Tuesday, May 01, 2018

press freedom?

Trumpieboy tweets against the Press and hurts their feelings, Duterte closed down an whistleblowing paper (that was partly funded by a Ukrainian millionaire suspected to have links to the CIA), but I bet you haven't read this:

Al Jazeerah:

The US Democratic Party has recently filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Donald Trump's presidential campaign and WikiLeaks, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Suing WikiLeaks - a news organisation - for publishing leaked material, when it is hardly the only news outlet to do so, could set a troubling precedent for press freedom. The US media have remained strangely silent on the implications. Busily obsessing over Russian meddling in the election, the FBI's Robert Mueller investigation and Trump's rhetorical war with the media, reporters are taking a pass on the DNC lawsuit story and the legal assault on the fourth estate coming from the other side of the aisle.

and this is the part that makes me cynical:

The core issue in this story is not what was in those hacked emails - the DNC's sabotaging of Bernie Sanders' campaign, its unseemly, cap-in-hand approach to financial donors - but rather how those emails found their way into the media food chain in the first place.

so the real story is about Hillary's dirty tricks against Bernie?

A broad interpretation of the first amendment would cover WikiLeaks ... If this is a successful campaign against WikiLeaks, it would have ramifications for other news organisations. Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics & law, University of Minnesota
AlJ is an independent press, and I read it mainly about overseas news stories that are hard to find in the usual US press without going through a firewall, but tends to be quite leftist in their approach to news, sort of like a pro Palestianian version of the UKGuardian.

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