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Top sites for journalists. Mark Danner. Tom Brewster. "Kill the Messenger" Resurrects Gary Webb, Journalist Maligned for Exposing CIA Ties to Crack Trade. The CIA/MSM Contra-Cocaine Cover-up. Exclusive: With Hollywood set to release a movie about the Contra-cocaine scandal and the destruction of journalist Gary Webb, an internal CIA report has surfaced showing how the spy agency manipulated the mainstream media’s coverage to disparage Webb and contain the scandal, reports Robert Parry.

The CIA/MSM Contra-Cocaine Cover-up

By Robert Parry In 1996 – as major U.S. news outlets disparaged the Nicaraguan Contra-cocaine story and destroyed the career of investigative reporter Gary Webb for reviving it – the CIA marveled at the success of its public-relations team guiding the mainstream media’s hostility toward both the story and Webb, according to a newly released internal report. Entitled “Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story,” the six-page report describes the CIA’s damage control after Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series was published in the San Jose Mercury-News in August 1996. Journalist Gary Webb holding a copy of his Contra-cocaine article in the San Jose Mercury-News. The Dark Allience - Gary Webb / SJMN Series. Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded with Shia Militias on Fighting ISIS & Why US Strategy is Bound to Fail. This is a rush transcript.

Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded with Shia Militias on Fighting ISIS & Why US Strategy is Bound to Fail

Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our conversation with Patrick Cockburn of The Independent, his new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, joining us from London; and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Iraqi journalist working with The Guardian, who was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism this year for his coverage of the war in Syria. He’s joining us via Democracy Now! Video stream. Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995.  INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE. NEWS, COMMENTARY & INSIGHT. Home - First Look Media.

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With our SecureDrop server, you can share messages and files with our journalists in a way that should help you remain secure and anonymous, even from us, if that is your preference. Messages and files that you send to us will be encrypted. Click here to find out about Securedrop. The NSA and Me. The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment.

The NSA and Me

But there was also an undercurrent of urgency. “Please call me back,” the voice said. “It’s important.” What worried me was who was calling: a senior attorney with the Justice Department’s secretive Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.

Glenn Greenwald

Jeremy Scahill. The jihadi hunters. The rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took much of the world by surprise.

The jihadi hunters

When it swept into Mosul and swiftly turned most of northern Iraq into the cornerstone of a regressive new caliphate, the organization was an unknown quantity even to many professional analysts, reporters, and policy makers. But very quickly, some new go-to sources emerged. Two of them were Twitter streams that unleashed a torrent of crucial links and information. Clint Watts. INTELWIRE.com. JIHADOLOGY « A clearinghouse for jihādī primary source material, original analysis, and translation service. Charles Bowden has died, but his voice is louder than ever. As one of the original authentic journalists, he trailblazed a path for others to follow.

Charles Bowden has died, but his voice is louder than ever

Journalists Killed in Syria - Committee to Protect Journalists. Isis militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley. Ten journalists to free from prison - Reports. More on This Issue • 2013 prison census • Infographic On World Press Freedom Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists is highlighting 10 emblematic cases of journalists in prison, silenced by authorities in retaliation for their work.

Ten journalists to free from prison - Reports

CPJ is calling on authorities to release these journalists, as well as all others being held in relation to their work. Bekjanov, Ghaderi, and Hai were convicted on anti-state charges, an allegation used frequently by authoritarian regimes seeking to silence critical news coverage, according to CPJ research. CPJ research has documented a rise in the jailing of journalists since 2000, a year before the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States fueled the global expansion of anti-terrorism and national security laws. Governments have exploited these laws to silence critical journalists covering sensitive issues such as insurgencies, political opposition, and ethnic minorities.

Ten Emblematic Cases of Journalists in Prison. The Best, Most Damning Reporting of the 9/11 Era. Exclusive Interview with William Worthy, Dead at 92, on Reporting from Cuba, China, Iran Revolutions. 100 Information Heroes. Max Blumenthal: I knew Alterman would freak out. Thousands of protesters worldwide joined in a “Day of Rage” late last week to decry Israel’s despicable Prawer Plan, a government policy (wildly underreported in this country) to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert, which will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin Israeli citizens. The plan is further vindication of Max Blumenthal’s central thesis in his new book, “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” namely that Israel’s raison d’etat is the maintenance and expansion of a colonial ethnocracy — the expansion of the Jewish Israeli demographic, the containment of all others.

While Israeli government policies like aggressive West Bank expansion, the Gaza occupation, the warehousing of non-Jewish Israeli Africans and the Prawer Plan fiercely bear out Blumenthal’s point, the author has, since Goliath’s publication, run the gamut of predictably fervid criticism from Israel’s attack dogs within the U.S. commentariat. Barrett Brown.

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Press Freedom Online - Committee to Protect Journalists. Michael Hastings' Dangerous Mind: Journalistic Star Was Loved, Feared and Haunted - I n April, a man named Erin Walker Markland drove off a mountain road near Santa Cruz and was killed. The woman who had planned to marry him, Jordanna Thigpen , was devastated. For comfort, she turned to a man who had taken up residence next door. He had been through something similar — years before, his fiancée had been killed.

Michael Hastings' publicity photo shows him as a battle-hardened war correspondent. Hastings recently had lost weight and went clean-shaven. Related Content. Mark Mazzetti - New York Times Correspondent and Author. Barlett & Steele. Investigative Journalist, Author. Dahr Jamail - Profile.