporting on the elections, as he said the man told him he didn’t like the journalist “talking about his candidate”...

Editat: des. 25, 2020, 11:23pm

Pakistan court orders release of man charged over Daniel Pearl murder (Guardian)

A court in Pakistan has ordered that a British-born Islamist militant charged with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl should be freed, his defence lawyer has said. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding Pearl’s murder but the conviction was overturned this year. He has been in jail ever since awaiting the outcome of a series of appeals and legal arguments. Sheikh’s role in the murder of Pearl has long been disputed. The 47-year-old is known to have been involved in the kidnapping of the journalist, who was investigating al-Qaida in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi when he disappeared in January 2002, but is thought not to have taken part in his killing...

des. 27, 2020, 11:05pm

We must work harder to separate fact from fiction, says Tim Davie (Guardian)

The problem posed by disinformation online is increasingly serious, the BBC’s director general has said. Tim Davie told the Radio Times: “Traditional journalism has been playing catchup in the disinformation world.” He added that 2020 has repeatedly highlighted the dangers of the internet as conspiracy theories about coronavirus and the US election were circulated online.

“News sources such as the BBC need to work harder than ever to expose fake news and separate fact from fiction,” he said. “We need to take care that trusted news is not blown off course by claims that are unfounded, however widespread they become. And we need to recognise that we are up against the well-funded, state-backed actors who see news as an extension of state influence and a tool for disrupting our societies and democracies”...

Editat: des. 28, 2020, 11:23pm

Julian Assange supporters outnumber his critics. Who are they? (Al Jazeera)

With a week until a London court announces the verdict on Assange’s extradition case, we take a look at the public figures supporting him and those condemning his whistle-blowing...

His supporters include Jeremy Corbyn, Sarah Palin (probably the first and only time those two have ever appeared on the same side of anything!), Alberto Fernandez, Lula Da Silva, Noam Chomsky, Edward Snowden, Ai Weiwei, Rafael Correa, Pamela Anderson, Roger Waters, Tulsi Gabbard, MIA (who? a British musician, apparently, probably well known to the younger generation), and Daniel Ellsberg.

Critics include Lenin Moreno, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, and John Bolton.

des. 29, 2020, 4:05am

IMO Reality Winner is worthy of more sympathy than Assange. They really threw the book at her compared to, say, Generals Petraeus, Flynn, et al.

This Russia whistle-blower is serving 5 years in prison for leaking one document. Her mother says she’s being silenced
Nima Elbagir, Taylor Barnes and Alex Platt | May 29, 2019

...Reality Winner, a US Air Force veteran, was sentenced to prison for more than five years in August 2018 as part of a deal in which she pleaded guilty to leaking a classified NSA document providing details of a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a supplier of US voting software...


Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election
A top-secret National Security Agency report details a months-long Russian hacking effort against the U.S. election infrastructure.
Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle, Ryan Grim | June 5, 2017

Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s (2016) presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.

The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light...

des. 29, 2020, 6:11am

AFP News Agency AFP | 8:35 AM · Dec 28, 2020:

#UPDATE A Chinese citizen journalist was jailed for four years on Monday for her reporting from #Wuhan as the Covid-19 outbreak unfurled, her lawyer said, almost a year after details of an "unknown viral pneumonia" surfaced in the Chinese city #ZhangZhan
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des. 29, 2020, 10:00am

>163 margd: worthy of more sympathy than Assange

I would say it's not primarily about sympathy, whether more or less, but about harassment and attacks on journalists who are simply doing their job, and as we've seen in recent times, a very important and difficult job.

Editat: des. 29, 2020, 11:30pm

US and EU pressure China over release of Wuhan citizen journalist

Zhang Zhan, who reported from city at start of pandemic, was sentenced to four years in jail...

Daniel Meikle and Fergus Boylan named Young Cartoonists of the Year

The competition, now in its 25th year, is often a strong indicator of future success... “As I’ve been saying for years, really this is just a way of identifying the really good ones so we can break their talented tiny fingers to protect our jobs”... Judged by an illustrious rabble from each national newspaper, including the Guardian’s Rowson and Steve Bell, as well as the Financial’s Times’s Banx, the Telegraph’s Matt and the Comics Laureate Hannah Berry...

Both from the Guardian

Our son was killed in South Sudan. We urge Biden to protect journalists like him (Washington Post)

In the few weeks left until Joe Biden becomes president, somewhere in the world at least one journalist, maybe more, will be killed in connection with their work. The killing is likely to be committed with impunity, possibly without an investigation ever taking place.

The past decade has seen nearly 1,000 journalists killed around the world — either deliberately targeted or dying in the line of duty — with no one held to account in the overwhelming majority of these cases. Whether Biden chooses, early in his administration, to make a priority of journalists’ safety could prove to be a matter of life or death for those who risk their lives to get the truth out.

Our son, Christopher Allen, was one of these journalists killed. He died on August 26, 2017, at age 26. A dual American-British citizen who was born in Pennsylvania and grew up there, Chris was killed while reporting on South Sudan’s civil war. He was working as a freelance journalist and had a bright future, but that future was taken from him, from us and from those whose stories he was so intent on telling to the world...

des. 30, 2020, 2:20am

"Members of the FBI twice engaged in criminal acts to help it along — once in avoiding prosecution of someone who had deleted 33,000 emails and had a subordinate use a hammer to physically destroy hard drives, and a second time by lying to FISA judges to destroy Gen. Michael Flynn and spy on then-candidate Donald Trump and his team. The national liberal media aided and abetted every step of the way. All this was purely an attempt to cripple the new president and lead to the appointment of a special counsel — who ultimately produced nothing.

Now, people in my world are told it is time to stop resisting and cooperate with the new president. But we remember that the Democrats wanted to cooperate with Mr. Trump so much that they began talking about his impeachment before he even took office. The Washington Post ran a story on Democrat impeachment plots the day of the inauguration."

des. 30, 2020, 2:22am

2) Hunter Biden’s laptop: The ability to bury the Hunter Biden story throughout the 2020 presidential campaign ranks as one of the greatest victories in the history of propaganda. Hunter is the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and his acknowledged history as a drug addict is now considered his strong suit. The Senate Homeland Security Committee found extensive evidence that Hunter has made hundreds of millions of dollars for the Biden family by selling access to his father, so when Hunter’s laptop turned up with first-person incriminating evidence, it was pretty obvious that Joe Biden had a lot of answer for. Except that the media never made him answer for anything. It preferred to rest on the bizarre assertion from 50 former U.S. intelligence officials that clear evidence of foreign collusion on Hunter’s laptop had all the earmarks of a “Russian disinformation” campaign. This was errant nonsense. Reporters, read the emails!

1) Election fraud: It turned out that everything that happened in 2020 before Nov. 3 was just prologue for the greatest deception in American history — namely the hijacking of a presidential election through means both legal and illegal. Most importantly, every state that changed its election procedures without the consent of its legislature violated the U.S. Constitution. That’s why Republicans plan to challenge the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6. Whether you like Donald Trump or not should be irrelevant. You either follow the Constitution or you don’t. The fact that Trump increased his support in almost every demographic since 2016 and yet lost the election will apparently remain a mystery because the Democratic Party, with an assist from weak Republicans, is intent on continuing the charade that Joe Biden is a beloved elder statesman even more popular than Barack Obama.

des. 30, 2020, 6:07pm

>168 Earthling1: Most importantly, every state that changed its election procedures without the consent of its legislature violated the U.S. Constitution. tells us that

The court ruled that Abbott's order "provides Texas voters more ways to vote in the November 3 election than does the Election Code"

which is exactly what you're whining about with respect to these states.

Moreover, recall that pesky parts of the Constitution, the 14th and 15th Amendments?

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

This order "limit{s} mail-in ballot drop box locations to one site per county"; that is, one drop box for Loving County, Texas, estimated population 167; in 2000 (latest year I have racial demographics for) 67 residents, 60 of whom were white and 0 black. As for Harris County (again, one drop box) there are 4,441,370 people, with "The racial and ethnic makeup of the county was 40.8% Hispanic or Latino. The population was 31.4% non-Hispanic white, 19.5% non-Hispanic black, 1.1% Native American, 7.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander."(WP). Equal protection, my ass.

The fact that Trump increased his support in almost every demographic since 2016 and yet lost the election will apparently remain a mystery because the Democratic Party, with an assist from weak Republicans, is intent on continuing the charade that Joe Biden is a beloved elder statesman even more popular than Barack Obama.

2016: Clinton fans: She won by two million votes!
Trump fans: And he won 306 EVs and she got 232. That's what counts; if it had been about the popular vote, they would have run differently.

2020: Biden fans: He won by seven million votes and got 306 EVs!
Trump fans: But Trump's rallies and he increased his support in almost every demographic and look at all these other things that have nothing to do with electoral votes!

And where is this claim that he "increased his support in almost every demographic since 2016" coming from? The same polls that said he didn't have enough votes in various states? The same polls that said he was losing key support in the states he won by thin margins in 2016?

continuing the charade that Joe Biden is a beloved elder statesman even more popular than Barack Obama.

I don't know where this comes from. I've never seen anybody make that claim; he's a fairly generic senior white candidate. What I do know is that Trump is consistently disliked. He lost more than Biden won.

des. 30, 2020, 6:12pm

>168 Earthling1: Oh, and for the on topic but petty statement:

Reporters, read the emails!? The Washington Post has asked to see the laptop and read the emails, but no, they're just getting offered snippets without the email headers. This is journalists doing their jobs.

Editat: gen. 1, 11:14pm

Journalist dies in Afghanistan as targeted killings continue (Guardian)

An Afghan journalist and human rights activist has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in western Afghanistan, the fifth journalist to be killed in the war-ravaged country in the past two months, a provincial spokesman said. Bismillah Adil Aimaq was on the road near Feroz Koh, the provincial capital of Ghor, returning home to the city after visiting his family in a village nearby, when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle...

Afghanistan violence: Bismillah Aimaq is fifth journalist to die (BBC)

An Afghan journalist has been shot dead in an attack by gunmen in the central province of Ghor. Bismillah Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of a local radio station, is at least the fifth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in the past two months. According to Reporters without Borders, Aimaq survived at least one other attempt on his life months ago...

Editat: gen. 3, 12:39am

"Next, there is Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock, whose ex-wife, Ouleye Ndoye, is on tape alleging assault by her former spouse. Ndoye told Atlanta law enforcement officials in March that Warnock had run over her foot during a domestic dispute, according to a police report obtained this month by the Washington Examiner.

All he cares about right now is his reputation” because of his Senate campaign, a tearful Ndoye says in footage recorded by a police body camera.

“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line,” she added, tearing up. “So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”

The two were going through divorce negotiations at the time. Weirdly, the newsrooms that published practically every allegation leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearings have seen no news value in Ndoye’s on-camera remarks about the Georgia Senate candidate.

Neither NBC, nor CBS, nor ABC has reported on her allegations. The Washington Post hasn’t touched the story. The New York Times has not touched the story. CNN hasn’t touched the story. MSNBC hasn’t touched the story. The New Yorker hasn’t touched the story. And so on. Just a brief reminder: The New York Times and the New Yorker share a Pulitzer Prize for their #MeToo coverage."

gen. 4, 9:41am

Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK judge (BBC)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled. The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental health and risk of suicide in the US...

Julian Assange cannot be extradited to US, British judge rules (Guardian)

Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and of hacking government computers, a British judge has decided... Delivering her ruling the judge said said the WikiLeaks founder was likely to be held in conditions of isolation in a so-called supermax prison in the US and procedures described by US authorities would not prevent him from potentially finding a way to take his own life. “I find that the mental condition of Mr Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America,” she said...

gen. 4, 3:41pm

>173 John5918: Not the end by any means, but a small win.

I have to wonder whether part of the aim here is to forestall a possible pardon until Trump is out of office.

gen. 5, 1:54am

Julian Assange verdict does little to protect press freedom (Guardian)

Julian Assange may have won the first round of his extradition battle against the US but lawyers and the National Union of Journalists have warned his victory had little to do with the protection of journalism and free speech. A study of the ruling from the district judge Vanessa Baraitser – which said the WikiLeaks founder should not be extradited on mental health grounds – appears to extend the scope of the British Official Secrets Act, which governs the leaking and handling of classified government information.

As part of the extradition case, Baraitser had to satisfy herself that Assange would have committed a criminal offence if the acts complained about by the US had instead taken place in the UK. Critically, Baraitser, decided Assange did in part by “aiding and abetting” Chelsea Manning, a US army intelligence analyst...

gen. 5, 10:51am

Assange ‘free to return to Australia’ when legal challenges end (Al Jazeera)

Australian PM says Julian Assange is free to return home if the US fails in its extradition bid...

gen. 5, 1:11pm

Turkish police arrest Mezopotamya News Agency journalist Mehmet Aslan (CPJ)

Today, police in Istanbul arrested Aslan, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency, after raiding his home, and then transferred him to the southern city of Antalya...

gen. 5, 3:02pm

500 journalists have died of COVID. (I'll look for ref.)

gen. 5, 11:03pm

Doubts emerge in US over future of Assange extradition case (Guardian)

The American prosecutor seeking to put Julian Assange on trial in the US has said he is uncertain if Joe Biden’s incoming White House administration will continue to seek the extradition of the WikiLeaks co-founder... "There’ll be some decisions to be made. Some of this does come down to resources and where you’re going to focus your energies”...

Vietnam journalists who criticised government jailed for 'spreading propaganda' (Guardian)

A court in Vietnam has sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda...

gen. 5, 11:12pm

PBS Banned from GA Republican Watch Party

On Tuesday night, ahead of the polls closing in the pivotal Georgia Senate runoffs, public broadcasting reporter Stephen Fowler reported that the Georgia Republican Party had barred his newsroom from obtaining the credentials to cover the watch parties for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
. . .your denial is disturbing and against the spirit of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," said Georgia Public Broadcasting senior officials in a statement. "We respectfully disagree with your decision to prevent us access to the Republican candidates in one of the most important elections in state history."
Why do you suppose that is?

gen. 7, 7:16am

Eric Feigl-Ding @DrEricDing | 5:19 PM · Jan 6, 2021:

MAGA rioters stormed a group of journalists, and now actively destroying media equipment while shouting “F*ck fake news”. Welcome to Donald Trump’s America.

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From Ford Fischer

gen. 7, 10:55pm

‘Three people threatened to shoot me.’ Journalists describe covering mob violence at the US Capitol (CPJ)

Yesterday’s pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C. — during which a mob broke into the Capitol building and forced journalists, lawmakers, and staff to shelter-in-place for hours — were full of anti-press sentiment. The words “Murder the Media” were etched on a door inside the building, according to The New York Times, and individuals in the crowd repeatedly threatened reporters and smashed their equipment.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which CPJ is a founding member, is investigating at least three arrests, six assaults, and multiple reports of equipment damage, threats, and harassment of members of the media...

gen. 8, 5:53am

Photo-"Murder the Media" scrawled on Capitol door
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