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Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:18:24 GMT2017-04-28T14:18:24Z

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David Speers calls for less secrecy on defence and asylum seekers

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:09:00 GMT2017-04-28T12:09:00Z

Sky News political editor bemoans that ‘we found out through US media’ Australian troops were in a chemical attack in Mosul

Australian governments should be less secretive about defence matters, asylum seekers and political donations and expenses, Sky News political editor David Speers has said in his address to the Press Freedom Australia dinner on Friday night.

“In August 2014 Australian troops were sent back into Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State,” Speers said. “Apart from an initial flurry of coverage when they were first deployed, we now hear very little.”

Related: Federal police admit to accessing journalist's metadata without a warrant

Related: Beyond 18C: six barriers to freedom of speech in Australia

Related: Journalism faces a crisis worldwide – we might be entering a new dark age | Margaret Simons

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Sir Martin Sorrell's pay package plunges from £70m to £48m

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:36:49 GMT2017-04-28T10:36:49Z

UK’s best-paid chief executive has now received about £210m in total remuneration from WPP since 2012

Sir Martin Sorrell received £48m in remuneration last year as WPP, the marketing and advertising company he founded and runs, moved to curb the level of his future payouts to avoid further clashes with investors.

Sorrell, who has been on the receiving end of a string of shareholder voting revolts at WPP’s annual meetings in recent years, received total pay, bonuses and incentive scheme payouts of £48.1m in 2016.

Related: Forget the fuss – bumper paydays go on for UK's best-paid boss Sorrell | Nils Pratley

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Facebook and Google were conned out of $100m in phishing scheme

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:27:56 GMT2017-04-28T10:27:56Z

Not even two of the biggest US technology firms are safe from fraud, as the social network and the search company named as victims of sophisticated attack

Google and Facebook were phished for over $100m, it has been reported, proving not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophisticated attacks of online scammers.

Last month it was reported that two major tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man into sending him over $100m (£77m). Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft for impersonating Quanta Computer – a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that includes Google, Facebook and Apple as clients.

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That Heineken ad: brewer tackles how to talk to your political opposite

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:10:32 GMT2017-04-28T08:10:32Z

The Worlds Apart campaign may be an antidote to the disastrous Pepsi/Kendall Jenner ad but will success on-screen mean success off?

The way advertising works these days, you may have seen Heineken’s latest spot recurring on your social media feeds under superlative headlines, the clapping-hands emoji or the single comment: “THIS”.

Its new Worlds Apart campaign partners a feminist with a member of the “new right”; a climate change denier with an environmental activist; and a transgender woman with a transgender – er, denier to ask if there is “more that unites us than divides us”.

Related: Diet Woke: how Pepsi’s ad backfired for Kendall Jenner

Related: Super Bowl ads trolling Trump: 'The world is more beautiful the more you accept'

Related: A PR stunt mixing beer, politics, gay rights and religion: what could possibly go wrong?

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Australian federal police confirm breach of journalist's metadata – video

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:27:39 GMT2017-04-28T07:27:39Z

The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, says an officer unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records, which were held under the government’s controversial metadata retention regime. ‘What was accessed was the records of calls, not the content of those calls. Just the fact of the existence of the calls in the first place,’ he says. ‘This was human error. It should not have occurred. The AFP takes it very seriously and we take full responsibility for breaching the act.’

Federal police admit to accessing journalist’s metadata without a warrant

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13 Reasons Why: New Zealand bans under-18s from watching suicide drama without adult

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:56:06 GMT2017-04-28T05:56:06Z

Office of Film and Literature creates new censorship category to address concerns over the series, which chronicles teen’s sexual assault and suicide

The New Zealand classifications body has created a new category of censorship for controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, after complaints from mental health bodies that it glorified suicide and could prompt copycats.

New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicide in the OECD, with an average of two young people taking their own life each week.

Related: Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and the trouble with dramatising suicide

It is also extremely damaging to present rape as a ‘good enough’ reason for someone to commit suicide

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Daniel Taylor honoured for football sexual abuse story

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:20:53 GMT2017-04-27T22:20:53Z

London Press Club awards scoop of the year prize to Guardian writer for interview with Andy Woodward, which prompted many more to come forward

The Guardian’s chief football writer, Daniel Taylor, has won the scoop of the year prize at the London Press Club awards for his reporting of the football abuse scandal.

Related: Andy Woodward: ‘It was the softer, weaker boys he targeted’

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Ten's financial woes take the gloss off Logies gold | The Weekly Beast

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:59:48 GMT2017-04-27T21:59:48Z

Network warns its future is in doubt, Fairfax’s new national editor juggles roles from afar, and the usual suspects round on Yassmin Abdel-Magied

If only the Ten Network could monetise its swag of TV Week Logie awards it wouldn’t be on the verge of collapse. On Thursday the third-placed commercial network posted a shocking half-year loss of $232m and warned its future as a “going concern” was in doubt if it could not secure another loan. The news sent Ten’s shares tumbling by as much as 20%.

But earlier in the week Ten seemed like a winner, flying high having taken home more Logie Awards than any other network. Sunday night at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Ten won over and over again – for its entertainment program Have You Been Paying Attention?, news panel show The Project and its co-host Waleed Aly, local drama The Wrong Girl, lifestyle show The Living Room and even for Gogglebox Australia which is co-produced with Foxtel.

Related: Samuel Johnson wins Gold Logie for Molly – then Meldrum ambushes speech

Related: Australia needs more feisty outspoken people like Yassmin Abdel-Magied | David Stephens

Front page of The Daily Telegraph

BEST DRESSED AWARD goes to @kiis1065 @Peter_Deppeler.
If you're going to go to the @TVWEEKmag Logies, dress up as the awards! #TVWeekLogies

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Facebook admits: governments exploited us to spread propaganda

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:38:17 GMT2017-04-27T20:38:17Z

  • Company will step up security to clamp down on ‘information operations’
  • Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France before presidential election

Facebook has publicly acknowledged that its platform has been exploited by governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries – including during the presidential elections in the US and France – and pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”.

Related: Facebook urged to step up fake news fight before UK election

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Challenge your convictions – democracy depends on it | Cass Sunstein

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:35:34 GMT2017-04-27T18:35:34Z

Representative government rests on the shared experiences that online media increasingly filter out

In 1995, Nicholas Negroponte, an MIT technology specialist, celebrated the emergence of “the Daily Me” – a digital news service tailored to each reader’s specific interests. With the Daily Me, he suggested, you would no longer rely on newspapers and magazines to curate what you saw, and you could bypass the television networks. Instead, you could design a communications package just for you, with topics and perspectives chosen in advance.

Related: Twitter accounts really are echo chambers, study finds

Increasingly, technology enables people to create their own communications universes

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Americans see Brexit a reckoning - and boy are they enjoying it | Emma Brockes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:13:42 GMT2017-04-27T18:13:42Z

With the pound low and reports of discord in Britain, many New Yorkers believe we are undergoing a historic reality check

There is an advert for Virgin Atlantic running on US TV at the moment that depresses me every time I see it. “The British pound is at a 31-year low,” says the cheerful voiceover, “which means you’ll be saving on literally everything when you travel to London.” Viewers are directed to an online “Brexit calculator” to do the maths on all the things that are cheaper for visitors, when travelling to a country that just shot itself in the face.

Related: Another Brexit campaign that dodges the hard questions | Rafael Behr

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Why press freedom is under the cosh in the UK | Jane Martinson

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:44:31 GMT2017-04-27T17:44:31Z

Thanks to draconian surveillance laws Britain has slipped to 40th in the press freedom rankings. And this election does not promise any improvement

Each year an index of press freedom raises fresh concern about the horrors faced by journalists in countries such as Turkey and North Korea; this year Britain and other bastions of press freedom are also causing concern.

Related: 'Downward spiral': UK slips to 40th place in press freedom rankings

Related: Guardian and FT join call for repeal of section 40 media law

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Rachel Johnson joins Lib Dems in protest against Tory backing for Brexit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:30:14 GMT2017-04-27T16:30:14Z

Writer whose brothers Boris and Jo are ministers has also toyed with idea of running as candidate in general election

Rachel Johnson, the journalist and sister of two Conservative ministers, has joined the Liberal Democrats in protest against Tory support for Brexit, the Guardian has learned.

The Mail on Sunday columnist and author has also toyed with the idea of running as a Lib Dem candidate for a West Country seat but may not have enough time to be selected to stand in the general election on 8 June.

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Rodney King review – Spike Lee's Netflix special is a bleakly poetic howl of rage

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:21:43 GMT2017-04-27T14:21:43Z

The acclaimed director brings a stark quality to this recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show about the incident that sparked the LA riots

Spike Lee is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with an hour-long Netflix special about Rodney King, whose vicious police beating triggered the chaos after the LAPD officers involved were acquitted despite their savage attack having been captured on video, filmed by a local man from his apartment balcony and seen by TV viewers around the world. That video became the most famous witness footage since the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Lee used it as the prologue to his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

Related: Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

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Just Eat delivers £10m The X Factor sponsorship deal

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:35:09 GMT2017-04-27T13:35:09Z

Deliveroo rival to launch ‘Chef Factor’ hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its clips

Just Eat has struck a £10m-a-year deal to be the new sponsor of The X Factor and intends to launch a nationwide “Chef Factor” hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its branded clips.

Just Eat’s multiyear deal, one of the largest for a weekly show on British television, includes sponsorship of The X Factor TV show, app and the annual live tour.

Related: When good TV goes bad: why X Factor lost its way with One Direction

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:03:38 GMT2017-04-27T12:03:38Z

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Sherwood Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

Mike Brown shouts out @SherwoodStrauss to open presser today, sends thoughts to those losing jobs at ESPN

Related: Has US sports media really become a leftwing propaganda tool?

Classy comments from Charles Barkley and @TurnerSportsEJ during @NBAonTNT halftime regarding the layoffs today at ESPN. Two gentlemen.

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British Podcast Awards sampler - the smartest podcasts

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:36:57 GMT2017-04-27T10:36:57Z

Get inspired with this pick of the smartest series made in Britain, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2017.

Rhianna Dhillon
presents the last crop of nominees for this year’s British Podcast Awards. This last batch are designed to make you smarter and feature science and technology podcasts including Scienceish, Chips With Everything (from The Guardian) and Sound Matters, as well as how to learn Italian or understand opera with Glyndebourne. Plus, there’s also a look at the finest podcasts that have been adapted from radio shows.

Smartest supported by Whistledown Studios
Chips With Everything - The Guardian
Coffee Break Italian - Radio Lingua Network
The National Trust Gardens Podcast - Fresh Air Production
Scienceish - Radio Wolfgang
Sound Matters - Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play

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Even Trump's Twitter binges aren't enough to make it worth $11bn | Nils Pratley

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:30:06 GMT2017-04-27T06:30:06Z

Twitter chief says he is proud daily usage is rising, but revenues just fell and profits are nowhere to be seen

As Jack Dorsey, the Twitter chief executive, said he was “proud to report” a 14% increase in daily usage of the social media service, the shares moved higher. It’s hard to understand why. Quarterly revenues fell by 8% to $548m (£427m), the first time they have dropped since Twitter became a public company in 2013. Meanwhile, profits are nowhere to be seen. In the first quarter, the company lost $62m, an $18m improvement on a year ago, thanks to cost cutting, but hardly justification for a stock market value of $11bn – less than it was, yet still substantial.

“While we continue to face revenue headwinds, we believe that executing on our plan and growing our audience should result in positive revenue growth over the long term,” Dorsey said. The plan is probably the only one worth backing: get the audience up and hope revenues follow. But the current breakdown in the relationship between audience and revenues suggests Twitter’s clout with advertisers is fading fast.

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Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and the trouble with dramatising suicide

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:32:45 GMT2017-04-26T18:32:45Z

Netflix has been accused of dangerous sensationalism. But how best to tackle this traumatic subject? We talk to YA novelist Chloe Combi and director Katie Mitchell
•Warning: contains spoilers for S-Town

If there was a list of ways not to portray suicide, this would tick every box. The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, adapted from the novel by Jay Asher, is about a teenager called Hannah Baker who takes her own life. She leaves behind a set of cassette tapes, each addressed to a different person in her life, detailing how they hurt her and contributed to her death.

It’s a revenge fantasy, so it portrays suicide as an act that will achieve something. It’s aimed at a young audience, who are particularly susceptible to contagion, and particularly likely to experience suicidal thoughts. It normalises and legitimises the act. It goes into too much and too graphic detail about the suicide itself – which is expressly against Ofcom guidelines because, however horrible it is to watch, this can still be read as a how-to.

To look for a culprit is to simplify something that leaves only chaos

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Twitter revenues decline for first time as advertising falls away

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:56:33 GMT2017-04-26T17:56:33Z

Company reports 8% fall in revenue in first quarter to $548m, but shares rebound as number of users rises

Twitter’s revenue has fallen for the first time, as advertisers have pulled back from the social media service favoured by Donald Trump, celebrities and journalists. However, the Silicon Valley company, which has never turned a profit, cheered investors by announcing a significant rise in the number of monthly users, to 328 million.

Shares in the company, which hit a peak of $69 in 2014, rose by more than 10% to $16.14 on Wednesday as the revenue and user number figures exceeded analysts’ expectations.

Related: Twitter loses ad revenue despite gaining 2 million users and Trump 'boost'

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