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Twitter launches tool to help journalists

Twitter launches tool to help journalists
Date published: July 4, 2011    Author: Newswatch Desk
Subject: Companies, Media - Internet   Country: International   
Twitter is trying to encourage journalists, with the company publishing guidelines designed to help journalists — traditional, new media, professional, citizen — to use the platform effectively, The Australian has reported. Twitter for Newsrooms, which went live last week at media.twitter.com/newsrooms, is split into four main categories, starting with "Report", which shows how to use Twitter's advanced search functions and includes case studies on how reporters have used it to find and verify sources for stories. The details: [Link] As Twitter itself explains: "We want to make our tools easier to use so you can focus on your job: finding sources, verifying facts, publishing stories, promoting your work and yourself -- and doing all of it faster and faster all the time."
Twitter launches tool to help journalists
 
 

Hong Kong journalists say freedom under threat

Date published: July 3, 2011    Author: Newswatch Desk
Subject: Press Freedom Overview, State Control   Country: Hong Kong   
Hong Kong journalists say freedom under threat
A Hong Kong journalists' group warned Sunday freedom of expression in the city had deteriorated, saying it had become intolerant of dissent as Beijing strengthened its grip on the territory, Agence-France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but retains a semi-autonomous status under the "one country, two systems" model with civil liberties including freedom of speech not enjoyed in mainland China. "There are now growing, and disturbing signs, that the one-country element is over-riding two systems," the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in its annual freedom of expression report. "This could have far-reaching implications for Hong Kong's autonomy and one of its most fundamental rights -- freedom of expression and press freedom," said the group, which represents some 500 journalists in the city.
Hong Kong journalists say freedom under threat

Guardian to scrap international print editions

Date published: July 2, 2011    Author: Newswatch Desk
Subject: Media - Print, Companies   Country: United Kingdom   
Guardian to scrap international print editions
Guardian News and Media will scrap its international print editions later this year as part of its new “digital first” strategy, according to Press Gazette. In an announcement made July 1 the company said the last international editions of The Guardian and The Observer – which are printed at five sites in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, Malta and Cyprus – will be published on 1 October 2011. Some details: [Link] GNM executive director (commercial) Adam Freeman said: "Our international print editions have been a valued part of what we do for a number of years, but as a result of the structural changes affecting all printed newspapers we have been steadily reducing the amount of copies we publish outside the UK since 2010 due to reasons of demand and cost.
Guardian to scrap international print editions

Australian editor convicted, released in Burma

Date published: July 2, 2011    Author: Newswatch Desk
Violation: Legal Action   Subject: State Persecution   Country: Burma   
Australian editor convicted, released in Burma
Ross Dunkley, founder and editor of the Myanmar Times newspaper, was convicted of assault and set free for time already spent in detention by a Burmese court on Thursday. The verdict, which carried a 30-day jail term, acquitted Dunkley of other charges viewed by many journalists as trumped up by authorities to put pressure on his news operation. The conviction represented an automatic breach of Burmese immigration laws that carried a possible six months in prison or 100,000 kyat (US$120) fine. Dunkley, an Australian national, opted to pay the fine and told reporters outside the court room that he planned to appeal the verdict.
Australian editor convicted, released in Burma

Zimbabwe: Standard journalists released on bail, investigation continues

Date published: July 2, 2011    Author: Newswatch Desk
Violation: Arrested   Subject: State Persecution, Ethics and Freedom   Country: Zimbabwe   
Zimbabwe: Standard journalists released on bail, investigation continues
Nevanji Madanhire, the editor of independent weekly The Standard, was released on bail of 100 dollars (69 euros) on the evening of June 30, 24 hours after the release of his reporter, Patience Nyangove. Their release on bail was confirmed when they appeared in court July 1. The two journalists and Loud Ramakgopola, a senior employee of the company that owns The Standard, were arrested during a raid on the newspaper on June 29, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). They are all still subject to a judicial investigation on charges of criminal defamation and “publication of false statements prejudicial to the state.” The police have refused to return the mobile phone they took from Nyangove on the grounds that it could provide them with evidence. Examining her phone violates the principle that journalists’ sources are confidential.
Zimbabwe: Standard journalists released on bail, investigation continues
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