One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its sixth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand justice. Paul Chouta, the Cameroon Web reporter who was arrested in May, denied bail, and charged with defamation and spreading false news. His case has been delayed until August 13 and he remains in a maximum-security prison. Aasif Sultan, a reporter for Kashmir Narrator, was arrested on “anti-state” charges and will have been imprisoned for one year on August 27. He has been repeatedly interrogated …

Orange Is the New Black final series review back to its very best

Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama bows out by bringing back all the fan favourites even the chickens There are not many shows that can lay claim to changing the television landscape during their lifetime, but OITNB figured out how to pace its stories according to overindulgence, rather than the traditional weekly drop-in. It exits with this, its seventh and final season: easily the best and most self-assured since its debut. While OITNB was always ambitious, it occasionally tripped over its own shoelaces. It dedicated a whole season to a three-day prison riot, which was a bold idea whose execution collapsed into a mess of confusion. One of the main criticisms the show has faced …

‘Truth hurts’: China’s envoys try out Trump-style Twitter diplomacy

Beijings representatives abroad are harnessing social media to confront critics Chinese envoys are experimenting with a new kind of Trump-style public diplomacy Twitter spats. Twitter is banned in China, but Chinese diplomats abroad, not traditionally known for being outspoken, have started to use the platform to confront Beijings critics more directly and aggressively. Earlier this week, Zhao Lijian, deputy chief of mission to Pakistan, joined the fray while defending Beijings treatment of Uighurs, https://t.co/KIKanBjQ2L debt-trap diplomacy. Zhang, tweeting at Nasheed, wrote: What I cannot accept is continuous unverified and misleading info. to the public, which harms our friendly relations, adding that having a rational [dialogue] based on correct data was only a phonecall away. Zhang Lizhong (@AmbassadorZhang) Thank you, Mr. …

YouTube star who humiliated homeless man given prison term

ReSet posted footage of man eating Oreos filled with toothpaste in Barcelona A YouTube star who tricked a homeless man into eating biscuits filled with toothpaste and then posted footage of the incident online has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay his victim 20,000 in moral damages. A judge in Barcelona also banned Kanghua Ren, better known as ReSet, from having any social media accounts for five years. ReSet, who was born in China but grew up in Spain, was among the 200 most popular YouTubers in Spain and Latin America, with 1.1 million followers. In 2017 he accepted a dare to scrape the cream out of Oreo cookies and replace it with toothpaste. He …

Ben Shapiro apologises to Andrew Neil after being ‘destroyed’ in BBC interview

US pundit says he was not prepared for segment, which went viral after he cut it short The US conservative pundit Ben Shapiro has said he was destroyed by Andrew Neil in a TV debate in which he accused the veteran broadcaster of being a lefty before abruptly ending the interview. Neil, chair of the group that owns the rightwing magazine the Spectator, subjected Shapiro to a robust interrogation about previous remarks such as Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap, and highlighted his support for new hardline abortion laws in the state of Georgia. At this point in the BBC Politics Live broadcast, Shapiro, formerly of Breitbart, accused Neil of bias and suggested abortions after more than …

Fresh faces on stage at the TV industry’s upfronts this week

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Brian Lowry emails: NBC’s three-year renewal of “This is Us” was one of the highlights of the network’s upfront announcement on Sunday, in advance of the formal presentation at Radio City on Monday. NBC called the deal “unprecedented” — which it isn’t, as anyone who remembers “Lost” can attest — but it IS emblematic of what’s become a play-it-safe approach, where stability is prized above all… >> NBC Entertainment co-chair George Cheeks, meanwhile, seemed to acknowledge the somewhat diminished role the broadcasters will occupy this week during a conference call, noting that there would be much discussion …

The media is failing on climate change here’s how they can do better ahead of 2020

We spoke to climate change experts for advice on how news outlets can cover the environment in ways that make voters listen America elected Donald Trump at the end of the hottest year Democratic National Committee to host a debate solely focused on climate. Bernie Sanders raised the issue during his town hall on Fox News earlier this month and even town halls last week. In the run-up to 2020, as newsroom leaders grapple with their mistakes in the 2016 election from reliance on inaccurate polls to underestimating the impact of fake news the failure to press candidates on climate change is emerging as an area of self-examination. In 2016 there were almost no questions asked , which is insane, …

Trump is just one chapter of bad fiction in America’s history, White House press dinner told

When you chip away at the press, you chip away at our democracy, Pulitzer-winning historian Ron Chernow tells Trump-free event As Donald Trump flailed his arms and railed against the media at a raucous campaign rally on Saturday night, a Pulitzer prize-winning historian delivered an elegantly scathing rebuke at the in polarised reactions to special counsel Robert Muellers report on Russian election interference was on vivid display again in two speeches. In Washington, Chernow, biographer of founding father Alexander Hamilton and former president Ulysses S Grant, delivered an eloquent and erudite defence of the freedom of the press with some subtle barbs, winning a standing ovation from an audience that quickly forgot any disappointment over the lack of a comedian …