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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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‘Freedom of expression, media essential qualities of any functioning democracy’

Global Conference for Media Freedom in London July 10-11 WT24 Desk British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson on Monday said freedom of expression and the media are essential qualities of any functioning democracy, Agencies report. “As Bangladesh continues its journey of reaching middle income status it is so vital to allow space for a vibrant civil society, through ...

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Press groups say Turkey report blacklists foreign news media

WT24 Desk Journalism organizations in Turkey have criticized a report by a pro-government think tank that they say catalogues journalists working for international news media in a way that amounts to “blacklisting”, AP reports. The Journalists’ Union of Turkey said Sunday it plans to file a criminal complaint against the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, a think tank ...

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US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs

WT24 Desk WASHINGTON – The struggling US media industry is facing its worst year for job layoffs in a decade as news organizations continue to cut staff and close shop, according to a new survey, AFP reports. The consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas reported this week that media companies, which include movies, television, publishing, music, and broadcast and print news, ...

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Social media shaming and forgiveness: why nobody’s beyond the pale

WT24 Desk She was a high-flying international human right’s lawyer who worked with refugees. Then she was found dead on a beach in East Sussex. What happened in-between is a story of crime and punishment, and a question of how justice works in the social media era. Simone Burns, who is also known as Simone O’Broin, first achieved international infamy ...

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Using social media while watching TV diminishes enjoyment

According to the researchers, given the prevalence of TV shows that actively initiate social media conversations among viewers by promoting conversations, more research needs to be done. WT24 Desk Toggling between watching television and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a University of Connecticut study , IANS reports. The study, published in the ...

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