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April 21, 2016

Welcome to this issue of Sources Hotlink. The Panama Papers are out and they’re reaking havoc to governments all around the world. They’ve already take down the Icelandic Prime Minister but he won’t be the only one to fall. Meanwhile, in Sudan, the women’s movement struggles and Germany sells out one of their own citizens.

Also in this issue, we take a little look at what computer automated journalism looks like and the business value of Reddit.

For our content connoisseurs we offer a book on the Canadian Tar Sands and a Film on the Mexican Cartels.

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Featured Articles on Sources.com

Iceland’s Prime Minister Resigns, First Casualty of #PanamaPapers

The Panama Papers is one of the biggest information leaks in human history -- exposing one of the biggest tax shelters in the world. Used by tycoons, politicians and even some criminals. While Mr. Ex-Prime Minister is by no means the only person targeted, he definitely is the first to fall. What a start. Read more

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Protests - Taxation

Sudan: Silencing Women Rights Defenders

“Good girls don’t protest.” It’s thoughts like those that are holding back the woman’s movement in Kenya. It’s a societal issue enforced by the security forces. A way of thinking that the government doing nothing about. No, female activists are not “whores.” No, nobody deserves to be raped. Read more

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Women's Rights

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

The Panama Papers don’t exist. Not according to the chinese internet. Unfortunately, this was probably a surprise to absolutely none of you. But, what is surprising -- and disappointingly ironic -- is that the Panama Papers exposed Xi Jinping for sheltering money offshore. A man who publically vowed to fight corruption. Read more

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Official Censorship -
Investigative Journalism

German Government Approves Request from Turkey to Prosecute Satirist

Here’s a story. A German man makes a joke on a German TV program in Germany. Then he gets prosecuted in Turkey under Turkish law. Scratching your head? Why? Well, I guess there’s no better way to maintain trade relationships than a little but of human sacrifice. Read more

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Free Speech -

Climate Change by Industry: Who Is Most at Risk?

Look, everyone knows that climate change is killing our nature. But clearly, corporations care more about the greenback than our green world. So what happens to our businesses once global warming is in full swing? Are corporations digging their own graves? Read more

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Climate Change -

Recent News Releases

IFJ / EFJ condemn scandalous ban on media at Turkey media trial

March 27 - IFJ/EFJ today condemned the decision to hold the trial of Can Dundar and Erdem Gul behind closed doors. All diplomats, journalists, members of the public were evacuated from the court room.

The ruling was made earlier today on the first day of the Dundar/Gul case charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents, having reported on the supply of arms to Syrian fighters by the Turkish secret services. Read more

Bangladeshi secular blogger brutally murdered

April 10th - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) condemn the murder of a secular online activist in Bangladesh. The IFJ urge the Bangladesh government to expedite investigation to punish the murderers and deploy adequate safety measures to protect online activists, bloggers and journalists. Read more

EFF and 46 Technology Experts Ask Court To Throw Out Unconstitutional Apple Order

April 10th, Washington, D.C. - Content takedowns based on unfounded copyright claims are hurting online free expression, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told the U.S. Copyright Office Friday, arguing that any reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) should focus on protecting Internet speech and creativity. Read More

Getting Publicity: Connecting journalists and news makers

Next level robot journalism: more than automatically written stories

You might not realize it, but robot journalists have been around for a long time. No, they aren’t walking talking tin cans asking people for interviews. They’re computers reporting on basic things like stocks and sports scores. But what if machines could do more than just shit numbers? What if they could find stories, write articles and publish them? Read more

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Nearly Eight-in-Ten Reddit Users Get News on the Site

Reddit: The front page of the internet. That’s what they claim, but how accurate is that statement? Sure, only 7% of the U.S. population actually use the forum, but does that make the site any less “front page”? When it comes to their usage of the platform, 7% might be a lot more important than it sounds. Read more

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Social Media

Topic of the Issue: Sexual Abuse

It’s one of the most under reported crimes for a reason. The social stigma around these crimes are so strong that victims would rather stay silent than come forward. For those brave enough to stand up are often knocked down and disregarded. “You were asking for it.”

But if we as a society can reform our way of thinking. If we can empower these people instead of shame them. The world would have a lot less abusers and victims can find peace in justice and closure. Read more

Book of the Issue: A Line in the Tar Sands

Tar sands “development” comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents—fighting a powerful international industry—are likened to terrorists, government environmental scientists are muzzled, and public hearings are concealed and rushed. Read more

Film of the Issue: Cartel Land

“ Raw, brutal, and bitter, Cartel Land offers a ground-level look at vigilante efforts to thwart organized crime at the Mexican-American border.”

- Rotten Tomatoes

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Quote of the Week

Sources Calendar

Earth Day Web Conference: Climate Change & Resource Management

The Earth Day Conference 'Turning a New Leaf' will feature presentations and panel discussions on recent developments and new expectations impacting natural resource and environmental professionals.

Specific topics include climate change, federal science policy, stewardship, and collaborative resource management. Registration for a live online webcast is available for those who are unable to travel to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in person.

For more information or to register visit:

Date: Apr 22/2016
Time: 9:00 AM
Venue: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Location: 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
Website: http://www.cab-bc.org/college-conference-agm
For information contact: Rebecca Mersereau - assistantregistrar@cab-bc.org
Phone: 2503833306

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week began in 1981 and has grown to become one of Canada's largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

2015 was CMW's 33th year and is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 3,000 music industry professionals for the week's events - combining conferences, award shows, & one of Canada's biggest "New Music" festivals.

Throughout the duration of the event, performers put on shows at venues ranging from popular bars and halls to trendy clothing stores and cafes. Many emerging new bands use the festival as an opportunity to 'get spotted' by the A&R reps that are around in greater than average numbers during the festival.

Date: May 2/2016 to May 8/2016
Time: 7 days
Venue: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Location: Toronto, ON
Website: http://cmw.net/

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.

World Information Society Day
In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised by WSIS. The General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/252) in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.

Date: May 17/2016
Website: http://www.itu.int/en/wtisd/2015/Pages/default.aspx

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