- Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People (August 17, 2018)
We on the Left don't need to reflexively and absurdly jump to the defense of imperial criminals at the instigation of that (well, yes) "enemy of the people" the U.S. corporate and so-called mainstream war, news, and entertainment media.
- Venezuela: Maduro survives assassination attempt -- but journalism doesn't (August 11, 2018)
Venezuela was rocked on August 5, 2018 by an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro during a public event, using drones armed with explosives.But as more details of the attack became available, mainstream media coverage sought to sow doubt on the events, using words such as "apparent" or "alleged". It focused on the government using this "alleged" event to step up repression.
- Yes, the Press Helps Start Wars (August 10, 2018)
History shows that a jingoistic media can whip up support for hardline policies, as Trump rightly pointed out.
- First they came for Alex Jones. Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site (August 9, 2018)
Days after the purge of Alex Jones from social media, Big Tech seems to have found another suitable target for apparent censorship. Facebook suspended the page of a prominent leftist news site writing about Venezuela.
- Nine essential tools from ICIJ's data journalism and programming experts (August 8, 2018)
A look at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' favorite data journalism tools, including: spreadsheets, Datawrapper, Jupyter Notebook, OpenRefine, Python and R, Talend Studio, SQL, Pandas, Neo4j + Linkurious.
- Even the FBI Agrees: When Undercover Agents Pose as Journalists, It Hurts Real Journalists' Work (August 7, 2018)
The FBI doesn't want the public to know more about how its agents pose as journalists during undercover investigations.The government acknowledged in a court filing that FBI agents who pretend to be journalists create a chilling effect, making it harder for real journalists to gain trust and cooperation from sources.
- 'Fake news' a loosely-defined term used for political gain (July 6, 2018)
Commentary on a panel discussion of media representatives, part of the International Cybersecurity Congress, which discusses the topic of 'fake news'. The article includes a link to full video of the discussion.
- The Official Fake News (July 3, 2018)
Emmanuel Macron, who was comfortably elected to the presidency, has instructed his parliamentary majority to provide him with a law against 'fake news' during election campaigns. The law would be a selective halt to the the dissemination of information with dangerous consequences.
- Painting a false picture (June 26, 2018)
A review of the book "The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media" by Greg Shupak.
- The corporate media's world of illusions (June 11, 2018)
In fact, the Great Western Narrative has been developed and refined over centuries to preserve a tiny elites privileges and expand its power. The role of journalists like me was to keep feeding these illusions to readers so they would remain fearful, passive and deferential to this elite. It is not that journalists lie or at least, not most of them it is that they are as deeply wedded to the Great Western Narrative as everyone else.
- The New York Times' Second Assassination of Razan at-Najjar (June 10, 2018)
On 1 June 2018, an Israeli assassin poised along "the largest concentration camp ever to exist" killed 20-year-old paramedic Razan al-Najjar. On 7 June 2018, the New York Times assassinated her a second time. It surely does not surprise that the Times provides yeomans service for Israeli hasbara.
- How the Guardian aided the anti-semites (June 8, 2018)
Who do you help when you censor a cartoon depicting Israel's well-documented war crimes against Palestinians and do so on the grounds that the criticism of Israel is anti-semitic?
The answer is: you help anti-semites.
- The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
Should the media include positive editorial content secretly paid for by major corporations, as London's Evening Standard newspaper has begun doing, according to new revelations?
Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read?
- The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read? But here's a seditious idea. Would that be such a bad thing? Maybe it would better if we were far more wary of the corporate media and began to think of it chiefly as a sales platform selling us an ideology harmful to our individual welfare and that of our societies.
- 2018: When Orwell's 1984 Stopped Being Fiction (May 5, 2018)
A commentary on The Guardian's news story "Revealed: UK's push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance". Cook questions facts and the terminology used in the Guardian article, a form of 'journalistic fraud', which promotes the UK government's policy towards Russia.
- Denver Post Editor Who Criticized Paper's Ownership Resigns (May 3, 2018)
Chuck Plunkett said he knew that he was risking his job as the editorial page editor of The Denver Post when he wrote an impassioned editorial last month blasting the newspaper's hedge-fund owners as "vulture capitalists" who had hobbled Colorado's largest newspaper with deep layoffs and cost-cutting. On Thursday, Mr. Plunkett resigned after he said an executive who oversees the newspaper refused to run another sharp-edged editorial Mr. Plunkett had written for this Sunday's newspaper.
- Where It All Began: The Dawn of 'Fake News' (May 1, 2018)
While today's political smear campaigns and propaganda have gotten more sophisticated and subtle, the underlying ethics remain as maggoty as ever.
- Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel (April 23, 2018)
In spite of a systemic policy of demonization, Israeli journalist and human rights activist Gideon Levy continues denouncing the Israeli government and the crimes against Palestinians.
- Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma (April 18, 2018)
Veteran Middle East corrrespondent Robert Fisk was the first western correspondent to arrive in Douma following the US, UK and French attacks on Syria. Based on first hand interviews Fisk's account is clearly honest about what he reported and certainly plausible, yet respected British newspapers like the Guardian gave his reports a cursory if not hostile treatment.
- Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists: Neil Macdonald (April 15, 2018)
Journalist Neil MacDonald defends journalistic freedom and safety following a statement issued by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), an organization that faltered in carrying out its mandate.
- Argentine Newspapers Recuperated by Workers' Cooperatives (April 10, 2018)
An economic recession in Argentina that culminated in intense protests and the resignation of then-president Fernando de la Rua, also fostered the phenomenon of companies being recuperated by its workers as a cooperatives. In the last two years the majority of companies recuperated have been media outlets, which opens up new possibilities for journalism in the country.
- Debunked: How VoA journalist pushed fake news story on 'Russian tanks crossing into Ukraine' (April 10, 2018)
The easily-verifiable false claim by Voice of America journalist that Russian tanks were filmed entering Ukraine was shared thousands of times before being debunked. The journalist, however, refused to issue a retraction.
- A Letter to CBC: Your Biased Coverage of the Land Day Massacre (April 6, 2018)
Chairperson of the Canada Palestine Association, Hanna Kawas, presents a letter to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, alleging editorial interference by pro-Israel lobbying group 'Honest Reporting Canada' in their coverage of the land day killings of unarmed civilians by Israeli government forces.
- How the Guardian became the West's Pravda (March 31, 2018)
Cook says that the British newspaper The Guardian has become a mouthpiece for the establishment.
- Assange's internet blackout & Skripal case part of propaganda war that risks real one (March 30, 2018)
John Pilger condemns the mainstream media for its role in acting as an uncritiical conduit for government propaganda.
- How They Sold the Iraq War (March 20, 2018)
The war on Iraq won't be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold: it was a propaganda war, a war of perception management.
- In Run-Up to Vote to End Yemen War, MSNBC Remains Totally Silent (March 20, 2018)
Johnson expresses concern about the lack of MSNBC coverage of the role of the USA in the conflict in Yemen since 2015.
- Will We Ever See Al Jazeera's Investigation Into the Israel Lobby? (March 16, 2018)
So when am I going to be able to watch Al Jazeera's hard-hitting investigation into Israels powerful lobby in the United States? Remember Al Jazeera? The tough, no-holds-barred Middle East satellite channel that transformed Qatar into a media empire whose reports frightened dictators and infuriated potentates and presidents alike? Why, George W Bush once wanted to bomb its headquarters in Doha so it must have been doing something right. It even has an office in Jerusalem.
- America's Troll Farm Media (March 9, 2018)
A look at the American mainstream media, which is in a constant search of sensation, scandal, gossip, and above all -- profit.
- 'Follow Your Bliss' - The Tweet That Brought Corporate Journalism To The Brink Of A Nervous Breakthrough (March 7, 2018)
Don't write for the "mainstream". Don't write for money. Don't write for prestige. Just "follow your bliss" by writing what you absolutely love to write to inspire and enlighten other people. Write what seems interesting, important and true, and give it away for free.'
- 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'.
- 'A Load Of Tosh' The BBC, 'Showbiz News' And State Propaganda (February 9, 2018)
BBC News reporting on international relations, with particular reference to 2017-2018 tensions with Russia, relies heavily on state propaganda.
- 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.
- Champions Of Democracy - From Fake News To Imposed Insanity (February 1, 2018)
While social media is largely blamed for the proliferation of 'fake news', it is through social media where the corporate media commentariat are exposed. Readers are now at last able to see some rational dissent, this is the up-side to social media that the 'mainstream' cannot even discuss.
- How the 'free' media dupe us on climate change (January 29, 2018)
Commentary on a segment of Al Jazeera's programme The Listening Post on why climate scepticism persists only in what it terms the "Anglosphere media", that is, those in the United States, UK, Australia and Canada.
- 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.
- Monbiot Is a Hypocrite and a Bully (January 15, 2018)
It is time for George Monbiots legion of supporters to call him out. Not only is he a hypocrite, but he is becoming an increasingly dangerous one. Turning a blind eye to his behaviour, or worse excusing it, as too often happens, has only encouraged him to intensify his attacks on dissident writers, those who whether right or wrong on any specific issue are slowly helping us all to develop more critical perspectives on western foreign policy goals than has ever been possible before.
- 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)
- NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians (2018)
The article looks at the NPR reporting on the killing of 17 palestinians, which follows a pro-Israel bias that dates back for years.
- Surveillance Self-Defense (2018)
Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.
- 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."
- Google's de-ranking of RT in search results is a form of censorship and blatant propaganda (November 26, 2017)
A commentary on the recent admission by an executive of Google's parent company (Alphabet) that special algorithms are being created to filter RTs news in order to make it appear less prominently in Google's search results.
- 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.
- 'Fake news' or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media? (October 18, 2017)
Left leaning progressive websites say they are being unfairly penalized by Google's efforts to stamp out fake news.
- 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
- Concern regarding the brutality of Montréal police against journalists (June 24, 2015)
CJFE and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are deeply concerned by the brutal actions taken by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to impede the work of journalists in the city over the last three years. The assault, detention, and arrest of reporters by the Montréal police is in violation of freedom of the press, as cited in Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as Section 3 of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. To address these issues, CJFE and CAJ would like to arrange a meeting with you and SPVM Chief Marc Parent to discuss police policy on journalists covering protests in order to come up with a solution to end the existing practices.
- Pentagon rewrites 'Law of War' declaring 'belligerent' journalists as legitimate targets (June 24, 2015)
The Pentagon has released a book of instructions on the "law of war," detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled "unprivileged belligerents," an obscure term that replaced "enemy combatant."
- The Sunday Times' Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst - and Filled with Falsehoods (June 14, 2015)
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it's hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But they've learned no such lesson. That tactic continues to be the staple of how major U.S. and British media outlets "report," especially in the national security area.
- Sources HotLink - June 9, 2015 (June 9, 2015)
This issue features many stories related to the themes of journalistic standards and censorship. With increasing pressure from corporations and governments, reporters are finding it more and more difficult to report on issues that affect powerful interests. The problem lies not only with top-down pressure and control, but also with journalists themselves. Journalists often frame their stories to support particular narratives or points of view. Also in this issue: books, movies and other resources related to the theme of censorship, journalistic integrity, and acess to information.
- Media freedom in the Pacific - a double-edged sword (May 25, 2015)
The issue of media freedom in the Pacific has come to the fore following recent international calls for Indonesia to allow foreign journalists access to West Papua and President Joko Widodo declaring a lifting of restrictions.
- Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press (May 19, 2015)
Though the majority of the Ferguson protests were peacful, the police still responded with overwhelming military force. Journalists were one of thier specific targets.
- How to Fight Western Propaganda (May 15, 2015)
The western propaganda apparatus is enormously efficient and effective. It is also brilliant in how it ensures that its inventions get channeled, distributed, and accepted in all corners of the world. The system through which disinformation spreads, is incredibly complex.
What are we, who oppose the regime, supposed to do?
- Obama's role model to journalists Dorothy Thompson turned against Zionism and was silenced (April 28, 2015)
Dorothy Thompson, whose truly stellar career ended in false charges of antisemitism made by Zionists.
- Media concerns as "dictator law" replaces martial law in Thailand (April 10, 2015)
Journalists' organizations express strong concern over the issuing of a new order by the military regime to replace martial law.
- Edward Snowden's Warning to Canada (March 4, 2015)
Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about Bill C-51 and the weak oversight of Canada's intelligence agencies.
- The "Snowden is Ready to Come Home!" Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit (March 4, 2015)
Most sentient people rationally accept that the U.S. media routinely disseminates misleading stories and outright falsehoods in the most authoritative tones. But it's nonetheless valuable to examine particularly egregious case studies to see how that works.
- UK Media Regulator Again Threatens RT for "Bias": This Time, Airing "Anti-Western Views" (March 2, 2015)
The U.K. Government loves to lecture the world about infringements of liberty generally and press freedom specifically. It does so as it threatens to revoke the broadcasting license of a media outlet for broadcasting "anti-western" views and other perspectives at odds with the U.K. Government, all while shielding (and venerating) the equally virulent biases from pro-state television in the U.K.
- Spiked: Fighting In-House Censorship When Media Managers Can't Handle The Truth (February 19, 2015)
Working in mainstream print media can be very frustrating. Between the corporate and editorial red tape and censorship, it might be more worthwhile to become an independant journalist.
- Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine (February 10, 2015)
The most dangerous violation of journalistic principles has occurred in the Ukraine crisis, which has the potential of a nuclear war.
- Two out of Three Investigative Journalists in US Believe They're Being Spied On (February 5, 2015)
In the wake of the NSA mass surveillance scandal, a vast majority of investigative journalists believe that the U.S. government is spying on them, and large numbers say that this belief impacts the way they go about their reporting.
- Feral Journalism - Rewilding Dissent (January 29, 2015)
Media censorship from corporations and politicians are distoring our view of reality but most of us aren't so far gone that we can't recognize the need for non-corporate media.
- The Petulant Entitlement Syndrome of Journalists (January 28, 2015)
Jonathan Chaits denunciation of the "PC language police" provoked intense reaction: much criticism from liberals and praise from conservatives.
- Under Fire: Documentary details attacks on journalists during Gaza offensive (January 28, 2015)
In the summer of 2014, Israel launched a military operation on Gaza dubbed "Operation Protective Edge". By the time Israeli forces withdrew from the strip, 17 journalists were confirmed dead. No one has been held accountable for their deaths so far.
- Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison (January 22, 2015)
A Dallas, Texas court has sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months behind bars for links to the hacktivist collective Anonymous.
- Accredition of journalists violates press freedom, says Philippine union (January 21, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in strongly criticizing the provision in House Bill 362, which seeks to amend Republic Act (R.A.) 53 "Sotto Law" to narrow the parameters of journalism by forcing the issue of accreditation.
- Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures (January 21, 2015)
Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores this political attempt to silence news organizations
- Censorship not a solution to terrorism, IFJ & Pakistan media reject guidelines (January 21, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expresses its strong concern over new press guidelines for Pakistan's television and print media.
- Charlie Hebdo And The War For Civilisation (January 21, 2015)
There is so much more that could be said about just how little passion the corporate media have for defending the right to offend. Anyone in doubt should try, as we have, to discuss their own record of failing to offend the powerful.
- Chinese media worker detained for three months without charge (January 21, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the illegal detention of a Chinese media worker for three months without reason and threats to a German journalist that her visa would be revoked for not assisting police
- Concern about blogger's condition after second flogging postponed (January 21, 2015)
Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the Saudi authorities have postponed blogger Raif Badawiâ's second session of 50 lashes on medical grounds but is very concerned about his health and urges the authorities to abandon this barbaric punishment altogether.
- IFJ and EFJ Call on Macedonian Authorities to Grant the Permanent Release of Journalist Kezarovski (January 21, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), together with their members in Macedonia the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM) and the Trade Union of Macedonian Journalists
- Journalists and media attacked during general strike in Nepal (January 21, 2015)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and the Nepal Press Union (NPU), in condemning several incidents of attacks on journalists and media workers during the general strike
- Justice Department finally stops harassing New York Times reporter (January 21, 2015)
Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that New York Times reporter James Risen will not be called to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with leaking classified information for book about the CIA published in 2006.
- Niger police attack media instead of protecting them (January 21, 2015)
Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that privately-owned media were attacked by police during demonstrations in Niamey on 17 and 18 January although President Mahamadou Issoufou has assured the international community he is committed to media
- RWB publishes 2014 round-up of violence against journalists (January 16, 2015)
Reporters Without Borders is today publishing its round-up of abuses against journalists in 2014. According to RWBs tally, 66 journalists were murdered this year, bringing to 720 the number of journalists killed in connection with their work in the past 10 years. A total of 119 journalists were kidnapped this year. Forty journalists are currently being held hostage.
- War by media and the triumph of propaganda (December 5, 2014)
The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war -- with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003. The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an "invisible government". It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies.
Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?
- What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC (December 2, 2014)
Can the CBC be saved and restored? Probably. But it will take some time and some good luck, as well as some heavy duty political lobbying. It is important that CBC supporters, including those who have fallen by the wayside during the destructive Harper years, unite behind some common goals and pressure the two opposition leaders to commit themselves to restoring the Corporation to its proper role in the country.
- On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As "Militants" (November 18, 2014)
Most large western media outlets continued to describe completely unknown victims of U.S. drone attacks as "militants" -- even though they (a) had no idea who those victims were or what they had done and (b) were well-aware that the term had been "re-defined" by the Obama administration into Alice in Wonderland-level nonsense. They count the corpses and they're not really sure who they are.
- Reflecting on the International Day to Protect Journalists (October 31, 2014)
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution (A/RES/68/163) of December 18, 2013 on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. This landmark Resolution - the first of the General Assembly on the issue -- "condemns unequivocally all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers".
- The Death of a Reporter (October 21, 2014)
Serena Shim, who leaves behind a family that includes her two young children, found herself chasing the truth in a highly charged situation.
- PEN Honduras appeals to Supreme Court in final attempt to halt ban on practising journalism (October 17, 2014)
Journalist and founding member of PEN Honduras, Julio Ernesto Alvarado, is appearing along with other journalists and PEN Honduras members before the Constitutional Section of the Supreme Court of the country in a final attempt to fight the reinstatement of a 16-month ban on practising journalism.
- The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda (October 4, 2014)
The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was heartening to see. But the issue of independence for Scotland is just one of many where the traditional media consistently favour establishment power.
- The journalists who never sleep (September 12, 2014)
Automated 'robot writers' could soon be personalising daily data feed.
- Sources HotLink - September 11, 2014 (September 11, 2014)
Featuring Micahel Riordon's Bold Scientists: Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science, plus China continuing attempts to control and regulate media in Hong Kong, and attempts to free three imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.
- The CIA's Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication (September 4, 2014)
A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.
- Missing Russian journalist Andrey Stenin confirmed dead in Ukraine (September 3, 2014)
Russian journalist Andrey Stenin, missing in eastern Ukraine for a month, has been confirmed dead, RIA Novosti, the news agency where he worked, reports. He was in a vehicle traveling in a convoy of escaping civilians when it came under heavy fire.
- An alternative media list (September 1, 2014)
A selective list of English-language alternative media.
- Media spies put all journalists in danger (August 27, 2014)
The increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy.
- The Crisis in Investigative Journalism (August 18, 2014)
Investigative journalists are the vanguard of the so-called Fourth Estate, bearing the formidable task of watchdogging the other three estates
- Canada's journalists cowed into silence while colleagues die in Gaza (July 31, 2014)
Rami Rayan, a young Palestinian photojournalist, was the latest reporter to be killed. He was among at least 16 people reportedly killed after an Israeli air strike on a crowded market during a supposed four-hour "truce." The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), which claims to be "the national voice of Canadian journalists", has been noticeably silent. If you check the CAJ's website you won't find so much as a perfunctory statement denouncing the killing of their colleagues in Gaza. Instead, the top item on its website is a story written by members of the association's 'ethics' committee about that old saw: reporters getting too close to their sources.
- WikiLeaks, Corruption and the Super Injunction (July 29, 2014)
In Australia, whose institutions still pride themselves on an antiquated obsession with aspects of English gagging, suppression orders do retain a certain mystique. They certainly do in the Australian state of Victoria, which is said to throw suppression orders around like confetti.
- Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media (July 28, 2014)
If you are writing for mainstream media, you need to learn special uses of words and phrases that are specific to Israel/Palestine. If you use common usage, you will run into confusions, paradoxes, and hostile responses from pro-Israel people. Please follow these guidelines and you will have no problems with editors, politicians, or organized pro-Israel groups. For each phrase, this guide will present first (a) the common usage, and then (b) the specific Israel/Palestine usage that you must use in order to write for major US (and UK and Canadian of course) media (NYT, Toronto Star, BBC, CBC, etc.)
- When BBC Calls, Dont Answer.. (July 26, 2014)
In any event, my advice to the media savvy, is that if you have caller ID, and you can tell that it is BBC calling, dont bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should the phone ever ring again!
- 'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre (July 25, 2014)
The bias in failing to report the brutalisation of a trapped, impoverished people under occupation is staggering.
- Sources HotLink - July 24, 2014 (July 24, 2014)
Featuring news on imprisoned journalists in Egypt and Burma, the bias in media coverage of Israeli deaths versus Palestinian death, newspaper closures in Canada, and topic-fo-the-week focuses on Gaza, Surveillance, and Prostitution.
- NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children (July 17, 2014)
Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterdays killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been ordered by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately.
- Journalists and civil society must join forces to engage the public with health news (July 15, 2014)
A call for journalists to reach out to a broader audience and "team up" with civil society in orer to force attention onto topics that matter. "Exploring ideas that move the audience to think and act."
- Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation (July 14, 2014)
Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Ken Loach are among 45,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the BBC calling on its journalists to reflect the reality of Gazas occupation while reporting on Israels current assault.
- Young bloggers jailed for over 2 months without charge (July 11, 2014)
Six young social/political issues bloggers were jailed in Ethiopia, the worlds 3rd worst jailer for journalists, without charge.
- Global data journalism resources (July 10, 2014)
An list of resources that have been compiled by IJN using their readers' suggestions. This list is organized by country, and covers a variety of subtopics under data journalism.
- Israeli army deliberately targeting news professionals (July 8, 2014)
Continuing confrontations in the Palestinian Territories and many cities in Israel are marked by Israeli authorities flouting of basic rights, including freedom of information.
- Some Deaths Really Matter (July 2, 2014)
Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the brutal killing of three Israeli teenagers highlights this immutable fact.
- Simple Tools to Sort the Tweets from the Trash (June 28, 2014)
In this first part of a three-part series, social media and web research specialist Henk van Ess provides some practical hints for how to de-clutter your Twitter stream and keep your timeline relevant and under control so those newsworthy updates don't get lost in a flood of information.
- Millions in poverty get less coverage than 482 billionaires (June 26, 2014)
FAIR uses data from CBS, ABC, and NBC to conduct a study on how much the media reports on poverty, concluding that there is not very much coverage of people in poverty.
- Tor is for Everyone (June 13, 2014)
EFF recently kicked off their second Tor Challenge, an initiative to strengthen the Tor network for online anonymity and improve one of the best free privacy tools in existence. This is great news, but how does it affect you? To understand that, we have to dig into what Tor actually is, and what people can do to support it.
- Free Speech Groups Issue New Guide to the International 'Necessary & Proportionate Principles' (June 2, 2014)
EFF and ARTICLE 19 Urges Governments to Preserve Fundamental Freedoms in the Age of Mass Surveillance
- When media bosses censor their own journalists (June 2, 2014)
Reporters Without Borders condemns the censorship of Suelte la lengua (Talk freely), a programme that Canal 6 TV has not broadcast since 15 May without any explanation from its CEO, Paul Misselem.
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