Note to news media: False equivalence is not objective journalism

Some years back, James Fallows of The Atlantic addressed what he called ‘the flawed understanding many journalists have of objectivity. He wrote: The thinking is that pointing out that one political party is responsible for the Senate’s dysfunction would be taking sides, which would call their objectivity into question. The irony is, by pretending both sides are equally at…

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Turkey: Journalists in State of Emergency

Özgür Gündem shut down with 23 of its journalists detained in operation targeting the newspaper On Aug. 16, four individuals including former Zaman columnist Ali Ünal were arrested in the investigation into the July 15 coup attempt and at least 23 journalists were detained in operations outside the coup probe. On the 27th day of Turkey’s of State of Emergency…

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Facebook to suppress clickbait stories

Facebook has intensified its crackdown on so-called clickbait news that appears on the social network. Clickbait articles tend to carry intriguing headlines which suggest there is more to the story than there actually is. They are famous for employing alluring phrases such as “you’ll never guess what happened next” in order to drive web traffic. Facebook says it can…

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MOBBING INSIDE THE NEWSROOMS

                                                                              Paola Pastacaldi (Board member of the Lombardy Journalism Board) As we know it, quality journalism is under heavy attack from the…

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John Oliver Scolds Consumers Of Free Journalism

Brett Edkins On Sunday, John Oliver used his platform on HBO’s Last Week Tonight to lament the current state of journalism. He discussed the decline of local- and state-based newspapers and mocked news organizations for replacing in-depth journalism with fluffy click-bait. But Oliver placed the blame squarely on readers like you and me, unaccustomed and reluctant to pay for our news. Oliver is not wrong that newspapers,…

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Armenia: excessive police force used against journalists covering demonstration

The European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) condemn the violence used by police forces against journalists covering a demonstration in Yerevan, Armenia, on 29 July. At least ten journalists suffered burns, bruises and injuries. The media workers injured in the latest clashes include three journalists of Radio Liberty’s Armenian serviceKarlen Aslanyan, Hovhannes Movsisyan and Garik Harutiunian; journalists of CivilNet and A1+…

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Turkey: International community must take a strong stand against freedom violations

Updated (20-07-16). Attacks targeting the media in Turkey have led the International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) to alert the Council of Europe about a series of new press freedom violations. The federations are calling on the International and European communities to take concrete steps against the Turkish government’s assaults on fundamental human rights that are contrary to international…

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AFP: End contracts’ masquerade!

Agence France Presse  (AFP) is demanding its photographic stringers across the globe, in offices outside of France, sign “unacceptable” contracts which include the full assignment of their authors’ rights without any additional remuneration. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned such «unfair » practices and is calling for an immediate revision of the standard contracts imposed on photographers working…

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Unionism in Local Media

JULY 11, 2016 Veronika Kamchevska The survey “Mapping Unionism in Macedonian Media” is aimed at providing the initial indicator of the way in which journalists and media workers perceive union organizing and their working conditions. The collection of data was conducted through anonymous surveys in Stip, Veles, Bitola, Tetovo and Prilep over a representative sample of 150 respondents. The respondents…

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Philippe Leruth is the new IFJ President

Delegates of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) meeting at the 29th World Congress in Angers elected Philippe Leruth, member of the Belgian Association générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB) as president of their organization, on 9 June. Journalist at the daily newspaper L’Avenir, Philippe Leruth was vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the…

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