Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘After Paris attacks, blurred lines over free speech issues’

The Globe and Mail‘s Joanna Slater attempts to explain some apparent contradictions on free speech occurring in France days after a massive rally for unity and free speech.

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Sat, January 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Oceans in peril of mass, human-caused die-off, study claims

From climate change to overfishing, our oceans are under a host of pressures that could lead to mass extinctions, a new study has found. But despite the dire nature of the situation, there is time for a comeback.

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2014 warmest year on record around the globe

Score more evidence for those who believe in the very real phenomenon of global warming-driven climate change. But Canada didn’t exactly fry in 2014.

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Fri, January 16 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Saudi blogger’s flogging postponed for medical reasons

From the Guardian: The wife of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticising leading clerics, says King Abdullah has referred his case to the supreme court amid an international clamour over his flogging.

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‘Toronto Star’ publisher on not publishing the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoons

Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank attempts to paint his newspaper’s decision not to reprint any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a way to take the moral high road in his large and diverse city.

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Fri, January 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

UN pleads with Saudis to stop flogging blogger

From the New York Times (“Saudi Arabia: U.N. Denounces Flogging of Blogger”): The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan, publicly appealed to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to halt the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 blows, 10 years’ imprisonment and a large fine for creating a website that contained criticism of […]

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Thu, January 15 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Major U.S. news media readying for arrival of drone journalism

From the Toronto Star: A group of 10 U.S. media companies, including the New York Times Co., The Associated Press and NBC Universal, will begin testing the use of drones for news gathering.

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Toronto news anchor resigns over conflict of interest

From the Globe and Mail: Global News anchor Leslie Roberts has resigned from the network he called home for 15 years as it investigated his undisclosed ties to a public-relations firm.

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Thu, January 15 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

NYT public editor would have run the post-massacre Charlie Hebdo cover

Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the New York Times, takes issue with the decision by Times editor Dean Baquet to not run the Jan. 14 Charlie Hebdo cover.

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Wed, January 14 2015 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Satellite images show Boko Haram’s toll

From the Globe and Mail: Shocking satellite images of destroyed towns and razed houses have confirmed eyewitness accounts that Boko Haram slaughtered hundreds of people this month in its worst-ever massacre in Nigeria, human rights groups say.

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