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9:40 AM ET, July 22, 2019

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Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Brexit funder Arron Banks issues legal threats against Netflix and journalist Carole Cadwalladr over The Great Hack documentary, which comes out this week  —  Legal threat comes as campaigners warn UK government that courts are being used to intimidate journalists
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The Guardian:
Observer editor, press freedom nonprofits, and others pen open letter concerning rising use of SLAPP litigation in the UK to silence journalists  —  In an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, the Observer's editor …
Steven Edginton / Daily Mail:
Steven Edginton, a Brexit party staffer who describes himself as a freelance journalist, says he was the middleman who passed the Darroch cables to the Mail  —  Lying awake at 2am last Wednesday and unable to sleep for the third night in a row, I listened as footsteps crunched up and down the gravel outside my ground-floor flat.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Following Cairncross Review, UK establishes a £2M pilot fund for publishers to explore new ways of providing sustainable public interest journalism  —  The UK Government will establish a £2m innovation fund to support public interest journalism, with a focus on local and regional news providers.
Discussion: GOV.UK and The Drum
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report for America president responds to Tow Center assessment, recognizing need for more awareness of RFA and questioning if local candidates are always best  —  In May, CJR published a report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, entitled, 'Can Report for America build trust in local news?
Lydia Morrish / First Draft:
A look at the ethics of monitoring social media and how it can cross into surveillance, and the need for stronger guidelines to avoid compromising privacy  —  This post has been updated to acknowledge earlier writings on the subject that we felt should be attributed.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
NYT Obits uses a statistical tool to “achieve a yearly 30% representation of women”, according to internal docs, though section editor says it's aspirational  —  The Times is using an “Obits Diversity Analysis Tool,” which monitors obituary subjects' genders.
Medium:
Interview with Olaf Steenfadt, the director of RSF's Journalism Trust Initiative, which aims to define indicators for trustworthy journalism  —  The initiatives to stop the spread of disinformation abound, but the phenomenon continues to rise.  It not only undermines journalism …
Janet Steele / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporting on a politician's alleged gay sex tape in Malaysia creates difficulties for Muslim journalists trying to work within the rules of their religion  —  For the past six weeks, Malaysians have been mesmerized by a series of shocking sex videos.  The video clips, which started circulating …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Study participants evaluating only uncivil comments reported lower trust in news and greater emotional toll than those working on a mix of comments  —  Moderating the online world is hard.  (Casey Newton's investigations at The Verge, looking into the quality of life of contractors tasked …
 
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Inside the debate at BBC on how to describe Trump's tweets about the “squad” and why its anchors refrained from calling them racist while some reporters did not