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Crackdown on Media

2018

12

Nov

Banned Iceland palm oil Christmas ad ‘too political’

A Christmas advert highlighting the impact of palm oil on the environment will not be shown after it was deemed “too political”. Deeside-based food firm Iceland wanted to use a Greenpeace animation telling the story of rainforest destruction and the impact on the orangutan. But it was not approved by Clearcast, the body which assesses adverts […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC

07

Nov

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields

Late Monday afternoon, about the same time the FBI warned about Russia and other countries using social media to influence the US midterm elections, Facebook quietly released a report showing the company’s platform was used to foment violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Rohingya, a minority mostly Muslim ethnic population of about 1.3 million people, […]

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Source: The Register

24

Sep

Danish broadcaster told to scrap promotion of integration, focus on Christianity

The Danish Broadcasting Corporation has signed a new contract with the government, which has been largely influenced by the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party. The fresh edition no longer defines the broadcaster’s mission as being focused on the promotion of integration, but rather is centered on Denmark’s democracy and Christian roots. The Danish government has handed […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Sputnik

30

Jul

Newspapers in US post armed guards outside of their offices

President Trump appeared to be surprised that it wasn’t typical for newspapers to have armed guards outside of their offices, the New York Times publisher Arthur Gregg Sulzberger claimed. In a phone interview with the Times’ Mark Landler following Trump’s revelation that he met with Sulzberger earlier this month, Sulzberger recalled telling Trump that newspapers had begun […]

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Country: United States
Source: Washington Examiner , Sputnik

03

Jul

Upon Israel’s request, Twitter closes Hamas, Hezbollah accounts

Twitter has closed a number of accounts belonging to Hamas and Hezbollah officials, the Israeli Ministry of Public Security and Strategic Affairs said yesterday. According to Haaretz the move comes two weeks after Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO and executive chairman claiming the social media giant was “largely […]

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Source: Middle East Monitor , TRT Haber

31

May

‘President was clear about RT’: Journalist barred from Elysee Palace despite having credentials

An RT journalist has been barred from attending a conference hosted by Emmanuel Macron in Elysee palace. The reporter was told that the president “was clear” about RT: access for the channel’s staff is denied. Kyrill Kotikov, working for RT France, was stopped by security at the gates of the palace where Macron was due […]

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Country: France
Source: RT , Güneş

22

May

UK media watchdog Ofcom launched 3 new probes Into Russian broadcaster RT

UK media watchdog Ofcom said it had launched three new investigations into the RT broadcaster for breaches of content standards between April 30 and May 13. According to the organization’s bulletin, the investigations were launched over RT’s Crosstalk and News programs, aired on April 20, April 26 and May 4. Ofcom notes that the very fact of the beginning of the investigation does not […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik News

26

Apr

UK among the worst in western Europe for press freedom

The UK has one of the worst environments for press freedom in western Europe, according to a global ranking that places Britain below the likes of Uruguay, Samoa, and Chile for restrictions on reporters as they seek to hold power to account. Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for journalistic freedoms, said the UK ranked 40th […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

25

Apr

MI5 vetted thousands of BBC staff to keep ‘evil’ and ‘subversive’ lefties out

The BBC allowed MI5, Britain’s intelligence service, to vet its applicants in a bid to stop potentially “subversive” people from influencing the broadcast material, new files have revealed. The documents reveal the extent to which MI5 worked with the broadcaster to politically vet thousands of employees – except for “personnel such as chairwomen” – right until the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: RT , Sputnik

18

Apr

ICE detained Tennessee journalist because of his reporting, lawyers say

Lawyers for a journalist who was arrested in Tennessee and then placed in an immigration detention facility said Monday that the government was trying to suppress his reporting and violated his rights of freedom of speech and the press. Attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center have asked a federal court to release Manuel Duran […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Denver Post