Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is participating in a social media takeover on Tuesday to share information about COVID-19.
She’ll be taking over the accounts of Hollywood star Olivia Munn. By using the celebrity actress’ platform, Henry will be able to reach and inform a larger, international audience.
The takeover is part of a new initiative from the ONE World Campaign called #PassTheMic, during which celebrities and medical experts work together to spread information about the virus.
“There are some people you need to hear from right now and it isn’t me,” said Munn in an earlier statement.
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Henry has already begun the takeover, with several posts and stories on Munn’s Instagram account.
“We need to learn and take the best from each other and each of our pandemic experiences,” Henry said in a video post. “Rich or poor, we need to support each other so no one is left behind.”
Henry has previously said that the coronavirus “has shown us that if it is anywhere, everywhere is at risk. We are a global community, and we’re all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.”
With files from Eric Zimmer
New strict social media measures enter into force in Turkey – Al Jazeera English
Legislation requires social media giants to set up offices in Turkey and includes penalties for not removing offending posts.
Turkey has rolled out strict new social media restrictions that force large social media platforms to open offices in the country or face penalties.
The measures, which came into force on Thursday, also include penalties for the platforms if they fail to take down contentious posts.
The legislation was passed by parliament in July with the backing of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its ally ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Under the new rules, platforms with more than one million daily users have to open commercial offices in Turkey to implement local court judgements in removing offending content within 48 hours.
In case they do not comply, the companies may face restrictions on advertising, fines of up to 40 million Turkish liras (approximately $5m) and bandwidth restrictions of up to 90 percent, which would unstabilise and make it hard to access the platforms.
Iain Levine, Facebook’s human rights officer, tweeted on September 28 that the new legislation “raises many concerns (about) human rights”.
Emma Sinclair-Web, Turkey director of US-based Human Rights Watch, described the legislation as “draconian”, and called on social media giants not to comply with it.
“Twitter @Policy & @Facebook should avoid the terrible precedent it sets and not comply & Turkey’s authorities should backtrack,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
The AK Party, however, has refuted criticism of the legislation, claiming that the new measures do not threaten freedoms.
“We aim to end insults and swearing on social media and harassment through this form of media,” Ozlem Zengin, the party’s deputy group chair, said during a debate on the bill in parliament.
“We’re aware of its place in our lives and we’re also aware of the extent of its use, but, in this sense, there is a series of tiered sanctions [in the new measures] trying to set a balance between freedoms and rights and justice,” she added.
Ibrahim Aydemir, an AK Party politician, said in a tweet on Thursday that the new measures aimed to protect people’s “honour, dignity and pride”.
Erdogan, who has more than 16.5 million Twitter followers, has expressed his views against social media several times in the past.
Weeks before the new legislation was adopted, The Turkish president promised to tighten government control over social media after “insults” were directed at his daughter and son-in-law when they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.
Erdogan then promised new legislation by the year’s end to stringently regulate “immoral” social media.
Twitter and YouTube were blocked in Turkey for a brief period in 2014 before the local elections following an alleged corruption scandal, which was spread via online video tapes.
Rogers Sports & Media Commits $10 Million in Free Advertising and Creative Services to Support Equity-Seeking Communities – GlobeNewswire
– Application process for All IN is open now through October 31 at www.AllInForEquity.ca –
– All IN complements Rogers’s commitment to building an inclusive culture for its team members, customers, and all communities across Canada –
TORONTO, Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rogers Sports & Media goes All IN on its inclusion and diversity plan, announcing today an action-focused program that includes giving a minimum of $10 million in free advertising and creative services over the next five years to charities and small businesses that support equity-seeking communities.
Over the past few months, Rogers Sports & Media has intently listened to and learned from Rogers team members and partners about a variety of systemic racial issues inherent in our society, and these learnings have acutely shaped the All IN plan. As part of the company’s all-encompassing inclusion and diversity strategy, Rogers is using its sports and media assets to help accelerate its progress and drive tangible actions focused on the diverse needs of all Canadians.
“All IN is dedicated to taking actions that will drive much-needed positive change as we address racial injustice and social unrest,” said Jordan Banks, President, Rogers Sports & Media. “Rogers Sports & Media recognizes its unique role and responsibility and we are using our media megaphone to amplify voices that have not always been heard with equal measure. We will continue to create and deliver the stories that accurately represent Canada’s diversity while our on-air personalities and employees are encouraged to continue using their platforms to express their views and opinions in support of anti-racism.”
Sharon Hinds, a passionate and influential advocate from within the Black community at Rogers Sports & Media, has been hired to lead All IN, which focuses on five pillars:
- Business: Give a minimum of $5 million over the next 5 years in free advertising and creative services to local businesses owned by BIPOC and equity-seeking communities
- Community: Give a minimum of $5 million over the next 5 years in free advertising and creative services to charities that support BIPOC and equity-seeking communities
- Content: Launch an internal Content Advisory Council to further increase diversity of thought and ensure editorial content accurately reflects the diversity of our communities
- Hiring & Career Advancement Practices: Introduce programs and recruitment strategies, in partnership with Rogers, to improve diversity at all levels of the organization including leadership
- Mentorship & Sponsorship: Establish a program to give young people from equity-seeking communities the tools, support, and resources to successfully enter and advance in the sports and media industry
Rogers Sports & Media is already working with two charities and two businesses to pilot All IN – Indspire, Big Brothers Big Sisters, How She Hustles, and Reelworld Film Festival.
About Rogers Sports & Media
Rogers Sports & Media is a diverse sports and content company that engages more than 30 million Canadians each week. The company’s multimedia offerings include 56 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations, podcasts, digital and e-commerce websites, and sporting events. Rogers Sports & Media delivers unique storytelling through its range of powerful brands: Citytv, OMNI Television, FX, TSC, 680 NEWS, 98.1 CHFI, KiSS, Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityNews, Sportsnet – Canada’s #1 sports network, and the Blue Jays – Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. Rogers Sports & Media is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit RogersSportsandMedia.com.
Caitlin Decarie, Rogers Sports & Media, 647-299-6733
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Media Beat: October 1, 2020 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News
Never underestimate a sore loser
Tuesday night’s televised scrum pitted the incumbent bully against the lightweight contender. Trump, dressed in red, white and blue, scowled, barked, bullied and heaped contempt on his adversary whose own sartorial style was better suited to a funeral than a shoot-out at the OK Corral. With Trump figuratively circling his prey in the ring, Biden’s best counter-punch was to look exasperated.
Having the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the US mail service and every gun-toting Dixie in his pocket, the Teflon president cut down his adversary like any bully will when faced with a wimp. You bust his balls and laugh in his face. In short, make him irrelevant.
The deniers will say that Biden put up a good fight and scored points with the electorate, but the electorate is so knotted with fake news that unless some cataclysmic event takes place, Trump can still steal the election.
Knowing in advance that the Tuesday’s debate was going to be a fist fight, it made sense to level the playing field with a set of rules that prevented the show from being hijacked by its swaggering big top fighter.
But that didn’t happen.
First off, moderator Chris Wallace was woefully ineffective as he continually let himself be pushed aside by Trump’s meandering invectives, and Wallace was also ineffectual in holding either contender to task in answering the questions that were put to them.
It’s an age-old game: the interviewer asks the politician a question and then politely takes it on both cheeks as the defendant side-steps answering and instead spews pre-scripted blather that chews up airtime and makes a mockery of the debate. Avoid, duck and shovel gibberish that’s dressed up to sound like policy where there is none.
It’s called obfuscation.
These are not times when one expects engaging debate orated by civilized politicians. This is a high political drama that costs billions of dollars to stage. Civility is an anachronism in today’s political war zone.
These highly choreographed dramas are relics from a bygone era and this showed in the first-round debate as these Party contenders were supposedly put up for scrutiny in the court of public opinion.
Wallace should have but didn’t hold them accountable by making it clear from the outset that bullying and grand-standing would result in the mute button being pushed. He should also have been vested with the power to hit the mute button if they ducked questions with blather.
He didn’t, perhaps because the rules tilt in favour of the contestants and this is what makes these charades more spectacle than informative.
Tough rules of gamesmanship need to be applied in this courtroom drama, and if the politicians can’t live up to them then let it be said publicly and call a sham a sham.
Racism, the economy, the environment, health care, foreign diplomacy and democracy itself were and are big tent issues that need concise, coherent responses. Biden’s fallback on the environment with a plan that would “create millions of jobs” sounded as realistic as a pitch coming from some midway barker hawking the next best thing.
Trump’s over-bearing rhetoric was just that, but in this farcical television show, candour and common sense, civility and statesmanship were sullied and stomped on.
It was bad theatre dressed up as a must-see event.
The incumbent has promised to clear the swamp and make America great again. The contender is proffering hope, a kinder, gentler future and a plan to give Main Street America a voice on The Hill. Either or, the central issues are complex and are in dire need of fixes.
Trump is in the game to win. That’s all he knows, and he loses his shirt if the outcome tilts any other way. Biden is in it because he’s been anointed and he is still playing Mr. Nice Guy, maybe because that’s all he knows – and he doesn’t have the muscle to score a knockout.
The next round had better use the rules of boxing to control the BS and the questions had better be the kind that kicks a hornet’s nest to see what flies beyond a shitstorm of stupefying bullshit.
Mainstream media need to stop playing by a rulebook that plays nice to politicians that don’t play nice, hide behind pretence and have every advantage to cast influence over voters that have little to no voice in a game of cards stacked in The House’s favour.
And anyone who thinks for a moment that the election is won doesn’t understand American politics, or America’s deep-rooted respect for a strong man. There’s also a vein of thought that Trumpites are more numerous than polls indicate, and then there’s the fact that Fortune 500 compaies have benefited enormously from the deregulation, isolationism and generous tax benefits that Team Trump has heaped on them.
Trump’s failure to pay his fare share of taxes made ominous headlines, but for many his ability to beat the system is seen as the mark of a good businessman.
Thirty days in politics leaves POTUS a lot of time to swing his bat.
What we see and hear in mainstream media doesn’t capture the simmering rage that fuels conspiracists and private militias in America today. The outcome of this election is anything but a slam dunk. As the headline says, ‘never underestimate a sore loser’. He’s weathered storms before and survived quite nicely. Had the Democrats elected a leader that was younger, more charismatic and visionary the game would be set. For now, however, it is in a state of flux.
At least, that’s my take.. – David Farrell
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