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Italian deputy PM threatens ‘polluting’ press with ad boycott

M5Ss Luigi Di Maio could ask state-run companies to stop placing adverts in newspapers Italys deputy prime minister has threatened to pull advertising by state-run companies in newspapers as he accused them of polluting the political debate every day. The intervention by Luigi Di Maio, who leads the Five Star Movement (M5S), was the latest in a long-running series of attacks by the party on the media, and echoed tirades by Donald Trump, who has called American journalists enemies of the people. Di Maio said the government was preparing a…

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Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been found guilty of breaching the countrys Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are being held in prison in Yangon after being arrested in December, in a landmark case that has prompted international outrage and been seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the…

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German police in row over far right after officer blocked TV crew at Pegida rally

Off-duty police employee tried to stop groups demonstration in Dresden being filmed Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden. Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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Democracy at risk due to fake news and data misuse, MPs conclude

Parliamentary inquiry to demand urgent action to combat relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say. In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings before its official publication on Sunday, the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee in a post on his personal blog, saying that it had been leaked to him. Cummings,…

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Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia

Jn Kuciak and his fiancee were killed after he wrote an article linking politicians to the mafia Tens of thousands of Slovaks have rallied to demand the resignation of prime minister Robert Ficos government following the murder of a journalist that has shocked the central European nation and stoked anger over sleaze in public life. Jn Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kunrov, both 27, were found shot dead at their home near Bratislava on 25 February. Police have said Kuciaks death was most likely related to an investigation of his…

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Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster

Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Sun 4 Feb 2018 09.00EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons in England and Wales, said there was no contradiction between the practice of journalism and membership of Freemasonry.…

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Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist

Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Sian Cain @siancain Last modified on Thu 18 Jan 2018 07.37EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moving to the news stand books by Elena Ferrante on display in a bookshop…

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#MeToo movement named Time magazines Person of the Year

Magazine celebrates anti-harassment movement by naming The Silence Breakers on its cover after millions shared stories of sexual assault The Silence Breakers, the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, was revealed on Wednesday to be Time magazines Person of the Year. The announcement comes as many industries and power centers around the world are still reeling from an unprecedented reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse that came in the Harvey Weinstein in October. Even as the image of…

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Together, we are safeguarding the Guardian’s independent journalism

More than 800,000 readers now help fund the Guardians journalism a significant step in securing our future. Please join them The most important relationship the Guardian has is with its readers. Which is why, when faced with serious questions about how we might fund our journalism in this new digital era, we asked you to be part of the answer. Today, Im pleased to update you on our ongoing joint efforts to safeguard the future of the Guardians independent journalism. The Guardian is now funded by more than 800,000 supporters…

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‘Hold my avocado’: can you pick the real millennial catchphrases? – quiz

Time magazine has been mocked for suggesting that the phrase hold my avocado is the new viral millennial hashtag. Can you sort fact from fiction? Time magazine has been laughed at on Twitter for suggesting that the phrase hold my avocado ismillennials dont seem to agree. So, can you tell the on fleek millennial catchphrase from the out-dated, un-woke sayings of old? Take our very scientific quiz and find out: Hold my avocado! Yes, millennials actually always have an avocado to signal their financial stability and therefore, eligibility No We…

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Pakistani Taliban starts magazine for would-be female jihadists

Editorial urges women to invite like-minded sisters to secret gatherings and to learn how to use weapons and grenades The Pakistani Taliban have published the first edition of a magazine aimed at convincing women to join them and practise jihad. The inaugural front cover of Sunnat-i-Khaula which translates as The Way of Khaula and refers to a 7th-century female Muslim warrior shows a woman veiled from head to toe. The 45-page magazine attempts to depict support from a section of society traditionally despised by the militant group. As well as…

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Guardian and Observer to relaunch in tabloid format

Newspapers to move to smaller size and outsource printing to Trinity Mirror as part of three-year cost-saving plan The Guardian and Observer will relaunch in a tabloid format next year as part of a three-year plan to break even in their finances. Guardian Media Group (GMG), the parent company of the Guardian and Observer print and digital businesses, has decided to move from its

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Tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer for taking on agriculture companies

Art Cullen owns the 3,000-circulation Storm Lake Times with his brother John. His wife and son also work at the paper A small-town Iowa newspaper with a staff of 10 people – most of whom are related to each other has Storm Lake Times with his brother John, acknowledged it wasnt easy taking on agriculture in a state like Iowa where you see hundreds of miles of farm fields in every direction. The Cullens lost a few friends and a few advertisers, but never doubted they were doing the right…

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