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Top Customs and Border Protection official apologizes to BuzzFeed News reporter who was aggressively questioned by an agent about articles on Trump administration while passing through airport passport control checkpoint. Facebook removes more pages connected with false conspiracy peddlers Alex Jones and Infowars; one had 30,000 followers before it was taken down. Environmental Protection Agency press office calls out news reporting in press releases. Women of color organize new group focused on diversity, representation, and who tells the stories in photojournalism. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer
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Customs and Border Protection Apologized after an Agent Questioned a Buzzfeed News Reporter about Trump Coverage
A top Customs and Border Protection official apologized to a BuzzFeed News reporter who was aggressively questioned by an agent about articles regarding President Donald Trump at a passport control checkpoint in a New York City airport.
Facebook Removes 22 More Pages Connected to Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones and Infowars
The move came as part of a broader effort by Facebook to enforce its recently updated recidivism policy. In total 89 pages were unpublished as part of the crackdown, a Facebook spokesperson said.
Opinion: EPA Returns to Bullying Tactics against News Organizations
“The EPA … put some media-attack boilerplate in its [press] release: ‘Clicks are more important than facts for E&E News in their latest ploy.'” On the same day, it issued a press release blasting HuffPost as well.
Women of Color Organize for Access and Accountability in Photojournalism
The collective focuses on building a supportive community as well as challenging industry leaders to shift how they think about diversity and representation. It works to even the playing field by pooling resources, and developing a list of photo editors, curators, and directors.
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Radio Free Asia says Vietnamese blogger vanishes in Thailand
Truong Duy Nhat, a Vietnamese blogger for Radio Free Asia, has vanished after fleeing to Thailand, the news organization said, as rights activists voiced fear that he had been abducted.
British Journalist John Cantlie Believed to Be Alive, Still Held by ISIS
John Cantlie, a British journalist who was taken hostage in Syria in 2012 and appeared in a number of ISIS propaganda videos during his time in captivity, is believed to be alive, U.K. Security Minister Ben Wallace said.
Security Prosecution Interrogates Journalist over Support to Sudan Protests
Shamael al-Nur, a journalist at Al-Tayyar newspaper, appeared before the State Security Prosecution for investigation after a complaint filed by the security service following the publication of leaflets supporting the protest movement and calling for President Omer al-Bashir to step down.
Philippines Announces Libel Charge against Critical Journalist
Philippine prosecutors said they will file a libel charge carrying up to 12 years in prison against journalist Maria Ressa, who leads a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
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