The Sam Adams Award for Seymour Hersh

Since 2002 a unique award ceremony has taken place annually in either the USA or Europe: the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence. This year it occurred in Washington DC on 22 September and was given to veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh. the group comprising the Sam Adams Associates is [...]

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Gauri Lankesh shot dead

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article19627855.ece/alternates/FREE_660/05bg-page1-lankGSM2E0RMA3jpgjpg ‘The journalist-activist was slain by three armed assailants outside her home’ Nationally renowned journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, editor and owner of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru West, on Tuesday at around 8 p.m. City Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar confirmed to The Hindu that the [...]

US Ranks 41st on Press Freedom Index

http://rsf.org/en/ranking The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) 2016 press freedom index, largely due to the government's "war on whistleblowers," mass surveillance, and the lack of a shield law for journalists that guarantees their right not to reveal sources or other confidential information. That's despite the fact [...]

Facebook blocks Pulitzer-winning reporter over Malta government exposé

Facebook has censored a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for publishing a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ award-winning Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for [...]

Reflections on World Press Freedom Day

This year’s theme for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies” is one of the most important days honouring press freedom. Inevitably, the impact of media has the power to transform societies through enlightenment and active citizenry. Observers occasionally refer to the [...]