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June 30, 2016

Welcome to the June issue of Sources Hotlink. In the United States, we take a deep look at the FBI. The organization that collects so much information that they are blinded by it. Yet they keep trying to collect more. As the FBI collects more information, Mr. Trump is keeping it from getting out, banning some journalists from covering his rallies.

In an disappointingly unsurprising turn of events, pharmaceutical companies are flexing their big wallets to suppress undesirable medical opinions and research. Anything for a pay cheque. Even the common good.

In Syria,a journalist escapes an assassination plot yet again but his brother, sadly, did not.

For our marketers and journalists, we revisit the Panama Papers and discuss the value of good business relationships.

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Media and Journalism news and analysis

Featured Articles on Sources.com

How the FBI’s Pursue-Every-Lead policy allowed the Orlando Shooting

On June 12, 2016, the world mourned the loss of 49 people in Orlando, Florida. Victims of both a hate crime and an act of terrorism. Victims of one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Victims that didn’t have to be victims because the shooting was preventable. The FBI had investigated Mateen long before this shooting took place.

In the FBI’s effort to analyse everything, they see nothing. Too much information can make you as blind as too little information. Read more

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Security & Surveillance - Massacres

New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

The FBI probably knows what you look like. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a criminal record. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t American. It doesn’t even matter that it’s illegal. In an extensive report, the Government Accountability Office has found that the FBI has been given access to photos kept by various government departments.

With access to over 400 million photographs, you’d think the FBI would be a little more effective at identifying criminals. Turns out, their facial recognition software is more likely to incorrectly peg ethnic minorities, women and young people as criminals. Read more

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Press institute blasts Donald Trump's ongoing attacks on media

America’s political loose cannon is at it again. This time, censoring unfavourable journalists from covering his campaign -- most recently by pulling the credentials of a Washington Post reporter.

It’s quite hypocritical to think that Donald Trump can say whatever he wants even when it’s not true but he won’t let others say what they want even when it’s true. It’s even worse to think that Trump, a presidential candidate, is obstructing the American right of free expression. Read more

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Politics & Media -

Journalist Survives Assassination

Syria is the most dangerous place for a journalist to work. But, as some journalists put it, Turkey seems to be just as bad. With the second assassination attempt on a Syrian journalist in Turkey and the murder of his brother, it’s difficult to disagree. Read more

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Impunity -
Violence Against Journalists

‘Pharmaceutical Companies Have Pressured Doctors, Suppressed Evidence’

America’s drug problem is no long about illegal substances like heroin. The majority of overdoses are now from legal highs. The result of the over prescription of extreme pain killers like OxyCotin. These are drugs are closely regulated. Their side effects closely examined. So, how did this tragedy come to pass?

Follow the trail of money. This trail leads to the suppression of speech and a web of lies. Read more

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Pharmaceuticals Industry -
Freedom of Information

Recent News Releases

EFF to FCC: Prevent ISPs From Following Your Every Internet Move

May 28th, San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update privacy rules to prevent broadband Internet access service providers from recording and sharing their customers' every move online. Read more

Connexions Other Voices - June 18, 2016 - Homophobia, Cultural Appropriation, Liberation Theology

June 19th – This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in every part of the world. Read more

Hong Kong media forced to leave Mainland after covering protest

June 23rd – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the recent actions by the Government of Shanwei, Guangdong, against journalists covering protests in Wukan village. The IFJ calls on the local government to end its attack on the media and guarantee the freedom of the press. Read more

Getting Publicity: Connecting journalists and news makers

The Panama Papers boost trust in journalism

One year, 400 journalists, 100 countries and 2.4 Terabytes of leaked documents. The Panama Papers were one of the largest leaks of information the world has ever seen.

Journalists around the world signed onto this project for many reasons. To be a part of something bigger, to expose an injustice, to fight for the freedom of information.Not only have these men and women achieved all three of these things, they also helped repair the name of journalism along the way. Read more

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Journalism - Leaks

Build great relationships now, before you need them

Ever try asking a stranger for a huge favour? Ever try meeting new people with the express purpose of getting something from them? You probably have. You probably sensed that the whole interaction felt forced and unnatural. But none the less, we need these people. So what can we do to form relationships more naturally? Network before you need the network! Read more

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Relationship Marketing

Topic of the Issue: United States of America

The biggest country in the world in terms of economic power. The third biggest country in the world in terms of population. Anything that affects the US affects every country in the world in one way or another. With that power, should come great responsibility but how responsible is the US government? Read more

Book of the Issue: Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before; yet Amartya Sen proposes in this sweeping philosophical work that the brutalities are driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. Conflict and violence are sustained by the illusion of a unique identity, overlooking the need for reason and choice in deciding on bonds of class, gender, profession, scientific interests, moral beliefs, and even our shared identity as human beings. Read more

Film of the Issue: The Inside Job

“Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia”

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Quote of the Week

Sources Calendar

Merritt Mountain Music Festival

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (English: Montreal International Jazz Festival) is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors (34% of whom are tourists) as well as 400 accredited journalists. The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.

A major part of the city's downtown core is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public and held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight. Attendance at some shows is over 100,000 people and occasionally exceeds 200,000.[citation needed] Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on the cordoned-off streets while others are in terraced parks.

Date: Jun 29/2016 to Jul 9/2016
Time: 11 days
Location: Montreal, QC
Website: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/default-en.aspx

Queer Pride 2016

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents its annual festival of queer theatre, art, comedy, music and parties to showcase the community's unstoppable spirit. Music by Queer Songbook Orchestra and Girls Rock Camp T.O., comedy by Richard Ryder, Elvira Kurt and Dawn Whitwell, circus arts by Flying Solo, theatrical works by Margo MacDonals and Shaunga Tagore and much more. Pwyc-$25, some free events.

Date: Jun 12/2016 to Jul 23/2016
Venue: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Location: 12 Alexander St., Toronto, ON
Website: http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/shows/pride/2016/
Phone: 416-975-8555

People Over Pipelines March

This is a historic moment: all over the world, people are taking bold direct action to stop new oil, coal and gas infrastructure and demand climate solutions. This July, we're bringing the momentum to Massachusetts with a massive march and action against new gas pipelines. Join us!

We'll spend Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 walking the route of Spectra's proposed Access Northeast pipeline, building community and training ourselves in direct action as we go. On July 16, we'll march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, we'll walk together to the State House, where we'll take bold, visionary action together to show Governor Baker, and our legislators, that we're ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines.

The timing couldn't be better: our legislators and governor are on the verge of major decisions about pipelines and our state's energy future. This summer could be a turning point for our state, and our climate. You won't want to miss it!

Date: Jul 14/2016 to Jul 18/2016
Venue: Massachusetts
Location: Boston, MA
Website: http://www.350mass.betterfutureproject.org/

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