119 thoughts on “Keys to Freedom

  1. Nattering Nabob of Negativism says:

    The Los Angeles Times is protesting a federal judge’s order to remove information from an article the newspaper published on Saturday morning, according to the LA Times. http://thehill.com/media/397117-la-times-protests-judges-order-to-change-article
    U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Saturday ordered the Times to delete certain details from an article about a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican mafia.
    The Times said they will contest this order, calling it an unusual violation of the First Amendment.

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    In the notes for Trump’s prepared remarks to the enemies of the people ahead of a Cabinet meeting this afternoon concerning his supposed ‘slip of the tongue’ Monday in Helsinki reporters noticed that a line in his talking points about bringing election hackers to justice had been stricken through and the phrase “THERE WAS NO COLLUSION” scrawled with a black marker in Trumps distinctive handwriting. https://www.spin.com/2018/07/trump-russia-notes-no-collusion/ https://www.spin.com/2018/07/trump-russia-notes-no-collusion/

    • Loopty Lou says:

      “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump said at the White House, appearing to read from prepared remarks. But then, he suggested that it “could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”
      No other nations have been identified as potential meddlers by U.S. intelligence officials or congressional probes into the interference.

      • Stay tuned says:

        (July 18 at 1:35 PM) President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States with cyber attacks, a conclusion that is at odds with the one repeatedly asserted by Trump’s own intelligence services. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/18/trump-no-russia-is-not-targeting-the-united-states.html
        Dan Coats, Trump’s director of national intelligence, had a very different assessment as recently as Monday, however, saying in a statement, “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”
        And on Friday, Coats compared Russia’s current cyber efforts to warning signs that emerged before the 9/11 attacks. “The warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said at a Washington, D.C. think tank. “Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.”
        Over the weekend, US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Russia and others are using cyber warfare to try and influence elections.
        Her words come after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday for hacking into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party.
        Trump’s latest round of problematic comments also came one day after the president touted his administration’s aggressive efforts to prevent future Russian meddling.

        • Muckraker says:

          (Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 3:23 PM – 22 Jul 2018): “So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”
          (CNN 7/22/18): “Stelter: Trump’s ‘hoax’ tweet means the press has even more questions to ask” https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/22/media/donald-trump-russia-investigation-tweet/index.html “…And if Helsinki was fresh kindling for a raging fire, Trump poured even more fuel on it Sunday night. With the click of a button, he tweeted that “Russia” — shorthand for the Russian interference campaign in 2016 — was “all a big hoax.”
          He seemed to be contradicting his own claims that he believes US intelligence.
          Now the White House press corps — and members of the public — have even more questions for the commander in chief.
          …On any level it is astonishing to see a sitting president contradict his own administration this way. Intelligence agencies, congressional leaders, and outside experts have all assessed that Russia was responsible for a sweeping attack on the US election in 2016.”

  3. Past is Prologue says:

    “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered” (New York Times July 18, 2018) http://archive.is/7oij6 “WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
    The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.”

  4. Tweety Pie says:

    (11:03 AM ET, Thu July 19, 2018): Trump says he’ll have another meeting with Putin, again calls media ‘enemy of the people’ https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-summit/index.html
    “In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump argued his summit with Putin “was a great success.”
    “The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” Trump said. “I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more.”
    “There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems…but they can ALL be solved!” Trump tweeted.

  5. Fighting words says:

    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours, 24 April 1816) https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-09-02-0471
    “The Sharpened Quill : Was Thomas Paine too much of a freethinker for the country he helped free?” (The New Yorker 2006) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/10/16/the-sharpened-quill “Thomas Paine is, at best, a lesser Founder. In the comic-book version of history that serves as our national heritage, where the Founding Fathers are like the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends, Paine is Aquaman to Washington’s Superman and Jefferson’s Batman; we never find out how he got his superpowers, and he only shows up when they need someone who can swim. For all that, Paine’s contributions to the nation’s founding would be hard to overstate. “Common Sense” made it possible to declare independence. “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain,” Adams himself wrote.”
    “Common Sense” (Full title: “Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects.”) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

  6. Ignorance is Strength says:

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who criticized Trump’s performance last week at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (CNN 7/23/18) https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/23/politics/rand-paul-revoke-brennan-security-clearance/index.html “Following the Helsinki summit where Trump declined to endorse the US intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Brennan harshly condemned Trump’s performance at the press conference calling it “nothing short of treasonous.”

  7. Púca says:

    “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening. Just stick with us, don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news.” President Trump, July 25, 2018, at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo. (After delivering his remarks, Trump pointed out reporters covering his speech, leading to boos and hisses from scores of veterans in attendance). http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/donald-trump-vfw-speech-kansas-city-what-youre-seeing-reading-not-whats-happening-20180724.html
    “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” [Winston Smith in his diary] George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Book 1, Chapter 7) https://genius.com/George-orwell-nineteen-eighty-four-book-1-chapter-7-annotated
    “Everything You Know Is Wrong” Firesign Theatre (1974) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_You_Know_Is_Wrong

  8. Xуйло says:

    “CNN reporter barred from White House event for asking ‘inappropriate’ questions” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cnn-reporter-banned-kaitlan-collins-white-house-trump-question-affair-karen-mcdougal-a8464416.html (“Mr Trump has frequently complained about CNN’s coverage of his presidency, which he claims is unfair.”)
    “Reporter Forcibly Removed From Trump-Putin Press Conference” (7/16/18) https://variety.com/2018/politics/news/reporter-forcibly-removed-from-trump-putin-press-conference-1202873990/
    “Journalist Sees ‘Almost No Daylight’ Between Fox News And White House Agendas” (7/12/18) https://www.npr.org/2018/07/12/628250994/journalist-sees-almost-no-daylight-between-fox-news-and-white-house-agendas

  9. 4theRecord says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 5:30 AM – 29 Jul 2018
    “Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1023546197129224192
    “NYT publisher disputes Trump’s retelling of off-the-record conversation” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/29/trump-new-york-times-sulzberger-747495 “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said in a statement released by the Times about the July 20 meeting at the White House. “I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
    “I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists,” Sulzberger continued. “I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.”

  10. Fear this says:

    “Journalist Bob Woodward is set to release a book detailing the alleged horrors of the inner workings of President Donald Trump’s White House right before November’s midterm elections.
    Woodward, famous for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, has allegedly based the book, entitled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” on the accounts of first hand witnesses and has been working on it for eight months. The description of the book on its pre-order page claims that it recounts the “harrowing life” of staffers inside Trump’s White House as well as Trump’s personal decision-making processes.” http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/30/bob-woodward-trump-book-midterms/ “The book is due for release on September 11, less than two months before the midterm elections. The title allegedly comes from an interview Woodward had with Trump in 2016 in which Trump is reported to have said “Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word, fear.”

  11. Gleichschaltung says:

    “CNN’s Jim Acosta Warns Anti-Media Hostility Is Going To Get Someone Hurt” https://www.yahoo.com/news/cnn-apos-jim-acosta-warns-084707504.html
    Footage of enraged Trump supporters during his July 31st rally in Tampa, Florida was quickly shared by Trump’s son, Eric, who added a simple addendum reading “Truth.” The message was later retweeted by the president.
    “Veteran newsman Dan Rather on Wednesday said President Trump should be held personally accountable if any violent acts are committed against the press under his presidency.
    Citing Tuesday night’s rally in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Rather accused Mr. Trump of “whipping up the crowd into a frenzy” and “inviting, even inciting, violence” against the press.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/2/dan-rather-trump-will-be-personally-accountable-vi/
    “Trump’s circus targets CNN: Eric and Don Jr. incite supporters to gang up on Jim Acosta : The Trumps and Sean Hannity are openly supporting a pro-Trump crowd’s attacks on CNN reporter Jim Acosta” https://www.salon.com/2018/08/01/trumps-circus-targets-cnn-eric-and-don-jr-incite-supporters-to-gang-up-on-jim-acosta/
    “The imaginary violence against the news media” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/the-imaginary-violence-against-the-news-media

  12. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News” http://gawker.com/5814150/roger-ailes-secret-nixon-era-blueprint-for-fox-news “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News” is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations obtained from their presidential libraries. (article includes links to documents)
    “Trump uses latest raucous rally to slam recent press coverage” https://nypost.com/2018/08/02/trump-uses-latest-raucous-rally-to-slam-recent-press-coverage/
    “President Trump on Thursday clarified that not all members of the media are the “enemy of the people,” just the “FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-says-only-the-fake-news-are-the-enemy-of-the-people/

  13. 17 says:

    President of the United States of America at 4:38 AM, August 5th, 2018
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

  14. Whoa Nelly says:

    A recent Ipsos poll revealed that 43 percent of Republicans believe that President Trump should have the power to shut down news organizations that exhibit “bad behavior.”
    The results, first reported by The Daily Beast, also indicate that about half of GOP participants view the media as “the enemy of the people.”
    Twelve percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents who participated in the August 3-6 survey agreed that Trump should have authority over “misbehaving outlets”, and 12 percent and 26 percent see the media as the opposition. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/07/poll-43-percent-of-republicans-say-trump-should-be-able-to-shut-down-media-outlets/23497924/

  15. Aux barricades! says:

    The editorial board of the Boston Globe is proposing that newspapers across the nation express their disdain for the president’s rhetoric on Aug. 16 with the best weapon they have: their collective voice. https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/08/10/globe-calls-for-war-words-against-trump-media-attacks/bOjknXaqL92wsnMPT5ZIVJ/story.html
    The rally calls for the opinion writers that staff newspaper editorial boards to produce independent opinion pieces about Trump’s attacks on the media. So far, according to the Associated Press, 70 news organizations have agreed — from large metropolitan daily newspapers such as the Miami Herald and Denver Post to small weekly newspapers with four-digit circulation numbers.
    The Globe’s appeal is limited to newspaper opinion writers, who operate independently from news reporters and editors. As The Post’s policy explains, the separation is intended to serve the reader, “who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and ‘op-ed’ pages.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/08/11/not-the-enemy-of-the-people-70-news-organizations-will-blast-trumps-attack-on-the-press/?utm_term=.8f9adeb8d392

  16. Fear and loathing says:

    “President Trump on Thursday night ratcheted up his not-so-veiled attacks on the media, making light of an assault perpetrated by a Republican member of Congress on a journalist and suggesting it was done on behalf of his state.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/07/trump-jokingly-praises-congressman-assaulting-reporter/?utm_term=.3631773d6594
    See also https://buffalonews.com/2017/05/26/adam-zyglis-greg-gianforte/
    “Trump’s War on the Press Follows the Mussolini and Hitler Playbook : Never forget: Mussolini and Hitler made their first target the press. After a year of ‘alternative facts’ you can see why.” (Daily Beast) https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-war-on-the-press-follows-the-mussolini-and-hitler-playbook

  17. Epistolarian says:

    “The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office” (Washington Post 9/8/18) https://wapo.st/2N29w7m In July 1798, President Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts that, among other things, made it illegal to “write, print, utter, or publish . . . any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings” against the president and other executive branch officials.
    “Why a Free Press Matters : Journalists have been keeping a check on power since the creation of the First Amendment. Now they’re being tested.” By Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner (The Atlantic) 8/16/18 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/why-a-free-press-matters/567676/
    “Who Owns the News? European Journey Shows Press Freedom Is More Fragile Than We Think” commentary by Rickey Bevington, local Atlanta host for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” https://www.globalatlanta.com/who-owns-the-news-european-journey-shows-press-freedom-is-more-fragile-than-we-think/

  18. جمال خاشقجي says:

    “Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression” (Washington Post – published October 17, 2018 after having been received from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html?utm_term=.c9ca6d33d0c1
    Khashoggi’s last column for The Post before his disappearance in Arabic at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/10/17/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression-arabic/?utm_term=.d83855c3b924

  19. Stay tuned says:

    “In a stunning break with protocol, the White House said Wednesday night that it’s suspending the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta “until further notice.”
    The move came just hours after Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, drew the ire of President Donald Trump and his allies by asking multiple questions at a post-midterms news conference. Trump insulted Acosta and called him a “terrible” person.” (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/07/media/trump-cnn-press-conference/index.html
    “President Donald Trump’s full press conference after Midterm Elections results” November 7th, 2018 (CBS News) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-67ZrVAX58A
    “Trump’s chaotic post-midterms press conference – video highlights” (Guardian UK) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/nov/07/this-is-a-hot-white-house-highlights-from-trumps-first-speech-after-the-midterms-video
    “64 truly remarkable lines from Donald Trump’s otherworldly post-election news conference” (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/07/politics/donald-trump-press-conference-election-2018/index.html See also https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrcX8IeWwAIQISd.jpg
    “7 times Trump clashed with reporters in hostile post-midterms press conference” (The Hill) https://thehill.com/homenews/media/415573-7-times-trump-clashed-with-reporters-in-hostile-post-midterms-press-conference
    “QAnon believers are taking Trump’s presser as a sign” (Daily Dot) https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/qanon-trump-press-conference/

  20. Edward R. says:

    Watergate reporting icon Bob Woodward argued that the remedy to President Trump’s decision to revoke Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials isn’t a lawsuit, “it’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
    Woodward made the remark at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla.
    “In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump,” Woodward said, later adding, “Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
    “The remedy [isn’t a lawsuit],” he argued. “It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
    Woodward has cautioned reporters covering the president in recent months, once telling The Atlantic that the American people “see the smugness” of some in the press and that “following the facts” without injecting feelings and opinions into reporting is one way to help regain the trust of the public.
    In the lawsuit filed Tuesday morning, CNN accuses President Trump and other White House officials including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of violating Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.

  21. Liquidation says:

    “Raed Fares: Syria radio host shot dead in Idlib” (BBC News 11/24/18) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46320355
    ‘Raed Was Killed Because His Work Mattered’ (National Review 11/24/18) https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/raed-was-killed-because-his-work-mattered/
    Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate by Saudi officials in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Khashoggi – a Saudi writer, United States resident and Washington Post columnist – had entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. The whereabouts of his body are still unknown. Latest updates from Al Jazeera news: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/jamal-khashoggi-case-latest-updates-181010133542286.html

  22. Ignorance is Strength says:

    Trump proposes a government-run TV news network to counter CNN : wants “Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/11/trump-proposes-state-run-tv-network-to-tell-world-how-great-america-is/
    The chief White House ethics counsel in the Bush administration from 2005 to 2007 tweeted that Trump’s proposed network sounds “Just like Pravda, the Reich Propaganda Ministry and other fine examples of state-run media.”
    There are already several US government-run TV and radio broadcasters overseen by the US Agency for Global Media, which describes itself as “an independent federal agency that seeks to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.” The agency’s broadcasters are Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

  23. As above... says:

    A High School Newspaper Was Suspended For Publishing An Investigation Into Football Players’ Transfers https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amberjamieson/harber-high-arkansas-student-newspaper-suspended-football “School officials at this point seem to me to have completely thrown up their hands and said, ‘We’re not going to listen to what the law says in our state, and we’re going to do what we want,’” Mike Hiestand, senior legal counsel for the Student Press Law Center, told BuzzFeed News.

  24. Tom Paine says:

    “The digital-media bubble is bursting. That’s hurting a generation of promising young journalists.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-digital-media-bubble-is-bursting-thats-hurting-a-generation-of-promising-young-journalists/2018/12/03/d7887d30-f6f2-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.1521715b00cb
    Meanwhile: “The Canadian government is pledging nearly $600 million over the next five years to help news organizations struggling to adapt to a digital age that has disrupted traditional business models. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government wants to protect the “vital role that independent news media play in our democracy and in our communities.” https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/600m-in-federal-funding-for-media-a-turning-point-in-the-plight-of-newspapers-in-canada

  25. Sic semper tyrannis says:

    “Trump called journalists ‘THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!’ A Capital Gazette photographer had a powerful rebuttal.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/07/trump-called-journalists-enemy-people-capital-gazette-photographer-had-powerful-rebuttal/?
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 7:08 PM – 6 Dec 2018: “FAKE NEWS – THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1070877666654519297
    Joshua McKerrow @joshuamckerrow 8:32 PM – 6 Dec 2018: https://twitter.com/joshuamckerrow/status/1070898889757212672

    • Edward R. says:

      Time magazine has announced its 2018 Person of the Year is “The Guardians,” four individuals and one group — all journalists — who this year helped expose “the manipulation and the abuse of truth” around the world.
      They are the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributing columnist who was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in October; the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland; journalist Maria Ressa, the CEO of the Rappler news website, who has been made a legal target in the Philippines; and journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been jailed in Myanmar for nearly a year for their work exposing the mass killing of Rohingya Muslims. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/12/11/times-person-year-guardians-truth-including-slain-journalist-jamal-khashoggi/?utm_term=.19893a302f9e
      “Truth isn’t truth.” Rudy Giuliani, the President of the United States’ personal lawyer, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” August 19, 2018

    • Dead tell no tales says:

      Mexico Investigates Death Threat to Seven Journalists in Oaxaca https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Investigates-Death-Threat-to-Seven-Journalists-in-Oaxaca-20181214-0018.html
      Article 19, a NGO dedicated to freedom of expression, condemned the threats.
      “Seven reports of different outlets and regions of Oaxaca were victims of a threat through Facebook. The reporters cover information related with public spending, corruption and politics in the State of Oaxaca,” Article 19 stated.
      Ruben Vasconcelos, the state’s prosecutor, said the office will do its best to find the responsible people for the threat.
      Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. According to a report by the Mexican National Commision for Human Rights (CNDH), 138 journalists were murdered in Mexico between 2000 and March 2018. In 2018 alone, at least 12 journalists have been killed and one is still missing.

  26. Démarche says:

    CNN joins MSNBC in shunning Sarah Sanders briefing (Washington Post 1/29/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/29/cnn-joins-msnbc-shunning-sarah-sanders-briefing/?utm_term=.9fb510c89827&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 “The decision by both MSNBC and CNN on Monday to defend their airwaves from the often bogus pronouncements of prominent Trump officials could mean any number of things, including: 1) Nothing — CNN might have had peculiar reasons for its call, such as promoting its town hall with Harris, and it may return to default briefing coverage if Sanders ever presents herself again at the lectern; 2) Something — CNN may be discovering that its audience appreciates editorial discretion when it comes to White House lies, even though the network has done a good job of post-briefing fact-checking; 3) Everything — Monday could be a turning point for the media’s appreciation of its own role in covering the Trump White House. Maybe even Fox News will develop some self-regard on this front and air its own newsies instead of Sanders.”
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bravely Emerges From Her Crypt for the 1st White House Press Briefing in 41 Days (The Root 1/29/19) https://www.theroot.com/sarah-huckabee-sanders-bravely-emerges-from-her-crypt-f-1832133033

  27. Dipshittery says:

    President Trump took credit for coining the term “Fake News” but said it is wrong when foreign governments use that phrase to suppress a free press in their countries during a conversation with New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger published on Friday. At the same time, Trump declined to take responsibility for any media suppression by leaders decrying fake news. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/428041-trump-declines-to-take-responsibility-for-press-censorship-in-name-of When Sulzberger asked about the use of the term [fake news] to suppress independent scrutiny, according to the Times account of the discussion, Trump said, “I don’t like that. I mean, I don’t like that. I don’t like — though I do think it’s very bad for a country when the news is not accurately portrayed. I really do,” he continued. “And I do believe I’m a victim of that, honestly.”
    See also “Trump: I’m ‘Entitled’ to Positive Coverage From The New York Times” https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-im-entitled-to-positive-coverage-from-the-new-york-times

  28. Thomas Pain says:

    Got Local News? Not if the Vultures at Alden Capital Grab Gannett (The Nation 2/8/19) https://www.thenation.com/article/alden-gannett-media-consolidation-takeover/ The same hedge-fund investors at Alden Global Capital who sucked the life from scores of US newspapers to buy themselves mansions in Palm Beach now want to buy the Gannett company, owner of the country’s largest newspaper chain. If Alden’s hostile takeover succeeds, the hedge fund’s Digital First Media company would gain control of Gannett’s 100-plus local newspapers as well as Gannett’s flagship publication, USA Today. Digital First, which has a long record of stripping the staff and assets of newspapers, would become the largest newspaper chain in the country. And journalism—enabling the informed public that democratic governance requires—would suffer another grievous blow.
    “Journalism will only die if we choose not to fight for it,” says Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  29. Nattering Nabob of Negativism says:

    An Arizona cop threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist. She wasn’t backing down. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/22/an-arizona-cop-threatened-arrest-year-old-journalist-she-wasnt-backing-down/?utm_term=.045ce5f5f7f0In the Orange Street News [which she publishes out of her family’s home], Hilde Lysiak wrote that she was riding her bike to investigate a tip at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday when Patterson, whose position in the small town of Patagonia, Arizona, is equivalent to that of a police chief, stopped her and asked for identification. The 12-year-old gave her name and phone number and mentioned that she was a member of the media. She said Patterson told her, “I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff” and added that he would have her arrested and thrown in juvenile jail. Later, Lysiak ran into Patterson again. This time, she was filming.
    Orange Street News https://orangestreetnews.com/ read all about it “Patagonia Marshal Theatens to Arrest OSN Publisher SEE THE VIDEO” https://orangestreetnews.com/2019/02/18/patagonia-marshal-theatens-to-arrest-osn-publisher-see-the-video/

  30. Death2Traitors says:

    President Trump late Saturday ramped up his attacks against The New York Times, accusing the newspaper of committing a “virtual act of treason” over its report about the U.S. increasing cyberattacks on Russia’s electric power grid. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448759-trump-accuses-new-york-times-of-virtual-act-of-treason-with-russia
    “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” Trump tweeted. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”
    Trump claimed in a separate tweet that the story was “not true!”
    “Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today,” he added. “They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
    The incursion into the Russian electric power grid seems to have been conducted under new legal authorities in the military authorization bill passed by Congress last year, the Times reports. Under the law, the defense secretary can authorize, without special presidential approval, routine “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, according to the Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html

  31. Flop Sweat says:

    A judge ruled Tuesday ordered the White House must return the press pass of reporter involved in a verbal confrontation with a former White House aide Sebastian Gorka at a White House event.
    Brian Karem, a White House correspondent for Playboy magazine and a CNN political analyst, was the second reporter suspended in the past nine months, a step that appears to be without recent precedent before President Trump’s administration. Trump banned more than a dozen news organizations, including The Washington Post, from his campaign events in 2015 and 2016 but said he wouldn’t do so if he became president.
    The White House Rose Garden was particularly ripe for such a scene July 11, as right-wing “influencers” were invited to meet with Trump before the news conference and then allowed to attend it alongside the media that many of them deride as “fake news.”
    Here’s what followed, according to the judge’s ruling, including the original citations.” Click yellow highlights to read annotations https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/04/an-embarrassing-scene-white-house-rose-garden/
    Alternate POV; https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/sebastian_gorka_confronts_playboys_wh_reporter_taunting_trump_social_media_guests_youre_a_punk.html

  32. Ignorance is Strength says:

    “Trump goes after ‘nasty’ WaPost reporters, suggests they be barred from White House” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/460356-trump-goes-after-nasty-wapost-reporters-suggests-they-be-barred-from
    “Eric Trump outs WaPo reporter seeking whistleblowers, sets off Twitter debate” https://nypost.com/2019/09/06/eric-trump-outs-wapo-reporter-seeking-whistleblowers-sets-off-twitter-debate/
    “Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort : Now the layover is part of a broader House inquiry into military spending at and around the Trump property.” https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/air-force-trump-scottish-retreat-1484337
    “House stonewalled in probe of military sleepovers at Trump resort : The House Oversight Committee says that since 2017, the U.S. military has spent $11 million at the Scotland property.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/house-stonewalled-probe-military-sleepovers-trump-resort-n1051031

    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      “Around the globe, a relentless campaign is targeting journalists because of the fundamental role they play in ensuring a free and informed society. To stop journalists from exposing uncomfortable truths and holding power to account, a growing number of governments have engaged in overt, sometimes violent, efforts to discredit their work and intimidate them into silence.
      This is a worldwide assault on journalists and journalism. But even more important, it’s an assault on the public’s right to know, on core democratic values, on the concept of truth itself. And perhaps most troubling, the seeds of this campaign were planted right here, in a country that has long prided itself on being the fiercest defender of free expression and a free press.” A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times in an op-ed on Monday.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/opinion/press-freedom-arthur-sulzberger.html
      New York (CNN Business)A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times (NYT), says President Trump has undermined “his own citizens’ faith in the news organizations attempting to hold him accountable” and has “effectively given foreign leaders permission to do the same with their countries’ journalists.”
      And “they’ve eagerly embraced the approach,” he remarked while delivering a lecture at his alma mater, Brown University.
      Sulzberger’s speech was newsworthy because he shared some new examples of threats to journalism in the age of Trump.
      He said the Trump administration “has retreated from our country’s historical role as a defender of the free press,” and he described disturbing consequences both at home and abroad, according to a transcript of his speech, which was published on The Times website. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/media/new-york-times-sulzberger-donald-trump/index.html

      • Lügenpresse says:

        Trump slams mainstream media as ‘scum’ and ‘animals’ during private event, criticizes whistleblower: report (FOX News) https://www.foxnews.com/media/trump-media-scum-animals-report
        “It is the press, above all, which wages a positively fanatical and slanderous struggle, tearing down everything which can be regarded as a support of national independence, cultural elevation, and the economic independence of the nation.”
        Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)
        Meanwhile: In audio obtained by the Los Angeles Times, President Donald Trump says that whoever provided the whistleblower with information about his call with the Ukrainian President is “close to a spy,” adding that in the old days spies were dealt with differently (IE: executed). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFMcGQZTqmU

  33. Art Fellig says:

    “Want to interview cartel hit men or human smugglers? These men and women can make it happen” (San Diego Union-Tribune 10/7/19)

  34. Pressman says:

    “At least two presenters working for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB have announced they have quit their jobs, with a third saying she quit some time ago after having told lies on behalf of the state for 13 years.
    The journalists’ statements are part of a crisis of confidence following the initial attempts by state officials to deny that Ukrainian jetliner 752 had been shot down by mistake by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) air defense force.
    The crisis is leading even some of the news agencies most closely associated with the regime to start reporting on the street protests, or a least to start addressing the allegations about a potential state cover-up.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/13/journalists-quit-iranian-state-broadcaster-over-crash-cover-up
    “The Tehran-based Association of Iranian Journalists said in a statement that the country was witnessing “a funeral for public trust” that was damaging the already shaky reputation of Iran’s official media.
    Reporters Without Borders [ https://rsf.org/en ] ranks Iran as 170th in the world press freedom index out of 180 countries. It says state control of news and information is unrelenting and at least 860 journalists and citizen-journalists have been imprisoned or executed since 1979.”

  35. Gweilo Joe says:

    “In Hong Kong, people are buying newspapers to look at the ads” https://qz.com/1900268/hong-kongers-buy-ads-in-jimmy-lais-apple-daily-as-protest/
    “The fiercely independent Apple Daily, known for pulling no punches in its criticisms of the Hong Kong and Chinese governments, has so far borne the brunt of authorities’ crackdown on dissent. Its publisher, Jimmy Lai, was arrested in July under the new national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign forces, a crime punishable by up to life imprisonment. On the same day, some 200 police officers raided the paper’s newsroom, rifling through journalists’ desks and confiscating box-loads of materials. Angered by such a brazen attack on the media, Hong Kongers snapped up shares of Lai’s media company, driving up the stock price. The next day, people lined up in droves to buy copies of the newspaper.
    In the weeks since, businesses and individuals alike have turned to an even more direct and substantial way of supporting Apple Daily: buying advertising space in its pages.”

    “Complimentary English Edition Is Available On Apple Daily! Subscribe Now And Show Your Support” https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20200612/EGM7ZO5HIAGPCMX7Q5I7LPHMEY/

  36. Muckraker says:

    “The Man Who Told the Truth About Donald Trump … And No One Listened
    Forty Years Ago, Journalist Wayne Barrett Was Uncovering the Lies of the Queens Con Man While The New York Times Fell for Trump Scams” David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief https://www.dcreport.org/2020/10/01/the-man-who-told-us-about-the-real-donald-trump-and-no-one-listened/
    “Of all the books about Donald Trump this year, the one that best explains the man, his rise to power and his inability to be president recalls the stellar work of a journalist who died almost four years ago.
    The book is Without Compromise. a collection of columns by the late Wayne Barrett of The Village Voice, the first journalist to cover Trump seriously. Way back in 1979, when The New York Times was running puff pieces that helped propel Trump to national celebrity, Barrett revealed the real Trump with hard facts and moral clarity.
    …Journalism, Barrett taught, is the only occupation where you get paid to tell the truth. That’s the job of journalists, start to finish: Tell the truth as best you can uncover it. That’s why Trump calls journalists the enemy of the people. He can’t stand the truth. Without Compromise is nothing but truth.”
    “Without Compromise: The Brave Journalism that First Exposed Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and the American Epidemic of Corruption” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoRXnXRgx1s

  37. Jimmy Click says:

    Journalists covering a protest in a Minneapolis suburb Friday night were forced on their stomachs by law enforcement, rounded up and were only released after having their face and press credentials photographed. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/04/17/brooklyn-center-protests-police-round-up-journalists/7268057002/
    The incident occurred hours after a judge issued a temporary order barring the Minnesota State Patrol from using physical force or chemical agents against journalists, according to court documents. It also barred police from seizing photographic, audio or video recording equipment, or press passes.
    Photo: AFP photo journalist Eléonore Sens and another member of the press is maced by Minnesota Police after an unlawful assembly is declared in Brooklyn Center, MN

  38. p/s says:

    “Democrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists’ phone records” https://thehill.com/homenews/media/552454-democrats-activists-blast-reported-trump-doj-effort-to-get-journalists-phone
    “The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists’ phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia’s role in the 2016 election, according to government letters and officials.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-justice-dept-seized-post-reporters-phone-records/2021/05/07/933cdfc6-af5b-11eb-b476-c3b287e52a01_story.html
    “This is a direct attack on the First Amendment by the Trump Justice Department. Anyone who was involved in this authoritarian style intimidation and is still at @TheJusticeDept, should be fired. And history really, really is not going to be kind to Bill Barr,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted, referencing former Attorney General William Barr.

    • Edward R. says:

      “Justice Department leaders to meet with reporters after more revelations of Trump DOJ surveilling journalists” https://news.yahoo.com/justice-department-leaders-meet-reporters-052339113.html
      “The Trump administration secretly sought and obtained the 2017 phone and email records of a CNN correspondent, the latest instance where federal prosecutors have taken aggressive steps targeting journalists in leak investigations.
      The Justice Department informed CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, in a May 13 letter, that prosecutors had obtained her phone and email records covering two months, between June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017. The letter listed phone numbers for Starr’s Pentagon extension, the CNN Pentagon booth phone number and her home and cell phones, as well as Starr’s work and personal email accounts.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/20/politics/trump-secretly-obtained-cnn-reporter-records/index.html

      • Update says:

        Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, called for an inspector general investigation of the Trump Justice Department on Thursday after a report said that his phone records, along with those of aides and another member of the committee, had been seized — what he condemned as a “terrible abuse of power.”
        “It also makes the Department of Justice just a fully owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests and political interests,” the California Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/10/adam-schiff-investigation-trump-doj-493343
        The New York Times, citing knowledgeable sources, reported on Thursday night that as the Department of Justice hunted for leakers behind the distribution of classified information early in the Trump administration, prosecutors — in an extraordinary move — subpoenaed Apple for communications data of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as that of aides and a family member. One was a child. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/us/politics/justice-department-leaks-trump-administration.html

  39. McCarthy says:

    A US journalist targeted by right-wing groups for her pro-Palestinian activism in university has condemned her recent sacking by The Associated Press news agency, saying she is a “victim to the asymmetrical enforcement of rules around objectivity and social media”.
    In a statement shared on Twitter on Saturday, Emily Wilder said her managers at the AP told her that she had violated the news agency’s social media policy when she was fired this week, but that they did not say which tweets were in violation of that policy, or how. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/22/disgraceful-ap-slammed-for-sacking-reporter-amid-gaza-war
    A Twitter post on Monday from Stanford Republicans had criticised Wilder, who is Jewish, as an “anti-Israel agitator” while on campus.
    The Washington Free Beacon then published an article headlined, “AP Hires Anti-Israel Activist as News Associate. AP’s Objectivity in Question Amid Revelations it Shared Office Space with Hamas”. That story was picked up on other forums, including the Fox News website.

  40. WTF? says:

    Newspaper publisher Gannett is fighting an effort by the FBI to try to determine who read a specific USA Today story about a deadly shooting in February near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that left two FBI agents dead and three wounded. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/03/usa-today-subpeona-florida-shooting-491847
    The subpoena, served on Gannett in April, seeks information about who accessed the news article online during a 35-minute window starting just after 8 p.m. on the day of the shootings. The demand — signed by a senior FBI agent in Maryland — does not appear to ask for the names of those who read the story, if the news outlet has such information. Instead, the subpoena seeks internet addresses and mobile phone information that could lead to the identities of the readers.
    The information being sought “relates to a federal criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI,” the subpoena says. https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.231951/gov.uscourts.dcd.231951.1.1.pdf
    In a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers for Gannett said the demand violates the First Amendment. They also complained that the FBI appears to have ignored the Justice Department’s policy for seeking information from the media. https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.231951/gov.uscourts.dcd.231951.1.0.pdf

  41. Word says:

    “Boys in the schoolhouse in Ledyard, Connecticut, working on the school newspaper.” Photograph by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. November 1940.

  42. Edward R. says:

    “The Spyware Threat to Journalists : In this gathering age of digital autocracy, it is hard to avoid the impression that the dictators are winning.” (The New Yorker August 2, 2021 Issue)

  43. Vecino says:

    Masked men claiming to represent Mexico’s most powerful cartel threaten to kill national TV news anchor in video message https://www.cbsnews.com/news/azucena-uresti-tv-anchor-threatened-jalisco-new-generation-cartel-mexico/
    Following the most visible threat made by a cartel group against a journalist in years, senators and major media companies have asked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to provide protection to Uresti and “to change the risky circumstances in which journalism is practiced”. (Mexican news magazine Proceso) http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2021/08/senators-and-media-companies-call-on.html
    Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) also condemned the threats issued by alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) against journalists and the media. https://then24.com/2021/08/10/cndh-condemns-threats-of-organized-crime-to-the-media-and-journalists/

  44. Hap Hopper says:

    “Drone exposé: The journalism that forced the Pentagon’s mea culpa : Journalistic investigations reveal that a US military drone strike killed civilians in Afghanistan. Plus, Canada’s residential school reckoning.
    United States drone warfare is finally being exposed. But why did it take American news outlets so long to get to such a big story?” https://www.aljazeera.com/program/the-listening-post/2021/9/25/drone-expose-the-journalism-that-forced-the-pentagons-mea-culpa

  45. State-sanctioned says:

    “Russia tells its space reporters to stop reporting on the space program” https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/russia-tells-its-space-reporters-to-stop-reporting-on-the-space-program/
    “It is safe to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a fan of independent media. In the run-up to elections last month, Putin declared almost every independent media organization operating inside the country a “foreign agent” to stifle dissent and criticism. The intent seems to be to destroy independent media in Russia.
    Now, this campaign has been extended to coverage of space activities in Russia.”

  46. Ignorance is Strength says:

    The High Price of Doing Journalism in El Salvador
    A reporter teams up with the American journalist who first broke the story of the El Mozote massacre, tracking El Salvador’s faltering efforts to hold the perpetrators accountable, in a new documentary from Retro Report and FRONTLINE. https://www.propublica.org/article/the-high-price-of-doing-journalism-in-el-salvador
    “Massacre in El Salvador” airs on PBS November 9, 2021 https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/massacre-in-el-salvador/

  47. p/s says:

    A record 293 reporters were in jail as of December 1, Committee to Protect Journalists says in annual survey. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/9/record-number-of-journalists-jailed-in-2021-cpj
    Filipino journalist who helped probe Duterte’s drug war shot dead
    Jesus Malabanan is the 22nd journalist to have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in mid-2016. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/9/filipino-journalist-who-investigated-duterte-drug-war-killed

  48. Free press says:

    Text messages — newly released by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection — between Fox News hosts and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, crystallize with new specificity just how tightly Fox News and the White House were entwined during the Trump years, with many of the network’s top hosts serving as a Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-cable-cabinet/2022/01/09/96fac488-6fe6-11ec-b9fc-b394d592a7a6_story.html

  49. Heads up says:

    Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Journalists have decried the “forcible and illegal takeover” of an independent media body by a group of journalists with the alleged help of local administration in Indian-administered Kashmir. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/1/16/kashmirs-independent-press-body-taken-over-without-consultation
    The Kashmir Press Club (KPC), formed in 2018, is the largest independent media body in the Himalayan region, with at least 300 journalists as its members.
    The controversial move comes at a time when the press in Kashmir faces increasing curbs and free speech is under attack. Kashmiri journalists are often questioned and criminalized for their works.
    (Jan 6, 2022): “Anxiety in Kashmir as India panel proposes to redraw election map : Controversial proposal to raise assembly seats in Jammu causes anger among Muslims, who form the majority in the disputed region.”
    (Jan 16, 2022) “A genocide of Muslims in India could be about to take place, an expert said to have predicted the massacre of the Tutsi in Rwanda years before it took place in 1994, has warned.
    Gregory Stanton, the founder and director of Genocide Watch, said during a US congressional briefing there were early “signs and processes” of genocide in the Indian state of Assam and Indian-administered Kashmir. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/1/16/expert-warns-of-possible-genocide-against-muslims-in-india

    • Update says:

      Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir: For decades, local media has documented the conflict in Indian-administered Kashmir but recently, stories critical of the Indian government have seemingly disappeared from digital archives.
      Several Kashmiri journalists have told Al Jazeera their work is among thousands of news reports, many highlighting human rights abuses by Indian security forces, that have gone missing from the digital archives of local newspapers.
      Scope for media freedom has been eroded rapidly in Kashmir, where journalists have been criminalized and newspaper advertising funding has been cut since the disputed region was stripped of its special status by India’s Hindu nationalist government in 2019.
      “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past” George Orwell, 1984

  50. хулиган says:

    Editors of the online student magazine ‘DOXA’ are currently under house arrest for criticizing the Russian government.
    After Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was arrested at a Moscow airport in January 2021, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in more than 60 cities to protest against his detention. Many of them were students. Thousands were detained by the riot police, some very brutally.
    To prevent students from participating in future rallies, universities and high schools started intimidating and threatening them with expulsions if they were detained at the protests.
    The DOXA magazine, founded by students of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, covered the protests and ran a fundraising campaign to help detained students pay fines. Four DOXA editors also recorded a video where they condemned the intimidation and threats and expressed support for the youth protesters.
    The simple two-minute video got the four – Armen Aramyan, Natalia Tyshkevich, Alla Gutnikova, and Vladimir Metelkin – detained and placed under de facto house arrest.
    This film follows two DOXA editors under house arrest, capturing their daily life, their emotional struggles, and the fight to prove their innocence. https://www.aljazeera.com/program/al-jazeera-close-up/2022/2/10/russians-banned-youth-close-up

    • p/s says:

      The Free Speech Movement (FSM) was a massive, long-lasting student protest which took place during the 1964–65 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
      With the participation of thousands of students, the Free Speech Movement was the first mass act of civil disobedience on an American college campus in the 1960s. Students insisted that the university administration lift the ban of on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students’ right to free speech and academic freedom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Speech_Movement

  51. Mike says:

    The judge overseeing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, said Monday afternoon that he will dismiss the suit, ruling that Palin’s team did not prove “actual malice,” which is the standard her legal team had to meet in her defamation case. The landmark 1964 New York Times vs. Sullivan case specifies that public figures who sue for defamation must prove that the offender knew the claim was false or showed “reckless disregard” for the truth.
    The Times said all along that it made an honest error involving Palin -— and issued a swift correction. Palin argued that the publication smeared her on purpose. https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/14/media/sarah-palin-new-york-times-case-dismissed/index.html
    The United States Supreme Court case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964) began in 1960 when The New York Times published a full-page advertisement by supporters of Martin Luther King Jr. that criticized the police in Montgomery, Alabama, for their mistreatment of civil rights protesters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Times_Co._v._Sullivan
    Advertisement “Heed Their Rising Voices” (NYT 3/29/60) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Heed_Their_Rising_Voices.jpg (click to enlarge)

  52. 2+2=5 says:

    Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, whose editor was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, announced on Monday that it will temporarily cease all its operations until the end of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
    Why it matters: Novaya Gazeta, which has been recognized as “the only truly critical newspaper with national influence in Russia today” by the Committee to Protect Journalists, did not shy from covering issues like government corruption and human rights violations.
    The decision to pause all operations came after it had received another official warning from Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor, the newspaper said. https://www.axios.com/russia-newspaper-novaya-gazeta-cease-operation-66da83b5-dc9d-436b-84f1-88191aa1f38f.html

    “…There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always— do not forget this, Winston— always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever. ”

    George Orwell, “1984”

  53. McLuhan says:

    “Drones, phones and satellite technology are exposing the truth about Russia’s war in Ukraine in near real-time” (CNN 4/7/22) https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/06/europe/ukraine-russia-war-technology-intl-cmd/index.html
    “…Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants more cameras, and wider access, to let the public see for themselves: “This is what we are interested in, maximum access for journalists, maximum cooperation with international institutions, enrollment of the International Criminal Court, complete truth and full accountability,” he said in a video address on Monday.
    Ukraine’s enigmatic leader has realized it’s not just high-tech, tank-busting weapons like Javelins and NLAWs, or surface-to-air missiles like Stingers and Starstreaks, that could turn the tide in the war. It’s truth, and the tools — satellites, drones and smartphones — to deliver it.
    Unparalleled in any modern war, technology could hand the underdog this surprising advantage, undermining the lies of an oversized aggressor. Zelensky was at pains for the United Nations to understand this when he spoke to them Tuesday: “It is 2022 now. We have conclusive evidence. There are satellite images. And we can conduct full and transparent investigations.”

  54. Truth2Power says:

    “Ask yourselves this question, if Russian journalists, who are losing their livelihoods and their freedom for daring to report on what their own government is doing, if they had the freedom to write any words, to show any stories or to ask any questions, if they had, basically, what you have, would they be using it in the same way that you do?” The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, White House Correspondents’ Dinner (April 30, 2022) https://www.newsweek.com/trevor-noahs-powerful-close-media-ukraine-earns-praise-online-1702486

  55. Freedom isn't free says:

    The Russian military deliberately executed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin and his friend, Oleksiy Chernyshov, near Kyiv.
    That’s according to an investigation conducted the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) human rights organization, Ukrinform reports.
    “Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing a report with information and evidence indicating that Levin and his friend and bodyguard were executed by Russian soldiers in a forest near Kyiv on 13 March, possibly after being interrogated and even tortured,” the statement said.
    According to the findings of two investigators who visited Ukraine between May 24 and June 3 to investigate the photojournalist’s death, Levin and Chernyshov were executed in cold blood. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3512596-russians-tortured-and-executed-photojournalist-levin-reporters-without-borders.html

  56. Back2Future says:

    “On Monday, tucked away in a busy news cycle, was a quiet, subtle but no less terrifying judicial development. US supreme court justice Clarence Thomas laid out the formula for destroying the free press.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/29/does-justice-clarence-thomas-want-to-overturn-a-landmark-freedom-of-the-press-ruling
    “Thomas dissented to denial of certiorari in Coal Ridge Ministries Media v Southern Poverty Law Center with an opinion giving us more than a hint of precisely what he has in store. Freedom of the press has a rightwing target on its back. Thomas wrote that the court should “revisit” the landmark free press case of the 20th century, New York Times v Sullivan.
    “Revisit” is judicial talk for “overrule”.
    Thomas asserted that “New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups ‘to cast false aspersions on public figures with near impunity’.” He offered no evidence and made no argument in defense of his claim that the existing burdens on those who sue for defamation are indeed excessive, given the competing interests at stake.
    Make no mistake. Overruling Times v Sullivan to make it much easier for public figures to sue their critics would strangle the media’s ability to report freely and speak critically about public figures, especially elected officials.”
    See New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/376/254/#tab-opinion-1944787

  57. Ida Wells says:

    In a chilling case that has raised concerns about press freedoms in the United States, a public official in Las Vegas has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a reporter, whose investigation of the politician contributed to his primary election loss in June. The reporter was also known to be pursuing a potential follow-up story about the official in the weeks before he was killed. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/police-arrest-county-official-in-reporters-stabbing-death-2635486/
    Killings of journalists are rare in the United States, and murders of journalists in retaliation for their work even more so, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Eight journalists have been murdered in the US since 1992, when the non-profit began keeping track, including four in a mass shooting in 2018 in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, it said.

  58. Movie Guy says:

    Film on anchor Ravish Kumar ‘angry letter to journalism’ in India
    While We Watched, a documentary on popular TV journalist, is a ‘wake-up call to how perilous and fragile relationship between free press and democracy is’. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/19/film-on-anchor-ravish-kumar-angry-letter-to-journalism-in-india
    While We Watched premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival. It also won the festival’s Canada Goose Amplify Voices Award on Sunday.
    This is the second Indian documentary on journalism in the recent past that has caught the world’s eye. Last year, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s Writing With Fire, about journalists Meera Devi, Suneeta Prajapati and Shyamkali Devi of the only Dalit women-led Indian newspaper Khabar Lahariya, became the country’s first-ever nominee in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Oscars.

  59. Samizdat says:

    (November 8, 2022) Trump Keeps Musing About Journalists Being Raped in Prison — He’s Not Joking
    A knowledgeable source tells Rolling Stone that the former president has wondered how he might be able to jail reporters if he retakes the White House https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-imagines-journalists-raped-prison-1234626493/
    “The leaking from the Supreme Court is unbelievable,” the former president said Monday night at a rally in Ohio. “But you get the information very easily. You tell the reporter who is it … and if the reporter doesn’t want to tell you it’s ‘bye bye.’ The reporter goes to jail. When the reporter learns he’s going to be married to a certain prisoner who’s extremely strong, tough, and mean, he will say, ‘you know, I think I’m going to give you the information.’”
    …This year, as Trump has privately strategized about what a second term, potentially starting in 2025, could look like, he’s begun occasionally soliciting ideas from conservative allies for how the U.S. government and Justice Department could go about turning his desires — for brutally imprisoning significant numbers of reporters — into reality.

  60. Edward R. says:

    Number of journalists imprisoned worldwide hits new record https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/12/14/number-of-journalists-imprisoned-worldwide-hits-new-record-rsf

    “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason.”
    Frederick Douglass (1818~1895), Selected Addresses of Frederick Douglass

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