April 16, 2014

Reporters Claim to be Priest, Dad to Get to Formula 1 Star’s Hospital Bed

F-1 World Champion Michael Schumacher Still Recovering from Skiing Accident

A journalist keen to access the hospital room where seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is recovering attempted to impersonate his father, it has been reported. The unidentified reporter disguised himself as the father to try and gain access to the hospital room where 45-year-old Schumacher is recovering after a skiing accident that occurred on December 29th of 2013.

French Journalist Canned for Tweeting ‘Screw Wisely’

Pierre Salviac

A French journalist who was sacked over a Tweet suggesting former first lady Valerie Trierweiler — also a journalist — slept her way into the role has launched an appeal against his dismissal. Pierre Salviac, a former rugby expert for the radio network RTL, triggered a storm that cost him his job when he took to Twitter three days after Trierweiler’s then-partner, Francois Hollande, was elected president in 2012. “To all my female colleagues, screw wisely, you too could end up as first lady of France,” he wrote.

Washington Post and Guardian Win Pulitzer for NSA Leak Stories


The Washington Post and the Guardian US newspapers have been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. This public service award is, as the official citation explains,  ”for a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal.”

Bloomberg News: NSA Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Years


The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA said in response to a Bloomberg News article that it wasn’t aware of Heartbleed until the vulnerability was made public by a private security report.

2 Spanish Journalists Home after Syrian Ordeal

Spanish journalists back home

Two Spanish journalists freed after being held hostage for more than six months in Syria by a rogue al-Qaeda group have returned home to an emotional welcome from friends and colleagues.  Veteran reporter Javier Espinosa, Middle East bureau chief of El Mundo newspaper, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a freelance photographer, arrived in Madrid aboard a Spanish government executive jet, less than 24 hours after calling from Turkey to say they were out of captivity and safe.

Al-Jazeera Reporters Denied Bail in Egypt

ALjazeera reporters in Egyptian court

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, currently on trial in Egypt, has called charges of aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood “preposterous”. Mr Greste and two other Al-Jazeera reporters were denied bail on Monday in the high-profile case. The journalists pleaded their innocence after being let out of a metal cage briefly to directly address the judge.

Glenn Greenwald of NSA Leak Fame to Win Award

Glenn Greenwald of NSA scandal fame

The journalist most associated with the coverage of Edward Snowden’s leak of phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency will be this year’s recipient of the University of Georgia’s McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. Glenn Greenwald was a columnist for The Guardian and is now a founder of First Look Media’s “The Intercept.” He’ll receive the award during a ceremony in the fall.

AlJazeera: No Free Speech in India

No free speech in India

Her official title is the Mircea Eliade distinguished service professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago, but these days Wendy Doniger, who has reignited India’s debate on free speech, is known by those trying to silence her as “a woman hungry of sex.” READ THE ORIGINAL STORY

Nakamoto: I Am Not Bitcoin Creator

Nakamoto Named as Bitcoin Father Denies Involvement

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man named by Newsweek magazine as the creator of bitcoin, has issued a statement to ‘clear my name.’ Issued through his Los Angeles-based lawyer, Ethan Kirschner, the statement “unconditionally” denies the Newsweek report, adding that Nakamoto “did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin”.