Politics • Asian • China
Australian journalist held in China on national security grounds

Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been detained since August 14th and is suspected of "criminal activity endangering China's national security". Lei is a news anchor for China Global Television Network (CGTN) and was arrested in Beijing and was taken into secretive detention. The reason for her detention is still unclear.

Politics • European
Belarus: Accreditations from western media journalists removed

Journalists working for western media outlets had their accreditations removed on Saturday in Belarus. This comes a day after a German ARD TV crew was arrested in their hotel and later deported. Journalists affected worked for Reuters, Radio Liberty, AFP, AP and BBC, among others.

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter adds labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts
Twitter adds labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts
Credit: Russia Today (Twitter Reproduction)

Twitter announced the introduction of labels for accounts and tweets tied to government officials and "state-affiliated media."

In a blog post, the company says: "Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives. This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize political discourse and increase transparency and accountability"

Russia Today (RT) was one of the first accounts to be labelled "affiliated media", with Twitter pointing the ties of the media outlet with the Russian Government.

Twitter suggested that these labels are part of a more significant effort "to protect that discourse because we believe political reach should be earned not bought."

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook News available to all in US, with local news and video
Facebook News
Facebook News Credit: Facebook

Facebook News, the social network’s section dedicated to journalism, launches today for all users in the United States. The product was announced by Facebook back in October but as a limited test to some users.

Out of the test phase, Facebook News allows users to react and share articles, but not to comment. Users are also able to hide articles, topics and publishers they don’t want to see.

Facebook is also now testing news video, which it didn’t have last fall, and it has introduced a local news section to Facebook News

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