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Murdoch Family Trust: The real battle over succession has yet to beginReuters ●22 September 2023 (LINK)

Cross-party delegation of Australian lawmakers that traveled to the United States seeking the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said they had a productive discussion in Washington with the US Justice main source: Reuters, 16 media reports21 September 2023 (LINK)

Elon Musk biographer admits suggestion SpaceX head blocked Ukraine drone attack was ●12 September 2023 (LINK)

Amid the Hollywood strikes, Tom Cruise's latest 'Mission: Impossible' reveals what's at stake with AI in moviestheconversation.com12 September 2023 (LINK)

Top Fox exec fired for violating unrevealed 'standards of business conduct': John Finley, executive vice president for development, had been with Fox News for 20 years. "Given what we know of Finley’s record, it looks like there were red flags about his behavior going back as far as 2011."www.newshounds.us10 September 2023 (LINK)

Snopes: Did Jason Momoa accuse Oprah and The Rock of 'stealing money from the poor' via fundraising? Falsewww.snopes.com6 September 2023 (LINK)

Building a digital PR Strategy: 10 essential steps for beginners [with examples]buzzsumo.com6 September 2023 (LINK)

AI Experiment backfires as newspaper giant Gannett temporarily halts AI sports reporting for awkward phrasing and lack of detailwww.cryptopolitan.com1 September 2023 (LINK)

AI can save local journalism — here's howsee_link29 August 2023 (LINK)

Fox News apologizes to Gold Star family after facing backlash over false storyedition.cnn.com27 August 2023 (LINK)

Media giant Gannett sued on 18 August for allegedly discriminating against white 10 media reports23 August 2023 (LINK)

Somalia bans TikTok, Telegram and 1XBet over 'horrific' content, misinformation and "harm to youth" 43 media reports20 August 2023 (LINK)

Elon Musk admits X 'may fail' after glitch deletes Twitter 14 media reports21 August 2023 (LINK)

Associated Press limits how journalists can use Generative AIdecrypt16 August 2023 (LINK)

Iraq bans media from using term 'homosexuality', says they must use 'sexual deviance' 21 media reports9 August 2023 (LINK)

AFP news agency sues Elon Musk's X over copyright issue with news sharing in 59 media reports2 August 2023 (LINK)

Judge dismisses Trump's $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN, says its use of 'Big Lie' regarding Trump isn't defamationcnn / Yahoo29 July 2023 (LINK)

— The Court finds Nazi references in the political discourse (made by whichever 'side') to be odious and repugnant," Judge Singhal wrote. "But bad rhetoric is not defamation when it does not include false statements of fact." "CNN declined to comment on the decision"!

New research suggests social media doesn't fuel political main source: ap, 27 media reports27 July 2023 (LINK)

Russian journalist killed, three wounded near Ukraine 5 media reports22 July 2023 (LINK)

Google touts AI for news, insists journalists can't be replacedwww.aljazeera.com21 July 2023 (LINK)

Russia: UN rights experts call for release of journalist Evan Gershkovichnews.un.org17 July 2023 (LINK)

Mexico: Another journalist killed in tourist town of 13 media reports15 July 2023 (LINK)

— Nelson Matus, the director of a local news site, had previously survived two assassination attempts in 2017 and 2019.

Jan. 6 protester Ray Epps is suing Fox News, accusing the network of knowingly broadcasting conspiracy theories about him that led to death threatsin_link13 July 2023 (LINK)

8 July 2023

Mexican journalist found dead as attacks on press 16 media reports8 July 2023 (LINK)

7 July 2023

Instagram post distorts outcome of 2018 lawsuit involving Trump family charity: not forbidden from operating a charityeu.usatoday.com7 July 2023 (LINK)

— The post generated over 5,000 likes in less than a week, and the tweet accumulated over 25,000 likes. The claim references a 2018 lawsuit that alleged Donald Trump and his children unlawfully used funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to further business and political interests.

6 July 2023

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter rival passed 30 million signups overnightwww.cnbc.com6 July 2023 (LINK)

— How to use Meta's Threads app and what's missing. Threads looks very similar to Twitter and connects automatically to a user's Instagram account.

1 July 2023

Award-winning writer Victoria Amelina, 37, dies after Kramatorsk missile 16 media reports1 July 2023 (LINK)

World's oldest newspaper, Wiener Zeitung, prints final edition after 320 years: recent law change makes it unprofitable as print productwww.theguardian.com1 July 2023 (LINK)

26 June 2023

How newsrooms around the world use AI: a JournalismAI 2023 global June 2023 (LINK)

— ost newsrooms we surveyed have already experimented with generative AI technologies like ChatGPT, but not necessarily to create content. The use cases we've learned about are quite diverse: code writing, summaries, enhancing headlines and SEO. One respondent said they were using ChatGPT as a 'banter buddy', "Imagine having a trusted companion in ChatGPT, ready to engage in lively banter and brainstorming sessions," they said.

23 June 2023

Tunisia must ‘change course’ amid media crackdown: UN rights chiefnews.un.org23 June 2023 (LINK)

22 June 2023

Meta Platforms Inc plans to end access to news on Facebook and Instagram for all users in Canada once a parliament approved legislation requiring internet giants to pay news publishers comes into 79 media reports22 June 2023 (LINK)

20 June 2023

The New Humanitarian CEO Heba Aly to step down after 7 years and depart in early 2024: she will continue to support the mission of the organization as a board member of its soon-to-be-launched US affiliatewww.thenewhumanitarian.org20 June 2023 (LINK)

Media coverage of climate change research does not inspire action, say UNIL scientistsphys.org20 June 2023 (LINK)

— If the goal of mediating research is to have a societal impact, then it seems that we are pushing all the buttons that don't work. An analysis of the collection of about 50,000 scientific publications on climate change for the year 2020 showed that that most of the research selected by the media overly focused on large-scale climate projections that will occur in the future, and a narrow range of threats such as polar bears, drought and melting glaciers.

14 June 2023

Guatemala sentences renowned journalist José Rubén Zamora to six years in money laundering 49 media reports14 June 2023 (LINK)

Young people are abandoning news websites — new research reveals scale of challenge to mediatheconversation.com14 June 2023 (LINK)

12 June 2023

Fox News sends Tucker Carlson cease-and-desist letter over his new Twitter showwww.cbsnews.com12 June 2023 (LINK)

7 June 2023

CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is outedition.cnn.com7 June 2023 (LINK)

CNN Ousts PR Execs Behind Disastrous Chris Licht Atlantic Profilewww.thewrap.com7 June 2023 (LINK)

6 June 2023

Tucker Carlson floats theory Ukraine blew up dam in his first Twitter 22 media reports6 June 2023 (LINK)

Tucker Carlson's 20m viewersedition.cnn.com6 June 2023 (LINK)

— Supporters of Carlson, in addition to those who would like to believe Musk can use Twitter to destroy the mainstream press, asserted that Carlson's debut was a success, with more than 20 million views at the time of this publication. But what counts as a video view on Twitter is unclear. Musk himself said that "it simply counts if you saw the post on the X/Twitter app or via web browser, not how long you watched." In contrast, Nielsen, the gold standard of television ratings, provides data on the average number of concurrent viewers, not the cumulative number of views. The two sets of data are apples and oranges.

5 June 2023

Snowden revelations: Ten years on, where are the protagonists now? www.lemonde.fr5 June 2023 (LINK)

4 June 2023

Inside the Meltdown at CNNwww.theatlantic.com4 June 2023 (LINK)

18 May 2023

China fines comedy troupe $2m for joke about the 24 reports17 May 2023 (LINK)

17 May 2023

Tunisian journalist sentenced to 5 years in prison for counterterrorism 23 reports17 May 2023 (LINK)

10 May 2023

Former Biden admin disinformation chief sues Fox News for 12 media reports: 0 right-wing sources10 May 2023 (LINK)

10 May 2023

Australian lawmakers meet US envoy to seek release of Julian 8 media reports9 May 2023 (LINK)

6 May 2023

AFP journalist Arman Soldin killed by rocket fire in Ukrainecbsnews9 May 2023 (LINK)

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson will relaunch his show on Twitterreuters9 May 2023 (LINK)

This Message Cost Tucker Carlson His Powerful Jobsource6 May 2023 (LINK)

— According to the New York Times, it was a racist text message from Carlson that alarmed the board of Fox. Fox feared that the cable star would be questioned by Dominion lawyers about the infamous message in the event of a trial. 'It's Not How White Men Fight'. The message was sent to one of his producers soon after the events of Jan.6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's victory.

'Enough is enough': Australian PM says no point in US pursuing 25 media reports5 May 2023 (LINK)

Press group: China biggest global jailer of 17 media reports5 May 2023 (LINK)

Fox News 'liberal' Host Geraldo Says His Appearances on The Five This Week 'Have Been Canceled'mediaite4 May 2023 (LINK)

Freedom of the press "under attack" in every corner of the globe, says 30 media reports2 May 2023 (LINK)

IPI documents nearly 1000 media freedom violations amidst Russia-Ukraine war: 59% Russian, 15% Ukraine, other 26%source2 May 2023 (LINK)

Tucker Carlson racist text was behind his 4 media reports2 May 2023 (LINK)

Tucker Carlson leaves Fox News in wake of Dominion defamation reports24 April 2023 (LINK)

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui named 2023 IPI–IMS World Press Freedom Heroipi21 April 2023 (LINK)

Fox and Dominion settle for US$787.5m in defamation lawsuit over election liesGuardian18 April 2023 (LINK)

Rupert Wins Again: the massive Dominion settlement fee is just the cost of doing businesspolitico ←18 April 2023 (LINK)

Photographer admits prize-winning image was AI-generated, turns down 44 reports18 April 2023 (LINK)

Fake Military Documents on Ukraine War Shared By Russian Propagandist, Tucker Carlson among those dupedmediaite17 April 2023 (LINK)

Did Vladimir Putin really defy his arrest order to travel to South Africa? In short, nopefrance24.com14 April 2023 (LINK)

Russia charges Wall Street Journal reporter Gershkovich with 221 reports7 April 2023 (LINK)

Fox News reporters parroted false claims tying Silicon Valley Bank's failure to Black Lives Mattermediamatters17 March 2023 (LINK)

— The charge itself that SVB contributed over $70 million to Black Lives Matter or closely aligned organizations is based on a supposed "BLM-funding database" maintained by the Claremont Institute, a right-wing and openly anti-democracy organization that is also closely tied to disgraced former law professor John Eastman, who was closely involved in former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. The Associated Press confirmed that the database does not show any spending to Black Lives Matter, and obtained a comment in which Claremont explained it was including "reparative initiatives," which it called "race-based, discriminatory hiring programs; race-based, sub-prime lending; partisan voter initiatives; and DEI efforts." The AP also obtained a comment from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, which confirmed it did not receive $70 million from the bank, and added: "Even if we did, the idea that this type of contribution would be controversial is rooted in a pathology that Black organizations don't deserve to be funded."

Gary Lineker pulls out of FA Cup coverage after losing his 29 reports19 March 2023 (LINK)

Match of the Day to go ahead 'without studio presentation or punditry' 19 reports11 March 2023 (LINK)

Gary Lineker 'stepping back' from role as Match of the Day 84 reports10 March 2023 (LINK)

— The BBC said in its statement: "We have said we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines. The BBC has decided that he will step back from presenting MoTD until we've got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media. "We have never said that Gary should be an opinion-free zone, or that he can't have a view on issues that matter to him, but we have said that he should keep well away from taking sides on political issues or political controversies."

Ian Wright and Alan Shearer pull out of Match of the Day in solidarity with Lineker 32 reports10 March 2023 (LINK)

BBC denies David Attenborough censorship claims after it decided not to broadcast an episode of David Attenborough's flagship new wildlife series reportedly because of fears of a backlash from conservative politicians and reports10 March 2023 (LINK)

Fox News CEO asked for evidence the network pushed the Big Lie. Her PR chief replied with dozens of examplesmediamatters9 March 2023 (LINK)

Court Denies Fox News' Bid To Dismiss $2.7B Election Fraud Lawsuitnationalmemo16 February 2023 (LINK)

Putin's war against Ukraine is also a war against the media, says International Press Institute: IPI documents more than 900 attacks on journalists and media in Russia and Ukraine since start of full-scale invasionsource15 February 2023 (LINK)

Nikki Haley Twice Dodges Answering Hannity's Question About Where She Disagrees with Trumpmediaite15 February 2023 (LINK)

Geneva film festival on 10–19 March spotlights stories of conflict, climate and migrationgenevasolutions14 February 2023 (LINK)

Why is BBC report on Narendra Modi's handling of sectarian riots in 2002 so controversial?The Guardian14 February 2023 (LINK)

The Israeli hacking and disinformation team meddling in electionsThe Guardian15 February 2023 (LINK)

Cambodia's Hun Sen orders shutdown of last independent local news outlet 66 reports12 February 2023 (LINK)

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has all charges against him dropped 29 reports2 February 2023 (LINK)

— The 21-year-old forward faced allegations of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault

10 AI prompts for journalists using chatGPTlinkedin31 January 2023 (LINK)

what caused the recent huge Microsoft 365 and Teams outagesource30 January 2023 (LINK)

Finland Most Resistant to 'Fake News,' Report Findsusnews27 January 2023 (LINK)

Russian authorities must revoke Meduza news site's "undesirable" designation — IPIsource26 January 2023 (LINK)

Why News Literacy Is Importantflipboard25 January 2023 (LINK)

BBC broadcast misleading vaccine commentsfullfact20 January 2023 (LINK)

— On 18 January BBC published an update to their Corrections and Clarifications page about the interview, apologising that "we were not better prepared at the time to challenge Dr Malhotra's points during his interview."

Climate misinformation 'rocket boosters' flourish on Musk's TwitterAP19 January 2023 (LINK)

— Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, allowed nearly 4,000 advertisements on its site — most bought by fossil fuel companies — that dismissed the scientific consensus behind climate change and criticized efforts to respond to it, researchers found.

Tweets containing "climate scam" or other terms linked to climate change denial rose 300% in 2022, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit Advance Democracy. While Twitter had labeled some of the content as misinformation, many of the popular posts were not labeled.

Philippine Nobel laureate journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler cleared of tax evasionBBC18 January 2023 (LINK)

— Philippines' Department of Justice had said Rappler's issuance of financial instrument, known as Philippine Depositary Receipts, to foreign investors Omidyar Network and North Base Media had generated taxable income worth 141.86m pesos ($2.58m) which it did not declare in 2015. Ms Ressa and Rappler denied the charges and said the transactions involved legitimate financial mechanisms that do not generate taxable income.

In January 2018, the Philippine government had also revoked Rappler's operating licence. It said the media site, which has two US investors, had violated a clause in the constitution that limits media ownership to Philippine citizens.

Ms Ressa was previously convicted of libel and sentenced to up to six years in prison in June 2020. She was later freed on bail.

Wednesday's acquittal is not the end of Ms Ressa and Rappler's legal woes, as they still face three active court cases. These are: Rappler's appeal against the 2022 closure order; an appeal by Ms Ressa and former Rappler journalist Reynaldo Santos Jr against convictions for cyber libel; and another tax case against Ms Ressa and Rappler.

South Sudan journalists detained over video of President Salva Kiir 'wetting himself' last 44 reports7 January 2023 (LINK)

Why so many humanitarian crises are 'forgotten', and 5 ideas to change thatthenewhumanitarian16 January 2023 (LINK)

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