Colombian investigative journalist William Solano is being prosecuted for slander after writing multiple articles for independent news site DCERCA on administrative corruption in his home municipality of Buga. In the journalist’s ongoing trial, the local district attorney has sought access to Solano’s communications in order to identify key sources in his reporting, who until now have remained anonymous. In late June, a judge authorized the district attorney to search Solano’s Facebook account. The prosecutor is now demanding the journalist’s account password.
Source: Media Shift
The new representative for Freedom of the Media in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the former French secretary of state for European Affairs, Harlem Désir. His appointment should be formalized on 18 July. Members of the OSCE finally overcame months of deadlock on filling top posts, including this one.
Source: European Federation of Journalists and Reuters
The police chief of a small Alabama town is thanking investigative journalists for helping protect his cops. Mike Ready, chief of the McIntosh Police Department, publicly thanked reporters at the local FOX10 News TV station after they dug into leaks of toxic chlorine at a nearby chemical plant. The station began to investigate after a police officer fell ill when responding to a leak in February, and revealed that 738 pounds of chlorine gas had escaped. The cops now have better response gear.
Source: FOX10 News
Jordanian airport authorities asked an Egyptian journalist to return home after he arrived at Amman’s international airport late Monday to attend a workshop on digital investigations, according to Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. ARIJ’s Rana Sabbagh said immigration authorities denied entry to Wael Mamdouh without explanation. Mamdouh, who works for the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm, has attended at least five trainings and annual forums in past years in Amman without difficulty and has produced, with support of ARIJ, several hard-hitting investigations.
In the third round of the Digital News Initiative fund, Google has awarded more than €21m to 107 journalism projects in 27 countries across Europe. The recipients of the funding range from prototypes to medium and large projects focusing on investigative reporting, fact-checking and virtual and augmented reality. Just under half of the projects funded are collaborative, with 47 per cent of the initiatives produced in partnership between multiple organizations and across different countries.
Over the last month, Chinese regulators have closed celebrity gossip websites, restricted what video people can post and suspended online streaming, all on grounds of inappropriate content. New regulations state that at least two "auditors" will be required to check all audiovisual content posted online to ensure they adhere to "core socialist values." Topics deemed inappropriate include drug addiction and homosexuality.