In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports and press freedom and human rights groups. The moves come as the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic today banned journalists from the conflict area.
The judge who sentenced Australian journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues to 7+ years jail has now accused them of being in league with the devil, continue reading.
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"These bogus security-related charges represent the latest assault on press freedom in Burma," said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative. "The case against Bi Mon Te Nay makes clear that President Thein Sein’s once buoyant democratic reform program is now dead in the water. The international community should take note and respond with correspondingly punitive measures.”
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"It is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to do their work in China," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz. "Song Zhibiao’s termination presents a worrisome scenario for any journalist wishing to have a voice to the outside world through international media. Already, the government is stifling local journalists in traditional and online spaces. Now they are attempting to exert control over journalists in international spaces as well."
Via The New Republic:
Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for Putin’s presidential plane, which looks strangely similar?
Did you know that the crash of MH17 was all part of an American conspiracy to provoke a big war with Russia?
Well, it’s all true — at least if you live in Russia, because this is the Malaysia Airlines crash story that you’d be seeing…
…And, mind you, this is not part of a larger debate of could they, or couldn’t they; this is all of Russian television and state-friendly papers pushing one line: The pro-Russian separatists we’ve been supporting all these months couldn’t have done this. Watching some of these Russian newscasts, one comes away with the impression of a desperate defense attorney scrounging for experts and angles, or a bad kid caught red-handed by the principal, trying to twist his way out of a situation in which he has no chance.
About those corpses: The conspiracy goes that what really blew up was the Malaysian flight that disappeared into the Indian Ocean back in March. In this telling, the US had the plane (and the bodies!) and flew it over Ukraine to “dispose” of the evidence.
Read through for Julia Ioffe’s take on Russian media and what it means for the country’s domestic politics and international relations.
"He witnessed the crime with his own eyes.. and they couldn’t handle his honesty in doing his journalistic duty.. So they kicked him out of Gaza"
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