Media outlets – Saar New Media http://saar-new-media.com/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:36:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saar-new-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-6-150x150.png Media outlets – Saar New Media http://saar-new-media.com/ 32 32 Trump slams media for ignoring Cayler Ellingson murder in North Dakota https://saar-new-media.com/trump-slams-media-for-ignoring-cayler-ellingson-murder-in-north-dakota/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:36:31 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/trump-slams-media-for-ignoring-cayler-ellingson-murder-in-north-dakota/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Ancient President Donald Trump lambasted major news networks for ignoring the apparent political murder of an 18-year-old in North Dakota. Cayler Ellingson was killed early Sunday morning in McHenry, North Dakota, after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly admitted to using his SUV to hit Ellingson, who later died […]]]>

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Ancient President Donald Trump lambasted major news networks for ignoring the apparent political murder of an 18-year-old in North Dakota.

Cayler Ellingson was killed early Sunday morning in McHenry, North Dakota, after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly admitted to using his SUV to hit Ellingson, who later died at a local hospital. According to the affidavit, Brandt said Ellingson was “threatening” him and that he believed the teenager was part of an “extremist Republican group.”

“Just recently, an 18-year-old young man from North Dakota …was targeted and killed, shot in cold blood with an SUV by a radical left-wing maniac,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina on Friday night. “This guy ran him over and no mainstream media network even mentioned this horrible crime. . Think about it now. Think of it differently. Think of it differently. Suppose a crazy person knocks someone over to the other side, that would be the greatest story you’ve ever seen. It’s a shame.”

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During their homecoming game, the North Dakota high school from which Cayler Ellingson recently graduated held a moment of silence in remembrance of the 18-year-old who was killed on Sunday.
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North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday there was “no evidence” to support the claim that Ellingson was part of an extremist group. .

“There is no evidence to support Brandt’s claim about Ellingson,” Niewind said.

Ellingson’s death received little attention from large information networksdespite an increase in stories about rising political violence.

Former President Donald Trump said it was a

Former President Donald Trump said it was a “shame” the media did not cover the death of Cayler Ellingson, an 18-year-old from North Dakota who was hit by a driver in an SUV.
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Research of the site by Fox News on Friday evening showed that The New York Times did not publish a single story about Elligson on its website. Neither does MSNBC.

The Washington Post published an article Thursday night about the North Dakota attorney general condemning the death, and an Associated Press article Wednesday about the incident.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during a Save America rally at the Aero Center Wilmington on September 23, 2022 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The “Save America” ​​rally was a continuation of Donald Trump’s efforts to advance the Republican agenda by energizing voters and highlighting candidates and causes.
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CNN also released a single story about the murder.

“You should be ashamed of yourselves. You should be ashamed of yourselves,” Trump continued. “And our thoughts are with parents and friends. This young boy, he was a young man. Wonderful, with a great future. And I’m just telling you, just so handsome and so handsome and so tall. And he turned got run over by some radical left nut here.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

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Israel’s handling of journalist’s death angers media https://saar-new-media.com/israels-handling-of-journalists-death-angers-media/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/israels-handling-of-journalists-death-angers-media/ LONDON: Anti-vaxxer groups are using carrot emojis to evade automated moderation tools used by social networks to detect news that violates the platform’s policies, the BBC reported on Friday. An investigation revealed several Facebook groups in which the carrot emoji was replaced with the word “vaccine”. Because Facebook’s algorithm normally focuses on words rather than […]]]>

LONDON: Anti-vaxxer groups are using carrot emojis to evade automated moderation tools used by social networks to detect news that violates the platform’s policies, the BBC reported on Friday.

An investigation revealed several Facebook groups in which the carrot emoji was replaced with the word “vaccine”. Because Facebook’s algorithm normally focuses on words rather than emojis, members were able to circumvent the platform’s automatic content moderation mechanisms.

According to the report, a Facebook group using this tactic had more than 250,000 members.

The groups, which could only be joined by invitation, had clear guidelines and urged members to “use code words for everything” and “Never use the c-word, the v-word or the b-word”, making reference to “COVID”, “vaccine”. ” and ” booster “.

The investigation also found that groups using the carrot emoji were promoting unverified claims that people were harmed or killed by vaccines.

Marc Owen Jones, a disinformation researcher at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, noticed the trend after he was invited to join one of the groups and took to Twitter to share his findings.

“These were people telling stories of loved ones who died shortly after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said. “But instead of using the words ‘COVID-19’ or ‘vaccine’ they were using carrot emojis.

“At first, I was a little puzzled. And then it clicked — that it was being used as a way to evade, or seemingly evade, Facebook’s fake news detection algorithms.

After the BBC reported the findings to Meta, the groups were removed, although some reappeared soon after.

“We have removed this group for breaching our harmful misinformation policies and will review any other similar content in accordance with this policy. We continue to work closely with public health experts and the UK government to further tackle misinformation about COVID vaccines,” Meta said in a statement.

Meta, along with other social media platforms, has come under scrutiny over the past two years for failing to remove misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Facebook said last year it had removed more than 20 million pieces of content with misinformation about COVID-19 or vaccines since the pandemic began.

Emojis are harder for algorithms to detect since the AI ​​is trained on text and words, which may explain how these groups have managed to go unnoticed for so long.

With emoji-based hate posing a growing challenge to automated detection, a team of Seattle University researchers created a tool called HatemojiCheck, a suite of tests that exposes weaknesses in existing hate detection models and identifies the hateful language expressed via emojis.

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Seven Ukrainian media will receive the Free Media Pioneer 2022 award https://saar-new-media.com/seven-ukrainian-media-will-receive-the-free-media-pioneer-2022-award/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:54:04 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/seven-ukrainian-media-will-receive-the-free-media-pioneer-2022-award/ Seven independent Ukrainian media outlets who have risen to face the challenges and dangers of Russia’s war of aggression head-on with courage, quality reporting and an unwavering commitment to serving local communities at a time of dire need are the recipients of the 2022 IPI- IMS Free Media Pioneer Awards. These are: ABO, Hromadske, Slidstvo.info, […]]]>

Seven independent Ukrainian media outlets who have risen to face the challenges and dangers of Russia’s war of aggression head-on with courage, quality reporting and an unwavering commitment to serving local communities at a time of dire need are the recipients of the 2022 IPI- IMS Free Media Pioneer Awards.

These are: ABO, Hromadske, Slidstvo.info, StopFake, The Kyiv Independent, Ukraїner and Ukrainska Pravda.

The IPI-IMS Free Media Pioneer Award is given to organizations that meet the demands of the moment through innovative models of journalism, media or press freedom advocacy. They are forging new ways of thinking about the free flow of information to strengthen independent journalism and meet the needs of their communities. The International Press Institute (IPI) established the Free Media Pioneer Award in 1996. It is now awarded annually in partnership with International Media Support (IMS).

Independent journalism in Ukraine has played a key role in promoting democracy and press freedom even before the full-scale Russian invasion, battling against the country’s oligarch-dominated media field. Innovative storytelling, strong business models, extensive networks and a commitment to independence have enabled the company to continue to provide local and international audiences with important news and information despite the war in Russia.

The International Jury of the IPI-IMS Awards chose to honor the creativity and bravery of Ukraine’s independent media and wanted to recognize how Ukrainian media have been able to quickly adapt to meet the needs of their communities and the realities of the war, offering a model of the resilience and courage that inspired the world.

The jury chose to highlight seven nominated media that represent the diversity of Ukraine’s independent media community. These outlets strive to provide much-needed high-quality journalism while combating pro-Kremlin propaganda, struggling with insufficient resources and risking their lives on the front lines. Each of these publications plays a unique role in bringing news and information to the public, and together they render invaluable service in keeping their communities and beyond informed in times of war. Finally, while this prize is awarded to a group of seven media who have been nominated, the jury is aware of the valuable contributions of other independent media in Ukraine.

This year’s Free Media Pioneer Award will be presented along with IPI’s World Press Freedom Hero Award at a special ceremony during the IPI World Congress 2022 at Columbia University in New York City on the evening of 9 september.

ABO Local Media Development Agency

The Local Media Development Agency ABO was established in 2017 after Ukraine passed a law to remove state influence over municipal and state publishers. ABO’s content management system, ‘The City’, has enabled local newsrooms to digitize their content. Today, the network has 45 local publishers and more than 300 media professionals.

After the start of the war, ABO launched a new platform called Evacuation.city to give the local public the necessary practical information about aid, social payments and accommodation in Ukraine and abroad, and has hired 30 editors and reporters who lost their previous jobs due to the war.

In addition, ABO launched two new platforms and a YouTube channel to document the stories of war victims and provide English translations of top-performing stories from local newsrooms, resulting in a significant increase in the number of hearing.

ABO’s business model relies primarily on foreign donations due to a decline in its revenue from consulting services and advertising.

Hromadske

Launched on the eve of some of the most turbulent days in the country’s history, just before the Dignity Revolution of 2014, digital broadcasting station Hromadske has become the go-to medium for young Ukrainians in particular, offering an independent alternative and criticism of the oligarch. dominated media.

Hromadske continued to broadcast despite the Russian invasion and provides vital information about the war, including stories about people whose lives were changed. In May 2022, the outlet relaunched its English version.

Hromadske covers important social issues, including minority rights, and has revolutionized the digital media landscape in Ukraine on a tight financial budget. The station is funded by non-profit organizations in Ukraine and abroad.

Slidstvo.info

Before the war, Slidstvo.info was a small investigative media outlet known for its in-depth reporting, focusing on stories of corruption and crimes committed by Ukrainian public officials, who sometimes faced reprisals from the authorities. After the invasion of Russia, the medium focused on war crimes coverage and producing daily content.

Despite financial difficulties, Slidstvo.info was able to publish extremely detailed reports on the war, using its connections with international journalists, civil society organizations and ordinary Ukrainians to achieve its goals.

Due to the war, many previously opened government files are now closed, creating challenges for investigative media such as Slidstvo.info. Nevertheless, the outlet continues to seek new opportunities to expose potential corruption, seeking to report on possible efforts to rebuild the country.

StopFake

StopFake, created in 2014 to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation, is the flagship project of Ukrainian non-governmental media organization Media Reforms Center. The Kremlin’s dissemination of propaganda and disinformation is at the heart of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and StopFake’s work on fact-checking and refuting Kremlin propaganda is crucial not only in Ukraine but also in the whole world.

Today, the team of journalists, editors, IT specialists and translators fact-checks, debunks, edits, translates, researches and disseminates information through various platforms in 13 languages.

Kyiv Independent

The Kyiv Independent was founded just three months before the large-scale invasion of journalists who quit the Kyiv Post in protest at alleged editorial interference. Shortly thereafter, the Kyiv Independent became Ukraine’s leading English-language media outlet, becoming an essential source of information for readers around the world about the war.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Kyiv Independent has written about the people and places destroyed by the Russian military while establishing a news agency that helps promote a free press in the country.

The media created new and innovative strategies to generate revenue through crowdfunding and partnerships with different companies around the world, and also sought to help other local media through a fundraising campaign. Faced with protracted conflict, the Kyiv Independent is aiming for long-term stability and expanding the size of its editorial staff.

Ukrainian

Ukraїner is an innovative media project offering high quality journalism in multiple languages, including coverage of multiculturalism and marginalized groups. The outlet’s content features Ukrainians of different backgrounds, social status, geography and gender in the form of creative storytelling, including videos and photographs. The project aims to help define the importance of Ukraine to Ukrainians, telling stories from all corners of the country.

More than 200 volunteers create content for the platform, whose business model is based on donations and business partners. After the start of the war, Ukraїner transformed from a platform focused on travel and leisure to a news outlet, adapting to the changing needs of its audience.

Ukraine Pravda

Ukrainska Pravda (UP), one of Ukraine’s largest online daily newspapers, is renowned for its independent reporting. With the increasing likelihood of conflict in early February 2022, the outlet, like many others, began preparing, purchasing security equipment, new facilities and other supplies.

In February 2022, UP saw a record number of readers on its website and released an English version of the site the same day. Despite this, UP and many other outlets faced serious financial difficulties as their revenues plummeted due to the collapse of the Ukrainian advertising market.

The outlet successfully applied for grants to continue operations due to its size and influence in Ukraine. In particular, he used his position to help small news outlets. UP’s English coverage has also created partnerships with foreign news aggregators such as Yahoo! News and SmartNews.

Other quotes

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said:

“Since the start of this horrible war of aggression, the IPI global network has stood in solidarity with our colleagues in Ukraine. The country’s independent media has shown extraordinary courage and resilience in continuing to do its job – telling the stories Ukraine and the world need to hear and adapting to meet the changing needs of their communities. They deserve our recognition and our strongest support.

IMS Executive Director Jesper Højberg said:

“Today, Ukraine is fighting not only for its freedom but also for democratic principles as such. Some Ukrainian journalists have joined the military, but many of them are fighting for their rights as free media, to tell the truth and to document war crimes for both Ukrainians and the rest of the world in a way professional and ethical, which is extremely important now. With this award, we should honor their courage, their dedication to fighting for freedom of expression and resisting information warfare.

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News: Fed. Police file charges against 111 illegal digital media outlets suspected of ‘working to make Ethiopia the center of violence’ https://saar-new-media.com/news-fed-police-file-charges-against-111-illegal-digital-media-outlets-suspected-of-working-to-make-ethiopia-the-center-of-violence/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 11:46:18 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/news-fed-police-file-charges-against-111-illegal-digital-media-outlets-suspected-of-working-to-make-ethiopia-the-center-of-violence/ Deputy Commissioner Berhanu Abebe. Photo: ENA “ Addis Ababa – The Federal Police Commission says it filed charges against 111 illegal digital media outlets suspected of “working to make Ethiopia a center of violence” during Ethiopia’s fiscal year. Deputy Commissioner Berhanu Abebe, deputy head of the Federal Police Commission’s Tactical Crimes Investigation Department, told state […]]]>
Deputy Commissioner Berhanu Abebe. Photo: ENA

Addis Ababa – The Federal Police Commission says it filed charges against 111 illegal digital media outlets suspected of “working to make Ethiopia a center of violence” during Ethiopia’s fiscal year.

Deputy Commissioner Berhanu Abebe, deputy head of the Federal Police Commission’s Tactical Crimes Investigation Department, told state media that over the past fiscal year, the Commission has conducted investigations based on information on organized and terrorism-related crimes, corruption, financial and commercial crimes as well as tax and customs offences.

Thus, of the 2,668 denunciations that the Commission received, it examined 1,438 files and forwarded the files to the office of the Federal Attorney General. Charges have already been leveled against those suspected of “working to make the country a center of violence and using false social media names”.

Through investigations, “it was confirmed that these groups were trying to achieve their hidden agendas by inciting people to violence,” he said, adding that the 111 digital media outlets that had been subject to investigations and charges were not legally recognized by the Ethiopian Media Authority.

Currently, the owners of such “illegal digital media” are under the law and their cases are being investigated, he said.

People suspected of defrauding and defaming banks through mobile money during the financial year have also been arrested and charged after cases were ‘confirmed that they stole more than 57 million birr “, according to the deputy commissioner. The Federal Police will expand its services and have opened additional branches in various regional states to investigate criminal activities, Assistant Commissioner Berhanu said. AS


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Eight Paktia media stop their operations https://saar-new-media.com/eight-paktia-media-stop-their-operations/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 10:48:13 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/eight-paktia-media-stop-their-operations/ In Paktia province, over the past 12 months, at least eight media outlets – four radio stations, three print publications and one online publication – have been shut down. According to media representatives, these media have been closed due to financial difficulties, and if the situation continues, other media will cease their activities. “Sadai Gardiz […]]]>

In Paktia province, over the past 12 months, at least eight media outlets – four radio stations, three print publications and one online publication – have been shut down.

According to media representatives, these media have been closed due to financial difficulties, and if the situation continues, other media will cease their activities.

“Sadai Gardiz radio, which has been operating for twelve years, has unfortunately been shut down recently due to economic difficulties,” Abdul Rashid Jalalzai, a local journalist, told TOLOnews.

“We ask the Islamic Emirate to cooperate with the remaining media, at least by exempting them from fines,” said Asil Zazi, director of a local radio station.

“The institutions that used to support journalists and the media, if they don’t help them, the rest of the media will be shut down,” said Sahil Mangal, the head of Paktia’s journalists’ committee. Local Paktia officials said they lacked the resources to support the media, but took care of their other issues.

“Many media outlets are still operating without a license. They say they cannot renew their licenses due to economic problems,” said Khalikiar Ahmadzai, Paktia’s news and culture director.

However, four additional media, two of which are located in the center of the province and two in its districts, continue to operate despite the economic difficulties.

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NK media mentions Abe’s death for the first time https://saar-new-media.com/nk-media-mentions-abes-death-for-the-first-time/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/nk-media-mentions-abes-death-for-the-first-time/ SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) — North Korean state media reported for the first time on Sunday on the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling him a “descendant of a samurai” who committed numerous crimes. against the Korean people. DPRK Today, a propaganda website, mentioned Abe while slamming South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol […]]]>

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) — North Korean state media reported for the first time on Sunday on the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling him a “descendant of a samurai” who committed numerous crimes. against the Korean people.

DPRK Today, a propaganda website, mentioned Abe while slamming South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for sending a message of condolence after learning of his death and praising him for his efforts on behalf of the Northeast Asia.

Yoon “shamed the Korean people by acting like his grandfather was dead over the death of a samurai descendant who committed immeasurable crimes against the Korean people across generations and sharpened his sword for a reinvasion,” the outlet said.

Another propaganda site, Uriminjokkiri, also mentioned Abe while criticizing National Assembly Vice Speaker Chung Jin-suk for his plans to visit Japan in September as the president’s special envoy and attend the funeral of Abe, “a symbol of the far right”. who viciously slandered the Korean people.”

Tongil Sinbo, a North Korean weekly, issued similar criticisms, lashing out at South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin for trying to use Abe’s death as an opportunity to improve relations with the country. Japan.

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Media want Trump affidavit unsealed https://saar-new-media.com/media-want-trump-affidavit-unsealed/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:34:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/media-want-trump-affidavit-unsealed/ The media companies argue that releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lawyers for many of the nation’s biggest media companies will try to persuade a federal judge on Thursday afternoon to release the affidavit in support of the […]]]>

The media companies argue that releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lawyers for many of the nation’s biggest media companies will try to persuade a federal judge on Thursday afternoon to release the affidavit in support of the warrant that allowed FBI agents to search former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida last week.

The Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TV networks, CNN and others want U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart to release the affidavit despite the U.S. Department’s objection Justice, who says his investigation into Trump’s handling of “highly classified material” would be compromised.

The media companies say releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search or whether it was part of a Biden administration vendetta against Trump, as alleged. the former president and his supporters. Trump, in an article on Truth Social last week, called for the release of the unredacted affidavit in the interest of transparency.

“The matter is of extreme public interest, involving the actions of current and former government officials,” wrote attorney Carol Jean LoCiero, who represents the Times and others. “President Trump denounced the search as an ‘aggression that could only take place in third world countries’, claimed agents ‘even broke into my safe’, and otherwise challenged the validity of the search.”

Lawyers for the Justice Department argued in a court filing that its investigation into Trump’s handling of “highly classified material” was ongoing and that the document contained sensitive witness information.

The filing by Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a senior Justice Department national security official, says releasing the affidavit “would cause significant and irreparable damage to this criminal investigation.” In progress”.

“If released, the affidavit would serve as a road map for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a way that is highly likely to jeopardize future steps in the investigation. ‘investigation,’ they wrote.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Trump’s lawyers had not indicated on the court docket that they planned to participate in the hearing.

FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8, removing 11 sets of classified documents, some not only marked top secret but also “compartmentalized sensitive information,” according to a receipt from what was reported. been taken which was released on Friday. This is a special category intended to protect the nation’s most important secrets which, if publicly disclosed, could cause “exceptionally grave” harm to U.S. interests. Court records did not provide a specific details about what information the documents might contain.

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Media wants Trump affidavit unsealed https://saar-new-media.com/media-wants-trump-affidavit-unsealed/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/media-wants-trump-affidavit-unsealed/ The media companies argue that releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lawyers for many of the nation’s biggest media companies will try to persuade a federal magistrate on Thursday afternoon to release the affidavit in support of the […]]]>

The media companies argue that releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lawyers for many of the nation’s biggest media companies will try to persuade a federal magistrate on Thursday afternoon to release the affidavit in support of the warrant that allowed FBI agents to search former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida last week.

The Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TV networks, CNN and others want U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart to release the affidavit despite the U.S. Department’s objection of Justice, who says his investigation into Trump’s handling of “highly classified material” would be compromised.

The media companies say releasing the affidavit would help the public determine whether the Justice Department had legitimate reasons for the search or whether it was part of a Biden administration vendetta against Trump, as alleged. the former president and his supporters. Trump, in an article on Truth Social last week, called for the release of the unredacted affidavit in the interest of transparency.

“The matter is of extreme public interest, involving the actions of current and former government officials,” wrote attorney Carol Jean LoCiero, who represents the Times and others. “President Trump denounced the search as an ‘aggression that could only take place in third world countries’, claimed agents ‘even broke into my safe’, and otherwise challenged the validity of the search.”

Lawyers for the Justice Department argued in a court filing that its investigation into Trump’s handling of “highly classified material” was ongoing and that the document contained sensitive witness information.

The filing by Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a senior Justice Department national security official, says releasing the affidavit “would cause significant and irreparable damage to this criminal investigation.” In progress”.

“If released, the affidavit would serve as a road map for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a way that is highly likely to jeopardize future steps in the investigation. ‘investigation,’ they wrote.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Trump’s lawyers had not indicated on the court docket that they planned to participate in the hearing.

FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8, removing 11 sets of classified documents, some not only marked top secret but also “compartmentalized sensitive information,” according to a receipt from what was reported. been taken which was released on Friday. This is a special category intended to protect the nation’s most important secrets which, if publicly disclosed, could cause “exceptionally grave” harm to U.S. interests. Court records did not provide a specific details about what information the documents might contain.

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Will Cain opposes fact-checking media https://saar-new-media.com/will-cain-opposes-fact-checking-media/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/will-cain-opposes-fact-checking-media/ Jen Psaki made her MSNBC debut on the network’s primetime show “Alex Wagner Tonight.” One of the first discussions she had was whether the Democrats would retain control of Congress. “In this way, these midterm elections could end up being a referendum on Republican power more than Democratic power,” Wagner told Psaki, referring to abortion […]]]>

Jen Psaki made her MSNBC debut on the network’s primetime show “Alex Wagner Tonight.” One of the first discussions she had was whether the Democrats would retain control of Congress.

“In this way, these midterm elections could end up being a referendum on Republican power more than Democratic power,” Wagner told Psaki, referring to abortion as a driving force ahead of the midterm elections. mandate.

“Absolutely,” replied PSAKI. “And that’s remarkable if you think about it. If you look back at the NBC poll in January, the Democrats weren’t that far along midterm. They just weren’t in it.

What’s more, the former White House press secretary says the momentum has been turned around.

“It’s largely reversed now,” Psaki said. “The anger is among the members of the Democratic Party, which is the ruling party, which is so rare that this is the case. People are enthusiastic, they are engaged, they want to get out and vote, they want to be part of the process.

“I will also say, since you asked me general questions about midterms, that while I think a lot of Democrats are feeling better — as they should — there’s a long way to go here. If the election were held tomorrow, I think the House would be an uphill battle. It would be a bit of a leap. The Senate is more of a toss-up, but there are different dynamics in each of these races that we should pay close attention to.

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Iraqi Kurdish authorities detain, search and harass journalists and media covering protests https://saar-new-media.com/iraqi-kurdish-authorities-detain-search-and-harass-journalists-and-media-covering-protests/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 20:01:36 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/iraqi-kurdish-authorities-detain-search-and-harass-journalists-and-media-covering-protests/ Beirut, August 9, 2022 – Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan must immediately stop detaining and harassing journalists and media workers and allow them to report on political unrest freely and safely, the Committee for the Protection of journalists. On August 5 and 6, Asayish security forces in several locations in Iraqi Kurdistan obstructed the work of […]]]>

Beirut, August 9, 2022 – Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan must immediately stop detaining and harassing journalists and media workers and allow them to report on political unrest freely and safely, the Committee for the Protection of journalists.

On August 5 and 6, Asayish security forces in several locations in Iraqi Kurdistan obstructed the work of at least 20 journalists and media workers with detentions, harassment, raids and the closure of at least one outlet, according to several reports. , local press freedom groups Kurdistan Journalists’ Syndicate, the Metro Center for Journalists Rights and Advocacy, and the Association for the Defense of Press Freedom in Iraq, as well as several concerned journalists who spoke to CPJ .

All the journalists were covering or preparing to cover the August 6 protests by the opposition New Generation Movement party over taxes, fuel prices and job opportunities, the sources said.

“Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan have hit a new low with their detention and harassment of journalists and media workers seeking to cover the civil unrest,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour, in Washington, DC. “Iraqi Kurdistan was once a haven for the free press in the Middle East, but now the region is a leading perpetrator of press freedom violations.

On Friday August 5, the day before the protests, security forces arrested Taif Goran and Biryar Nerwayi, reporters for the private television channel NRT, outside the channel’s office in the town of Duhok, in western Iraqi Kurdistan. , depending on the chain report. , and Goran, who spoke to CPJ on the phone. Goran told CPJ that “the security forces gave us no legal reason behind our arrest” and that the two men were released on bail after 27 hours in detention. Goran said the forces also confiscated equipment from the office, including five cameras, two livestream boxes, five microphones and two tripods, all of which were returned when the journalists were released.

NRT is owned by Kurdish businessman Shaswar Abdulwahid, leader of the New Generation movement, which has called for protests.

On Saturday, August 6, Asayish forces raided the private website and office of the Rast Media TV channel in the city of Duhok and shut it down without giving a reason, according to the channel’s Facebook post and Omed Baroshky, director of Rast News, who spoke to CPJ on the phone. Baroshky told CPJ that “we have completed all the legal procedures to work freely as a media outlet, but they have asked us to shut it down and go home anyway.” Since August 9, the office has remained closed.

On the same day at 10:00 a.m. in Erbil, the regional capital, five plainclothes security agents raided the home of Ayub Ali Warty, a journalist with the Kurdish News Network television channel, affiliated with the opposition Gorran party, and arrested the journalist, according to Warty, who spoke to CPJ by phone and posted the incident on Facebook. Officers escorted him to Asayish headquarters for investigation before releasing him at midnight, he said. Warty said he was verbally abused, but did not provide details of the insults.

“During the investigation I was told that if I wanted to live as a critical journalist, Erbil was not the right place,” he said. He said he was forced to sign a blank paper without knowing the reason, and was told the paper “could put me in jail for 300 years”. When he was released without charge, Warty said officers told him he was arrested “by mistake”.

Also on Saturday in Erbil, NRT journalists Rizgar Kochar, Omed Chomani, and Hersh Qadir were arrested by plainclothes agents, according to two videos posted to Facebook by the broadcaster and Qadir, who told CPJ by phone that the agents also searched his home. . Qadir said they were stopped outside their office, and when they asked for the identity of the officers, “they pointed out that they were Asayish forces and that we had to go with them”. He said the officers handed the journalists over to armed security forces who hooded them and took them to Asayish’s headquarters in Erbil. He said he thought “the only reason was to prevent us from covering the protests”. Qadir said the three men were released without charge after six hours and after being forced to sign documents without being allowed to read them.

Also on Saturday, NRT reporters Diyar Mohammed and Soran Mohammed and NRT cameraman Mahmoud Razgar were arrested by security forces while covering a protest in the town of Chamchamal, eastern Sulaymaniyah governorate. of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a Facebook post from the broadcaster and Soran Mohammed. , who spoke to CPJ on the phone. Soran Mohammed told CPJ that security forces blocked the team’s camera, ordered journalists to accompany them to their headquarters in the city, and seized their equipment, including two cameras, a tripod and two microphones. Officers told reporters they would remain in custody until the protests were dispersed, he said. The three men were released without charge three hours later, but officers kept their gear until Sunday, he said.

On the same day, in the city of Sulaymaniyah, a team from the independent news site Westga News, comprising editor-in-chief and owner Sirwan Gharib, photographer Zanyar Mariwan and editors Hevar Hiwa and Arkan Jabar, was arrested by armed forces. security while covering protests, according to a statement from Westga News and Gharib, who spoke to CPJ by phone. In the statement, Westga News said “the team was there to cover the protests in an impartial and professional manner, and their arrest is against the law and against freedom of the press.” Gharib said the crew was held for nearly four hours before being released without charge.

In the same city on Saturday, Zhilya Ali, journalist for the private Internet television channel and the Diplomatic news site, was detained with outlet cameraman Azhi Abdulqadir as they exited a taxi when they arrived to cover a protest, Ali told CPJ by phone. In a Facebook post, Ali said the two were arrested and brought to Asayish’s headquarters in order “to be prevented from covering the protests”. Ali told CPJ that security forces confiscated her phone, which they returned to her after she and the cameraman were released without charge two hours later.

Also on Saturday, Hardi Osman, a reporter for the independent website Peregraph, was detained for five hours as he tried to cover protests in the city of Sulaymaniyah, according to a Tweeter by his employer and the journalist who spoke to CPJ on the phone. He said the forces took him to Asayish headquarters before transferring him to a section of the Kani Goma prison.

He said forces also seized his equipment, including his phone, microphone and a voice recorder, and forced him to fill out a form asking ‘very personal questions’ – details of which he did not provide. to CPJ – before he was released free of charge and without the equipment. He said he picked up the equipment from Asayish headquarters on Tuesday.

Also in the city of Sulaymaniyah on Saturday, Awder Omer, a video reporter for the NasKurd news site, was covering a protest live on the site’s Facebook page when two members of the Asayish forces seized his phone and confiscated and broke his internet modem. mobile, he told CPJ by phone. “They told me to go away and not cover the protests,” he said.

On the same day, in the town of Kalar, in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah, Mohammed Mahmood, a reporter for the independent broadcaster Radio Deng, was arrested by security forces while covering a demonstration and detained for five hours before being released. released without charge, according to a post on Facebook. by the radio station and Mahmood, who spoke to CPJ by phone.

Mahmood said security forces interrupted his Facebook Live reporting for Radio Deng and asked him to delete his footage. When he refused, he said they beat him in the legs and arms and took him to Asayish headquarters, where they asked him to sign a paper that they would not allow him to. read. When he again refused, he said they beat him again.

Also on Saturday in Sulaymaniyah, journalist Snur Karim and cameraman Mohammed Azad Majeed of the US Congress-funded Voice of America Kurdish were detained by Asayish security forces for two hours while covering a protest on Facebook Live to the news outlet, according to an email from Anna Morris, public relations manager for Voice of America, and a VOA statement provided to CPJ.

In the statement, VOA said the team received permission from local authorities to go there but were detained for “several hours”. Their cellphones and microphone were seized and then returned, Morris said.

Morris told CPJ the two were taken to a prison where Karim was forced to sign a ‘promise’ without being allowed to read it and asked personal questions about her family, her car, her lifestyle. and his political opinions.

When contacted by CPJ via the messaging app to comment on the alleged arrests, raids, closures, and beatings, Asayish security force spokesperson in Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Yasin Sami , directed CPJ to a Facebook post from the Sulaymaniyah Security Directorate, a committee representing local government, police and Asayish forces, denying the arrests. CPJ called Duhok Asayish director Zeravan Baroshku, who said security forces were acting on a “court order,” but declined to comment further. CPJ also reached out to Erbil Asayish’s spokesperson, Ashti Majeed, for comment via the messaging app and a phone call, but received no response.

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