J-Links for July 5: Police return images; Reaction to citizen journalism; Editor charged with treason
In Canadian media:
Twelve years ago, now-retired Toronto Star photographer Boris Spremo captured photos during a violent protest between police and anti-poverty activists at Queen’s Park. Toronto Police seized the negatives by warrant and they were recently returned to the Toronto Star’s library. This is a reminder that since the invention of smart phones —equipped with high-quality cameras — police are less likely to seize media images as citizens usually offer up their photos.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) made a decision about a prank telephone call made by a radio host that was broadcast on a Vancouver radio station in November 2011. The CBSC found that the call from CKZZ-FM’s (Virgin Radio 95.3) afternoon show with Kiah & Tara Jean did not violate privacy and was not sexually explicit but they should have obtained consent before broadcasting.
Douglas Todd wrote a column last weekend called “If ‘We’re all journalists now,’ what’s our ethical code?” He continues the discussion after receiving a numbe of e-mails. Todd published part of one e-mail in particular, written by Ross Howard, a veteran Canadian journalist who teaches journalism ethics at Vancouver's Langara College. He says that citizen journalism is like an oxymoron.
In international media:
Azerbaijan has charged the editor of Talyshi Sado (Voice of Talysh), an ethnic minority newspaper, with treason. Hilal Mammadov is also a rights activist and officials say he was charged for working with Iran and spying on their behalf. He allegedly was using journalism as a cover to “secretly cooperate with Iranian secret services.”
Thomas Bacsi recently turned 18 and experts see him as a future classical music star. He is a scholarship student in the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music program and is on the right path to musical success, however he and his family are facing a deportation order from the federal government. They could be back in their home country of Hungary as early as Friday.