Access denied: COVID-19 pandemic complicates journalists' work
New York (AFP) - While institutions, governments, elected officials, companies and sports federations are all having to adapt to new constraints under the coronavirus pandemic, experts say they are often using the health crisis as an excuse to restrict journalists' access.Fewer physical press conferences, questions that must be submitted in advance or sometimes no questions at all, queries that go unanswered -- information does not circulate well in the age of Covid-19.Examples include international football matches, in which UEFA ditched mixed zone areas where journalists usually get to quiz ...
Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Thursday said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a “critical preventative step” ahead of the US presidential election.Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to the social media platform popular with US President Donald Trump.“Implementing these security measures is a critical preventative step,” the tech firm’s safety team said in a blog post.Twitter maintained that it is “focused on keepin...
The Bangkok Post
As journalists are made to leave, Hong Kong’s global status will suffer
The ongoing journalists’ visa war between the United States and China shows no sign of abating. Rather than easing, it seems headed towards its end game.It began back in February when the US State Department ordered five Chinese news outlets to register as foreign entities and forced them to reduce their staff by roughly 40 percent. Beijing promptly expelled three journalists from the Wall Street Journal, using an op-ed published by the Journal as an excuse even though the journalists had nothing to do with the piece.Since then, the situation has further spiralled downwards, with both sides we...
Hong Kong Free Press
Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists
San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter on Thursday said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a "critical preventative step" ahead of the US presidential election.Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to the social media platform popular with US President Donald Trump."Implementing these security measures is a critical preventative step," the tech firm's safety team said in a blog post.Twitter maintained that it is "focused on...
Jewish journalists making a difference in the world
The concept of Jewish journalists making a difference in the world is almost an overblown Hollywood cliché, but in the cases of Bari Weiss and Jonathan Swan, the facts could never ring more loudly.Weiss had already made her mark as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and since 2017 for The New York Times, as a singular voice who brought fresh and frequently controversial viewpoints to Left-wing darling issues like cultural appropriation and intersectionality, as well as calling out what she saw as antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the politically correct world.But her profile drastically r...
Jpost.com - The Jerusalem Post online edition
Bagre Dam Spillage Submerges Nawuni Water Plant
The Ghana Water Company Limited in the Northern Region has stated that it will be forced to shutdown its plant at Nawuni in the Kumbungu district.The Northern region could be hit with water crisis due to the submerging of the Nawuni plant by the spillage of the Bagre dam.The Ghana Water Company Northern Regional Director , Ing. Amidu Musah told journalists that the company is supposed to shutdown the water plant at 36 feet and currently they have 35.75 feet.“ so we are almost there but we hope that God will listen to our prayers so that we will not have to shutdown so when we shutdown complete...
Daily Guide Network
As pandemic spreads, the Cuban government moves to silence independent journalists
MIAMI — When Cuban independent news site 14ymedio recently scooped the government and published the regime’s plans to charge for food in dollars, the news spread like fire on social media, causing waves of disbelief and frustration among Cubans.Cuba’s head of state, Miguel Díaz-Canel, was furious.“Yesterday, they went to social media to say: These people are going to dollarize the economy, they are going to close the stores in (local currency) and they are going to sell everything in foreign currency. And the working people — who they ‘worry’ so much about — who earn in local currency … are go...
Turkey journalists convicted over reports on spy's funeral
ATurkishcourt on Wednesdayconvictedfivejournalistsover their reports on the funeral of an intelligence officer who was killed inLibyaand sentenced them to more than three years in prison, state-run media reported. But all have been released from custody pending the appeals process.The five journalists from Odatv news website, the pro-Kurdish newspaper Yeni Yasam and the nationalist daily Yenicag, were among a group of eight defendants accused of violating Turkey's national intelligence laws and disclosing secret information for their coverage of the funeral of the agent who was quietly buried ...
Turkey releases journalists charged with exposing intelligence secrets in Libya
Turkey has freed a number of journalists who were given prison sentences by an Istanbul court yesterday for exposing the identity of an intelligence agent killed in Libya earlier this year.Colonel Okan Altinay was purged from his position following the failed 2016 coup before being reassigned to the Turkish mission in Libya. He worked there as an agent for Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to uphold Ankara’s support for the UN-backed Libyan government.Altinay was reportedly killed in a bomb attack in the city of Tripoli in February. His body was returned to Turkey and buried qu...
The Middle East Monitor
3 jailed journalists released amid tough media landscape in Turkey
ANKARA: After spending almost six months behind bars, orders for the release from prison of three Turkish journalists accused of disclosing national security secrets were issued on Wednesday.Critical news site Oda TV’s editor-in-chief, Baris Pehlivan, reporter Hulya Kilinc and dissident Yenicag newspaper columnist Murat Agirel were behind bars for reporting on the death of a Turkish intelligence officer in Libya in February, although the agent’s name had been previously publicized in a speech by a lawmaker in the Turkish Parliament.They were released with travel restrictions, with appeals for ...