Jonathan Cook  ICH   

­ I have mentioned before that more than 90 per cent of reporters are in some sense “access journalists” – that is, they rely on the active help of the key figures on their “beat”. Usually the people they regularly need to access are in power: crime correspondents need help from the police, much less so than criminals; diplomatic correspondents need the help of diplomats more than they need the help of drone strike victims, and so on. (more…)

The Intercept

A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. (more…)

Rawstory

Ohio’s attorney general is fighting the release of surveillance video recorded during the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old black man last month at a Walmart store. (more…)

 

Truthout

The Washington Monthly calls David Cay Johnston “one of this country’s most important journalists” and the Oregonian newspaper says his work is the equal of the great muckrakers Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

For three weeks and counting, America has raged against the appalling behavior of the local police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for good reason: automatic rifles pointed at protesters, tank-like armored trucks blocking marches, the teargassing and arresting of reporters (more…)

Aljazeera

Two mentally impaired half-brothers have been freed after serving three decades in a US prison for the rape and murder of a child after DNA evidence proved they were not guilty. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans. It’s also based on loose standards and secret evidence, which ensnares innocent people. Indeed, the standards are so low that the US government’s guidelines specifically allow for a single, uncorroborated source of information (more…)

Guardian U.K.

California is poised to introduce tough new controls on police deployment of drones for surveillance, as the debate around the acceptable uses of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) gathers pace. (more…)

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