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We are pleased to introduce the new e-newsletter version of The Sources HotLink, The Sources newsletter formerly available in print, and now available as a bi-weekly electronic publication.

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Featured Articles on Sources.com

Internet Ungovernance Forum

Students are organizing the Internet Ungovernance Forum on September 4-5. It is a forum for people who demand that fundamental freedoms, openness, unity and net neutrality remain the building blocks of the Internet. Their ambition is to talk about the real problems of the Internet and how ordinary people can solve these as well as chart a path for action.

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Pro-democracy website closed amid claims of commerical pressure and threats

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned about press freedom in Hong Kong after a pro-democracy news website was suddenly closed, with the co-founder admitting he was “afraid”. The IFJ has said it is another case of the ongoing pressure placed on Hong Kong’s media.

The site, House News, was established in 2012 by Tony Tsoi Tung-Ho and three others. On July 26, Tsoi posted a closure notice on the front page of the website. He wrote: “Hong Kong has been changed so that it is no longer easy to run a normal media. … The current political atmosphere is extremely disturbing. A number of democracy advocates have been followed, had their past investigated and been smeared. White terror has been spreading throughout society. I felt this stress.”

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First Half of 2015 sees more magazine launches than closures

MediaFinder, the largest online database of American and Canadian publications is reporting that in the first half of 2014, 93 magazines launched and 30 closed.

Eight Canadian magazines launched during the second quarter including Femmes, etc., CPA Magazine and the CPA Magazine French Edition. Five Canadian magazines folded, including Via Destinations and Profit: Your Guide to Business Success. Fresh Juice dropped its print edition.

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Palestinian death toll includes 13 media workers

As Israel announced the withdrawal of its troops from the Gaza Strip on 6 August, Reporters Without Borders reported that 12 Palestinian journalists and one media worker have been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge on 8 July, seven of them in connection with their work. This is the highest toll since Israel withdrew in 2005.

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Recent Press Releases

Climatefast holds Cross-Country Unicyclist in 5,000 km ride for climate action

Joseph Boutilier has been on the road since April 5, traversing western and central Canada on one wheel in an attempt to raise the profile of the climate crisis in advance of the 2015 federal election. Boutilier will unicycle through Richmond Hill before arriving in Toronto, where he’ll spend a week meeting with journalists, politicians, environmental groups and other supporters, before carrying on through Oshawa and Kingston en route to his final destination: Parliament Hill.

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IFJ Welcomes Release of US Journalist Theo Curtis in Syria

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today joined its affiliates in the US in welcoming the release of Theo Curtis, the American journalist who was released on Sunday 24 August in Syria, while voicing concern for the safety of many others still being held, including up to twenty in Syria alone.

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Turkey, enemy of the internet?

Reporters Without Borders wants the Turkish government’s assaults on Internet freedom to be raised at the Istanbul Internet Governing Forum (IGF). Together with Amnesty İnternational, Human Rights Watch, the Turkish Association of Journalists (TGC) and Turkey’s Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilisim Dernegi), RWB will hold a news conference in Istanbul on 4 September in order to put the alarming decline in freedom of information in Turkey on the IGF agenda.

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Parliamentary Names & Numbers

Parliamentary Names & Numbers gives you instant access to up-to-date contact information for Members of Parliament, Senators, Provincial & Territorial Legislators, Federal & Provincial Ministries, Ministerial, Caucus & Critic Responsibilities and Federal Agencies & Crown Corporations

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Media Names & Numbers

Media Names & Numbers is the one-stop print- and Web-based directory of Canada's media, with listings for all print and broadcast media. You can access information for more than 6,000 publications and stations, with essential contact details including names of editors and producers, phone and fax numbers, mailing addresses, E-mails, Web sites, and information about editorial scope, circulation and audience size, languages, subscription prices, and much more.

Your subscription includes access to the online version of Media Names & Numbers. Now you can get all this for only $109.95 +GST/HST. ( online subscription January 1 to December 31).Subscribe online or call 416-964-7799.

Topic of the Week: Workplace Health & Safety

Looking for experts or news sources related to workplace health & safety? Then visit Sources dedicated work and safety page. Filled with recent articles on the subject as well as contact information for various spokespersons and agencies, Sources is the premier archive for all things associated with work place safety.

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Sources Calendar

Alternative Energy Innovations Seminar
Date: Aug 27/2014 to Aug 29/2014
Venue: Exhibition
Location: Toronto, ON

Internet Governance Forum
Date: Sept 4/2014 to Sept 5/2014
Venue: Istanbul Bilgi University, Santral Campus
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

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