Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of  experimental reporting in Europe

Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of experimental reporting in Europe

Capitalizing on the strengths of their smaller markets and the inexpensive cost of reaching audiences online, these innovative startups are cultivating specialties, offering ancillary services, and even becoming major media players in their respective markets//Crimson Tazvinzwa
To journalists at Slovak news startup Denník N, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlined the importance of the experiment they started more than three years ago.

Kuciak was shot in February as he investigated links between the Italian mafia and political corruption in Slovakia for digital news outlet Aktuality.sk and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. His death revealed the lengths to which criminals, corrupt officials, shady businesspeople, and others would go to quash a story in the Central European country. Continue reading Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of experimental reporting in Europe

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Focus Features Takes International Rights to Cannes Title ‘The Lighthouse’

Focus Features Takes International Rights to Cannes Title ‘The Lighthouse’

Cannes: Image Nation, MBC Studios, Vox Cinemas Forge Production Partnership

Focus Features has taken international rights to Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film internationally. The film, which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, will debut at the festival in Director’s Fortnight on May 19.

Eggers highly-anticipated sophomore feature following his 2015 breakout “The Witch,” “The Lighthouse” is described as an hypnotic and hallucinatory story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. It is co-written by Eggers with his brother Max Eggers. Continue reading Focus Features Takes International Rights to Cannes Title ‘The Lighthouse’

Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France

Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France

French police say an armed man has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of Toulouse.

A police spokeswoman said four hostages were taken in a convenience store in Blagnac, near Toulouse airport.

She said it’s too early to rule out terror without knowing the hostage-taker’s demands.
Continue reading Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France

French Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris, days after Notre Dame fire

French Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris, days after Notre Dame fire

Police fire tear gas in clashes with yellow-vest protestors
Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.

Dozens of hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to scooters and rubbish bins in the centre of the French capital, according to Reuters TV footage.

Police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it to Paris’ Place de la République, where most of the demonstrators were contained in the late afternoon. Continue reading French Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris, days after Notre Dame fire