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Russian Disinformation Has Long Targeted Blacks

  • KGB Disinformation Goes Again to King Period
  • Editorial Says Indictments Replicate Trump Character
  • NBC Hypes Hours-Outdated Information as ‘Breaking’
  • Twitter Suspends Trump Ally After Anti-Lemon Rant
  • Collection: Detained Juveniles Subjected to Atrocities
  • Immigrants Pushed Deeper Into the Shadows
  • Inequality on the Root of Harassment Problem
  • Biracial Author Provides Yuli Gurriel a Break
  • Monetary Plan Helped Her Survive Mind Aneurysm
  • Quick Takes 
Martin Luther King Jr. on the March on Washington in 1963 (Library of Congress)

On a day that noticed indictments towards three advisers to President Trump’s marketing campaign in an investigation of Russian affect on the 2016 election, together with planted “faux information,” NPR Monday reminded listeners that Russians have focused disinformation at African Individuals for many years.

The FBI under then-Director J. Edgar Hoover ran a campaign to hound [Martin Luther] King [Jr.] in 1964, including with listening devices in his hotel and letters threatening to ruin him,” Philip Ewing reported. “In the meantime, the KGB was keen to use King as an inside political rebel towards Washington, D.C. When he wouldn’t be used that approach, the KGB additionally tried to undermine him.

“ ‘King was in all probability the one distinguished American to be the goal of energetic measures by each the FBI and the KGB,’ “ historian Christopher Andrew and former KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin wrote of their 1999 guide “The Sword and the Defend.”

“A few of the particulars in regards to the newest chapter within the story have grow to be clear, however a lot about it stays both unknown or beneath wraps,” Ewing wrote. “Individuals might study extra when the Home and Senate Intelligence Committees and a Senate Judiciary subcommittee convene a trio of hearings they’ve scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with three huge know-how platforms.

“Fb, Google and Twitter — which have stated they’ll ship their high legal professionals to testify — have found they bought adverts to brokers of affect as a part of the Russian assault on the 2016 election. Brokers additionally used the providers to intrude in different methods, from amplifying controversy throughout the U.S. to organizing real-life occasions corresponding to political rallies.

“ ‘We are able to’t conclusively say these actions impacted the result of the election,’ Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, stated in an Oct. 10 assertion.

‘However we will say that these adverts brought on hurt and extra resentment to younger individuals who unselfishly combat for justice and equality for African Individuals and different marginalized communities.’

“The work, identified by intelligence officers as energetic measures, apparently continues. Within the racially charged nationwide debate over principally black NFL gamers protesting by kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem, Twitter accounts linked to the Russian 2016 affect marketing campaign have tried to show up the quantity each on pro-player and anti-player accounts.

“Earlier than that, there have been the adverts on Fb. And the account referred to as ‘Blacktivist’ led calls to motion for African-Individuals to ‘get up’ and combat ‘mass incarceration and dying of black males.’ And earlier than that, Fb customers utilizing faux accounts paid private trainers to steer self-defense courses aimed toward black activists, arguing that the activists wanted to ‘shield your rights.’

“And earlier than that — the thread goes again a long time. . . .”

Dylan Byers, CNNMoney: Exclusive: Russian-bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook targeted Baltimore and Ferguson (Sept. 28)

Oliver Darcy, CNNMoney: Fake NFL story continues to find haven on Facebook days after being debunked (Oct. 6)

Clarence Web page, Chicago Tribune: Don’t let Russian internet trolls stir racial unrest here

Donie O’Sullivan and Dylan Byers, CNNMoney: Exclusive: Fake black activist accounts linked to Russian government (Sept. 28)

Editorial Says Indictments Replicate Trump Character

Harold Jackson

The indictment of Paul Manafort alone does not confirm President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russians attempting to manipulate the 2016 election in his favor,” the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board, led by Harold Jackson, wrote Monday in one of many first editorials on the indictments.

“Nonetheless, the fees towards Manafort and his previous associations with a few of the world’s most infamous despots says one thing in regards to the character of the person who selected Manafort to run his presidential marketing campaign.

“ ‘Manafort and his longtime enterprise accomplice Rick Gates have been charged Monday in a 12-count federal indictment with conspiracy towards america, conspiracy to launder cash, and making false statements. The costs stem from Particular Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of the Russia allegations. . . .”

The editorial additionally stated, “The president circled the wagons in anticipation of developments in Mueller’s investigation and fired a volley of tweets each earlier than and after the indictments have been introduced, suggesting that Mueller’s expenses have been irrelevant and that he was being handled unfairly. ‘Sorry, however that is years in the past, earlier than Paul Manafort was a part of the Trump marketing campaign. However why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the main target?????’ stated one tweet, adopted by ‘Additionally, there’s NO COLLUSION!’

“The president’s certitude isn’t reassuring, given the character of the folks he selected to navigate his path to the White Home. At this level in Mueller’s investigation, there are nonetheless extra questions than solutions. However with these first indictments and one responsible plea, which will quickly change.

“Confidence that the previous FBI director will ultimately uncover the reality grew significantly together with his actions Monday. . . .”

NBC Hypes Hours-Outdated Information as ‘Breaking’

“NBC Nightly Information” anchor Lester Holt once more opened his broadcast by asserting to dinner-hour viewers, “breaking news tonight(video). The “breaking information” — the phrases have been additionally emblazoned on the display screen — was “the primary indictments within the Mueller investigation.” Besides the indictments had come nearly 12 hours earlier.

Brian Stelter supplied the timeline in his “Dependable Sources” e-newsletter. “The #MuellerMonday news broke between 7:50 and 8am ET. CNN was first on TV, NYT was first on the web. The primary wave of tales have been nearly Paul Manafort. The second wave, inside minutes, was about Rick Gates. ABC, NBC, and CBS aired network-wide particular studies shortly after 8am.

“Then got here the third wave of tales — round 10:30 — about George Papadopoulos pleading responsible. An enormous shock. Between 10:30 and 11:30, you possibly can really feel a shift within the protection. It started to sink in that Papadopoulos is extra carefully related to the Russia collaboration scandal. . . .”

Broadcast information critic Mervin Block has long pointed out this routine hyping. “Lester Holt positive is aware of easy methods to make information appear thrilling. He does that by introducing a narrative on the newscast he anchors, NBC’s ‘Nightly Information,’ as ‘breaking information.’ However usually the story has already been damaged, even shattered,” Block wrote in January 2016.

In September 2016, Block wrote about David Muir’s abuse of the idea as anchor of ABC’s “World Information Tonight With David Muir.” “Humorous how so many tales break throughout Muir’s half-hour broadcast, but not breaking on CBS’s or NBC’s 6:30 p.m. newscasts,” Block wrote then beneath the headline, “ABC’s David Muir Not Intimidated by Facts.”

The web site offers this definition, “Breaking information refers to occasions which can be presently growing, or ‘breaking.’ Breaking information normally refers to occasions which can be sudden, corresponding to a aircraft crash or constructing hearth. Breaking information also can confer with information that happens late within the day, near a information outlet’s ordinary deadline.”

Twitter Suspends Trump Ally After Anti-Lemon Rant

Roger Stone, the longtime Trump ally and a divisive figure in politics since the Nixon era, was suspended from Twitter shortly after blasting CNN reporters on the social platform,” Salvador Hernandez reported Sunday for BuzzFeed.

“Sources informed BuzzFeed Information the suspension is everlasting.

“Stone unleashed a tirade towards CNN anchors and commentators Friday evening, simply moments after the information group printed a report that expenses had been filed in a sealed indictment associated to particular prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling within the 2016 election.

“Stone, who was instantly and not directly concerned with President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign, aimed lots of his feedback at CNN anchor Don Lemon.

“ ‘[email protected] should be confronted, humiliated, mocked and punished,’ Stone wrote from his account Friday evening. ‘Dumber than canine shit.’

“In one other tweet, Stone informed Lemon to ‘cease mendacity in regards to the Clinton’s and Uranium you ignorant mendacity covkscucker.’

“A spokesperson for Twitter informed BuzzFeed Information they may not touch upon particular person accounts and directed a reporter to the corporate’s coverage on abusive conduct. . . .”

From the Miami Herald’s “Combat Membership” investigation.

In August 2015, a security camera captured footage of 17-year-old Elord Revolte standing beside an interior wall at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center,” Deirdra Funcheon reported Wednesday for Columbia Journalism Evaluation. “Because the digicam recorded, one other teenager — dressed like Revolte, in khaki pants and a maroon polo shirt — lunged at him, touchdown a blow on Revolte’s jaw. Right away, a dozen equally outfitted teenagers leaped out of their chairs and joined the beatdown.

Collection: Detained Juveniles Subjected to Atrocities

“Inside two days of the assault, Revolte died from his accidents. Although his dying was dominated a murder, nobody was ever charged. Juvenile detainees later alleged staffer had instigated the combat; one claimed that Revolte’s assailants ‘were offered food and extra phone calls as rewards’”

“Footage of Revolte’s assault anchors Combat Membership, a multimedia investigative collection by the Miami Herald targeted on Florida’s Division of Juvenile Justice. The Herald investigation revealed a system rife with issues: Staffers organized and guess on fights between youngsters; staff have been employed regardless of their felony backgrounds; 12 juvenile detainees died in state care since 2000. Guards earn beginning salaries of $19,000 to $25,000 per yr.

“Again and again, poorly certified corrections staff baited detainees into combating, usually by dangling meals: Snickers bars, Chinese language meals, and honey buns from merchandising machines. Guards have been discovered to have sexually abused or begun relationships with detainees. When detainees bought harm or sick, workers was sluggish to take care of their accidents. Juvenile detention staff have been hardly ever held to account, and issues persevered in juvenile corrections amenities run by the federal government in addition to these run by personal corporations contracted with the state.

Combat Membership was printed on-line October 10, and in print on Sunday, October 15, as a pull-out part with 25 tales. On-line, Combat Membership included almost a dozen further tales, together with a robust number of safety digicam footage. . . .”

The Herald informed readers, “Herald journalists examined 10 years of Division of Juvenile Justice incident studies, inspector common investigations and administrative critiques, restraint information, police information and court docket instances, state inspections, baby welfare and jail information, emails, personnel information, surveillance video and handwritten witness and victims’ statements.

“They performed scores of interviews with directors, public defenders, prosecutors, judges, youngsters’s advocates, consultants, dad and mom and youths throughout Florida. They toured a half-dozen packages in two states and noticed juvenile court docket instances. . . .”

Erin L. Castro, Rebecca Ginsburg and Marc M. Howard, Chronicle of Greater Schooling: Higher Ed’s Message to Ex-Felons: No Second Chances

Editorial, Miami Herald: Why the Miami Herald’s Fight Club investigative series matters to all (Oct. 13)

Vesla M. Weaver, Boston Evaluation: The Untold Story of Mass Incarceration 

Juan Rodríguez and his household: Spouse Celia and daughters Karen, Kimberly and Rebecca have constructed a life in Houston. That might change at month’s finish as a result of Juan has been ordered to show himself in to be deported to El Salvador (Maria De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

Immigrants Pushed Deeper Into the Shadows

President Donald Trump has empowered federal authorities to deport immigrants here illegally, promised to punish so-called sanctuary cities and is pushing Congress to start funding a complete wall along our southern border,” begins a particular report on immigration within the Houston Chronicle, “A New America,” which debuted Oct. 18.

“Afraid of being uncovered and despatched again to nations which will now not be acquainted or welcoming, immigrants are withdrawing much more into the shadows. The fear extends to their spouses and youngsters, who, in lots of instances, are Americans.”

The report follows 4 “storylines”:

Crackdown: “Donald Trump’s concentrate on immigration is straining the federal court docket system and considerably ramping up building of latest amenities to deal with detainees. Within the first three months of his presidency, not less than 113,828 immigrants have been locked up in 180 completely different amenities throughout the nation — a 10 % improve over the identical interval in 2016. Eradicating massive numbers of individuals, particularly from the inside of the nation, is extremely advanced and costly.”

Deeper Underground: “For many years, immigrants within the nation illegally began companies, bolstered the work power, purchased homes and raised households in Houston with little worry of being questioned about their authorized standing. They helped construct the town right into a metropolis. Now immigrants, each these right here legally and illegally, are protecting a low profile. Legal guidelines corresponding to Texas Senate Invoice four, which permits cops to query a detained particular person’s standing, and aggressive federal enforcement have sparked worry within the metropolis’s immigrant enclaves, resulting in a retreat into the shadows.”

José Escobar: “On Feb. 22, José Escobar went to the Houston immigration workplace for his annual check-in. He’d held a piece allow since 2012, granting a provisional keep of deportation. However Immigration and Customs Enforcement has completely different guidelines now. The 31-year-old father of two American youngsters was detained and later despatched again to El Salvador, the place he hadn’t been since he was 15. He fell sufferer to a paperwork gaffe — his mom had despatched for him when he was an adolescent, an age when he certified for non permanent protected standing. She assumed his allow would robotically renew when she reapplied for hers. It didn’t.”

Out of Time: “Candidate Donald Trump impressed anti-immigration fervor throughout the nation — and created panic at Juan Rodríguez’s dwelling. His household felt that Juan, an immigrant from El Salvador who was within the nation illegally, could be in peril of deportation. Quickly after the election, he was informed that he wasn’t ‘a precedence for this nation anymore.’ An immigration lawyer got here to his protection, and three high-profile attorneys signed on to help Juan’s spouse, a U.S. citizen, and their three American daughters within the authorized battle.”


Brenda Medina, Miami Herald: This immigrant was certified as a victim of human trafficking. But she could still be deported

Bernice Yeung, Laura Benshoff, Ashley Cleek, Reveal/Middle for Investigative Reporting: Inside Trump’s immigration crackdown (audio)

Bernice Yeung and Andrew Becker, Reveal/Middle for Investigative Reporting: How Trump is expanding the government’s secret deportation weapon

Inequality on the Root of Harassment Problem

So, now that the dam has burst on sexual misconduct at media companies, we’re good, right?,” Margaret Sullivan requested Sunday within the Washington Put up.

“Don’t imagine that for a second.

“The appalling conduct that has been within the headlines for weeks isn’t going to cease simply because some high-profile males have fallen from grace.

“Sure, perhaps, after this month of eye-popping revelations about influential media figures corresponding to Invoice O’Reilly, Mark Halperin and Leon Wieseltier, information organizations will do a greater job of taking inside complaints critically. For some time.

“And perhaps high-powered males will maintain their pants zipped and their palms to themselves in order that they gained’t lose their positions atop the totem pole. For a time.

“The revelations do matter. However one thing deeper — harder— has to occur, too.

“Media corporations have to deal with the deep-seated gender inequality that’s on the root of this mess.

“ ‘It shouldn’t be forgotten that sexual harassment is commonly extra about abuse of energy than intercourse,’ wrote former New York Occasions government editor Jill Abramson, who with journalist Jane Mayer chronicled Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims towards Clarence Thomas throughout his 1991 Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings of their guide, ‘Unusual Justice.’

“When Abramson was the highest Occasions editor — the primary lady to carry that coveted put up — she promoted proficient, certified ladies in order that half of her masthead was feminine. Good factor she moved quick; Abramson was fired after lower than three years.

“That type of fairness makes a distinction. Having a crucial mass of feminine decision-makers, somewhat than a token presence, permits concepts to bubble up and voices to be heard in new methods. That is, in fact, true for racial range, too. . . .”

Charles M. Blow, New York Occasions: Checking My Male Privilege

Jacey Fortin, New York Occasions: The Women Behind ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Think the Time Is Right to Revive the Feminist Show

Meg James and Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Occasions: Hollywood’s man problem may be a matter of simple math

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Men who say they’re women’s allies against sexual harassment really aren’t

James Ragland, Dallas Morning Information: Heather Lind’s assault accusation against George H.W. Bush shows power balance shifting at last 

After hitting a house run within the second inning off Yu Darvish, the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel seems to mock Darvish within the dugout. (Twitter)

Biracial Author Provides Yuli Gurriel a Break

Yuli Gurriel blasted a Yu Darvish fastball into the left-field stands at Minute Maid Park and social media went into a frenzy, Dylan Hernandez, masking the World Collection, wrote from Houston Saturday for the Los Angeles Occasions.

“Not due to the house run, however due to what he did when he returned to the Houston Astros’ bench.

“MLB’s worldwide feed caught Gurriel pulling again the nook of his eyes whereas mouthing the phrase ‘chinito,’ which interprets to one thing alongside the strains of ‘little Chinese language boy.’

Dylan Hernandez

“Darvish is from Japan.

“My preliminary response: OK, that’s type of foolish, however why is everybody so upset?

“Earlier than we go any additional, I ought to in all probability let you understand about my background. My father was born in El Salvador and my mom in Japan. I used to be born in Los Angeles. So you probably have glanced at my image in these pages and questioned why I’ve such a strange-looking face, nicely, there’s your reply. . . .”

Hernandez additionally wrote, “Actually, it’s the context. This is perhaps a tough idea to understand for anybody who’s monocultural or monolingual, however imagine me once I inform you racial phrases aren’t stated with the identical degree of maliciousness in Spanish as they’re in English. Even racist-looking gestures, just like the one Guerriel made, aren’t made with the identical degree of vitriol. Not shut.

“After all, simply because one thing is finished playfully doesn’t essentially make it OK. . . . “

Ted Berg, USA At this time: How can a league that abides Chief Wahoo discipline Yuli Gurriel?

Grant Brisbee, SB Nation: Yuli Gurriel’s delayed suspension makes sense for Major League Baseball, even if it’s disappointing

Steve Buckley, Boston Herald: Yu Darvish saves Yuli Gurriel from World Series banishment after racist gesture

Chris Cwik, Yahoo Sports activities: After Yuli Gurriel’s suspension, Chief Wahoo should be next

Latino Rebels: Yuli Gurriel’s Gesture Towards Yu Darvish Is Latest Example of Latin American Racism

David Lennon, Newsday: World Series: Why would Yuli Gurriel do that?

Marly Rivera, ESPN: Dodgers and Astros players reflect on Puerto Rico

Deron Snyder, Washington Occasions: Seems the marketplace of feelings is undergoing a correction

Monetary Plan Helped Her Survive Mind Aneurysm

A year ago, my life changed dramatically,” Sharon Epperson, CNBC senior private finance correspondent, informed viewers over the weekend. “It took a traumatic occasion — a mind aneurysm to be precise — for me to actually perceive how essential it’s to be financially ready for the sudden.

Sharon Epperson

“A mind aneurysm is a bulge in an artery within the mind, and might seem with no signs. When it bursts, like mine did, it’s usually deadly. With out warning, I used to be instantly disabled, unsure of whether or not or once I may ever be capable to return to my profession (I resumed my place at CNBC on the finish of September.)

“In my reporting on private finance, I usually inform readers and viewers that it’s important to have a monetary plan. Now I do know first-hand that recommendation will be life-saving, particularly when an sudden catastrophe modifications your life.

“A very powerful lesson I realized: Carry your family members on top of things in your monetary life while you’re nicely, in case you might be unable to take action if you happen to’re hit with a medical emergency or grow to be disabled.

“Fortunately, my husband and I had deliberate forward, and you may, too. Listed here are 5 steps we took to keep away from a monetary catastrophe if one in every of us was ever hit with a medical emergency. . . .”

Quick Takes

At Northwestern College, Britt Julious, left, moderates a panel of journalists Rembert Browne, Doreen St. Félix and Wesley Morris on Thursday. (second merchandise)
  • Four states — North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee — have recently passed legislation restricting the rights of protesters, as a part of a sweeping development that has seen greater than half the states think about implementing such restrictions,” Emma Lux reported Oct. 23 for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “The legal guidelines vary from rising penalties for trespassing and rioting to even prohibiting protests in sure circumstances. The brand new laws not solely penalizes residents searching for to peacefully protest, but additionally threatens to intrude with journalists who cowl and report on protests. . . .”
  • Wesley Morris, critic at large for the New York Times and a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, believes that “traditional criticism is becoming overshadowed by politics, as critics feel they have to celebrate diversity rather than look solely at the quality of the art,” in keeping with Alexis White of the Each day Northwestern. She reported Friday on three journalists of coloration who spoke at Northwestern College about their experiences in newsrooms. “ ‘Now, as an illustration, white critics who, when a Beyoncé or a Kendrick Lamar places out a file, really feel they’ll’t actually reckon with the work as artwork or as tradition as a result of it’s black earlier than it’s this different stuff,’ Morris stated. ‘It’s due to this fact impenetrable. … There are lots of people that, they aren’t even resistant to criticism, they don’t obtain it.’ . . .” Morris additionally stated the Occasions remains to be uncertain of easy methods to diversify its workers in ideology and background, White wrote.
  • After 20 years at the helm, Televisa CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean has agreed to step down by the end of the year, one more casualty of the key modifications buffeting linear tv worldwide,” Anna Marie de la Fuente reported Friday for Selection. “With its programming staple, the telenovela, now not drawing huge viewership, score shares and advert revenues have eroded at Televisa. Viewing habits have fragmented with many shifting to OTTs [over-the-top devices] led by Netflix whereas Televisa’s personal fledgling streaming service Blim lags far behind the OTT behemoth, reported to have a 64 % share of the market. . . .”
  • A new poll out this week from NPR finds that 60 percent of black Americans say they or a family member have been stopped or treated unfairly by police because they are black,” Joe Neel reported Monday for NPR. “As well as, 45 % say they or a member of the family have been handled unfairly by the courts as a result of they’re black. The ballot is a collaboration between NPR, the Robert Wooden Johnson Basis and the Harvard T.H. Chan Faculty of Public Well being. . . .”
  • Majority Minority,” a podcast that includes conversations with folks of coloration “altering the face of Washington,” is starting its second season. “We piloted a primary season this previous spring — and now, as race and id have grow to be inseparable components of the political discourse, we’re again in full power,” an announcement stated Monday. “Season 2 consists of Rep. John Lewis, the final residing speaker from the 1963 March on Washington; main Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson; Emmy-award profitable comedians Larry Wilmore and W. Kamau Bell; Rep. Nanette Barragán, the freshman Congresswoman displaying the fashionable face of Compton, Calif.; and lots of extra.” It’s hosted by McClatchy White Home correspondent Franco Ordoñez and congressional correspondent Invoice Douglas. “The present might be accessible on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and lots of different apps. As well as, McClatchy has constructed its first-ever podcast-specific touchdown web page — — for Thursday’s launch of all these richly produced episodes.”
  • Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national program that seeks to raise college- and career-readiness among students from low-income households by concentrating on them no later than seventh grade and offering them, their households and faculties with much-needed sources, steerage, and inspiration by means of their first yr of faculty,” columnist Roy S. Johnson wrote Monday for In Alabama, this system targets “10,808 younger folks at 43 excessive faculties in 17 counties we all know because the Black Belt — a more-than-7,500-square mile swatch throughout our state the place residents are too usually ignored, forgotten or left to do what they’ve at all times executed, to know what they at all times knew. . . .”
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board applauded dad and mom and college students who countered racist episodes within the space. “The most disheartening thing about recent racist incidents in the Philadelphia region was the involvement of teenagers. It was a bitter reminder that regardless of progress for the reason that 1960s, youngsters are nonetheless being introduced as much as hate,” an editorial stated Wednesday. “However the rejection of hatred by college students who have been outraged by their friends’ racism taught one other lesson, that the long run doesn’t need to be a repeat of the previous. . . .”
  • A cameraman who reported receiving death threats was killed in western Honduras on Oct. 23,” Teresa Mioli reported Thursday for the Knight Middle for Journalism within the Americas. “Carlos Oveniel Lara, a 23-year-old cameraman for Canal 12 Telemaya in Copán, was shot round 6 a.m. upon leaving for work, in keeping with El Tiempo. . . . Seventy-three journalists, together with house owners and media staff, have been killed in Honduras since 2003, TeleSUR reported. . . .”
  • In Colombia, the “case of Claudia Julieta Duque, who was persecuted and tortured psychologically in 2001 and 2004, has been classified as a crime against humanity by the Attorney General of the Nation,” Paola Nalvarte reported Friday for the Knight Middle for Journalism within the Americas. In accordance with El Colombiano, Emiro Rojas Granados, deputy director of the now-defunct Division of Administrative Safety (DAS) from 2002 to 2005, has been indicted “for crimes of aggravated conspiracy to commit against the law and aggravated torture towards the journalist, who was persecuted and subjected to severe acts of psychological torture for her investigation of the homicide of journalist Jaime Garzón Forero, which occurred in 1999.’ . . .” Nalvarte additionally wrote, “The prosecutor has additionally declared the murders of journalists Guillermo Cano (director of El Espectador, December 1987), Eustorgio Colmenares (director of La Opinión de Cúcuta, March 1993), Jaime Garzón (August 1999), and likewise the kidnapping, torture and rape of Jineth Bedoya (Might 2000), as crimes towards humanity, Radio Nizkor reported.”
  • Two prominent Haitian journalism organizations have rejected a request to share video recorded during anti-government protests with authorities,” Jean Robert Philippe reported Friday for the Voice of America. “The Affiliation of Haitian Journalists (AJH) and the Affiliation of Nationwide Haitian Media (ANMH) stated Thursday that they think about the request, made by Port-au-Prince district lawyer Clame Ocmane Dameus in a discover issued Sunday, to be an excessive infringement on press freedom. . . .”
  • Rwandan journalists could face seven years in jail or a fine of Rwf7 million ($8,353) beneath a brand new media legislation that has been handed by parliament,” Ivan R. Mugisha reported Saturday for the East African in Nairobi, Kenya. “The event, seen as a reversal of the fortunes for media practitioners that had anticipated decriminalisation of defamation beneath an ongoing overview of the penal code, got here as a part of a brand new penal code handed by the Decrease Home final week. . . .” The legislation “additionally introduces a brand new offence, ‘insults or defamation towards the President of the Republic,’ which individually attracts 5 to seven years in jail and fines ranging between Rwf5 million ($ 5800) and Rwf7 million ($8200). . . .”
  • Journalist Justus Muhanguzi has reported a case to police over threats on his life after he launched a book with his account of what happened during the Rwandan 1994 genocide,”Alon Mwesigwa reported Friday for the Observer in Kampala, Uganda. “Muhanguzi is without doubt one of the Ugandan journalists who coated the battle and subsequent genocide in Rwanda because it occurred. He was writing for New Imaginative and prescient newspaper on the time however his guide on what he says is what he noticed has raised eyebrows. A really sad Kigali,” the capital of Rwanda, “has declared that the guide carries falsehoods. . . .”

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