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Journalist Assaulted At Anti-Trump Protest

From The Daily Mirror:

A photojournalist who spent years covering conflicts in the Middle East was brutally attacked while covering an anti-Trump protest in Oakland, California.

Kyle Ludowitz was left with a fractured cheekbone and abrasions when four men attacked him on Wednesday night as he took photos of protesters wreaking havoc across the city.

The 27-year-old was hospitalized and had both his cameras, which were worth $5,000, destroyed in the violent attack.

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California Bill To Make Undercover Videos Illegal

From Courthouse News Service:

 The bill would criminalize publishing undercover video footage of “health care providers” and subject third parties, including journalists, to penalties for reporting and distributing the illegally recorded footage.
Under AB 1671, a journalist receiving and posting footage from an anonymous source could be punished by the state as well as be opened up to potential civil lawsuits. Whistleblowers would not be exempt from the proposal either, regardless of how they obtained the illegal footage.

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Homeland Security Stops Reporter, Asks To Search Phone

From Motherboard:

On Thursday, a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter claimed that the Department of Homeland Security demanded access to her mobile phones when she was crossing the border at the Los Angeles airport.

“I wanted to share a troubling experience I had with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in the hopes it may help you protect your private information,” Maria Abi-Habib, a WSJ journalist focused on ISIS and Al Qaeda wrote in a post on Facebook. (Abi-Habib confirmed to Motherboard that the Facebook account was hers, but declined to comment further.)

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Gun Education Class Funded By Anti-Gun Group

From NY Daily News:

Wait, what? On what planet is it ethical to allow controversial activists — ones with a partisan point of view — to fund an educational forum meant to teach journalists “facts” about guns and gun violence? Columbia University, what on earth are you thinking?

Everytown is a group that purports to respect the Second Amendment, but actively works against it by endorsing political candidates who want gun bans and pressuring retailers to force law-abiding, licensed gun owners to check their rights at the door.

 

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Geopolitical Intelligence, Political Journalism and ‘Wants’ vs. ‘Needs’

By David D. Judson

Just last week, the question came again. It is a common one, sometimes from a former colleague in newspaperdom, sometimes from a current colleague here at Stratfor and often from a reader. It is always to the effect of, “Why is Stratfor so often out of sync with the news media?” All of us at Stratfor encounter questions regarding the difference between geopolitical intelligence and political journalism. One useful reply to ponder is that in conventional journalism, the person providing information is presumed to know more about the subject matter than the reader. At Stratfor, the case is frequently the opposite: Our readers typically are expert in the topics we study and write about, and our task is to provide the already well-informed with further insights. But the question is larger than that.

For as the camp of those who make their living selling — or trying to sell — words and images grows exponentially via the Internet, the placement of one’s electronically tethered tent takes on a new importance. This campsite has its own ecology, something scholars have taken to calling the “media ecosystem.” We co-exist in this ecosystem, but geopolitical intelligence is scarcely part of the journalistic flora and fauna. Our uniqueness creates unique challenges, and these are worth some discussion in this space that is generally devoted to more specific geopolitical themes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Most Transparent Administration in History, Not

From the Committee to Protect Journalists:

Six government employees, plus two contractors including Edward Snowden, have been subjects of felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified information to the press—compared with a total of three such prosecutions in all previous U.S. administrations.

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Senate to Approve “Real” Journalists, Drudge Explodes

Matt Drudge was none too happy about Democrats determining who is and who is not a journalist:

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Journalism Most Threatened In Middle East

From Al Jazeera:

Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show an increase in the deaths of reporters covering the region, with 30 journalists killed in 2012 in Syria alone.

The period between 1992 and 2012 saw the killings of 438 journalists in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Washington Times Editor Wins Journalism Award

Over the past few months Emily Miller at the Washington Times has been investigating how hard it is to get a gun permit in Washington, D.C. Even after the landmark Heller case, it has been one piece of red tape after another. She has made clear that is is easier to break the law and get a gun, than it is to follow the law and get a gun.

From Guns.com:

Emily Miller, Senior Editor for Opinion for The Washington Times, won the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Journalism because of her “Emily Gets Her Gun” report.

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Narco-Censorship: Under threat from Mexican drug cartels, reporters go silent

Placards with pictures of slain journalists are seen this month at a Mexico City rally by journalists protesting the violence they face. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP/Getty Images / August 7, 2010)

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

Journalists know drug traffickers can easily kidnap or kill them — and get away with it.

A new word has been written into the lexicon of Mexico’s drug war: narco-censorship.

It’s when reporters and editors, out of fear or caution, are forced to write what the traffickers want them to write, or to simply refrain from publishing the whole truth in a country where members of the press have been intimidated, kidnapped and killed.”

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/08/narco-censorship.html

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