Access & Censorship

Festival: Don’t Want to Be in Photos? Put a Red Dot on Your Forehead

A festival in the Netherlands has come up with a strange response to the EU’s new GDPR privacy laws: it’s asking attendees who don’t want to be photographed to opt out by putting a red dot on their forehead.

Shahidul Alam: A Singular Voice in Photography for Dignity and Human Rights – The New York Times

Over three decades, the photographer has covered major events, natural disasters and the struggle against governmental abuses. Now he is in jail in Bangladesh.

Trump and the Enemies of the People | The New Yorker

Nearly every day, Trump makes his hostility clear. He refers to reporters as “scum,” “slime,” and “sick people.” They are cast as unpatriotic––“I really think they don’t like our country,” he says. They are “trying to take away our history and our heritage.” Trump has smeared critical news organizations as “fake news,” a term gleefully adopted by Putin, Bashar al-Assad, and other autocrats who are delighted to have their own repressive reflexes endorsed by an American President. Trump has threatened to sue publishers, cancel broadcast licenses, change libel laws. He betrays no sense of understanding, much less of endorsing, the rudiments of American liberty. During a visit from the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Trump told reporters that he thought it was “frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.”

The #freeshahidulalam Campaign: How You Can Help | PDNPulse

More than a week after police jailed Bangladeshi photographer, educator and activist Shahidul in order to silence him, his supporters continue to call on others in the photo community to join the #freeshahidulalam campaign.

Should we cover right-wing extremism? – Columbia Journalism Review

Light disinfects, but light also illuminates. It does both things simultaneously in ways that are very unpredictable. I think information is good, and to participate actively in your democracy, you need to know what’s happening. But you relinquish some control of what is going to happen to the information you put out there. And for that reason you need to be a little bit wary of who you’re shining the light for, and what you end up illuminating, for which groups of people.

Journalist Austin Tice has been missing in Syria for six years. Is it still news? – Columbia Journalism Review

To mark the sixth anniversary of Austin’s captivity next Tuesday, the National Press Club is hosting an event with Tice’s parents and representatives from McClatchy and The Washington Post, both of which published Austin’s work from Syria. “Austin Tice is a talented, courageous, and committed freelance journalist,” said Doug Jehl, the Post’s foreign editor. “His parents, Marc and Debra, have championed his cause with passion, courage and fortitude.” McClatchy is distributing #FreeAustinTice flags and banners, which will be displayed in their offices and newsrooms throughout the country. (At least five other journalists are missing in Syria and more than 120 journalists have been killed covering the conflict.,)

Photographers Beaten and Abducted in Bangladesh Student Protests

Massive road safety protests in Bangladesh are making headlines around the world due to the violent crackdown being conducted by the government. In addition to students being attacked, photographers are also finding themselves in the crosshairs: some are being beaten in the streets, and one prominent photojournalist was abducted hours after giving a news interview.

Photographer Shahidul Alam, Drik Founder, Seized by Police over his Reporting in Dhaka (Update) | PDNPulse

A group of plainclothes police forcibly removed photographer Shahidul Alam from his home in Dhaka on Sunday night. An official with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police detective branch later said that Alam, founder of the Pathshala Media Institute school and the photo agencies Drik and Majority World, was detained for interrogation over his social media posts and an interview concerning the protests by students in Bangladesh’s capital. Dhaka Tribune reported that he appeared court Monday August 6. The judge denied his lawyer’s request for bail and ordered him to police custody for seven days.

Is Facebook evil? Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason — Quartz

But the imperative to “connect people” lacks the one ingredient essential for being a good citizen: Treating individual human beings as sacrosanct. To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to “people” but to “users,” collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs.

How a Model Release Turned Her into a Poster Child for…Everything – PhotoShelter Blog

In many locales, so-called “personality rights” allow individuals to control their “right of publicity” – a legal right that allows an individual to control how their likeness is used commercially. Without seeing the fine print of the model release she signed, it’s impossible to speculate whether all the licensed usages were, in fact, legal in all jurisdictions and for all uses. Releases often prohibit using a model’s likeness for controversial topics like cigarettes, adult content, etc without explicit permission from the model.

Crowds, Stoked by Trump’s Rhetoric, Increase Their Ire Toward the Press – The New York Times

“Stop lying!” shouted a man in an American flag T-shirt, one of dozens of Trump supporters who hurled invective at the assembled press corps. Facing the reporters’ work space — and away from the stage where Mr. Trump was set to speak — they flashed middle fingers and chanted “CNN Sucks!” as Jim Acosta, a CNN White House correspondent, attempted to speak on-air.

Photo of Couple Kissing in Rain Gets Bangladeshi Photog Beaten and Fired

Bangladeshi photojournalist Jibon Ahmed recently posted this photo of a couple kissing in the rain to his Facebook page. While it may be a romantic image in your eyes, people in Ahmed’s country felt it was indecent enough that the photographer was reportedly beaten and fired.

The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier, American Hostage | GQ

President Trump hailed him as a catalyst of the summit with Kim Jong-Un. But what happened to Warmbier—the American college student who was sent home brain-damaged from North Korea—is even more shocking than anyone knew.

The Photo Book That Captured How the Soviet Regime Made the Truth Disappear | The New Yorker

The book is called “The Commissar Vanishes.” The title is, incongruously, literal. Its specific reference is to a photograph, from 1919, of a second-anniversary celebration of the October Revolution. In the picture, Vladimir Lenin stands at the top of a set of stairs, surrounded by many unidentified men and children and a few recognizable men, including Leon Trotsky, stationed just in front of Lenin. By the time the photograph was published, in 1967, Trotsky had disappeared: he had been airbrushed out, along with several other commissars.

Japanese Journalist, Missing in Syria Since 2015, Appears in New Video – The New York Times

Jumpei Yasuda, a freelance reporter who often covered war zones, disappeared after traveling to Syria from Turkey in 2015, intending to cover the Syrian civil war. He was believed to have been taken hostage by the Nusra Front, which now calls itself Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a group known to capture foreigners for ransom.

News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only’

The first lady earned six figures from an agreement with Getty Images that paid royalties to the Trumps and mandated photos be used in positive coverage.

Getty deletes gallery of World Cup’s ‘sexiest fans’ after criticism | Football | The Guardian

Picture agency Getty has come under fire from campaigners and social media users after publishing, then deleting, a gallery of what it deemed the “sexiest” fans at the World Cup.

How Facebook tried to block distribution of a blockbuster story | Poynter

Reveal’s Byard Duncan thought he could spend $150 to promote the story to a wider group of the 170,000 readers that Reveal helped create on Facebook — but which Facebook has limited its access to. The promotion of the story was important as the administration planned a vast expansion of these migrant centers and internment camps.

Facebook said no.

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