Heads of Belarusian media outlet sentenced to 12 years at closed trial
Two women who ran an independent online media outlet that was critical of the Belarus authorities were each sentenced on Friday to 12 years in prison, the prosecutor’s office said.
Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of the tut.by internet portal, and Lyudmila Chekina, its general director, were arrested in May 2021 with other employees, most of whom were later released.
They were initially charged with tax evasion, and later with inciting hatred and calling for sanctions against Belarus. The state news agency posted video of them sitting in a courtroom cage in handcuffs at their closed trial.
Tut.by actively covered mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko in 2020 and was banned by the authorities as an “extremist organisation”. Many of its staff left the country, creating a new outlet called Zerkalo (Mirror).
According to human rights activists, Belarus now has about 1,500 political detainees, arrested for criticising the authorities or participating in the 2020 protests against the outcome of a presidential election that the opposition said was rigged.
Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, co-winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this month after being found guilty of financing protests, in a trial condemned by the United States and the European Union as a sham.
Sri Lanka media guide – Yahoo News Canada
Sri Lanka’s media divide along language and ethnic lines.
Privately-owned networks have the lion’s share of the TV audience. Non-state media often engage in political debate and criticise government policies.
The state runs two TV stations, radio networks and newspapers in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
At the height of the civil war Sri Lanka was one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.
Despite the pledges given by President Sirisena in 2015 to investigate past attacks on journalists, nearly all the crimes of violence against journalists remain unpunished, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in 2018.
RSF said political control over media ownership is a major concern and has the potential to undermine pluralism and impartiality.
There were some 8.9 million internet users by July 2022, comprising 41% of the population (Internetworldstats.com). The web is a popular and growing medium for news.
There were major restrictions to online connectivity and social media platforms during communal violence in early 2018, said US-based Freedom House.
4 Ways Social Media Normalizes Unhealthy Spending And How To Break Out Of The Cycle – BuzzFeed
Though money actually can buy happiness, that really only works up to a certain point. Like, more money can definitely make you happier if you’re struggling to make ends meet, but if you’re already comfortable, the positive effects of making more drop off fast. And the same goes for our spending.
As Paige explains it, “We tend to think that there is a linear relationship between how much we buy and how much we spend and how happy we are going to be, and it’s simply not the case. So, don’t buy into the lie that social media is feeding us that more is better.”
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 92, engaged to Ann Lesley Smith – The Globe and Mail
Fox Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch is engaged to former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith, his spokesperson confirmed on Monday, which will mark the fifth marriage for the 92-year-old media mogul.
Murdoch finalized his divorce from actress and model Jerry Hall in August.
Murdoch and Smith, 66, first met in September at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air, California, and he called her two weeks later, Murdoch told the News Corp-owned NY Post, which broke the news of the engagement. Smith is a widow whose late husband was Chester Smith, a country singer, radio and TV executive.
On March 17 in New York, Murdoch presented Smith with an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring, according to the Post. They will be married in late summer.
“I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” Murdoch told the Post
Murdoch’s nuptials are unlikely to change the ownership structure of businesses in which he holds stakes, including Fox Corp, the parent company of Fox News Channel, and News Corp. Murdoch controls News Corp and Fox Corp through a Reno, Nevada-based family trust that holds roughly a 40% stake in voting shares of each company.
Fox is currently defending itself in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems.
Dominion has accused the cable TV network of amplifying debunked claims that Dominion voting machines were used to rig the election against Republican Donald Trump and in favor of his rival Joe Biden, who won the election.
Fox has defended its coverage, arguing claims by Trump and his lawyers were inherently newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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Sri Lanka media guide – Yahoo News Canada
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