Press freedom – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:32:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://guwiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/guw-150x150.png Press freedom – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ 32 32 Politico report raises questions about Biden administrator’s respect for press freedom: “Beyond Belief” https://guwiv.com/politico-report-raises-questions-about-biden-administrators-respect-for-press-freedom-beyond-belief/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 21:32:08 +0000 https://guwiv.com/politico-report-raises-questions-about-biden-administrators-respect-for-press-freedom-beyond-belief/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! A Politico report said on Saturday that the recent Justice Department searches of the residence of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and those of his associates raised questions about the Biden administration’s commitment to the government. first amendment. Josh Gerstein, senior legal affairs reporter for Politico, wrote […]]]>

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A Politico report said on Saturday that the recent Justice Department searches of the residence of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and those of his associates raised questions about the Biden administration’s commitment to the government. first amendment.

Josh Gerstein, senior legal affairs reporter for Politico, wrote a report explaining details of the FBI raids on the alleged theft of Ashley Biden’s diary. He also noted the objections of the First Amendment experts who sound the alarm regardless of their opinions on the Veritas project.

Political activist James O’Keefe poses for a photo as he attends the New York City screening of Mike Cernovich’s “Hoaxed” in Manhattan in New York City, United States on December 9, 2018. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

Biden’s daughter’s alleged diary ended up in the hands of Project Veritas last fall, though the organization decided not to publish it and turned it over to law enforcement.

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Politico quoted University of Minnesota law professor Jane Kirtley, former executive director of the Journalists’ Committee for Press Freedom, who described the raids as “just beyond belief.”

“I’m not a big fan of Project Veritas, but it’s right above. I hope they get a serious reprimand from the court because I think it’s just plain wrong,” he said. Kirtley said.

Conservative political activist James O'Keefe speaks at the Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 1, 2019 (MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)

Conservative political activist James O’Keefe speaks at the Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 1, 2019 (MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)

Politico also noted that Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation tweeted against the raids, writing, “Personally, I don’t like Project Veritas at all, but imagine it was a liberal organization under Trump. It’s not a good precedent.”

District Court Judge Analisa Torres for the Southern District of New York on Thursday ordered the DOJ to stop extracting information from O’Keefe’s phones, which were confiscated by the FBI. The judge also acceded to the request of O’Keefe’s legal team for an independent “special master” to be appointed to oversee the examination of his devices.

President Joe Biden embraces family First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley after being sworn in during his inauguration on the Western Front at the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden embraces family First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley after being sworn in during his inauguration on the Western Front at the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“We are delighted that the Department of Justice has been ordered to stop extracting and examining confidential and privileged information obtained during their raids on our journalists, including legal communications, donors and sources. confidential, “O’Keefe’s attorney Harmeet Dhillon told Fox News. “The First Amendment won a temporary victory today, but Project Veritas still has a long way to go to hold the DOJ and the FBI accountable for their actions.”

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Speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity about last week’s raid, O’Keefe said, “I’ve heard that ‘process is punishment.’ I didn’t quite understand this that meant until this weekend. And Sean, I don’t wish that on any reporter. “

Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.

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Greek bill threatens press freedom https://guwiv.com/greek-bill-threatens-press-freedom/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://guwiv.com/greek-bill-threatens-press-freedom/ Increasingly, right-wing and authoritarian governments are taking action to stop the spread of disinformation – while themselves using fake news to sow mistrust and assert power. “This is complete fake news,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss told Sky News‘Kay Burley, after the host asked if the government “agreed to remove any specific mention” from the 2015 […]]]>

Increasingly, right-wing and authoritarian governments are taking action to stop the spread of disinformation – while themselves using fake news to sow mistrust and assert power.

“This is complete fake news,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss told Sky News‘Kay Burley, after the host asked if the government “agreed to remove any specific mention” from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

In fact, it was reported in September that the UK “had reduced its climate commitments to secure a trade deal with Australia”. An email leaked to Sky News implicated Truss, who was then Commerce Secretary, and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, agreeing to drop references to Paris Agreement targets on climate change to soften the trade deal. Australian.

This is not the first or the last time that an MP has unfairly accused the media of misinforming his audience of his decisions. In the aftermath of the parliamentary vote on the suspension of former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, Andrea Leadsom accused the media of “”deformThe debate, before the government quickly does an about-face.

Since the term “fake news” was first launched by President Donald Trump to American journalists, it has become increasingly used by political leaders keen to escape scrutiny for their actions.

Today, the Greek government, led by the right-wing New Democracy Party, proposed an amendment to the penal code that would impose fines and even jail terms on journalists guilty of disseminating “fake news”. The law claims to be intended to combat disinformation. But critics fear it is an attack on press freedom by increasingly authoritarian leadership.

In an open letter, the International Press Institute said the Greek government “must withdraw its amendment” on fake news because “the bill’s vague definition and punitive sanctions would undermine press freedom and would have a chilling effect at a time when independent journalism is already under pressure in Greece.

While acknowledging the dangers of disinformation, the letter’s authors fear that “the passage of authoritarian legislation by governments that grants regulators or prosecutors the power to decide right from wrong and impose punitive fines? to the press is not the right answer and would lead to more harm than good.

The Institute sounded the alarm on the vague wording of the amendment, which did not define “false news”, before explaining how “particularly problematic the sanctioning of reports“ likely to worry ”or which were“ particularly problematic ”. “Undermine public confidence” in state authorities. Journalism with the power to report naturally undermines public confidence in government, just as investigative journalism arouses legitimate public concern or anger. Under such a loosely worded law, this type of vital surveillance journalism could be the target of political leaders anxious to limit criticism of their policies.

The Greek journalists’ union ESIEA added its voice against the proposed amendment, writing “that there is a danger that justice will intervene and restrict the freedom of speech and expression of opinion guaranteed by the Constitution on what is happening. pass around us ”.

The move follows attempts in Romania and Bulgaria to tackle disinformation during the pandemic – attempts which were shut down after criticism from the European Union. Hungary has, however, succeeded in criminalizing the dissemination of false information deemed to undermine the authorities’ fight against the Coronavirus with fines and prison terms.

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Politicians and the fake news accusations

While there is no doubt that disinformation is rife online, the term “fake news” is increasingly used by politicians around the world to undermine investigative reporting and potentially embarrassing disclosures.

Earlier this year, the editor of the Yorkshire PostJames Mitchinson accused British MPs of “taking a leaf from Donald Trump’s fake news playbook” after his newspaper published an article about the diversion of vaccines to areas where fewer people had jabbed.

“Never in my career as a journalist have I suffered such a coordinated attack from those in power,” Mitchinson wrote. “They [UK MPs] wanted you to believe them, not us. The experience left me with a deep sense of unease.

In 2018, when he was Minister of Housing, Dominic Raab accused Inside the accommodation of “peddling fake news” after reporting that he had not participated in a housing task force. Raab explained that it was necessary for Parliament to answer an urgent question, while Inside the accommodation stated that “it was not inaccurate to announce that Raab did not attend the meeting, nor was it inappropriate to simply ask the question why in our roundup of the morning news “.

Backbench MP Andrew Bridgen called reports on Cambridge Analytica “fake news”, while Brexiteer leader Arron Banks called Channel 4 News responsible for “fake news” after revealing how Leave.EU broke rigged a viral video of “migrants”.

Outside of the UK, the term has been used most often by Trump to piss off his base against mainstream media, attacking CNN and Buzzfeed as “fake news.” Brazilian authoritarian leader Jair Bolsonaro has also attacked critical media, claiming he is “at war with fake news”. In Australia, conservative politicians such as Malcolm Turnball have accused the media of publishing “fake news” to satisfy what the right sees as “left agendas”. In Europe, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the organization Reporters Without Borders should be renamed “Fake News Without Borders”, while Orbán in 2018 told reporters “I will not answer the factories. false information “.

Other conservative attacks on journalism include Jacob Rees-Mogg calling the Huffington Post deputy political editor of being “either a rascal or a fool”; Matt Hancock referring to The Guardian like a “rag”; and Kemi Badenoch saying Nadine White’s emails asking for comment on a story were “scary and bizarre”.

He may not have used the inflammatory term “fake news”, but the Cabinet Office rejected a Mail on Sunday report on an investigation into foreign collusion at Downing Street, claiming there had “never been such an investigation”. The Mail on Sunday sticks to its story. Meanwhile, then Cabinet Minister Michael Gove accused open democracydenounces the freedom of information to be “ridiculous and tendentious”.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) safety survey, released in November, showed that 98% of respondents believed politicians should avoid viewing journalistic work as fake news because they have a role leading to play in maintaining high standards of public discourse.

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Right-wing governments like New Democracy in Greece are threatening to jail journalists for writing “fake news”, and conservative cabinet ministers accuse news anchors of repeating “fake news”. But often the sources of disinformation come from the politicians themselves.

In fact, it is often those who shout “fake news” at journalists who depend most on disinformation to maintain their grip on power.

In December 2020, the Labor Party called for an investigation into a newsletter sent out by the Wellingborough Tories that urged members to ‘militarize fake news’ and’ make enough questionable claims’ to ensure that ‘ honest speakers are “overwhelmed” and “obvious” the truth.

A year earlier, the Conservative Party was criticized for renaming its Twitter account to make it look like a fact-checking service during a leaders’ debate ahead of the 2019 election.

New Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Nadine Dorries has also come under fire for spreading fake news after sharing a doctored video featuring Labor leader Keir Starmer. Dorries was asked to check validity before sharing future social media content. Lucy Allan and Maria Caulfield also shared the clip.

In Europe, despite the ban on disinformation about the coronavirus, news outlets loyal to Orbán have been accused of becoming factories of fake news, with disinformation being cited as a “tactic” in the prime minister’s arsenal.

Bolsonaro may have denounced “fake media” but has been accused of systematically spreading disinformation as part of his strategy to come to power. Likewise, Trump and his supporters flooded the infosphere with fake memes, stories and misinformation to inspire his base – the biggest, of course, being the lie that he won the election. This lie claimed the lives of people and threatened to overthrow democracy, during the attempted insurgency of January 6, 2021.

A CNBC analysis of President Trump’s tweets since January 2017 found that his most popular and frequent posts widely spread misinformation and mistrust.

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Editors concerned about press freedom https://guwiv.com/editors-concerned-about-press-freedom/ Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://guwiv.com/editors-concerned-about-press-freedom/ Staff Correspondent Sun, Oct 31, 2021 12:00 AM Last update: Sun, Oct 31, 2021 4:17 AM From left to right, acting editor of Samakal Mustafiz Shafi, editor of Financial Herald Reazuddin Ahmed, editor of Bhorer Kagoj Shyamal Dutta, editor of Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, editor in chief of New Age Nurul Kabir, editor of Dhaka […]]]>

From left to right, acting editor of Samakal Mustafiz Shafi, editor of Financial Herald Reazuddin Ahmed, editor of Bhorer Kagoj Shyamal Dutta, editor of Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, editor in chief of New Age Nurul Kabir, editor of Dhaka Tribune Zafar Sobhan, editor of Dainik Azadi MA Malek, editor of Bonik Barta Dewan Hanif Mahmud poses for a photo after a discussion on the achievements and challenges of mass media at Cirdap yesterday. Photo: Star

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From left to right, acting editor of Samakal Mustafiz Shafi, editor of Financial Herald Reazuddin Ahmed, editor of Bhorer Kagoj Shyamal Dutta, editor of Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, editor in chief of New Age Nurul Kabir, editor of Dhaka Tribune Zafar Sobhan, editor of Dainik Azadi MA Malek, editor of Bonik Barta Dewan Hanif Mahmud poses for a photo after a discussion on the achievements and challenges of mass media at Cirdap yesterday. Photo: Star

The free press is under assault from many spheres – starting with the legal system, the domination of media companies, the politicization of journalists, speakers said at an event hosted by Sampadak Parishad yesterday.

“Protecting the interests of any individual or group is not the responsibility of any media,” said Syed Manzoorul Islam, a former professor of English at Dhaka University.

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He was speaking during a discussion titled “50 Years of Bangladesh: Media Achievements and Future Challenges” at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.

Manzoorul said newspapers are not legal persons.

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Shyamol Dutta, editor-in-chief of Bhorer Kagoj, questioned whether the industrial owners of news houses wanted journalism to flourish.

“They are there to protect their own interests. We have to analyze why the big houses are entering the media industry in the first place,” he said.

Sampadak Parishad Chairman Mahfuz Anam, also editor of the Daily Star, said: “I implore owners to please understand that this industry is different. You maintain the quality of the products you manufacture. The quality of a newspaper is its credibility.

“Your journalists are not factory workers. They are independent thinkers. Your editors are not just employees. Their job is to defend the public interest,” he said.

Nurul Kabir, editor of the New Age, explained how criticism of the government and its inner workings is now seen as seditious.

“Sedition is anti-state. But now criticizing the government is considered sedition. Submitting to it is tantamount to slavery,” Kabir said.

Speakers said the judiciary should protect the interests of free speech and objective journalism.

Mustafiz Shafi, acting editor of the Daily Samakal, said a law like the Digital Security Act-2018 cannot be accepted in this country.

Noting that justice and the media are constitutionally protected, Mahfuz Anam drew the government’s attention and said, “Please review the laws that hinder freedom of expression.

He asked how many cybercrimes have been stopped with the digital security law. He said a new law must be enacted to protect independent journalism.

Shyamol Dutta and Manzoorul Islam both stressed the need to modernize and activate the Press Council so that it can deal with issues related to journalists.

“It is never desirable for a journalist to go to court to defend the expression of his views in the interest of the country. An active Press Council could be the solution. It must be done in such a way that everyone has confidence in themselves, ”said Manzoorul.

Speakers denounced the politicization of journalists.

“If journalists start to engage in party politics, then that will be a problem,” Manzoorul Islam said. He called for introspection.

He listed several ways in which partisan politics creeps into journalism, resulting in biased opinions.

“Journalists join political parties. There are many opposing journalist associations, which makes it difficult to realize the demands of a unified platform. We have not yet been able to come to a satisfactory decision on the issue. salary board, for example, “said the former DU. said the professor.

Manzoorul said the achievements of the Bangladeshi newspapers are immense. “When there are formidable limitations, all success is magnified. Even then, there are questions about the objectivity of the newspapers in this country in publishing the truth.”

Virtually joining the meeting, Honorary Professor Sakhawat Ali Khan of the AU Department of Mass Communication and Journalism said there should be no division among journalists.

“Together, we must all ensure true democracy. Only then will newspapers survive,” added Sakhawat.

MA Malek, editor of the Daily Azadi, said the main challenge for newspapers is to retain audiences at a time when independent journalism is under threat.

Zafar Sobhan, editor of the Dhaka Tribune, said the newspaper industry faces two types of challenges. “Freedom of expression is very limited and such a period has not been seen in the past,” he said.

Senior journalist Reazuddin Ahmed stressed that a journalist cannot have friends but the current situation is such that everyone, including the government, is against press freedom.

Matiur Rahman, editor-in-chief of Prothom Alo, was also present on the show, chaired by Mahfuz Anam and directed by Dewan Hanif Mahmud, acting secretary general of Sampadak Parishad.

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