The Trump administration said Monday that it is designating the U.S. operations of four Chinese media outlets as “foreign missions” in an action that could force some of their journalists to leave the country and further worsen diplomatic relations.
State Department officials said the four organizations are essentially mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party and the government and should not be treated like ordinary foreign media.
The four, which include state-run CCTV, will be required to submit a list of everyone who works for them in the U.S. and any real estate holdings. None are being ordered to leave at this time, but a similar action in February against five other outlets preceded a cap on the number of people who could work for those organizations in the U.S.
The other three are the China News Service, the People’s Daily newspaper and the Global Times.
“The Communist Party does not just exercise operational control over these propaganda entities but has full editorial control over their content,” said Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell. “This foreign mission designation is an obvious step in increasing transparency of these and other PRC government propaganda activities in the United States.”
The U.S. designated Soviet outlets as foreign missions during the Cold War. That precedent reflects the bitter state of relations between the United States and China, which are at odds over Beijing’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, trade, human rights and other issues.
U.S. officials say the media outlets should be considered foreign missions under American law because they are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by the government of the People’s Republic of China and shouldn’t be treated like traditional news organizations.
“These aren’t journalists. These are members of the propaganda apparatus in the PRC,” Stillwell said in a conference call with reporters.
In February, the administration took the same action against the Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, the China Daily Distribution Corporation, which distributes the newspaper of the same name, and Hai Tian Development USA, which distributes the People’s Daily newspaper.
Then in March, the U.S. administration capped the number of journalists from the five allowed to work in the U.S. at 100, down from about 160. At the time, the U.S. cited China’s increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment and intimidation of American and other foreign journalists in China.
The administration also said it plans to set time limits on the visas issued to Chinese journalists, as China does now for journalists working for U.S. outlets.
It was not yet clear how many journalists work in the U.S. for the organizations designated Monday.
As of this spring, there were about 75 Americans and other foreigners authorized to work for U.S. news outlets inside China.
iSIGN Media Announces a Shares for Debt Transaction – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. (“iSIGN” or “Company”) (TSX-V: ISD) (OTC: ISDSF), a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity marketing and public security alert solutions announced it has entered into a debt settlement arrangement with various companies and individuals in which the Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 11,457,788 common shares at a deemed price of $0.05 per share in settlement of debts owned of $572,890.
Included in this transaction are various companies that are either wholly or partially owned and controlled by Josip Kozar, iSIGN’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kozar is deemed to be a “related party”, as such term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), being the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and currently holding approximately 15% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.
For this transaction, the Company has relied on the exemption from the formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 and has relied on the exemption from the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.
This arrangement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”). The Company will issue these shares, which are subject to a four month hold period, once approval has been received from the Exchange.
About iSIGN Media
iSIGN, a Canadian company based in Toronto (Richmond Hill), Ontario is a data-focused, software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is a pioneering leader in the areas of location-based security alert messaging and proximity marketing utilizing Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity in complete privacy. Creators of the Smart suite of products, a patented interactive proximity marketing technology, iSIGN enables the delivery of messages to mobile devices in proximity, with real-time reporting and analytics on a variety of metrics. 2019 winner of Richmond Hill’s Innovator of the Year award. Partners include IBM, Keyser Retail Solutions, Baylor University, Verizon Wireless, TELUS and Mtrex Network Solutions. www.isignmedia.com
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Ambassador Bridge owner 'Matty' Moroun dead at 93, report Detroit media – Windsor Star
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Fellow tycoon Warren Buffet also had a 25 per cent share of the bridge. But in 1979, Moroun purchased the bridge outright and took full control.
According to Moroun, his goal with the bridge purchase was only to get his trucks moving across the border smoothly.
Truck traffic at the bridge soared under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Central Transport bought out more and more other trucking firms until Moroun’s business interests stretched overseas and around the world.
By the mid-2000s, Moroun’s empire included more than 100 companies and affiliates across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
His vast real estate holdings made him the second-largest property owner in Michigan, behind only the state government itself.
Moroun was also believed to be the third-biggest property owner in the city of Detroit.
When Moroun spoke to the Star in 2006, he was tiring of his reputation as a pirate in business, and suggested he wanted to be considered a builder of the local and national economies.
“You know, when you get my age, you start to think a little bit about how you will be remembered,” Moroun said at the time.
—with files by Dave Battagello
Trump administration accused of ‘onslaught’ against media by UN expert
The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.
In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month, David Kaye said in a series of forthright comments that he hoped “attacks” on U.S. journalists would end when President Donald Trump leaves office.
“Clearly the signature issue over the past four years now has been the way in which this particular president addresses the media: The way he denigrates the media, denigrates freedom of expression,” he told journalists in Geneva.
Kaye specified that the so-called onslaught consisted of criticism of reporters and spreading “disinformation,” as well as partnerships with conservative media organisations.
“No other Administration has been as transparent as President Trump’s, and we expect all of the news to be fair and accurate,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told Reuters in a statement, adding “this President is not going to back down from calling out lies.”
When Kaye was asked about the impact of that on press freedom around the world, the special rapporteur said: “There clearly is a Trump effect, a very negative one,” adding that previous U.S. administrations had been more critical of attacks on the press, such as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He added that the Trump administration has created a global culture of permissiveness.
Kaye also raised broad concerns about government crackdowns that has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic in a trend he described as “very disturbing” and contributing to the spread of the disease.
“Unfortunately often under the guise of trying to restrict disinformation, governments have resorted to old tools of clamping down on the free flow of information,” he said, without naming specific countries.
He was also critical of China’s “highly repressive approach to freedom of expression” and urged resistance to this approach.
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