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Sources Hotlink September 11, 2014

Welcome to the third issue of Sources Hotlink. In this week's issue we continue our look at China's continuing attempt to control and regulate media and news in Hong Kong. We also follow the attempts by the International Federation of Journalists to free three Al Jazeera journalists who have been imprisoned for the past 256 days on false conspiracy charges.

On the Canadian front we look into how Stephen Harper plans to win the 2015 Canadian election using attack ads again Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and a simple yet stern focus on the Canadian economy.

Book Spotlight: Bold Scientists Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science

As governments and corporations scramble to pull the plug on research that proves that they are poisoning our planet and rush to muzzle the scientists who dare to share their disturbing data, it seems the powerful have declared a war on science.

Michael Riordon asks deep questions of bold scientists who defy the status quo including: an Indigenous biologist who integrates traditional knowledge and a trickster’s wit; an engineering professor who exposes the myths and dangers of fracking; a forensic geneticist who traces children stolen by the military in El Salvador; a sociologist who investigates the lure and threat of mass surveillance; a radical psychologist who confronts psychiatry’s dangerous power; and a young marine biologist who risks her career to defend science and democracy (Between the Lines)

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Topic of the Week: Air Pollution

Air Pollution is a growing problem in all corners of the world and Sources has a collection of recent articles on the subject as well as contact information for various spokespersons and agencies. Visit Sources for information not only on Air Pollutions but many other subjects as well. Read more

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How Stephen Harper hopes to win the 2015 election

Ever so slowly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s strategy for winning the 2015 election is becoming clear.

It will be built on four pillars: Economic management and tax cuts; a hard-nosed approach to crime; a “principled” foreign policy that stands up to international tyrants and terrorists; and a simple mantra to discredit and destroy Harper’s biggest threat — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Read more

White House doesn't believe slain U.S. journalist was 'sold' to Islamic State

The United States has no information indicating beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to Islamic State militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi told CNN on Monday night the family believed Islamic State paid up to $50,000 to rebels who told the militant group the 31-year-old journalist had entered Syria. Read more

One month later in Ferguson, ‘there’s still many chapters to go’

David Carson arrived at St. Peter’s Cemetery early on Tuesday morning. He waited there for awhile, for the light to come, for people to come to the place where Michael Brown was buried.

By around 9 a.m., Carson, a photojournalist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, left and headed for the Canfield Green Apartments and the memorial for Brown in Ferguson. Not much had changed there in the last few days, but maybe, Carson thought, people would like to see this place again, too. Read more

Five tips for creating a more gender-balanced newsroom - Gender Equality

Across the world, news organizations still have a lot of work to do to achieve gender equality.

Equal pay, work-life balance and the role of women in media and media leadership were examined at the recent event “Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap," hosted by the National Press Club and Poynter. Read more

Recent Press Releases

China's tightening grasp on Hong Kong's press freedom

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply worried that Hong Kong’s media managers lack sufficient independence to face ongoing political pressure from China.

The issue has reached a critical point with China’s decision to hold the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive using a definition of “universal suffrage” that critics say does not meet international standards. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party decided on August 31 that voters will have a choice of only two or three candidates, all of whom must receive more than 50 per cent support from a 1200-member electoral committee before they compete for the popular vote. Read more

IFJ-FAJ Delegation Urges Egyptian Prime Minister to Release Al-Jazeera Jailed Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists welcomes the meeting this morning in Cairo between an IFJ-FAJ delegation and Egypt‘s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to discuss the imprisonment of the three Al Jazeera journalists – Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – jailed by an Egyptian court on 23rd June.

The International Federation of Journalists delegation included its President Jim Boumelha and its former President Christopher Warren who is also Federal Secretary of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance of Australia, Peter Greste’s union.
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Bill C36: A Dangerous Way Forward

In Ottawa this week between September 9-11th, sex workers, sex worker rights organizations and allies of sex workers will be appearing as witnesses before the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to speak to Bill C36: The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. These sex workers and allies are aiming to balance the debate around prostitution by adding perspectives from people who do not support Bill C-36 - those working in the sex industry as well as those who work from the front lines delivering important services to sex workers. They argue from a position of human rights of sex workers, focusing on the right to safety and security. Read more

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Sources Calendar

2014 Association of Food Journalists Annual Conference
Date: Sept 10/2014 to Sept 12/2014
Venue: The Peabody Memphis
Location: Memphis, TN

Brampton Fair
Date: Sept 11/2014 to Sept 14/2014
Venue: 12942 Heart Lake Road
Location: Caledon, ON

The Power of Words
Date: Sept 12/2014
Venue: Keele Street
Location: Toronto, Ontario

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