Libya Newslinks for 15 June 2011: Cameron humiliates first sea lord over Libya in Commons

15 June 2011 —

10 US lawmakers sue Obama over Libya strikes
CBS News
President Barack Obama delivers his address on Libya at the National Defense University in Washington, March 28, 2011. (AP) WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama for taking military action against Libya without …

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Media Lens: Wikileaks – The smear and the denial – Part 1

3 November, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

Part 1 – The Smear (Read Part 2 Here)

“Journalists don’t like WikiLeaks”, Hugo Rifkind notes in The Times, but “the people who comment online under articles do… Maybe you’ve noticed, and been wondering why. I certainly have.” (Hugo Rifkind Notebook, ‘Remind me. It’s the red one I mustn’t press, right?,’ The Times, October 26, 2010)

Rifkind is right. The internet has revealed a chasm separating the corporate media from readers and viewers. Previously, the divide was hidden by the simple fact that Rifkind’s journalists – described accurately by Peter Wilby as the “unskilled middle class” ( – monopolised the means of mass communication. Dissent was restricted to a few lonely lines on the letter’s page, if that. Readers were free to vote with their notes and coins, of course. But in reality, when it comes to the mainstream media, the public has always been free to choose any colour it likes, so long as it’s corporate ‘black’. The internet is beginning to offer some brighter colours.

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Survey finds majority of journalists use social media sites as first port of call for research By Helena Humphrey

8 February, 2010 – Editors Weblog

The founding director of a Political Management master’s degree program at the George Washington University surveyed 371 print and web journalists from September to October of last year, with the aim of establishing to what extent social media tools are used in the research and distribution of articles.

The results of the online survey, reported on the university’s newspaper website, found that 56 percent of those surveyed said that social media was important or somewhat important for reporting and producing stories, with the overwhelming majority citing the internet as the starting point for their research- despite the fact that 84 percent said news and information delivered via social media was slightly less or much less reliable than news delivered via traditional media.
Blogging emerged as the number one method for both researching and publishing stories, with 64 percent of journalists using blogs to distribute articles, and 89 percent using them for online research.

Two thirds are said to use LinkedIn and Facebook for research purposes, with just over half favouring Twitter – which came in at number two in the popularity ranks for article distribution with 57 percent.

Of the results, Trevor Seela, online managing editor of the Daily Northwestern, commented: ‘Newspapers are no longer just newspapers. They are publications that often combine both print and online media. As we see a switch towards a more web-oriented mentality, we have an increased need to promote articles via Facebook and Twitter to reach our audience.’

Without doubt the future of newspapers and social media outlets will see the two ever more interlinked, yet Don Bates, the survey’s co-author and current instructor in the GSPM, commented: ‘Traditional media won’t disappear. Most in the category of traditional media will evolve to encompass a balance of online and offline production. Increasingly, the Internet will be the engine that drives media of all sorts, skewed more and more to snackable writing, interactive content and video,’ putting emphasis on the idea that the internet will not replace the traditional journalism, but rather continue revolutionise the way it is produced.

Source: The GW Hatchet

Re. 9/11 Launching the International Campaign for Mounir El Motassadeq By Elias Davidsson

Dear friends,

The Committee for Mounir el Motassadeq launches today an international campaign for the reopening of his case, after a Hamburg (Germany) court sentenced him to 15 years in prison, for allegedly helping his friends, Mohamed Atta and Co. to prepare the attacks of 9/11. Mounir is doubly innocent. First, he did not know anything of the preparations for 9/11. And second, there is not a shred of evidence that his friends, Mohammed Atta and Co. participated in the attacks of 9/11.

By demanding the reopening of the trial, it is our aim to force a judicial determination that there exists no evidence of Muslim participation in the attacks of 9/11. We expect, evidently, that the US and German governments will fiercely oppose any attempt to reopen the case because such reopening could – if the court acts impartially – undermine the official legend of 9/11, the raison-d’être of the Western Alliance, and the basis of the the War on Terror and the Occupation of Afghanistan. However, the wrongful condemnation of Mounir presents a unique and historical opportunity to reveal to the public the extent of political, judicial and moral rot, that afflicts even a country such as Germany, which claims to have learned lessons from history.

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