May 3 is World Press Freedom Day 2017

This May 3 let’s remind people to pause and contemplate the value that a free press adds to modern society. It’s a good time to evaluate press freedom around the world, defend journalists and publications from attacks on their independence,…

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A toolkit for access to information laws

If you have ever experienced the frustration of extracting information from public bodies intent on blocking you every move then you will know the value of clear information on your legal right of access, and the Legal Leaks Toolkit may…

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Spotting fake news should be taught in school

The education director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Andreas Schleicher believes schools need to help make students capable of handling the onslaught of fake news. Mr Schleicher believes this is a “global competency” and wants teenagers…

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How to leak to ProRepublica

The independent investigative journalism organisation ProRepublica has released a guide to leaking information to it. “We’re investigative journalists devoted to exposing abuse of power,” writes ProRepublica. “If you’ve got evidence showing powerful people doing the wrong thing, here’s how to let…

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UNESCO conference to look at journalism’s challenges

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding a meeting at its Paris headquarters to discuss “the international landscape facing media actors”. “Media leaders, journalists, experts and Member States will have an opportunity to analyze the extent…

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News agencies look to IPSO to counter “fake” allegations

News agencies are applying for membership to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) in “a bid to counter the explosion of fake news claims currently being made online.” The UK’s Press Gazette reported on March 13, 2017 that the British-owned agency, Central European News…

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Identifying untrustworthy news sites

A public document posted by an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in Massachusetts has been described as a great source of help for identifying news sites that should not be trusted. “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical…

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World Wide Web inventor calls for fake news fight

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the man behind the success of the internet, has celebrated the web’s 28th birthday by calling on internet giants such as Google and Facebook to lead the fight against fake news. He said that targeted content and…

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A bill to oppose fake news

In the US House of Representatives a Democrat resolution aimed at combatting fake news and alternative facts has been introduced. Resolution 191, Opposing fake news and alternative facts lauds the First Amendment’s part in assuring freedom of speech and press freedom and…

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