Labour Party revokes Electronic Intifada press pass

19 August 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

By Ali Abunimah

Man seen from shoulders up speaks and gesticulates

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech at the party’s conference in Liverpool last September. The party approved and then apparently revoked the press pass for The Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley to cover this year’s conference. Credit: Phil Noble Reuters

Last month, the Labour Party approved a press pass for The Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley to cover its annual conference next month.

But last week the UK opposition party’s press team claimed in an email to Winstanley that “Your application has not been approved.”

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Venezuelan Opposition Journalist Served as Agent for US, UK Gov’t

14 August 2019 — Venezuela Analysis

In a U.S. diplomatic cable, Bocaranda is dubbed a “reliable source” and to be “strictly protected.”

According to diplomatic cables from the U.S. and U.K., Nelson Bocaranda has been collaborating with foreign powers since the 1980s. (Reuters/Wikileaks)According to diplomatic cables from the U.S. and U.K., Nelson Bocaranda has been collaborating with foreign powers since the 1980s. (Reuters/Wikileaks)

Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada revealed evidence that well-known opposition ‘journalist’ Nelson Bocaranda has served as a “local agent” of the United States and United Kingdom governments since the 1980s in a series of tweets Sunday and Monday.

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The ABC documentary “Hero or Villain”: Undermining the defence of Julian Assange By James Cogan

12 August 2019 — WSWS

A two-part documentary on Julian Assange by the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) “Four Corners” program, which went to air last month, has been rightly condemned by prominent figures in the campaign to defend the persecuted WikiLeaks publisher.

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State Censorship: seizing journalists notes, restricting press freedom

10th August 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: In our recent article entitled – Rise of the Techno Stasi-State we asked the question was that too strong a news headline after the High Court decided the government’s architecture of mass surveillance over the population was perfectly legal. The legal representative, Chamberlain QC, said on the High Court steps after Liberty-Human-Rights lost the challenge said: “the possibility of abuse of power necessarily exercised in secret and the generally chilling effect on individuals’ communications and expression of ideas is caused by the existence of such powers.” Slowly, Britain’s authorities are shutting down press freedom – without a murmur from the mainstream media.

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Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange By Oscar Grenfell

10 August 2019 — WSWS

At a Sydney “Politics in the Pub” meeting on Thursday night, award-winning Australian journalist Mark Davis revealed new first-hand information exposing the extent of the betrayal of Julian Assange by the Guardian and the New York Times, and refuting the lies both publications have used to smear the WikiLeaks founder.

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NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

5 August 2019 — FAIR

FAIR

The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the US terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua.

As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration’s Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted “a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs” on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as “too easy on the Sandinistas,” and hiring conservative pundit Linda Chavez to provide “balance.”

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8chan: Another Mass Shooting, Another Internet Purge This is the third “mass casualty event” in less than a year that was immediately followed up by censorship of the internet

5 August 2019 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Last year, after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the new social-media platform Gab was attacked in the press and bullied off the internet. Earlier this year, following the Christ Church mosque attack, New Zealand briefly totally blocked access to several websites.

Yesterday, two men allegedly killed 30 people at a store in Dayton Ohio, and a mall in El Paso Texas.

Today 8chan has been totally shut down.

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DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks dismissed in major free press victory

3 August 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

In a historic win for WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange a federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over WikiLeaks’ publication of DNC documents in 2016. The case sets an important precedent for freedom of the press.

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Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

2 August 2019 — WSWS

A federal court ruling last Tuesday, dismissing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against Julian Assange “with prejudice,” was a devastating indictment of the US ruling elite’s campaign to destroy the WikiLeaks founder and of the entire “Russiagate” conspiracy theory peddled by the Democratic Party, corporate media outlets and the intelligence agencies for the past three years.

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Russian Foreign Ministry Slams Facts Distortion By MSM In Response To UK Decision To Fine RT

26 July 2019 — South Front

Russian Foreign Ministry Slams Facts Distortion By MSM In Response To UK Decision To Fine RT

Comment by the Information and Press Department on British media regulator Ofcom’s decision to fine Russian broadcaster RT (source):

British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.

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