Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo, also known as Molly Wickham, was released from jail Tuesday evening after being arrested Friday during a violent raid by Canadian federal police on one of the camps set up to keep Coastal GasLink out of …
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Ultra-intrusive spyware targeting journalists and activists has UK links

Support us and go ad-free Produced by Israeli company NSO, the ultra-intrusive Pegasus spyware targets journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates. There’s now evidence that UK servers are implicated in the transmission of the spyware. Spyware condemned by Snowden The Pegasus Project is investigating the spyware. The project began when more than 50,000 phone numbers …
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Biden’s DOJ Vows to Stop Spying on Journalists Months After Placing Gag Order on New York Times

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: I’m Amy Goodman. This is Democracy Now! We turn now to look at a fight over press freedom. The New York Times has revealed shocking details about an unsuccessful attempt by the Trump administration — and then the Biden administration …
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Israel is detaining over a dozen Palestinian journalists

Israeli security forces are detaining 13 Palestinian journalists; some following the violence in May. An international organisation campaigning for journalists has called this “unacceptable”. The situation highlights the reality of Israeli apartheid and the poor press freedom that exists in the occupied territories. Israeli violence in Gaza As The Canary previously reported: Israel’s recent aerial …
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It’s not just Belarus. The world is becoming a hostile place for journalists.

On 23 May, a Ryanair plane was forced to land before it could reach its destination. Instead of coming down in Lithuania as intended, the plane was told it must perform an emergency landing in Minsk due to a suspected security threat. When the plane landed in Belarus, police instead detained one of the passengers. …
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Government publishes action plan to protect journalists from abuse

The government has published the UK’s first national action plan aimed at protecting journalists from abuse and harassment. Under attack Journalists have reported suffering abuse and attacks, such as being punched, threatened with knives, forcibly detained, and subjected to rape and death threats, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said. Commitments in …
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Newspaper editors raise concerns over whether the government is blacklisting journalists

Downing Street has insisted it welcomes press scrutiny after newspaper editors signed an open letter calling for a review into the government’s use of freedom of information (FOI) requests. Former and current Fleet Street editors have raised concerns about a “clearing house” within the Cabinet Office, which has been advising government departments on the handling …
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UK police just arrested two journalists in one week

The UK government likes to brag about how we live in a democratic nation that “supports human rights, democracy and good governance around the world”. But its support for democracy doesn’t seem to stretch to upholding the rights of journalists. In the past week, two journalists were arrested trying to go about their jobs, reporting …
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Judge’s ruling in Assange’s extradition case could be seen as a declaration of war on journalists

On 4 January 2021, judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shouldn’t be extradited to the US. Her decision was based on the likelihood that Assange would take his own life once incarcerated in the merciless US supermax prison system. However, Baraitser refused bail for Assange, arguing he could abscond while awaiting an …
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More ‘serious threats’ against journalists by paramilitaries condemned

Two journalists have been warned of threats – including a shoot to kill – against them from loyalist paramilitaries, a union has said. The reporters, working for the Northern Ireland edition of the Sunday World newspaper, were contacted by police and told of the latest threats. It comes days after it was revealed that a …
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