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Undaunted, US global media chief plows ahead with changes

Despite a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, the new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters that are heightening concerns about their future as independent news organizations. Although Agency for G

Passengers scream in terror and weep as flight battered by severe turbulence

Mask wearing passengers screamed in terror as their flight was bucked around by sudden mid-air turbulence. The IndiGo flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kashmir, India on Saturday was thrown into chaos ten minutes from touchdown when the plane began to shudder. A constant low-level shaking that r

Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing Palestinian father post

Instagram apologized to model Bella Hadid who called out the social media platform for taking down her post, which stated that her father, real estate mogul Mohammed Hadid, was born in Palestine. This week, the 23-year-old, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, shared a photograph of her father&

Russian journalists fear growing media persecution after treason arrest

Ivan Safronov, a former newspaper journalist working at Russia’s space agency since May, was detained by security agents outside his flat on Tuesday and accused of passing military secrets to the Czech Republic. He denies the charges. At a closed hearing, the court ordered Safronov to be held

Russian Independent Magazine Editor Detained after Police Raid

A prominent Russian journalist and chief editor of the independent news magazine Holod Media has been detained after authorities searched her apartment in Moscow, human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov said Tuesday 7-7-2020. Earlier in the day, authorities in Moscow detained the adviser to Russia’s

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

 TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms

How to know what hashtags are trending on Twitter

Twitter trends are popular words or hashtags used by Twitter users at a particular time. Twitter uses a special algorithm that is not revealed to us yet to monitor hot topics in real time.If you log in to your Twitter account, you will be able to know what hashtags are now trending in your city or a

As The Election Draws Near, Trump Goes With A Message Of Division And Anger

By Terry H. Schwadron, DCReport Opinion Editor   That all three of these stories about how we are handling racism were on the same New York front yesterday should underscore where we find ourselves on the 244th birthday of the nation: Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement

Celebrating America, Israel’s Greatest Friend

By Yael Eckstein   Summer has officially begun, and July 4th is almost here! This time of year, I am transported back to my childhood in Chicago, where I was privileged to be born and raised. Independence Day brings back fond memories of picnicking outside and watching fireworks light up the

Amnesty offers little evidence for alleged Moroccan use of spyware against reporter

Accusations by Amnesty International to Moroccan authorities that they implanted spyware developed by Israeli security company NSO Group into the mobile phone of Moroccan reporter Omar Radi, have not been backed by solid evidence. Instead, the human rights group’s allegations have sparked a ma

Iran sentences journalist to death, clamps down on jailed female activists

Iran has sentenced to death a journalist whose work helped to inspire nationwide protests in 2017, and is further suppressing female rights activists within the country’s notorious prison system. From his exile in Paris, Ruhollah Zam ran a website called AmadNews which posted embarrassing vid

Media training program aims to put global spotlight on budding Saudi talent

Budding Saudi media talents are being invited to take part in a high-profile industry training scheme aimed at showcasing the region’s potential on the world stage. Education and training platform, MBC Academy, has launched its latest skills development program covering TV, film, radio, theat

TWITTER POLL: Majority believes Netanyahu will proceed with annexation plans despite backlash

Many countries have expressed concerns over Israel’s West Bank annexation plans, as well as the UN which said it would “constitute a most serious violation of international law.”An Arab News Twitter poll has asked people if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would heed this

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a “wider category of hateful content” in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are “newsw

How COVID-19 affected the media industry

A recent survey by PR and media consultancy Hattlan Media looked at the impact of COVID-19 on media organizations.Journalists in print media made up 48.3 percent of the total survey participants, while participants working in the broadcast and digital media constituted 33.3 percent and 18.4 percent,

Turkey releases 3 journalists accused of revealing state secrets

In a surprise move, Turkey on Wednesday released three journalists charged with revealing state secrets in their coverage of the deaths of Turkish intelligence officers in Libya. However, three others were remanded in custody while they stand trial on charges of revealing the identities of two memb

Australian public broadcaster to cut 250 jobs

Australia’s public broadcaster announced Wednesday it will cut 250 staff, the latest in a slew of redundancies as the country’s conservative government seeks to slash taxpayer funding.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation — which is routinely maligned by ruling conservative polit

Facebook pulls Donald Trump campaign ads which used Nazi symbol

Facebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s campaign containing a symbol used by Nazi Germany, the latest move in a heated battle over inflammatory political content on social media.The leading social network, which has drawn fire over its hands-off approach to political speec

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