How Western Media (and others) are Still Failing Ethiopia

28 November 2020 — The Ghion Journal

Jeff Pearce

Evelyn Waugh would have a field day with what’s happening in Ethiopia right now. The talented author of Brideshead Revisited and Scoop was a racist little creep sent out by a rightwing, pro-Fascist newspaper in 1935 to cover Mussolini’s invasion. Just to give you an idea of the man, he wrote home to a friend, “I have got to hate the ethiopians more each day goodness they are lousy & i hope the organmen gas them to buggery [sic].”

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Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

25 November 2020 — TK News

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm

Matt Taibbi

On November 15th, weeks after news that a New York Post article about Hunter Biden had been blocked by prominent social media platforms, Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters ripped Twitter for a less-publicized incident:

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Farcical Coverage of Julian Assange’s Farcical Hearing

13 November 2020 — FAIR

Julian Assange leaving court in 2019 (photo: Jack Taylor/Gerry Images)

WSJ: Julian Assange’s Request to Delay His Extradition Hearing Is Rejected by U.K. Judge

The Wall Street Journal (9/7/20) reported that WikiLeaks published “a huge trove of classified material that painted a bleak picture of the American campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

US corporate media have buried coverage of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in the UK, despite its being the media “Trial of the Century” (FAIR.org, 9/25/20). But even in the scarce coverage that does exist of this unprecedented case with immense implications for freedom of expression, one would hardly get the impression that the US and British governments are involved in an illegal conspiracy—in violation of their own laws—to punish Assange for the “crime” of journalism.

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How We’re Misled About Syria: UK Propaganda and the BBC

9 November 2020 — Tim Hayward

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Previous posts about misleading Syria coverage – from MSF, Amnesty International, Channel 4 and George Monbiot of the Guardian – used the past tense in their title. However, this one is current. At the time of writing, the BBC is about to start airing a new radio series centring on the life and work of the late James Le Mesurier, the former British Army officer responsible for establishing the White Helmets, a prime source of information used by the Western media in coverage of the war in Syria. Continue reading

UK plays leading role in legal threats against investigative journalists, new report says

2 November 2020 — Open Democracy

Across the world, journalists investigating financial crime are most likely to face international legal action by UK-based companies, according to new research.

Thomas Rowley

For investigative journalists working on corruption, the UK harbours the biggest legal threat. It is the origin of more legal action against journalists than any other, apart from their home countries, a new report by the Foreign Policy Centre says. Continue reading

Obama-Era Officials Call for More Government Control of Your Facebook Feed

26 October 2020 — Mint Press

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Facebook content is already partially curated by government-linked think tanks, but for Samantha Power and others, that is simply not enough.

By Alan Macleod

Writing in the Washington Post, senior Obama-era official Samantha Power has called on social media giant Facebook to do more to crush what she calls conspiracy theories and disinformation circulating on its platform. Continue reading

After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup

23 October 2020 — FAIR

Washington Post depiction of pro-Evo Morales mural in BoliviaBolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party won a decisive victory in the country’s presidential elections on Sunday, with its candidate Luis Arce apparently winning by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, likely achieving an absolute majority. The leading opposing candidate, neoliberal Carlos Mesa, and the right-wing unelected President Jeanine Áñez congratulated Arce on his victory. Continue reading

Social media’s erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future

26 October 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Facebook, Google and Twitter are not neutral platforms. They control the digital public square to aid the powerful – and can cancel any of us overnight

Middle East Eye – 26 October 2020

There is a growing unease that the decisions taken by social media corporations can have a harmful impact on our lives. These platforms, despite enjoying an effective monopoly over the virtual public square, have long avoided serious scrutiny or accountability.

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