Media outlets – Saar New Media http://saar-new-media.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 04:14:09 +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 CNN-run media is seeking access to court documents that the House Jan. 6 committee filed under seal https://saar-new-media.com/cnn-run-media-is-seeking-access-to-court-documents-that-the-house-jan-6-committee-filed-under-seal/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:03:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/cnn-run-media-is-seeking-access-to-court-documents-that-the-house-jan-6-committee-filed-under-seal/ The ongoing clash between the House and Meadows has been one of the most public and central disputes in the inquiry. But twice in the Meadows trial, the House submitted documents to the court under seal without a public explanation. “The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was a public event. The House Select Committee […]]]>

The ongoing clash between the House and Meadows has been one of the most public and central disputes in the inquiry. But twice in the Meadows trial, the House submitted documents to the court under seal without a public explanation.

“The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was a public event. The House Select Committee is working to establish a public record of that event. This Court should also conduct its work on this historic case in public view. “, lawyers for the media coalition wrote in a new application to federal court in Washington, DC, on Monday.

The media has already managed to obtain hours of video clips of criminal proceedings showing up close the violence of Donald Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 riot.

The House, conducting its own separate investigation of the hundreds of criminal cases, faced more than two dozen lawsuits from witnesses trying to prevent the January 6 panel from obtaining information or calling them to testify. . So far, these cases have been widely debated in public.

The witness cases against the House are moving slowly, and Meadows’ case is critical.

So far in the Meadows case, the House has dropped hundreds of pages of testimony transcripts and other evidence it has collected in an effort to show that the panel should question Trump’s top adviser.

House attorneys told DC District Court Judge Carl Nichols, who is overseeing the trial, that they now have a “laser-like focus” on what they would like to ask Meadows.

“The select committee told the American public that transparency would be key to its work,” the media coalition told the court. “The Press Coalition advances precisely the same public interest in transparency and accountability.”

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The case could come to a head in court around the same time the House Select Committee’s public hearings begin in June.

Meadows did not turn over certain documents that the Chamber subpoenaed him to appear, nor did he participate in an interview. Citing the possibility that information about the ex-president was privileged, Meadows told the court he could not testify and also sought to block a subpoena for his phone records.

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Western media peddles Islamophobia and anti-Iranian narratives https://saar-new-media.com/western-media-peddles-islamophobia-and-anti-iranian-narratives/ Mon, 02 May 2022 15:16:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/western-media-peddles-islamophobia-and-anti-iranian-narratives/ By Xavier Villar WHY? It’s the first thing people – family, friends – usually tell you when you tell them you want to visit or live in Iran. And after that, they start quoting articles from “experts” – Westerners of course – advising you to think twice before going to Iran. Yes, Iran is a […]]]>

By Xavier Villar

WHY? It’s the first thing people – family, friends – usually tell you when you tell them you want to visit or live in Iran. And after that, they start quoting articles from “experts” – Westerners of course – advising you to think twice before going to Iran.

Yes, Iran is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes and historical sites. But we are talking about the Islamic Republic. Experts usually like to pronounce the words “Islamic Republic” very slowly, noting that the country is an Islamic Republic, a dark place, a political hell on earth, a country of martyrs, with missiles…

When I told my father that I was going to travel to Iran, he oscillated between surprise and concern for my safety. These feelings do not appear in a vacuum. Thirty years ago, Edward Said, after his brilliant orientalism, wrote another important book called “Covering Islam” to analyze how Western media portrayed Islam and Muslims. In fact, the context for this book was provided by the circumstances associated with the Islamic revolution. Said explained that almost all media coverage of Islam and Muslims was either hostile lies or outright lies. Go online. Check Iran/Islamic Republic, then come back and keep reading. Nothing has really changed in all these years.

The denigration, marginalization and destruction – physical and epistemic – of any political expression of Muslimness has been institutionalized across the world. The word for it, for attacks on any political expression of Muslimness, is Islamophobia. And you don’t have to be a right-wing voter to see Muslims through a safe framework. Western leftists, including my father, also share this point of view: yes, Iran supports Palestine and it is one of the bulwarks against imperialism… but the country is also a “theocracy”. You can also be leftist and Islamophobic. Sorry to tell you. Leftists, Western leftists, are part of this Westernesse narrative. The criminalization of Muslims/mulimity is nothing new. What is new is that Islamophobia is now openly embraced by liberal democracies around the world.

But back to media representations of Iran. The media are not independent agents – this is especially true when we talk about Western media. It’s easy to understand: Western media peddles Islamophobia and anti-Iranian narratives: come back online. Check Iran/Islamic Republic one more time.

These stories use a particular grammar, as Professor Salman Sayyid says. A grammar frozen in what we can call the Westernesse as a paradigm, a grammar that sees the secular as the limit of the political – as my father does. And if Iranians dare to resist this colonial paradigm, the media, in turn, presents them as fanatical and irrational. Because the “experts,” the ones my dad reads, are iterations of this racist paradigm that sees Muslims as non-human, non-rational, and non-political beings.

The Islamic Republic is perceived, in the West, as the main obstacle preventing the Westernesse project. It is therefore not difficult to connect the dots, or rather the Islamophobic dots. Iran is the figure that prevents the Westernesse project from being fully realized – more so, the Islamic Revolution was the final blow against Westernesse as a normative center. And what we see today, in the media and in the political order, is the West’s somewhat desperate attempt to reclaim its former hegemonic status.

The main purpose of Islamophobia is to prevent Muslims from projecting themselves into the future: To generate other futures. But it is not an easy task. The regulation and discipline of Muslimness is also part of this attempt to recover lost status. Iran is where Muslimness is most visible and this is something the West cannot tolerate. Yes, Iran has amazing landscapes like Gilan, and amazing historical places, like Qazvin or Isfahan, and amazing food (see my favorites: Tahdig and Baghali Ghatogh) but, for the West – and also for my father – the Islamic Republic also expressed Muslimness in a political way. Overtly political. In an unregulated way. And it’s scary. It is frightening because in Iran the Islamic revolution succeeded in displacing the secular hegemony. And when the secular is displaced, the West cannot seize the new political possibilities that are available to us. The secular, as Saba Mahmood told us, was not the evacuation of Islam from the public domain, but “reshaping the forms it takes, the subjectivities it endorses and the epistemological claims it can argue”.

Iran, in my eyes, is the best example of Islamism – relax, don’t panic: Islamism can be seen as a discourse that refocuses Islam in the public space. And Islamism is a clear challenge to Westernesse as a narrative. Western media want to portray Iran – as the example of all things Muslim – as a threat. Iran’s growth as a political representative of Muslims is seen as a threat to the West’s already lost universal status. And that’s why we have articles, programs, books, Instagram feeds, Twitter feeds… saying that Iran is a dangerous place, a dark place, a rogue state. The equivalence chain can be easy to follow in this case. Iranians, as Muslims, are irrational and therefore not entirely modern, and surprisingly, prone to extremism. The outcome of the security paradigm. And I’ve heard a lot of Western leftists say this, my father among them. .

This article could have been a kind of tourist guide to Iran – if you come to Tehran, you should visit the Orient Café and order the best Turkish coffee in town – but let’s summarize this article. Of course, I did not follow my father’s concerns. I came to Iran. And you should do the same.


Xavier Villar is a researcher based in Spain and Iran. He holds a doctorate in Islamic studies.

(The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV).

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14th Annual Izzy Awards Recognize Independent Media https://saar-new-media.com/14th-annual-izzy-awards-recognize-independent-media/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 21:36:28 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/14th-annual-izzy-awards-recognize-independent-media/ the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) held its 14th annual Izzy Awards on April 26 via Zoom, where independent media and journalists were honored for their work. PCIM reward journalists Greg B. Smith and Jenni Monet, Better Government Association and Block Club Chicago newsrooms, and the journalism group The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. […]]]>

the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) held its 14th annual Izzy Awards on April 26 via Zoom, where independent media and journalists were honored for their work.

PCIM reward journalists Greg B. Smith and Jenni Monet, Better Government Association and Block Club Chicago newsrooms, and the journalism group The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. About 140 people attended the ceremony.

Jeff Cohen, founder and former director of PCIM, introduced Smith, who exposed 5,000 public housing units that contained lead paint, even though the buildings had previously been cleared of contamination. Smith’s work enabled the New York Housing Authority to receive millions of dollars to address the health and safety emergencies that management was causing, including those caused by lead paint.

“His series was horrifying, not just in the damage it exposed, the damage done to children, to families by the lead paint of those living in public housing,” Cohen said. “But the harm caused by the deceptions and cover-ups of the New York City Housing Authority. And also horrifying is that this neglect has persisted for years, even generations.

Before Smith worked for the non-profit newsroom The City, he was a reporter for the Daily News. Smith said he had tried to cover the conditions social housing tenants face in New York for years.

In 2012, Smith began investigating public housing management and uncovered numerous cases of neglect. During its investigation, The Daily News was sold to a hedge fund and Smith’s resources that once allowed him to investigate were taken away. This led him to join The City and continue his work.

“If I had continued to stay in mainstream media…I never could have written this story,” Smith said. “It would never have happened, no way. … Right now in New York, the presence of The City and local non-profit news organizations is essential because there has been a sharp drop in the number journalists who cover this sort of thing.

Jenni Monet, a tribal citizen of the Pueblo de Laguna, which is a federally recognized indigenous nation in New Mexico and a direct descendant of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa in North Dakota, created her own weekly newsletter aboriginalwhich covers Native American communities in the United States, Monet has been a journalist for about 20 years, but said she struggled to gain support from publishers for the stories she featured.

“I’ve always covered the lands and communities I know well, the ones I grew up in, Indian country, it’s been a struggle, and I don’t sugarcoat it when I say as an indigenous woman, it’s hard to go into newsrooms, commercial or otherwise, and work on stories that should be covered, and which have only recently begun to be accepted as real news,” Monet said.

According to American Society of News Editors, American by birth journalists represent less than 0.5% of journalists in major newspapers and online publications.

Kelly Bauer represented Block Chicago Cluba non-partisan, nonprofit news organization that covers Chicago news. The Block Club Chicago exposed Loretto Hospital executives for corruption, such as ineligible people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at Trump Tower in Chicago. His report led to an FBI investigation into the hospital’s vaccination program.

“It really inspires me to see the change that a small, rambling newsroom like Block Club can bring to a big city,” Bauer said. “This is not a traditional newsroom, we only opened in 2018, but we are already helping to care for people and hold power to account. I think one of the coolest things that came out of it and one of the most inspiring things for me was seeing how non-profit newsrooms like Block Club and the BGA come together to tell such stories.

the Association for Better GovernmentDavid Jackson’s senior investigative reporter worked with Bauer on his investigation and also revealed how millions of dollars in profits went to insurance companies rather than medical providers when Illinois privatized its health care program.

Throughout Jackson’s speech, he stressed the importance of independent media and following in the footsteps of journalist Izzy Stone. The Izzy Award is in honor of Isidor Feinstein “IF” Stone who created IF Stone Weekly, a newsletter that exposed government deception, McCarthyism and racial bigotry, according to PCIM Web page.

“He wasn’t liked because he was independent,” Jackson said. “Izzy Stone was loved because he adhered to the highest standards of transparency, accuracy and public service. He built that trust sentence by sentence and article by article and week after week.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists was credited with uncovering the Pandora Papers, 11.9 million leaked documents and 2.9 terabytes of data that revealed how the world’s wealthy leaders committed tax evasion and money laundering.

Dean Starkman was representing the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which he says is a huge number of people based around the world.

“What is important to remember about the Pandora papers is [that] this isn’t our first rodeo,” Starkman said. “So we’ve been doing this long before I arrived, since 2013. It’s really the culmination of a decade of work.”

Starkman said the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists was able to expose the Pandora Papers through collaboration, which is essential for journalists.

“When journalism is in such great peril and our economic model is collapsing, it’s important for all of us to do things like this [Izzy Awards], to support each other, to work together and basically to collaborate,” Starkman said. “For the good of journalism, but also for the good of democracy.”

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Nonprofit Media Adds to Daily News Readers’ Coverage | Remark https://saar-new-media.com/nonprofit-media-adds-to-daily-news-readers-coverage-remark/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/nonprofit-media-adds-to-daily-news-readers-coverage-remark/ In his final appearance before the Legislature this week, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts touted tax breaks, investments in public safety, two major water initiatives and legislation outlining how the state will use its $1.04 billion in federal COVID-19 recovery funds. “Any one of them would be historic,” Ricketts said. “But you accomplished all four and […]]]>

In his final appearance before the Legislature this week, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts touted tax breaks, investments in public safety, two major water initiatives and legislation outlining how the state will use its $1.04 billion in federal COVID-19 recovery funds.

“Any one of them would be historic,” Ricketts said. “But you accomplished all four and more.”

This included a “major win” – as Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk described it – for this corner of the state with funding approved to expand Weigand Marina in Knox County and an event center on the side. Nebraska from Lewis & Clark Lake.

Another item of regional and national interest was the passage of Bill 876, putting new horse racing tracks and adjoining casinos on hold until the Nebraska Race and Gaming Commission completes studies on the horse racing market, the casino gaming market and the socio-economic impact of tracks. and casinos.

All told, with the legislature ending its session this week, senators passed ??? invoices — with ??? signed into law. And reporters across the state have been working to keep Nebraskanians up to date on what’s going on.

Here at the Daily News, we cover the most important bills for the region, but we also rely on the work of those who monitor daily events at the State Capitol, be it the Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald and, most recently, Nebraska Examiner.

A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that the total number of reporters assigned to all 50 state capitals to update citizens on legislative and administrative activity has increased 11% since 2014, when this study was last conducted. The gain largely comes from two main developments: new nonprofit news outlets that employ statehouse reporters and a shift to more part-time reporting.

This was also the case here in Nebraska, with the advent of Nebraska Examiner and Flatwater Free Press. They offer a bonus to the Daily News.

Although the total number of Statehouse reporters has increased since 2014, fewer reporters now cover state governments full-time. Of the 1,761 Statehouse reporters identified by this study, just under half (850, or 48%) report full-time for Statehouse.

Here in Nebraska, nine reporters cover the state capitol full-time, in addition to 19 others who cover it part-time and 40 students.

Through their work, readers of the Daily News are kept up to date with crucial work taking place at Lincoln that will likely affect them.

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People Magazine and Funny Or Die Plan Party https://saar-new-media.com/people-magazine-and-funny-or-die-plan-party/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 10:00:34 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/people-magazine-and-funny-or-die-plan-party/ When the White House Correspondents’ Association hosts its first dinner in two years on April 30, it will mark the return of another DC tradition: pre- and post-event receptions, dinners and brunches that have made a weekend of socializing. and chat. Among the pre-party parties: Funny or Die and People, who will co-sponsor a late-night […]]]>

When the White House Correspondents’ Association hosts its first dinner in two years on April 30, it will mark the return of another DC tradition: pre- and post-event receptions, dinners and brunches that have made a weekend of socializing. and chat.

Among the pre-party parties: Funny or Die and People, who will co-sponsor a late-night party at The Reach at the Kennedy Center. Both brands have new owners: Henry R. Munoz, III bought Funny or Die and Dotdash bought People last year and is now run by Leah Wyar and Liz Vaccariello. For both brands, this will be their first WHCD weekend in several years. In 2006, People launched an annual party with Time on Friday night before dinner, and the event became known for its mix of Hollywood celebrities and White House figures, as well as a big swag bag. . But that ended during the Donald Trump years, as concerns grew over his animosity towards the press and not attending the dinner itself.

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Then came Covid, which sidelined dinner and much of DC’s social calendar for nearly two years.

Concerns about the spread of the pandemic are still there. The Gridiron Club, another DC media organization, held its annual dinner for the first time since 2019, but that was followed by at least 72 positive Covid cases, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Guests were required to present proof of vaccination, but not a negative test.

After the apparent Gridiron outbreak, the WHCA added to its dinner precautions, with guests now being asked to show proof of full vaccination as well as a negative antigen test on the same day.

“The board’s policy is to prevent anyone who is known be infectious (as indicated by a positive rapid antigen test result) from spreading the virus at dinner,” WHCA President Steve Portnoy wrote in a letter to members last week. “But nothing we do to protect the ballroom can reach the many social events that other organizers organize around our dinner. Keep that in mind.

He added: “Everything we do over the next few weeks involves risk: hanging out with friends, attending briefings, attending Easter Sunday services or the Passover Seder and, of course, celebrating. the First Amendment at our annual dinner.. Each of us must assess our respective risk thresholds before engaging in any of these activities.

C-SPAN has announced that it will be covering the dinner, with C-SPAN.org and C-SPAN Now carrying the red carpet arrivals.

A number of events will have Covid protocols. Funny or Die and People, for example, will follow Kennedy Center guidelines, including proof of full vaccination, and the event will also have a testing requirement.

For the uninitiated, WHCA weekend has been dubbed the “nerd ball,” due to the sometimes surreal mix of LA and DC notables. During Barack Obama’s presidency, the size and scope of dinner events grew, along with a heavy dose of celebrities. That could be the case again this year, as Trevor Noah will be the star performer at the dinner, and President Joe Biden is expected to attend and, as tradition dictates, do a bit of stand-up.

Plans for some parties are still being finalized, but here’s a look at some of the other weekend events. More soon.

Thursday April 28: Jordan Klepper performs at the Freedom Forum Free Expression Award at The Anthem, honoring champions of freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly. Alberto Ibargüen, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Eric Treene, Cynthia Choi, Russell Jeung and Manjusha P. Kulkarni are among the winners; MSNBC host and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart is the emcee.

Bytes and Bylines, an annual gathering of media, political and tech personalities, will take place at the residence of the Ambassador to Ireland, Daniel Mulhall. The co-hosts are Allen Gannett, De’Ara Balenger, Eric Kuhn, Susanna Quinn, Sarah Kate Ellis and Stellene Volandes. Official sponsors are GLAAD and Town & Country.

Friday April 29: NBCUniversal News Group is hosting an event to celebrate its new office near Capitol Hill.

CAA is hosting a launch cocktail at the Viceroy Hotel, co-sponsored by Clear and ASP.

UTA organizes a celebration of American journalists in Fiola Mare, co-sponsored by GM.

The Creative Coalition Right To Bear Artistic Dinner will take place at DC’s Lincoln Restaurant, with a performance by KT Tunstall. The event will follow a “day of action” as members, led by Chairman Tim Daly and CEO Robin Bronk, meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Saturday April 30: The Washington Post canceled its pre-dinner reception at the Washington Hilton due to rising Covid cases, but other outlets including Politico and CBS News and ABC News are still planning events. The Daily Beast also canceled its reception, but its editor told Axios this was due to events in Ukraine. Two of their freelancers were shot while covering the war.

Sunday May 1: Robert and Elena Allbritton host their annual Politico Brunch at their home, an event that typically attracts White House officials, lawmakers and business leaders.

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From CNN Plus to OAN, why some media are struggling https://saar-new-media.com/from-cnn-plus-to-oan-why-some-media-are-struggling/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 07:08:08 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/from-cnn-plus-to-oan-why-some-media-are-struggling/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! As the media world teeters toward an uncertain future, mired in a credibility crisis compounded by ideological warfare, some red neon warning signs are flashing. Some players won’t make it, while others will have to change to survive. In a country seemingly divided between pro-Trump and anti-Trump […]]]>

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As the media world teeters toward an uncertain future, mired in a credibility crisis compounded by ideological warfare, some red neon warning signs are flashing.

Some players won’t make it, while others will have to change to survive.

In a country seemingly divided between pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces, between those who sympathize with Joe Biden and those who believe he’s not really president, between woke and woke cultures is a joke, he’s becoming de increasingly difficult to make a profit.

This illustration photo shows a person reading the One America Network website on a smartphone in front of a DirecTV logo in Los Angeles, January 14, 2022.
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New media platforms are emerging, such as Substack, but they are either under attack from the old guard or plagued by insider criticism.

The hottest media story right now is CNN Plus, the network’s streaming service, which is off to a terrible start. Skeptics wondered from the start whether many people would pay six dollars a month to see a slight repackaging of CNN’s existing on-air talent, as well as some new features.

Fewer than 10,000 people use the two-week-old service daily, CNBC reports. The budget could be cut by hundreds of millions of dollars, Axios reports, which would mean significant layoffs.

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Looking at the homepage, I see more shows that look like digital cues (“The Newscast” with Wolf Blitzer) than offbeat material (Anderson Cooper’s parenting advice).

Steve Krakauer, a former CNN executive, tweeted that there was no opportunity to sample any of the shows online, just a handful of brief clips aired, which then cannot be shared on social media. . It sounds crazy. CNN’s Twitter account, he says, never mentioned CNN Plus.

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As a business, the streaming service was the brainchild of Jeff Zucker, and he’s gone, with Discovery having now taken over the Warner Media empire. And that means even with flashy new recruits like Chris Wallace, the whole thing could fit into current Discovery streaming.

As for newspapers, another, the Akron Beacon-Journal, cut print publication one day, and Gannett’s other 135 newspapers will do the same.

As the Washington Post reminds us, this trend is accelerating. The Cleveland Plain dealership cut home delivery to three days years ago. McClatchy Newspapers dropped its Saturday edition in 2019. When the pandemic hit, the Tampa Bay Times only started printing twice a week.

As a long-time journalist, I have to say this breaks my heart. I have ink in my veins. It costs money to run the presses and send the trucks out, and with print traffic down from two decades ago, it no longer makes economic sense seven days a week.

Pedestrians walk past a newsstand with copies of The Wall Street Journal and a front-page story about Russia's invasion of Ukraine being sold on February 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Pedestrians walk past a newsstand with copies of The Wall Street Journal and a front-page story about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine being sold on February 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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As more newspapers bolster their websites after years of benign neglect, there’s more online revenue to be had. But apart from a few national successes – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post the major regional newspapers are struggling. This is why newspapers now tend to be owned by billionaires and cost-cutting hedge funds.

The One America News network is in deep trouble now that DirecTV has abandoned it, no doubt for ideological reasons. The ultra-conservative, pro-Trump network now has limited distribution, and The Daily Beast reports that many of its top employees have been bailed out, some of them to work for Trump or his organizations.

Substack is a very different animal, created to allow ordinary people and disgruntled journalists to earn money from newsletters without working for a big company.

But the Times is trying to knock it down, citing former columnists who either didn’t make a great living or feared it would build a brand at their expense. A handful of prominent writers, such as Glenn Greenwald, have made big strides in giving the outfit star power.

After much throat-clearing about possible “threats” to its future, the Times goes on to say:

“The good news for the company, which turns five this summer, is that it continues to grow. Paid subscriptions to its hundreds of thousands of newsletters skyrocketed to over a million at the end of last year. , up from 50,000 in mid-2019. (The company won’t disclose the number of free subscribers.) A hiring spree hopes to gain more than a dozen engineers, product managers and other specialists. Executives ultimately hope to take the company — which has raised more than $82 million and is reportedly valued at $650 million — public.”

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Uh, that sounds pretty good to me.

As Substack now expands to podcasts, tech newsletter writer Ben Thompson reportedly said the company is trying to put its brand “front and center“:

“It’s a way for Substack to leverage its popularity to create an alternative revenue model that involves readers paying Substack first, and publishers second, instead of the other way around.”

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Let’s say it’s true, so what? People can post for free, and those who charge have to give Substack 13% of their earnings, which I think is reasonable. If Substack becomes a destination where people subscribe to multiple writers, doesn’t that help its community?

Greenwald tweeted that “It’s common knowledge that many writers who got big advances from Substack aren’t white or male, but the NYT still ran the claim that it’s who gets advances because that the purpose of this article, as always, is to demonize any indie platform that won’t censor.”

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Substack may have found the business model that frees some journalists from corporate interference, or another team may come along and do better. But given the waning fortunes of newspapers, TV, and some streaming services, it seems like a very worthwhile endeavor.

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Indian government officials bully critical media: US human rights report https://saar-new-media.com/indian-government-officials-bully-critical-media-us-human-rights-report/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 02:16:39 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/indian-government-officials-bully-critical-media-us-human-rights-report/ Indian newspapers stacked at a vendor in Bangalore | PTI/AP file photo Government officials at local and national levels in India have been implicated in “bullying” critical media outlets through physical harassment and attacks, a US human rights report noted on Tuesday. “The independent media was active and generally expressed a wide variety of views,” […]]]>

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Government officials at local and national levels in India have been implicated in “bullying” critical media outlets through physical harassment and attacks, a US human rights report noted on Tuesday.

“The independent media was active and generally expressed a wide variety of views,” said the India section of the 2021 National Report on Human Rights Practices released by the State Department under the mandate of the Congress.

“Journalists and NGOs reported that government officials at local and national levels were involved in intimidating critical media outlets through physical harassment and attacks, pressuring owners, targeting sponsors, encouraging frivolous lawsuits and, in some areas, blocking communication services, such as cell phones and the internet, and restricting freedom of movement,” he said.

NGOs in India have alleged that criminal prosecutions and investigations have been used to intimidate journalists who criticize the government, he added.

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India in the past has dismissed similar reports. The Indian government has asserted that India has well-established democratic practices and strong institutions to protect the rights of all.

The government has pointed out that the Indian Constitution provides adequate safeguards under various laws to ensure the protection of human rights. The State Department’s annual human rights report indicated that there were significant human rights issues, including credible reports of: unlawful and arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial by the government or its agents; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by police and prison officials; and harsh and life-threatening conditions of detention.

The State Department says the Biden administration has placed human rights at the center of US domestic and foreign policy. The report paints a clear picture of where human rights and democracy are under threat. It highlights places where governments have unjustly imprisoned, tortured or even killed political opponents, activists, human rights defenders or journalists, including in Russia, China, North Korea, Nicaragua and Syria . The report documents the abuses of peaceful protests demanding democracy and basic freedoms in countries including Burma, Belarus, Cuba, Hong Kong and Sudan. In the India section of the report, the State Department indicates that there have also been reports of arbitrary arrests and detentions by government authorities; political prisoners or detainees and alleged arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, including violence, threats of violence or wrongful arrests or prosecutions of journalists.

The State Department, in its report, alleges that criminal defamation laws have been used to prosecute social media speech; restrictions on internet freedom; overly restrictive laws on the organization, funding or operation of non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.

Refoulement of refugees; serious government corruption; government harassment of national and international human rights organizations; and lack of investigation and accountability for gender-based violence are some of the other prominent human rights violations in India in 2021.

According to the report, other human rights violations in India included crimes involving violence and discrimination targeting members of minority groups because of their religious affiliation, social status, sexual orientation or ethnicity. their gender identity; and forced and compulsory labor, including child labor and debt bondage.

“Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and areas affected by Maoist terrorism have committed serious abuses, including killing and torture of members of the armed forces, police, government officials and civilians, abductions, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers,” he said.


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SLED and DA’s Office Issue Joint Statement Condemning Some Media’s Coverage of Ongoing Murdaugh Murder Investigations https://saar-new-media.com/sled-and-das-office-issue-joint-statement-condemning-some-medias-coverage-of-ongoing-murdaugh-murder-investigations/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/sled-and-das-office-issue-joint-statement-condemning-some-medias-coverage-of-ongoing-murdaugh-murder-investigations/ By HEATHER RUPPE Over the past few weeks, rumors and headlines have swirled again about the ongoing legal battle involving disgraced Hampton County attorney Alex Murdaugh and the still unsolved deaths of his wife and son, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, who were found shot dead in their rural village of Islandton. property in Colleton County. […]]]>

By HEATHER RUPPE

Over the past few weeks, rumors and headlines have swirled again about the ongoing legal battle involving disgraced Hampton County attorney Alex Murdaugh and the still unsolved deaths of his wife and son, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, who were found shot dead in their rural village of Islandton. property in Colleton County.

In the ongoing media cyclone surrounding Alex Murdaugh and his own legal charges and in the wake of the Murdaugh murders, Alex Murdaugh entered a downward spiral resulting in his own failed suicide attempt and he now faces dozens of charges. legal matters, including the embezzlement of funds from his former law firm. Some of the state’s top prosecutors released a joint statement, discrediting headlines that cast a negative light on them and their prosecution efforts.

Last week, the Fourteenth Circuit Attorney’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) issued a joint statement, saying some media are publishing “unsubstantiated and ill-informed speculation” about the prosecutor’s office and its role in the ongoing investigations into Paul’s murder. and Maggie Murdaugh. SLED is the premier criminal investigative agency for South Carolina. The Fourteenth Circuit District Attorney’s Office is the agency that prosecutes all crimes in Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Alex Murdaugh’s family has long worked as attorneys on this circuit; at the time of Murdaugh’s arrest and at the time of the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, no member of the Murdaugh family was employed as attorneys in the 14th Circuit. Duffie Stone is the circuit’s longtime elected attorney.

“In accordance with long-standing policies, SLED and the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office will not comment on the details of a case while it is under investigation,” according to a statement released by Jeff Kidd. , a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office. “However, given the persistence of unsubstantiated claims, fairness and public confidence in the integrity of the process require a limited response.”

According to information released by both SLED and the attorneys’ office, the agencies say that within hours of the June 7 murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, SLED notified the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office of what had happened in Colleton County.

During SLED’s investigative hours, SLED Chief Mark Keel was “in direct and regular contact with 14th Circuit Attorney Duffie Stone and SC Attorney General Alan Wilson,” the statement said. . “All agreed that if evidence established a potential conflict, Chief Keel would immediately contact Attorney Stone and Attorney General Wilson. Chief Keel did, and Stone immediately retired from the case on August 11, 2021.”

The joint statement continues to state that the attorney’s office never conducted its own investigation or acted in any way “to undermine SELD’s role as the lead investigative agency.”

The statement also condemns some media outlets for publishing photographs showing attorney Stone speaking to a member of the Murdaugh family: according to SLED, these photographs were taken “after the crime scene” was cleared and the family Murdaugh was allowed to return to Islandton. goods. “Other law enforcement was present at the time. Any speculation to the contrary is false,” the statement read.

Chief Keel said he is determined to pursue the pursuit of justice for Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. As of Tuesday’s press deadline, their deaths remain unsolved and under investigation.

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ZUUM earns multiple accolades from major corporate media and industry watchers https://saar-new-media.com/zuum-earns-multiple-accolades-from-major-corporate-media-and-industry-watchers/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/zuum-earns-multiple-accolades-from-major-corporate-media-and-industry-watchers/ Freight software company known for its comprehensive logistics platform hailed for innovation, growth and workplace culture Press release – April 6, 2022 NEW YORK, April 6, 2022 (Newswire.com) – Logistics platform developer ZUUM closed the first quarter of 2022 with recognition from leading trade publications and industry watchers for its innovative technology, rapid growth and […]]]>

Freight software company known for its comprehensive logistics platform hailed for innovation, growth and workplace culture

Press release

April 6, 2022

Logistics platform developer ZUUM closed the first quarter of 2022 with recognition from leading trade publications and industry watchers for its innovative technology, rapid growth and positive work culture.

“We are honored to have been ranked and recognized by such respected media, both for the business world and for the supply chain and logistics sectors,” said Mustafa Azizi, co-founder and CEO of ZUUM. “These recognitions are key indicators for our team and for the industry that our initiatives are disrupting the space and creating value for our customers.”

Two leading general trade publications have recognized ZUUM’s growth as a logistics startup. ZUUM was ranked #102 on Inc.’s list of fastest growing private companies. Magazine and ranked #6 on Fast Company’s list of 10 Most Innovative Logistics Companies.

FreightWaves, a leading media network focused on logistics and supply chain information, awarded ZUUM the 2022 FreightTech 100 Award. The FreightTech 100 list celebrates the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight.

ZUUM’s team and work environment were also highlighted in the first quarter, with the freight automation pioneer being named the 183rd Best Startup Employer in America by Forbes and Statista. ZUUM also received certification as a Great Place to Work for 2022 and was named one of the Top Supply Chain Projects by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Food Logistics, a magazine covering software and technology, warehousing, transportation, safety and security, sustainability, and risk and compliance for global food supply chains, has named ZUUM as the one of its top software and technology providers FL100+ 2021. The list recognizes leading software and technology providers that ensure a safe, efficient and reliable global food and beverage supply chain.

ZUUM has also been ranked by Armstrong’s Who’s Who 3PL Guide, as well as Transportation Topics’ Best Freight Brokerage Companies of 2021. Armstrong’s ranking includes the top companies making headlines in the cargo industry. supply chain logistics, while Transportation Topics’ list, which had ZUUM ranked 145th, provides insight into the financials and operational activity of the 50 largest logistics companies in North America.

For more information about ZUUM, please visit www.zuumapp.com.

About ZUUM

ZUUM is a logistics technology company based in Irvine, California. Founded in 2016, ZUUM offers a TMS for shippers, a freight brokerage software, a TMS for carriers and a mobile application for truck drivers connected within the Logistics Super Platform. These tools allow customers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while automating their transportation networks. Our vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally by defragmenting the industry.

Media Contact
Savannah Muir
savannah@newswire.com

Source: ZUUM Transportation, Inc.

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ATRA: Home Office must shut down media outlets with invalid licenses https://saar-new-media.com/atra-home-office-must-shut-down-media-outlets-with-invalid-licenses/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 14:19:02 +0000 https://saar-new-media.com/atra-home-office-must-shut-down-media-outlets-with-invalid-licenses/ In a statement, the Afghan Telecommunications Regularity Authority (ATRA) called on the Interior Ministry to ban the operations of media outlets whose licenses have expired. ATRA has named more than 100 media organizations across the country that have failed to pay their taxes. This comes as the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has also […]]]>

In a statement, the Afghan Telecommunications Regularity Authority (ATRA) called on the Interior Ministry to ban the operations of media outlets whose licenses have expired.

ATRA has named more than 100 media organizations across the country that have failed to pay their taxes.

This comes as the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has also stressed that media outlets that have failed to pay their taxes and are in debt to the government will be held accountable.

“The Islamic Emirate will treat all media organizations neutrally based on the format it has formed for the media,” said MoIC Press Director Abdulhaq Humad.

This comes as media watchdogs have repeatedly raised concerns about the economic challenges facing the Afghan media community.

“We urge the Islamic Emirate to make plans to provide economic support to the media,” said Masroor Lutfi, head of the media section at the National Union of Journalists of Afghanistan.

“Unfortunately, this action affects freedom of expression and of the media. In the meeting we had with officials from the Ministry of Information and Culture, we urged them to help the media in this regard,” said Hujatullah Mujadidi, head of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association.

When the Islamic Emirate came to power, more than 40% of media outlets ceased operations due to economic problems, according to media watchdogs.

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