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‘The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies’

“The officials leaking [the information leading to Michael Flynn’s resignation] acted justifiably, despite the fact that they violated the law,” Glenn Greenwald argues. “That’s because the leaks revealed that a high government official, Gen. Flynn, blatantly lied to the public about a material matter — his conversations with Russian diplomats — and the public has […]

Bill Gates: ‘If anybody says we don’t need the media, that’s a little scary’

“If we define media very broadly to be the things that help voters assess what’s being said, assess how those things have worked, and therefore played their role of picking, on balance, reasonable leaders who pursue reasonable policies — you can’t have a democracy without a media function like that,” Bill Gates said in an […]

Chinese government bans entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles or makes fun of Chinese values

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has banned all entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles and celebrities, or makes fun of Chinese values. The government agency has ordered Chinese news organizations’ entertainment news “comply with the Communist Party’s ideologies and adopt a positive tone,” Liu Zhen reports. The agency also said […]

How the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe became the ‘right to forget the news’

Several court decisions in the last few months have expanded Europe’s “right to be forgotten,” Elena Perotti writes, and those decisions have expanded the burden upon the news media. In particular, news organizations should pay close attention to a legal battle Google is facing in France: Google is appealing to the French Data Protection Authority […]

Are Trump’s press bans moving down to local politicians?

In Harrisburg, Pa., the mayor has barred his spokesperson from speaking to PennLive, the largest news outlet in the area, and barred PennLive reporters from attending his weekly press briefings. Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse says he’s taking a stand against an “illegitimate … gossip blog,” while PennLive says its reporting on Papenfuse’s business and civic […]

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