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A wolf escaped it's British sanctuary and it gave social media a lot to talk about
Number of jailed journalists hits 17-year high
EU Parliament calls on Myanmar to free Reuters journalists
Three charged over murder of Maltese journalist
Belarus charges Ukrainian journalist with espionage
Iran-Iraq earthquake: Social media images show tragic aftermath
Brother of Ostia mafia boss breaks Rai TV journalist's nose during interview
EU plans crackdown on fake news in social media: Report
2018-04-02 12:47:20 BRUSSELS - Brussels is preparing to crack down on social media companies who have been accused of spreading fake news, issuing a stark warning that scandals such as the Facebook data leak threaten to "subvert our democratic systems", the Financial Times reported. Sir Julian King, European commissioner for security, is demanding a "clear game plan" for how social media companies can operate during sensitive election periods - starting with European Parliament polls in May next year (2019)   Read More ...
Travel company looking for employees to tour Europe and capture travel on social media
2018-03-12 16:46:04 Published 8:11 am, Monday, March 12, 2018 Travel company Busabout is looking for four employees to make up their "2018 Travel Squad." "Are you looking for a chance to explore Europe with a group of travel-loving social media-savvy travelers this summer?" the online job description reads. "Then look no further, because this year we're looking for 4 travel addicts to assemble The Ultimate Travel Squad! Their mission will be to embark on a three-month European summer adventure and document every step of the experience on our social networks and blog   Read More ...
Slovak journalist murder: Interior Minister resigns
2018-03-12 16:03:58 Robert Kalinak's departure comes amid growing public anger at the killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova last month   Read More ...
Turkey Cumhuriyet trial: Two journalists released on bail
2018-03-10 10:03:24 A Turkish court has released on bail two journalists who were held for over a year on terror-related charges. The editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, Murat Sabuncu, and investigative reporter, Ahmet Sik, were both let out of jail, sparking jubilation among their supporters. However, the pair remain charged and on trial. They deny the charges. The staff from the newspaper were held as part of the crackdown that followed the failed coup of July 2016   Read More ...
Slovakia: Tens of thousands protest in Bratislava at journalist's murder
2018-03-10 09:39:03 Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on Friday to demand the incumbent government step aside, following the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova. Subscribesubscribe Video ID: 20180309 041 Video on Demand: Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: Facebook:   Read More ...
Fake news spreads further, faster on social media
2018-03-09 12:45:06 Falsehoods spread like wildfire on social media, getting quicker and longer-lasting pickup than the truth, researchers reported on Thursday. A deep dive into Twitter shows that false news was re-tweeted more often than true news was, and carried further. "It took the truth about six times as long as falsehood to reach 1,500 people." And it wasn't bots spreading most of the falsehoods, they found   Read More ...
Thousands march for slain Slovak journalist
2018-03-03 23:46:24 Thousands of people marched in Bratislava and other Slovak cities on Friday for murdered investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. The protesters called for swift action in response to a killing that has shocked the country and shaken its government. Marching behind a banner reading "An attack on journalists = an attack on all of us" and pictures of the two victims, the majority of protesters walked in silence with many carrying candles   Read More ...
Slovakia mourns slain journalist
2018-03-03 22:46:51 The funeral has been held in Slovakia of an investigative journalist who was found shot dead at his home last weekend, along with his girlfriend.   Read More ...
Propaganda, Bana, Blauer Bote: Stern geht weiter gegen Blogger vor
2018-03-02 07:41:19 Deutschland Propaganda, Bana, Blauer Bote: Stern geht weiter gegen Blogger vor Bana Alabed, auch bekannt als "Aleppo's Tweeting Girl", während eines Interviews mit Reuters in Ankara, Türkei, am 22. Dezember 2016. Das Magazin Stern ist mit weiteren Klagen gegen den Blog Blauer Bote vorgegangen. Der hatte einem "Stern.de"-Redakteur vorgeworfen, rund um das "Twitter-Mädchen" Bana aus Syrien Propaganda zu verbreiten – und will notfalls bis zum Bundesgerichtshof durchhalten   Read More ...
Sky strikes deal to add Netflix to its European pay-TV bundles
2018-03-01 18:14:51 LONDON Sky, the European pay-TV group at the centre of a fierce takeover battle, said it would add online video service Netflix to a new TV bundle, bringing drama like “The Crown” to its sport and entertainment offer for the first time. Netflix’s mix of original drama and movies has proved popular globally, with subscriber numbers reaching nearly 118 million at the end of 2017, bringing new competition to traditional pay-TV cable and satellite providers   Read More ...
Slovak leader offers a $1.2 million reward for information in case of murdered journalist
2018-03-01 16:43:20 Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is offering a reward of 1 million euros ($1.2 million US) for information about the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. The 27-year-old reporter for the news website Aktuality.sk and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were found dead Monday with bullet wounds to the chest and head respectively, according to the International Press Institute (IPI). They were shot at Kuciak's apartment in Velka Maca in western Slovakia sometime between Thursday and Sunday, police said   Read More ...
Police believe a journalist was killed for reporting on fraud in the heart of Europe
2018-02-27 12:46:44 European and Slovak authorities believe that an investigative reporter who was shot to death Sunday in Slovakia was killed because of his reporting on fraud in the central European country. Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his partner, Marina Kusnirova, were found dead in their apartment Sunday in Velka Maca, a village east of the capital of Bratislava. Kuciak worked on reports about tax evasion among Slovak elites and had received threats last year from Marian Kocner, a businessman about whom Kuciak had written   Read More ...
Police believe a journalist was killed for reporting on fraud in the heart of Europe
2018-02-27 10:08:41 European and Slovak authorities believe that an investigative reporter who was shot to death Sunday in Slovakia was killed because of his reporting on fraud in the central European country. Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his partner, Marina Kusnirova, were found dead in their apartment Sunday in Velka Maca, a village east of the capital of Bratislava. Kuciak worked on reports about tax evasion among Slovak elites and had received threats last year from Marian Kocner, a businessman about whom Kuciak had written   Read More ...
Slovak investigative journalist and fiancée murdered, authorities say
2018-02-27 08:30:46 (CNN)A Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée were found shot dead Monday, the first time a reporter has been murdered in the country, according to police. Jan Kuciak, 27, reported on tax evasion and fraud among Slovak businesses, including people connected to the Slovak governing party, Smer. The journalist for news website Aktuality.sk and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were found with bullet wounds to the chest and head respectively, said the International Press Institute (IPI)   Read More ...
Police believe a journalist was killed for covering fraud in the heart of Europe
2018-02-26 20:04:47 European and Slovak authorities believe that an investigative reporter who was shot to death Sunday in Slovakia was killed because of his reporting on fraud in the central European country. Jan Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his partner, Marina Kusnirova, were found dead in their apartment Sunday in Velka Maca, a village east of the capital of Bratislava. Kuciak worked on stories about tax evasion among Slovak elites and had received threats last year from Marian Kocner, a businessman Kuciak had written about   Read More ...
Slovakia shocked by killing of journalist and partner
2018-02-26 17:35:10 A Slovak investigative journalist and his partner have been murdered in a suspected assassination linked to the journalist's work. Jan Kuciak, 27, and Martina Kusnirova were shot dead at the weekend at home in Velka Maca, a village 65km (40 miles) east of the capital Bratislava. It was "most likely related to the journalist's investigative work", a police commander said. Kuciak had written about alleged tax fraud involving luxury apartments   Read More ...
Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel freed from Turkey jail
2018-02-16 12:07:43 Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel has been freed from jail in Turkey after a year in detention accused of spreading propaganda, German officials say. His case was an irritant in German-Turkish relations, and on Thursday Chancellor Angela Merkel had pressed for his release. Mr Yucel, 44, was arrested in Istanbul a year ago and accused of writing propaganda in support of terrorism   Read More ...
German law under fire for turning social media companies into ‘overzealous censors’
2018-02-15 12:06:29 Under the NetzDG law, companies with more than two million registered users in Germany are required to establish a procedure to receive and review complaints of alleged illegal content.   Read More ...
How did social media react to Trump's State of the Union speech?
2018-01-31 08:45:07 US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday generated a record-breaking 4.5 million. The president used the maiden speech to talk about his plans for immigration, boast of economic achievements and threaten foreign adversaries. he 4.5 million tweets far surpassed the previous record for a State of the Union address of 3 million in 2017. But what were the moments that got people talking? And what were social media users saying? he most tweeted moments he top three tweeted moments during Trump’s address were: 1   Read More ...
Female journalists complain of gender segregation during Pence Western Wall visit
2018-01-24 03:00:02 Female journalists covering US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tuesday have complained of discrimination after being forced to stand behind their male colleagues. Using the hashtag #PenceFence, journalists took to social media to protest their treatment at the holy site. Reporters shared photos and videos of their view of the Western Wall, which was obstructed by rows of male journalists   Read More ...
A wolf escaped it's British sanctuary and it gave social media a lot to talk about
2018-01-19 12:45:13 A wolf, which escaped from an animal sanctuary in West Berkshire on Thursday morning, has been safely recaptured after six hours on the run. It was initially thought the animal, called Torak, had fled from the Wolf Conservation Trust's site in Beenham after strong winds damaged fencing. But the sanctuary is now claiming the enclosure gate may have been left open deliberately   Read More ...
Arsenal target Malcom disciplined by Bordeaux over social media video
2018-01-17 12:04:50 Reported Arsenal target Malcom is among a trio of Bordeaux players set for a disciplinary hearing relating to a video posted on social media. Malcom, who understands is close to a £44 million move to Arsenal this month as the replacement for Alexis Sanchez, appeared alongside team-mates Jonathan Cafu and Otavio in a clip that was uploaded shortly after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at home to Caen   Read More ...
INM Editor-in-Chief appointed to EU expert group to tackle 'fake news' - Independent.ie
2018-01-13 16:36:28 The group has been established to advise the European Commission on all issues in relation to the spread of false information across traditional and social media, and on how to cope with its social and political consequences. Mr Rae was invited to join the Group by the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Roberto Viola   Read More ...
Metsola urges European Union to protect Maltese, other media
2018-01-13 12:05:07 Member of the European Parliament for Malta Roberta Metsola has spoken up in the European Parliament in favour of press freedom and reiterated the PN delegation call for European legislation to protect Maltese and other EU media houses. Addressing the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where she is the EPP Group Coordinator, Metsola said, "Without an unshackled media, we would only have the illusion of a proper democracy, a mockery of how the rule of law should function"   Read More ...
EUR 400,200 to be spent on communications strategy, PR services for Rail Baltica
2018-01-13 06:11:03 RIGA - The estimated cost of the development of a communications strategy and public relations services for the Rail Baltica fast train project is 400,200 euros exclusive of VAT, according to an announcement published on the website of the Latvian Procurement Supervision Bureau. VAT included, the contract value may reach 484,242 euros. Under the three-year contract, the communications strategy has to be developed for the period between 2020 and 2026   Read More ...
Moldova moves to ban Russian ‘propaganda’ broadcasts
2018-01-11 17:00:04 Moldova’s pro-EU government has banned Russian news broadcasts in the country—a move strongly criticised by Moscow. Supporters of the bill—signed into law by the president of Moldova’s parliament—say it will reduce “propaganda” from pro-Russian media outlets. Moscow slammed what it called an “anti-Russian attack” and claimed it denied Moldovans the “fundamental right of access information”. The law, passed by Moldova’s parliament, effectively bans the rebroadcasting of Russian news, military or politics programmes   Read More ...
Kurdish footballer convicted of 'terrorist propaganda' in Turkey shot at in Germany
2018-01-08 14:00:02 Amed SK player Deniz Naki, who was found guilty of promoting terrorist propaganda for the PKK in Turkey, said his car was shot at last night as he visited family in Germany. He told German daily newspaper WELT that he was driving near Düren when shots were fired from a black station wagon. "I immediately ducked down and then rolled right onto the hard shoulder   Read More ...
EU demands release of detained Myanmar journalists
2017-12-20 04:35:42 YANGON: Two Myanmar journalists working for an international newswire who have not been heard from since they were arrested last week should be immediately released, the EU demanded on Tuesday (Dec 19). The sudden detention of reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, who work for Reuters, has spread fears about diminishing press freedoms in Myanmar, where Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government is under growing global pressure over human rights abuses   Read More ...
EU urges Myanmar to free Reuters journalists as soon as possible
2017-12-18 23:01:35 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union urged Myanmar on Monday to release "as quickly as possible" two Reuters reporters arrested last week. "The recent arrest in Yangon of two journalists working for Reuters News Agency is a cause of real concern," a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said. Journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested last Tuesday evening after they were invited to dine with police officers on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city   Read More ...
Daphne's murder: European Commissioner backs call for UN representative to protect journalists
2017-12-17 12:06:32 European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans this week said he is backing the #ProtectJournalists campaign initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) for the creation of a United Nations Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists. Timmermans’ statement of support comes in the wake of an appeal by RSF to European governments and institutions to do more to protect journalists after the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 October   Read More ...
Number of jailed journalists hits 17-year high
2017-12-15 09:45:16 The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has reached its highest level this century, according to a new report. Campaigners say the 262 reporters behind bars this year reflects a dismal failure to address a global crisis around press freedom. Turkey, with 73 behind bars, was the worst offender, followed by China and Egypt, according to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)   Read More ...
EU Parliament calls on Myanmar to free Reuters journalists
2017-12-15 06:03:04 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The president of the European Parliament on Thursday called on Myanmar to protect media freedoms and urged its government to release two Reuters journalists arrested this week. "I hope the authorities in Myanmar will free them as soon as possible," Antonio Tajani told reporters during an EU summit in Brussels. "Light should be shed on this case and human rights and press freedom should be respected   Read More ...
Three charged over murder of Maltese journalist
2017-12-06 19:45:11 A court in Malta has charged three men with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb last month. The suspects, who are Maltese nationals, include brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat. All three pleaded not guilty at a hearing late on Tuesday. Investigators believe the journalist who wrote a popular blog exposing crime and corruption on the Mediterranean island, was killed by a remote-controlled explosion of TNT   Read More ...
Social media's vested interest in Leo Varadkar
2017-12-05 16:08:07 The arrival of Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at an emergency meeting in his tank top has sparked jokes on social media, although some have criticised the media attention it has brought. Varadkar, a self-confessed fitness fan, was photographed in his running vest arriving at a cabinet meeting in Dublin to discuss the Irish government's position on Brexit negotiations and the Northern Ireland border question   Read More ...
Russia declares nine US media outlets 'foreign agents'
2017-12-05 09:34:15 Russia has declared nine US media outlets, including Voice of America and Radio Liberty, to be foreign agents. The new law that makes it possible for foreign media to be declared foreign agents was rushed through the Russian parliament last month. It means the media outlets have to declare their source of funding. The move is in retaliation for the US justice department ordering the Russian channels RT and Sputnik to register as foreign agents there   Read More ...
US and Russia row over media laws
2017-11-26 19:45:10 Two US funded international media outlets have criticised a media law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that will list them as foreign agents. Russian authorities can also reveal who funds them, which in the case of Voice of America is the US government. The law was rushed through the Russian duma in retaliation for similar restrictions that have been imposed on Russian media outlets in the US   Read More ...
EU blasts Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ media law as ‘threat to free and independent media’
2017-11-26 15:09:22 BRUSSELS – The Russian law classing international media organizations operating in the country as “foreign agents” is a “threat to free and independent media,” the European Union said Sunday. President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law the new rules which allow any international media outlet to be classified under the controversial “foreign agent” label by the Ministry of Justice. “The ‘foreign agent’ legislation goes against Russia’s human rights obligations and commitments, and the extension of its scope to foreign media   Read More ...
EU condemns Russian 'foreign agent' media law as 'threat'
2017-11-26 14:01:10 BRUSSELS: The Russian law classing international media organisations operating in the country as "foreign agents" is a "threat to free and independent media", the European Union said on Sunday (Nov 26). President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law the new rules which allow any international media outlet to be classified under the controversial "foreign agent" label by the Ministry of Justice   Read More ...
Russian President Putin signs 'foreign agent' media law
2017-11-26 01:03:07 Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The bill, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register as a foreign agent in the US, was earlier approved by parliament. At least nine US-funded broadcasters, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty could be hit   Read More ...
Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's family sue police
2017-11-23 00:08:29 The family of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta have filed a lawsuit against the police for allegedly failing to carry out an impartial investigation. Daphne Caruana Galizia's family want the senior officer overseeing the investigation to be removed. They say there is a potential conflict of interest because Silvio Valletta is married to a government minister   Read More ...