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FaceApp denies storing users’ photographs without permission

App was launched by Russian developer in 2017 and uses AI to change people’s features WT24 Desk The developer of a popular app which transforms users’ faces to predict how they will look as older people has insisted they are not accessing users’ photographs without permission, The Guardian reports. FaceApp, which was launched by a Russian developer in 2017, uses ...

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Media under fire all over, but giving up not an option

The idea behind the billion-dollar fund is to support media platforms, good journalism and individual journalists. ARIFA NOOR Years ago, I heard Beena Sarwar (journalist and editor) narrate a story involving veteran journalist Aziz Siddiqui, who was part of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan at the time. Angry and frustrated at the turn of events (of which there are ...

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Pak journos stage protests

Denounce rampant censorship, layoffs, delays in payment of wages WT24 Desk Pakistani journalists are holding nationwide protests to denounce rampant censorship by the country’s powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages, Agencies report. Tuesday’s rallies, dubbed Day of Protests, are spearheaded by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. It says ...

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8,000 online news portals seek registration

Registration after scrutiny, says minister WT24 Desk Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the online newspapers and news portals will be registered after scrutiny, Agencies report. “A total of over 8,000 applications were submitted for online registration. There is a need for scrutiny to identify those online newspapers which are going to work on actual basis or have ...

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Theresa May refuses to defend journalists’ right to publish leaks

No 10 declines to comment on police threat to prosecute under Official Secrets Act WT24 Desk Downing Street has refused to stand up for the right of journalists to publish leaked official documents in the public interest after police warned last week that editors could face prosecution if they reveal any further diplomatic cables from the British ambassador to the ...

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AMERICANS HAVE LITTLE CONFIDENCE IN RELIGION, CONGRESS, NEWS MEDIA

Gallup first conducted their Confidence in Institutions poll in 1973, around the time of the Watergate scandal. The ratings have been updated annually since 1983, except for in 1992. WT24 Desk Americans have very little confidence in organized religion, Congress or news from the TV, Internet or newspapers, according to the Confidence in Institutions poll conducted by Gallup, The Jerusalem ...

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Kim Darroch: Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

Fellow Tory Michael Fallon had suggested journalists should be subject to Official Secrets Act WT24 Desk Boris Johnson has come out in defence of the right of the press to publish leaked diplomatic dispatches sent by the former British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, saying it would amount to “an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling ...

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Use ‘substandard’ instead of ‘adulterated’

Industries minister to media WT24 Desk ndustries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun has urged the print and electronic media to use ‘substandard’ instead of the widely used term ‘adulterated’ when describing Bangladeshi goods in the event of any incongruity, Agencies report. “The term ‘adulterated’ negatively affects the myriad export items of the country which are already in the global markets, ...

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Indian media body asks govt to withdraw restrictions on journalists

WT24 Desk Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has previously been accused of undermining freedom of the press in India, according to report. The Editors Guild of India, which represents the country’s newspapers, urged the government on Wednesday to withdraw curbs that have reduced journalists’ access to officials in the finance ministry. It criticized restrictions imposed by newly appointed Finance Minister ...

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Social media has both positive and negative sides

Information Minister for bringing it under control WT24 Desk Stating that social media has both positive and negative sides, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday laid emphasis on bringing it under discipline to check fake news, Agencies report. “Anyone can publish anything on social media as it’s an unedited platform. People used to depend on only mainstream media for ...

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