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10:40 AM ET, May 22, 2019

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Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Under fire for raid on Bryan Carmody's home, SF's Police Chief claims Carmody took part in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report  —  Under fire for a raid on the home and office of a freelance journalist who refused to identify a confidential source, San Francisco Police …
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Thomas Peele / Mercury News:
Judge orders return of San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody's equipment, delays consideration of legal questions about the search until June  —  News organizations and free press advocates around the country reacted with outrage to the raid on television reporter Bryan Carmody's home
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media hires Cory Haik, formerly publisher of Mic and former executive director of emerging news products at The Washington Post, as chief digital officer  —  Vice Media has recruited Cory Haik, former publisher of digital news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to lead the youth-culture company's global internet businesses.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Brexit Party says ban on Channel 4 reporters has been lifted; Channel 4 News denies claims reporters “repeatedly lied” to gain access to a secure area at rally  —  The Brexit Party has lifted its ban on Channel 4 News after a meeting between the broadcaster and the party's chairman this morning.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
How ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, who took over in March 2018, is betting on ESPN+, expanding social media offerings, and steering commentary away from politics  —  When the 2019 NFL draft took over downtown Nashville last month, ESPN became a city within the city, with more than 600 staffers …
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The Irish Times:
The Times Ireland announces it will cease publication of its print edition and cut staff from 20 to 3 for continued work on digital products  —  Irish print edition of UK newspaper to cease publication with small number to continue working on digital product
Andrew R. Chow / TIME:
Georgia hosted 455 film and TV productions in 2018, but some workers fear a loss of jobs after some directors pull projects to protest an anti-abortion bill  —  This week, the director Reed Morano was supposed to fly to Georgia to scout locations for a new show for Amazon Studios called The Power.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
As platforms struggle to contain health misinformation, two women infiltrate private Facebook groups to find and report posts about dangerous “cures” for autism  —  Online groups urge parents to poison autistic kids with chlorine dioxide, a form of bleach, to “cure” them.
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
A look at the challenges faced by fact-checkers at Vishvas News, Facebook's largest Indian-language fact-checking contractor, as India's election nears its end  —  Join us on WhatsApp for special coverage of India's election.  Sign up here.  —  The world's largest election has become something …
The Guardian:
After backlash, Google to require abortion services advertisers in the US, UK, and Ireland to declare in their ads whether or not they provide abortions  —  Announcement comes after Guardian revealed Google gave $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion group
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Study: despite News Feed changes, “junk news” from known sources of disinformation in EU get 1.2x-4x the engagement of professional news sources on Facebook  —  A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Secretly recorded video of Austria's vice chancellor expressing desire to limit media freedoms underscores months-long threat to Austrian media  —  On Friday, May 17, the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, published a secretly recorded video.  In it, Austria's vice chancellor …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact with 10 full-time staffers to start
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Insiders say Facebook and Google pressured EU's expert group on disinformation to soften fake news regulations and avoid discussing their abuse of market power
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New York Times:
Analysis: in 2019, Trump has far outspent individual Democratic candidates on Facebook ads, with a total spend of $4.9M, as he returns to his 2016 strategy
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Boston Globe digital subscribers surpassed weekday print subs for the first time earlier this year, likely making it the first regional US daily to have done so