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Morocco detains, summons journalists after publisher held

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Moroccan police on Saturday detained a journalist and summoned for questioning two employees from an independent media group, a day after its outspoken publisher was detained, his newspaper said.Prominent publisher and journalist Taoufiq Bouachrine, known for editorials critical of authorities in the North African country, was arrested Friday during a raid by 20 plainclothed policemen on the Akhbar al-Yaoum daily in Casablanca.The authorities have not given the reason for his detention. ...

Trump to attend politician-journalist dinner

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

President Donald Trump will attend this year’s Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering of politicians and journalists that will mark the first such appearance by the American leader known for his frequent outbursts against the media.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who confirmed Trump’s plans, however said “no decision has been made regarding the WHCA (White House Correspondents Association) dinner,” another high-profile meeting usually attended by the American ...

21st Century Fox offers concession to seal Sky takeover

Monday, 12 February 2018

21st Century Fox has offered to insulate Sky’s news operations from the influence of Rupert Murdoch and his family to win approval of its bid to take over the London-based pay TV company.Fox, in a submission to Britain’s competition regulator, said it disagrees with a preliminary finding that the takeover would give Murdoch too much control over the country’s media. However, the company said that if the Competition and Markets Authority finalizes its earlier ruling, the best ...

Blackstone in talks to buy majority stake in key Thomson Reuters unit

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

US private equity firm Blackstone Group LP is in advanced talks to buy an approximate 55 percent stake in the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters Corp, a deal that would value the unit at about $20 billion including debt, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.Thomson Reuters’ board, the sources said, is expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss Blackstone’s offer for the F&R business, which supplies news, data and analytics to banks and investment houses ...

Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter -- to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US election. In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would ...

Trump: The Media Incinerator

Friday, 19 January 2018

I have discussed earlier about the bias of the American media towards former US President Barack Obama. This fascination was because of Obama’s charisma, the eloquence of his speech and his social intelligence.As such, the media overlooked all his political blunders. However, the media has dealt with his successor President Trump in a very different manner. It overlooks his achievements and exaggerates his mistakes.The reality is that Trump also contributed to his poor relations with the ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

CNN takes the cake in Trump’s Fake News Awards

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" and the "winners" included top networks and newspapers CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. The brash Republican president announced the ten "honorees" using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party's website that crashed minutes after his big reveal. CNN took the cake with 4 “prices” and the list begins with New York Times ...

Five journalists jailed in Turkey for ‘terrorist propaganda’

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Five journalists were handed jail terms by a court in Istanbul on Tuesday after a trial in which they were accused of taking part in “terrorist propaganda”, Turkish media reported.Four of those condemned received 18-month sentences for participating in a solidarity campaign with the now-defunct pro-Kurd daily Ozgur Gundem, according to the private Dogan news agency.The paper’s editor-in-chief, Huseyin Akyol, was given three years and nine months behind bars, Dogan said, adding ...

Swiss journalists launch crowdfunded online magazine

Monday, 15 January 2018

A team of experienced journalists is launching a new online magazine in Switzerland after reportedly collecting more than 7.7 million Swiss francs ($8 million) with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.The German-language magazine, called Republik , is intended to provide high-quality, ad-free journalism to paying members.Over 15,700 people paid at least 240 francs for an annual subscription within weeks of the project's announcement in April. Private investors contributed another 3.5 million ...

Turkish court orders journalists’ detentions to continue

Friday, 12 January 2018

A Turkish penal court ordered on Thursday that two journalists stay in jail, after a top court earlier in the day asked that they be freed, Turkish media said on Thursday. Turkey’s Constitutional Court had ruled that the rights of journalists Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan had been violated while in custody and had requested their release. The penal court re-evaluated Altan’s case in the light of the Constitutional Court decision, but rejected his request to ...

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