The Sun Corrects False Assange Claim, Inflames WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks Task Force cries “fake news” after The Sun falsely claims that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange allegedly sexually assaulted two men Earlier this month, The Sun newspaper published “Who is Julian Assange, why does Pamela Anderson visit him in the Ecuadorian embassy and what is Wikileaks?” about exiled Aussie journalist and founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, … Continue reading The Sun Corrects False Assange Claim, Inflames WikiLeaks

Rupert Murdoch-Owned Tabloid Retracts Article That Shamed NY Paramedic For Selling Nude Photos During Pandemic

“HEARTS RACING: Paramedic is ‘making ends meet’ by sharing XXX-rated pics on OnlyFans,” read the now-deleted Dec. 12 headline, published on The Sun’s website. source The article, by reporter Danielle Cinone, detailed the online exploits of 23-year-old Lauren Caitlyn Kwei, a paramedic from New York who began selling nude photos on subscription content website OnlyFans … Continue reading Rupert Murdoch-Owned Tabloid Retracts Article That Shamed NY Paramedic For Selling Nude Photos During Pandemic

Inside the Russian Troll Factory

Leaked documents reveal details of anti-U.S. operations by Russian trolls The Internet Research Agency (IRA), a pro-Putin “troll factory” based in St. Petersburg, recently found fame after it was indicted for allegedly trying to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. Leaked documents reveal details about the IRA’s operations, including online posts criticising U.S. domestic and … Continue reading Inside the Russian Troll Factory

Gay Panic, Poe’s Law, and the Strange Cult of Julian Assange

How my corrections story about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ended up on a bunch of fringe conspiracy websites I recently blogged about The Sun, a popular British tabloid newspaper owned by Aussie media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In March, the paper falsely reported that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was accused of raping two men during a … Continue reading Gay Panic, Poe’s Law, and the Strange Cult of Julian Assange

Cod Fishing Part II

“I love journalism” – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange responds to botched Sun newspaper profile On Wednesday, I asked if The Sun created a fake reporter to byline a story which falsely claimed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had sexually assaulted two men. Yesterday, Assange tweeted my blog post about the story: source He immediately followed-up with this … Continue reading Cod Fishing Part II

Preaching to the Press

Is the British press unintentionally aiding efforts to implement state-backed press regulation? Last October, IMPRESS became the first Royal Charter-backed press regulator in Britain after its application was approved by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), the government-funded body set up in the wake of the 2012 Leveson Report to oversee press regulation. The decision to approve IMPRESS has … Continue reading Preaching to the Press

Crime and Regulation

IMPRESS-approved magazine publisher issues legal challenge against the Daily Telegraph after it published article about his criminal past Last week, the Daily Telegraph published an article about Steve McNought, whose Bristol-based publishing company Arkbound was recently approved by official UK press regulator, IMPRESS. The January 21, 2017 article, “Armed robber turned publisher wins approval from state-approved Press … Continue reading Crime and Regulation

Q&A with Marika Sboros

“Not just a tide, a tsunami” – Leading health and nutrition journalist Marika Sboros answers my questions about the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet and explains why the scientific consensus is starting to turn on diet and nutrition Marika Sboros is one of South Africa’s leading health journalists, with over 30 years experience in the newspaper industry. She … Continue reading Q&A with Marika Sboros

The Case for Regulation

Members of UK official press regulator IMPRESS answer criticism that state-backed regulation could undermine a “vibrant local press” Last week, I blogged about IMPRESS, which recently gained recognition as the first official press regulatory body in the UK. The decision was made by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), the government-funded body set up in the wake of the … Continue reading The Case for Regulation