DARE: YouTube Crackdown on Extremism Also Deleted Videos Combating Extremism
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YouTube’s new policy to remove extremist content also led to removal of video content about how to combat extremism, affecting journalists and educators. Fact-checking company Teyit launches new stickers on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Telegram to warn users when they post false information. (See PEN America’s recent report on the role of fraudulent news in election cycles.) New Freedom House report analyzes rising threats to press freedom in the United States and globally. (Learn more about PEN America’s lawsuit against the president for his retaliation of the press.) Valedictorian claims her mic was cut off by school when she tried to honor Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin in her speech. -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs
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YouTube Crackdown on Extremism Also Deleted Videos Combating Extremism
YouTube’s new policy was supposed to combat extremism on the site. Some white supremacists lost their videos, but after a confused rollout on Wednesday, journalists and educators are also seeing their videos purged.
Fact-Checkers Launch Instagram, WhatsApp, and Telegram Stickers to Gently Warn about False News
Teyit, in Turkey, announced last week a collection of 16 purple, green, and yellow stickers. Twelve are in Turkish and four are bilingual (in English). One, for example, very straightforwardly asks: “What is your source?” Another one shows a pointing finger with a clear word on the top: “Debunked.” And a third sticker is a plain “This is false” sign, something everyone can easily understand.
Press Freedom Is under Siege—and the U.S. Is Part of the Problem
Freedom House bluntly explains: “Although key news organizations remain strong and continue to produce vigorous reporting on those in office, President Donald Trump’s continual vilification of the press has seriously exacerbated an ongoing erosion of public confidence in the mainstream media.”
A Valedictorian Wanted to Remember Black Victims of Police Brutality. She Says Her School Cut the Mic.
In the middle of her valedictorian address, Rooha Haghar went off-script. “To Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and all the other children who became victims of injustice,” the 19-year-old began. That’s when Haghar’s microphone cut off, bringing her speech to an abrupt end.
Russian Police Accused of Arresting Journalist on False Charges
Russian police have arrested a prominent investigative journalist on drug-dealing charges that he claims were fabricated. Colleagues and friends of Ivan Golunov, a reporter for the independent Meduza news website, said it was likely he was being targeted for his work investigating state corruption and shady business interests.
For China’s Leading Investigative Reporter, Enough Is Enough
The departure of Liu Wanyong meant investigative journalism would never be the same, a social media account run by Chinese reporters declared. “If China wants to develop in a healthy, normal way, we must have a huge amount of media that can report justly,” Liu said. He added, “But news is not like news anymore.”
NEW YORK TIMES
Ex-Captive Journalist Denied Passport Issuance for 5 Months
Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who returned home last year after more than three years of captivity in Syria, has been denied issuance of a passport for five months after submitting an application to the Foreign Ministry. He told Kyodo News he has been told by the ministry his application is still “under examination.”
Why Are the Australian Police Rummaging Through Journalists’ Files?
“The federal police insisted that the raids were not related and had nothing to do with the surprise re-election of Australia’s conservative government on May 18. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, attending D-Day commemorations in Britain, claimed that the investigations were being conducted independently of his government, but then added that it ‘never troubles me that our laws are being upheld.'”
NEW YORK TIMES
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