China used coronavirus prevention measures, intimidation and visa curbs to limit foreign reporting in 2020, ushering in a "rapid decline in media freedom," the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) said on Monday. For the third year in a row, no journalists told the group that working conditions had improved, the FCCC said in an annual report based on 150 responses to a survey of correspondents and interviews with bureau chiefs. "All arms of state power — including surveillance systems introduced to curb coronavirus — were used to harass and intimidate journalists, their Chinese colleagues, and those whom the foreign press sought to interview," it said. Authorities cited public health concerns to deny reporters access to sensitive areas and threatened them with enforced quarantine, it added. Visa restrictions were also used to put pressure on reporting. At least 13 correspondents were given press credentials valid for 6 months or less, the FCCC said. Foreign reporters … [Read more...] about Survey: Foreign Journalists in China See ‘Rapid Decline in Media Freedom’
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close Video Minneapolis City Council approves $6.4 million to expand police department Jay Ettinger, Minneapolis resident and business owner, reacts to the decision on ‘Fox & Friends.’ Minneapolis City Council said Monday it’s no longer continuing with plans to contract social media influencers to spread city-approved messages during the murder trial against Derek Chauvin, an ex-cop charged in George Floyd ’s death, after activists accused the city of buying the narrative about the case. During a virtual briefing discussing public safety and security preparations for the upcoming trial, David Rubedor, Minneapolis director of Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR), apologized after receiving negative feedback from community members over plans to pay six influencers $2,000 each to spread messaging targeting Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong and Latinx communities. GEORGE FLOYD: MINNEAPOLIS TO PAY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS TO … [Read more...] about George Floyd case: Minneapolis won’t pay social media influencers during Derek Chauvin trial after backlash
close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for February 28 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Sean Penn 's hairstyle has once again gone viral following his appearance at Sunday's Golden Globes . The 60-year-old actor appeared during the prestigious award ceremony to discuss the work being done to combat the coronavirus pandemic by CORE, the relief organization founded by Penn. Viewers couldn't help but comment on the actor's hairstyle on Twitter. "I’m a fan of Sean Penn but not a fan of the hairstyle," said one person . "Sean Penn went to his hair stylist and said, 'Give me the Operation guy,'" said a viewer in reference to the board game Operation. CHADWICK BOSEMAN EARNS POSTHUMOUS GOLDEN GLOBE FOR NETFLIX'S 'MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM' "Congratulations to Sean Penn for his role as 'all of The Three Stooges,'" joked … [Read more...] about Sean Penn’s hair at Golden Globes trends on social media
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Andrew Cuomo Cuomo apologizes over allegations, calls for NY AG to tap lawyer for independent probe New York AG says Cuomo statement is not sufficient for independent investigation Cuomo asks New York AG to appoint independent attorney to investigate sexual harassment claims MORE (D) has probably long thought that one day he would be – indeed, should be – entering a room to the sound of “Hail to the Chief.” Now it looks more likely that music will be “Jail to the Chief.” There is growing Democratic criticism of the governor’s handling – or should we say “mishandling”? – of the coronavirus pandemic, in which perhaps thousands of seniors in New York nursing homes died needlessly due to Cuomo’s ill-fated policies, followed by a cover-up. Now Democrats are accusing Cuomo of strongarming them for raising concerns. Even New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting an investigation into his nursing home fiasco. … [Read more...] about Will ‘Cover-up Cuomo’ be marching to ‘Jail to the Chief’?
Aurora police followed departmental protocol after Elijah McClain died in their custody in August 2019. The chief promised transparency and called in the team of Denver and Aurora detectives normally used to investigate police shootings. The detectives conducted an investigation and turned it over to the district attorney. “There were more than just the Aurora Police Department’s eyes on this investigation,” Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson said last week. Yet the initial criminal investigation led by Aurora police detectives into how police officers treated McClain was deeply flawed and “stretched the record to exonerate the officers,” an external review of the case found . The report’s findings, released last week, have prompted questions about whether the system used by Colorado law enforcement to investigate police shootings and other killings by officers effectively prevents bias and corruption. Unlike many other agencies on the Front Range, Denver and Aurora police … [Read more...] about Agreement between Denver and Aurora allows departments to investigate their own police killings