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Jurgen van den Berg naar NOS Radio 1 Journaal

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 16:26
UPDATE Radiomaker Jurgen van den Berg wordt met ingang van 1 januari de nieuwe vaste presentator van het NOS Radio 1 Journaal. De omroep neemt daarmee afscheid van het presentatie-duo Frederique de Jong en Marcel Oosten.…
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Swaziland - Political magazine editor finally freed

Reporters Without Borders - wo, 01/07/2015 - 16:15

Reporters Without Borders is relieved by the release of Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the political news magazine The Nation, and calls for him to be compensated for the time spent in prison on an absurd contempt of court charge.

Swaziland's supreme court freed him and human right lawyer Thulani Maseko on appeal yesterday, ruling that they were “wrongly convicted” and that the original judgment was “unsustainable.”

“We are delighted to learn that Bheki Makhubu is out of prison and we welcome the supreme court's decision,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.

“Makhubu just did his job as a journalist so he should never have been convicted and should be compensated for the past year in prison. We also hope that the supreme court's ruling will be seen as a precedent that protects Swaziland's journalists from abusive prosecution in the future.”

“I am very relieved to be out,” Makhubu told Reporters Without Borders. “I'm hoping there is a lesson learned there and that we understand now what it means to have a constitution. It is not just a paper, it is a living thing. I am hoping this makes Swaziland a better place and that we are all winners in the end.”

He said he wanted to resume editing his magazine. “I don't know another trade. I will go back to the paper. I don't expect everything to be smooth but I hope it won't go to these extremes again. Writing and calling leadership to account is part of constitutional state.”

Charged with contempt of court for criticizing the judicial system, Makhubu and Maseko were sentenced to two years in prison in July 2014 after a trial marked by procedural abuses and gratuitous humiliation. They were tried by one of the judges they criticized in their articles.

Photo: Bheki Makhubu leaving the prison, ©The Swazi Observer

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NY Times Adds to Marketing Team

10000 words - wo, 01/07/2015 - 15:45

The New York Times Company has named Clay Fisher senior vice president, consumer marketing. Fisher most recently oversaw DirecTV’s digital marketing and media group. He had been with DirecTV since 2011.

“A proven leader and creative problem solver, Clay will step in to supervise an already strong consumer marketing team and will help to accelerate subscription growth across our vast product portfolio, including the Times’s print and digital subscription business,” said chief revenue officer Meredith Kopit Levien in a statement.

Fisher’s appointment is effective July 13. He’ll report to Kopit Levien.

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‘Machtswissel’ bij OneWorld

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 15:40
Hans Ariëns stopt per 1 augustus als hoofdredacteur van OneWorld. Dat maakt hij bekend in het redactioneel van de volgende editie, die aanstaande vrijdag verschijnt. “Ik heb de afgelopen acht jaar leiding gegeven in de journalistiek. Omdat OneWorld…
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Guardian US Selects West Coast Bureau Team

10000 words - wo, 01/07/2015 - 15:00

There has been no shortage of Guardian US news this summer. The American side of the paper has recently announced plans for a news innovation lab, welcomed a new editor and added its first L.A.-based entertainment writer.

Today, editor in chief Katharine Viner announced three more major moves, two of them involving a new West Coast bureau being set up in San Francisco. Executive editor Merope Mills (pictured) will relocate to the Bay Area from London to serve as West Coast editor of Guardian US, while Washington correspondent Paul Lewis is also making the move there, where he will work as Guardian US West Coast bureau chief.

A Guardian spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Jemima Kiss is also joining the West Coast bureau later this month. As head of technology, she will lead coverage of “tech trends, gadgets, gaming and startups.”

Mills has been with the paper for more than a decade. Prior to becoming executive editor in January 2014, she worked as Saturday editor, with Weekend magazine and as an editor of film and music. During her time at the University of Manchester in the late 1990s, she was editor of the student newspaper.

The Guardian also announced today that Christian Bennett, head of video for Guardian US, has been promoted to global head of video and audio. He will relocate to London.

[Photo courtesy: The Guardian]
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Aboutaleb geeft H.J. Schoo-lezing

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 14:45
Op 1 september zal de Rotterdamse burgemeester Aboutaleb de zogeheten Elsevier/H.J. Schoo-lezing houden in De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. Het is de zevende keer dat deze lezing, vernoemd naar de in 2007 overleden oud-hoofdredacteur van Elsevier, wordt…
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Europese onderzoeksprijzen voor Turkse journalisten

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 14:42
Journalisten uit Turkije hebben niet alleen de eerste, maar ook de tweede én de derde prijs van de EU Investigative Journalism Award gewonnen. Journalist Fatih Yağmur won de eerste prijs voor zijn artikel over wapen- en munitietransporten van de…
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Reshift Digital neemt IDG-titels over

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 13:03
De consumentenmerken die IDG Nederland eind mei in de etalage zette zijn overgenomen door Reshift Digital. De titels Computer!Totaal, Tips & Trucs, Zoom, MacWorld,…
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Forumbezoekers Viva eenmalig hoofdredacteur

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 13:02
Het nieuwe nummer van vrouwenblad Viva werd niet door één, niet door twee, maar door honderd gasthoofdredacteuren samengesteld. Dat meldt uitgeverij Sanoma in een persbericht. De club van honderd werd geselecteerd uit bezoekers van het Viva-forum,…
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Ons Europa (2)? ‘Grieken willen dat heel Europa voor hen betaalt’

Apache.be - wo, 01/07/2015 - 11:58
Is dit nog ons Europa? Apache.be zoekt deze week een antwoord op de vraag hoe groot de liefde nog kan zijn voor het Europees project. Vandaag Sander Loones (N-VA). 'De eurolanden hebben gigantische sommen geld aan de Griekse redding besteedt. Dat is toch een bewijs van solidariteit?'
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How Quartz and BBC are reaching global audiences

Journalism.co.uk - wo, 01/07/2015 - 11:19
It might be easier for people to access news across borders, but how can publishers tell global stories with a local relevance?
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New Members: GIJN Adds Eight Nonprofits from Five Countries

Global Investigative Journalism Network - wo, 01/07/2015 - 11:15

We're proud to announce that eight organizations have joined the Global Investigative Journalism Network. This brings GIJN's membership to 118 organizations in 54 countries. Our new members include groups that support investigative reporting based in Eastern Europe (Hungary's Direkt36, Montenegro's Center for Investigative Journalism, and Ukraine's Slidstvo and Svidomo), the United States (Internews, ProPublica, and Public Herald), and Italy (DataNinja).

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to GIJN’s new members:

Direkt36 is an investigative journalism center in Hungary, with the mission to expose wrongdoings and abuse of power through systematic - and often data-driven - investigations. "We provide the Hungarian and international audience with in-depth – often data-driven – accountability reporting that most Hungarian media outlets cannot afford to pursue".

Public Herald is "fearless investigative journalism". Based in Pittsburgh, US, and co-founded in 2011 by investigative journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, Public Herald’s mission is two-fold: truth + creativity. They use investigative journalism and art to empower readers and hold accountable those who put the public at risk. Overall, they aim to be media by and for the public interest.

Slidstvo.info is a Ukrainian investigative project focusing on high scale crimes, political corruption and war crimes. Organization’s key product is a weekly investigative program “Slidstvo.info” that is broadcasted by the “First National”, “24” and “ZIK” TV channels, internet television “Hromadske TV” (Public TV) and 15 regional TV channels.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit, Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Founded in 2007 in New York, their work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” They do this “by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them”.

Svidomo is an organization running the investigative bureau “Svidomo”, which was one of the first investigative reporting agencies in Ukraine. Investigations done by “Svidomo” were distributed on subscription basis to 27 media in different regions of Ukraine.

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Across the world, Internews is providing training, mentoring and small grants to support local investigative journalism initiatives.

Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro is a non-governmental foundation established by Vijesti TV and Vijesti Daily, dedicated to practicing and promoting investigative journalism of the public interest by latest means and up to internationally recognized professional standards. "Our goal is to keep giving the people of Montenegro otherwise hidden or unavailable information they need to act and make decisions."

DataNinja.it is a is a grassroots network focused on Data Journalism and based on Italy. They won the Data Journalism Awards 2014 with the investigation "The Migrants Files".

Interested in joining? Membership in the Global Investigative Journalism Network is open to nonprofits, NGOs, and educational organizations that actively work in support of investigative reporting. You can learn more about our membership criteria here.

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Iran - Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2015

Reporters Without Borders - wo, 01/07/2015 - 11:10

01.07.2015 - Newspaper editor freed after serving five years of jail term

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, the former editor of three publications that were shut down one after the other from 2000 to 2005, was released on 20 June on completing two thirds of an eight-year prison sentence. He edited the independent monthly Gozaresh Rooz and two weeklies, Payam Danshjo and Howiat Khish.

Tabarzadi was arrested in a round-up of opposition politicians and journalists the day after bloody demonstrations in Tehran on 27 December 2009, and was convicted a year later on charges of “publishing false information with the aim of upsetting public opinion” and “activities against national security.”

He was granted a conditional release in December 2012, mainly on medical grounds. But, after sending letters about human rights violations to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, he was re-arrested on 15 January 2014 and was returned to Rajaishahr prison. Now aged 55, he has spent a total of seven years in various Iranian prisons.

30.06.2015 - Dual national Facebook commentator freed

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Farideh Shahgholi, a woman with dual Iranian and German citizenship, was released on 28 June after serving half of a three-year jail sentence on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khomeini in Facebook posts.

A resident in Germany for 25 years, Shahgholi was arrested while visiting her family in Iran in 2011 and was initially held for more than six months, including 50 days in solitary in Section 2A of Tehran's Evin prison. She was returned to prison on 22 May 2014 to serve the three-year jail sentence.

Meanwhile, the persecution of journalists in exile continues. Journalist and human rights defender Mansoureh Shojaii has written an open letter to judicial system chief Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani protesting against the treatment she has received from judges and other officials since her arrest in 2009 and her flight into exile in August 2010.

The long list of abuses cited in the letter includes illegal pressure from judges to change her lawyers, bail confiscation, and mendacious use of arrest threats by prosecutors. Arbitrarily arrested in Tehran on 24 December 2009 on a charge of “anti-government publicity” in connection with her work for various feminist websites, she was held for 32 days in Section 209 of Evin prison before being released provisionally pending trial.

“According to the testimony of my doctors and under international law, including the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, such treatment can be regarded as psychological torture,” the letter says.

24.06.2015-State news agency fires five journalists for covering strike

Reporters Without Borders condemns the dismissal of five journalists from the state-owned IranianLabour News Agency (ILNA) on 21 June after they defied orders not to cover a strike.

In a Facebook post, Esmail Mohammadvali said he and his four colleagues were fired for covering a strike by workers in a factory owned by the company Farsite in the southwestern city of Dorud.

“We had been under pressure for months to censor information about protest movements in Iran, including those by teachers and workers,” he said in his post. “On 19 June, the director's secretary warned us that we should not cover the protest currently taking place at the Farsite plant because this was not a legitimate movement (...)

“We tried in vain to contact the director, to explain to him that it was not our job to decide whether the protest was justified, and that, after these workers came to Tehran to press their demands outside the labour ministry, we had a duty to cover their protest.”

Mohammadvali added that he and the other journalists then found that their access to the news agency's website had been blocked and that their page on the website was shut down for two days. And finally, on the morning of 21 June, they were “summarily dismissed."

ILNA director Masoud Heidari responded that “transferring journalists in a news agency is normal” and that “some of these journalists exaggerated while others tried using blackmail.” Mohammadvali and the other journalists described these comments as outrageous. Other sources said Heidari was a former director of the company that owns Farsite. They also said two of the five journalists would be allowed to resume working for the news agency.

Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Solmaz Ikder, a journalist who has worked for the daily Farhikhtegan and other pro-reform media outlets, was summoned on 15 June to the prosecutor's office inside Tehran's Evin prison, where she was banned from leaving the country and was detained after being unable to arrange bail of 200 million toman (150,000) euros. However, she was granted a provisional release the next day.

Ikder has been convicted several times in the past, including in August 2008 for covering the annual demonstration by the families of political prisoners executed in 1998, and in 2011 for attending Iran-e-Farda journalist Hoda Saber's burial in Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. Saber died in Evin prison on 12 June 2011 as a result of mistreatment and going on hunger strike.

15/06/2015 - Internet activist's lawyer arrested

Reporters Without Borders condemns lawyer Mohammad Moghimi's arrest on 13 June on a reported charge of “having an immoral relationship” because he shook the hand of a female client, Internet and human rights activist Atena Ferghdani, when they met in Tehran's Evin prison.

Ferghdani's mother reported yesterday that Ferghdani “knew that the law forbids shaking a man's hand but she was moved by the sight of her lawyer” and shook his hand in a moment of emotion. “She is upset by this accident and above all by these baseless and unfair accusations,” her mother added.

03.06.2015 - Long jail term for woman blogger

Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that blogger and human rights activist Atena Ferghdani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison on 2 June.

Ferghdani had been held for the past five months on charges of “activities against national security,” “anti-government propaganda by means for performance art,” and “insulting government officials and parliamentary representatives in a published cartoon.”

She was arrested on 11 January when she responded to a summons from a Tehran court for posting a video on Facebook and YouTube on 26 December in which she described her experiences in Section 2A of Tehran's Evin Prison – a section controlled by Revolutionary Guards – after a previous arrest last August.

I was interrogated for nine hours a day,” she said in the video. “The questions were mainly about my activities and what I posted on Facebook (...) In the bathroom, they had installed cameras that filmed everything we did. I found it very embarrassing. When I protested, the guards said they were turned off (...) but one day I took a plastic cup back to my cell and guards arrived within two minutes and tore my blouse in order to get it back. I just wanted to use it to do drawings.”

Her family said that during her court appearance in January she hit by guards as she was being taken off to prison. “The guards slapped my daughter right in front of us,” her father told journalists. She was put with non-political detainees in Gharchak prison in Varamin, a municipality south of Tehran.

She was hospitalized on 27 February, 18 days after beginning a hunger strike. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said she “had a heart attack and was taken to Firozgar Hospital in Sharrai.” She was transferred to Evin prison a week later.

Two other human rights defenders, Atena Daemi and Omid AliShenas, were sentenced to 14 and 10 years in prison respectively the same day.

19.05.2015 – Association of Iranian Writers targeted again

Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest case of judicial harassment of Iran's writers and journalists.

Several members of the executive bureau of the Association of Iranian Writers were summoned and interrogated from 3 to 5 May. They included Reza Khandan Mahabadi, who has been charged with “anti-government publicity” and “publishing a newspaper illegally.” The charges refer to the association's Facebook page.

Plainclothes officers from the intelligence ministry searched his Tehran home on 29 April, confiscating his computer, hard drives and manuscripts.

Iranian civil society's oldest organization, the Association of Iranian Writers has been banned under both of the Shah's two regimes and the Islamic revolution. Two of its leaders, the writers and journalists Mohamad Makhtari and Mohamad Jafar Pouyandeh, were murdered in 1998.

18.05.2015 - Journalist freed on completing six-year jail term

Reporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist Kaivan Samimi Behbahani was released on 16 May on completing a six-year jail sentence on charges of “publishing false information with the aim of disturbing public opinion” and “activities against national security.”

The former editor of Nameh (The Letter), an independent monthly closed by the authorities in 2005, Behbahani was arrested on 13 June 2009, the day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection, and was convicted on 2 February 2010.

He was also banned from working as a journalist and, all the time he was held in an individual cell in Section 209 of Tehran's Evin prison and in various sections of Rajaishahr prison, he was subjected to a great deal of pressure to renounce his journalistic commitments.

27.04.2015 – Prestigious women's monthly suspended

Reporters Without Borders condemns today's decision by the Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee to suspend the women's monthly Zanan ٍEmroz (“Women” in Persian) under paragraph 2 of article 6 of the press code, which bans “content and photos encouraging prostitution and vices contrary to public decency.”

The suspension was prompted by a special issue about “white marriage” – cohabiting without contracting a formal Islamic marriage, a growing trend among young couples. Entitled “White Marriage, social ill or cure,” the issue elicited angry reactions from conservative media that support Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Zanan was previously suspended in January 2008 for publishing “content harmful to society's psychological tranquillity.” The Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee gave it permission to resume publishing in June 2013.

14.04.2015 - Newspaper journalist freed on bail

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Yaghma Fashkhami, a political reporter for the pro-reform daily Roozan, has been released on bail pending trial after being held for three and a half months. He was freed on 11 April.

Plainclothes intelligence officers arrested him on 24 December, a day after the prosecutor's office closed the newspaper because of an alleged “irregularity” in the supplement it published with its 20 December issue to mark the fifth anniversary of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's death.

The public prosecutor has given his permission for the newspaper to resume publishing in a letter to the deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance dated 23 March.

09.03.2015 - Four website activists freed after three and a half years

Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that four lawyers and contributors to the Sufi news website Majzooban NoorAfshin Karampour, Amir Islami, Farshid Yadollahi and Omid Behrouzi – were released on 2 March as a result of a court decision to halve their jail sentences.

Arrested in raids in Tehran and Shiraz from 8 to 10 September 2011, they were sentenced to seven years in prison at the end of an unfair trial before a Tehran revolutionary court on 13 July 2013. Last December, a Tehran appeal court reduced their jail terms to three and a half years (plus a suspended 30-month term).

six other contributors to the site who were given jail terms ranging from six to ten years – Reza Entesari, Hamidreza Moradi, Mostafa Abdi, Kasra Nouri, Salehldin Moradi, and Mostafa Daneshjo – are still detained.

27.02.2015 - Authorities block two websites

Reporters Without Borders condems the blocking of two websites since yesterday at the behest of judicial officials. They are Jamaran, the official site of the Islamic Republic's late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Bahar, a site that support Iran's reformers.

The judicial authorities ordered them blocked for posting a photo of former President Mohammad Khatami attending the mourning of a member of the Khomeini family.

Judicial system spokesman Golamhossien Mohsseni Ejehi told the media on 16 February that any coverage of Khatami was henceforth banned at the behest of the High Council for National Security and Jusice. Media that ignored the prohibition would be subjected to publishing bans or other sanctions, he warned.

23.02.2015 – Journalist arrested to serve old jail sentence

Reporters Without Borders condemns the 21 February arrest of Ali Maghamai, a journalist and son-in-law of a prominent human rights defender, to begin serving a jail sentence he received more than a year ago.

Originally arrested on 27 December 2010 and then released on bail, Maghamai, was sentenced to four months in prison on 11 January 2014. He was also given a suspended eight-month jail sentence. He did not appeal and was not told that an appeal court had upheld the sentence.

The editor of the networking section of a website specializing in information technology, Maghamai also worked for several reformist newspapers including Mardom Emroz, which was closed last month.

Like Mardom Emroz editor Mohammed Ghoochani, he is the son-in-law of Emadoldin Baghi, a leading journalist and defender of prisoner rights who has been hounded by the authorities.

Prosecutors attached to the Tehran “media and culture” court charged Ghoochani on 26 January with “insulting Islam” for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney under an “I am Charlie” headline on 13 January.

The Islamic Republic's intelligence services still often harass the relatives of leading journalists and human rights defenders as a way of putting pressure on the media.

13.02.2015 - Six months in jail and 74 lashes for “insults”

Reporters Without Borders condemns the six-month jail sentence imposed on former journalist Abass Salimi Namin, who heads an Iranian history research society and edits its website (http://www.irhistory.com/index.php).

In an open letter on 2 February revealing the sentence and requesting the help of his colleagues, he denounced “the repeated and baseless complaints” brought against him by the prosecutor and “the profits made by those who own power and wealth.”

Namin was given the six-month sentence for his comments about former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a 2011 TV debate, in which he said “Ahmadinejad's extravagance was the result of the conservatives' silence.” He was also sentenced to 74 lashes and a fine for insulting the judicial authorities and those running the University of Tehran.

Namin used edit to Kyhan Havai ­– a supplement of the newspaper Kyhan that was targeted at diaspora Iranians and stopped publishing in 1998 – and for years was one of a number of journalists known to have close links with the intelligence services.

03.02.2015 - Court closes online paper run by Ahmadinejad supporters

Reporters Without Borders condemns the Tehran culture and media court's decision to close the online newspaper HMA, which derives its name from the initials of “Supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” in Persian.

The newspaper posted the court's decision on its front page today. Issued on 26 January, the ruling said HMA is to be closed under paragraph D of article 7 of the press law for “publishing without permission,” and in order to “prevent the occurrence of a crime” under paragraph 5 of article 156 of the constitution.

President from 2005 to 2013 and, like Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, named as a Predator of Press Freedom by Reporters Without Borders, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the architects of a relentless crackdown on opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders accompanied by Stalinist-style trials.

Dozens of newspapers were closed during his two terms in office and more than 200 journalists and bloggers were arrested after his controversial reelection in June 2009. Some of them are still in prison.

29.01.2015 – Reformist weekly closed “to prevent a crime”

Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of the reformist weekly Setareh Sobh (Dawn Star) by Tehran's culture and media court on 12 January. The court said it was closed to “prevent the occurrence of a crime” under paragraph 5 of article 156 of the constitution.*

In its 10 January issue, the weekly published an open letter by Ali Motahari, a moderate conservative parliamentary representative for Tehran, to Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the Judicial Authority.

It criticized Larijani's claim that the detention of the three leaders of the protest movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial reelection in 2009 was “legal and ordered by the High Council for National Security.”

The three detainees include two 2009 presidential candidates. They are Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister and owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, and Mehdi Karoubi, a former parliamentary speaker and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli. The third detainee is Mousavi's wife, best-selling author Zahra Rahnavard.

Detained on 24 February 2011, they have been held under house arrest and denied all rights.

Before its closure, Setareh Sobh had been planning to publish its first issue as a national daily this week.

*Article 156 of the Iranian constitution: The judiciary is an independent power, the protector of the rights of the individual and society, responsible for the implementation of justice, and entrusted with the following duties:

1. Investigating and passing judgement on grievances, violations of rights, and complaints; the resolution of litigation; the settling of disputes; and the taking of all necessary decisions and measures in probate matters as the law may determine;

2. Restoring public rights and promoting justice and legitimate freedoms;

3. Supervising the proper enforcement of laws;

4. Uncovering crimes; prosecuting, punishing, and chastising criminals; and enacting the penalties and provisions of the Islamic penal code; and

5. Taking suitable measures to prevent the occurrence of crime and to reform criminals.

27.01.2015 - Newspaper editor charged with insulting Islam

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Mohammed Ghoochani, the editor of the reformist daily Mardom Emroz, was charged yesterday before a Tehran “media and culture” court with “insulting Islam” for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney under an “I am Charlie” headline on 13 January.

Ghoochani's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaie, said he was granted a provisional release pending trial after payment of 100 million toman (100,000 euros) in bail. Mardom Emroz was closed on 17 January.

Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Mehrdad Sarjoui, a Tehran-based journalist who used to work for several English-language newspapers, was released on 13 January after being deemed to have completed his main sentence.

Sarjoui was returned to prison on 28 November 2012 after getting a three-year jail sentence and a suspended seven-year sentence. He was previously arrested on 14 January 2011 and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Tehran court on a charge of “espionage by publishing interviews of citizens of enemy countries.” An appeal court subsequently commuted the sentence.

21.01.2015 - Journalist and rights activist arrested at her home

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Zahra Khandan, a former journalist with several reformist news outlets who defends women's rights online, was arrested at her Tehran home on 19 January by Revolutionary Guard intelligence operatives in plain clothes. Her home was also searched. The authorities have not said why she was arrested or where she is being held.

According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, several other women's rights activists have been arrested in Tehran after campaigning for the release of Mahdieh Golro, a fellow activist arrested during a protest outside the parliament building in Tehran on 22 October in protest against a series of acid attacks on women in Isfahan and Tehran.

20.01.2015 - Young woman arrested in court over Facebook video

Reporters Without Borders condemns young human rights activist Atena Ferghdani's arrest in a Tehran court on 11 January when she responded to a summons about the video she posted on Facebook and YouTube on 26 December in which she described what happened to her after her arrest last August.

After her arrest on 24 August, she was incarcerated in Section 2A of Tehran's Evin Prison – a section controlled by Revolutionary Guards – and was held until 2 November, when she was released on bail on 600 million toman (700,000 euros) pending trial.

I was interrogated for nine hours a day,” she said in the video. “The questions were mainly about my activities and what I posted on Facebook (...) In the bathroom, they had installed cameras that filmed everything we did. I found it very embarrassing. When I protested, the guards said they were turned off (...) but one day I took a plastic cup back to my cell and guards arrived within two minutes and tore my blouse in order to get it back. I just wanted to use it to do drawings.”

Ferghdani is charged with “activities against national security,” “anti-government propaganda by means for performance art,” and “insulting government officials and parliamentary representatives in a published cartoon.”

Her family said that during her appearance in court she was the victim of violence by the guards who took her off to prison. “The guards slapped my daughter right in front of us,” her father told journalists. She is currently being held in Gharchak prison in Varamin, a city to the south of Tehran. It is a prison used for holding non-political detainees.

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BBC-topman verwacht honderden ontslagen

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 09:28
De BBC gaat een nieuwe en pijnlijke reorganisatie tegemoet, zegt topman Tony Hall. Er zullen daarbij honderden banen verdwijnen, nu de publieke omroep het de komende tijd jaarlijks met 150 miljoen pond (ruim 211 miljoen euro) minder moet doen. …
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Jan Roos weg bij PowNed

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 01/07/2015 - 09:20
Per 1 augustus stopt presentator Jan Roos met zijn activiteiten voor omroep PowNed. Roos presenteerde afgelopen zondag al voor het laatst ‘Echte Jannen’, dat…
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koro* 1 jul ’15

Apache.be - wo, 01/07/2015 - 09:06
KORO (Chinees zelfstandig naamwoord. De hysterische overtuiging dat je penis steeds kleiner wordt). Het rubriekje van Bert Verhoye waarin onze hysterische wereld geconfronteerd wordt met problemen, die geen problemen zijn. Vandaag over spookauteurs.
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Dashboards and journalism: why we need to do better

Online Journalism Blog - wo, 01/07/2015 - 08:13

Confused? Knobs and dials image by anataman

Last month I watched the founder of OpenOil, Johnny West, talk via video link about a dashboard he had designed to help people more effectively report on government announcements related to Chad’s hugely important oil industry.

The dashboard struck me in all sorts of ways: firstly in automating certain processes it lowered the barrier to more effective reporting; secondly it reduced the time needed to do so; and thirdly it turned a numerical topic into something more visual, and in the process made stories easier to spot.

More from Johnny later.

First, however, it’s worth taking stock of just how big a part dashboards play in our lives, and how little a role journalists play in their creation:

  • Publishers create content management systems to allow reporters and other staff to navigate between stories, media, metrics and other tools and information
  • Social media services create dashboards as a way of navigating our networks
  • Analytics companies create dashboards to help users monitor the performance of their content

NPR’s Audience Intelligence Dashboard is part of the organisation’s attempt to build analytics into journalists’ work processes.

This dashboard uses Chartbeat to give a real time view of how reporters are performing

Metrics dashboards are a big part of all three, including HuffPo’s analytics and Bleacher Report’s gamification of writer performance. But what about finding stories?

Story sourcing dashboards: social and RSS

Tweetdeck and Netvibes are good examples of dashboards that save us time as journalists: specifically search time.

RSS readers like Netvibes mean that we do not need to check multiple websites or perform multiple searches to see if new information has been published or shared: instead we only need to check the Netvibes dashboard.

This Netvibes account has multiple tabs for different dashboards

In fact, we can set up more than one dashboard depending on when or where we might be using them: one for when we are covering health, for example; or another one for a specific event.

Social media management dashboards like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite perform a similar function, but more narrowly focused on social media and with the ability to publish through the dashboard too, and in some cases access analytics.

Twittercounter’s Katerina Petropolou writes about how her dashboard helps her keep in touch with the team and the sector

So we can add saving response time to the time saved performing searches across multiple social networks and monitoring multiple lists or hashtags.

And then there are trending dashboards like Spike that aim to help newsrooms spot breaking stories.

Spike GIF from Newswhip

Sometimes organisations develop event-specific dashboards. Here, for example, you can read The Times team on the process behind designing their own election dashboard:

The Times’ audience-facing dashboard for the 2015 election was also useful for journalists

If you’re not using dashboards like these then you are probably wasting time unnecessarily. But these all rely on existing infrastructures, whether those are RSS feeds or social network APIs.

We can do better than that.

Dashboards that help more people hold power to account

This is where Johnny West comes in. Johnny was one of the speakers at the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s recent Illicit Finance course. Here’s that dashboard he designed to make it easier to interrogate new figures from Chad’s government and oil industry:

A dashboard created by Johnny West of Open Oil for Chad. Image: Joel Benjamin.

Chad’s public finances, he explained, are over 70% dependent on oil revenues and under “severe pressure” from falls in prices. The dashboard made it easier to frame questions:

“…Of whether a budget holds up with likely revenues etc [or compare] Chad’s annual EITI reports – which state revenues actually received – with what you would expect the government to receive.”

He argues that creating a visual interface to the information the journalist needs (in this case oil prices and contract agreements) is essential:

“You cannot achieve any real understanding of the many interlocking parts of the contract and revenue flows without a model of their relationships with each other. I would not trust any financial comment or analysis of oil economics done blind to a model.

“It is a bit of a challenge to get journalists to accept this – since many of them are not familiar with or comfortable with financial models.”

One result of financial illiteracy, he argues, is an inclination towards simple but meaningless comparisons: one royalty rate being higher than another; or how much an income tax rate was raised by.

“Nine out of ten such stories are simply not accurate enough to provide any service to the reader. What if the royalty rate is lower because the income tax rate was raised? Or this one has a higher royalty because it is the second discovery in an area (with less exploration risk to the company therefore putting government in a stronger negotiating position)? And so on…”

The dashboard supports the journalist in reporting something richer despite the pressure to deliver something on deadline. And it’s not just for journalists:

“We know there are many governments which do not have models like this one for contracts they themselves negotiated and signed. It may be a question of institutional knowledge: perhaps one individual once had one, or a consultancy or visiting IMF delegation. But these get hoarded and not passed on. The need for public domain versions of these kinds of applications is critical in helping states build their capacity, not just the media.”

At a broader level there are also dashboards designed by journalists to help make their colleagues’ work easier. The Investigative Dashboard was designed a few years ago to help journalists and civil society investigate organised crime and corruption. It has subsequently had an injection of cash and a relaunch:

And there are dashboards from hackdays which show how we can make better use of the data we already have:

Broken Promises dashboard by Journalism++

Those are isolated examples, but they shouldn’t be. I once created a dashboard for journalists at a Scottish newspaper to pick stories out of some data I had scraped.

It meant that journalists with very little spreadsheet skills could call up data on any one of hundreds of measures by using a drop-down menu and be shown where to focus their follow up calls instantly.

Some great original stories and big splashes came out of that, yet all it took was a little initial effort, after which dozens of stories were easy to report.

Online spreadsheet tools like Google Sheets allow us to pull in live information, using built-in functions that fetch stock prices, or scrape web tables or feeds (which themselves might be generated by scrapers).

Once we have that live information it can be connected to historical information, and display those relationships visually.

Imagine a dashboard that pulls in the latest crime reports and tells us whether they’re going up or down – and where.

Imagine the BBC’s A&E tracker redesigned for journalists as well as readers.

Imagine sports performance shown dynamically, so you can pick up on the most improved performers and not just the top performers.

Much of this is already happening – but it’s not being done by journalists or news organisations.

FixMyStreet has long pioneered the ability to report – and see – local problems. And Birmingham’s Civic Dashboard showed all sorts of information on things like which parts of the council were getting the most contacts and when.

The Birmingham Civic Dashboard

Expect to see more of these dashboards as the growth of ‘smart cities’ drives the connection of transport systems, policing, education, business and health.

My #DataPowerConf paper discussed the @DublinDashboard Can click/play at dublindashboard.ie/pages/index @ProgCity http://t.co/VSHZG21GmN
Rob Kitchin (@RobKitchin) June 23, 2015

But they’re not being done by news organisations. And that’s the point.

We need to change that.

Where data is already published we need to be setting up dashboards that bring it to the journalists. Where data is not, we need to be pushing for access to it.

It may be that news organisations can no longer “afford to be a paper of record and dutifully report everything that happened on our patch”. But we can do a better job of bringing as much as possible that happens to journalists’ desktops – and not just the stuff that is shared on social media.


Filed under: databases, online journalism Tagged: Chad, dashboards, fixmystreet, Investigative Dashboard, Johnny West, oil, smart cities
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Ohio legislature strikes back against pot legalization effort

Public Integrity - wo, 01/07/2015 - 04:17

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio took a step closer to making November’s ballot Tuesday, after its promoters turned in more than twice the required number of signatures.

But the measure will face competition at the polls. Ohio legislators also approved their own ballot measure on Tuesday to undermine the pot plan, which lawmakers worried would amount to a “marijuana monopoly” because of its provision that only 10 growers would control the wholesale pot market.

The lawmakers’ measure would block other measures that benefit select economic interest groups.

The marijuana ballot measure campaign, dubbed Responsible Ohio, is just one of many ballot measures in recent history that are designed to benefit their backers. The companies funding the Responsible Ohio campaign  would control — and likely profit from — the marijuana growth sites should the measure pass.

As detailed by the Center for Public Integrity, the campaign’s director, Democratic activist Ian James, came up with the idea and is planning to pay his own firm $5.6 million to push the ballot initiative.

Ohio Rep. Mike Curtin, a Democrat, said he sponsored the anti-monopoly measure because he opposes the way Responsible Ohio is using the citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, not because he opposes pot legalization.

“Are we going to allow a small group of investors, who have literally no background in drug policy… to carve themselves a special niche in our state’s founding document?” he said. “To me it’s galling. It’s nauseating.”

But James said voters should have the right to decide the issue.

“Some statehouse politicians believe the voters are smart enough to elect them, but they aren’t smart enough to decide ballot issues like marijuana legalization,” he said in an earlier statement.

James’ group still has to wait for the Secretary of State to determine if enough of its signatures are valid to make the ballot, which could take several weeks. It submitted 695,273 signatures to the state, far more than the 305,591 registered voters it needs to qualify.

If voters approve both of the conflicting measures, Ohio law says whichever gets the most votes would win.

But Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, recently said that if both passed, the legislatively referred anti-monopoly measure would block Responsible Ohio’s plan because citizen-initiated measures take 30 days to go into effect.

The issue could end up before a judge.

If both pass, “we have a very interesting court fight on our hands,” Curtin said.

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Prison inmate forms super PAC

Public Integrity - wo, 01/07/2015 - 02:56

Super PACs have been formed by journalists. By space nerds. Even comedian Stephen Colbert.

Now, for the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.

Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC — it may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections — even though Savader himself can’t vote. That’s because Savader is serving a 30-month sentence in federal prison for cyberstalking and extortion after pleading guilty in November 2013 to the crimes.

A budding political activist who attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Savader had previously volunteered for the 2012 presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Around the same time, Savader was hacking into women’s email accounts, stealing nude photos of them and threatening to publish the pictures unless they sent more, according to court filings.

Several campaign finance lawyers, normally a tough bunch to surprise, said this appears to be the first super PAC set up by a jailbird.

“That’s a new one,” Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at law firm Akerman LLP, told the Center for Public Integrity. “I’ve seen former convicted people come out of prison and run for Congress again, but never saw someone set up a committee while in prison.”

“This is a first,” said Michael Toner, a former Federal Election Commission chairman who’s now a lawyer at Wiley Rein. “I haven’t recalled this. It really does show you how omnipresent super PACs are today.”

Paperwork for Second Chance PAC lists Savader as the group’s treasurer, custodian of records and “founder / director.” It also notes the PAC doesn’t have a bank account and hasn’t yet raised money.

Second Chance PAC uses the address of a post office box in Great Neck, N.Y., which is also the address used by a municipal credit analysis company called Savader Asset Advisors, LLC.

Perry Leardi, the company’s representative of sales, confirmed the company’s chief executive officer, Mitchell Savader, is Adam Savader’s father. But Leardi said he knew nothing about Adam Savader’s super PAC.

Mitchell Savader did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Update, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Mitchell Savader explained by phone Tuesday evening that he helped his son set up the super PAC.

“My son has a deep belief that people who have done something wrong” should have “a true second chance,” Mitchell Savader said.

He said the point of the super PAC is to help influence legislation that would support people who have spent time in prison and are trying to start over.

The paperwork was filed just to establish the group and allow it to secure its name and email address, Mitchell Savader said. He said the group won’t engage in fundraising until after his son is released.

At that point, he said, his son plans to finish college and will work on the super PAC as a side project.)

The super PAC’s paperwork arrived at the Federal Election Commission in an envelope return addressed to Adam Savader at “Federal Correctional Institution” in New Jersey.

The Bureau of Prison’s inmate search lists Adam Savader as an inmate in Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institute, a low-security prison in New Jersey.

“We have people who set up super PACs going to prison over it, but this guy is getting out in front of it,” said Kenneth Gross, the head of the political law practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

It isn’t clear whether prison rules specifically address inmates forming political committees, and the Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to questions.

Forming a super PAC isn’t inherently difficult. Fill out and submit several pages of paperwork, mail them to the FEC, and voilá, you’re on your way.

Operating a successful super PAC is another matter: Only a small fraction of the roughly 1,000 federally registered super PACs that today exist have raised significant amounts of money, and many haven’t raised any money at all.

Savader doesn’t indicate in his super PAC paperwork what candidates or causes the committee intends to support. The FEC doesn’t require such detail, either.

Michael Soshnick, Savader’s defense attorney at the time of his guilty plea, could not immediately be reached for comment by the Center for Public Integrity.

The judge overseeing the case acknowledged Savader had mental health issues, but that they weren’t excuses for his crimes.

According to a Politico story about Savader’s sentencing, the judge agreed that working on Gingrich’s campaign was his “breaking point.”

Savader’s scheduled release date is July 27, 2016 — the week after Republicans are slated to formally nominate a presidential candidate.

This story was co-published with the Daily Beast.

 

 

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