As violence continues across the U.S. amid protests over racism and police brutality, members of the press are being threatened, injured and arrested by police forces in a number of cities.
Protests swelled across the country over the weekend after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, and Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot by police in Louisville. Since then, police have used non-lethal ammunition to subdue protesters demanding justice.
But videos, pictures and first-hand accounts circulating on social media reveal members of the press are also being injured by police. The incidents indicate the press is, in certain cases, being deliberately targeted by authorities; journalists also report being assailed by protesters. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has long derided the mainstream press with terms like “fake news” and “the enemy of the people,” has done little to quell such fears.
The world first saw authorities confront the press when police arrested a black CNN journalist on live television Friday. Omar Jimenez could be seen complying with police as they demanded he and his crew step back from a protest area. As the reporter followed instructions, police seemed to arbitrarily arrest him. Cameras continued to roll and CNN aired the detention of their reporter for over an hour. He was released the same day.
After the CNN reporter was arrested, Trump took to Twitter later on Saturday to attack the mainstream media.
In another incident Friday, police allegedly shot and injured a photojournalist capturing the confrontations. Linda Tirado said on Twitter Friday she was hit in the face with a non-lethal round and had to be taken into surgery but despite medical efforts, she later said she had ended up permanently blind in one eye.
Journalist Nick Waters of Bellingcat, who has been keeping an ongoing record of attacks on members of the press, has so far tracked more than 95 instances of police and other law enforcement groups injuring or obstructing media.
A CBS News reporter posted footage to Twitter showing Minneapolis police firing at his crew; his sound engineer was seen to have taken a non-lethal bullet to the arm.
An LA Times journalist said Minnesota State Patrol officers took aim at her and a group of other journalists, spraying them “point blank” with tear gas.
Michael Adams, a journalist with Vice, can be heard in one clip from Minneapolis repeatedly shouting “Press” and “I am press” as police officers in riot gear point weapons at him. One officer can be heard saying “I don’t care, get down.”
Adams complies, but holds his press badge in the air, and an officer off-screen pepper sprays him while he is on the ground.
Two members of a Reuters TV crew were hit by
bullets and a photographer’s camera was smashed in Minneapolis on Saturday night.
Footage taken by
Julio-Cesar Chavez showed a police officer aiming directly at him as police fired
bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse about 500 protesters in the southwest of the city shortly after the 8 p.m. curfew.
A CBC journalist, live on air Saturday, said Minneapolis police shot her in the shoulder and threw a teargas canister at her back while she and her crew were alone in a Minneapolis parking lot.
Also on Saturday, HuffPost reported that law enforcement detained their journalist Chris Mathias while he was reporting on protests in New York.
As reports of press members being injured filtered in, watchdog group the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that authorities should be instructing officers to allow reporters to do their work.
“Targeted attacks on journalists, media crews, and news organizations covering the demonstrations show a complete disregard for their critical role in documenting issues of public interest and are an unacceptable attempt to intimidate them,” the statement read. “Authorities in cities across the U.S. need to instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests without fear of injury or retaliation.”
Apparently unconcerned by such incidents, Trump again took to Twitter on Sunday, saying the press was spurring anarchy:
“The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy. As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS!”
Edited By Harry Miller
China state media commentary urges investor respect for market – TheChronicleHerald.ca
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Investors should respect the market, manage risks and pursue rational investments, Chinese state-run media warned in commentary on Thursday, after Chinese stocks accelerated a recent rally and hit multi-year highs.
Shares in mainland China extended their winning streak into a seventh session on Wednesday, supported by hopes of an economic recovery, a conducive regulatory environment and retail investor enthusiasm.
The commentary said experience suggested that economic fundamentals were always the basis for changes in valuation, and only a long-term bull market could yield sustained profits.
“The tragic lesson of abnormal stock market volatility in 2015 remains vivid, warning that we must promote a healthy and prosperous stock market in a correct posture,” the paper said.
The recent stellar performance of China’s share market has prompted comparisons to a boom and bust in 2015-2016, fuelled by illegal margin lending, that saw the benchmark Shanghai index fall more than 40% from its peak in just a few weeks.
China’s securities regulator published a list of 258 illegal margin lending platforms and their operators on Wednesday to try to tame the bull run and avoid a similar crash.
On Monday, a commentary published by official media said China needs further share market gains to fund a rapidly developing digital economy and strengthen its hand in intensifying power rivalries.
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith. Editing by Gerry Doyle)
Companies are increasingly turning to social media to screen potential employees – The Conversation CA
As businesses around the world slowly start to reopen after being forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 are sharpening their presentation skills and updating their resumes to look for employment opportunities. But will their polished resumes make them more competitive relative to their peers?
The answer may surprise you. In today’s digitally mediated world, well-prepared resumes may not be enough to make you stand out among hundreds of candidates.
Due to the increasing use of social media around the globe (especially now during #socialdistancing), many recruiters and hiring managers find social media attractive as a readily available source of real-time data to find and vet candidates.
Social media is used by potential employers to check job applicants’ qualifications, assess their professionalism and trustworthiness, reveal negative attributes, determine whether they post any problematic content and even assess “fit.”
We examined social media users’ attitudes towards employers using social media to screen job applicants, a process known as cybervetting. We conducted an online survey of 454 participants, primarily from the United States and India, with a followup study surveying 482 young adults in Canada.
In these studies, we compared people’s comfort level with cybervetting in relation to different types of information that could be gathered from publicly accessible social media platforms. These were readily available information in the form of raw data and metadata, meaning what they had posted, when and how; analytics information that would require processing, for example, results of sentiment analysis or topic modelling of an applicants’ posts; and information related to users’ online social network that is often used for social network analysis, for example who follows whom on social media.
Expectations of privacy
The results revealed the nuanced nature of social media users’ privacy expectations in the context of hiring practices. Individuals have context-specific and data-specific privacy expectations. People who are already concerned about social media platforms collecting their personal information and possibly sharing it without their consent are less comfortable with third parties using social media data to screen job applicants — even if it’s publicly available.
On the other hand, individuals who are more comfortable with this practice are also more concerned that social media platforms might be storing inaccurate information about them. This may be a sign of “digital resignation,” a phenomenon in which people are worried about privacy but recognize that companies still engage in this practice. Social media users may want to ensure that information collected about them from online sources is accurate, since erroneous representations may negatively impact their success on the job market.
We also found that being a job-seeker does not necessarily make one more or less comfortable with cybervetting. And there is no significant relationship between one’s gender and the comfort level with this practice. Regardless of one’s employment status or gender, our findings point to the presence of expectations and concerns with social media screening.
Our results highlight the need for employers and recruiters who rely on social media to screen job applicants to be aware of the types of information that may be perceived to be more sensitive by applicants, such as social network-related information (like friends’ lists and connections among friends).
Our research stresses the importance of employers aligning their hiring practices with people’s expectations. If job applicants are aware of and not comfortable with cybervetting, companies may lose the opportunity to recruit high-quality applicants.
Alternatively, employees may lose trust in the company if they later learn about the company’s social media screening practices. Despite the lack of regulations about cybervetting in most countries, employers should proactively state if they engage in cybervetting, outline what social media will be examined and describe how the information will be used.
Ethical hiring practices matter, and this type of transparency is a first step towards giving the next generation of graduates and employees a fair chance of landing their dream job.
Media Advisory: AIAC Holds News Conference With Honourable Jean Charest – GlobeNewswire
MONTREAL, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Honourable Jean Charest, together with members of the aerospace and airline industries, will hold a virtual press conference to discuss how the Federal Government’s lack of a sector strategy for this important industry is putting jobs at risk and threatening Canada’s global standing.
Mr. Charest will be joined by:
Mike Mueller, Senior Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada;
John McKenna, President & CEO, Air Transport Association of Canada
|DATE:||Thursday, July 9th, 2020|
|TIME:||11:00 AM (EDT)|
Please contact Marie-Pier Côté at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the videoconference link.
*Time subject to change if a governmental press conference related to COVID-19 conflicts. In that case, an updated advisory will be sent.
Information: Marie-Pier Côté 418 999-4847
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