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Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs. Rory Gilmore used to flout sexist journalism tropes. Now she embodies them. Aja Romano@ajaromano Dec 3, 2016, 10:20am EST In 2015, New More »

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Vancouver reporter interrogated and denied entry at U.S. border, cell phone seized

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6 FOX Sports Brazil employees killed in plane crash in Colombia

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Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison

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Barrett Brown Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison

Barrett Brown served more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.

Barrett Brown, a journalist who served as an unofficial spokesman for various Anonymous hacking operations, was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.

Barrett, 35, originally attracted the attention of law enforcement officials in 2011 when he copied a hyperlink to data stolen in a hack of security think tank Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, from one Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel to another. The hack reportedly yielded 200 gigabytes of data, including emails and credit card information from Stratfor clients, which include the US Army, US Air Force and Miami Police Department.

The case against Brown, whose previous journalism experience included writing for such media outlets as The Guardian, Vanity Fair and Huffington Post, was closely followed by journalists, civil-liberties activists and internet activists who worried the case could infringe on freedom of the press by criminalizing the act of linking on the internet.

While members of the hacking collective Anonymous tend to hide their faces and identities, Brown took a more public approach. As a spokesmanlike figure for the group, he recorded videos of himself talking and gave interviews to reporters.

He was sentenced in January 2015 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of obstructing a search warrant, making internet threats and being an accessory to unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was arrested at his Dallas home in 2012 while he was in the middle of an online chat after posting tweets and videos threatening revenge against an FBI agent associated with the investigation.

Originally facing charges that carried more than 100 years in prison, Brown was sentenced under a plea agreement with prosecutors to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. The two and a half years he has spent in custody were credited toward his sentence.

Brown’s released was welcomed in a tweet by Edward Snowden, the whistleblower and former NSA contractor living in exile in Russia since 2013 after releasing a trove of documents detailing the extent of the intelligence agency’s operations.

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Nigerian journalist kidnapped in Benue

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Unknown armed men at the earlier hours of Friday kidnapped the wife of the former State Correspondent of Daily Independent Newspapers and now Benue Regional Manager of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mrs. Yuadoo, Tor-Agbidye. Saturday Vanguard gathered that the victim, a staff of the state owned Radio Benue was abducted from the family’s private residence along the new Abu King Shuluwa road, new GRA Makurdi. According to a family source, the home of the Tor-Agbidyes was invaded at about 5am by a four man well armed gang who stormed the residence on motorbikes. Agbidye “They scaled the fence of the house after which they broke into the living home and ordered the woman to drive them in her own car to an unknown destination.

 

” “At the time of the incident, the husband of the victim, Mr. Achia Tor-Agbidye was away in Abuja on an official assignment but he has been told of the unfortunate development and the matter has also been reported to the Police.” It was further gathered that the abductors were yet to make any contact with the family of the victim. When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bashir Makama said the command had received the report and was working hard to rescue the victim and arrest the masterminds. Makama said: ”from the preliminary investigation and my visit to the residence of the victim, it clearly shows that it was an insider arrangement, for the woman to haven been kidnapped. “However, we have launched immediate investigations into the matter and I can assured the family of the victim that in no distance time, those behind her abduction will be apprehended.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/armed-men-abduct-female-journalist-benue/

Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs.

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Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs.

Rory Gilmore used to flout sexist journalism tropes. Now she embodies them.

Vancouver reporter interrogated and denied entry at U.S. border, cell phone seized

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Does What Happened to This Journalist at the US-Canada Border Herald a Darker Trend?

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The recent abusive border search of a Canadian photojournalist should serve as a warning to everyone concerned about press freedom these days.

Ed Ou is a renowned photographer and TED senior fellow who has traveled to the United States many times to do work for The New York Times, Time magazine, and other media outlets. Last month, Ed was traveling from Canada to the U.S. to report on the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota, when he was taken aside for additional inspection.

What came next left him questioning what he thought he knew about the U.S. government and the values it stands for, and we’re officially protesting to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Although Ed clearly identified himself as a journalist on his way to Standing Rock, the CBP officers detained him for more than six hours and subjected him to multiple rounds of intrusive interrogation.

They questioned him at length about his work as a journalist, his prior professional travel in the Middle East, and dissidents or “extremists” he had encountered or interviewed as a journalist. They photocopied his personal papers, including pages from his handwritten personal diary.

Treating journalists this way at the border diminishes knowledge of important issues and narrows vital public discourse. It risks eroding press freedom, which is a necessary pillar of democracy.

Ed is fighting back though.

We’ve sent a letter on his behalf to DHS and CBP seeking assurance that Ed will not be subjected to intrusive and inappropriate searches in the future because of his work as a journalist. We’re also asking the government to purge any confidential information it obtained inappropriately during the search.

That the Obama administration would subject a journalist like Ed to harassment and abusive inspection at the border is wrong and alarming. And what this administration claims the authority to do today, the next administration could claim the authority to do in January.

20 journalists killed in Colombia plane crash

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20 journalists among dead in Colombia plane crash

Twenty journalists are among the dead in the airline crash that devastated a Brazilian soccer team, officials said Tuesday.

Colombian aviation authorities said 21 of the 81 people aboard the charter flight were journalists covering the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil and its upcoming South American Cup match in Medellin, Colombia.

Among the six survivors was journalist Rafael Valmorbida of Radio Oeste Capital, a station in the Brazilian city of Chapeco, where the team is based.

“We lost more than just a team,” said the station’s website. “We lost friends, partners, colleagues and family members.”

The station called for prayers for Valmorbida’s recovery, and for three other station journalists who died.

The journalists, all men, included cameramen, photographers, commentators and reporters from radio stations in Brazil as well as larger media outlets such as Fox and Globo, a large Brazilian conglomerate.

Among them was Globo’s Ari de Araujo.

“Ari was like a brother to me,” said Pedro Bassan, a sports and general news reporter at Globo who had worked with Araujo for 20 years. “I’ll never have dinner with him again, or be able to get into an argument.”

Bassan said Araujo was a cameraman with the “ability to shoot movie-quality video at the speed of journalism.” He was traveling with the team for a special report.

Marco Guarizzo, a presenter on CBN radio in southern Brazil, said staff members were struggling with the news that director Deva Pascovicci was on the flight. The shock was so great that the station staffers had trouble producing local content, turning to material from affiliates. By the afternoon, some members of the small team, which includes two presenters and five reporters, held a meeting.

“If (Pascovicci) were here, he would want us working, and working a lot” on the story, said Guarizzo, adding that his boss was both demanding and kind.

Fox lost six journalists, including commentator Mario Sergio Pontes de Paiva, a former midfielder who played briefly for Brazil’s national team in the early 1980s, and who coached for several Brazilian clubs, most recently Internacional in 2009 and Ceara in 2010.

“Amid profound sadness and consternation over what happened, we are following minute-by-minute as new information comes out,” said Carlos Martinez, president of Fox Networks Group Latin America, in a statement.

 

Four journalists were working for Globo, a daily Brazilian newspaper: Guilherme Marques, 28, Ari de Araújo Junior, 48, Guilherme Laars, 43, and Laion Machado Espinola, 29. Four other journalists worked for RBS network: Giovane Klein Victória, 28, Bruno Mauri da Silva, 25, Djalma Araújo Neto, 35, and André Podiacki, 26, who also worked for Diario Catarinense.

A colleague remembered Podiacki, who was on his first international assignment, in a heartfelt article on Diario Catarinense: “More than a saint, he was the personification of a dreamy person who longed to work on ESPN one day,” he said. “He was extremely good, generous and any other positive adjective that can be given to a human being.”

The original list of passenger showed the name of another journalist, who eventually did not make the flight. Radio journalist Ivan Carlos Agnoletto, 56, had planned to travel to Medellin, but he gave up after learning that he might have issues at immigration controls due to an old identity document.

6 FOX Sports Brazil employees killed in plane crash in Colombia

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6 FOX Sports Brazil employees among those killed in plane crash in Colombia

Six FOX Sports Brazil employees are among the dead in the airline crash in Colombia that devastated a Brazilian soccer team.

The group was among the 21 journalists covering the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil and its upcoming South American Cup match in Medellin, Colombia.

On the doomed flight were Deva Pascovicci, Mario Sergio, Paulo Julio Clement, Victorino Chermont, Rodrigo Santana, and Lilacio Junior.

the fatal plane crash last night near Medellín, Colombia, which carried members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense as well as six of our valued FOX Sports Brazil colleagues,” 21st Century Fox Executive Co-Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Executive Co-Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch said in a statement. “The chartered flight was due to arrive in Medellín in the first leg of the South American Cup finals.”

“The families, friends and colleagues of those affected are deep in our thoughts at this difficult time

Journalist becomes first woman to anchor Canadian news show in a hijab

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A Toronto TV reporter is believed to be the first woman in Canada to present the news while wearing a hijab. Ginella Massa filled in for a colleague on a late night broadcast on City News last week – but didn’t initially realise the significance of the event. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the journalist added:”It wasn’t until my editor said. ‘Hey, great job! Was that a first for Canada? A woman in a Hijab? And I said yes.”
Speaking after the broadcast she explained while the broadcast wasn’t just important for her, she was blown away by the public reaction. “As much as I knew it was important, I didn’t expect the reaction that I received. My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the last week.” The 29 year old also believes she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing journalist on screen in 2015, but hadn’t anchored a show until now.

While most of the comments following Massa’s appearance were positive, she did receive some negative messages. “But this is all the more reason in today’s climate to see positive images of Muslim women,” she added. “They are a symbol of Islam when they wear the hijab and that carries a powerful image. It’s so important to see positive images of us in the media.” She also said the show was particularly important in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, with many US journalists telling her they face multiple challenges trying to get on air while wearing a hijab. “That makes me really sad because they’re being held back by someone’s idea of what the public can or cannot handle.”

Trial date set for Toronto journalist’s domestic assault

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A Toronto activist and journalist charged with three counts of assault on his former partner has a court date.

Andray Domise, 36, didn’t appear in a west-end Toronto court of Friday to set a court date, which took all morning to settle.

The man who challenged the Rob and Doug Ford on their home turf in Etobicoke during the 2014 municipal election was arrested in February and charged with assaulting his live-in partner on three separate occasions.

Domise issued a statement on Twitter afternoon saying he couldn’t comment on the case but has agreed to step aside from the non-profit from TXDL — a non-profit he helped to found that provides digital literacy training for at-risk youth.

“i agree that taking a leave of absence is the best way to move forward,” Domise wrote. “This issue is mine, and not theirs to deal with.”

His lawyer in court on Friday, William Luke, said the defense has been waiting for documents to move ahead with the case which he said he expects to receive by next week.

Luke wouldn’t reveal what was in the documents but said he believes the matter, “will be resolved once we have the documents.”

Domise has written for the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Sun and is a columnist at Maclean’s.

His case is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 11.

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy describes ‘horrific’ time behind bars in new book

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As a journalist with dual Canadian and Egyptian citizenship, Mohamed Fahmy says he was shocked to be thrown in a cell in one of the “most notorious prisons in the Middle East.”

Fahmy was a cell neighbour of members of al-Qaeda and ISIS — “Really mean people that I could never imagine would ever be living under the same roof with me.”

Fahmy was wrongfully incarcerated in December 2013 after being seized by Egyptian forces from a Marriott Hotel, where he had been working as a bureau chief for Al-Jazeera’s English news channel.

He was charged with being a pro-Muslim Brotherhood terrorist who fabricated news and undermined state security. He was freed in 2015.

Fahmy is in Winnipeg Wednesday to promote his new book, The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom. It details his time behind bars, how he survived and the importance of journalism dedicated to holding power to account.

CBC Information Radio host Marcy Markusa spoke with Fahmy recently about his book and his time in prison.

Egypt hands journalist union head two years in prison

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An Egyptian court sentenced the head of a journalists’ union and two board members to two years in prison for harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources said.

Yahia Kallash, president of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate, Gamal Abdel-Rahim and Khaled Elbalshy were charged in May with sheltering two journalists wanted over protests against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

 Saturday’s decision to sentence the journalists comes as authorities try to quell rising dissent against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The court set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($615), a court official said.

The journalists’ lawyer, Sayyed Abou Zeid, at the time told the Reuters news agency that they denied the charges, which relate to a May 2 police raid on the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate to arrest two opposition journalists who had sought shelter from arrest.

Kallash condemned the arrests of Mahmoud El Sakka and Amr Badr, which sparked protests from journalists, and issued a statement two days later demanding the interior minister be sacked.

Amnesty International urged the authorities to drop the charges against the union chiefs.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has listed Egypt among the top jailers of journalists, and one of the most dangerous places to report from.

In 2013, five Al Jazeera staff were imprisoned in the country on charges that rights groups said were trumped up. Though an international campaign secured their freedom, there are more than 70 journalists still in prison in the country.

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