A pattern seems to have emerged in which the ostensibly-independent Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (NIS) has been ordered to investigate journalists at the behest of Canadian Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay. In at least two instances
, the NIS, the Canadian Armed Forces special investigative unit, conducted detailed investigations into the source of media reports, despite the reported information already being publicly available. [more inside]
Look at Azerbaijan! But look beyond the shiny Eurovision Song Contest (ESC
) which will be held tomorrow in Baku. Look at the “Dirty Secrets
” [SLYT, BBC Panorama, 30 min., English] and at independent film maker Liz Mermin’s film “Glanz und Schatten in Azerbaidschan
” [SLYT, 30 min. German but more informative IMHO]. >
Locals that voted in the music contest for a country that was not in favor of the ruling family were investigated by the police. And then there is the story of two expensive donkeys (€42,000 each) and a comedic video
that landed a young man in jail. Let’s not forget the story of a journalist who was blackmailed with secretly shot sex tapes
. Amnesty International
and Human Rights Watch
often report of restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Azerbaijan.
Shortly before the ESC young musician Jamal Ali
fled the country. While US peace corps volunteers don’t feel like criticizing much and sing a song of their own
[SLYT], we see more arrests in Baku today.
Dexter High School's student newspaper causes parental squall.
An anonymous parents group called Clean Up DHS
wants to quash student free speech because of an article in a recent issue of the student-run The Squall.
The article in question (p. 4, February 2010)
is about a local teens-only club. Where's the rub? [more inside]
In 1771, John Wilkes
succeeded in defending the freedom of the press to report the then secret debates of Parliament. In 2009, the well-known libel law firm Carter-Ruck
, possibly acting on behalf of their clients Trafigura
, succeeded in gagging The Guardian newspaper
from reporting a question to be asked in Parliament (see #61)
. [more inside]
The Guardian has taken the unusual step of publishing the same article in English
& in Italian
because the Italian media will not tell the truth about Berlusconi.
clown that heads Italy
has accused newspapers and television stations of slandering him and damaging the country’s reputation by highlighting his alleged faux pas
an interesting article from the Colombia Journal of Review cached archives shows how Berlusconi uses Journalism as a political weapon. [more inside]
Wired thinks it’s time to talk about how media consolidation affects freedom of the press in America. Al Gore
seems to think it's a problem almost as serious as Global Warming (and in some ways, a closely related one). So just who does
own the media these days? Maybe it’s time for a return to the days when we expected a little more fairness
in our news coverage.
Crashing the Wiretapper's Ball Wired News
snuck a reporter into the ISS World Conference
, a no-press-allowed conference for companies that sell wiretapping equipment to law enforcement, ISPs, telcos, and repressive governments. Hilarity ensues. via
Notice: henceforth, the Minister of War shall address the people only through the Ministry of Truth. The story-behind-the-story of the Vice President's hunting mishap is the denigration of the MSMTM as the traditional proxy of the public interest
, says NYU journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen. "It strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is,"
Cheney told cherry-picked Fox "News" correspondent Brit Hume yesterday. GOP spokesperson Mary Matalin underlined the point by saying that Cheney considered holding a news conference, but that "would have meant a lot of grandstanding" by reporters
; Donald Rumsfeld often goes even farther, claiming that terrorist organizations manipulate the American press directly through "media committees."
Judging by the administration's contempt for the Fourth Estate
, says Rosen, "The public visibility of the presidency itself is under revision. More of it lies in shadow all the time. Non-communication has become the standard procedure, not a breakdown in practice but the essence of it." Even arch-conservative pundits like George Will are starting to get nervous
about the lack of check and balances under the current regime. There's no doubt that the White House press corps seems angrier these days -- but are they missing the bigger stories
by focusing their wrath on Scott McClellan's birdshot spin?
An Editorial Cartoon
published in the University of Maryland
's Student run independent newspaper, The Diamondback
, incites controversy
. The cartoon, depicting the death of American pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie
, is being called offensive; protestors and university officials are calling for a retraction and an apology
from the paper. The newspaper on the other hand is crying free speech and first amendment protection; as well they see the backlash by the campus community