Max Cleland, Vietnam Veteran and Former Senator, Dies at 79

He lost both legs and an arm in the war. Republicans impugned his patriotism by linking him to Osama bin Laden in an infamous TV spot.

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Meghan’s letter to father written ‘with potential public consumption in mind’, court told

Lawyers for publishers of Mail on Sunday argue Duchess of Sussex’s privacy case should have gone to trialThe Duchess of Sussex’s letter to her estranged father was “written with public consumption in mind as a possibility,” the court of appeal has heard.Lawyers for Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publishers of the Mail on Sunday, argued Meghan’s privacy case should have gone to trial rather than be dealt with by summary judgment without need for a trial. Continue reading...

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A strangely alluring cocktail of dad dancing and traffic chat: architecture on TikTok

From rants about famous buildings to unabashed property porn, TikTok is full of riffs on architecture and design. Our man enters a world of eccentric carpeting, lurid mansions and in-depth pavement analysis One minute, he’s sitting in a fast-food restaurant in a three-piece suit, twirling his moustache and miming popping a glock to the sounds of Polo G and Lil Tjay. The next, he’s standing at a traffic intersection, extolling the virtues of protected bicycle lanes. This is Mr Barricade, the social media persona of California traffic engineer Vignesh Swaminathan, who introduces niche topics with succinct panache to audiences that might never have stopped to consider the radius of a curb o..

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Fossil fuel advertising in sport ‘the new cigarette sponsorship’, ex-Wallabies captain David Pocock says

Oil and gas companies are extending their presence in sport, from elite levels down to grassrootsGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingDays after flying into Glasgow to catch the opening of the Cop26 climate summit, Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher headed over to Edinburgh to watch the Wallabies play Scotland from a corporate box.The oil and gas company’s logo may have stood pride of place at the Australian pavilion at the summit, but it was the company’s sponsorship of the Wallabies that would prove a public relations coup. Continue reading...

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‘They’re puppets!’: why the US right loves to hate Sesame Street

A pro-vaccine tweet from Big Bird ruffled Ted Cruz’s feathers, but it’s not the first time a Republican has been anti-muppetIt’s not unusual for Ted Cruz to levy a dyspeptic jeremiad against “government propaganda” or denigrate his political enemies as “petty authoritarians who would deny you the right to make your own medical choices” or “puppet[s] … with a hand inserted up their backside”. But the Republican senator’s target this time was an actual puppet – the 8ft 2in (249 cm) beloved yellow Big Bird, whose innocuous tweet about inoculations inspired a round of puppet-sneering from America’s conservative culture warriors.Anti-Sesame Street fervor is not exactly n..

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Sri Lanka / UK: Facebook must reinstate Tamil news site’s Instagram account

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an end to Instagram’s censorship of the Tamil Guardian news website, whose account with this Facebook-owned social media platform has been disabled for nearly two weeks. RSF also calls on Facebook to be more transparent in cases like this. The London-based English-language website is one of the main sources of news about the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and the rest of the world and has more than 19,000 followers on Instagram, and ye

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#EndImpunity IFJ demands Somali Prime minister investigates killings of journalists

In a letter adressed to Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on November 8, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has urged the government to dispel the impression of indifference in the face of deadly assaults against journalists. The government needs to take action to bring both non-state and state actors that attack journalists and violate their fundamental rights to justice.

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Hong Kong: New poll shows widespread concern over possible introduction of “fake news” law

Foreign correspondents and journalists in Hong Kong have expressed “widespread concern” about the “fake news” law that the city’s authorities have flagged to introduce, a poll by a foreign press group shows. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) shares this serious concern and urges the Hong Kong government to work toward ensuring freedom of the press in Hong Kong.

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‘무단협’ SBS, ‘노조활동 보장 중단’ 통보...“노조 탄압 본색 드러내”

[PD저널=김승혁 기자] SBS가 단체협약 해지에 따라 노동조합 활동 보장을 중단하겠다고 통보하자 노조 측이 “노조 탄압의 본색을 노골적으로 드러내고 있다”고 반발했다. SBS는 지난 8일 전국언론노동조합 SBS본부(이하 SBS본부)에 단체협약 해지 이행 관련 공문을 보내 노측의 노동쟁의 조정 신청을 이유로 대며 조합활동 보장 조항 적용을 오는 12월 1일부터 중단한다고 통보했다. 사측은 “노조의 노동쟁의 발생 통보에 따라 회사가 조합 활동을 계속 보장해 줄 필요성 또한 상실하게 되었다”며 “다만 단체협약 해지에 따른 혼..

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Wirecutter Workers Threaten Work Stoppage Starting on Black Friday

Their union, which is seeking higher salary minimums and guaranteed raises, has been negotiating with The New York Times Company for two years.

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News Corp Australia posts $60.7m loss as pandemic takes toll on media

Company blames $167m hit to advertising revenues on regional and community closures and digital transitionsDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingNews Corp Australia has posted a $60.7m loss as the pandemic exacerbates ongoing upheaval throughout the media industry.The company blamed a $167m hit to advertising revenues on regional and community closures or digital transitions.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

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Jailed Wuhan journalist Zhang Zhan nominated for RSF press freedom award

Chinese citizen journalist recognised for her reporting in early weeks of pandemic in face of threatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe detained Chinese journalist Zhang Zhan has been nominated for a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press freedom award for courage, recognising her work reporting from Wuhan in the early weeks of the pandemic, as calls grow for her release.The former lawyer turned citizen journalist was convicted in December of “picking quarrels and causing trouble”, a ubiquitous catch-all accusation frequently used against journalists, lawyers and dissidents in China. Continue reading...

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Survivors call on media to rethink coverage of terrorist attacks

Not contacting seriously injured for at least two days or publishing photos of attackers among demandsMedia organisations should agree not to contact people seriously injured in a terrorism attack or bereaved relatives of victims for at least two days and stop printing photos of attackers, according to demands drafted by a group of survivors.The Survivors Against Terror report, whose contributors include the widower of the murdered MP Jo Cox and relatives of victims of the Manchester Arena and Fishmonger’s Hall attacks, calls on news outlets to reduce the naming of terrorists, suppress any manifestos or videos and stop publishing detailed accounts of their methods or the injuries they caus..

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Gambling firms among heaviest radio advertisers during school run

Data prompts warnings about millions of children’s potential exposure to betting promotionsGambling companies are among the heaviest advertisers on radio during “school run” hours when millions of children are in the car, according to research that prompted warnings about their exposure to promotions for the national lottery, online casinos and sports betting.Data shows gambling came second in a list of industries that spend the most to appear on commercial radio between 8am and 9am and from 3pm to 4pm, according to an analysis for the Guardian by market analysis firm Nielsen. Continue reading...

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Firms under fire for using UK influencers to push nicotine products

Companies accused of using social media influencers to entice young people to try nicotine productsPosing expertly for Instagram snaps, a parade of young and beautiful DJs, models and socialites line up to endorse Velo, a brand of flavoured nicotine pouches made by British American Tobacco (BAT).Between them, the 26 social media influencers boast 2.2m followers, and an audience that skews young, meaning they are hard to reach through traditional advertising channels. Continue reading...

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Untapped, unsigned and frequently unhinged: a deep dive into TV TikTok

There’s Shakespeare the Roadman, life lessons from Grey’s Anatomy, and everything Gemma Collins has ever said or done. In the first of a series in which Guardian critics unearth the best of TikTok, our writer takes on its TV-related content TikTok and telly go together like Ant and Dec before the drink-driving ban. Most obviously, TikTok is good for reliving highlights from daytime and reality shows past. Remember that iconic “Dear-lord-what-a-sad-little-life-Jane” moment from Come Dine With Me? Or that time an indignant Curtis from Love Island chose coffee-making over morning cuddles? Or everything Gemma Collins has ever said and done? All these have been faithfully chopped, churned..

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Ukrainian English-language newspaper Kyiv Post suspends publication

Journalists on publication release statement saying that all employees were ‘immediately’ firedUkraine’s oldest English-language newspaper the Kyiv Post has suspended publication after 26 years as its journalists accused the owner, a powerful oligarch, of “attacking” them.Adnan Kivan, a construction tycoon who bought the Kyiv Post three years ago, said in a statement that the newspaper will close immediately “for a short time”. Continue reading...

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Maureen Cleave, British journalist who championed the Beatles, dies aged 87

After befriending the band, Cleave influenced their lyrics and prompted John Lennon’s infamous comment that they were ‘more popular than Jesus’Maureen Cleave, the British journalist best known for her profiles of the Beatles, has died aged 87 after a short illness.As one of the few young journalists given scope to write about the pop explosion of the 1960s – and with her inquiring, non-deferential tone – Cleave helped to kickstart the British music journalism that flourished in her wake. Continue reading...

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