Tag: free speech

by Julie Keck

1. Automattic, steward of WordPress, snaps up Longreads (Brad Stone / Businessweek) 2. “Journalism is aggregation” (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 3. Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court rulings (Daren Butler / Reuters) 4. The Heartbleed hit list: The passwords you need to change right now (Mashable) 5. Journalism needs the right skills to survive [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The newsonomics of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale) (Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab) 2. US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest (Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum & Alberto Arce / AP) 3. Turkey’s Twitter ban violates free speech: constitutional court (Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters) 4. Aereo attracts support from Dish Network, [...] more »

by Geoffrey King

In less than a week, Turkish voters will cast their ballots in local elections widely seen as a test of support for embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has faced growing questions about official corruption since a high-level probe first became public in December. Although many observers believe Erdoğan will survive the current political crisis, the prime [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Survey: Emerging and developing nations want freedom on the Internet (Pew Research) 2. Internet tolls and the case for strong net neutrality (Reed Hastings / Netflix) 3. Twitter blocked in Turkey as Prime Minister pledges to ‘eradicate’ it (Chris Taylor / Mashable) 4. Medium launches iPhone app for reading stories on the go (Casey [...] more »

by Meredith Broussard

Remix is a new segment of education content on MediaShift, featuring interesting and innovative journalism assignments, courses and curricula. Writers will detail their ideas and work and, where possible, provide links and materials, so other educators can adapt them in their own programs. If you’re interested in sharing your approaches to be remixed at other [...] more »

by Josh Stearns

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list — Syria, Egypt, Turkey — but the place on the top of the list [...] more »

by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the [...] more »

by Geoffrey King

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According [...] more »

by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns. A version of this post also appeared on FreePress.net. Tuesday’s court decision, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom. According to the Pew Research [...] more »

by Geoffrey King

The following opinion piece originally appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Internet Channel. When President Obama takes the lectern to discuss U.S. surveillance policy, as he is expected to do Friday, those hoping for sweeping reform are likely to be disappointed. As reported in The New York Times, the president appears poised to reject [...] more »