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Egypt amends anti-terrorism law, eliminates jail time for journalists

Al-SisiEgypt's cabinet has amended a draft law so that journalists would be fined, rather than jailed, for contradicting the authorities' version of any armed attack, the state news agency reported. The bill, which sets up new courts for “terrorism trials,” was proposed after Egypt's top prosecutor died in a car bombing and 17 members of the security forces were killed by insurgents in the Sinai.

It has been condemned by rights groups, with Amnesty International saying it would grant President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “absolute powers” to crush dissent. One provision of the bill would have made it a criminal offence for journalists or others to report on attacks in a way that contradicted the official version of events, with jail terms of at least two years.


NBC cuts ties with Donald Trump

NBC cuts ties with TrumpNBC is cutting its ties with Donald Trump over the 2016 Republican presidential candidate's recent remarks over immigrants.

"Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," the network said in a statement Monday.

NBC also said it would no longer air the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.


Press freedom is declining in the US

Press freedom decliningToday the world recognizes World Press Freedom Day. Instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), its purpose is to “celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on [its] independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

The issues of quality reporting, media independence and the safety of journalists are as relevant today as ever – especially in the United States.


SC paper wins Pulitzer for reporting on domestic violence

PulitzerThe Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.

The Seattle Times staff took the breaking news award for its coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people and its exploration of whether the disaster could have been prevented.


Lying us into Iraq: The Real Problem with Judith Miller

Judith MillerIt’s okay that the New York Times reporter got Iraq wrong—the trouble with her new memoir is she still won’t admit she actually did.

Judith Miller has returned to center stage with an autobiography, The Story: A Reporter’s Journey. The Story traces Miller’s many stations of the journalistic cross—as an affirmative action hire and clueless rookie at the New York Times, as the Times Cairo bureau chief, Times Paris correspondent, Times Washington reporter, book author and, most famously, as a national security reporter whose work for the Times before and after the Iraq war drew hot fire from detractors who accused her of relying on dubious sources, and worse.


Former CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to journalist

Jeffrey SterlingA former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third day of deliberations, the jurors told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. However, they delivered guilty verdicts later in the afternoon after the judge urged them to keep talking.


British intelligence captured emails from the NY Times, The Guardian, Reuters and more

GCHQ captured emailsThe British intelligence organization GCHQ instigated a test exercise in 2008 that captured the emails of journalists and editors from Reuters, the New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, NBC, the Washington Post and others, according to recently released files from Edward Snowden.

As a result of the test, the content of the emails was shared on the organization's internal servers where anyone in the organization could read them. GCHQ was tapping fiber-optic cables in November of 2008 when they intercepted over 70,000 emails, including emails from the mentioned news companies, according to The Guardian.


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