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February 22, 2016

Welcome to Sources Hotlink 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.

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Media and Journalism news and analysis

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Killing the Messenger: 2015

To start off, let’s review 2015 from the eye of the investigative journalist. If the year could be summarized in one word, it would be “dangerous”. According to this report done by the International News Safety Institute, 111 media workers died last year – simply for doing their jobs. It’s not just war zones that are dangerous either. Over half of these journalists died in peacetime; outside war zones. Read more

Related Subjects in the Sources Subject Index
Impunity - Freedom of Expression

Upgrade your iPhone Passcode to Defeat the FBI’s Backdoor Strategy

The courts have ordered Apple to create a backdoor that gives FBI the ability to unlock iPhones. Apple is working hard to fight this order but, in the end, Apple might be forced to comply. All is not lost. You can still make your iPhone virtually uncrack able. It’s really just a matter of math. Read more

Related Subjects in the Sources Subject Index

US Presidential Election a Rocky Road for Journalists

For Donald Trump, journalism is black and white. You’re either sympathetic to him or you’re an enemy. When you’re an enemy of Trump, your chances of covering a story about him is nonexistent. He would rather call you names than let you get within earshot of a press conference. Like so many others in the presidential race, Trump can’t tell reporter from PR specialist. Read more

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U.S. Politics - Censorship

Jineth Bedoya Lima: A Chronicle of Justice Delayed

In May of 2000, Jineth Bedoya Lima, an award winning investigative journalist was kidnapped, tortured, and sexually assaulted. Not because she dug too deep in someone’s dirty laundry and not because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was abducted as a “message to the press”.

Fifteen years later, there has not been any progress in her case. In fact, the Columbian government would have been happy to ignore her entirely if it weren’t for the advocacy work of the Foundation for Press Freedom. Read more

Related Subjects in the Sources Subject Index
Impunity - Colombia

Recent News Releases

Indian journalists threatened and attacked for reporting

February 14- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists (India) in condemning the attack on journalist Malini Subramaniam in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India on Sunday, February 7. The IFJ is outraged by the attack and demand immediate action from the local government to guarantee the safety of Subramaniam and the local media community. Read more

Report released: China's Great Media Wall: The Fight for Freedom

February 4 - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) releases its annual China Press Freedom Report, China’s Great Media Wall: The Fight For Freedom. Launched at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong today, the 2015 report is an annual analysis of press freedom and the ever increasing challenges, obstacles and challenges for journalists and media workers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Read more

Iran must stop denying medical care to imprisoned journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the appalling conditions in which journalists are detained in Iran and calls on the authorities to stop denying them medical attention.

RSF is very concerned about the state of health of some of these detained journalists, and already wrote to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 14 March 2015 urging him to intercede. Read more

Getting Publicity: Connecting journalists and news makers

Put it in Writing

These days, less journalists are doing the same amount of work. Less journalists have to cover the same amount of stories and filter through the same amount of press releases. What does this mean for you? It means you better have a darn good press release. The competition’s tougher than ever before. This guide will help.Read more

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Public Relations - Communications

Digital priorities for publishers – a global snapshot

Newspapers and magazines aren’t dying; they’re evolving. Evolving with it means so much more than switching platforms. The competition for attention online is vicious and wild. This is what some of the world’s leaders in digital media are strategizing for this year. Read more

Related Subjects in the Sources Subject Index
Digital Media - Publishing

Topic of the Issue: Investigative Journalism

Media conglomerates are eating and absorbing small independent papers and news stations everywhere. Journalists are leaving in herds as corporations “trim the fat”. Those who stay have the pleasure of taking on the enormous workloads that their colleagues left behind.

The busy and overworked journalist has no time to investigate. The sad fact is that investigative journalism is a dying art and like most deaths, no one wants it to happen. Read more

Book of the Issue: The Man Who Recorded the World

"Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different.

Armed with a tape-recorder and his own near-flawless good taste, Lomax spent years travelling the US, particularly the south, recording its heritage of music and song for posterity, bringing to light the talents of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Leadbelly and Muddy Waters, and crucially influencing generations of musicians from Pete Seeger to the Stones, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan.

His influence continues: recordings made by Lomax are the core of the sound-tracks of Oh Brother, Where art Thou? and Gangs of New York, and even featured, remixed, on Moby's Play.

John Szwed's biography is the first ever of this remarkable and contradictory man (whom he both knew and worked with for ten years); through it Szwed will tell the story of a musical and political era, as he did so successfully in his previous book on Miles Davis." Read More

Film of the Issue: Control Room

A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian causalities as well as footage of American POWs, the station has revealed (and continues to show the world) everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration did not want it to see. Read More

- Rotten Tomatoes

Quote of the Week

Sources Calendar

Maude Barlow speaking at water symposium

Maude Barlow will be a keynote speaker at the University of Manitoba WATER + Symposium

This event is open to the public for the cost of $10 per person payable at the door. Full conference registration includes access to this event.

Date: Feb 25/2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: JA Russell Building
Location: 66 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg, MB
Website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/architecture/atmosphere/2016/program.html

Transcending Racism & Discrimination

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (storm date February 28)
Room 207, Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

Workshop presenters:
* Judy Clark, Aboriginal Women's Association of PEI
* Zain Esseghair, Muslim Society of PEI
* Donisha Been, Dante Bazard and Keyshawn Bonamy
* Moderated by Josie Baker, Cooper Institute

Presented by the Council of Canadians PEI Chapter and the Black Cultural Society of PEI

Date: Feb 27/2016
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m
Venue: Murphy's Community Centre Room 207
Location: 200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE
Phone: 902-368-7337

Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop: A Toolkit for Change

This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), a powerful toolkit for environmental change. Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits, alvars or air quality, greenhouse gases or gravel pits, you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal. The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario's environmental laws and policies.

This is your chance to ask questions and learn about:
- The Environmental Registry
- How to bring your environmental concerns to the government's attention
- Other EBR rights
- Reports of the Environmental Commissioner (ECO)

Date: Mar 1/2016
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Centre for Social Innovation Spadina
Location: 215 Spadina Ave, suite 120, Toronto, ON
Website: http://www.sustainabilitynetwork.ca/events/ontario-environmental-bill-of-rights-workshops-a-
For information contact: Paul Bubelis
Phone: 416-324-2792

Parliamentary Names & Numbers

Parliamentary Names & Numbers gives you instant access to up-to-date contact information for Members of Parliament, Senators, Provincial & Territorial Legislators, Federal & Provincial Ministries, Ministerial, Caucus & Critic Responsibilities and Federal Agencies & Crown Corporations

This handy guide to the complete Canadian political scene is yours for only $75.00/yr + GST/HST. Subscriptions include online access to Parliamentary Names & Numbers for one year (January 1 to December 31, or July 1 to June 30.) Subscribe online or call 416-964-5735.

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Your subscription includes access to the online version of Media Names & Numbers. Now you can get all this for only $109.95 +GST/HST. ( online subscription January 1 to December 31).Subscribe online or call 416-964-5735.

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