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May 29, 2019, 7:04pm

Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It
Caitlin Johnstone finds this jarring revelation reported by only a few outlets, often in an offhand manner.
Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that “Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.”

This jarring revelation has been reported by a small handful of outlets, but only as an aside in relation to Sweden refusing Samuelson’s request for a postponement of a scheduled hearing regarding Assange’s detention en absentia for a preliminary investigation of rape allegations.

The fact that the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder is so ill that he can’t converse lucidly is itself far more significant than the postponement refusal, yet headlines mentioning Samuelson’s statement focus on the Swedish case, de-emphasizing the startling news from his lawyer.

As of this writing I’ve been able to find very few news outlets reporting on this at all, the most mainstream being a Reuters article with the very tame headline “Swedish court rejects delay of Assange hearing over ill-health: lawyer.” The Sydney Morning Herald also covered the story without even mentioning illness in its headline, instead going with “Swedish court rejects effort to delay Assange hearing.” The much smaller alternative media outlet World Socialist Website has been the only outlet I’ve found so far reporting on Samuelson’s statement in anything resembling its proper scale, publishing a good article on May 29 titled “Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing.”

May 29, 2019, 7:08pm

Something specific would be helpful all around.

May 30, 2019, 1:05am

An old case, but significant given the extent to which the British government trampled over human rights during the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Raids on two Northern Irish journalists’ homes had ‘inappropriate’ warrants, court says (Guardian)

The two reporters, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, had been investigating the 1994 Loughinisland massacre

Edited: May 30, 2019, 5:08am

>1 davidgn: A quick google search shows that pretty much all the UK newspapers have articles on this. For example:


This appears to be because WikiLeaks issued a press release that he had been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh Prison. (See also )

There is no sign that the journalists went digging for this story, but neither is there obviously any cover up.

Edited: May 30, 2019, 3:06pm

Macron aide assault reporter questioned, Daily Nation, Kenya, 30 May 2019

Jitters as France's domestic intelligence service summons top Le Monde journalist...

France's domestic intelligence service today questioned a journalist who broke the story of a scandal that shook President Emmanuel Macron, the latest in a growing number of reporters to be quizzed in a trend that has disturbed press freedom activists...

"I explained that I only carried out my job as a journalist"...

She added she had insisted on her right to keep sources secret while carrying out work of public interest based on a law...

The secret service has already summoned seven reporters who published details over how French arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were beong used in Yemen's civil war...

May 30, 2019, 10:44pm

#3--back in the mid 70's I read a book Political Murder in Northern Ireland collaborated on by two investigative journalists the anglo-Irish Denis Lehane (not to be confused with the American crime writer Dennis Lehane) and Martin Dillon a Belfast reporter. The book detailed at least most of the murders from the beginning of the troubles in the 60's up until 1973. According to Lehane--Martin Dillon was also a member of the Official IRA (not to be confused with the Provisional IRA) and Dillon was turned by one of the British services MI5 or 6 after making a trip to Libya. Lehane didn't find that out until the same security service tried to turn him. Lehane refused and that's when all his problems began. A few years later he was selected for this select program in Washington DC on the Georgetown U. campus. Turns out the program's head was CIA and again they tried to turn him and when he refused again they set him up on a rape charge which was b.s.--he never went to trial but what it did do was destroy his journalism career. The nex step was to make him unemployable because that same secret service made sure no one else would hire him either and when he tried to fight it he ran afoul again of the British justice system and eventually his life turned into bouts of homelessness between periods in mental asylums included in which a lot of electric shock treatment. Apparently he lives in the republic of Ireland these day but he's a physical wreck from all the abuse he went through. He tells that story in Unperson.

The book he and Dillon collaborated on in 1973 was a very interesting read and for years I was looking for more by Lehane but it was like he had disappeared off the face of the earth and then Unperson came along. It's pretty harrowing.

Edited: May 31, 2019, 1:04am

Sudan bans Al-Jazeera as pro-democracy demonstrations continue (Guardian)

Incidentally, this is perhaps a wake up call for those in the west who think Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of Islamism. AJ is not popular with intolerant regimes in the Muslim world.

May 31, 2019, 4:15am

>7 lriley: I have a disappointing book on the 'troubles' that I am certain was written by Dillon up on the shelves somewhere.

(I think it's The Dirty War)

May 31, 2019, 10:36am

>8 John5918:

Al-Jazeera is disliked by Western media as being pro-Islam; and by Middle Eastern media as being pro-American. Which means they're doing something right...

May 31, 2019, 10:43am

>10 BruceCoulson:

Well said, Bruce.

And let me repost this one which I just now posted by mistake in the old thread:

Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says (BBC)

ulian Assange has suffered "prolonged exposure to psychological torture", the UN's torture expert has said.

Nils Melzer urged Britain not to extradite the Wikileaks founder, warning that his human rights would be violated and that he is not fit to stand trial.

He also accused "several democratic states" of a "concerted effort to break Assange's will"...

May 31, 2019, 12:58pm

CPJ calls on Houthis in Yemen to release all detained journalists (CPJ)

The Houthis are expected to begin what they have described as trial proceedings in June or July for at least 10 journalists who have been detained for nearly four years...

Jun 1, 2019, 12:08am

Northern Ireland judge rebukes police for seizing papers from journalists (Guardian)

Documents linked to investigation into 1994 massacre must be returned to Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey

Edited: Jun 2, 2019, 12:07pm

A few days late, but former Guardian columnist Jonathan Cook has done a very creditable collation job here.
Rather than listen to experts, or common sense... “journalists” keep regurgitating the talking points of the British security state, which are as good as identical to the talking points of the US security state.

What is so striking in the Assange coverage is the sheer number of legal anomalies in his case – and these have been accumulating relentlessly from the very start. Almost nothing in his case has gone according to the normal rules of legal procedure. And yet that very revealing fact is never noticed or commented on by the corporate media. You need to have a blind spot the size of Langley, Virginia, not to notice it.

If Assange wasn’t the head of Wikileaks, if he hadn’t embarrassed the most important western states and their leaders by divulging their secrets and crimes, if he hadn’t created a platform that allows whistleblowers to reveal the outrages committed by the western power establishment, if he hadn’t undermined that establishment’s control over information dissemination, none of the last 10 years would have followed the course it did.

So here is a far from complete list – aided by the research of John Pilger, Craig Murray and Caitlin Johnstone, and the original investigative work of Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi – of some of the most glaring anomalies in Assange’s legal troubles. There are 17 of them below. Each might conceivably have been possible in isolation. But taken together they are overwhelming evidence that this was never about enforcing the law. From the start, Assange faced political persecution.

No judicial authority
* In late summer 2010, neither of the two Swedish women alleged Assange had raped them when they made police statements. They went together to the police station after finding out that Assange had slept with them both only a matter of days apart and wanted him to be forced to take an HIV test. One of the women, SW, refused to sign the police statement when she understood the police were seeking an indictment for rape. The investigation relating to the second woman, AA, was for a sexual assault specific to Sweden. A condom produced by AA that she says Assange tore during sex was found to have neither her nor Assange’s DNA on it, undermining her credibility.

* Sweden’s strict laws protecting suspects during preliminary investigations were violated by the Swedish media to smear Assange as a rapist. In response, the Stockholm chief prosecutor, Eva Finne, took charge and quickly cancelled the investigation: “I don’t believe there is any reason to suspect that he has committed rape.” She later concluded: “There is no suspicion of any crime whatsoever.”

* The case was revived by another prosecutor, Marianne Ny, although she never questioned Assange. He spent more than a month in Sweden waiting for developments in the case, but was then told by prosecutors he was free to leave for the UK, suggesting that suspicions against him were not considered serious enough to detain him in Sweden. Nonetheless, shortly afterwards, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and dangerous criminals.

* The UK supreme court approved an extradition to Sweden based on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in 2010, despite the fact that it was not signed by a “judicial authority”, only by the Swedish prosecutor. The terms of the EAW agreement were amended by the UK government shortly after the Assange ruling to make sure such an abuse of legal procedure never occurred again.

* The UK supreme court also approved Assange’s extradition even though Swedish authorities refused to offer an assurance that he would not be extradited onwards to the US, where a grand jury was already formulating draconian charges in secret against him under the Espionage Act. The US similarly refused to give an assurance they would not seek his extradition.

* In these circumstances, Assange fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London in summer 2012, seeking political asylum. That was after the Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, blocked Assange’s chance to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

* Australia not only refused Assange, a citizen, any help during his long ordeal, but prime minister Julia Gillard even threatened to strip Assange of his citizenship, until it was pointed out that it would be illegal for Australia to do so.

* Britain, meanwhile, not only surrounded the embassy with a large police force at great public expense, but William Hague, the foreign secretary, threatened to tear up the Vienna Convention, violating Ecuador’s diplomatic territory by sending UK police into the embassy to arrest Assange.

Six years of heel-dragging
* Although Assange was still formally under investigation, Ny refused to come to London to interview him, despite similar interviews having been conducted by Swedish prosecutors 44 times in the UK in the period Assange was denied that right.

* In 2016, international legal experts in the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which adjudicates on whether governments have complied with human rights obligations, ruled that Assange was being detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden. Although both countries participated in the UN investigation, and had given the tribunal vocal support when other countries were found guilty of human rights violations, they steadfastly ignored its ruling in favour of Assange. UK Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond flat-out lied in claiming the UN panel was “made up of lay people and not lawyers”. The tribunal comprises leading experts in international law, as is clear from their CVs. Nonetheless, the lie became Britain’s official response to the UN ruling. The British media performed no better. A Guardian editorial dismissed the verdict as nothing more than a “publicity stunt”.

* Ny finally relented on Assange being interviewed in November 2016, with a Swedish prosecutor sent to London after six years of heel-dragging. However, Assange’s Swedish lawyer was barred from being present. Ny was due to be questioned about the interview by a Stockholm judge in May 2017 but closed the investigation against Assange the very same day.

* In fact, correspondence that was later revealed under a Freedom of Information request – pursued by Italian investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi – shows that the British prosecution service, the CPS, pressured the Swedish prosecutor not to come to the London to interview Assange through 2010 and 2011, thereby creating the embassy standoff.

* Also, the CPS destroyed most of the incriminating correspondence to circumvent the FoI requests. The emails that surfaced did so only because some copies were accidentally overlooked in the destruction spree. Those emails were bad enough. They show that in 2013 Sweden had wanted to drop the case against Assange but had come under strong British pressure to continue the pretence of seeking his extradition. There are emails from the CPS stating, “Don’t you dare” drop the case, and most revealing of all: “Please do not think this case is being dealt with as just another extradition.”

* It also emerged that Marianne Ny had deleted an email she received from the FBI.

* Despite his interview with a Swedish prosecutor taking place in late 2016, Assange was not subseqently charged in absentia – an option Sweden could have pursued if it had thought the evidence was strong enough.

* After Sweden dropped the investigation against Assange, his lawyers sought last year to get the British arrest warrant for his bail breach dropped. They had good grounds, both because the allegations over which he’d been bailed had been dropped by Sweden and because he had justifiable cause to seek asylum given the apparent US interest in extraditing him and locking him up for life for political crimes. His lawyers could also argue convincingly that the time he had spent in confinement, first under house arrest and then in the embassy, was more than equivalent to time, if any, that needed to be served for the bail infringement. However, the judge, Emma Arbuthnot, rejected the Assange team’s strong legal arguments. She was hardly a dispassionate observer. In fact, in a properly ordered world she should have recused herself, given that she is the wife of a government whip, who was also a business partner of a former head of MI6, Britain’s version of the CIA.

* Assange’s legal rights were again flagrantly violated last week, with the collusion of Ecuador and the UK, when US prosecutors were allowed to seize Assange’s personal items from the embassy while his lawyers and UN officials were denied the right to be present....

Edited: Jun 4, 2019, 1:43pm

A Swedish court, once actually consulted, has denied prosecutors' request for extradition. One wonders whether British justice will prove similarly impartial, or whether we'll see a repeat of the penultimate bullet in the preceding post.

Imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange scored two legal victories on Monday when a Swedish court refused prosecutors’ request to have Assange arrested and extradited from Britain to Sweden, while the U.S. Justice Dept. said it would not prosecute Assange for the publication of the CIA Vault 7 files, according to a report in Politico.

The Uppsala District Court rejected a request for a European Arrest Warrant for Assange based on a reopened 2010 investigation into sexual assault allegations that has been twice dropped before. Without the warrant Assange cannot be extradited to Sweden to be questioned.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, who last month announced the reopening of the probe and Sweden’s extradition request to Britain, said she is deciding whether to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, Persson said she’d seek a European Investigation Order, which would allow her to travel to Belmarsh prison in London and interview Assange there.

“I think it is a big victory for Julian Assange, the first one in a long time, and a well-deserved one,” said Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson. “It is also a victory for Sweden, who upheld the rule of law and it’s a defeat for the prosecutors, who were once again punished for not having conducted the case in a correct way. It’s a step in the right direction.”

eta: Also, Jonathan Cook sizes up the performance of his former employer the Grauniad, et al.

Don’t Be Fooled: Media Still Selling Out Assange
The media outlets that have suddenly rushed to Assange’s cause are doing so out of self-protection, writes Jonathan Cook, not legal or journalistic principle.

Jun 5, 2019, 1:45pm

A new wave of fallout begins.
After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material

Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports.

Following the arrest and Espionage Act indictment of Julian Assange a number of police actions against journalists for publishing classified information and other journalistic activity has heightened fears among mainstream journalists that they could be next.

Police in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday raided the offices of the taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, copying thousands of files related to a 2017 ABC broadcast that revealed allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Three Australian Federal Police officers and three police technicians entered ABC’s Sydney headquarters with a search warrant that named two ABC investigative journalists and the network’s news director. The police demanded to look through the journalists’ emails, ABC reported.

David Anderson, the ABC managing director, said it was “highly unusual for the national broadcaster to be raided in this way”.


On Tuesday morning in an unrelated case, Canberra police entered the home of the political editor of the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph. “Journalist Annika Smethurst opened her front door to find seven AFP officers waiting for her. All because she dared to do her job and keep the nation informed on what its government was doing,” the Telegraph said in an editorial.

Ironically, the Smethhurst article in April 2018 that raised the ire of the government “revealed the departments of Defence and Home Affairs were considering new powers allowing Australians to be monitored for the first time,” The Telegraph reported. “Her original article included images of top secret letters between Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo and Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty.”

Assange was arrested in London on April 11. Police in Paris arrested two journalists who were covering Yellow Vest protests on April 20. One of the journalists, Alexis Kraland, said he was taken into custody after refusing to be searched and to turn his camera over to police at Gare du Nord train station. The largest journalism union in France demanded an explanation from police.
Not to mention...
And on May 10 in San Francisco, police using sledgehammers to break down the door, raided the home of Bryan Carmody, a freelance journalist, to get him, while handcuffed, to reveal the source who leaked him a police report into the sudden death of the city’s elected public defender. Police took away computers, cameras, mobile phones and notes.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said initially that Carmody had “crossed a line” with his report. After a public outcry and demands that Scott resign, the police chief issued an apology.


Edited: Jun 12, 2019, 2:02am

MediaLens has done excellent work here.
For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline:
'Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says'
Melzer is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. He also holds the Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Switzerland, where he has been teaching since 2009, including as the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law (2011–2013). Melzer previously worked for 12 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross as Deputy Head of Delegation and Legal Adviser in various zones of conflict and violence.

The whole thing is very much worth reading.

Jun 12, 2019, 2:58am

RIP Arnaud Dubus

The Death of a Foreign Correspondent
The death of freelance journalist Arnaud Dubus symbolizes the demise of his beloved profession.

Jun 16, 2019, 1:30pm

“I wanted to protect my fellow journalists who were being targeted by police”

‘Do it!’ Photographer who taunted Hong Kong police during protests goes viral

Edited: Jun 21, 2019, 11:45am

I've been travelling for three weeks with access to the internet on my mobile phone but no laptop. I just want to post some of the journalism-related stories which I have seen during that period, to give a sense of what is going on in relation to the title of this thread. I have not gone searching for any of these - they are just stories which appeared in my email inbox or on my daily reading of online media such as BBC and the Grauniad.

On the frontline: why has environmental journalism become so dangerous? (Guardian)

Authorities in Somaliland shut down 2 TV stations for 'threatening national security' (Committee to Protect Journalists)

US, UN must probe Saudi crown prince role in "extrajudicial killing" of Jamal Khashoggi, report says (CPJ)

Extradition Process a ‘Very Long Uphill Road’ for Assange (The Real News Network)

Bellingcat: The website behind the Skripal revelation (BBC)

Two news websites inaccessible in Algeria amid protests, social media shutdowns (CPJ)

Environment reporters facing harassment and murder, study finds (Guardian)

The Observer view on the Tory vendetta against the BBC (Guardian)

India journalists decry 'escalating attacks' on press freedom (Al Jazeera)

Iran charges Telegram news channel Gam reporters over labor coverage (CPJ)

Sudan: End Network Shutdown Immediately (Human Rights Watch)

Who will pay for trusted news? (BBC)

CPJ joins call for UN to continue scrutinizing human rights situation in Eritrea (CPJ)

Russian journalist Ivan Golunov 'beaten by police in custody' (Guardian)

Nigerian journalist Kofi Bartels says police beat him, threatened him with sexual assault (CPJ)

Kurdish security forces detain reporter Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir in northern Syria (CPJ)

How Finland fights the fake news trolls (BBC)

Journalists assaulted, news vehicle burned at Kenyan high school (CPJ)

ABC vows to continue reporting 'without fear' after police raid Sydney offices (Guardian)

Swedish court rejects request to detain Julian Assange (Guardian)

Police drop investigation into journalists who made Loughinisland film (Guardian)

Revolutionary court in Iran sentences journalist Masoud Kazemi to 4.5 years in prison (CPJ)

Police arrest, assault 2 AFP journalists in Central African Republic (CPJ)

Jamal Khashoggi killing: Saudi crown prince 'should face investigation' (BBC)

Presidential hopeful Soro should drop complaint against Ivory Coast journalist (CPJ)

South African court rules Malema, EFF violated Electoral Code of Conduct in Karima Brown doxxing incident (CPJ) (Brown is a "veteran journalist")

YouTube removes advertising from account accused of homophobic abuse (Guardian) (YouTube has removed advertising from material by a user who subjected a journalist to repeated homophobic abuse in videos, after the platform faced criticism over its failure to act...)

Syrian photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir killed in suspected regime missile strike (CPJ)

Cameroonian journalist detained on criminal defamation and false news charges (CPJ)

SOUTH SUDAN: Torit Bishop applauds Radio Emmanuel Staff For Hard Work and Resilience (Catholic Radio Network)

Jun 22, 2019, 12:37am

CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendments (some of which would pose undue restrictions on freedom of expression) (CPJ)

Edited: Jun 26, 2019, 10:55pm

A "free press" that clears stories with the government? This is supposed to be "responsible" journalism. Many of you who have unconsciously choose the blue pill will never see the danger of corporate capitalist totalitarianism in the name of freedom.
1:23 PM - 24 Jun 2019

If you want to understand why Assange is so hated and why there is no diversity among the press in the U.S. with all serving as mouthpieces for the government imposing a stifling ideological hegemony on the public.
1:48 PM - 24 Jun 2019

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication

Hardly news, but raises important points.

Edited: Jun 27, 2019, 4:43am

Mauritania joins Ethiopia, Sudan in Africa's 'internet blackout zone' (africanews)

Lawyers Appeal Detainees’ Convictions in South Sudan (Human Rights Watch)

Although the court dropped the treason charges against Ajak, it convicted him for “breach of the peace” because he spoke to foreign press by phone during the standoff – an indictment of free speech...

Edited: Jun 28, 2019, 1:05am

Sale of Standard and Independent stakes to Saudi investor investigated (Guardian)

The {UK} government has officially launched an investigation into the sale of stakes in the Independent and the Evening Standard to an investor with strong links to Saudi Arabia...

{The culture secretary, Jeremy} Wright has launched a public interest intervention notice after failing to be persuaded by Lebedev’s guarantees that editorial independence will not be compromised.

“I continue to believe that it may be the case that the public interest considerations of freedom of expression and accurate news reporting are relevant to this merger”...

Jamal Khashoggi warned Moroccan journalist before his arrest, says wife (Guardian)

The wife of a prominent Moroccan newspaper editor and critic of Saudi Arabia has described how the murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi warned her husband that his life was in danger in the months before he was arrested in Morocco and jailed for offences he has consistently denied.

Asmae Moussaoui, 43, also says she believes Saudi Arabia told the Moroccan government to silence her husband, Taoufik Bouachrine, 49, shortly before he was taken into custody...

CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri (CPJ)

Jul 3, 2019, 9:32pm

Brazilian fascists ramping up the attacks on Glenn Greenwald with an "investigation" of his finances. Well they locked up Lula with a similar con... what's a piffling journalist?

Greenwald is a gay man with a Brazilian husband and children and they are all at stake here.

Jul 5, 2019, 12:31pm

SOUTH SUDAN: Government Detain Director of Good News Radio (AMECEA)

The director of Rumbek Catholic Diocese Radio Station in the country was on Wednesday, July 3, detained by Government authorities over accusation of interviewing the former Governor of Western Lake State...

Jul 7, 2019, 11:36am

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa (Global Voices)

Worth reading the whole article about western journalistic perceptions of Africa. Worth also reading the famous piece by the late Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, HOW TO WRITE ABOUT AFRICA.

Jul 7, 2019, 12:08pm

My interest in politics began when I was around seven or eight. That was when the McCarthy hearings were televised on our first TV. Lucy, the soaps and the game shows disappeared from our living room. When I was in my twenties, the Watergate hearings were front and center in our living room. Today, the Trumpland show is playing out 24/7 on TV and on the Internet. Our country needs people like Jim Acosta and news outlets like CNN to keep Americans well informed. Unfortunately, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Tribalism is systematically destroying the American Democracy our Founders forged for us. America was a nice myth ~ it looked good on paper.

Jul 8, 2019, 6:03am

#28--Greenwald is in a bit of danger here--I just don't see him running to another country--though I think it would be a good idea. Bolsinaro is an absolute fascist. IMO he'd have no qualms at all about murdering or torturing someone.

Jul 8, 2019, 1:34pm

>32 Molly3028: You should have stuck with Lucy.

Jul 8, 2019, 2:19pm

>33 lriley: Agreed. It's only Greenwald's international stature that protects him at all. His collaborators are in greater danger.

Jul 9, 2019, 5:06am

Russia's RT banned from UK media freedom conference (BBC)

Russia's RT and Sputnik news agencies have been banned from attending a conference on media freedom in London for playing an "active role in spreading disinformation"...

Turkish journalists take legal action over 'blacklisting' report (Al Jazeera)

A union of Turkish journalists has filed a legal complaint against an Ankara-based think-tank, alleging that a report published by it makes dozens of journalists working for foreign media organisations "public targets"...

Turkish Think Tank Under Fire for 'Journalist Profiling' (Voice of America)

A Turkish pro-government think tank, the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research or SETA, came under fire over the weekend after publishing a report profiling journalists working for foreign media organizations including Voice of America. Journalists associations and unions in Turkey have condemned the report...

Pro-state think tank targets foreign media in Turkey (Al Monitor)

Since a failed coup in 2016, critical journalism and press freedom have been severely curtailed in Turkey, and foreign media operating in the country have once again come under increased scrutiny...

Western Balkans, media freedom is deteriorating (OBC Transeuropa)

Press freedom in the Western Balkans remains under attack: threats by organised crime are often accompanied by those by the institutions...

Mauritania still violating press freedom after restoring Internet (Reporters Without Borders)

The Mauritanian authorities have finally restored the Internet access they disconnected one day after the 22 June presidential election, but Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to stop intimidating the most critical journalists and, in particular, to free an outspoken TV presenter held since 3 July...

Albania's journalists tread fine line when covering organized crime, politics (Committee to Protect Journalists)

The intersection of organized crime, corruption and politics in Albania is impacting the country's press... challenges including threats, attacks, political interference, and legal harassment...

New EU Parliament must protect press freedom (International Press Institute)

IPI urges newly seated MEPs to take lead on defending media freedom and journalist safety

Edited: Jul 9, 2019, 8:29am

America was never "a nice myth that looked good on paper". It was a country long before there was any paper justifying its existence. It was and is real and solid, run by people, not ideas or myths or dreams in the clouds.

America has never been better, and I'm annoyed though not surprised that a small group of people on this web site can't see that. Why am I not surprised? Because bookworms are the very people who tend to be abstracted from life, the people who long ago lost their senses and chose to live in the cloudland of make believe. Those who live on Earth, where I live, have eyes that see and ears that hear and can perceive the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now. I feel sad for the people who can't see this, but they are likely too far gone to have anything done for them.

Edited: Jul 9, 2019, 8:32am

>37 barney67:

Just wondering what this has to do with a thread on journalism? Am I missing a connection?

Those who live on Earth, where I live, have eyes that see and ears that hear and can perceive the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now.

I don't think there's any doubt whatsoever that most people on earth "can perceive the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now". That's probably why it is such a hot topic of conversation.

Jul 9, 2019, 10:54am

>37 barney67: You must have skipped over post 32.

"most people on earth "can perceive the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now"

No, they can't. They are drawing the wrong conclusion: that something terrible is going on. That's not perception, it's projection. It's a point of view, not observation. It's a projection of their own fears and partisanship. Facts reveals a different story.

If you derive your picture of reality from, say, a newspaper, you are getting a peephole onto reality, not a wide vista or panorama. You aren't getting reality. You're letting someone else do your thinking for you. You are literally getting secondhand news. But it's much worse than that. You are getting a distorted view. You are simply conforming, not thinking or observing.

Edited: Jul 9, 2019, 11:32am

>34 barney67:

Apparently, the 1950s are waaaay before your time. Lucy disappeared from our living room because the hearings were on all three? channels that existed at that point in time.

Edited: Jul 9, 2019, 11:11am

>39 barney67: You must have skipped over post 32.

Oh sorry, you're right, I had forgotten that one as it also seemed a bit off topic.

It's a point of view

And yours isn't a "point of view"? Since slighty over half of the USA electorate did not vote for the current president who is influencing "the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now", I suspect that there are rather a lot of US citizens who have a different "point of view" from yours - actually I know quite a few personally, not from newspapers, and coincidentally I had an e-mail from one only this morning bemoaning what is happening in your country. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but what makes you so sure that yours is objective fact whilst theirs is a mere "point of view"? Anyway, I shall be in your beautiful country again in just over a week, and I'll be able to meet a few more real people and hear from them what they think of "the extraordinary turnaround that is going on in America right now". When I was there last year I did meet one Trump supporter, and my colleague met a second one, so they do exist.

Jul 9, 2019, 11:20am

Back on topic: 3 Journalists Detained Outside Putin’s Residence (Moscow Times)

Three Russian opposition media journalists have been detained outside Russian President Vladimir Putin’s residence...

Jul 9, 2019, 12:31pm

>39 barney67:

Oh this is amusing. bemoaning book readers for being too abstracted from real life and only getting their views fed to them by the news media.

Unlike non book readers who get their "facts" from much better places like, you know, Facebook.

Jul 9, 2019, 12:39pm

>33 lriley:

It feels almost ghoulish to follow... Around the 10:00 minute mark he starts talking about the threats they are getting and why they can't rely on the police:

Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil

Edited: Jul 10, 2019, 1:48am

In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press (CPJ)

On June 22, Ethiopia was plunged into an internet blackout following what the government described as a failed attempted coup in the Amhara region. In the aftermath at least two journalists were detained under the country's repressive anti-terror law, part of an uptick in arrests that CPJ has noted in the country since May...

Turkey: No country for bold journalists? (Al Jazeera)

for each of the last three years - ever since July of 2016, when an attempted coup failed to depose the president - Turkey has imprisoned more journalists than any other country.

For all of those jailed, however, the government has prosecuted a much longer list of media workers whose fates still hang in the balance. It's a state of limbo that has driven many of the accused into exile, to seek asylum abroad...

Jul 10, 2019, 7:41am

#44--after what happened to Khashoggi I don't think Greenwald should think that being an internationally well known and respected journalist is any protection against being arrested and tortured or outright murdered. Bolsonaro has pretty much shown he will stop at nothing to attain or hold on to power. Greenwald hopefully has done things to protect himself and he will need to protect himself even if he leaves Brazil--we're not that far away from the days of Pinochet tracking his enemies all over the globe. The Trump administration certainly is not going to do anything to defend a murdered journalist.

Edited: Jul 11, 2019, 12:53am

Trump's rhetoric 'makes journalists vulnerable to abuse', says Amal Clooney

The lawyer Amal Clooney has joined the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in criticising Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, saying the US president has emboldened individuals who wish to persecute journalists...

Female journalist told she needs male chaperone to cover politician's campaign

A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor has been accused of sexism after he banned a female political reporter from going on a campaign trip without a male chaperone for fear of being accused of an extramarital affair.

Earlier this week, Robert Foster’s campaign denied requests from Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, to shadow him on the campaign trail ahead of next month’s primary election – unless she was accompanied by a male colleague...

Both from the Guardian

Syrian security forces arrest pro-Assad reporter Rabea Kalawandi

The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Syrian journalist Rabea Kalawandi, a reporter for Iranian state-run broadcaster Al-Alam TV, and called on Syrian authorities to reveal the reason for his arrest or release him immediately...

Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead.

In an interview with the BBC's "Focus on Africa" program today, Kabudi said that Gwanda had "disappeared and died" in the country's eastern Rufiji region...

Both from Committee to Protect Journalists

Jul 11, 2019, 11:41am

>20 John5918: Who will pay for trusted news?

A lot of people, I'm pretty sure. On the other hand, who will pay for tendentious agitprop? Not enough people, LOL:

July 5, 2019: US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs
The struggling US media industry is facing its worst year for job layoffs in a decade as news organizations continue to cut staff and close shop, according to a new survey.

The consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas reported this week that media companies, which include movies, television, publishing, music, and broadcast and print news, announced plans to cut 15,474 jobs so far this year, of which 11,878 of which were from news organizations.

That is nearly three times more than the 4,062 cuts announced in the media sector in 2017 and the highest total since the economic crisis in 2009.
Oh, dear. I guess they’d better learn to code.

Jul 11, 2019, 2:19pm

>49 Carnophile: A lot of people, I'm pretty sure

You may be right. In fact this year I finally subscribed to the Guardian online, the only news website I pay. Their content remains free, but they collect subscriptions so that they can maintain editorial independence and integrity. A cause worth supporting.

Jul 11, 2019, 2:58pm

Journalists manhandled, detained as Zandile Gumede supporters and police clash in Durban (news24)

A journalist, who works for Independent Media, was also detained after filming the clashes even though the clashes took place in a public place outside the city hall...

"The journalist arrested is being charged by metro police for assault..."

In the commotion, eNCA journalist Siphamandla Goge was manhandled by police and IOL reporter Sihle Mavuso was also arrested.

Commenting on his altercation, Goge said his troubles began when he recorded police arresting a supporter.

"They told me I cannot film them. I told them this is a public place outside the city hall. They said: 'You can't do it. Give us your phone.' I had to throw my phone to my colleague to say: 'Keep it for me.' Before they could reach it, police officers grabbed my phone...

Nimiriano, South Sudan’s only female newspaper editor (New Vision)

She is the only female newspaper editor in a country where dozens of journalists have been killed in the line of duty. Many times, she has come face to face with intimidation and threats to her life.

She has fought a long battle to raise the voice of female journalists in South Sudan...

In 2016, as war raged on in South Sudan, Nimiriano and another female journalist, Irene Ayaa, stormed a prison in Juba, to demand the release of the then Juba Monitor Editor-in-Chief and founder the late Alfred Taban. Taban was in jail because of an editorial he wrote, calling for a rethink of leadership in South Sudan.

He was confined without access to medical care, yet he was diabetic. Nimiriano and Ayaa wanted to ensure that Taban had his medication, but ended up successfully negotiating for his release...

Jul 13, 2019, 1:11am

>52 John5918: RIP also the Buenos Aires Herald itself. I was sorry to hear of its demise.

Jul 14, 2019, 12:08am

Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication (Guardian)

Boris Johnson has come out in defence of the right of the press to publish leaked diplomatic dispatches sent by the former British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, saying it would amount to “an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate”...


Edited: Jul 14, 2019, 2:28am

>54 John5918: *snorts*
I think it's too much to expect consistency there.

Jul 14, 2019, 4:17am

Uganda police arrest ex-journalist for calling Museveni 'a liar, gambler and thief' (africanews)

Ugandans have taken to social media to call out the authorities including the police and President Yoweri Museveni, following the arrest of a journalist who is accused of insulting the head of state...

Jul 14, 2019, 4:18am

Edited: Jul 15, 2019, 2:07am

Reporter who Boris Johnson conspired to have beaten up demands apology (Guardian)

In 1990, Johnson was secretly recorded agreeing to provide the address of the News of the World reporter Stuart Collier to his friend Darius Guppy, who wanted to arrange for the journalist to have his ribs cracked as revenge for investigating his activities...

'Brave, inspiring' Somali-Canadian journalist killed in Kismayo (Al Jazeera)

Hodan Nalayeh, who died in al-Shabab attack, was renowned for her 'positive stories' on Somalia's hidden beauty.

Edited: Jul 16, 2019, 3:40pm

And here, in a spot of muddle, the Beeb et al. predictably run with the most highly improbable but politically reassuring version of the story. (Which they're then forced to scrub).

Quick: Italian Nazis have got their hands on a rather impressive French-made missile and they're sending it to their comrades in arms in the Ukraine. Which side of the conflict are they hoping to arm?

Of course, based on those details alone, it's impossible to know for sure. But it's pretty easy to give 99:1 odds.

Jul 18, 2019, 7:01am

South Sudan bars newspaper editor from leaving the country (All East Africa)

South Sudan authorities have banned the chief editor of an Arabic newspaper, Al Watan, from leaving the country for allegedly publishing content critical of the government.

Michael Christopher was on Monday afternoon seized aboard Kenya Airways flight for Nairobi at Juba International Airport.

Mr Christopher said he was forcefully disembarked from the plane by officers from the spy agency, National Security Service (NSS), acting on orders of the “highest authority”.

“When I came down, I asked them what’s happening. They told me that they had an order from the highest authority to confiscate my passport and prevent me from travelling”...

Edited: Jul 22, 2019, 9:02pm

Syrian journalist Alaa Nayef al-Khader al-Khalidi died under state torture, official tells family (CPJ)

the family of Alaa Nayef al-Khader al-Khalidi say they learned that the freelance photojournalist allegedly died under torture in a military prison...

Gambia ex-President Jammeh ordered Deyda Hydara's murder, truth commission told (CPJ)

An army officer today said he was among a group of men who murdered Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004 on the direct orders of then-President Yahya Jammeh, Agence France-Press reported. In testimony before Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, which was broadcast on the local Kerr Fatou Network, Lieutenant Malick Jatta said he carried out the shooting with at least two others, and that during the operation his commander was on the phone with Jammeh. He said that the commander later handed him an envelope containing money...

Jul 23, 2019, 7:50am

Philippines libel trial of journalist critical of Rodrigo Duterte begins (Guardian)

Maria Ressa faces prison term if convicted under criminal cyberlibel law

Jul 25, 2019, 8:16pm

Channels TV reporter dies from injuries after shooting at Nigeria protest

Owolabi, 23, was shot while covering a confrontation between Shiite Muslim protesters and Nigerian police, and died the same day after being taken to a hospital...

South Sudan journalists' union says two members detained (Reuters)

South Sudan’s journalists’ union said on Tuesday that security agents had detained two of its members in the past two weeks.

It said agents had detained Michael Christopher, the editor in chief of Arabic language daily newspaper Al Watan on July 17, and confiscated his passport while he prepared to board a flight to neighboring Kenya. It said he had been held since then without any charge.

The Union of Journalists of South Sudan said security officers had also arrested John Agok, a journalist working with a radio station in Eastern Lakes State on July 10, as he too prepared to board a flight to Nairobi...

Jul 29, 2019, 3:32pm

Kurdish military forces detain journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan (CPJ)

Kurdish Peshmerga forces should immediately disclose any charges against journalist Zuber Bradosti or else release him from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today...

Edited: Jul 30, 2019, 7:07am

Arrest of Tanzanian journalist sparks fears over press safety (Guardian)

President accused of media crackdown after police detain Erick Kabendera

Unidentified men take Erick Kabendera from Tanzanian home (CPJ)

Jul 30, 2019, 5:43pm

Mauritania finally frees blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed (CPJ)

Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is free and safely out of the country... "For the first time in almost five years, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed does not fear for his life, inside or outside his prison cell... The pain and serious damage to his health that he has endured simply for expressing an opinion online should never be repeated"...

Woman given top role in Vatican press office (The Tablet)

'The choice of a woman with roots in Brazil and an open gaze on the world is a testimony of the wish to build a team that knows how to speak to all'...

Aug 3, 2019, 11:30am

Deyda Hydara’s daughter: ‘I am still crying’ for murdered Gambian journalist (CPJ)

At Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on July 22, army officer Lieutenant Malick Jatta named former President Yahya Jammeh as the mastermind behind the murder of prominent editor Deyda Hydara on December 16 , 2004...

Aug 4, 2019, 12:15am

Third Mexican journalist killed in a week amid record murder rate (Guardian)

A journalist shot in his own home despite being offered official protection reflects Mexico’s struggle with rising violence

Aug 4, 2019, 5:36pm

Got to get them drug across the border. Interesting it's called 'demand'.

Aug 5, 2019, 2:01pm

>66 John5918:

Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes (CPJ)

Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket... “It seems that for the past week, authorities have been searching for a way to justify their detention of this critical freelance journalist. First, they claimed Erick Kabendera’s citizenship was in question, today they have leveled drastically different charges, which call into question their motive for holding him”...

Aug 6, 2019, 2:00am

Hong Kong clashes: BBC reporter 'hit in the face' (BBC)

BBC correspondent Stephen McDonell's gas mask face visor was smashed by a projectile while he was observing clashes between protesters and police in Hong Kong...

Edited: Aug 11, 2019, 10:47am

Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely...

South Sudan detains Al-Watan editor for over 3 weeks

Authorities in South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan, and halt its harassment of his publication...

Senegalese authorities arrest critical journalist Adama Gaye

Gaye, an independent journalist and commentator who has contributed to Senegalese and international news agencies including Kapital Afrik, Jeune Afrique, France24, TV5Monde, and Al-Jazeera, was arrested on July 29 at his home in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, by the police’s Criminal Investigation Division, and on July 31 was charged with acting to compromise public security and offending the president before being taken to Dakar’s Rebeuss prison...

All from CPJ, plus the following from Al Jazeera:

Kashmir journalists struggle to tell their stories amid clampdown

Restrictions on movement and a communications blackout for a third day in Indian-administered Kashmir have frustrated the region's journalists, who call their struggle since Monday to get information about the disputed region out an "unprecedented" situation.

Most English and Urdu language newspapers based in the main city of Srinagar have not published their editions since Monday, when authorities imposed a lockdown of the valley...

Aug 13, 2019, 11:48am

Iran detains freelance photographer and culture reporter Nooshin Jafari (CPJ)

Iranian authorities arrested Nooshin Jafari, a photojournalist and culture reporter, outside her home in Tehran on August 3 as she was on her way to work. Jafari, a cinema and theater photographer who reports on culture for several Iranian magazines, was taken to an unknown location, according to news reports. Authorities have not announced any charges...

Aug 14, 2019, 12:18am

Cameroon’s military detains pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi (CPJ)

Police arrested Wazizi 11 days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without access to his lawyer or family in Buea, the capital of the country’s English-speaking Southwest region, according to his lawyer and local news reports...

Aug 15, 2019, 12:06am

More online news blocked as Algeria protests near 6 month mark (CPJ)

Access to at least five independent local news websites has been interrupted in Algeria as protesters demand political reform...

Aug 18, 2019, 12:13am

Sudan authorities allow reopening of Al Jazeera's Khartoum office (Al Jazeera)

Qatar-based network welcomes move, says it hopes Sudan will support media freedom and protection of journalists.

Another piece of good news following Sudan's nonviolent popular uprising which toppled an Islamist military dictator. While a joint civilian and military transitional government has been agreed, there are still fears that the military (or elements within it) and the entrenched Islamist system throughout the establishment will frustrate true freedom and democracy.

Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 12:34am

Meanwhile, in the UK, a Guardian journalist is attacked in the street:

Owen Jones attacked outside London pub

“In the past year I’ve been repeatedly targeted in the street by far right activists, including attempts to use physical assault, and homophobic abuse. I’ve had a far-right activist taking pictures of me, and posting threatening messages and a video...

“Because of this, and escalating threats of violence and death, I’ve had the police involved. My friends felt it was a matter of time until this happened. Give the context, it seems unthinkable that I was singled out for anything other than a politically motived premeditated attack.”

He blamed the attack on “the rise of an emboldened far right, which is increasingly violent, and targeting minorities and people on the left”.

He added: “They are being radicalised by mainstream politicians and a disturbingly large segment of the mainstream media”...

And in the USA:

Trump suspends CNN analyst's credentials in another shot at the press (Guardian)

The move stems from a July altercation with Breitbart reporter Sebastian Gorka, and echoes actions against CNN’s Jim Acosta...

Aug 20, 2019, 12:12am

NUJ highlights growing number of far-right attacks on journalists (Guardian)

Journalists and camera crews are coming under attack on “an increased basis” from far-right activists, and police need to take a strategic approach to dealing with the growing problem, according to the head of the {UK's} National Union of Journalists...

Aug 21, 2019, 1:01am

Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court (CPJ)

Mesganaw, who reports for the privately owned Ethiopis weekly, was arrested shortly after he interviewed a lawyer, Henok Aklilu, outside the Arada First Instance court in Addis Ababa, and is now facing allegations of contravening Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation...

Aug 24, 2019, 12:12am

Yemeni authorities arrest, release 3 journalists

On August 19, Yemeni military authorities arrested journalists Munir Talal, Mahfouz al-Baaithi, and Yahya al-Baaithi at a hotel in the city of Taiz and accused them of being members of the media wing of the Tarek Afash brigades, a militia operating on Yemen’s western coast, according to Talal and Nabil Alosaidi, head of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate’s training committee, an advocacy group and professional organization, who communicated with CPJ via messaging app.

The three journalists were detained at a local military intelligence headquarters until they were released on August 22, according to Talal and Alosaidi, who denied that the journalists worked with Tarek Afash....

Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in Benin

The government of Benin should act to decriminalize press offenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after journalist Ignace Sossou was convicted of false news for reporting on corporate finances...

Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police

The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is concerned for the welfare of investigative journalist Joseph Gandye, who was arrested yesterday and handed over to police on whom he had reported critically, alleging they had abused other detainees.

Police summoned Gandye, a production editor and reporter with Watetezi TV, to appear at Urafiki police station in Dar es Salaam, where they questioned him in the presence of his lawyer about his reporting, according to a statement from the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, a non-governmental coalition that owns Watetezi TV. Police said they arrested Gandye on suspicion of publishing false news in contravention of the Cyber Crimes Act, according to a Facebook post from the coalition.

Under Tanzania’s Cyber Crime Act, persons convicted of publishing “false, deceptive, misleading or inaccurate” information face a minimum of three years in prison and/or a fine of at least 5 million Tanzanian shillings (US$2,174)...

All from Committee to Protect Journalists

Aug 24, 2019, 12:48am

The political interview is not dead – but it is on life support

There is little that can be done to stop politicians avoiding lengthy sit-down interviews, according to TV news chiefs.

Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, this week issued a rallying cry to the British television industry, warning that politicians including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were adopting the tactics of Donald Trump by declining to appear on major news programmes to subject themselves to scrutiny.

“In evil regimes the first thing they do is arrest or kill the journalists,” she said after her speech at the Edinburgh television festival. “What’s happening here is they’ve not arrested us, they’ve not killed us, they’re trying to ignore us. It’s a similar effect that means they are not being held to account”...

Transgender journalist loses discrimination claim against the Times

A transgender woman made redundant by the Times has lost an employment tribunal in which she claimed to have experienced discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Katherine O’Donnell worked as a night editor on the newspaper’s Scottish edition but was made redundant after the office in Scotland was closed and she turned down an offer to relocate to London.

After her redundancy, O’Donnell sued her former employer for discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal, and claimed there was a “toxic environment for trans people” at the newspaper.

But after 19 days of hearings at an employment tribunal in Edinburgh, the judge, Jane Porter, cleared the Times of all the allegations against it. In her judgment, she concluded O’Donnell’s redundancy was not as a result of being a trans woman, a status protected by law.

O’Donnell had claimed there was a culture of discrimination at the Times, calling it a “boys’ club”, but the tribunal found there was insufficient evidence of such a culture and no evidence of dishonesty...

Both from the Guardian

Aug 26, 2019, 2:51am

Boris Johnson pulled interview after criticism by head of news, says Channel 4 (Guardian)

Channel 4 News has said that Downing Street froze it out of a planned interview at the G7 summit because of criticism of Boris Johnson by the channel’s head of news...

Aug 26, 2019, 7:44am

Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House
Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters | Aug. 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.

It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.

The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.

Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president...

...the material publicized so far, while in some cases stripped of context or presented in misleading ways, has proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to its targets...


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump | 8:22 AM · Aug 18, 2019:

.....”Journalism” has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke...But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM

Aug 26, 2019, 1:05pm

carolyn dunn @carolyndunncbc (CBC National correspondent in Calgary, Alberta)| 4:06 PM · Aug 25, 2019:

Guys, I’ve been refused entry into US. Sections 212 (a) (7) (A) (i) (I)*. Me going to DC is “entry into the labor” market and I’d be “imported labor”. I’ve never been pulled aside at a US border let alone refused entry.

If only I’d been allowed to use my phone I would have been able to show them this:



Edited: Aug 28, 2019, 3:19am

The media has become gossip, clickbait and punditry. This threatens democracy by Bernie Sanders (Guardian)

Walter Cronkite once said that “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.” He was absolutely right, which is why today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley and Donald Trump presents a crisis – and why we must take concrete action.

Real journalism is different from the gossip, punditry and clickbait that dominates today’s news. Real journalism, in the words of Joseph Pulitzer, is the painstaking reporting that will “fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, {and} always fight demagogues”. Pulitzer said journalism must always “oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty”.

When we have had real journalism, we have seen crimes like Watergate exposed and confronted, leading to anti-corruption reforms. When we have lacked real journalism, we have seen crimes like mortgage fraud go unnoticed and unpunished, leading to a devastating financial crisis that destroyed millions of Americans’ lives.

Real journalism requires significant resources. One reason we do not have enough real journalism in America right now is because many outlets are being gutted by the same forces of greed that are pillaging our economy...

Family, journalism community demand justice for journalist killed in South Sudan (USA Today)

The parents of Christopher Allen, a 26-year-old British-American freelance journalist killed while covering the civil war in South Sudan, said at a vigil Monday on the two-year anniversary of his death that the South Sudanese government should be forced to provide answers on how Allen died...

Aug 28, 2019, 1:10pm

>88 John5918: Real journalism, in the words of Joseph Pulitzer, is the painstaking reporting that will “fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, {and} always fight demagogues”. Pulitzer said journalism must always “oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty”.

Sounds like the platform of the Democratic party. No wonder the Republicans think that the press is against them.

Edited: Aug 29, 2019, 1:53am

>89 jjwilson61:

So the Republican party is in favour of injustice and corruption, demagogues, public plunderers, and having no sympathy for the poor?

Aug 29, 2019, 11:23am

>90 John5918: They're against campaign finance reform (corruption), support Trump (demagogue, public plunderer), and want to cut most programs to help the poor. What do you think?

Aug 30, 2019, 4:22am

>91 jjwilson61:

Good to hear it stated so plainly!

Aug 30, 2019, 4:23am

Met police arrest and release three men on bail over assault on Owen Jones (Guardian)

Three men have been arrested and released on bail by police investigating an assault on the Guardian columnist and activist Owen Jones in Islington, north London, earlier this month...

Aug 30, 2019, 2:19pm

Detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera in need of medical attention (CPJ)

detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s health is failing... a Dar es Salaam magistrate declined a request from Kabendera’s lawyers for prison officials to take the journalist to a local hospital... Kabendera, a freelance investigative journalist, has had trouble breathing and walking for at least a week...

Aug 31, 2019, 6:32am

Trouble in paradise: Trump attacks Fox News – and Fox News hits back (Guardian)

Neil Cavuto has become the latest network personality to push back against the president’s expectations of uninterrupted praise.

Cavuto said on Thursday: “First of all, Mr President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you. Just report on you – call balls and strikes on you”...

The president tweeted: “The New Fox News is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us any more!”...

Cavuto catalogued a series of Trump’s lies, dismissing the president’s “fake news” motif...

Cavuto said: “I’m not the one who said tariffs are a wonderful thing. You are. Just like I’m not the one who said Mexico would pay for the wall. You did. Just like I’m not the one who claimed that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election. You did. I’m sorry if you don’t like these facts being brought up, but they are not fake because I did. What would be fake is if I never did.”

He went on: “Hard as it is to fathom, Mr President, just because you’re the leader of the free world doesn’t entitle you to a free pass. Unfortunately, just a free press”...

Sep 1, 2019, 11:12am

'We risk everything': Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment (Al Jazeera)

Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report 'normalcy'...

Sep 1, 2019, 12:55pm

>95 John5918: Too bad the NRA network doesn't exist anymore (it doesn't, does it?). Trump could have used that for his main platform, I'm sure, with no push back at all.

Sep 4, 2019, 2:43am

Iraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al-Hurrah over corruption report (CPJ)

Iraq’s media regulator, the Communications and Media Committee, suspended the license of Al-Hurra, a regional broadcaster funded by the U.S. Agency for Global Media, for three months, accusing it of failing to provide evidence to make its case, neglecting to uphold the principles of professional journalism, and using anonymous sources to defame, according to news reports and local press freedom groups.

According to the same reports, the media regulator also suspended Al-Hurra’s activities until it “corrects its position” and broadcasts an official apology for tarnishing the reputation of Iraqi religious institutions and figures.

The suspension is related to an investigative report, which aired on August 31, alleging corruption within the Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim endowments--state bodies that administer religious sites and real estate--linked to senior religious authorities in Iraq. The report also implied ties between these state bodies and armed groups...

Sep 4, 2019, 8:17am

India reporter fears for life after exposing corruption (Al Jazeera)

Concerns raised over media freedom as Pawan Kumar Jaiswal, who exposed corruption in school meal scheme, faces arrest.

Edited: Sep 5, 2019, 12:32am

Israeli military court sentences Palestinian journalist to 4 months detention without charge (CPJ)

On August 17, at dawn, Israeli security forces arrested Shalaldeh, a freelance journalist who covers human interest stories and publishes video reporting on his YouTube channel, after raiding the journalist’s home in the village of Sa’ir, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron...

Security forces detained Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh at Ofer Prison and, on August 20, the Ofer Military Court sentenced him to four months in administrative detention without charge...

“Israel’s use of administrative detention to hold journalists without charge runs completely contrary to its professed values of democracy and rule of law”...

Seems the Israelis, apart from demonstrating that they have no respect for their "professed values of democracy and rule of law", haven't learned from the British experience during the Northern Ireland Troubles that interning people without trial doesn't work and is actually counter productive.

Sudan group calls for protecting journalists after 17 sacked (Middle East Monitor)

The Sudanese Journalists Network on Monday called for the protection of journalists following the dismissal of 17 members of Al-Jareeda, a private newspaper.

The network said in a statement that this is the first incident of its kind to occur after Sudan’s popular revolution succeeded in overthrowing President Omar Al-Bashir ending almost three decades of his rule.

The publisher and owner of Al-Jareeda sacked 14 journalists, one director, and two proof readers, the network added.

“Their crime was that they asked for their right to a dignified life.”

The network called for the protection of journalists in all newspapers across the country in the face of such arbitrary decisions...

Sep 6, 2019, 8:07am

Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo charged with treason (CPJ)

On August 30, federal authorities in southern Nigeria’s Cross River state charged Jalingo, the publisher of the privately owned news website CrossRiverWatch, with disturbance of public peace and treason for his writings and social media posts about Cross River Governor Benedict Ayade... If found guilty, Jalingo could face up to three years in prison for the disturbance charge and up to life in prison for treason...

Sep 7, 2019, 12:32am

Iran sentences conservative columnist Hossein Ghadyani to 6 months in prison for Instagram post (CPJ)

Yesterday, the Tehran Court of Appeals sentenced Ghadyani, a columnist for the conservative state-run daily Javan, to six months in prison on a charge of “insulting government officials” according to news reports. The charge stemmed from an Instagram post Ghadyani wrote in November 2017, which authorities said accused Shahindokht Molaverdi, a government official and ally of President Hassan Rouhani, of belittling a religious ceremony, according to a report by Javan. Ghadyani deleted the post a few hours after publishing it, according to that report.

The Tehran Criminal Court originally sentenced Ghadyani to a six-month suspended sentence on June 26, 2018, which was in appeal until yesterday, when the court revoked the suspension because Ghadyani “did not apologize for his criminal behavior” and “did not take any effort to reduce the effect of his crime”...

Sep 10, 2019, 12:52am

Three from the Committee to Protect Journalists:

Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

“Ever since I started working as a journalist nine years ago, I have been under constant pressure from my family, my tribe, and my community to give up journalism. Friends have been asked by security forces to sever ties with me”...he has been assaulted and detained several times, and had equipment seized and broken... “Freedom of expression is on the brink of extinction. Speaking of murdered journalists, like Wedat Hussein, is a red line. Reporting on corruption involving members of the ruling party or on any ties to the ruling Barzani family is impossible. Freelancers have no rights in Kurdistan”...

Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices, arrest owner Mohamed Osman Mireh

police in Hargeisa, the capital, summoned Mohamed, the owner of Horyaal 24 TV who goes by the name Sayid, and questioned him about a program recently aired on the network on women’s consumption of the stimulant khat, which, while legal in Somaliland, is largely considered taboo for women to use... On September 6, police raided the Horyaal 24 TV headquarters in Hargeisa, ordered its staff off the premises, and on the following day arrested Sayid...

Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan top CPJ’s 10 most censored list

Eritrea is the world’s most censored country... North Korea and Turkmenistan are ranked second and third, respectively. Rounding out the 10 are Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, Iran, Equatorial Guinea, Belarus, and Cuba... Several countries on the list, including Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, and Iran, combine traditional censorship tactics such as imprisoning and harassing journalists with the use of sophisticated surveillance technology and targeted online campaigns to silence the independent press... The conditions for journalists and press freedom in countries such as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are also extremely difficult, but not necessarily attributable solely to government censorship. Rather, factors like violent conflict, insufficient infrastructure, and the role of non-state actors create a dangerous climate for the press.

Sep 12, 2019, 1:57pm

Syrian reporter Ahmed Rahal abducted by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Idlib

Yesterday at noon, in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, four members of the group abducted Rahal, a reporter for the Syrian pro-civil rights opposition news website Al-Dorar al-Shamia, after raiding his home, and took him to an undisclosed location... The militants also seized electronic devices in the raid... “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is turning the snatching of journalists from their homes into a shameful habit”...

Egyptian security forces arrest son of al-Mashhad editor Magdi Shandi

Early this morning, in Giza, security forces raided the home of Magdi Shandi, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper al-Mashhad, and arrested his son Omar, a college student... Shandi was not home at the time of the raid, and security forces told his family that they were detaining his son at a Giza police station until Shandi turned himself in...

Spanish reporter Ferran Barber detained for weeks without charge, deported from Iraqi Kurdistan

On August 8, in the Nahla Valley, in northwestern Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish Asayish security forces arrested Barber, a freelance reporter and photographer who contributes regularly to Spanish outlets including Publico and El Mundo, and detained him until September... Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan did not file any charges against Barber and barred him from contacting anyone during his detention, including a lawyer... He was deported to Egypt on September 8 and returned to Spain on September 9...

All the above from Committee to Protect Journalists. Below, back to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, from BBC and the Guardian respectively:

Jamal Khashoggi 'murder recording transcript' is published

A Turkish newspaper has published new details of a recording which reportedly captured the final moments of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

'You'll suffocate me': Turkish newspaper reveals Khashoggi's last words

In his final words, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged his killers not to cover his mouth because he had asthma and could suffocate, according to Turkey’s Sabah newspaper.

The newspaper, which is close to Turkey’s government, published new details of a recording of Khashoggi’s conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to kill him. The paper says the recording of Khashoggi’s grisly killing and reported dismemberment on 2 October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was obtained by Turkey’s intelligence agency.

According to the transcript, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of the Saudi hit squad, tells Khashoggi that he has to be taken back to Riyadh because of an Interpol order against him. The journalist objects, saying there is no legal case against him and that his fiancee is waiting for him outside.

Mutreb and another man are also heard trying to force Khashoggi to send his son a message telling him not to worry if he doesn’t hear from him, according to the paper. Khashoggi resists, saying: “I will write nothing.”

Mutreb is later heard saying: “Help us, so that we can help you. Because in the end, we will take you to Saudi Arabia. And if you don’t help us, you know what will happen in the end.”

Sabah also published Khashoggi’s last words before he was apparently drugged and lost consciousness.

“Don’t cover my mouth,” he told his killers, according to Sabah. “I have asthma, don’t do it. You’ll suffocate me”...

Sep 13, 2019, 1:13am

Tiananmen Square Tank Man photographer Charlie Cole dies (Guardian)

Charlie Cole, one of the photographers who captured the famous Tank Man on film during the Tiananmen Square protests, has died.

The image of one man standing in the way of a column of tanks, a day after hundreds possibly thousands of people died, has become a defining image of the 1989 pro-democracy protests...

He took his picture for Newsweek with a telephoto lens from the balcony of a hotel... Cole later described how he had expected the man would be killed, and felt it was his responsibility to record what was happening... Cole knew he would be searched later by Chinese security so hid the undeveloped film role in the bathroom. Shortly after he took it, officials broke through the door and searched the hotel room, but they did not discover the film...

Sep 14, 2019, 3:07pm

>85 margd: Journalists outraged that Republicans do same thing to them that they do to Republicans.

Edited: Sep 16, 2019, 2:05pm

>106 Carnophile:

I think the intent of the title, "Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done" is to focus on the dangerous, difficult and oft well done job of journalists, not partisan politics.


Rows, bloopers and scoops: John Humphrys’ 32 years at Today (Guardian)

For good or ill, after 32 years serving on the frontline of radio news presentation for the Today programme, John Humphrys has become an emblem of BBC journalism. One of the corporation’s journalistic attack dogs, he has been the interviewer that political leaders, notably Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, are keenest to dodge.

This week, Humphrys is finally to bow out in the company of a former prime minister. David Cameron will brave an interview on the eve of the publication of his memoir – and it promises to be a vintage encounter...

And Kenya's Daily Nation reminds us that Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein has now been held in detention by Egypt for one thousand days (Pressure on Egypt to free Al Jazeera Journalist, Monday, September 16, 2019, page 2)

Edited to add: Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts (CPJ)

The charges stemmed from a September 6 post Atilio made in the WhatsApp group, which alleged that villagers in Iringa may be forced to relocate to accommodate land claims made by Unilever Tea Tanzania...

Sep 17, 2019, 12:13am

Two from the Guardian today:

AfD politician threatens journalist after Hitler comparison

An Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) politician has walked out of an interview and threatened a journalist after he was confronted with parallels between his rhetoric and that of Adolf Hitler.

An interview with Björn Höcke by the state broadcaster ZDF, recorded last week but screened on Sunday, shows the AfD politician threatening “massive consequences” to a journalist who refused to restart an interview after a series of difficult questions...

Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion

Demonstrators have staged a protest outside a court in Rabat to coincide with the latest hearing in the trial of a Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion and having sex before marriage.

In a letter written from prison, Hajar Raissouni said the charges were fabricated and motivated by her work, which had been critical of the government.

Raissouni, who works for one of Morocco’s few independent media outlets, has been lauded for her coverage of mass demonstrations in the Berber-speaking Rif region in the country’s north...

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 12:28am

Cokie Roberts, famed journalist and political commentator, dies at 75 (Guardian)

Roberts spent decades at ABC News, wrote books and never became cynical, colleagues say: ‘When I think of politics, I think of Cokie Roberts’

Cokie Roberts: Tributes pour in for trailblazing US reporter (BBC)

Pioneering journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts, celebrated for her four-decade career covering US politics, has died at the age of 75.

Roberts began her career at CBS, moving next to National Public Radio and then ABC, where she helped set the tone of American political coverage during a period when few women claimed ranking positions in its newsrooms...

Sep 18, 2019, 10:23pm

Eh, I'd hear her regularly during the ten years I listened to the NPR and not once did she utter something insightful or truly informative. Nothing but the worst kind of vapid boilerplate. Always wondered how on earth she got the job and what for.

Sep 18, 2019, 11:52pm

Somaliland authorities block HadhwanaagNews website, arrest 2 employees (CPJ)

On September 3, a court in Hargeisa, the capital, ordered internet providers to block HadhwanaagNews, a privately owned political news website, throughout Somaliland following the outlet’s August 18 publication of an opinion article that leveled corruption allegations against Ali Ibrahim Jama, the governor of Somaliland’s central bank... On September 10, police arrested Abdikani Abdullahi Ahmed, also known as Asporo, the website’s chief editor, and on the following day arrested Abdirisak Gooth Nur, the outlet’s general director... Police detained Abdikani and Abdirisak on allegations of publishing false news, anti-national propaganda, and insulting a public officer, but no formal charges have been filed against them...

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 11:54pm

>110 LolaWalser:

Thanks, Lola, for that assessment of her work. As with many people who are apparently well known in the USA, I had never heard of her on this side of the Pond.

Sep 19, 2019, 10:57pm

>107 John5918: I think the intent of the title, "Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done" is to focus on the dangerous, difficult and oft well done job of journalists, not partisan politics.

"It's no fair when people do it to US! Wah!"

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 11:53pm

>113 Carnophile:

No, it's got nothing to do with fairness. It's simply that this thread was intended to focus on the good work being done by journalists under difficult circumstances, and not to be a platform for partisan politics. Journalists are attacked and hindered by most parties with vested interests.

Sep 20, 2019, 5:48pm

So if what was mentioned in 85 is journalists being "attacked and hindered" and it's the same thing that journalists do to other people, then you admit that journalists attack and hinder other people.

If you don't like me pointing this out... get used to being unhappy.

Sep 20, 2019, 5:50pm

PS: I like your notion that mentioning journalists' unseemly past quotes is "partisan politics" ... yet somehow, when journalists mention other peoples' unseemly quotes, that not "partisan politics."

Edited: Sep 21, 2019, 12:21am

>115 Carnophile:, >116 Carnophile:

I have no idea what you mean when you say "get used to being unhappy".

It is the job of journalists, especially investigative journalists, to report on and analyse the activities of (including what is said by) public figures. This thread focuses on the good work that they do under difficult circumstances.

Sep 21, 2019, 2:46am

Malta orders public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder (Al Jazeera)

Malta has ordered an independent inquiry into the murder of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, days before the expiry of a deadline by Europe's main human rights watchdog.

Caruana Galizia, who wrote a popular anti-corruption blog, was killed by a powerful car bomb blast outside her home on October 16, 2017...

Sep 21, 2019, 10:13pm

It's like this:

Margd and JTF: "Someone is shooting at journalists! That's terrible!"

Me: "That's because the journalists were shooting at them first."

JTF: "Hey, mentioning that is totally out of bounds!"


Sep 21, 2019, 10:13pm

I also like how you say that it's in appropriate to have "partisan politics" Pro & Con.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:55pm

>119 Carnophile:

As far as I know nobody has accused journalists of shooting at anybody. Is this a straw man? Are you suggesting that shooting at people is an appropriate response to them writing something you disagree with, particularly when it is part of their job to do so?

>120 Carnophile:

No, I didn't say it is inappropriate to have partisan politics in Pro & Con, but I do think it is irrelevant to this particular thread.

Sep 22, 2019, 12:18am

Family of murdered Maltese journalist raise concerns over public inquiry (Guardian)

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family request meeting with Maltese PM over concerns about impartiality of panel...

Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 7:27am

ETA: These incidents happened two years ago, 18 months ago. Khashoggi was slaughtered October 2, 2018...

The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World
In many countries, journalists are being targeted because of the role they play in ensuring a free and informed society.
A. G. Sulzberger (publisher of The New York Times) | Sept. 23, 2019

...The current administration, however, has retreated from our country’s historical role as a defender of the free press. Seeing that, other countries are targeting journalists with a growing sense of impunity.

This isn’t just a problem for reporters; it’s a problem for everyone, because this is how authoritarian leaders bury critical information, hide corruption, even justify genocide. As Senator John McCain once warned, “When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press.”

To give you a sense of what this retreat looks like on the ground, let me tell you a story I’ve never shared publicly before. Two years ago, we got a call from a United States government official warning us of the imminent arrest of a New York Times reporter based in Egypt named Declan Walsh. Though the news was alarming, the call was actually fairly standard. Over the years, we’ve received countless such warnings from American diplomats, military leaders and national security officials.

But this particular call took a surprising and distressing turn. We learned the official was passing along this warning without the knowledge or permission of the Trump administration. Rather than trying to stop the Egyptian government or assist the reporter, the official believed, the Trump administration intended to sit on the information and let the arrest be carried out. The official feared being punished for even alerting us to the danger.

Unable to count on our own government to prevent the arrest or help free Declan if he were imprisoned, we turned to his native country, Ireland, for help. Within an hour, Irish diplomats traveled to his house and safely escorted him to the airport before Egyptian forces could detain him.

We hate to imagine what would have happened had that brave official not risked their career to alert us to the threat.

Eighteen months later, another of our reporters, David Kirkpatrick, arrived in Egypt and was detained and deported in apparent retaliation for exposing information that was embarrassing to the Egyptian government. When we protested the move, a senior official at the United States Embassy in Cairo openly voiced the cynical worldview behind the Trump administration’s tolerance for such crackdowns. “What did you expect would happen to him?” he said. “His reporting made the government look bad.”...

Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 12:33pm

"Jonathan Pie" explains (in this 22 September installment, "Hack journalism") why, today, the profession of journalism ( that is, in the spoiled-rotten dripping-with-welath-TOP-.0001%-Western-world) is once again at one of its periodic low-points of stunning disgrace.

This state of affairs is certainly not confined to the barely-describable despicable crap published by mega-millionaire (billionaire?) Rupert Murdoch. Oh, no. The profession, in general, is today little better, except at rare moments, than a stinking pile of shit. That goes as much for print-journalism--I'm talkin' to you, New York Times, Washington Post and Guardian (London)-- as for broadcast or cable-based CRAP spewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from everywhere around us.

That is why I laugh at JtF's absurdly misplaced paean to journalism here. Watch Tom Walker, in his comedic role as off-camera reporter Jonathan Pie, tell the pathetic truth about the truly shitty state of professional journalism--if you dare.

What a fucking joke!

We certainly and of course! badly need just basic sound, responsible, journalism. But we don't have it--anywhere.


See also:

(from The Federalist) Media │ "Corruption On Perfect Display In One Washington Post Paragraph"
Every single assertion of this paragraph isn't just wrong, but the opposite of right. In each sentence, Trump is being blamed for things his political opponents have done.
│ by Mollie Hemingway │ September 23, 2019

"This (i.e. the Post article being decried by Hemingway) is not journalism, but propaganda."

Sep 24, 2019, 11:05am

>124 proximity1:

Good to see you have some awareness of what I post. I thought you had me blocked and never read anything I post. Of course I don't disagree with you that there is some appalling journalism out there. But overall, and especially when you move away from the rich and privileged Global North, I think the title of this thread holds true.

Sep 24, 2019, 11:08pm

>121 John5918: As far as I know nobody has accused journalists of shooting at anybody.

Please don't be deliberately obtuse. It's a metaphor.

I didn't say it is inappropriate to have partisan politics in Pro & Con, but I do think it is irrelevant to this particular thread.

This thread is in Pro & Con.

Edited: Sep 26, 2019, 12:55am

>126 Carnophile:

Then it is a misplaced and meaningless metaphor. There is a huge and substantial difference between investigating, disagreeing with or criticising someone on the one hand, and shooting them on the other hand.

Sep 26, 2019, 10:29pm

Aw, you don't know what a metaphor is. That's cute. Keep trying!

Sep 27, 2019, 2:14am

>128 Carnophile: I think the confusion may be solved by John understanding that your suggestion that the metaphorical shooting done by journalists invites the literal shooting of journalists.

My suggestion is that you learn how to place metaphors in a sentence. "What he said was explosive, so it's not surprising he was blown up." That would be poor placement of the metaphor. "What he said was explosive, so it's not surprising people got riled up." That would work slightly better. Your way of writing seems to suggest the life of journalists is negligible because they do their jobs, and it's unlikely you are that sick.

Sep 27, 2019, 3:11am

>129 RickHarsch:

Thanks, Rick. And as I have said before on this or a similar thread, the person who makes violent threats or metaphors may not intend violence, but it contributes to a violent discourse which may encourage others to violence. Boris Johnson claimed in the House of Commons the other day that it is humbug to suggest that his rhetoric is encouraging violence. Members of Parliament responded that they and even their children have received death threats. Violent language is rarely constructive.

Sep 27, 2019, 4:14am

"Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between what's flesh and what's fantasy
And the poets down here don't write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be" ...

— Bruce Springsteen, "Jungleland" (1975) from the Columbia records album, "Born to Run"

Sep 27, 2019, 9:53pm

Historian Timothy Snyder, on Rachel Maddow, described journalists as “the heroes” of the Trump story.

Sep 28, 2019, 1:45pm

>129 RickHarsch:
>130 John5918:

If you two are reduced to arguing about appropriateness of metaphors, presumably to obfuscate the point, I'm satisfied.

Sep 28, 2019, 2:50pm

>134 Carnophile: Okay. I'll argue on your terms. I don't think journalists deserve to be shot for writing news articles.

Sep 28, 2019, 2:55pm

>135 RickHarsch: I'll argue with you too. I don't think all jews deserve to be marched into gas chambers.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:25pm

Algerian authorities arrest freelance journalist Sofiane Merakchi (CPJ)

Naga Munchetty: BBC not impartial on racism, senior bosses say (BBC)

In an email to staff, director general Tony Hall and other bosses said: "Racism is not an opinion and it is not a matter for debate. Racism is racism"...

And another one about the use of dangerous "metaphors":

Police confirm they are investigating Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage after he vowed to ‘take the knife to the pen pushers in Whitehall’ as debate rages over tone of political debate in Britain (Daily Mail)

Oct 5, 2019, 4:50am

CBP no doubt entered "writes propaganda" in the journalist's computer file, so this could haunt him at every entry in future...Person I knew had "admits to using drugs"--heart meds--entered into his file by grouchy border guard and entries got a lot more *complicated* after that. Very few people are in position to contest...

Journalist says a CBP (US Customs & Border Protection) officer withheld his passport until he agreed he writes ‘propaganda’
Hannah Knowles | Oct. 4, 2019

Walter Shaub @waltshaub | 2:34 PM - Oct 4, 2019:

This is something the @DHSOIG should hear about. To file a complaint, @natsecwatson (Ben Watson) can go here: . A customs agent withholding the passport of a journalist until he agrees to say he writes "propaganda" is actionable misconduct, even in Trump's America.
Katie Bo Williams @KatieBoWill

This 1st-person account from my colleague @natsecwatson is genuinely disturbing & you should read it.

On learning he was a journalist, a customs officer at Dulles asked him *four* times "You write propaganda, right?" & held his passport until he said yes.

Oct 12, 2019, 11:02am

Jessica Sidman @jsidman | 11:27 AM · Oct 11, 2019:

My brother is on a united flight from LA to Boston and saw this guy boarding with a shirt that reads
“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.” #thread


Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 8:41am

Three charged over assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones (Guardian)

Three men have been charged over a late-night assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones outside a pub in Islington, north London...

Unidentified assailants raid 4 broadcasters in Baghdad, assault staffers (CPJ)

On October 5, unidentified armed assailants wearing masks and black uniforms broke into and ransacked the Baghdad offices of Dijlah TV, NRT Arabic, Al-Hadath, and Al-Arabiya, stealing equipment and assaulting employees, according to news reports, local press freedom groups, and statements from the broadcasters...

Russia Summons Iranian Envoy Over Journalist's Detention In Tehran (Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

ussia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Iranian ambassador to Moscow over the detention of a Russian journalist in Tehran.

Ambassador Mehdi Sanai has been “invited to the Foreign Ministry to quickly clarify the circumstances of the incident” and ensure the rights of journalist Yulia Yuzik are observed...

Silence still surrounds the murder of my fiance, Jamal Khashoggi. Who will speak up? (Guardian) by Hatice Cengiz

Exactly one year ago, I stood outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, waiting for my fiance, Jamal Khashoggi, to come out with the marriage documents we needed to begin our life together. I was optimistic, even excited. Yet I never saw Jamal again.

I did not expect to have my life transformed. I did not expect to have to alert the authorities to Jamal’s disappearance, or to find myself at the centre of a story that would shake the world. I did not expect, on a day that seemed unremarkable, to have my dreams shattered. By necessity I was put on a path, compelled to begin a campaign for justice for the man who was not only stolen from me but also taken away from those who read his work, and who admired him for his courage and his unrelenting commitment to the truth.

Over the past year, I’ve travelled to Brussels, London and Washington. I have visited the European parliament, the US Congress and the Senate. My aim has been nothing more than to achieve justice for Jamal; and yet, despite the cold, cruel and clearly illegal nature of his murder, that justice has not been forthcoming.

Instead, I have noticed two things. First, among some, an outpouring of international sympathy, declarations of regret and sorrow at the killing of my fiance. But from others silence, broken only by the weakest of criticisms of the Saudi government – when to speak out would matter most.

Here the Trump administration – which has the most power to effect change – has much to answer for. It has said nothing. Nothing close to the denunciation and promise of scrutiny that it is morally right to make...a

Peter Sissons: Former BBC, ITN and Channel 4 newsreader dies at 77 (BBC)

"one of the great television figures of his time"... "a talented news presenter with a great sense of humour"...

Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion that she says never happened (Guardian)

A Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to a year in prison on charges of having an illegal abortion and premarital sex, in a trial observers say was concocted to crack down on criticism of the government...

Raissouni previously described the charges as “fabricated”, in a letter from prison. The defendants maintain that the abortion never took place, and that Raissouni was targeted by the Moroccan authorities for her work with the independent Moroccan outlet Akhbar al Yaoum, where she won praise for her coverage of unrest in the country’s north...

Amal Clooney: give UN power to investigate journalist deaths (Guardian)

A “glaring gap” exists in the world’s ability to investigate targeted state killings of human rights defenders and journalists such as Jamal Khashoggi, said Amal Clooney, the UK special envoy on media freedom...

Naga Munchetty: BBC reverses decision to censure presenter (Guardian)

The BBC has reversed its decision to sanction BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty for breaking impartiality guidelines with her comments about Donald Trump, following a staff uprising against the ruling and enormous political pressure...

Tributes paid after BBC journalist Hanna Yusuf's death at 27 (Guardian)

Tributes have been paid to Hanna Yusuf, a “wonderful” and “widely admired” BBC journalist praised for breaking boundaries with her work, who died last week at the age of 27...

Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdown (CPJ)

journalists Alaa Abdelfattah, Nasser Abdelhafez, Engi Abdel Wahab...

On September 20, police in Cairo arrested Abdelhafez, an arts columnist at the government-owned Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper, after he allegedly took photos during protests at Tehrir Square, according to independent Egyptian news website Mada Masr. On September 25, a Cairo national security prosecutor ordered Abdelhafez to be held in pretrial detention for 15 days on charges of supporting a banned group and spreading false news, Mada Masr reported. On the day of his arrest, Abdelhafez had posted on Facebook that he supported Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Also on September 20, police arrested Wahab, a reporter at the privately owned daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, while she was covering anti-government protests in Cairo, according to news reports. On September 28, a Cairo criminal court ordered her to be jailed for 15 days in pretrial detention on the same charges as Abdelhafez...

National Security Agency officers arrested Abdelfattah, a blogger and Mada Masr columnist, while he was at his probation cell in the Dokki Police Station in Giza, according to a report by his employer. Today, a Cairo national security prosecutor ordered Abdelfattah to be held for 15 days pending trial on the same charges as Abdelhafez and Wahab...

Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 11:14am

>140 Carnophile:

Of course one is not in favour of any hateful and violence-inciting speech or actions, no matter where they originate. I think the reason there is a focus on right wing incitement is because there is more of it, it appears more organised, and it has arguably already been a precursor to acts of violence by disturbed young men.

A few more related articles from two respected mainstream UK newspapers:

Brendan O’Neill’s encouragement of Brexit riots proves only the right are free to incite violence (Independent)

As a British Muslim woman and journalist, it is always concerning to watch dangerous rhetoric being played out in the media from people that hold positions of authority. In the current climate, when political unrest, racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are at their peak, vulnerable communities are the ones that have to bear the brunt of hate and discrimination the most.

A prime example of this is the fact that Islamophobic incidents rose by 375 per cent in the week after Boris Johnson compared veiled Muslim women to “letterboxes”. Yet, despite there being a clear link between the words of those in power and the acts of those on the far right, commentators continue to hide behind the guise of freedom of speech and are continually given a platform to do so.

Any form of assertion that their words have helped to rally others to take action in a negative way is dismissed. In fact, commentators lauded by the alt-right find it inconceivable that the impact of their inflammatory language can have a detrimental effect on the wider society. Johnson himself dismissed remarks about the dangerous language he was using by calling it “humbug”. If our prime minister is allowed to get away with such language, what hope do we have in bringing other commentators to account?...

In Westminster, MPs felt Brexit fury. At home they see hate rising (Guardian)

In the county where Jo Cox was murdered, Paula Sherriff and Tracy Brabin are experiencing growing levels of abuse

Demagogues thrive by whipping up our fury. Here’s how to thwart them (Guardian)

The language of violence and outrage is dominating our discourse. To defeat it, we must learn not to respond in kind

Oct 14, 2019, 10:39pm

>142 John5918: I think the reason there is a focus on right wing incitement is because there is more of it, it appears more organised

I don't know about the UK, but in the US those statements are the exact opposite of the truth.

Oct 15, 2019, 12:37am

>143 Carnophile:

Really? I thought that a number of the recent mass murderers in the USA have been inspired, incited and/or radicalised in part by white supremacist and other right wing hate speech.

Oct 16, 2019, 10:45am

>144 John5918: Whatever you're referring to, there's more left-wing violence, including lethal violence.

Oct 17, 2019, 3:02am

Moroccan journalist jailed for 'illegal abortion' pardoned by king (Guardian)

A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in prison for an illegal abortion and premarital sex has been pardoned by the country’s king in the latest twist of a case which has come to symbolize repression of women’s rights and freedom of speech...

Raissouni, who was arrested outside a clinic in Rabat with her fiancé on 31 August, maintained from the start that she never underwent an abortion. Both she and the medical staff arrested along with the couple said she was treated to remove a blood clot...

In a statement from prison before receiving the pardon, Raissouni said she was targeted for her work as as a journalist and for her family’s history as dissidents.

“It is evident that the purpose of my arrest was vengeance against my journalistic activities”...

Oct 17, 2019, 5:52am

Internet censorship in Sudan: Rethinking laws and tactics that served an authoritarian regime (Global Voices)

Prime Minister Hamdok signed a global pledge to media freedom...

Oct 18, 2019, 5:15am

Unidentified gunmen detain Iraqi blogger Shojaa al-Khafaji (CPJ)

At about 5:30 a.m. today, unidentified armed men in unmarked uniforms forced al-Khafaji, who runs the blog Clean Brotherhood, out of his home in Baghdad... The men raided al-Khafaji’s home and seized cell phones, computers, and surveillance camera footage there, all within sight of Iraqi security forces...

Oct 22, 2019, 6:25am

>151 John5918: A bit of satire. (Incidentally, i dearly miss "Rap News," previously produced by the same outfit).

Edited: Oct 29, 2019, 6:54am

>152 davidgn:


I see your call and raise you a bag of chewy caramels, a bag of caramel-corn and peanuts, some soft yellow banana-favored sugar candy and this video :

or this

or this

Yo! Bitches! We've got ass-hurting TRUTHS coming your way! ...

God, I wish this bunch would do a number on London's two most despicable shit-hole "news" rags-- no, I do not mean Rupert Murdoch's The Sun or any of his other papers; I mean
"Metro" and it's Sadistic and Cynical Siamese-Twin, the evening propaganda rag, The Evening Standard.

Hi!, Gullible Moron!

You know us!

That's r-i-i-i-i-i-i-g-g-g-h-h-h-t-t-t-t! We're the pseudo-journal publicity-and-whore-mongering propaganda shit-sheets you see on FREE distribution EVERY fucking week-day morning and EVERY fucking week-day evening.

Whether it's coming to work inthe morning or going home in the evening, we've got you covered with pages and pages of bullshit and nauseating propaganda masquerading as "news." So you know we're not going to let you down.

We keep you up-to-date on all the most mind-numbing trivia in the surprisingly vapid lives of today's hottest television and film stars and, of course, don't forget, one of our favourites, the ROYAL family. And, while we're selling butt-loads of advertising off the seamy, scummy stories about them (whether they like it or not, of course), we're also busy hype-ing to the MAX the up-and-coming media-based morons of the day-after-tomorrow. Because, well, it's an industry and there's always a fresh crop of ambitious young skin-flashing fools trying to get aboard the publicity-fuck-truck and ride to sudden, inexplicable and largely pointless fame and riches--even as we help shove the old newly-ruined has-beens down the slope of ignominy and definitive obscurity. That's because FADS constantly come and go and we can't keep devoting column-inches to people whose stars no longer sparkle brightly.

Our idiotic focus on the most superficial aspects of modern life and consumer-culture means that you never have to have a serious thought about a serious matter. Frankly, it's all about MONEY, MONEY, MONEY and we really don't care as long as we're getting our cut.

Let other papers try staying afloat keeping you informed--LOL! Our job is to keep you distracted and, at that, we simply have no peers.

In our pages you're going to read about the obscene property-markets which we mask by such stupid phrases as "getting on the property-ladder" and "shared-ownership". Would anyone seriously BUY such flagarant BS in euphemistic labelling?! Of course! Our work helps make sure that the zombie-like sheeple stumbling onto or off of jam-packed public transit lines are led to ACCEPT WHAT UBIQUITOUS PUBLICITY TELLS THEM.

There's simply no fucking nonsense so absurdly stupid and false that we can't, won't or don't dress it up and sell it to the 20-and-30-something crowd as THE BIG WINNING OBJECTIVE of the minute, the hour, the day or THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.

Property-moguls, hedge-fund managers, fashion-designers and cosmetic manufacturers LOVE US! Television and movie producers LOVE US. Liquor-distillers and Brewers LOVE US. Betting chain-outlets LOVE US. CHEAP Fly-by-night holiday tour-packagers and airlines LOVE US. Entrenched and unaccountable political and financial operators, the world's biggest all-in-it-together-to-fleece-and-screw-the-poor-dumb-punters LOVE US. Parliament's cynical careerist politicians LOVE US--and they'd better or we'll RUIN THEM!

So, then, it's back to our pages you go! Go on! Turn our pages, gobble up the shit we spoon-feed you and, well, as we know, we'll see you later this morning, or later this evening. You're never going to escape our grip. In this "culture" we've colonised your parents' minds before yours and we'll colonise your childrens' minds after you.

Oh, yes, we now return you to

"Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done (n)"


Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 10:30am

Algeria arrests fifth journalist amid anti-government protests

Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

Nigerian court grants anonymity to witnesses testifying against journalist Agba Jalingo

Restrictive terms of Shawkan’s release from Egyptian jail highlighted to UN

Palestinian court orders block of dozens of news websites

All the above from the Committee to Protect Journalists

Catholic Radio in South Sudan Needs $50,000 to Resume Broadcast after Vandalism, Looting (ACI Africa)

While the exact impact of the protracted South Sudan civil strife on the Church is yet to come to the light, Malakal diocese, one of the most affected ecclesial territories in the youngest nation of the world, is attempting to revive the seeming dampened spirits of the people of God through the revival of a damaged and looted radio station, which now requires US$50,000.00 to resume broadcasting...

Edited to add two more, both from CPJ:

Nigerian military targeted journalists’ phones, computers with “forensic search” for sources

CPJ to release annual Global Impunity Index

The Committee to Protect Journalists will publish its annual list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free on October 29, 2019. Launch of the report, "Getting Away with Murder: CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index” will mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, 2019...

Oct 28, 2019, 11:57pm

Members of public assault Israeli journalist Daniel Siryoti in Kiryat Ata (CPJ)

On October 26, in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Ata, a group of at least five men assaulted Siryoti, a reporter for the daily Israel Hayom newspaper, while he was in the town on assignment...

A group of men approached Siryoti’s car after noticing a “Press” sticker on it, and asked if he was a journalist, he said. When he said yes, the men started cursing at him and said he was probably left wing, a liar, and a traitor, and accused him of working with Arabs...

Siryoti attempted to drive away, but a man on a bike blocked his path; when he exited his vehicle, the men started punching him, grabbed him by the arms and legs, and hit him in the face several times, knocking out six of his teeth... He said one man took out a knife and tried to stab him in the stomach, but Siryoti blocked the blow with his hand, which was stabbed instead.

One of the men told another to “bring the big knife,” at which point two bystanders intervened, allowing Siryoti to get back in his car and drive away...

Oct 29, 2019, 8:08am

Global impunity in journalist murders continues unabated (CPJ)

Impunity in the cases of murdered journalists remains firmly entrenched in over a dozen countries, including those mired in conflict and democracies alike...

CPJ's report entitled Getting Away with Murder: CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index can be found here.

Edited: Oct 29, 2019, 2:53pm

Journalists injured and detained, broadcasters banned as protests resume in Iraq

Nigerian journalists charged with criminal defamation, breach of peace

Cameroon’s human rights violations

serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon, including the jailing of journalists...

over the past three years, violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions has led to 3,000 deaths, forced half a million people to flee their homes, and left over 700,000 children out of school.

Several journalists are behind bars, according to CPJ research. These include Paul Chouta, Mancho Bibixy, Tsi Conrad , Thomas Awah Junior, Amadou Vamoulke, Wawa Jackson Nfor and Samuel Wazizi, who has not been heard of since he was detained by the military on August 2...

Moroccan press freedom advocate and NSO Group spyware target Maati Monjib

Pegasus, the cellphone spyware tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group, is one of the most powerful surveillance systems governments can buy, experts say... Journalists, who generally rely on phones for their work, are proving vulnerable to such attacks. Citizen Lab researchers say at least 11 journalists around the world have been targeted with attempts to install Pegasus, usually via malicious text messages carrying infected links. The NSO Group says that it licenses products “only to government intelligence and law enforcement agencies” to investigate serious crime... This month, Amnesty International identified two Moroccan activists targeted by attempts to install Pegasus since at least October 2017...

All from CPJ

Oct 29, 2019, 3:11pm

Currently underway at
St Brides, at Fleet Street
spiritual home of the media

Annual Journalists' Commemorative Service
To commemorate and support the journalists, camera-crew, photographers and support staff whose mission it is to bring us the news #Journalists_Service

This year's service - Bearing Witness - will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 29th October, 2019 in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Our keynote speaker is filmmaker and photojournalist, Paul Conroy.

...Journalists' Altar, in the north-east chapel of St Bride's, serves as a constant vigil for those across the globe who have put themselves in grave danger so that we can be informed of events and regimes that could otherwise go unscrutinised.

During the service we light candles for journalists, photographers, camera-crew, and support staff who have died or who have been killed on the front-line; we remember also those who are missing, imprisoned, or held hostage; and we also hold in prayer those who are out in the field, covering stories at great personal risk to themselves...

Oct 30, 2019, 12:51am

>157 John5918:

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm, accusing it of hacking activists' phones (Guardian)

NSO Group’s spyware allegedly used in cyber-attacks on lawyers and journalists

Edited: Nov 2, 2019, 1:09am

South Sudan expels AP journalist Sam Mednick (AP)

South Sudan’s Media Authority has revoked the press accreditation of Canadian journalist Sam Mednick in response to a recent story she wrote for The Associated Press. The AP stands by Mednick and her story...

I know Sam personally. A fine and brave young journalist.

South Sudan: Journalists at risk ahead of unity government (Amnesty International)

a military officer on 31 October 2019 physically assaulted two female journalists during a military meeting addressed by President Salva Kiir... On 30 October 2019, the South Sudanese authorities confiscated the accreditation and work permit of Associated Press’ correspondent, Sam Mednick... because of an article she wrote about tensions in the capital Juba ahead of the formation of the unity government...

Nov 4, 2019, 12:12pm

South Sudan army apologises after military spokesman hits female journalists (IOL)

South Sudan’s army has been forced to apologise for an attack on two female reporters after they were physically assaulted by General Malaak Ajok, the army’s director of information and public relations. The army said it regretted the general’s attack on two female reporters as the women covered an event at military headquarters in the capital Juba last Thursday...

Nov 7, 2019, 8:13pm

Nov 9, 2019, 12:29am

Tazeen Ahmad: award-winning journalist and broadcaster dies (Guardian)

Family and friends recall ‘her powerful ability to turn around people’s lives for the better’

Nov 11, 2019, 9:52am

A short satirical video on the arrest of Julian Assange.

Edited: Nov 12, 2019, 1:18am

When journalists get arrested here in the US, nobody makes a peep -- if they're reporting on things the bipartisan foreign policy consensus disapproves of reporting on.

To quote Blumenthal's journalistic partner, Ben Norton:

"If this had happened to a journalist in Venezuela, every Western human rights NGO and news wire would be howling about Maduro’s authoritarianism. It will be revealing to see how these same elements react to a clear-cut case of political repression in their own backyard."

Well, now we know.

Nov 12, 2019, 12:20pm

Meanwhile,in the realm of fairer fights -- I have to say, this raised my spirits.

Nov 14, 2019, 6:50am

Attackers burn boat journalist uses to report in Colombia’s remote regions (CPJ)

Outrage after Turkish journalist re-arrested a week after his release (Guardian)

Father of detained Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein dies (Al Jazeera)

Hussein's family calls on Egypt to allow him to attend funeral after requests to visit his ailing father were denied...

Dispatches from the front lines of environmental reporting (Al Jazeera)

This last one is well worth watching, showing how (and to some extent why) that environmental crisis has been under-reported, and detailing some of the threats and attacks on journalists who tried to do so.

Nov 15, 2019, 12:25am

CPJ, RSF call on Haitian authorities to investigate attacks on journalists (CPJ)

Over the last two years, CPJ, RSF, and local organizations such as the Association of Haitian Journalists have documented an uptick in violence against Haitian journalists and media workers. On multiple occasions, journalists covering breaking political news or protests have been shot at by protesters, security forces, and even elected officials. In a recent one-week span, Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière injured journalist Chery Dieu-Nalio after firing a pistol into a crowd of demonstrators, and a police officer wounded cameraman Edmond Agenor Joseph during clashes in Port-au-Prince.

Disturbingly, police and security forces responsible for ensuring the ability of journalists to work safely can be the aggressors. Last month, officers with the General Security Unit for the National Palace (USGPN) beat journalist Raynald Petit-Frère while he attempted to cover a public event, and threatened to kill him if he took a picture of their license plate. In the case of the journalist Néhémie Joseph, who was found dead in his car in Mirebalais on October 10, there are allegations that Haitian security forces or public officials were involved or even ordered the attack. Before his murder, Joseph mentioned in social media posts that he had received threats from two politicians, including a sitting senator...

Nov 15, 2019, 10:05pm

Nigerian security forces fire on journalists, protesters (CPJ)

On November 12, security forces fired live rounds to disperse a group of demonstrators at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters in Abuja, the capital, and shot at journalists and beat at least one reporter...

Nov 17, 2019, 11:04pm

What is journalism for? In today’s world, here are four key purposes (Guardian)

Faced with huge competition from social media, here are things that, to me, remain worthwhile in a free society...

Help civil society to cohere...

Facilitate democratic processes...

Lubricate commerce...

Make and mix the culture...

Nov 18, 2019, 10:40pm

Palestinian photographer Moath Amarneh injured by Israeli forces (CPJ)

On November 15, an Israeli soldier fired a rubber coated bullet in the West Bank town of Surif, and shrapnel from the bullet hit Amarneh, a photographer for the London-based news agency Sanad and for the West Bank-based media production company GMedia, in his left eye...

Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 11:14pm

Somaliland police shut down Horn Cable TV, arrest its editor

Nigerian journalists attacked and threatened while covering Bayelsa and Kogi state elections

Both from CPJ

And from the Guardian: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, said the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable, but that after nearly a decade, witnesses’ memories had faded.

“After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation I then make the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment"...

Nov 20, 2019, 12:41pm

Malta businessman held on yacht in journalist murder probe (BBC)

A Maltese businessman has been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia two years ago...

Caruana Galizia, an anti-corruption blogger, was killed by a car bomb near her home in October 2017...

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 10:52pm

Indian police accuse journalist Nellutla Venugopal of being part of a Maoist conspiracy (CPJ)

Journalist temporarily abducted, TV office attacked amid protests in Iraq (CPJ)

UJOSS decries press freedom violations in South Sudan (Radio Tamazuj)

cases of harassment, intimidation, illegal arrest and detention of journalists...

“These issues have made journalists scared to report the truth and this came at a time where journalists are to be set free to report what is happening in the country more especially on the revitalized peace agreement and also the formation of the government and we need journalists to be free to tell the truth in South Sudan... Journalists are not politicians and criminals, journalists are in the front line of development in any country"...

Nov 21, 2019, 10:47pm

Israeli forces raid Palestine TV and production company, order 6-month closure (CPJ)

Israeli police and intelligence officers raided the Jerusalem offices of Palestine TV and the Al-Arz Media Services Company, seized broadcasting equipment, and ordered the companies to remain closed for six months on orders from Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan...

Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 11:44pm

CPJ gala recognizes courageous journalists from developing democracies, celebrates press freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists and press freedom supporters from around the world celebrated journalists from Brazil, India, Nicaragua, and Tanzania last night at the 29th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York...

Journalist Pham Chi Dung detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

Security officers arrested Dung yesterday at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and charged him under Article 117 of Vietnam’s criminal code, an anti-state provision that bars criticism of the government...

Epoch Times printer damaged in arson attack in Hong Kong

In the early morning of November 19, four masked men stormed into Epoch Press, a print shop in Mong Kok that produces the daily Epoch Times in Hong Kong, threatened staffers with batons, and doused the company’s printing machines with gasoline and set them ablaze...

All from CPJ

Edited: Nov 26, 2019, 10:26am

Iranian authorities arrest journalist Mohammad Mosaed for tweets amid internet shutdown (CPJ)

Iraq media regulator orders closure of 12 broadcast news outlets (CPJ)

David May obituary (Guardian)

Egypt raids critical news outlet, detains staff (CPJ)

Doctors tell UK authorities Julian Assange 'could die' in jail (Al Jazeera)

More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they feared Julian Assange's health was so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British prison...

Social media solidarity for wounded Palestinian journalist (Al Jazeera)

Thousands of social media users have taken part in a campaign to support Palestinian freelance journalist Muath Amarneh, who lost his eye after being wounded while covering a protest in the occupied West Bank last week. Journalists from across the Arab world launched the campaign of solidarity after Amarneh was hit in the eye, apparently with a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces...

Nov 26, 2019, 11:16pm

Third Maltese minister quits amid fallout from journalist's murder (Guardian)

The future of Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, hangs in the balance after his chief of staff and two ministers stepped down in rapid succession amid controversy over the murder of the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia...

Malta Caruana murder: Resignations spark government crisis (BBC)

Two years after the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a volley of resignations has rocked Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's government...

Sowing the seeds of love: amorous pig pursues Greek reporter on live TV (Guardian)

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it … and in the incongruous setting of a stormy Greece it now seems even escaped pigs fall in love. In what is likely to go down in TV history, a live interview was brought to a dramatic halt on Tuesday when a large, mottled sow decided to display her affection for a male reporter on air...

Nov 27, 2019, 10:06am

No End in Sight for Jailed Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev
Jamie Dettmer | November 04, 2019

(Yury) Dmitriyev, who heads the Karelia branch of the human rights group Memorial, an organization dedicated to documenting Soviet-era purges, has spent two-and-half years locked up since December 2016. Initially he was arrested and charged with taking pornographic photographs many years before of his foster daughter, Natasha. A court-appointed body agreed a year later the images were not pornographic and had been taken for doctors to monitor the development of a sickly child.

But he was subsequently charged with having sexually assaulted Natasha.

Oddly - or possibly suspiciously – he is the second Karelia-based Gulag historian to be charged with child abuse in what some rights campaigners say is eerily reminiscent of the Soviet era when what were described as “ordinary” criminal charges were filed against dissidents to disgrace them, allowing the Kremlin to claim there was no political persecution.

...For decades Dmitriyev has worked to locate the execution sites and mass graves of Stalin's Great Terror, also known as his “Great Purge,” and to identify as many victims as possible. When he was arrested he was close to finishing a book that had taken nine years to research. It lists the names of 64,000 people deported from across Russia and who died in the forests of Karelia working in appalling conditions and freezing temperatures on construction sites — all in the name of building socialism.

...Since Vladimir Putin ascended to power two decades ago, Stalin has slowly been rehabilitated and his purges justified. “Putin restored the music of the Soviet national anthem, we have monuments erected to Stalin and the Great Terror justified in textbooks as part of a process that created 'a new class of management suitable to the goals of modernization,’” says journalist and Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza. He notes that it is becoming fashionable for Russian officials to put up portraits of Stalin on their office walls...

Edited: Nov 28, 2019, 12:37am

Chilean journalist Albertina Martínez Burgos found dead in Santiago

Several journalists arrested in crackdown in Saudi Arabia

Three more journalists arrested by Egyptian security forces

Iraqi security forces shutter Baghdad office of Dijlah TV broadcaster

All from CPJ

Edited to add: South Sudan: Free Arbitrarily Detained Journalist (Human RIghts Watch)

The National Security Service (NSS) arrested and detained Emmanuel Monychol Akop, the managing editor of The Dawn newspaper after he answered a summons on October 21, 2019 to appear at the security service headquarters in Jebel neighborhood of Juba. Credible sources told Human Rights Watch that Monychol’s arrest appears to be linked to an October 15 Facebook post in which he poked fun at the dress worn by the foreign affairs and international cooperation minister, Awut Deng Achuil...

Nov 29, 2019, 11:23pm

How BBC's Katy Watson pumped breast milk through polls and protests (BBC)

A journalist who kept working on overseas assignments while pumping breast milk for her new baby.

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 11:18pm

Honduran TV host José Arita shot dead in Puerto Cortés (CPJ)

two unidentified individuals shot Arita outside a convenience store in the city of Puerto Cortés, shortly after he finished broadcasting his show at the nearby offices of Puerto Visión, the local television station where he worked... Arita hosted “La Hora de la Verdad,” a late-night commentary show where he discussed local politics... Arita was critical of local opposition politicians in his broadcasts...

Dec 3, 2019, 12:44am

US abuses justice systems to target its enemies, like it did with Huawei – Assange’s father (RT)

The incarceration and extradition trial of Julian Assange is one of many examples of the US abusing the legal systems of other countries to target its political enemies, said John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks’ founder. Assange is currently held at a top security UK prison pending a hearing on extradition to the US. An American court wants him on espionage charges that may effectively result in imprisonment for life. Assange’s case is one of many in which Washington puts pressure on other nations to abuse their legal systems to persecute people that the US government doesn’t like, Assange’s father believes. The situation with Assange is similar to what happened to other people in Washington’s crosshairs...

Dec 3, 2019, 3:30am

To me, Reality Winner elicits more sympathy than creepy Julian Assange, especially when one compares her treatment to that accorded the many (male) higher ups apparently in cooperation with foreign adversary Russia.

Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 12:18pm

>189 John5918:

CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers exposes criminal operation against WikiLeaks founder (World Socialist Web Site)

In recent weeks, the Spanish media has published multiple reports showing that the US spied on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and monitored the confidential communications between Assange and his lawyers at the Ecuadorian embassy in London...

On Friday, Spanish daily El País reported that British officials were forced to reverse an earlier decision denying a European Investigation Order (EIO) filed by Spanish judge José De la Mata on September 25. The EIO was part of an investigation into what De la Mata calls the US government’s efforts to “invade the privacy of Assange and his lawyers by placing microphones inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London without consent from the affected parties.”

On September 26, the day after De la Mata initially filed the EIO, El País released another tranche of records showing that Spanish security firm UC Global spied on Assange on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency and provided the latter with video and audio recordings of meetings between Assange and his attorneys, as well as drafts of private legal documents prepared by counsel.

El País wrote on Friday that the initial denial of the EIO was so brazen a violation of legal norms that it “created unease in judicial circles” in the UK...

Edited to add: US efforts to extradite Julian Assange akin to rendition, WikiLeaks editor says (Guardian)

The planned extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange by the United States is a “new form of forced rendition” and a “dangerous precedent” for press freedom, according to the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson...

Dec 3, 2019, 11:06pm

Demonstrators block entrance to Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, call for staffers to be hanged (CPJ)

Dozens of protesters besieged the newspaper’s Islamabad office yesterday evening, blocking staff from entering or exiting the building, after the paper published a headline accurately describing the perpetrator of a terrorist attack in London on November 29 as “of Pakistani origin,” according to news reports. Demonstrators also gathered at the Karachi Press Club holding signs calling for Dawn editor Zaffar Abbas and publisher Hameed Haroon to be hanged... “Pakistanis have every right to object to and demonstrate against the Dawn newspaper over its coverage, but threatening violence steps way over the line”...

Dec 4, 2019, 2:33am

Two Catholic bishops speak out against Nigeria's proposed ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019’, which seeks to apply capital punishment for those found guilty of hate speech.

“Nigeria should not be proposing capital punishment at this period when other civilized countries are abandoning it because life is inviolable... While it seems necessary to exercise some control over the menace of fake news as a few countries have done, I believe that the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution should suffice to protect citizens and prosecute those who fall foul of the law... A draconian provision like the death penalty for hate speech would be an invitation to anarchy and chaos which will be provoked by an almost certain misapplication of such laws by government and overzealous security agents... If this bill is passed, Nigeria might as well bid bye to press freedom... Anyone who has power and has something to hide could invoke the law and conjure such punishment for perceived enemies. Nigeria might as well forget the much-touted fight against corruption for the same reasons... Rather than pursue this obnoxious law let the government seek to redress past injustices, provide basic infrastructure, treat all groups and interest in the country fairly according to the rule of law, provide an enabling environment for jobs and be transparently accountable...”

Hate Speech Bill “recommending death by hanging an attack on Nigerians”: Bishop

Nigeria’s Social Media Bill “a totalitarian attempt, rotten yoghurt,” Bishop Says

Both from ACI Africa

Edited: Dec 6, 2019, 12:58am

Duterte threatens to shut down Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN (CPJ)

Blinded Indonesian journalist seeks answers from Hong Kong police (Al Jazeera)

Video journalist Veby Mega Indah was hit in one eye by projectile fired by riot police during protests in September

Dec 10, 2019, 1:05am

Hundreds of journalists around the world sign open letter demanding freedom for Assange (WSWS)

Hundreds of journalists and media workers from every corner of the globe have put their name to an impassioned open letter demanding the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and an immediate “end to the legal campaign being waged against him for the crime of revealing war crimes”... 422 signatories to date...

Edited: Dec 11, 2019, 5:13am

US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship (CPJ)

Sahara Reporters staff told CPJ their Nigerian bank account was frozen without advance notice in October, significantly hindering their operations. The website was separately disabled twice due to allegations of copyright infringement, and staff report cyberattacks and increased surveillance outside their Lagos office, according to Sahara Reporters staff who spoke to CPJ. The site conducts aggressive reporting on corruption...

At least 250 journalists jailed worldwide for fourth straight year (CPJ)

The number of journalists imprisoned for their reporting globally reached at least 250 for the fourth consecutive year, with China and Turkey topping the list of the world’s leading jailers... After China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, the world’s worst jailers are Eritrea, Vietnam, and Iran...

“The imprisonment of a single journalist is a terrible injustice that has far-reaching consequences for families, friends, and colleagues... But the imprisonment of hundreds of journalists -- year after year -- is a threat to the global information system on which we all depend. Repressive governments are using these cruel tactics to deprive their own societies and the entire world of essential information”...

Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression (CPJ)

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework... don’t tell the whole story of their governments’ crackdowns on freedom of expression...

And on a more positive note:

Guardian scoops three prizes at the British Journalism Awards (Guardian)

Four Guardian journalists have been honoured at this year’s British Journalism Awards for their work for the title, which was itself highly commended in the news provider of the year category...

the prize for Comment Journalism... the Features Journalism award... the Business, Finance and Economics Journalism category...

Dec 11, 2019, 9:09am

Re-arresting of Nigerian Journalist “a danger to democracy,” Archbishop Decries (ACI Africa)

The re-arresting of Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore within court premises by the Department of State Security (DSS) hours after he had been freed on bail has angered a section of Nigerians including a Catholic Bishop in the West African Country who has condemned the incident terming it “a grave danger for democracy” in Africa’s most populous nation. “The manner in which Sowore was whisked away by the DSS operatives within the hallowed Temple of Justice and before a sitting Justice portends a grave danger for democracy in Nigeria”...

Corporate media silent on journalists’ letter demanding freedom for Julian Assange (WSWS)

media corporations in the English-speaking world have maintained a complete silence on a powerful open letter by journalists and media workers issued last weekend demanding the unconditional freedom of Julian Assange...

Dec 11, 2019, 11:42pm

For the sake of press freedom, Julian Assange must be defended (CPJ)

The Australian hacker and WikiLeaks founder was in the administration’s crosshairs for publishing classified ‘war logs’ from the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with diplomatic cables.

The leaks unnerved the Washington political and security establishment. Then Vice-President Joe Biden branded Assange a “high-tech terrorist” and Holder said he was considering prosecuting WikiLeaks and Assange under the 1917 Espionage Act.

We argued that wielding a blunt World War I-era legal weapon against WikiLeaks would undermine the right to gather, receive, or publish information of important public interest.

After all, if Obama prosecuted Assange, would he not also have to prosecute The New York Times, The Guardian, and other newspapers that published some of the WikiLeaks documents? That would deal a body blow to the First Amendment's protections of free speech and the press in the United States. It would also be a gift to authoritarian leaders overseas who could cite Washington’s example the next time they wanted to jail an irksome journalist or publisher.

It was also important to defend WikiLeaks because the Department of Justice (DOJ) had already tried to accuse reporters of encouraging leaks. This happened in 2010, when the DOJ named Fox News reporter James Rosen in a search warrant as a "co-conspirator" and tracked his movements and communications...

Fox host lambasts Trump over 'most sustained assault on press freedom in US history' (Guardian)

A leading host on Fox News, a conservative network notorious for its loyalty to the White House, has lambasted Donald Trump for mounting the most direct attack on press freedom in American history.

Chris Wallace, widely admired for breaking ranks from Fox colleagues by putting tough questions to administration officials, delivered his most stinging critique yet of the US president at an event celebrating the first amendment.

“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said to applause at the Newseum, a media museum in Washington, on Wednesday night.

“He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimise us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted. Back in 2017, he tweeted something that said far more about him than it did about us: ‘The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people’”...

Dec 12, 2019, 3:39am

China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists | December 11, 2019

For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mohammed bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi show no signs of letting up on the critical media...

The number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work in 2019 remained near record highs, as China tightened its iron grip on the press and Turkey, having stamped out virtually all independent reporting, released journalists awaiting trial or appeal. Authoritarianism, instability, and protests in the Middle East led to a rise in the number of journalists locked up in the region -- particularly in Saudi Arabia, which is now on par with Egypt as the third worst jailer worldwide.

In its annual global survey, the Committee to Protect Journalists found at least 250 journalists in jail in relation to their work, compared with an adjusted 255 a year earlier. The highest number of journalists imprisoned in any year since CPJ began keeping track is 273 in 2016. After China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, the worst jailers are Eritrea, Vietnam, and Iran.

While the majority of journalists imprisoned worldwide face anti-state charges, in line with recent years, the number charged with “false news” rose to 30 compared with 28 last year. Use of the charge, which the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi applies most prolifically, has climbed steeply since 2012, when CPJ found only one journalist worldwide facing the allegation. In the past year, repressive countries including Russia and Singapore have enacted laws criminalizing the publication of “fake news.”

...Other findings from CPJ’s annual census include:

Ninety-eight percent of journalists jailed worldwide are locals covering their own country. Three of the four journalists with foreign citizenship are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, and the fourth in China.
Twenty of the jailed journalists, or 8%, are female, compared with 13% last year.
Politics was the beat most likely to land journalists in jail, followed by human rights and corruption.
More than half of those imprisoned were reporters publishing online....

Edited: Dec 13, 2019, 11:39pm

Lawyers complain about lack of access to Julian Assange in jail (Guardian)

Defence team say he is unaware of some evidence in his case because of blockage in visits

Jamal Khashoggi: US spy chief given deadline to name Saudi writer's killers (Guardian)

US intelligence agencies will be given a month to make a formal declaration on whether the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the murder of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi...

And some from CPJ:

Rio mayor’s office bars Globo journalists from press conference

Brazilian radio station antenna destroyed in arson attack

Cuban journalist Luz Escobar repeatedly barred from leaving her home