Monday, April 13, 2015

Digital Dilemmas

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July for unspecified reasons, will face charges of espionage, Fars news agency reports. "The report did not elaborate on the source of the information, but the agency is regarded as close to Iran's hard-liners." (The Associated Press) | Specifically, he has been accused of "passing on sensitive economic and industrial information about Iran." (The Washington Post)

Update::: Friends of Rezaian told The New York Times that a recent report accusing him of economic espionage indicates that a trial is nearing. The Times quotes Omid Memarian, an Iranian journalist, who says the charges are meant to sway Iran's court. "To justify the arrest, they spread lies." (The New York Times) | The Washington Post published an editorial condemning the charges Monday night, suggesting the accusations were intended to make Rezaian "a pawn in Iran’s domestic power struggle over the nuclear deal." (The Washington Post) | A Guardian report says Rezaian is the victim of infighting among Iranian officials. (The Guardian)

Ned Parker, Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters, has left Iraq in response to calls for his expulsion on a Facebook page that may be connected to "armed Shi'ite groups." "The pressure followed an April 3 report by Parker and two colleagues detailing human rights abuses in Tikrit after government forces and Iranian-backed militias liberated the city from the Islamic State extremist group. Two Reuters journalists in the city witnessed the lynching of an Islamic State fighter by Iraqi federal police." (Reuters)

Malaysia's parliament on Friday approved amendments to the country's sedition law, giving the government broad new powers to censor online media. BBC has more.

Vera Scroggins is a citizen journalist and dedicated "Northeast Pennsylvania frack tour" operator. As a member of Shaleshock Media Alliance, she has posted countless hours of videotaped interviews, fracking operations footage, hearings, meetings, rallies and protests. A Pennsylvania judge has ruled against the citizen journalist in favor of a Texas-based fracking company.

On March 29, Taiwanese celebrity Janet Lee, along with some other people, was brought to see AH-64E Apache helicopters, the latest model of Apache attack helicopters.
These Apache helicopters were delivered to Taiwan in 2013, as part of a $6.4 billion arms deal with the U.S. signed in 2008.

  • An internet user has doctored Janet Lee's Apache photo and placed her atop a plinth reading "mother of military discipline." (Photo/China Times)

After Lee posted several photos of her posing with military equipment on Facebook, the Republic of China Army was criticized for letting unauthorized people enter the off-limits zone, where sensitive technology information is stored.
The scandal has led to the sacking of 18 military officials as of April 11. Ten of them belong to the 601 Air Cavalry Brigade.

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