Tag Archives: free press

In the East as in the West, perils for tyranny

Several perils were enumerated in a memo, referred to as Document No. 9, that bears the unmistakable imprimatur of Xi Jinping, China’s new top leader. The first was “Western constitutional democracy”; others included promoting “universal values” of human rights, Western-inspired notions of media independence and civic participation, and “nihilist” criticisms of the party’s traumatic past. […]

Turkish police state goes after journalists again

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday of cowing local news media into self-censorship after a journalists’ group said dozens of reporters had been fired for their coverage of antigovernment protests. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/world/europe/turkey-72-journalists-forced-out-for-covering-protests-union-says.html?emc=eta1&_r=0  The Turkish Journalists Union said at least 72 journalists had been fired or forced to take leave or had resigned in the past […]

Ecuador passes new law to limit free press

Ecuador’s contentious new news media law  killed the country’s only news magazine by creating restrictions that threatened to strangle a free press. “We cannot accept in silence that the government should determine the topics and agendas that we can cover, all freedom of information  should be regulated, inspected and that a superintendent chosen by the […]

CBS Meet the Press insinuates Greenwald complicit

“To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” said CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) news anchor David Gregory. Journalist and and attorney Glenn Greenwald replied that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would […]

Assange and journalists in the NWO crosshairs

No reporter had ever been successfully prosecuted on a conspiracy charge but that recent actions, like the investigation of a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, was evidence that the  government was “moving toward criminalizing the reporting process.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/world/europe/wikileaks-back-in-news-never-left-us-radar.html?hpw&_r=0  The Justice Department “and its accompanying F.B.I. investigation are blinded by their zeal to get rid of […]

Oligarchs buying politics

The Koch Bros are planning to substantially increase their involvement in party affairs. Mr. Koch told the more than 200 guests, many of whom had pumped millions of dollars into the political operation founded by Mr. Koch and his brother David, that there would be no backing down. Phones and electronic devices were banned from some […]

UK to restrict free press

“A free press cannot be free if it is dependent on and accountable to a regulatory body recognized by the state," http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/20/world/europe/british-newspapers-new-press-rules.html?ref=world “The bitter irony is this long-drawn out debate comes when the Internet — which, being global, has no regulatory restraints — is driving newspapers out of business.” “If politicians had devoted half as […]