UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned a violent attack by a Donald Trump supporter on a BBC cameraman at an El Paso, Texas, rally on Monday. Hunt linked the violence to a troubling surge in fatal assaults against journalists, whom he praised as the “invisible line between open and closed societies.”

A man wearing a red “Make America great again” cap was captured on video attacking BBC cameraman Ron Skeans at the rally before he was pulled off the journalist. Ironically, the MAGA violence erupted at a rally where Trump talked of improving safety in the nation.

“It is never acceptable when journalists and cameramen are attacked just for doing their job,” Hunt said Tuesday on Sky News. “There is a broader issue here, which is that last year 80 journalists were killed across the world just doing their job.” (Hunt addresses the incident in the video here at 8:33.) Continue reading UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

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FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists

FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists

In late November, as the Gilets Jaunes—or Yellow Vests—protest movement took hold in France, Martin Goillandeau and Makana Eyre wrote for CJR that participants were harassing, and even assaulting, journalists. Since then, the protests have become a weekly occurrence. So, too, have threats against reporters. “The harassment and violence have got worse,” Eyre told me this morning. “I went to the Saturday protests in Paris to shoot photos and see how big it would get. This was the first time that I really felt nervous with my camera… I saw people interfering with broadcasts, shouting at media teams, and getting in their faces. For much of it, I had my camera in my coat.”

This past weekend, a group of Yellow Vests in the northern city of Rouen set upon two journalists working for LCI, a French TV news broadcaster; they were spared by two bodyguards, one of whom ended up in hospital with a broken nose. Protesters aggressed another LCI team in Paris. In Toulon, two Agence France-Presse reporters were chased by about 10 people, while in nearby Marseille, photographers were hassled and blocked from taking pictures. In Toulouse, a group of protesters trapped a 31-year-old local journalist in her car and threatened her with rape. “They wanted me to open my window. I told them it wasn’t possible, that I had to go and pick up my son,” she recalled. “A man threatened me that I had two seconds to get out.” Organized groups have hampered newspapers’ core operations, too: overnight on Friday, for example, about 30 Yellow Vests blocked regional newspaper La Voix du Nord’s distribution depot and threatened to burn a truck, stopping 20,000 copies of the paper from being delivered. On Sunday, trash cans were set on fire outside the same paper’s offices. While no motive was immediately established, its director doesn’t think it was an accident. Continue reading FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists

Data breaches, information leaks and misinformation, oh my!

Data breaches, information leaks and misinformation, oh my!

Data breaches, information leaks and misinformation, oh my!

Users are facing a multitude of factors influencing the debate on whether they should delete their Facebook accounts due to scandals involving the company.

A new wave of users decided Wednesday to leave the site for good following a New York Times report revealing that the social media giant shared users’ personal data with third-party sites such as Netflix, Spotify and Amazon.

“I remember simpler times, when my biggest facebook concern was whether I was tagged in that photo with my buddy’s bong visible in the background. Burn it down. #DeleteFacebook,” Twitter user @mjdono25 wrote. Continue reading Data breaches, information leaks and misinformation, oh my!

Every 30 seconds, a female journalist or politician is harassed on Twitter

Every 30 seconds, a female journalist or politician is harassed on Twitter

On Tuesday, a new report from Amnesty International put some numbers behind those kinds of incidents, and the numbers are not good.

According to the study, which analyzed hundreds of thousands of tweets sent in 2017, female journalists and politicians were subjected to some kind of harassment or abuse on the social network roughly every 30 seconds, and women of color experienced significantly higher levels of abuse: they were 84 percent more likely to be mentioned in abusive or harassing tweets. (The full results, part of Amnesty’s Troll Patrol project, are available here.)

Continue reading Every 30 seconds, a female journalist or politician is harassed on Twitter