The defamation of a journalist

With the recent democratic free speech laws up in the air in Great Britain, politicians and security agents are now working together to defame journalism.

The case of David Miranda, partner of the journalist Glenn Greenwald, who revealed the Edward Snowden leaks in The Guardian newspaper, was detained under section 7 of the terrorism act as he was boarding a flight to his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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‘Terrorist’ David Miranda

British government and the Home Office were said to have given the green light to arrest Mr. Miranda knowing full well he was not a terrorist. His crime? He had hold of some Snowden documents.

Great Britain, which is now using the only American excuse of “national security” to apprehend someone gave a “heads up” to NSA while David Cameron, who claimed we live in a Democracy, and Home Secretary Theresa May had no involvement they claim, but later revealed they were informed. Cameron, on his third holiday in recent months in Cornwall, gave the order, allegedly. Two GCHQ officials watched as media files where destroyed by the Guardian under an order from government and police.

Cameron was said to be –

  • David Cameron ‘kept abreast’ of detention of David Miranda, sources say
  • Theresa May briefed because police feared he carried ‘stolen information’
  • Brazilian was taken into custody by officials as he passed through Heathrow
  • U.S. President Barack Obama was also given ‘heads-up’ before he was taken
  • Scotland Yard said detention was ‘legally and procedurally sound’
  • The 28-year-old was held while on way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin
  • Mr Miranda is to launch a civil action over his detention
  • London agents took his drives, a computer – and even a video game
  • Guardian editor claims British agents entered newspaper’s London office

(SOURCE: usa.onlinenigeria.com)

So what does this do for the sector of Journalism?

The statement from arresting officials of Miranda, a freelance journalist, claimed he was doing journalistic work but not a journalist in order to defame him to send a message of fear to all journalists in line with the government.

Miranda was held for 9 hours under the Terrorism Act. Lord Falconer, former British lord chancellor who helped bring in the Terrorism Act 2000 has added “this was not what the law was intended for.”

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Home Secretary Theresa May

Every newspaper has a political agenda. All newspapers in Great Britain, except for the Guardian (Liberal) and the Daily Mirror (Labour) support the Conservative Party and carefully framework propaganda in their favour to win general elections.

David Cameron, Conservative, cannot control those two papers and therefore used regulation or law to clamp down and pressurise the reporting. Now, Cameron, who is trying to mimic Barack Obama, who is the most popular person in the world, hopes crawling to American agencies will help strengthen their bond.

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Britain is said to spy on American citizens and America spies on Britain and both feed the information back to one another as they cannot spy on each other.

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Under Pressure.

NSA is also said to be working with data collection from Google and Apple.

By using spying methods and fear to collect information has a damning effect on the business of journalism and classing someone as not a journalist because they are not at a working title is shameful. Defaming journo’s based on political ideology and agenda’s to win elections is just as corrupt as Robert Mugabe, the recent Egyptian uprising and the claims of Vladimir Putin fixing elections.

Without journalists to report on the real issues and secrets to allow politicians to craft laws to slam them down and hide their corruption is nowhere near a democracy and ever closer to a Fascist state. After the Snowden files were destroy by police, The Guardian newspaper was dictated not to report anymore stories that could “endanger lives under national security.” This should also tell us something sinister. Just how damning and intrusive was the spying carried out by NSA on worldwide nations.

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Currently, in a totalitarian state, filled with surveillance and political scandal, journalists are needed more than ever. The defaming of someone not at a working title is disgusting seeing as the politicians and industry make it very difficult to hire someone in the field because they need personal lapdogs to win elections with favourable stories and abuse of the opposition, which also cripples the notion of journalism.

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Politicians should be working in unison with journalists allowing them to report stories as is their job and will move the economy forward. Instead the image presented is a personal hitman in disguise, especially after police corruption was exposed, including stealing identities of dead children.

The Gestapo, Hitler’s personal army invaded ordinary citizens homes and premises in secret, at night to abuse, remove and contain secrets nearing the Second World War.

According to historian Rupert Butler, “From its creation in 1933 until its death in May 1945, anyone living in Nazi controlled territory lived in fear of a visit from the Gestapo…” (Source: WIkipedia)

Britain continues to remain broken and never independent.

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Smear? on Edward Snowden over new Brit spy base

Spying with the UK and America has reached a whole new level of intensity

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This morning the Independent released a story claiming the Snowden files revealed Great Britain had a secret spying base in the Middle East.

Here is the main story from the Guardian, which received word from Edward Snowden that he had not revealed such details.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/23/uk-government-independent-military-base

Glenn Greenwald adds –

“In other words: right as there is a major scandal over the UK’s abusive and lawless exploitation of its Terrorism Act – with public opinion against the use of the Terrorism law to detain David Miranda – and right as the UK government is trying to tell a court that there are serious dangers to the public safety from these documents, there suddenly appears exactly the type of disclosure the UK government wants but that has never happened before. That is why Snowden is making clear: despite the Independent’s attempt to make it appears that it is so, he is not their source for that disclosure. Who, then, is?

The US government itself has constantly used this tactic: aggressively targeting those who disclose embarrassing or incriminating information about the government in the name of protecting the sanctity of classified information, while simultaneously leaking classified information prolifically when doing so advances their political interests.”

The Independent, a conservative led newspaper, who hosted the story below, state the info came from Mr. Snowden from his leaks , which Snowden denies leaving the Independent now under scrutiny with its validity on the case of information acquisition.

Here is the article –

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Story here – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-uks-secret-mideast-internet-surveillance-base-is-revealed-in-edward-snowden-leaks-8781082.html

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It was previously reported the USA pay £100m for GCHQ (in GB) to spy for them.

A tip for the spy agencies, the more you light the fire, the more journalist’s are going to report on it, because that is their job, just as it is yours to ‘spy.’ Going after people who report is useless and ruins your integrity with the world.

The world is watching and all nations are holding these practice in high disregard. Alienating yourself with the world and its reporters is no clever move in what is seen as a clear attack of unjustified spite and vengeance.

 

UPDATE 13.23

Ironically, when trying to post a comment on the Independent’s story comments wall, the moderators are rejecting the reply, but allowing numerous others to respond. That’s not biased, is it?

 

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PAPPA THE RAPPER!

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This weeks story in the tabloids could not be avoided. The curious case of Justin Bieber. A sensitive issue with fans if ever there was one. On Monday the teen heartthrob failed to show up for a concert at the O2 Arena leaving paying fans in utter distress. Even young children were in tears as others were dumbstruck for two hours. Various radio and news reports claimed Biebs was having some friend chicken at a restaurant. One father expressed on BBC News “We were fans of Justin Bieber. We loved him, now we hate him!” While passing fickle fans another added elsewhere they were OK with waiting two hours for him and tolerated the delay in favour of their baby. Later on in the week, Bieber collapsed and was rushed to a London hospital, where he allegedly in The Sun, screamed at minders and his music team who got the wrong equipment with his grown up toys. On Friday, the Canadian megastar launched himself at a photographer who took a photo outside his car. Bieber jumped out of the car he just clambered into screaming “I’ll beat the f*** out of you!” One photographer told the pop star to “f*** off back to America” where Canadian Bieber flipped. Perhaps misunderstood or intentional, this sent Justin over the edge, restrained by security. Another pap reminded such action could be classed as assault. Justin apologised after on Twitter to his fans and even sent a racy snap from his hospital bed, smiling, glaring into the camera topless and showing off the hemline of his pants.

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Back in the day when a papparazzo is almost floored they used to understand it was a sign to back off and they did so. Nowadays pap’s need to “get that shot” which puts the money on the table and they have no reservations in how to ethically achieve it, instead being aggressive or invasive as a result. Pap’s need to learn to behave themselves instead of taunting others also. As for Bieber there is no excuse for the attack, possibly provoked. The 19 year old may have mis-understood the phrase and assumed his Canadian heritage was being mocked, however was being asked to go back to America of which he has cracked superstardom of. Never call American’s Canadians and vice versa, just like with Australian’s and New Zealand natives. They become extremely aggressive. One question is that of the music industry and suggest they should support the star. Some have argued that Bieber’s mini meltdown is the start of problems to continue. Others claim the “diva’s” partying caught up with him and took effect. Whatever the case, both sides have to learn to remove themselves from causing literal tension with provocation. Reporting on it is fine, but encouraging behaviour on both parts is extremely unprofessional and plain pathetic.

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CLEGG CLOWN

Thursday’s The Sun had a snippet where “One Justin who will not let kids down” in the form of Mr.Tumble. Don’t be confused as this was not Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in disguise.

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HEALTH BOSS POCKETS BONUS DEFENCE FROM TORY LEADER

Cunning Conservative leader David Cameron has blamed opposition party Labour and Heath Secretary Andy Burnham for Sir David Nicholson, the man behind the NHS receiving tons of bonuses for the massive numbers of hospital deaths which occurred under Nicholson’s management. Labour stated Sir David should be “sacked immediately.” David Cameron once again senselessly attacked Labour for the blunder and again protected rich fat cat Nicholson, who claims to have done nothing wrong and takes no responsibility. Labour responded of Cameron trying to “politicise a huge tragedy” for personal gain. All David Cameron can ever do is blame Labour for every mistake the Conservatives are causing in their almost three of five year term in government of which they pledged to rectify problems, which has since seen Cameron obliterate the poor on benefits cutting their minimal money, threatening to remove them from welfare for up to three years and plan a tax decrease for the wealthy, including millionaires and bankers who gain ludicrous 100% bonuses for the coming budget statement due in a couple of weeks.

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LEADER OF UK BECOMES SPORADIC JOURNALIST

Dave also wrote an article in the Sunday Telegraph last week and has mentioned Prince William’s 21st birthday security failings. The man who had a background in media before being elected to lead the Conservatives, also agreed with William Hague, Foreign Secretary, that Britain will be deploying minimal levels of armour and vehicles to Syrian rebels after China and Russia deployed military defences to the President’s side. Hague, who didn’t think twice about sending support along with the already cut defence budget in Britain, and as Cameron announced over the Mali intervention in terror wars “for decades to come” of which Cameron sparked for Britain with idealistic, thoughtless deployment, as a moral obligation.

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ARMOR AID FOR SYRIA

While a moral obligation is there to help “more than 70,000 have been killed since the uprising of President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011” and as the only country that really supports almost every country in need of aid in some form in Europe, Great Britain cannot keep intervening into other people’s ‘wars’. If so, then the rest of Europe need to band together, but won’t because the world has become segregated into fear to ‘stick to their own’. Remember when the UN and all that war thing happened and nations would bail out one another if some country was under attack? Come on Dave, you remember your privileged Ox-bridge education on history lessons now, don’t you?

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF EU HEART

Bonnie Tyler has been announced as the entry for the 2013 Eurovision entry for the United Kingdom. With David Cameron’s personal idealisation on the EU, will we manage to beat nil points? Perhaps Europe will be gracious to give us enough points to make a point? Maybe we will get the number exact for how many European members Cameron got a no from? Now that, on Europe’s part, would be cleverer than nil points or near the bottom of leader boards. 61 year old Bonnie added “I’m very successful all over Europe. I think that will stand me in good stead.” The final of the contest takes place at Malmo, Sweden in May. Alternatively, you could start giving some points to make it seem less rigged.

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BENEFITS BLITZ FOR MIGRANTS OR BRITONS?

Back to benefits in more detail. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith claimed the handouts were facing a “crisis” as migrants are flocking to Britain to claim handouts specifically. Is this the excuse for cutting the benefits system from the poor or just an excuse to cut everything for everyone? Regardless of the answer, the poorest in Britain are suffering yet the rich are not paying or contributing anything to society. When the poorest who have no money cannot pay for anything how do you expect to keep things in the country moving? You have to take a sum from the rich, who it won’t affect fully and are contributing to the country to stabilise its future economy. David Cameron earns a whopping £142,500 a year, plus bonuses. (Source: Wikipedia)

Interestingly this information over the last week has miraculously been edited out from Wikipedia.

“The UK Prime Minister receives £142,500 per annum as salary for being Prime Minster. He is also a sitting MP and thus receives and additional salary of £65,737.” (Source:Answers.co.uk)

This is a man who is cutting Human Rights and seeking laws to legally track all your browsing history and details online to snoop your emails and information to collect from internet providers. Legal hacking, anyone?

Cameron also promised Indian’s on a tour of the country a fortnight ago they could come and live in the UK if they graduate and earn a job over £20,000. The UK has scores of unemployment increasing, including students now paying a hefty triple fees price tag set by David Cameron himself, with input from Business Secretary Vince Cable of the Liberal Democrats. Cam also went to poor nation Africa and pledged to send them aid rather than focus on his own struggling citizens he is supposed to be representing living in poor conditions for the UK even though not as poor as Africa, granted, the country at home is your main priority. No?

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Guardian shielding elitism?

I also bought Friday’s edition of The Guardian, in store, however, could not find one story of interest, nor one that wasn’t completely full of blocks of text that should be readable and has a high level of “broadsheet” expectancy. As mentioned last week I can handle a broadsheet in contrast to a tabloid, but these are just many problems papers are facing, the Berliner size format allowing for more text and a strongly higher than’high-brow’ editorial is becoming problematic and needs either modifying by editors or inclusion of ‘lower brow’ writers the paper would probably class me into.

Three months ago in a passing comment a journalist who works for the Daily Mail mentioned in a mocking manner “Another debate piece in The Guardian? “How to take these comments will be your choice as with mine above, however, its needs addressing and mine are clearly advice, should you wish to get a heads up. If you want a piece on something as well, I’m available. Thanks.

 

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London 2012, Day 12 Reults

London 2012, Day 12:

Beach babes bash beautifully

Beach Volleyball

Brazil defeated China 2-1 in the bronze event, coming third in the competition. Team USA guaranteed silver and gold, but who would take them was questionable.

Rookies V Pro’s both USA teams made the finals where Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings defeated the rookies Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 2-0 in a tantalising final to end the pro’s Olympic outings as they chose to bow out gracefully on Olympic success, thrilled to have brought Beach Volleyball into the mainstream.

Gloria Estefan could not make it to the event, but was there in spirit where her rhythm got everyone once again into an outstanding atmosphere of unity of all nations and country worldwide on London’s own stomping ground. Sadly, there was no one to do the traditional Brit dance of ‘The Conga.’

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Some famous faces took their seats, as the lighting at 9pm looked spectacular once more. Tip for all of London – look to this in how to make evening London ever more spectacular with any event, sport of not.

Prince Harry also took his seat. As did an empty seat or two.

Cycling equals Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, both double gold medalists, chose to reveal their stance to the nation, sharing a tender moment of a kiss whilst watching the event.

Sharing a tender moment

 

Argie Bargie!

Team GB’s Women lost out to Argentina in the Women’s Hockey at the battle to advance to silver in a game that has put hockey back in contention for the Olympic games overall, and GB have done a sterling job with both sexes to keep the standard, no matter how disheartened the team may be.

Great Britain battle for bronze place against New Zealand as Netherlands Argentina go on to play the finals for silver and gold.

Quarter finals for the guys went on where Brazil bested Argentina 3-0 as USA lost out to Italy also at 3-0.

200m Women’s

Allyson Felix (US) charged through the race to claim gold with a time of 21.88, toppling Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with 22.09 forcing her to second place in a tight challenge. Bronze went to Carmelita Jeter with 22.14 for Team USA. Veronica Campbell-Brown was runner up in fourth as role reversal from Athens saw the former champ and then runner up Felix switch over in a turn of events for 2012.

Aries Merritt won the gold in the 110m Hurdles for Team USA.

Hitomi Obara lifted the gold for Japan after silencing Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan in a heartfelt win in the 48kg Women’s Wrestling Freestyle final.

Coach John Fox gives some last minute tips for the pectorial plungers in the men’s quarterfinal water polo match against Serbia. Serbia won 11-8.

Circle of thought for Team Australia

500m Women’s Canoe Sprint saw Hungary lift the gold in the single kayak clobbering.

China dropped Korea to claim the golden balls in Table Tennis taking gold.

Germany won the bronze.

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BMX bikes were unleashed to the dirt track today where Caroline Buchanan and Raymon van der Biezen won seedings for Australia’s Women and Netherlands Men, respectively.

Taekwondo

Men’s -58kg gold went to Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain over Korea’s Daehoon Lee.

Women’s -49kg went to China’s Jingyu Wu, taking gold.

Sailing

Australia swayed to success capturing the gold in the 49er class down at Weymouth. Neighbours New Zealand swished silver away from Denmark, who fell to third owning a bronze for their efforts.

Equestrian , Individual Jump Off

Ireland jumped for joy with a jovial Cian O’Connor taking bronze for the nation. Netherlands who took silver by Gerco Schroder on 364, narrowly missed out behind Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, who rode to gold on a score of 371.

Athletics, Discus

Rah! Rob rips his vest off!

Robert Harting yesterday hurled the Discus to fling gold around his neck for Germany. We had meant to mention this yesterday, however internet connection wont thwart us overall.

Harting had to collect his medal today.

We would also like to say thank you to the Guardian online newspaper for their “as it happened” results, former by us in design and borderline plagiariser, even with a minimal sublime mention too…