The coming of #springtime is the perfect time to celebrate #SunshineWeek! Visit www.spj.org/sunshineweek.asp for ways to support freedom of information and your right to know, March 16-22. ✏️📒📷📱💻📊📰
I am protesting the muzzling of Al Jazeera’s staff in Egypt. #FreeAJStaff http://thndr.it/1nTMze2
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched the first nonprofit journalism effort at First Look Media, the media and technology company founded by Pierre Omidyar. Already, in the first few hours, the site is setting itself apart. Here are a few things that caught my attention.
I’m a day late posting this, but I’m filled with joy to welcome The Intercept to the digital news world. Every single journalist should be supporting this work. Not sure why? This post from Josh Stearns should get you started.
Time to score some points for the good guys.
So please, understand, when I say ‘I hate White people, I am expressing a hatred of ‘White people’, as you stand as a group, with all your strikes and credits considered, because you have shown time and time again that if given the choice between (1) equality between you and PoC, and (2) continuing oppressive and harmful institutions of racism and discrimination which promote White supremacy in some form or another, you always choose the latter. Understand that I hate your privilege, and your perceived superiority of yourself against me and those like me in society because somewhere along the line, a European colonizer decided that those who were deemed ‘good’ would be called White, while those who were to be enslaved or colonized were Black and Brown. Understand I hate ‘White people’. Not people who are White.
Sincerely, The Young Woman Who Took 2 Weeks To Write You This Letter by @terarroni
This is the last paragraph of a post that should should be read from the first word until the last, but that most white folks would probably quit reading after the first paragraph. terarroni details the reality of the daily and constant, barrage of racism directed at people of color, as well as the realities of the daily and constant effect of institutionalized systems of oppression. Go read, learn, understand, and acknowledge.
A number of US journalists have been issued subpoenas in recent months and pressured to reveal the sources they relied on in a variety of stories, inspiring media personnel and political pundits alike to call for more comprehensive media shield laws.
In September 2013 the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA), a bill that would prohibit federal agencies, prosecutors, and litigants from threatening reporters with prison time if they refuse to turn over their sources’ identities. The bill is awaiting a full vote in the Senate and, while it is an encouraging sign, wrote David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it does not go far enough because of vague language that could be interpreted to exclude independent journalists.
“If judges exclude self-publishers and non-traditional journalists, we’ll raise calls for the law to be amended,” he wrote last year. “In addition, there is a provision that tries to exclude WikiLeaks, or WikiLeaks-type organizations, from protection. WikiLeaks has been an important, if controversial, part of the news ecosystem. It has played a vital role to some of the most widely read news in the past decade.”
The Society of Professional Journalists is encouraging its members to support the Free Flow of Information Act.