Japanese government media censorship


This 2015 video is called Press Censorship In Japan.

From Foreign Policy in the USA:

Under the heavy hand of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s media is being forced to toe the government line. Or else

By Martin Fackler

May 27, 2016

TOKYO — As the leaders of the G-7 liberal democracies convened in the Japanese shrine town of Ise-Shima this week, host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the event to showcase his nation as a regional beacon of democratic values and a counterweight to authoritarian China. However, recent events have raised doubts about his commitment to at least one of those values — freedom of the press.

There have been alarming signs of deteriorating media freedoms in Japan. In March, three of the country’s most outspoken television anchors were removed almost simultaneously by three different networks. While the networks were acting on their own, the dismissals were widely seen as orchestrated by the Abe government: The three were some of the last high-profile media critics of its agenda, which includes restarting Japan’s nuclear power industry and rolling back its postwar pacifism. The sacked anchors joined a growing list of critical media voices that have been muted since Abe took office in December 2012. And their ouster came just weeks after the country’s communications minister, Sanae Takaichi, declared in Japan’s parliament, the Diet, that the government had the legal power to shut down TV broadcasters that it deemed to be politically biased. That announcement capped a difficult year-and-a-half for independent media that saw the largest liberal newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, subdued and other critical commentators removed from the airwaves.

David Attenborough footage rediscovery in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

Discovering Attenborough‘s Zoo Quest IN COLOUR! – #Attenborough90BBC

20 May 2016

A few months ago a remarkable discovery was made in the vaults of the BBC Natural History Unit.

Murdoch’s Megyn Kelly, from Trump critic to Trump fan


Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump, cartoon

A long time ago … no, it was not so long ago … in August 2015, during the first United States Republican party presidential candidates’ debate, on Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News TV, there was a quarrel between Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch employee Megyn Kelly.

Ms Kelly asked Mr Trump about his anti-women sayings. Trump reacted with lots of more misogyny, directed at Megyn Kelly personally.

Some people on the Internet imagined that Ms Kelly had become some sort of feminist heroine. Their imagination should not have been so fast. A real feminist heroine would never have fitted into the misogynist subculture at Fox News. Ms Kelly has a record of being far-right, not that compatible with feminism.

The Murdoch empire chose to take the side of Donald Trump, not the side of its employee Kelly.

Later, Murdoch empire emperor Rupert decided that Donald Trump should become the official Republican party candidate (though other candidates had not given up then yet).

So, yesterday evening Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump had a very amicable hour long conversation on Rupert Murdoch TV. Officially, at Kelly’s request. Unofficially, maybe at Kelly’s bosses’ request. All of Trump’s sexist personal attacks forgiven and forgotten for the ‘greater good’ of the Murdoch empire and the Republican party. Kelly asked the presidential candidate softball questions. “I like our relationship right now,” Trump said in the interview.

This reminds me a bit of Trump‘s relationship with another far-rightist in the USA: arch-Islamophobe Pamela Geller. Back in the summer of 2015, Ms Geller criticized Trump for misogyny. Though misogyny had never bothered Geller in her praise for neo-fascistic anti-Semitic anti-women political parties in Europe, like the French National Front. As long as these parties hated Muslims. Last year, Geller thought Trump was not Islamophobic enough. And he had criticized Geller. So, Geller suddenly discovered Trump’s anti-women views. And she prefered candidate Ted Cruz (even creepier than Trump in some respects).

However, by now Cruz has given up. Trump has meanwhile proposed to ban all Muslims from the USA, and has spouted more Islamophobia. And Pamela Geller has -presto!- flip-flopped from a Trump critic into a Trump fan.

Noam Chomsky predicted the rise of Donald Trump six years ago: here.

Top US officer, General Michael Flynn, defends Donald Trump: here.

David Attenborough about gorillas, video


This BBC video from Britain says about itself:

Attenborough Talks About His Famous Gorilla Encounter – Attenborough at 90

11 May 2016

Sir David Attenborough remembers his groundbreaking series Life On Earth and that extraordinary moment where he got to interact with Gorillas.

David Attenborough reads Charles Darwin


This video from Britain says about itself:

Sir David Attenborough Reads Charles Darwin#Attenborough90BBC

9 May 2016

Sir David reads the final paragraph of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.

Honduras, violence aganst environmentalists and journalists


This video says about itself:

The Resurrection of a Honduran Journalist

13 May 2016

Days after suffering a double attempt on his life, Felix Molina gets back to work covering the case of slain indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

Egyptian journalists attacked by dictator Sisi


This video from the USA says about itself:

Will U.S. Stop “Cozying Up” to Egyptian Regime After Jailing of Journalists?

31 August 2015

In Egypt, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced over the weekend to three years in jail for “spreading false news” that purportedly harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. Fahmy and Mohamed were taken into custody on Saturday. Greste remains free in Australia. The three had already spent more than a year in prison before being released on bail earlier this year. We speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The U.S. should stop cozying up to General — now President — Sisi,” Roth says. “He is presiding over the worst crackdown in modern Egypt history.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Egyptian media workers slam police attack on journalists’ union

Thursday 5th May 2016

THE International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the “outrageous and unacceptable” closure of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate (EJS) headquarters in Cairo yesterday.

Egyptian riot police cordoned off the building and limited access to it yesterday in an escalating confrontation following a raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists.

Omar Badr and Mahmoud al-Saqa were seized after being accused by the government of a range of offences, including incitement of recent protests against the government’s return of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabian control after almost 70 years.

Hundreds of journalists rallied on the steps outside the union headquarters, chanting: “Journalism is not a crime!” and demanding the dismissal of Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar.

Police severely restricted access, banning non-union members from entry, as well as some residents and workers and tradespeople with business in the surrounding area.

Foreign journalists were allowed entry only after receiving approval from several levels of officers, up to the rank of general.

IFJ president Jim Boumelha said: “The Egyptian government chose to celebrate World Press Freedom Day by attacking a journalists’ union and arresting its members.

“With 45 journalists rounded up to prevent them covering a protest last week, this is no isolated incident. The clampdown on media freedom goes on and on.

“We utterly condemn this grave attack on trade union and media freedom and we stand in solidarity with all our jailed colleagues, with our union and all those who strive for freedom of expression in Egypt,” Mr Boumelha concluded.