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Judge turfs media request to broadcast Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing – CFJC Today Kamloops



By Canadian Press

Jan 14, 2020

VANCOUVER — A senior judge with the British Columbia Supreme Court has denied a media request to broadcast the extradition hearing of a Huawei executive wanted in the United States on fraud charges.

A consortium of 13 Canadian and international media outlets, including The Canadian Press, applied to use two discrete cameras to record portions of Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing next week.

The media’s lawyer Daniel Coles argued that there is significant public interest in the case and that broadcasting proceedings would engage with the very meaning of open and accessible justice in the modern era.

The case has fractured Canada-China relations and Meng, who denies the allegations, is living in one of her Vancouver homes after being freed on bail.

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Super Bowl LIV media night overshadowed by tragic passing of Kobe Bryant – CBC.ca



Chants of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” broke a moment of a silence that kicked off a more subdued Super Bowl media night.

The NFL opened the most hyped week in professional sports with mixed emotions Monday night, one day after retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California.

The Kansas City Chiefs took the stage first on what typically is a wild evening filled with zany antics by quasi-media members. One television reporter wearing a short, white dress and sailor’s cap asked a few players to do the Floss dance with her but the atmosphere was mostly deflated.

Fans of the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers made some noise. Still, it seemed there were more media than fans in the seats at Marlins Park, making it look a lot like a baseball game in the middle of summer than the NFL’s annual version of a music festival.

Players tried to soak in the excitement of their first trip — for many — to the Super Bowl while struggling with the news of Bryant’s death.

“I wasn’t lucky enough to get to meet Kobe,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. “But the impact that he made in my life, it was huge. The way he was able to go about every single day, when I was a kid, and the work ethic and the intensity that he had to be great every single day.

“Even to this day, I still watch videos on YouTube the day before games and just listen to him talk and how he puts everything in perspective of being great on and off the field with his kids, and his business ventures and then, obviously, his play. It’s a tragic thing. Prayers to his family, but he made a huge impact in my life, for sure.”

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Mahomes was the one who broke the news to teammate Tyreek Hill on the team’s flight to Miami.

“It was like, ‘Man do you believe this?’ And I was just like waking up. So I was like ‘Dude, I don’t want to see that right now,” Hill said. “He was like ‘Dude, wake up, wake up, wake up!’ and I saw it. I was like, ‘No, I don’t believe it because you know you see stuff online and it be like fake … especially someone like that. Man, that’s Kobe man. He’s a role model. He’s a GOAT. You don’t expect nothing like that. Someone who has as much money as him, as much fame as him, to go down the way he did him and his family. I don’t know, bro. I just hate talking about stuff like that personally man because [it’s] sad, you know.”

Philadelphia connection

Chiefs coach Andy Reid knew Bryant from his years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant went to high school in a Philly suburb and had a love-hate relationship with fans in the city because he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. But he was a die-hard Eagles fan and his reaction on social media after the team won its first Super Bowl title two years ago endeared him to many. The city mourned his loss as one of its own.

“It’s sad,” Reid said. “A great person, man. I feel bad for his family, sick for his family. They’ll rebound. They’re strong. They’ll live up to his strength.”

Reid is the seventh coach in league history to lead two teams to the Super Bowl. His Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 15 years ago.

The Chiefs are making their first appearance in the NFL title game in 50 years, seeking their second championship.

The 49ers are going for their sixth win in seven trips. Their only loss came against Baltimore in their previous appearance seven years ago.

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In Haste to Confirm Kobe Bryant News, News Media Stumbles – The New York Times



The gossip and celebrity news site TMZ was first with the news that Kobe Bryant had died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. The report was so early, in fact, that many social media users questioned its accuracy.

TMZ wasn’t wrong. Mr. Bryant was killed along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter.

But that didn’t spare TMZ from criticism even after the news was confirmed: Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon that the authorities had not contacted Mr. Bryant’s family before TMZ published its report.

“It would be extremely disrespectful to understand your loved one has perished and to learn about it from TMZ,” Mr. Villanueva said. “That is just wholly inappropriate.”

Whenever a big story breaks, news organizations have to gauge how fast is too fast. For reports on tragedies, journalists face the issue of whether or not to put their drive to be first above sensitivity toward victims and members of their family.

With the breakneck pace of reporting ushered in by digital media, reporters looking to be first also put themselves at risk of publishing or broadcasting false reports, a pitfall that was in evidence as journalists competed to confirm the death of the 41-year-old basketball star so famous that he went by one name.

Here’s a look at how Mr. Bryant’s death was handled in the moments after the news broke.

The Los Angeles Times exercised caution as it worked to confirm the TMZ report, using its Twitter account to tell readers that it would not publish the news before verifying it.

“We are aware of reports about Kobe Bryant and are currently investigating,” the newspaper said on Twitter at 2:36 p.m. Eastern time. “We will update here as soon as we can confirm anything.”

Once it published its report, The Los Angeles Times, which had covered Mr. Bryant’s 20-year career as a Los Angeles Laker, lifted its paywall Sunday to provide easier access to its articles about him.

NBC News also showed restraint, posting on Twitter at 2:42 p.m.: “We are working to determine and confirm who was on board the helicopter.”

During ABC’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl, the annual N.F.L. all-star game, Matt Gutman, the chief national correspondent at ABC News, falsely reported that all of Mr. Bryant’s children — four daughters, including an infant — “were believed to be” killed in the crash.

Later in the day, Los Angeles officials confirmed the death of one of Mr. Bryant’s daughters, Gianna.

On Sunday night, Mr. Gutman acknowledged the error on Twitter, saying, “I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers.” He also apologized on air.

Social media lit up on Sunday afternoon with the false report that Rick Fox, a onetime teammate of Mr. Bryant’s, was also aboard the helicopter. That rumor seems not to have been based on any news report, but rose on its own out of conversation on social media. Jared Greenberg, a host and reporter on NBA TV, debunked the information with a tweet at 3:37 p.m., saying he had communicated with Mr. Fox.

PLEASE STOP spreading ‘news’ unless you personally can confirm it!” he wrote.

The loose reporting and social-media discussion may have been a factor in President Trump’s inaccurate tweet a little before 4 p.m. While most outlets were reporting that Mr. Bryant had been one of five people killed in the crash, Mr. Trump said reports indicated that Mr. Bryant “and three others” were dead.

The cacophony of conflicting narratives caused many people on social media to complain about news organizations’ haste. Andrew Doughty, a podcaster who discusses college sports on his show, received more than 600,000 likes for a tweet that called for some journalists to “lose their jobs today for rushing reports.”

Many of the initial stories elided or glossed over a young woman’s accusation in 2003 that Mr. Bryant had raped her in Colorado. The criminal case against him was dropped in 2005.

After reaching a private settlement with his accuser, Mr. Bryant said in a statement: “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

Obituaries that followed the early coverage for the most part did not shy away from the case.

The BBC was pilloried for a segment about Mr. Bryant that was dominated by clips of LeBron James, the younger and still-active Lakers star, playing in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, when he passed Mr. Bryant to become the N.B.A.’s No. 3 all-time scorer.

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Lantzville opts against forming social media committee



Lantzville councillors dislike the idea of a social media policy committee.

At a special council meeting on Jan. 20, Lantzville councillors unanimously rejected a motion calling for the creation of a short-term social media policy committee.

Had the committee been formed, it would have been responsible for developing a social media policy for Lantzville council members.

Lantzville council has had a strange history dealing with social media in recent years.

In 2017, Lantzville Mayor Colin Haime along with then-councillors Denise Haime and John Coulson filed a civil lawsuit against former councillors Jennifer Millbank, Graham Savage and Dave Scott, claiming they engaged in a nearly six-month public campaign to discredit them over social media. The lawsuit was later dropped.

That same year, the district was forced to issue a press release distancing themselves and council from comments made by the mayor about Nanaimo city council and staff.

Then in 2018, Lantzville councillors debated and ultimately declined to launch an investigation into determining the identity of the user or users behind a Twitter account with the username @GordShumway1, which posted a confidential letter containing sensitive information about a development and two members of council.

During the Jan. 20 meeting, Coun. Karen Proctor, who made the recent motion, told councillors that she believes the public expects elected officials to use social media. She explained that she made the motion to create a short-term social media policy committee due to concerns that some members of council might post misleading information online.

“My concern, when I brought this forward, is that there have been people who have posted things on the Facebook page that is misleading, that are untruthful, that are sometimes lies, and I do have a concern about people on council behaving that way,” she said.

There was very little discussion on the matter; however, Coun. Ian Savage said he was opposed to the idea of a social media committee and would rather see council just deal with any issues as they arise.

“I don’t really see a need for it,” he said. “I think we can just agree amongst ourselves what we feel we want and just have consensus that way.”

Coun. Will Geselbracht echoed similar thoughts as Savage, saying that if a councillor is out of line on social media or were to violate a social media policy then council as a whole can deal with it.

“We come up with a social media policy and one of us goes out there and breaches that, what is the remedy? The ultimate remedy is we vote to censure that member…” he said. “I just don’t see a committee being able to do that.”

In the end, councillors agreed not to continue with the creation of a social media policy committee.

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