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Did the U.S. Really See the Islamic State as a Strategic Ally Against al-Assad in 2012?

The answer, in a word, is “no.” The rumor is just a click-bait story or an unfounded conspiracy theory.

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al-Jazeera Journalist a ‘Member of al-Qaida’

A top-secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist a member of al-Qaida and put him on a watch list of suspected terrorists.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Carmen Aristegui

The highly regarded Mexican radio show host said that her recent firing was a case of repression of press liberties and that if privileged journalists can be attacked, “imagine the level of vulnerability for other journalists in Mexico.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



Thai Prime Minister Says He’ll ‘Probably’ Kill Journalists Who Deviate From Official Line

Thailand’s junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who toppled the government of Yingluck Shinawatra in a coup last May, told reporters Wednesday that he will “probably just execute” any journalist who does not “report the truth.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Islamic State

The self-styled “Islamic State” Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts.

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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

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Brian Williams and the Frog of War

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Brian Williams Tells All

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Brian Williams’ Truth

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Laurie Becklund, Reporter Who Connected the U.S. to Salvadoran Death Squads, Dies at 66

The integrity of journalism has suffered many blows in recent years, including corporate takeovers, advertorials and rank desperation. It is a small tragedy, then, to lose one of the profession’s brightest and most unfaltering voices.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



Amal Clooney Seeks Talks With Egypt’s Sisi on Client Jailed for Committing Journalism

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney wrote to Egyptian President al-Sisi on Saturday, requesting a meeting with him regarding the fate of her client, Mohamed Fahmy, former bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English in Egypt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



Journalist May Have Been Freed by the Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom Is Still Hostage

Peter Greste, an Australian journalist working for Aljazeera English, has been released from an Egyptian prison after a 400-day ordeal in which he was jailed merely for reporting the news.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Mendacious President Dangles Freedom Before Imprisoned Al-Jazeera Journalists

Four Al-Jazeera journalists have been sitting in an Egyptian prison for more than a year because they dared to report on the coup orchestrated by Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Other Charlies

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Charlie Hebdo

Critical journalists view the slaughter of their colleagues in Paris from a deeply personal perspective. “Does my work threaten my life?” we ask ourselves.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Journalists Must Stand Firm

If “freedom of expression” is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova (Video)

Since early December, the dissident journalist and Truthdig Global Voices contributor has sat in jail as Azerbaijan’s money-drenched ruling family and its allies have tried to figure out how to silence her for good.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE



What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Dana Milbank Says a Lucky Rich Kid From Facebook Destroyed a Liberal Institution

The New Republic is 100 years old, but it may be dead. TNR alum Dana Milbank says Chris Hughes, who bought the magazine at age 28, killed it.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE


Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Deja Newspapers: On Getting Canned by Los Angeles Times ... Again

A funny thing happened on the way to my second column since the Los Angeles Times hired me back.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE



Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ben Bradlee

David Remnick recalled that the man who directed The Washington Post’s reporting on Watergate and the Pentagon Papers “wasn’t Noam Chomsky. He was not an outsider or a leftist.” But “he built an institution. ... He gave it its ambition.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



Fred Branfman Risked His Life for Ordinary People

Fred was one of the bravest and most decent journalists I ever encountered.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



‘Uppity’ Women in a Man’s World: Zimbabwean Women Fight to Make Their Mark in the Media

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe is a risky business for all members of the media, but it is doubly challenging for women.

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L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publication

In a revelation that seems to vindicate long-aired warnings about how state intimidation worsens the corruption of a press already defanged by the implosion of its financial model, documents obtained by The Intercept show that a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times “routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication.”

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley

The slain photojournalist was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Less Lethal’ Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Explains How Native Advertising Is Killing News

The most profitable news websites are fueled by so-called native ads—paid advertisements disguised as original news content. John Oliver finds a funny way of explaining why the future of news is in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald on Deserving an Audience and His Funder’s Beneficence

From his jungle abode overrun with animals high above Rio de Janeiro, the crusading journalist spoke with New York Times columnist David Carr about experimenting with his new reporting enterprise, public distrust of its money-soaked patron and the need for strong points of view in the news.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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David Frum Accuses New York Times of Staging Photos of Palestinian Victims

Conservative commentator David Frum has tweeted no fewer than eight times his outrage over “faked” photos of Palestinian victims of Israel’s military violence. Problem: The photos are real.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Evacuates Gaza Offices After It Claims Press Building Targeted by Israeli Forces

Shortly after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly accused Al-Jazeera of airing “anti-Semitic” propaganda, the media outlet’s offices in Gaza reportedly “came under fire” Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE


#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War

NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



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George Clooney Accuses Daily Mail of Dangerously Exploiting Religious Differences to Sell Newsapers

After the British tabloid printed a story (which was picked up by newspapers all over the world) that alleged his fiancee’s mother is not in favor of her daughter’s marriage on “religious grounds,” George Clooney decided to speak out about “irresponsible” journalism and the “violent” effects this negligence can have.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE


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