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June 9, 2015

Welcome to this week’s issue of Sources Hotlink. This issue features many stories related to the themes of journalistic standards and censorship. With increasing pressure from corporations and governments, reporters are finding it more and more difficult to report on issues that affect powerful interests. The problem lies not only with top-down pressure and control, but also with journalists themselves. Journalists often frame their stories to support particular narratives or points of view.

Also in this issue: books, movies and other resources related to the theme of censorship, journalistic integrity, and acess to information.

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Media and Journalism news and analysis

Featured Articles on Sources.com

Spiked: Fighting In-House Censorship When Media Managers Can’t Handle The Truth

One of the most aggravating occupational hazards for investigative reporters everywhere is internal censorship. Indeed, few things are more professionally debilitating than watching your story get killed or substantially gutted by some spineless suit representing the corporation’s financial, political or other interests. It can lay you low for months and months. And if it happens repeatedly, such sustained spiking can crush your spirit, scar your soul and mean it is well past time to find another employer. Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Censorship - De Facto Censorship

‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy

When western media report on 'enemy states,' sensationalism, dubious sources, and misleading headlines are all-too-common. An example is the recent coverage on the supposed execution of the North Korean Defense Minister. Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Media Bias - News Bias

Recommendations on the right to be forgotten By La Quadrature du Net and Reporters Without Borders

On the problems for the protection of freedom of expression and the right to information posed by the right to be removed from search engine results and, more broadly, the right to be forgotten. Privacy and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of equal value. Whenever one conflicts with the other, a balance must be reached under a judge’s authority because, as a matter of principle, one cannot be given more importance than the other. Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Freedom of Expression - Internet Privacy

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Is our inability to tackle climate change the fault of politicians? Corporations? Governments? Or is it because that's the way our brains have evolved to be able to hold six contradictory ideas at once and believe them all? Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Climate Change Denial - Global Warming

Recent Press Releases

Censored book about corruption in Angola now available on RSF site

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is facilitating access to “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola,” the book by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais that is censored in his country.

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Sad anniversary for Eritrean press freedom

Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality who used to work for the Eritrean newspaper Setit in Asmara, is spending his 5,000th day in prison today, May 2, 2015. He has never been sentenced or even charged.

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The Need is Still Great in Nepal

Nepal's recent earthquake has shaken the nation with devastating, long-term affects. As the world seems to return to it's regular pace, Emmanuel International is working to support those in Nepal who are still reeling from the quake.

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Getting Publicity:

Connecting journalists and news makers

Ten ways your nonprofit can start - or might already be - delivering content marketing

One way nonprofits can raise their profile on the Internet is by providing valuable and interesting content. Whether you do it through your own website, or through Sources news releases, or via other channels, providing content enhances your credibility. Here are ten ideas for content marketing. Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Non-Profit Marketing - Web Content Development

Nonprofit Marketing Plan Template—Right-Things, Right-Now Marketing

A detailed outline for developing an effective marketing plan in the non-profit sector, including costs, marketing tactics, and finding the right target audience. Read more

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Marketing - Non-Profit Marketing

Topic of the Week: Inequality

Inequalities of power and income lie at the root of many social and economic problems. The problems caused by inequality continue to grow as wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small minority. The Sources Subject Index features resources and experts on inequality. Explore them here

Website of the Week: Intercept

The Intercept began as a platform for reporting on the documents made public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. It has expanded to provide in-depth and informed coverage of security issues generally, as well as stories on a wide range of issues. Check them out here

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
National Security - Security and Surveillance

Book of the Week: Democracy’s Oxygen: How Corporations Control the News

By James Winter

James Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informed, news organizations manufacture public consent for policies which favour the corporate elite.

Read more →

Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
Corporate Media - Concentration of Media Ownership

Film of the Week: CitizenFour

CitizenFour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). CitizenFour not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

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Related topics in the Sources Subject Index:
National Security - Whistleblowers

Quote of the Week

Sources Calendar

ADR Institute of Ontario 2015 Annual General Meeting and PD Program
Date: June 12/2015 8am to 2pm
Venue: St. Andrew's Club
Location: 150 King St. W, Toronto, ON
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Geo Conference on Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation: SGEM 2015
Date: Jun 15/2015 to Jun 25/2015
Venue: Flamingo Grand Congress Center, Albena Resort & SPA
Location: Albena, Bulgaria
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World Refugee Day
Date: June 20/2015
Description: An international day of solidarity for refugees
More Info Here

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