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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
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.
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