After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material

5 June 2019 — Consortium News

Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports.

By Joe Lauria
in Sydney, Australia
Special to Consortium News

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BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert On The Torture Of Assange By Cailin Johnson

2 June 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture. As of tis writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found.

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French bloggers feel like in Orwellian novel as Brussels teaches them to promote ‘EU angles’

30 May 2019 — RT

French bloggers feel like in Orwellian novel as Brussels teaches them to promote ‘EU angles’

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French news and political bloggers were left unimpressed after the EU officials condemned “Russian disinformation” and encouraged online influencers to stick to a pro-EU narrative during a promo trip to the European Commission.

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Reporters Without Borders accepts prize from journalist-killing regime By Ali Abunimah

29 May 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Reporters Without Borders is facing sharp criticism for accepting a prize from a regime that murders journalists.

The group, often known by its French initials RSF, received the Dan David Prize for “defending democracy” earlier this month at a Tel Aviv University ceremony attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

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Robert Stuart vs the BBC

28 May 2019 — Dissident Voice

It’s a David vs Goliath story. A former local newspaper reporter, Robert Stuart, is taking on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Stuart believes that a sensational video story about an alleged atrocity in Syria “was largely, if not entirely, staged.”  The BBC would like it all to just go away. But like David, Stuart will not back down or let it go.  It has been proposed that the BBC could settle the issue by releasing the raw footage from the event, but they refuse to do this. Why?

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New York Times Supports False Trump Claims About An “Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program” That Does Not Exist

27 May 2019 — Moon of Alabama

During a press conference in Japan U.S. President Donald Trump today said (video):

And I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all.

I’m looking to have Iran say, “No nuclear weapons.”

We have enough problems in this world right now with nuclear weapons. No nuclear weapons for Iran.

And I think we’ll make a deal.

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There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press

20 May 2019 — FAIR

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Time (4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media’s literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis.

The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent’s recent piece for Time (4/16/19), headlined “‘Venezuelans Are Starving for Information’: The Battle to Get News in a Country in Chaos,” distinguished itself as a veritable masterpiece of this literary fad.

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Media Setting Up Iran as New ‘Threat’ That Must Be Confronted By Janine Jackson

19 May 2019 — FAIR

Once again the Washington Post (WaPo: We're Drifting Toward War With Iran. Trumps Needs to Take a Diplomatic Way Out5/14/19) presents the United States as “drifting toward war”—this time with Iran.

The Washington Post editorial’s headline (5/14/19)  had the US “drifting” toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the “world’s superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism.”

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