First Five: Jason Rezaian, privacy, campuses need First Amendment training, Scientology in Russia

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PANEL DISCUSSIONS

INNOVATING ORGANIZATIONS FOR A DIGITAL FUTURE

Newseum Institute
Last week, Michael Maness, innovator-in-residence at Harvard Business School, brought his unique perspective to the Newseum where he shared his insights on why organizational transformation so often fails and how you can strategically lead during this era of continuous disruption.


Inside the First Amendment

WASHINGTON POST REPORTER SENTENCED IN SECRET – AN IRANIAN SHAME

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
A government official has announced that The Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian – already unjustly jailed for some 16 months – has now been sentenced to prison following his conviction last month on espionage and other charges.


Journalism/Works

FOR MEDIA, ARE PARIS VICTIMS MORE ‘NEWSWORTHY’ THAN BEIRUT DEAD?

Newseum Institute
Rem Rieder, USA Today media writer, talks with Gene Policinski about lingering criticism that U.S. and European news media gave saturation news coverage to the ISIS attacks and deaths in Paris, but much less – if at all – coverage to bombings in Beirut and Nigeria at virtually the same time. Is it cultural insensitivity, valid news judgment, or what some are calling “empathy fatigue”?


COMMENTARY

IRAN’S CRUEL AND ARBITRARY TREATMENT OF THE POST’S JASON REZAIAN

Editorial Board, The Washington Post
Mr. Rezaian’s trial apparently ended Aug. 10. But to this day, no official verdict has been announced or communicated even to the U.S. journalist’s lawyer. Nor has a sentence been made public.

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IN THE NEWS

CAMPUSES NEED FIRST AMENDMENT TRAINING

Rem Rieder, USA Today
Just as Russia’s launch of the satellite Sputnik led to a major jump-start for the United States’ space program, it’s time for academia to step up and launch an ambitious crusade to spread the gospel of free expression and the First Amendment on the nation’s campuses.


HOW MUCH PRIVACY IS TOO MUCH?

Ben Dickson, TechCrunch
This debate, which had been heating up with the advent of new encryption technologies in recent months and years, reached a climax in wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The attackers allegedly used highly encrypted devices and tools to coordinate and plan their onslaught months in advance.


RUSSIAN COURT BANS MOSCOW BRANCH OF THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

The Guardian
Authorities argued in part that since the Church of Scientology had registered its name as a US trademark, it cannot call itself a religious organisation.

 

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