Access & Censorship

Donald Trump and the Theater of Access

Reporters had been following Trump all year. Early rallies had been covered as curiosities; later ones as political mass spectacles. But on the eve of the election, it was clear that a perilous dynamic had been ignored. “He never once failed to invite his crowds to heckle us,” he wrote. “He was placing us on display like captured animals. And it worked.”

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages

Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it can be used by government agencies to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure. WhatsApp has made privacy and security a primary selling point, and has become a go to communications tool of activists, dissidents and diplomats.

No End In Sight

British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he’s been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appearance, he looks weaker and gaunter. In this special hour, we consider how Cantlie’s plight is a window into the challenges of reporting on Syria, and why the world’s tangled policy on hostages means that some live to tell the tale, and others don’t. 

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