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World Press Arkive Year Alpha and Year Beta: 2015-16 and 2016-17

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Not That Strong and Stable AGAIN: No Not That One: This the Comedy Podcast Series: Starts Today: Nothing Has Changed You Know: You Want Proof: I Had to Pay About One Billion Pounds So to Be Able to Keep Calling Myself a Prime Minister and Thank Goodness That No One in the Entire Party Wants to Be the Leader Now

 

|| September 15: 2017  || ά. Those, craving an injection of satire during the Party conference season, can breathe a sigh of relief, as streaming service Deezer has today announced the return of its podcast series, Strong and Stable. Providing a weekly dose of political commentary in town, the second series, which topped the charts as Deezer’s most streamed podcast before the summer recess, sees the return of comedy legend David Schneider entertaining a coalition of Britain’s finest comedians and political commentators to give a radically alternative take on the week’s political events.

The first episode, available to stream on Deezer from today, will see comedian Grainne Maguire, Mail on Sunday pundit Dan Hodges and the Editor of Politics.co.uk Ian Dunt, trying to figure out what the UK-EU Exit really means, with Tom Walker back as his fictional news reporter character Jonathan Pie sharing what’s been grinding his gears since the election fallout. James O Brien and Ayesha Hazarika will, also, be hosting episodes during the six-part series. David Schneider, Creative Director of That Lot and star of shows I’m Alan Partridge and The Day Today, said, "I'm very excited to be back combing the beach of events for the litter of political hypocrisies and failures.

What with Theresa May still insisting the UK plays Thelma to her Louise in the final scene of that film, Labour promoting their Schrodinger's Brexit, which allows us to be both in and out of the single market at the same time, there should be plenty to talk about for the next few weeks. Presuming we're allowed to hang around, that long by Kim Jong-un and Trump."

As people appear to opt for more convenient ways of getting their news, podcasts have seen a surge in popularity now reaching 05.5 million adult users across the UK according to MIDAS. In fact, according Deezer research podcasts now rank above radio as the UK's preferred source of news, reflected in the success of Strong and Stable, that is the series and not the Conservative Party's disasters, when it debuted earlier this year.

Rhys Griffiths, Talk Editor, UK at Deezer, said, “As Westminster returns from its summer break, we’re thrilled to be bringing back a second series of Strong and Stable to offer the nation some light relief in the face of Brexit negotiations and late-night Commons votes. By partnering with a fantastic line-up of comedians, each week we will be taking a light-hearted yet well-informed look at the biggest political stories both here and abroad.

Providing our users with more original content is a huge priority to us as we continue to grow and, as the nature of media consumption changes, we now have evidence that localised content such as the Strong & Stable podcast in the UK is what the consumer demands.”

Here is the Strong and Stable podcast can streaming port

About Deezer: Deezer connects 12 million active users around the world to over 43 million tracks. Available in 185 countries worldwide, Deezer gives instant access to the largest and most diverse global music streaming catalogue on any device. Deezer is the only music streaming service with Flow, the unique mix of all your old favourites and new recommendations in one ever-changing stream. Based on an intuitive, proprietary algorithm and created by people, who love music, it’s the only place to hear all your music back to back with fresh discoveries tailored to you. Deezer is available on your favourite device, including, smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car or smart TV. Making music happen since 2007, Deezer is a privately held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in London, Berlin, Miami and around the world.

About That Lot: That Lot is a social creative agency giving brands a human voice on the platforms, that matter to them. Founded by David Schneider and David Levin, That Lot focuses on innovation, truly native platform-specific content and strategic insight which helps their clients cut through on social media.  David Schneider is a writer, director and social media powerhouse with 377,000 followers:likes and counting, not that he’s counting. His award-winning credits span social, TV, film and advertising. David Levin is a pioneer of social tone of voice and creative social content, having been behind a number of award-winning accounts:platforms. ω.

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The Global Media Competition 2017 on Labour Migration on Reporting on Labour Migration Launched: Submission Deadline October 27

 

|| August 04: 2017: ILO News || ά. The International Labour Organisation:ILO is launching a global media competition to recognise exemplary media coverage on labour migration. The objective is to encourage quality reporting on labour migration. Such reporting is all the more significant as media often promotes a toxic public narrative based on nationality, national origin, gender and migratory status misperceptions, reinforcing prejudice, intolerance and stigmatisation against migrant workers and their families.

The competition was launched on July 31 and submissions will close on October 27. Professional journalists are invited to submit a maximum of two entries, one per each of the two following categories: Written articles: online or print articles; Media Production: photo journalism, audio, video; Articles should not exceed 8000 words and videos:multimedia should not be longer than 10 minutes. Submissions must have been published between January 01 2016 and October 27, 2017 to qualify.

While not overlooking the negative aspects, e.g, often a hard reality of exploitation and violation of human and labour rights, applicants are, also, encouraged to highlight the positive contribution of migrant workers to countries of origin, transit, and destination as well as the key aspects such as their fair recruitment. The Global Media Competition 2017 on Labour Migration will be contributing to the UN TOGETHER campaign, which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.

All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed to implementing the TOGETHER Campaign, which will run until the end of 2018, when the UNGA is expected to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees.

The Competition on labour migration is organised by the International Labour Organisation in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Organisation of Employers, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Federation of Journalists, Equal Times, Solidarity Centre, Human Rights Watch and Migrant Forum in Asia, as well as, the International Training Centre of the ILO.

This year's competition is organised with the support of the EU funded project 'Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration:REFRAME and the SDC funded project 'Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment':FAIR.

Entries submitted should address either one of the following two thematic areas: i: Labour migration aspects, migrant workers’ contribution to the social and economic development of countries of origin and destination, the protection of their labour rights, the recognition of their skills, their labour market integration, their social protection, migrant workers in an irregular situation, their working conditions, particularly, their wages, working time and occupational safety and health, migrant workers in the informal economy, their trade union rights, forced labour, child labour and trafficking situations; or ii: Fair recruitment of migrant workers, guided by the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment.

Refugees and displaced persons, where they are employed as workers outside their own countries, are considered migrant workers. As such, submissions covering international migrant workers and refugees, participating in labour markets outside their own countries, will be accepted.
Prizes

A total of four winners, one per category, per thematic area, will receive $1,000 USD each. Winning entries will be featured on ILO website and widely promoted as an example of good journalism.

For further details visit the ILO website. ω.

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Demands That Qatar Close Down the Al Jazeera Network and Other Affiliated Media Outlets Extraordinary Unprecedented and Clearly Unreasonable: Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein

 

|| June 30: 2017 || ά. The High Commissioner Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein today expressed strong concern about international demands that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network and other affiliated media outlets as 'extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable'. A spokesperson for High Commissioner told press in Geneva, ''Whether or not you watch it, like it or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate and have many millions of viewers.”

Mr Rupert Colville said, ''The demand that they be summarily closed down is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion.” Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in early June. The countries last week gave Qatar 10 days to comply with a list of demands to end the diplomatic showdown, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera.

The Office of the High Commissioner:OHCHR said that the dispute has been taken to a new level with the inclusion of some fundamental rights and freedoms in the list of demands. “To insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable.” stated Mr. Colville.

''If Qatar were to comply, the move would open a Pandora’s Box of powerful individual States or groups of States seriously undermining the right to freedom of expression and opinion in other States, as well as in their own.” he added.

The High Commissioner reiterated his call that all five Governments solve the ongoing matter in a calm, reasonable and lawful manner, that does not impact on their own human rights or those of other countries.
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RT: Here is Space 360: See How Mother Earth Looks

 

|| June 26: 2017 || ά. NASA astronauts, as well as guests and speakers of the IV science and arts STARMUS in Norway, shared their impressions of the RT special project 'Space 360', which the channel presented at a panel discussion, led by the host on RT America Mr Larry King. Commenting on the first ever panoramic video of Earth as seen from space, filmed in 360 degrees from aboard the International Space Station, Mr Larry King said, “I hope, we will be seeing much more in the future from RT of Space 360.”

Adding his thoughts on the project was well-known American director Mr Oliver Stone. “It’s a video game!” Mr Stone said, while viewing RT’s project through special VR glasses. Popular astrophysicist, author and recipient of the Stephen Hawking science communication award Mr Neil Degrasse Tyson explained, “I think you know when you feel like you’re there because it affects your balance and your senses and we adjust, so your brain thinks you’re there.”

NASA astronaut and Colonel of the US Air Force Mr Terry Virts shared why he thought the Space 360 project was so important, "People all over the world love space and want to go there. It would be great if more people could visit there, but so far only a few hundred people have been able to do it….The video allows you to share these impressions.”

At a panel discussion, called, S'pace Journalism 360: New Era', host and guide of the project, Russian cosmonaut Mr Andrey Borisenko and head of RT360 Mr Eduard Chizhikov presented 'Space 360', a collaboration between RT, the Roscosmos State corporation and Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, as well as discussed their views on the future of virtual reality.

RT was an a official media partner for the Starmus festival while video agency RT Ruptly, the festival’s official global content distributor, carried a live stream of the panel discussions with well-known scientists and Nobel laureates of physics, medicine, and economics.

RT was one of the first news organisations to begin producing videos in the 360 degree format. The special project 'Space 360', which has earned over 22 million online views on various outlets and it is available online as well as at the RT360 app.

About RT: RT is a global TV news network, that broadcasts 24:7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington DC and London. It is available to 700 million viewers worldwide. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for best 24-hr broadcast and the only Russian TV channel to garner four nominations for the prestigious International Emmy Awards for News. ω.

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Command and Control Mindset Applies to Armies: A Society Can Only Exist in the Absolute Opposite of This Mindset: It Exists in the Liberty-Air of the Rule of Law Where the Only Qualification Applied to Liberty is the Law: Index on Censorship Magazine Requires Everyone's Support

 

|| May 23: 2017 || ά. The summer 2017 issue of Index on Censorship magazine explores why comedy is coming under threat and asseses the legacy of Russia’s revolution, 100 years after it rocked the world. The issues features Silvia Nortes detailing a spate of legal cases against comedy in Spain, Daniel Leisegang exploring the German government’s attitude toward speech and comedy censorship and Raymond Joseph interviewing South African cartoonist Zapiro about provoking the country's president and a six-year court case.

“When cartoonists are being arrested and novelists told their plots must only support the government line, you know your nation is in deep trouble.” argues Ms Rachael Jolley, the Editor of Index on Censorship magazine in the latest issue. “A country’s sense of humour is a nebulous thing. But when it starts to disappear, something serious is afoot. That’s precisely the situation in Spain right now. Comedy, it turns out, is touching a nerve, as it often does, and rather surprisingly, the lawyers are getting involved. Comedy is not only a threat, but under threat.” said Ms Jolley.

And it’s not just Spain. In Germany and South Africa, satire is coming under increased pressure in new and dangerous ways. Targeting people for making a joke, that’s something you might expect from an authoritarian and struggling state, like the former Soviet Union. But modern, seemingly sensible democratic states? Cracking down on comedy is just one way to command and control society, she said. This issue’s special report examines others as we study the long shadows Russia’s 1917 revolution cast within and without its national borders.

From the beginning the early Soviets were not fond of disagreement. Shortly after their rise to power, between October 1917 and June 1918, around 470 opposition publications were closed down. Lenin was clear how the nation should work. He believed that journalists, novelists and opinion formers were either with him or against the state. The idea of groupthink, honed by the Soviet Union and satirised by George Orwell, continues to haunt writers in former communist countries today. But it is most astonishing is what is happening in these 'post-communist countries', such as Russia?

Other contributors include Mr David Aaronovitch, Mr Bernard Gwertzman, Mr Rafael Marques de Morais, Ms Kaya Genç, Mr Jan Fox, Mr Duncan Tucker, Mr Lahav Harkov, Mr Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Mr Yidi Wu. Also in this issue are Ms Jemimah Steinfeld interviewing Ms Margaret Atwood about freedom of speech and why scientists need to be defended, Ms Laura Silvia Battaglia interviewing a Yemeni journalist about his ordeal reporting on his country’s war, which has included being kidnapped, tortured and shot and a Chechnyan journalist writes about what it is like to be a reporter there and security fears.

Interested, may, order copies from the Magazine website or take out a digital subscription via Exact Editions. Copies are available at the BFI, the Serpentine Gallery, Mag Culture, London, News from Nowhere. Liverpool, Home, Manchester, Calton Books, Glasgow and on Amazon. Each magazine sale helps Index on Censorship continue its fight for free expression worldwide.

About Index on Censorship magazine: Index on Censorship magazine was first published in 1972 and remains the only global magazine dedicated to free expression. Since then, some of the greatest names in literature and academia have written for the magazine, including Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Amartya Sen, Samuel Beckett, as well as Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter. The magazine continues to attract great writers, passionate arguments, and expose chilling stories of censorship and violence. It is the only global free expression magazine. Each quarterly magazine is filled with reports, analysis, photography and creative writing from around the world. Winner of the British Society of Magazine Editors 2016 Editor of the Year in the special interest category. ω.

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Two Pastors Join Forces to Launch a New Television Channel for the US Audience This Summer



|| May 23: 2017 || ά. TV Evangelists, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc DD, President of Believers' Love World Inc and Christ Embassy and Pastor Benny Hinn of Benny Hinn Ministries, confirmed that they agreed to partner together to launch a brand new television channel. They announced their channel to be broadcasting across the United States, beginning in the Summer of 2017. As one of the biggest independent cable media companies, Olympusat caters to a diverse audience by offering premium content and services across platforms resonating with the emerging needs of millions of viewers every day.

''Now it will showcase the power of God.'' With this goal in mind, in 2003, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome pioneered the first 24-hour Christian satellite network, broadcasting from Africa worldwide. The Channel believes that this gave rise to several TV channels, with another on the way. Millions of people have been touched by powerful messages of salvation through the far-reaching, audience-friendly television ministry of Pastor Chris. "Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Pastor Benny Hinn are delighted to launch this new network dedicated to demonstrating the power of God on a daily basis in the United States and around the world." expressed, Pastor Deola Phillips.

2017 is the year of flourishing and May is the month of meditation, this transformational new TV channel has divine timing.” Just last month, Christ Embassy, also, known as the Believers' Love World mega-congregation, showed the international impact of its large-scale biannual Loveworld Festival of Music and Arts:LFMA 2017. Over 30,000 guests from around the world attended the event in South Africa, that took place from Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30.

About Pastor Benny Hinn: People around the world know Pastor Benny Hinn as a noted Evangelist, teacher and the author of best-selling books like Good Morning, Holy Spirit, Prayer That Gets Results, Blood in the Sand, and Lamb of God. His TV programme, This Is Your Day, is among the world’s most-watched Christian programmes, watched daily in 200 countries. Yet, there is much more to this ministry and this man's story, who has touched the world for 43 years with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit:  /

About Pastor Chris Oyakhilome: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc DD, is the President of Believers' Love World Inc. and of Christ Embassy. Being a distinct minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his leadership continues to propel a dynamic, multifaceted, and global ministry. As a Pastor, healer, teacher, television host, and best-selling author, Pastor Chris exudes an insatiable passion for reaching people worldwide. He seeks to enrich people with God's manifested presence, a divine commission he has diligently focused on fulfilling for more than 30 years. ω.

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Tunisian Authorities Must End Harassment of the Independent Media: Amnesty International

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|| May 07: 2017: Amnesty International News || ά. Responding to the harassment and interrogation of Mr Sami Ben Gharbia, Founder and Director of the independent Tunisian news website, Nawaat, who was questioned for six hours earlier this week in relation to an article, that leaked details of a controversial government bill, Ms Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International said, “Subjecting an independent journalist to lengthy interrogation and harassment in connection with their work is a flagrant assault on press freedom.

This incident sends a worrying signal, that the Tunisian authorities are willing to clamp down on the right to freedom of expression and suggests that journalists, who are critical of the authorities could be punished for carrying out their legitimate work. Instead of bullying journalists into revealing their sources and subjecting them to lengthy interrogations, the Tunisian government must ensure that all journalists in the country are able to carry out their work free from intimidation, harassment and threat of arrest.”

The journalist was called for questioning on May 03 in relation to an article, published by Nawaat on April 21, which leaked details of a presidential plan to pass an amended version of Tunisia’s controversial economic reconciliation law.

The law proposed by the president has stirred up controversy among politicians, anti-corruption activists and civil society for offering immunity from further prosecution to officials and business executives, accused of corruption and embezzlement under the former government if they return the stolen assets. ω.

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Turkey: 250,000 Demand the Release of 120 Jailed Journalists: When a Nation Seeks to Break the Pens It Must Know That It Is Already in the Darkest of Places and It is High Time That It Turns Back for Soon It Shall Reach a Point of No Return

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|| May 03: 2017: Amnesty International News  || ά. Senior journalists, cartoonists and world-renowned artists have joined a campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey following last summer’s coup attempt and an end to the ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression in the country. The campaign, which has attracted 250,000 supporters since February, will see protests in cities around the world timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day and the publication of an Amnesty International briefing, Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom.

“A large swathe of Turkey’s independent journalists are languishing behind bars, held for months on end without trial, or facing prosecution on the basis of vague anti-terrorism laws.” said Mr Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. “Today our thoughts are with all journalists, who are imprisoned or facing threats and reprisals, but our particular focus is on Turkey, where free expression is being ruthlessly muzzled. We call on Turkey’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists jailed simply for doing their job.”

Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, at least 156 media outlets have been shut down and an estimated 2,500 journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs. Journalists have been arrested and charged with terrorism offences as a result of posts they have shared, cartoons they have drawn or opinions they expressed.

This is taking place within the context of a wider crackdown against perceived government critics which has seen 47,000 people remanded in prison and more than 100,000 public sector employees summarily dismissed.

Journalist Mr Mahir Kanaat was arrested with six colleagues on Christmas day. “My hands were tied behind my back and a ‘special team’, police officer, was on top of me. I shouted ‘my wife is nine months pregnant, why are you making her lay down’ and tried to get up. There was a scuffle, I was kicked in the face.” Mr Mahir Kanaat’s wife gave birth to their son while he was in detention. He is still in prison awaiting trial.

Lengthy periods of pre-trial detention have become routine. Charges levelled against media workers are often trumped up, sometimes patently absurd or wholly lacking any evidence of an actual criminal offence.

Former newspaper Editor Mr Ahmet Altan was detained in September 2016 along with his brother, academic Mr Mehmet Altan. They were accused of ‘sending subliminal messages’ to the coup plotters during a TV panel discussion on the eve of the coup attempt. The programme’s presenter, Nazlı Ilıcak, was, also, arrested and remains in pre-trial detention.

Investigative journalist, Mr Ahmet Şik, has been remanded in custody since December. In the indictment against him, eight tweets, two interviews and an article were listed as evidence of his aiding three separate proscribed groups, all of which have totally different, often opposing, agendas. His wife Ms Yonca told Amnesty International, “Ahmet’s imprisonment is a message to others: ‘Speak out if you dare’.”

More than 250,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the release of Turkey’s journalists and over the last month thousands have supported the Free Turkey Media campaign.

Among those, that have already backed the movement are artist Mr Ai Weiwei, while dozens of cartoonists around the world are submitting work, which will be judged by a panel including cartoonists Mr Zunar, Steve Bell and Martin Rowson. The Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in 2013 in Egypt for more than 400 days, are supporting the campaign, as well.

“For more than 400 days in Egypt, it was the knowledge that people around the world were campaigning for our release that kept us strong.” wrote Mr Peter Greste and Mr Mohamed Fahmy in an article published in newspapers around the world today.

“If it was right to speak out for us and demand Free AJ Staff, it is right to speak up for all journalists jailed simply for doing the their jobs. That is why we have joined the call to Free Turkey Media.”

Find out more about the campaign. ω.

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University of Manchester Magazine: Sparkling in Spring Energy with Rich Variety of Contents

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|| March 04: 2017: University of Manchester News  || ά. 'At Manchester the next revolution is never far away. In our spring 2017 issue we meet inspiring Equity and Merit scholars making a difference to their Ugandan communities, learn why Manchester has been named one of the most innovative universities in the world, and hear from the head of our new Henry Royce Institute on how we’re turning advanced materials science into global solutions. ω.

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Pakistan: Journalists and Activists Under Threat: Amnesty International: March: The Media Freedom Month: Care Because Societies Become Open Prisons When Media Freedom Has Been Robbed
 

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|| March 01: 2017: Amnesty International News  || ά. ''Pakistan’s authorities must take urgent action to protect journalists, bloggers, civil society and other human rights activists who are facing constant harassment, intimidation, threats and violent attacks in the country.'' Amnesty International said today. In an open letter to the Interior Minister, Nisar Ali Khan, the human rights organisation highlighted how a smear campaign is underway to issue threats against dissenting voices and delegitimize their work in ways that could have grave consequences for their security.

“The work of journalists, bloggers, civil society organisations and human rights defenders is crucial to any free and just society. Their activities are not just protected under Pakistan’s obligations under international law but also under Pakistan’s constitution.” wrote David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Senior Advisor on South Asia. The letter cited the example of shows on Bol Television, including ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’, that have attacked prominent human rights defenders and journalists, triggering death threats 'that the Pakistani government must not ignore'.

Amnesty International’s concerns are based on its extensive documentation of cases in Pakistan over recent decades where accusations of blasphemy and other smear campaigns have led to threats, attacks, and even the killings of journalists and human rights defenders.

“The authorities should take decisive actions to create a safe and enabling environment in which it is possible to defend and promote human rights without fear of punishment, reprisal or intimidation.” David Griffiths wrote.
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March: The Media Freedom Month: Care Because Societies Become Open Prisons When Media Freedom Has Been Robbed

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|| February 28: 2017 || ά. Freedom of expression campaign group Index on Censorship launches Media Freedom Month in March with the release of its annual report into media freedom in Europe. The report shows journalists face regular harassment, legal sanctions and even jail for doing their job, even in supposed democracies. Index’s Media Freedom Month aims to raise awareness of and funding for its work campaigning on press freedom. “Right now, journalists and journalism are threatened from all directions. UK journalists who travel to the US are being told they need to hand over their mobile phone contacts and Facebook passwords.

US journalists are being labelled as peddlers of ‘fake news’ over any articles the President dislikes and reporters across Europe face a host of laws that hamper their ability to work.” said Index Chief Executive Ms Jodie Ginsberg. Media Freedom Month will begin with the launch on Wednesday of the latest Mapping Media Freedom report on Europe and will end with an exclusive study of media freedom in the United States that goes well beyond the current focus on Donald Trump and his relationship with the press. “A country without a free media is not a free country. Journalism provides a vital check on corruption and abuse of power and we must fight to protect it.” said Ms Ginsberg.

Between January 01 and December 31, 2016, Mapping Media Freedom’s network of correspondents, partners and other journalists submitted a total of 1,387 verified threats to press freedom in 42 European countries. “The precarious state of press freedom across the globe is underlined by the volume of verified incidents added to Mapping Media Freedom in 2016.

The spectrum of threats is growing, the pressure on journalists increasing and the public right to transparent information is under assault. People who are simply trying to do their job are being targeted like never before. These trends do not bode well for 2017.” said Ms Hannah Machlin, Mapping Media Freedom Project Officer.

Some of the major themes in the data and which journalists should be wary of in 2017 include: violence from right-wing groups; dangers faced when reporting on protests and demonstrations organised across the political spectrum; impunity: physical attacks on journalists not properly investigated; government officials intimidating reporters without fear of punishment; difficulties reporting on refugees, including being denied access and violence

Silencing journalists by arresting them on ties to terrorist or extremist groups; criminalised libel laws subjecting media outlets to high fines; economic difficulties leading to the closure or restructuring media outlets and buyouts by wealthy businesspeople, often leading to job cuts and dismissals; state of emergency laws being used to detain journalists without charge and dath threats and smear campaigns disseminated online.

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About Mapping Media Freedom: Mapping Media Freedom, a major Index on Censorship project and a joint undertaking with the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, partially funded by the European Commission, covers 42 countries, including all EU member states, plus Bosnia, Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Albania along with Ukraine, Belarus and Russia in added in April 2015, and Azerbaijan, added in February 2016. The platform was launched in May 2014 and has recorded over 2,700 incidents threatening media freedom.

About Index on Censorship: Index on Censorship is a freedom of expression charity that campaigns against censorship and promotes free expression worldwide. Founded in 1972, Index has published some of the world’s leading writers and artists in its award-winning quarterly magazine, including Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Samuel Beckett and Kurt Vonnegut. It also has published some of the greatest campaigning writers from Vaclav Havel to Elif Shafak.
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What is Disconnecting the Connectors: New Study Identifies Disconnect Between the Media and the Public

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|| February 26: 2017: University of Missouri: Columbia: USA News || ά. Recently, mainstream media have faced heavy criticism from all sides of the political spectrum regarding coverage of the American presidential election and other political issues. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that many national journalists have views of democracy that are different than many Americans. The researchers believe this difference in philosophy might be contributing to a disconnect between Americans and the media.

Tim Vos, an Associate Professor of Journalism Studies at the University, along with David Wolfgang, a former doctoral student at the University, performed in-depth interviews with political journalists, many of whom work for national news outlets. They found that most political journalists had an 'elitist' view of democracy, meaning they believe that American citizens should elect political candidates every four years and then allow those office holders to perform their jobs with little input from the public. Furthermore, journalists believe their role is to update the public on the actions of elected officials so the public will be well-informed during the next election cycle, the study found.

Mr Vos says that this philosophy, also called 'administrative democracy'. is at odds with a more populist view of democracy many Americans hold, which is that the public should have influence over elected officials’ decisions on a more regular basis. “This disconnect has shown itself many times in recent months, as a large portion of the American public has expected political news to be covered in one way while reporters are covering political news in a different way.” Mr Vos said.

“This not only has led to many readers being upset about the style, tone and content of the news coverage but also journalists appearing out-of-touch with their audience. While neither of these views about democracy are wrong, journalists need to do a better job of understanding their audiences so they can cover political issues better.”

The study also identified a lack of diversity among journalists’ sources as another potential cause for the disconnect between journalists and the public. A primary tenet of good journalism is portraying diverse points of view and covering all sides of an issue. However, Mr Vos found that a lack of newsroom resources often prevents reporters from covering issues as holistically as they wish.

“The lack of staffing and the emphasis on fast reporting has hurt journalists’ abilities to speak with a wide range of sources when covering stories.” Mr Vos said. “Many journalists said the pressure of being first to break a story, as well as less support staff to help with reporting, has led them to reuse the same sources many times.

If a reporter needs a quote from a member of each political party, they are much more likely to call the person who they know will respond quickly, rather than take time to hunt down different people who might have more diverse viewpoints.”

Mr Vos says that increasing the resources for journalists would greatly improve this lack of source diversity. The study, “Journalists’ normative constructions of political viewpoint diversity', was published in Journalism Studies.

Tim Vos, an Associate Professor and Chair of Journalism Studies in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that many political journalists at national media outlets have differing views of democracy than many Americans. ω.

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Truth Out: A Publication That Matters: And Why Does It Matter: Because With the Truth Nelson Mandela Suffers But Still Wins and Without It Because Lies Took Over, Steve Biko Gets Murdered: Because with It Human and Woman's Rights Get Upheld While Without It They Establish Lies as Truth and Give Alternative Facts About Their Very Lies

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|| February 07: 2017 || ά. This publication is simply called, Truth Out and you can read their offerings at truth-out.org. No they are not owned by 'media moguls' nor their 'corporations'. It is a not-for-profit venture for people to report the realities. Truth Out reported today on a very special thing that is happening in America and all over the world. Written by Christopher F. Petrella, Black Perspectives, in a piece, titled, 'Race, History and the ScienceMarch': ''Donald Trump is an anti-science president. In fact, his entire raison d'être, perhaps unsurprisingly, stands at cross-purposes with the scientific method, systematic inquiry and even the basic notion of evidentiary support. In the few days since his inauguration, Trump has already prohibited scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture:USDA and Environmental Protection Agency:EPA from speaking to the public about their research. Moreover, the White House recently expunged U.S. National Park Service:NPS Twitter content highlighting the threat of climate change. In the wake of Trump's dictates, concerned scientists have taken to social media to plan a protest in Washington, DC that they are dubbing the ScienceMarch......

The ScienceMarch has great potential to underscore the need for public policy to be grounded in scientific study. Securing widespread participation, however, will require that the organisers pull together multiple constituencies in a broad-based multi-racial and bi-partisan alliance. To be sure, the coalitional nature, and, therefore, efficacy, of this fledgling movement will be predicated on the extent to which its organisers are willing to acknowledge the racialised nature of the history of science itself. That is, the organisers must understand the manifold ways in which so-called scientific experimentation and discourse have been marshalled to ratify and propagate white supremacy and to degrade the bodies, minds and experiences of people of colour.''  Here, Truth Out says about itself:
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One Journalist Killed Every Four Days in 2016

 

|| January 17: 2017 || ά. More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation:UNESCO. UNESCO said that 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days. “The profession of a journalist is not a safe one and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted.” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

The UN agency coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations. According to the figures recently released, the most lives were lost in the Arab States, where the armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen have claimed the largest share, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean.

Each killing has been condemned by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, who called on authorities to investigate the murders. In addition to physical violence, journalists were also threatened through online hate speech and gender-based harassment.

“When crimes against journalists, of any kind, remain unpunished, it implies that media can continuously be harassed and attacked,” added Mr. La Rue. “Impunity slowly gags journalists and media, where fear of reprisal turns into self-censorship, depriving each and every one of us from vital information.”
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