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INM Editor-in-Chief appointed to EU expert group to tackle 'fake news' - Independent.ie
Kurdish footballer convicted of 'terrorist propaganda' in Turkey shot at in Germany
Number of jailed journalists hits 17-year high
Belarus charges Ukrainian journalist with espionage
‘Your pen has been silenced but your voice will live on’
Russia accuses CNN International of violating Russian media law
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 ...
Belarus charges Ukrainian journalist with espionage
2017-11-20 19:45:12 It linked the ring’s set up to detained Ukrainian Radio correspondent Pavlo Sharoyko, who was arrested in late October and charged with being an undercover intelligence officer. “In Belarus, Pavlo Sharoyko built a network of agents made up of Belarussian citizens, who carried out his assignments on gathering intelligence information in the military and political sphere for monetary compensation. Sharoyko himself admitted being a sworn officer of the military intelligence working under disguise, and also stated his military rank of Colonel,” said the KGB’s Dmitry Pobyarzhin   Read More ...
Russia warns US media of 'foreign agents' designation
2017-11-17 04:15:10 Russia has warned US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that they could be forced to register as "foreign agents". The two broadcasters and seven outlets they run have been notified by the Justice Minister after the lower house of parliament passed a new media law. The bill is in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register as a foreign agent in the US   Read More ...
Iran-Iraq earthquake: Social media images show tragic aftermath
2017-11-13 21:45:24 The number of the victims who lost their lives in a violent magnitude 7.3 earthquake, which struck Iran and Iraq yesterday (November 12), today continued to grow. At midday, the figures rose to at least 336 dead and nearly 4,000 wounded, mainly in the Iranian province of Kermanshah, in the west of the country near the border with Iraq   Read More ...
Brother of Ostia mafia boss breaks Rai TV journalist's nose during interview
2017-11-10 10:00:04 Daniele Piervincenzi, a journalist for Rai TV was hit by Roberto Spada, the brother of a mafia boss, during an interview about the local elections in Ostia, a coastal town near Rome on Tuesday (November 7). Spada head-butted Piervincenzi after the journalist asked him about his alleged support for the far-right extremist group, Casapound. The following video shows the interaction between the two men before Piervincenzi was hit   Read More ...
Afghanistan orders ban of WhatsApp
2017-11-04 14:45:07 Afghanistan has sparked an outcry after it moved to block WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services. Journalists, media groups and users of social media have accused the government of censorship after the move. But government figure said the decision posed no threat to Afghans’ freedom of expression. It is believed calls for a ban may have been initiated to stop the Taliban and other insurgent groups from communicating via the encrypted messaging apps   Read More ...
CCTV: Moment Russian journo’s attacker enters radio station, peppersprays security
2017-10-24 12:06:30 CCTV footage shows the attacker forcing his way into the Echo of Moscow radio station yesterday before stabbing a female journalist in the neck. He was later detained and told police that he had a ‘telepathic’ connection to his victim. The woman, Tatiana Felgengauer, was taken to hospital and is currently in a medically induced coma. READ MORE: Courtesy: RT LIVE Subscribe to RT! Like us on Facebook Follow us on VK Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Google+ Listen to us on Soundcloud: RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios   Read More ...
Man stabs anchor in throat at Russian radio station
2017-10-23 21:05:28 WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES A man armed with a knife attacked and injured a female journalist after forcing his way in the Echo of Moscow radio station in the   Read More ...
Thousands call for justice for murdered Malta journalist
2017-10-23 00:03:55 Thousands have gathered on the island of Malta to demand justice following the death of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who died last Monday in a car bomb. Caruana Galizia was known for an anti-corruption blog. Just before her death she had claimed there were “crooks everywhere” in Malta. Sunday’s rally was organised by non-governmental groups some of whose representatives addressed the crowds: “You remember three years ago, we gathered in the streets of Paris after the Charlie Hebdo killing   Read More ...
Alexi Navalny 'released from jail'
2017-10-22 14:00:07 Russian blogger and Putin critic Alexi Navalny has announced on social media his release from detention after spending about three weeks in jail. Navalny was arrested last month near his home in Moscow following a Facebook post calling on his supporters to attend an unauthorised public rally. He hopes to run for president next year, but he is effectively barred from taking part in the ballot because of a suspended prison sentence   Read More ...
‘Your pen has been silenced but your voice will live on’
2017-10-19 10:45:08 A newspaper has paid tribute to Malta’s best-known investigative journalist by leaving her regular column blank. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed in an explosion shortly after she left her home on the island on Monday. The journalist, who used a blog to accuse politicians of corruption, wrote for The Malta Independent over 20 years. The newspaper today left her Thursday column blank except for her photo and the words: “Your pen has been silenced but your voice will live on   Read More ...
America calls murder of Maltese journalist "cowardly", FBI aids investigation
2017-10-18 23:45:20 The United States has condemned the slaying of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and says the FBI is responding to Malta’s request for assistance in investigating the car bomb attack that killed her, the fourth car bomb in Malta this year. The US State Department called it a “cowardly attack” against a reporter who was dedicated to fighting corruption. “We’ve responded quickly to the Prime Minister`s request for assistance, the government of Malta, and Malta police force have been in contact with the FBI about the investigation, and the FBI is providing specific assistance as it has been requested   Read More ...
Mars, Venus, Pluto, Io, Titan und andere: Google Maps hat nun Karten von Planeten und Monden
2017-10-17 16:05:09 Newsticker Wenn Sie jemals die Himmelskörper unseres Sonnensystems erkunden wollten, macht Google es ein wenig einfacher. Leider werden Sie höchstwahrscheinlich niemals in der Lage sein, Ceres, Io oder Dione zu erreichen, aber dank eines neues Updates von Google Maps kann man nun den Weltraum erforschen und 16 verschiedene Orte virtuell besuchen. Darunter sind nicht nur Planeten wie Mars, Venus und sogar Pluto, sondern auch Monde wie Europa, Ganymede, Mimas sowie Zwergplaneten   Read More ...
Assange: 20.000 Euro für Informationen zum Mord von Enthüllungsjournalistin auf Malta
2017-10-17 14:06:17 Newsticker Assange: 20.000 Euro für Informationen zum Mord von Enthüllungsjournalistin auf Malta Der Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, ist bereit, 20.000 Euro für jegliche Informationen über die möglichen Mörder der maltesischen Bloggerin Daphne Caruana Galizia zu zahlen. Outraged to hear that Maltese investigative journalist+blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has been murdered this afternoon not far from her home with a car bomb   Read More ...
'This is war, not tragedy,' says son of Malta's murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
2017-10-17 13:45:08 The son of Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, murdered by a car bomb, has spoken of his helplessness after arriving on the scene. Daphne Caruana Galizia, who wrote about Malta corruption on her blog, was murdered on Monday soon after she left her home in the north of the island. “I am never going to forget, running around the inferno in the field, trying to figure out a way to open the door, the horn of the car still blaring,” Matthew Caruana Galizia said in a post on Facebook   Read More ...
Social media executives to be quizzed in Russia probe
2017-09-29 19:37:37 A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear at a public hearing on November 1. The leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said the panel would hold an open hearing next month with representatives from unnamed technology companies in an effort to "better understand how Russia used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election"   Read More ...
Serbian minister denies reports of muzzling media outlets
2017-09-29 18:37:52 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's information minister on Friday denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure. Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic told The Associated Press that his agency "strongly objects" to any form of pressure on journalists and believes in media freedom. Vukosavljevic spoke a day after dozens of Serbian news outlets and other organizations darkened their web pages and published black ribbons to warn citizens about the government pressure   Read More ...
Russia accuses CNN International of violating Russian media law
2017-09-29 18:20:21 Russia’s communications regulator on Friday accused US TV channel CNN International of violating Russian media law and said it had summoned the broadcaster’s representatives in connection with the matter. The Russian foreign ministry accused Washington on Thursday of putting unwarranted pressure on the US operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow could take tit-for-tat measures. President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of Russia’s Security Council on Friday that Russian media outlets working abroad were facing growing and unacceptable pressure, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said   Read More ...
‘Wall Street Journal’ to end print editions in Europe and Asia
2017-09-29 18:16:27 The Wall Street Journal, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., is closing down print editions in Europe and Asia as a result of shrinking advertising. The final print edition in Europe will be on Friday, with the Asian edition ending a week later, the newspaper reported on Thursday in an article, citing company officials. The article said affected staffers have been reassigned   Read More ...
Pope to focus on “fake news” in message for World Communications Day 2018‎
2017-09-29 18:15:37 2017-09-29 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will focus on the harmful effects of fake news against journalism for peace, in his message for peace for World Communications Day next year. ““The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace,” is the theme of the annual Catholic Church observance that the Pope announced with a post on Twitter (@Pontifex) on Friday   Read More ...
The Wall Street Journal прекращает выход бумажных версий в Европе и Азии
2017-09-29 18:13:12 Москва, 29 сентября - АиФ-Москва. Американская ежедневная газета The Wall Street Journal объявила о прекращении выпуска своих печатных версий в Европе и Азии. Европейская версия газеты появится на прилавках в последний раз в пятницу, 29 сентября. Выпуск азиатского варианта прекратится неделей позже. Издание намерено «сконцентрироваться на подготовке своей электронной версии в условиях, когда рынок печатной продукции переживает непростые времена», сообщается на сайте The Wall Street Journal   Read More ...
‘Blacktivist’ social media accounts linked to Russian efforts to sow divisions in U.S.
2017-09-29 12:20:19 The Russian government was linked to a “Blacktivist” account on both Twitter and Facebook that was intended to stoke racial tensions in the U.S. during the presidential elections. Fake accounts and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of social media ads have been linked to a wider effort among the Russian government to sow divisions among Americans, CNN reported. Among those efforts was an account, registered on both Facebook and Twitter under the handle “Blacktivists,” that posted videos of police brutality, publicized rallies, and called for black people to “wake up as soon as possible   Read More ...