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EBU moves from assistance to defiance

A key player in the saga of Greece’s public broadcaster usually sticks to support rather than activism. Not this time

Tuesday night, many devoted Greek soccer fans were glued to their computers instead of slouching in front of the TV... More

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Greek judge rules ERT should remain on air

But it hasn’t happened yet

A Greek court ruled Monday that the country's public broadcasting network, known as ERT, should remain on air until it... More

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Consensus was that ERT needed reforming

“Of course there is corruption at ERT, but that is the fault of the politicians, not the journalists”

While journalists and advocates continue expressing outrage over the way Greek public broadcaster ERT was closed--it went dark with little... More

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Greece closes its public broadcaster

ERT employees are refusing to leave the station and are broadcasting online

Journalists and civil society groups across Europe expressed outrage over the Greek government's abrupt closure of its public broadcasting system... More

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UK considers stepping up Internet blocking

Home secretary Theresa May wants to prevent more “radicalization”

Should governments block websites that spread hardline ideology but don't explicitly advocate violence--like the ones likely read by the Tsarnaev... More

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Libel convictions face resurgence in Italy

For the second time in the past couple years, Italian journalists have faced jail time for defamation

Three Italian journalists were sentenced to prison terms Friday in Milan for libeling a prosecutor. Andrea Marcenaro and Riccardo Arena... More

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Google’s privacy policy scrutinized in Europe

A six-country investigation could have worldwide ramifications

Six European countries are stepping up the heat on Google to comply with the continent's strict privacy policies, a year... More

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French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful

The French government started cracking down on illegal downloading, so users switched to illegal streaming

Hadopi--a wildly unpopular French antipiracy agency charged with seeking out illegal downloaders for prosecution--may be reorganized, assigned with new duties,... More

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LSR to become German law

Search engines and news aggregators will have to pay to use others’ original content

The Leistungsschutzrecht, a controversial German proposal that would force for-profit companies to pay for using short snippets of news content,... More

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German copyright bill passes parliament

Leistungsschutzrecht calls for charging aggregators that repost publishers’ content

Germany's national parliament approved a controversial bill on Friday that would require news aggregators, such as Google, to pay for... More

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Enforcing copyrights in Europe

In the absence of laws, private companies are doing the job

In January, on the anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet activist group called Fight... More

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In Azerbaijan, a blogger refuses to be silenced

Emin Milli says the Internet is a lifeline for journalists living under oppressive regimes

A woman asked Emin Milli and Jérémie Zimmermann if she could take a photo of the two bloggers as they... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

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Europe’s newspapers are dying too

The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent

The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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