- Fake News and the Gatekeepers of Truth (February 11, 2018)
A look at misinformation or 'fake news' and how it has changed from the past; while only governments and prominent figures could once manipulate public opinion, today it is anyone with online access.
- Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring 'Fake News' (February 9, 2018)
The Brazilian media conglomerate Folha de S. Paulo, made the decision to rebel against Facebook by ceasing to publish content, saying the decision stems primarily from Facebook's recent change on users' news feed which aims to reduce the amount of content and favour posts by friends and family. The paper says Facebook is effectively banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and 'Fake News'.
- What 'News' Media in U.S. And Allied Countries Never Report (February 9, 2018)
Newsmedia effectively ban reporting corruptness of newsmedia -- even of media that stand on the opposite side of the political divide.
- Propaganda! Pardon me, is mine really bigger than yours? (February 8, 2018)
They say Propaganda! In the West, both the mainstream media and even some of the so-called progressive outlets are shouting: "Those Russians and Chinese and the others like them, they are at it again! Their vicious propaganda is infiltrating our democratic, freedom-loving countries, spreading confusion and chaos!"
Yes, ban or at least curb RT, contain TeleSur, and if at all possible, throw Press TV to the dogs. And put the writers of NEO, Sputnik, Global Times and other foreign outlets on that proverbial Western mass media 'no fly list'.
- Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing "local news" (February 6, 2018)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant will prioritize news from 'local sources' in the News Feed displayed to users. This is the third move this year in a roll-out of updates by Facebook aimed at censoring online information.
- Apple and the Guardian: Partners in a Death Spiral (January 20, 2018)
This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to a UK school to promote the company's new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be a better illustration of the way the Guardian newspaper serves as a key propagandist for aggressive global corporate capitalism, helping to create for it a façade of humanitarianism.
- A Liberal Pillar Of The Establishment - 'New Look' Guardian, Old-Style Orthodoxy (January 18, 2018)
Respected liberal media like the New York Times and Guardian are key battlegrounds in the relentless elite efforts to control public opinion.
- The Guardian, White Helmets, and Silenced Comment (January 12, 2018)
The Guardian recently published an article claiming that critical discussion of the White Helmets in Syria has been 'propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government'. Many readers were dismayed at this crude defence of a presumably pro-imperialist perspective, and at the unwarranted smearing of reasoned questioning based on evidence from independent journalists.
- Alternative Media: Ulli Diemer - Selected snippets & quotes from Radical Digressions (2018)
- Half of UK sees The Sun tabloid as 'negative influence' (December 18, 2017)
Half of Britons see one of the UK's largest tabloids, The Sun, as a negative influence on society, according to a new poll.
- 'Reporters Without Scruples' fails to derail revelatory conference on White Helmets (December 8, 2017)
The Geneva Press Club (GPC) announced an event that would present the darker side of the Oscar-winning, multi-million-dollar internationally funded White Helmets, operating in Syria alongside Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) and other US Coalition-armed & financed terrorist groups.The event was entitled "They Don't Care About Us White Helmets True Agenda."
- Postmedia and Torstar deal results in "largest closure of newspapers on single day in Canadian History (December 6, 2017)
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the deal between Canada's two largest newspaper publishers, Postmedia and Torstar, which have decided to swap more than forty local newspapers with each other, and subsequently shut down most of these newly acquired newspapers in regions where they compete with other existing publications.
- Withdrawal of RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill 'dire development' (November 30, 2017)
The US congressional press office has revoked RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing its 'foreign agent' status.
- US & Europe's farcical hypocrisy over Russian foreign media law (November 28, 2017)
The US and the European Union rushed to condemn Russia's new media laws restricting foreign entities. At the same time, they assume the unilateral right to hound Russian news outlets as "foreign agents."
- A creeping quiet in Indian journalism? (November 15, 2017)
How a combination of government pressure, harassment by political activists, commercial actors including both advertisers and some media owners, is exercising a chilling effect on Indian journalism.
- Noam Chomsky And The BBC: A Brief Comparison (November 10, 2017)
A recent interview with 88-year-old Noam Chomsky once again demonstrates just how insightful he is in providing rational analysis of Western power and the suffering it generates. By contrast, anyone relying on BBC News receives a power-friendly view of the world, systematically distorted in a way that allows the state and private interests to pursue business as usual.
- Tabloids do not represent the working class (November 2, 2017)
It should come as little surprise that media owned and run by unscrupulous billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond should be more concerned with protecting the party of big business than it is with the wellbeing or interests of working class people. We need to call out the tabloid media for what it is run by and for the elites.
- 'Inappropriate Behaviour' - Michael Fallon, Yemen, And The 'Mainstream' That Is Anything But (November 1, 2017)
A look at 'mainstream' journalism, a product of corporate conformity and a deference to power that is anything but mainstream.
- Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth (October 20, 2017)
An overview of an interview with Hilary Clinton by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.
- Journalism as We Knew It Is Never Coming Back (October 17, 2017)
Its old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. If you are paying attention, each one of his assaults on decency, intelligence and knowledge will feel urgent, ridiculous or both. Each day he threatens grave damage to actual human beings and the rest of Planet Earth, and each day he demonstrates his incapacity to do anything but inflict more damage.
- Bullied BBC? Alternative media returns fire on claims it's waging 'war' on the corporation (September 28, 2017)
Alternative media accused of waging "guerilla warfare" against the BBC by its former political editor Nick Robinson say they are just providing balance to the 'biased' government-funded corporation.
- Trump, fake news and the war on dissidents (September 28, 2017)
A rebuke to a recent Guardian article titled "If mainstream news wants to win back trust, it cannot silence dissident voices", where journalist Nick Robinson claims that the left and right are the peddlers of the same "fakery" in attacking the media.
- The Censorious Vortex of the "Flash News" Barons (September 22, 2017)
For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media's ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. For too long, the explosive material for good journalism in these and other areas had remained hidden in plain sight.
- Preferred Conclusions -- The BBC, Syria And Venezuela (September 13, 2017)
In 2013, it was remarkable to see the BBC reporting claims from Syria on a daily basis in a way that almost always blamed the Syrian government, and President Assad personally, for horrendous war crimes. But as the New York Times reported last month, the picture was rather less black and white.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- Indian journalist critical of Hindu extremists is shot dead in Bangalore (September 5, 2017)
Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist who was killed by three assailants was the senior editor of the tabloid known to be critical of Hindu extremists. The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that 27 journalists have been killed since 1992 with impunity.
- Venezuala in the Media: Double Standards and First Impressions (September 4, 2017)
This article looks into the inconsistent ways that Venzuala has been portrayed in the media, and the effect of sensationalizing the recent crisis. It concludes that those who support the Venezuelan poor, workings classes must seek and spread honest information outside of the mainstream narrative.
- Mexican Journalists Say 'No to Silence' (September 1, 2017)
In Mexico powerful entities -- ranging from government officials, to law enforcement, to drug cartel leaders -- routinely and systematically intimidate journalists and media outlets to prevent them from investigating state corruption and drug-related violence. Efforts to silence media often take place in the shadows, forcing victims to choose between self-censorship, forced displacement, or risking their lives for doing their jobs.
- The Attack on Al Jazeera (July 7, 2017)
Since its genesis, Al-Jazeera has served as much more than a mere signpost of speech or thought... popular or otherwise. Its existence, alone, stands as a safety valve against those closed societies that embrace repression as so much a check against the light of day of which they fear. Al-Jazeera's availability throughout the Middle East changed its information landscape ... introducing a level of freedom of speech, on TV, that was previously unheard of in the region.
- Here's why papers don't deserve support; money should go to committed Internet sites (July 4, 2017)
Governement funding should not go toward propping up mainstream print media, but rather towards access to information in communities where it is currently lacking.
- Hersh's New Syria Revelations Buried From View (June 27, 2017)
A look at veteran journalist Seymour Herst's latest investigation, which questions whether Syrian President Assad was responsible for another alleged gas attack at Khan Sheikhoun.
- The Breaking Of The Corporate Media Monopoly (June 15, 2017)
Alternative articles are being shared more widely online than the views of mainstream newspaper commentators. Discussed in relation to 2017 UK election.
- Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed (June 13, 2017)
There are millions of victims throughout the Middle East region, that cannot be understood or expressed through typical media narration: a gripping headline, couple of quotes and a paragraph or two by way of providing context.The price is too high for this kind of lazy journalism.
- Egypt bans Medium as media crackdown widens (June 12, 2017)
Dozens of websites, including opposition publications, banned since May 24, 2017, in 'clear attack on media', watchdog says.
- False news (June 7, 2017)
Laws regulating 'False News' present several unacceptable dangers, including stifling journalists from reporting in environments that are often contradictory and rapidly developing.
- Malaysian government crack down continues: Malaysiakini CEO charged (May 24, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly crticises the charges brought against the CEO and Editor-in-chief of Malaysiakini for posting footage of a press conference in July 2016. The IFJ calls for the charges to be immediately withdrawn.
- Police assault dozens of journalists covering political demonstration in Kolkata (May 24, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists (India) is condemning two incidents of police brutality against media workers in Kolkata, India on Monday, May 22, 2017. The IFJ demands immediate action
- Thai journalist faces defamation charges for reporting (May 24, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses concerns for the criminal defamation proceedings against a Thai journalist by a mining company over his reporting. The IFJ calls for the charges to be immediately dropped.
- West Bank: Palestinian photojournalist wounded during clashes (May 24, 2017)
Majdi Shtayeh, a Palestinian photojournalist for Associated Press (AP) and a member of the IFJ affiliated Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) was today wounded from gun shots at a protest in the West Bank.
- Dump the Guardian! (May 14, 2017)
The Guardian has spent the last two years relentlessly attacking Jeremy Corbyn. Only recently has it changed its tune, perhaps worried that it has alienated too many readers. Corbyn's success has been despite the Guardian and the rest of the corporate media. The Guardian will now want readers to forget its propaganda war on Corbyn. We've compiled this list so they don't. Dump the Guardian!
- Globe and Mail promotes Controversial Mining Magnate (May 3, 2017)
How close is too close when it comes to media outlets working with institutions set up by wealthy individuals to influence the news? The question becomes important to ask when Canada's "national newspaper" promotes a worldview paid for by one of the planet's most controversial mining magnates. The Globe and Mail's close ties to the Munk Debates and University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs should worry journalists and everyone who cares about foreign policy discussion in this country.
- Double standards: Do all journalist lives matter? (April 5, 2017)
Little attention is paid to reporters from the Global South who are killed, abused, or left stranded by foreign media.
- Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners (April 5, 2017)
I've always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions citizens at town meetings don't ask public officials. It's not that they do not know about or could not easily become informed enough about a given issue and ask substantive questions. It's just that so many taboos are packed into these questioners' ideological mindset, career goals or concern with what other people over them might think. Maybe it is a culturally-rooted fear of challenging entrenched power brokers.
- Nepalese journalist attacked for timber smuggling report (March 27, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Nepal Press Union (NPU) and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the attempted attack of a journalist by government employees in Bara district of Nepal on March 21, 2017.
- What is Objective Journalism? (March 21, 2017)
Despite objectivity being widely accepted as a norm in journalism, Edwards discusses how opinion and bias are still an inherent part of 'reporting the facts.'
- Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas (February 22, 2017)
An examination of the dishonesty in the New York Times' efforts to undermine President Trump, and broader criticisms of other tactics used by the liberal establishment to the same end.
- Trump v. the Media: a Fight to the Death (February 20, 2017)
At present, this is a golden era in American journalism, because established media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post find themselves under unprecedented and open attacks from the powers that be. Richard Nixon may have felt persecuted by press and television, but he never counter-attacked with the same vigour and venom as Trump.
- Media Review: Fake News (February 16, 2017)
Richard Seymour looks at the current debate around 'fake news'. What does the term refer to and is it as new as we think?
- Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine in New Bottles (February 1, 2017)
A criticism of a recent investigation by the UK's Culture, Media and Sports committee into 'fake news' and public persuasion by false propaganda, describing the challenges of identifying or preventing the dissemination of fake news.
- Journalist hacked to death in Tamil Nadu, India (January 13, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists (India) in condemning the murder of a journalist on the outskirts of Sattur in Tamil Nadu state, south India on Monday, 9 January, 2017.
- Journalist murdered in Balochistan, Pakistan (January 13, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in condemning the murder of a journalist in Kalat, Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan
- Magazine editor among disappeared activists in Pakistan (January 13, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing serious concern over the disappearance of a magazine editor and other activists in Pakistan.
- Turkey: journalists detained following reports on Erdogan's leaked emails (January 13, 2017)
The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) are deeply concerned by the ongoing detention without any official explanation of journalists and media workers in Turkey.
- A Case Study in the Creation of False News (January 6, 2017)
Paul Craig Roberts discusses a classic case in the creation of false news.
- WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived (January 4, 2017)
In the past six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of "fake news," the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016 (December 20, 2016)
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly poisoning public opinion and undermining democracy by spreading "fake news." Since we don't like to be left out when a new fad comes on the scene, Other Voices is jumping on the bandwagon too, with this, our last issue of 2016, devoted to "fake news." Our focus, however, is not so much on the crackpots and trolls making mischief on the fringes, but on the dominant actors in the fake news business: governments and the corporate and state media.
- 'Fake News' in America (December 18, 2016)
Details the hypocrisy of the media and Democratic party's recent outcry over 'fake news', as the loose definition encompasses well-established media practices, and may be used to attack any alternative media source.
- Five reasons why we don't have a free and independent press in the UK and what we can do about it (December 18, 2016)
Exposes the power structures and entities that exert influence over the UK press, and proposes ways that influence might be subverted.
- Where is this Digital Watergate Propaganda Campaign Going? (December 17, 2016)
Intelligence sources point out Russian interference in recent elections. However, WikiLeaks-related sources say the Democratic Partys mail leak was the working of a whistleblower within that institution.
- Sorry, Not Sorry: Neither the Media Nor Their Owners are Going to Change (December 16, 2016)
Detailing the failures of the corporate media in coverage of the 2016 US election, and how these problems are systemic due to the corporate ownership structure.
- Postmedia, Paul Godfrey and the demise of journalism (December 15, 2016)
A criticism of the right-wing political bias expressed by outlets of the Postmedia group under direction of CEO Paul Godfrey.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 27, 2016 (November 27, 2016)
A special issue on alternative media.
- 'Fake news' & 'post-truth' politics? What about those Iraqi WMDs? (November 21, 2016)
The people and the outlets warning of the dangers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' have been the biggest peddlers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' out there. It's like receiving lectures on the immorality of bootlegging from Al Capone.
- NYT Advocates Internet Censorship (November 20, 2016)
The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls "fake news," but the Times ignores its own record of publishing "fake news."
- RT in UK: A brief history of establishment hysteria (October 22, 2016)
NatWest Bank, a subsidiary of Britain's majority state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland, gives notice that it is closing RT's accounts without explanation. In this article detailed information has been presented concerning the issue.
- Why Is the Truth on Syria Difficult To Decipher? (October 20, 2016)
According to Steven Kinzer, the American media's misinformation on Syria is leading to the kind of ignorance which is enabling the American government to pursue any policy, however imprudent, in the war-torn Arab country. The US government can "decree the death of nations" with popular support because many Americans - and many journalists - are content with the official story," he wrote.
- Guardian front page channels Orwell's 1984 (October 17, 2016)
Reading the "liberal" press has become a truly Orwellian experience. What was true yesterday is a lie today. What was black today will be white tomorrow. Two reports on todays front page of the Guardian could easily be savage satire straight from the pages of the novel 1984.
- The Great Libya War Fraud (October 4, 2016)
Coming so soon after the incomplete but still damning exposure of the Iraq deception - with the bloodbath still warm - the media's deep conformity and wilful gullibility on the 2011 Libyan war left even jaundiced observers aghast. It was clear that we were faced with a pathological system of propaganda on Perpetual War autopilot.
- Propaganda Techniques of Empire (October 2, 2016)
Washingtons quest for perpetual world power is underwritten by systematic and perpetual propaganda wars. Every major and minor war has been preceded, accompanied and followed by unremitting government propaganda designed to secure public approval, exploit victims, slander critics, dehumanize targeted adversaries and justify its allies collaboration. In this paper Petras discusses the most common recent techniques used to support ongoing imperial wars.
- When Is Direct Military Intervention Not Direct Military Intervention? (September 29, 2016)
Since 2014, according to official Pentagon figures, the US has carried out 5,337 airstrikes in Syria. Yet the New York Times continues to pretend that the U.S. has not intervened militarily in Syria.
- Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canadas Media Critics (September 23, 2016)
A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists face in discussing one of the foremost social justice issues of our time.
- Provoking Nuclear War by Media (August 24, 2016)
The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.
- Western Propaganda: So Simple But So Effective (August 20, 2016)
Western propaganda is actually a perfect apparatus! It is effective and it is almost fully 'bulletproof'. It 'works'!
- Election Meddling (August 15, 2016)
Describing the contradictions in media coverage of, and attitudes toward, outside meddling in US elections versus US interference in foreign elections.
- Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce 'Savage' Media Treatment of Britain's Jeremy Corbyn (July 10, 2016)
"We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride," a letter published in The Guardian and signed by more than 100 intellectuals reads, "but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously."
- The Media Against Jeremy Corbyn (July 9, 2016)
The British media has never had much time for Jeremy Corbyn. Within a week of his election as Labour Party leader in September, it was engaging in a campaign the Media Reform Coalition characterized as an attempt to "systematically undermine" his position. In an avalanche of negative coverage 60 percent of all articles which appeared in the mainstream press about Corbyn were negative with only 13 percent positive. The newsroom, ostensibly the objective arm of the media, had an even worse record: 62 percent negative with only 9 percent positive.
- Killing Corbyn (June 29, 2016)
The 'Brexit' referendum vote, split 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the European Union, has been exploited by the 'mainstream' media to launch yet another assault on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command (June 23, 2016)
One of the strangest news developments of our time is the way the media now focus for days, if not weeks, 24/7, on a single event and its ramifications. Omar Mateen's slaughter of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is only the latest example of this. If no other calamitous or eye-catching event comes along (Unimaginable: Toddlers body recovered by divers after alligator attack at Disney resort"), it could, top the news, in all its micro-ramifications and repetitions, for three or four weeks. Such stories -- especially mass killings, especially those with an aura of terrorism about them -- are particularly easy for strapped, often downsizing news outfits to cover. They are, in a sense, pre-packaged.
- OCCRP Launches New Search Engine for Investigative Journalists (May 30, 2016)
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia, has launched a new data platform to enable journalists and researchers to sift more than 2 million documents and use the findings in their investigations. People using the new data platform, called ID Search, will be able to set up email alerts notifying them when new results appear for their searches or for persons tracked on official watchlists. They can also create their own private watchlists.
- Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz - Part 2: 'Hitlergate' (May 17, 2016)
As with so many propaganda blitzes, intense media coverage was triggered by 'dramatic new evidence'; namely, the discovery of a graphic posted by Naz Shah two years ago, before she became a Labour MP. The graphic shows a map of the United States with Israel superimposed in the middle, suggesting that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict would be to relocate Israel to the US.
- Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz - Part 1 (May 12, 2016)
We live in a time when state-corporate interests are cooperating to produce propaganda blitzes intended to raise public support for the demonisation and destruction of establishment enemies. Here we will examine five key components of an effective propaganda campaign of this kind.
- Big Loser in Wente Plagiarism? Globe's Reputation (April 26, 2016)
Margaret Wente has been busted, again, for plagiarism. The paper's response, again, has been wholly inadequate. The first scandal, in 2012, damaged the Globe's credibility, largely because of the way it mishandled the affair.
- Sources HotLink - April 21, 2016 (April 21, 2016)
In this issue of Sources Hotlink: The Panama Papers are out and theyre reaking havoc to governments all around the world. Theyve already take down the Icelandic Prime Minister but he wont be the only one to fall. Meanwhile, in Sudan, the womens movement struggles and Germany sells out one of their own citizens. Also in this issue, we take a little look at what computer automated journalism looks like and the business value of Reddit.
- Bias in the Media: the Result of Corporate Ownership (March 11, 2016)
There may still be, perhaps in the quiet countryside somewhere, people who believe that news programs present news. It is unlikely that this is true; rather, those who rely on the corporate-owned press for information probably enjoy finding sources that support what they want to hear. And, if they are unsure of just what it is that they want to hear, their 'trusted' source will tell them.
- Sources HotLink - February 22, 2016 (February 22, 2016)
We start off our year with a review of the last. According to the report, 2015 was a dangerous year for journalists overseas. In North America, we re-explore the debate between privacy and security and the curious case of Donald Trump. In South America, the issues with impunity remain ever prevalent.
For our media relations professionals, we feature a fun guide to press releases and the words of thought leaders in digital media.
Bookworms get The Man Who Recorded the World and film buffs get Control Room.
- Corporate power and the moulding of truth (February 21, 2016)
The corporate dominance of 'free' media in western democracies imposes deep structural constraints on what may be reported, and how. Syria is now the latest example of skewed reportage - and even journalists seeking to analyse the problem must carefully avoid the real reasons for it.
- MEDIA IN CRISIS - 1: Why feds should step in to help democracy's watchdogs (February 2, 2016)
A flourishing, capable news media is the oxygen of democracy. In Canada, our traditional oxygen-providers, the mainstream corporate-owned newspapers, are dying. We need to come up with something better to serve our communities.
- MEDIA IN CRISIS - 2: Citizens, government need to plan now to have quality media in future (February 2, 2016)
Canada's mainstream media are in a state of incipient meltdown. They no longer deliver the volume or quality of news that Canadians need to be informed about important happenings in their communities, let alone to participate in a healthy democratic process.
- Don't weep for censoring, right-wing Postmedia newspapers (January 20, 2016)
Another 90 dedicated journalists in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa lost their jobs Tuesday as cutthroat Publisher Paul Godfrey slashed away again in an effort to turn Postmedia into a profit-making business. In a bizarre move, two competing papers will continue to be separate entities, but there will be one set of editors and most journalists will be shared.
- Grassroots media relations (January 1, 2016)
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
- Caught in the act: German state channel accused of faking Russian soldiers in Ukraine (December 23, 2015)
A Russian television channel alleges a German state broadcaster hired actors to show Russian involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The scandal centers around a Russian 'volunteer' paid by the German company to say he was fighting in Ukraine.
- Special Focus: Israeli Occupying Forces Assault Journalists in the OPT (November 3, 2015)
As Israeli violations escalate against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), journalists and media professionals have also been the subjects of Israeli attacks.
- Why Is The Daily Beast's Russia Critic Silent About So Many Hideous Abuses? (October 29, 2015)
A comprehensive review by The Intercept of the writings of Sam Charles Hamad - author of this Daily Beast article accusing the "global left" of remaining "silent" on abuses by Russia - reveals that he has been completely silent, shockingly and appallingly so, about the following wide array of severe global injustices, never once writing about, let alone condemning...
- Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up (October 5, 2015)
After the US airstrikes that hit an MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières) hospital, many news outlets have depicted the event in a way that evades any American responsibility.
- Corbyn and confronting media power (September 17, 2015)
Corbyn may be right not to respect a media establishment that has shown little signs of respecting him but he urgently needs a strategy with which to confront it.
- Breaking the Media Blackout in Western Sahara (August 23, 2015)
Zurutuza describes how the Moroccan authorities repress journalists and media coverage of occupied Western Sahara.
- Sources HotLink - August 12, 2015 (August 12, 2015)
This issue features articles that are centred around the theme of the big overpowering the small; through physical violence, deception, law and slander. Those who are powerful have always exerted their strength to control the thoughts and behaviours of the weak. In the past, it was straightforward -- through force. In modern times, however, this control is much less obvious. For our marketers and public relations specialists, we offer guides in internet marketing: one article on the current state of internet communications and another article on search engine optimization. Also included in this issue is a film about corporate abuse of power and a book on news stories that stand the test of time.
- The Biggest Threat to Mexican Journalists Aren't Drug Cartels Anymore (August 4, 2015)
Northern Mexico and the drug cartels have dangerous reputations; especially for journalists. This should come to a surprise to no one. This year, however, the danger seems to have shifted in both location and source. Of the six journalists that were killed in Mexico this year, all of them were killed in the south; most likely at the hands of police officers and politicians.
- Sources HotLink - July 22, 2015 (July 22, 2015)
This issue features articles on censorship and violence. Closer to home, we look at media and public interpretations of the Charleston massacre. Overseas, we explore brutal police tactics and violent suppression of free expression. For our marketers, feature an expert interview on the current state of print media. Following the tone of the interview, we also feature a guide on incorporation social media into your marketing strategy. Also featured in this article, is a book on environmental exploitation and a movie on worker exploitation.
- IFJ and EFJ oppose media restrictions in the newly-enacted Spanish Public Security Law (July 6, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), have joined their Spanish affiliates FAPE, FESP, FSC-CC.OO. and ELA-Gizalan in criticising the Public Security Law
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