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#PressFreedom continues to be under threat in #HongKong. Throughout the day journalists have been obstructed from doing their jobs and subjected to pepper spray and water cannon dispersal.…
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Just like the case against the awe-worthy @sharmasupriya for her reporting in #Varanasi, here's a list of FIRs filed against #journalists in #UttarPradesh in the last year. Fasten your seatbelts, it will not be a short #Thread
#PressFreedom #lockdown2020 1/n
In March, at the height of the #lcokdown, @thewire_in's @svaradarajan was delivered a legal notice by police from Ayodhya. A quote in an article was wrongly attributed UP the Chief Minister, which was retracted and a corrigendum issued.
On 26 March, DM of #Varanasi sent a legal notice to Hindi daily Jansandesh Times claiming their report about tribal children eating grass for want of food due to the sudden announcement of the lockdown on March 24 was false. 3/n
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Part of the on-going campaign by #CCP, #HK govt & their allies to muzzle RTHK & to censor satire as a form of expression. All they will countenance is Carrie Lam’s Orwellian ‘Truth About Hong Kong’. Now more than ever we have to speak up for free speech & a free press.
#HK govt has now followed up on Communications Authority censure of RTHK with a demand for a full review & apology. This is entirely out of order & full-on censorship. #SupportRTHK #FreePress…
RTHK has said it accepts the Communications Authority censure & it will suspend the censured program ‘Headliners’ at the end of the current season. This looks to be RTHK caving in to government censorship. Must await details for the full picture.
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I never planned for things to come down to this, i’ve always told myself that no matter what or no matter how much a person hurts me, I will not cause any one else’s suffering. my kindness goes a long way, but like everything else, it has a limit.
As fucked up as it is for a guy to spread nudes of their girlfriend, imagine if it were their closest friend. for me it wasn’t in my imagination, all of it happened right before my eyes.
Last 2017 me and my ex-bestfriend decided to drink, I thought it was just another night of fun. after a couple hours, I got drunk and fell asleep. The next day everything seemed fine, so we continued hanging out together.
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【5.10 荃灣廣場】


今日有人呼籲市民到港九多個商場聚集,參與「全港和你Sing 抗爭前奏曲」。

攝 / Jimmy Lam @ USP United Social Press 社媒

#香港 #HongKong #HappyMothersDay



#HongKong #HappyMothersDay #motherday2020

15:28 海港城內


#HappyMothersDay #HongKong #motherday2020
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The #Modi government has set up the committee to improve India's #PressFreedom index. No, I am not joking. Irony max? Sure.
I did a quick survey of my work in the past two years, looking to quantify the plunging press freedom. Here's what I found 1/n…
2/n One of the finest indicators of decreasing press freedom is sources requesting anonymity.
From January 2019 to April 2020, I published 24 reported pieces. In these, 27 government sources requested anonymity. Even when their quotes were mundane. Two were on record.
3/n In the same period - Jan '19 - Apr '20 - thirty nine
sources other than the govt (civil society members, affected members of citizenry) requested anonymity.
This is preposterous! I want to read names in a piece. I also want to attribute quotes. But, fear looms large.
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In a brazen attack on #PressFreedom #Duterte has shut down the #ABSCBN network

This has generated tremendous resistance in the #Philippines as well as some incredible artwork

This is a thread containing just some examples from our talented #Filipino friends Image
This is probably the most widely shared piece of artwork

The broadcasting tower has been replaced by a fist raised in defiance

It’s simple but clever and highly impactful
This drawing has also been hugely popular

It references the Hunger Games quote ‘If we burn, you burn with us’

In that respect it’s reminiscent of artwork from the Hong Kong protests

Unlike Hong Kong protest art it hints at the possibility of violent resistance
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No point in merely singing paeans to Freedom of Press if one cannot go to its rescue when threatened: Madras High Court [Read Judgment]…
The Madras HC made pertinent observations regarding the role of courts in safeguarding the freedom of press while quashing defamation proceedings against journalist Sandhya Ravishankar for articles published by ET on illegal beach sand mining in TN back in 2015

Justice GR Swaminathan said, “I am clearly of the view that there is no point in merely singing paeans to freedom of press, if one cannot go to its rescue when the said right is faced with a serious threat.”

#MadrasHighCourt #PressFreedom
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[THREAD] This #WorldPressFreedomDay, a thread acknowledging our brave colleagues in media, #journalism and #satire in southern Africa. 🌍

Our producer @SteveSince91 met a few at a digital activism & internet freedom (un)conference in Lusaka in March. Press Freedom is Democracy ...ImageImage
First up, the amazing Zimbabwean satirist, and host of The Week on @MagambaTV , @ComradeFatsooo. The most passionate giving person who wants to grow the SADC satirical community, he works on cheeky political satire in Zim 🇿🇼 under tough conditions. ImageImage
It was he who first reached out to us on Twitter. He later suggested we join an African satire network he was forming alongside the likes of @KagisoLediga @iampilato @bustoptv @xyzshow and a few other huge satirists, artists & activists! We were honoured to be included! 🤩😎
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How is #COVIDー19 threatening #pressfreedom worldwide? Here's a selection of pieces to explore these threats. Share and add your own links to this thread

1. "Governments use the crisis as an opportunity to clamp down on the press," writes @MeeraSelva1…
2. 🇭🇺 "[A new law] threatens jail terms of up to five years for those who spread false information that hampers the fight against the pandemic." Hungarian independent journalist @andraspe writes on Viktor Orbán's latest power grab…
3. Our friends at @IndexCensorship have created this monitoring map, in conjunction with @JFJfund, to track any violations against #pressfreedom during the #coronavirus crisis.…
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1n Pointing out that #TablighJamaat is disproportionately responsible for the spread of a disease is NOT Islamophobia. It comes from the methods of political negotiation that muslims developed in the wake of 1857 & have been systematically rewarded by both Britain and India
2n Given their eviction from power, their society never moved past the feudal structure of power capture by few elite families. Given their weak economic & electoral hand: their tactics have remained consistent: escalating through obstinacy, obstructionism & finally violence.
3n An example of this is Partition. Jinnah starts with impossible maximalist demands, then starts obstructionism, & finally calls for violence. Issue is this pattern was rewarded by the British, then by the INC & now by the BJP. This strategy has proved brilliant for them.
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If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic. @RSF_inter shows that, without censorship, Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier, sparing thousands of lives and perhaps avoiding the current pandemic.…
If the authorities had not hidden from the media the existence of an epidemic outbreak linked to a very popular market, the public would have stopped visiting Wuhan long before its official closure on January 1st. #PressFreedom #COVID19 #COVIDー19
If journalists' sources in China did not face severe penalties ranging from professional reprimand to heavy prison terms, Doctor Lu Xiaohong would have taken responsibility for alerting the media, forcing the authorities to take action, which only happened three weeks later.
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Yesterday the SSS hacked into @SamuelOgundipe 's email and tried to break into his iCloud, Twitter, and WhatsApp for reporting on the rift in the villa. He has now gone into hiding as SSS officers are having a stakeout outside his home.
Recall that @SamuelOgundipe was arrested by the Police HQ for failing to reveal his source in 2018.…. This is another low blow for #PressFreedom
A reputable cyber security firm has confirmed that the Government hacked into Samuel's email. We cannot continue this Era of impunity where journalists have to run for their lives
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24 FEB
Global Free Assange Protest #DontExtraditeAssange
@🇬🇧consulate / embassy or as per thread↩️
🇳🇿New Zealand🔥
24 Feb 2020

UK Consulate

Parliament Steps
@FionaHansenkiwi @GreenweaverArch 🇦🇺Australia🔥
24 Feb 2020

UK Consulate 100 Eagle St (daily)

Martin Place Ampitheatre
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1/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

I have a simple solution to resolve dark money & foreign interference in #CDNpoli elections & democracies in general

► Any third party ads must be approved by a candidate

(See #thread for more details)…
2/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

Elections Canada can require 3rd party election ads to include a stamp of approval from any registered candidate, so if there's a problem the onus is on the candidate to research & ensure the integrity of said ads

Con't #CDNpoli
3/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

If candidates complain it's too much responsibility to be liable for 3rd party elections ads, they don't deserve the responsibility of running a country

Ensuring the integrity of messaging is half the job of an MP

Con't #CDNpoli
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5 questions journalists need to answer covering Trump:
Can what appears to have happened be confirmed?
If so, was it unprecedented?
Is this recent act of governance normal by the usual standards?
Is what happened a threat to transparency — or democracy?…
1) Yes, @SecretService is paying rates as high $650/night for rooms at @Trump properties:…
How does we know? Not the @WhiteHouse or @USASpending or @Trump. The @WashingtonPost obtained records of payments under the FOIA. Receipts:
2) Yes, @realDonaldTrump‘s business relationship with the US government is unprecedented for a @POTUS in American history.
Past presidents allowed the @SecretService to stay at their properties for free.
The Post found @VP44 had charged rent, & that that spending was disclosed.
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#JournalistsSpeakUpForAssange We express our grave concern for #Assange wellbeing, his detention and the draconian espionage charges. This case stands at the heart of #freespeech .@gianninasegnini signed
#Assange made an outstanding contribution to public interest journalism, transparency, government accountability. He is singled out and prosecuted for publishing information that should never have been withheld from the public .@noamchomskyT signed #JournalistsSpeakUpForAssange
Julian Assange charged #EspionageAct for publishing #WarDiaries State Dept Cables In a democracy, journalists can reveal war crimes torture and abuse without having to go to jail. It is the very role of the press in a democracy. .@edwyplenel signed #JournalistsSpeakUpForAssange
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Protesters on Friday besieged Dawn's Islamabad bureau — and chanted slogans against the media group and set copies of the newspaper on fire. (6 Dec 2019 Dawn) What Mr #ImranKhan said on #PressFreedom when #TheNews & #JangGroup were under attack by Mr #NawazSharif (1997-1999)
Protesters on Friday besieged Dawn's Islamabad bureau — and chanted slogans against the media group and set copies of the newspaper on fire. (6 Dec 2019 Dawn) What Ms Maleeha Lodhi
said on #PressFreedom when #TheNews & #JangGroup were under attack by Mr #NawazSharif (1997-1999)
Protesters on Friday besieged Dawn's Islamabad bureau — chanted slogans against the media group & set copies of the newspaper on fire. (6 Dec 2019 Dawn) When #PervezMusharraf attacked #PressFreedom , PTI Leader Roedad Khan said Musharraf has to go or Pakistan won’t survive
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Some personal news:

In a naked attempt at journalist intimidation, a pro-Erdogan outlet reputed to be a mouthpiece of Turkey’s ruling party published an editorial yesterday essentially branding me a terrorist.
The unsigned op-ed in @DailySabah calls me an “American reporter who is known for his coverage of the Halkbank trials in New York and carrying out the activities of FETÖ within the scope of uncovering Turkey’s lobbying activities in the U.S.”
FETÖ is short for Fethullahist Terrorist Organization.
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I work on your #righttoknow every single day. My open data projects get over 1 million hits a year but less than 100 people pay for this work. Check it out and see if you'd like to help them support it…
You can find out more about me at…
To support your #righttoknow I'm building a project so the public can search & analyse who receives govt grants…
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#AJCONF standing in support of @StevenBButler @pressfreedom on decision to deport him at Lahore airport. He says expulsion will not stop him from reporting on Pakistan & he has felt in a tiny way the hidden hand of a powerful force that doesn’t reveal itself in Pakistan.
#AJCONF on press freedom. @christinalamb reflecting on a conversation with Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwean human rights lawyer who is in some ways Zimbabwe’s Asma Jahangir. “If people like you stop reporting what people like us do, then what’s the point?” @BarHumanRights
Very powerful and defiant contributions from @HamidMirPAK and Shahidul Alam on #pressfreedom across South Asia in an age of increasing restrictions and fake news. #AJCONF
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1 to 20. Assange a true HERO. The Siege & Injustice with Julian Assange 🤨👇🏼…
21. Assange a true HERO. The Siege & Injustice with Julian Assange 🤨👇🏼…
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This was performed during our rally in #Düsseldorf on August 10 in front of the US consulate.
The starting point of this performance is Plato’s Allegory of the Cave which I adapted to #JulianAssange ‘s and #ChelseaManning ‘s ongoing persecution.
As a reminder: the Allegory relates the story of a group of prisoners who spend their lives chained, unable to turn their head around. There is a fire and people behind them who are holding figures and objects which cast shadows on a wall in front the prisoners.
During their whole live, these prisoners will never ever see the fire or the figures and objects themselves.
They also hear echoes of conversation and sounds but never a true voice or word. That’s what shapes their perception of the world.
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1. One day after G7 leaders backed HK's autonomy, CE Carrie Lam is now planning to impose a "#MartialLaw" to #HongKong. HK's commerce minister even claimed that such martial law will have no effect on this Asia Financial Hub & should be accepted by the international community.
2. This Emergency Regulations Ordinance (ERO) HKGov planning to use, would allow HKGov to do whatever it wants. It is a de facto Martial Law, with no PLA marching on the streets, but would bring an equivalent threat of violence to the city.
3. According to ERO, Lam can "make any regulations whatsoever which (s)he may consider desirable in the public interest" without check and balance from the legislature, include declaring curfew. #HumanRights and freedom of expression are under threat.
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