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Washington Post publisher and incoming editor are said to have used stolen records in Britain

Washington Post publisher and incoming editor are said to have used stolen records in Britain

The New York Times reports: The publisher and incoming editor of The Washington Post used fraudulently obtained phone and company records in newspaper articles as journalists in London, according to a former colleague, the published account of a private investigator and an analysis of newspaper archives. Will Lewis, The Post’s publisher, assigned one of the articles in 2004 as business editor of The Sunday Times. Another was written by Robert Winnett, whom Mr. Lewis recently announced as The Post’s next…

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Israel’s war on Gaza takes record toll on journalists

Israel’s war on Gaza takes record toll on journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists: The Israel-Gaza war has taken an unprecedented toll on Gazan journalists since Israel declared war on Hamas following its attack against Israel on October 7, 2023. As of June 11, 2024, CPJ’s preliminary investigations showed at least 108 journalists and media workers were among the more than 38,000 killed since the war began, making it the deadliest period for journalists since CPJ began gathering data in 1992. Journalists in Gaza face particularly high risks as they try to cover the conflict during the Israeli ground assault, including…

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Columbia Law Review back online after student editors threatened to strike over Nakba censorship

Columbia Law Review back online after student editors threatened to strike over Nakba censorship

  The Intercept reports: After the Columbia Law Review’s board of directors responded to the publication of an article about Palestine by taking the prestigious journal completely offline, the students who run CLR voted on Wednesday to reject an offer in a letter from the directors to reinstate the website. The Columbia Law School students who run CLR were considering a proposal to append a note to the Palestine article disclaiming what the directors, in an unsigned letter to students,…

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The most downloaded U.S. news app has Chinese roots and ‘writes fiction’ using AI

The most downloaded U.S. news app has Chinese roots and ‘writes fiction’ using AI

Reuters reports: Last Christmas Eve, NewsBreak, opens new tab, a free app with roots in China that is the most downloaded news app in the United States, published an alarming piece about a small town shooting. It was headlined “Christmas Day Tragedy Strikes Bridgeton, New Jersey Amid Rising Gun Violence in Small Towns.” The problem was, no such shooting took place. The Bridgeton, New Jersey police department posted a statement on Facebook on December 27 dismissing the article – produced…

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Columbia Law Review editors refused to censor an article on the Nakba. Board of directors then took down the site

Columbia Law Review editors refused to censor an article on the Nakba. Board of directors then took down the site

The Intercept reports: Last November, the Harvard Law Review made the unprecedented decision to kill a fully edited essay prior to publication. The author, human rights lawyer Rabea Eghbariah, was to be the first Palestinian legal scholar published in the prestigious journal. As The Intercept reported at the time, Eghbariah’s essay — an argument for establishing “Nakba,” the expulsion, dispossession, and oppression of Palestinians, as a formal legal concept that widens its scope — faced extraordinary editorial scrutiny and eventual…

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Exposed: Max Blumenthal’s Grayzone appears to have financial ties to the Russian and Iranian governments

Exposed: Max Blumenthal’s Grayzone appears to have financial ties to the Russian and Iranian governments

The Washington Post reports: Recently unearthed documents reveal that leaders of an online news site aimed at Americans have received money from both Russian and Iranian government media outlets, showing how widening geopolitical alliances are making it harder to identify and trace foreign influence operations. Hacked emails and other documents from the Iranian government-funded Press TV show payments of thousands of dollars to a writer who is now a Washington-based editor for Grayzone, whose founder regularly appears on Russian television…

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‘Israel will be ostracized all over the world,’ warns opposition leader Lapid after AP’s equipment is seized

‘Israel will be ostracized all over the world,’ warns opposition leader Lapid after AP’s equipment is seized

The Associated Press reports: Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country’s new ban on Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is among thousands of clients that receive live video feeds from the AP and other news organizations. The AP denounced the move. “The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our longstanding…

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‘Resist the normalization of evil’: Israeli reporter Amira Hass on Palestine and journalism

‘Resist the normalization of evil’: Israeli reporter Amira Hass on Palestine and journalism

  Our guest is the Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass, the only Israeli Jewish journalist to have spent 30 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank. She is the recipient of the 2024 Columbia Journalism Award, and on Wednesday she addressed the graduating class of the Columbia Journalism School in New York City. Hass discusses the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, why journalists should “resist the normalization of evil and injustice,” Israel’s recent censorship of Al Jazeera,…

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Criticizing Israel? Nonprofit media could lose tax-exempt status without due process

Criticizing Israel? Nonprofit media could lose tax-exempt status without due process

The Intercept reports: It doesn’t take much to be accused of supporting terrorism these days. And that doesn’t just go for student activists. In recent months, dozens of lawmakers and public officials have, without evidence, insinuated that U.S. news outlets provide material support for Hamas. Some even issued thinly veiled threats to prosecute news organizations over those bogus allegations. Their letters were political stunts. Prosecutors would never have been able to carry their burden of proof under anti-terrorism laws, and…

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Student journalists report: perpetrators of violence at campus protests are police and counter-protesters

Student journalists report: perpetrators of violence at campus protests are police and counter-protesters

Politico reports: Over 50 schools. Nearly 2,000 arrests. One canceled graduation ceremony — so far. We’re in the midst of the most widespread campus unrest since the 1960s, sparked by the war between Israel and Hamas. Over the last two weeks, campus protests have escalated, with pro-Palestinian tent encampments set up in public spaces, triggering counterprotests and, on more than 30 campuses, clashes with police. With so many incidents taking place in so many places, it’s hard for anyone to…

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‘Racist by default’: AOC talks to Mehdi Hasan and Zeteo about Gaza, genocide, and media bias

‘Racist by default’: AOC talks to Mehdi Hasan and Zeteo about Gaza, genocide, and media bias

  In a launch event for Zeteo, Mehdi Hasan sits down with US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, the ongoing genocide in Gaza and both sides-ism in the media. — Founded by Mehdi Hasan, Zeteo has a strong bias for the truth and an unwavering belief in the media’s responsibility to the public. Unfiltered news, bold opinions.

Leaked NYT memo tells journalists to avoid words ‘genocide,’ ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and ‘occupied territory’

Leaked NYT memo tells journalists to avoid words ‘genocide,’ ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and ‘occupied territory’

The Intercept reports: The New York Times instructed journalists covering Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip to restrict the use of the terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and to “avoid” using the phrase “occupied territory” when describing Palestinian land, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by The Intercept. The memo also instructs reporters not to use the word Palestine “except in very rare cases” and to steer clear of the term “refugee camps” to describe areas of…

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Gaza’s carnage through the eyes of Palestinian photojournalists

Gaza’s carnage through the eyes of Palestinian photojournalists

Rolling Stone reports: On Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas attacked Israel, killing roughly 1,200 people and taking over 200 hostages. Israel began its siege on Gaza that same day. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently asked photojournalists to share images, taken in Gaza during the war, that they want the world to never forget. Each image is accompanied by a personal text from the photographer, explaining the context and their emotions as they took these photographs….

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Why is Israel targeting Al Jazeera?

Why is Israel targeting Al Jazeera?

  The Committee to Protect Journalists urgently calls on the Israeli government not to close the Jerusalem-based bureau of Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and allow the media to report freely on news events in Israel and Gaza during the current conflict. On Monday, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a law allowing the government to halt the broadcasting of Al-Jazeera in Israel. The law grants the communications minister the power, with approval from the prime minister and the security cabinet, to order…

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Why Chuck Todd’s scorcher against NBC matters

Why Chuck Todd’s scorcher against NBC matters

Jack Shafer writes:As if responding to an alarm setting on a cosmic, biological clock, the press and its minders set to ringing and clanging bloody murder over the weekend as NBC News moved Ronna McDaniel — the recently sacked Republican National Committee chair — to a paid gig in its studio. The hottest criticism took place on NBC News’ own Sunday edition of Meet the Press after McDaniel made her first appearance, when Chuck Todd, Meet the Press’ former host,…

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