Media Call Donald Trump on His ‘Dog Whistle’

Donald Trump tweeted, “Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!”
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The news media, once criticized as giving Donald Trump free publicity for thinly veiled racist pronouncements, pounced so hard on a tweet sent Saturday by the GOP candidate that Trump quickly altered its controversial image and accused the media of being "dishonest."

"Donald Trump tweeted a meme Saturday that used dog-whistle anti-Semitism to announce that his political rival, 'Crooked Hillary,' had 'made history,' " Anthony Smith reported Sunday for mic.com.

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"The meme Trump tweeted prominently featured the Star of David, a holy symbol of the Jewish religion that Nazis attempted to pervert by forcing Jews over the age of 6 to sew it onto their clothing during Hitler's reign.

"Emblazoned onto the Star of David in Trump's meme are the words 'Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!'

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"The star lies atop a giant pile of money. . . ."

David Weigel added Sunday in the Washington Post, "For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist 'alt-right' and offered no explanation why.

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“ 'We’ve been alarmed that Mr. Trump hasn’t spoken out vociferously against these anti-Semites and racists and misogynists who continue to support him,' said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 'It’s been outrageous to see him retweeting and now sourcing material from the website and other online resources from this crowd.'

"The offending image first appeared in a June 15 tweet by @FishBoneHead1, an account with fewer than 1,000 followers and a penchant for memes that mock Muslims, black Democrats and 'cucks' — an alt-right term derived from the word 'cuckold,' for people they deem insufficiently conservative. According to Anthony Smith, a reporter for the news site Mic, it was shared June 22 on a racist section of the 8Chan Web forum.

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"Trump’s official Twitter account shared the image, with no hint of its origin, at 9:37 a.m. Saturday. It came under fire immediately, with Trump critics such as the conservative pundit Erick Erickson accusing him of 'play[ing] to the white supremacists.' By 11:19 a.m., the tweet had been deleted, and the image was uploaded again with the star switched out for a circle.

"That was more than enough time for critics and supporters to ask what exactly Trump was doing. On white-supremacist forums, Trump was cheered for apparently declaring his solidarity through not-so-subtle code. . . ."

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Marina Fang wrote Monday for the Huffington Post, "Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Sunday insisted that a blatantly anti-Semitic tweet from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee was not controversial, calling the response to it 'political correctness run amok.'

". . . Despite the blatant anti-Semitism contained in the image, Lewandowski — who now serves as a paid commentator for CNN after Trump fired him last month — continued to defend the tweet on Sunday.

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“ 'You are saying that’s a simple star, a simple star that you would expect, like a star you would give a child, a sticker. A star that would be used would have five points, not six,' CNN’s Brianna Keilar said. . . ."

"Lewandowski insisted that using the star wasn’t meant to be offensive and that the media created the controversy.

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“It’s the same star that sheriff’s departments use to represent law enforcement. To read into something that isn’t there is — that’s the mainstream media trying to attack Donald Trump for something that really isn’t there,” he said.

“They put a new tweet up with a circle. The message is the same,” he continued. “The message is that Hillary Clinton is corrupt. The bottom line is, this is political correctness run amok.”

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Trump repeated Lewandowski's position in a tweet at 9:42 a.m. Monday. "Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff's Star, or plain star!"

Meanwhile, Columbia Journalism review on Friday named "The best and worst journalism of June 2016." On David Uberti's "best" list was "The Washington Post spotlights Donald Trump’s charitable giving, or lack thereof." Among the "worst" was "CNN hires Trump’s former campaign manager."

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Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press: Great again? America still working to reach pinnacle

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Toni Randolph Dies; Diversity Champion, Mentor

Toni Randolph, "whose quiet, steady presence guided colleagues, young reporters and listeners to a deeper understanding of each other and of journalism" as Minnesota Public Radio's editor for new audiences, died Sunday, the station reported.

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Toni Randolph

"Toni was undergoing surgery for cancer," Bill Davis, who hired Randolph as news director at WBFO-FM in her Buffalo, N.Y., hometown in 1988, wrote on Facebook. "She'd been diagnosed three years ago — and most of her colleagues were unaware of the diagnosis, much less that she was often working in debilitating pain." Her age was not immediately available.

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Meg Martin wrote for MPR, "She was a tireless champion within her newsroom — and far beyond, as an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists — for voices unheard and voices that needed lifting up. She challenged her colleagues toward inclusion, broad thinking and deeper empathy, in their reporting and in their work.

" 'Having diverse voices in our news stories should be part of the fabric of what we do,' Randolph said in 2014. 'We'll reap more benefits than we can imagine when newsrooms truly reflect our communities.'

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"She had a special devotion to young journalists — and steered the stories and reporting of countless high school and college students through MPR News' Young Reporters Series, its Generation Next training program and the University of St. Thomas' ThreeSixty Journalism high school program, whose board she joined in February. At the time of her death, she was in the midst of preparing for the fall season of Generation Next's young journalist classes. . . ."

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Essence Festival Draws More Than 450,000

"Just hours after Puff Daddy and The Family closed out Essence Festival 2016, with an 'I'll Be Missing You' sing-along, the festival management announced that more than 450,000 attended the music, culture and fashion festival this year," Doug MacCash reported Tuesday for NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

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"A festival spokesperson pointed out that last year's attendance was higher, with almost 500,000 fans. But the 2015 festival was four days long, counting an opening evening appearance by comedian Kevin Hart, while the 2016 festival was only three days long.

"The 2014 20th anniversary Essence Festival holds the record with 550,000 fans. . . ."

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Publication-branded events are increasingly becoming part of media companies' bottom lines.

In a story about the travails of black media, Sydney Ember and Nicholas Fandos wrote Saturday for the New York Times, "Earl G. Graves Jr., the president and chief executive of the business-focused magazine Black Enterprise, said his company was 'not as strong as it was,' but preferred that it remain independent. Like many magazines, it has cut its publication schedule and focused more on its events business as a potential revenue source. . . ."

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Members of the News Lab Class of 2015-16 in their classroom at Georgia State University. James Salzer, center, a reporter for Atlanta Journal-Constitution, recently taught the class about how to analyze campaign finance reports. (Credit: News Lab)

Investigative Reporter Wins J-Educator Award

"David G. Armstrong, a Georgia State University professor who trains student journalists in investigative reporting as director of the Georgia News Lab, is the recipient of the 2016 Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship," the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation has announced.

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David G. Armstrong

"The $1,000 award, given in recognition of an educator’s outstanding efforts to encourage students of color in the field of journalism, will be officially presented at the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) annual convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 13," the June 28 announcement said. "A merger of AOJ and ASNE, approved by the AOJ board on May 15, is expected to be completed later this year.

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" 'The Bingham fellowship brings to the ASNE convention an outstanding faculty member who has shown great initiative in mentoring college students. 'We’re proud to honor David for his work with the News Lab. He is exactly the sort of person the Barry Bingham Fellowship was meant to recognize,' said David D. Haynes, president of AOJ and editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Armstrong was nominated by Ken Foskett, senior editor for investigations at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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"He wrote, 'With support from Cox, our parent company, the News Lab was started two years ago at Georgia State to train young journalists in investigative reporting and improve diversity within the ranks of investigative reporting, which tends to be dominated by white males. The program draws students from Atlanta’s historically black universities (Clark Atlanta, Spelman and Morehouse), as well as Georgia’s large public universities — UGA, Kennesaw State and GSU. . . .' "

Jerrel Floyd, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: How I learned to be an investigative reporter

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Will the “Spotlights” Shine in Many Colors? (Feb. 29)

This rendering of slave resistance, courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, was used as cover art for Gerald Horne's 2014 book, "The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America."
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Alternative Perspectives on the Fourth of July

"A central myth of American history teaching is that the American Revolution was fought for the 'life, liberty and pursuit of happiness' of each person," Alan Gilbert wrote Monday for the Daily Beast in one of many alternative remembrances of the Fourth of July.

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"By each, Jefferson sadly meant mainly white farmers.

"This patriotic myth — what I call a Founding Amnesia — drove Frederick Douglass, in 1852, to declare that the Fourth of July was not for slaves.

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"But perhaps in contrast to its long history of racist exclusion, the Daughters of the American Revolution should first honor black Patriots. As Georg Daniel Flohr, a German private who fought at the decisive battle Yorktown with the French Royal Deux-Ponts for the Patriots, noted while walking around the field of battle the next day: 'all over the place and wherever you looked, corpses… lying about that had not been buried; the larger part of these were Mohren [Moors, blacks].'

"And as I emphasize in Black Patriots and Loyalists (2012), the acme of freedom in the American Revolution was the gradual emancipation of slaves in Vermont (not yet a state) in 1777, in Pennsylvania in 1780, in Massachusetts in 1782, in Connecticut and Rhode Island in 1784, in New York in 1799, and in New Jersey in 1804.

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"If we ask the central question in American history: how did there come to be a free North to oppose bondage in the Civil War, the answer is, surprisingly: gradual emancipation during and just after the American Revolution. Thus, black Patriots and their white abolitionist allies played a central, undiscussed role both in battle and in the deepening of American freedom. . . ."

Chanté Griffin, The Root: The 6 Times This Year the US Gave African Americans Reasons Not to Celebrate Independence Day

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Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: A bombastic July 4th is needed to drown the sorrow of our Summer of Terror

Frank Joyce, AlterNet: Are You Ready for Some Hard Truths About the Birth of Our Nation? Brace Yourself

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Jerry Large, Seattle Times: Fight for U.S. ideals is as necessary now as in the past

Steven Newcomb, Indian Country Today Media Network: For the 4th of July: John Marshall, Master Storyteller

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Ben Railton, Talking Points Memo: The Paragraph On Slavery That Never Made It Into The Declaration Of Independence

Jeff Rivers, the Undefeated: Pots & Pans: America is what WE make of it

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Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian: Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?

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Curry Faults N.Y. Times Story on Black Media

George E. Curry, twice editor-in-chief of the news service created by the trade organization for the black press, has taken aim at a front-page story in the Sunday New York Times headlined, "Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival."

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"The story correctly observes that many Black media outlets have been purchased by White-owned companies: Black Entertainment Television, created by Robert L. Johnson and his then-wife, Sheila, was sold to Viacom in 2001 for nearly $3 billion," Curry wrote for his new emergenewsonline.com. "In 2005, Ed Lewis, Clarence O. Smith and their partners sold Essence, the premier Black women’s magazine, to Time, Inc.

"The story failed to mention that Black-oriented digital outlets also are now in non-Black hands. For example, The Root, created by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald E. Graham, former publisher of the Washington Post, was sold last year to Univision Communications. The site went from being owned by Graham Holdings Company, a majority White company, to one that carries the tagline, the 'Hispanic Heartbeat of America.'

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"The larger failure was not addressing the importance of Black-owned and operated media.

Curry also wrote, "The issue is not race or ethnicity per se — it’s an issue of trust. African Americans trust the Black Press and distrust the White-owned corporate media. . . ."

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Kelley L. Carter, the Undefeated: ‘Ebony’ is still important to black people (June 15)

Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune: Justice Department investigation could affect lawsuit against Johnson Publishing (June 21)

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Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times: With Ebony/Jet sale, one legacy ends as another begins (June 15)

Gillian B. White, the Atlantic: A Space for Black Voices (June 21)

Teresa Wiltz, the Undefeated: Ebony and Jet are our black family photo albums (June 18)

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73% of Black British Voters Wanted to Stay in EU

"Brexit has re-awakened extreme racism in Britain," Kehinde Andrews, a professor at Birmingham City University in the UK, wrote Wednesday for Ebony.

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"The United Kingdom is coming to terms with the majority of the British people voting to leave the alliance of 28 member states that make up the European Union (EU). 'Brexit,' as it has been dubbed, has created a shockwave that led to the resignation of the prime minister, $2 trillion in global equity share losses and endless debates about a divided nation.

"According to a local poll, Scotland wanted to stay in the EU, England voted to leave; 73% of 18 to 24 year olds backed the EU, while 60% of over 65 wanted to leave; and a majority of the employed voted to stay, whilst most of the unemployed opted to go.

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"The discussion in Britain has mostly missed out one of the biggest divides that the vote uncovered: 53% of White voters wanted out and 73% of Black voters wanted to stay in the EU. Black voters overwhelmingly supported staying in, not because of any love for the union but because they recognized that the driving force behind the desire to leave was racism. . . ."

Leah Donnella, "Code Switch," NPR: Brexit: What's Race Got To Do With It? (June 25)

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Errol Louis, Daily News, New York: The real crisis underlying Brexit: It's about anemic population growth throughout Europe (June 28)

Susanne Ramírez de Arellano, NBC News Latino: Some of Us London Latinos Saw Brexit Coming, is Trump Next? (June 28)

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J. Peter Pham, Atlantic Council: Africa and Brexit: Not All Bad News (June 28)

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Brexit is a cautionary tale for Trump supporters (June 27)

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Rick Sanchez, Fox News Latino: Brexit is a Trumpish move that will weaken Great Britain (June 24)

Farai Sevenzo, BBC: Britain's African migrants who backed Brexit (June 28)

Islamic State Shows Killing of 5 Media Activists

"Isil has executed five media activists in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, warning that anyone who tries to document the group’s atrocities will never be safe from retribution," Zia Weise reported June 26 from Istanbul for the Telegraph in London.

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"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said it had received a video depicting the activists’ deaths, carried out on various charges including 'acting against the Islamic State, communicating with outside parties and receiving funds'.

"The Observatory reported that the jihadists murdered one of the activists by hand-cuffing him to his explosives-rigged laptop and detonating it. Another was killed while tied to his camera. . . ."

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Daily Mail: ISIS fanatics blow up journalists by packing their cameras and laptops with explosives while one is choked with an iron chain and another knifed in brutal new execution film (June 27)

Alex Jacobs, Indian Country Today Media Network: It Wasn’t Radical Islam That Killed 49 in Orlando (June 28)

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Feeling Pressure, Chinese Journalists Leaving Field

"China has long been a hostile place for journalists, but the growing pressure from censors under President Xi Jinping and the allure of less-risky, better-paying jobs at Internet companies such as Tencent and Alibaba Group Holding is squeezing the profession even more," Li Yuan reported Wednesday for the Wall Street Journal.

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"A widely circulated online quip sums up the mood: 'Chinese lawyers are either in jail or on their way to jail, and Chinese journalists are either working for Alibaba or on their way to working for Alibaba.'

"The risks are no joke. The Committee to Protect Journalists says China imprisoned 44 journalists in 2014 and 49 in 2015, more than any other country, and both more than any year since the New York-based group started tracking jailed journalists in 1990. Gao Yu, a 72-year-old journalist, was sentenced to seven years in prison last year for leaking state secrets. Her sentence was later reduced to five years and she was granted a medical release, allowing Ms. Gao to serve the rest of her term outside prison.

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"While there is no independent media in China as in the Western sense — all media outlets are required to have a government sponsor — there was a boom of more market-oriented media between the mid-1990s and early 2010s. Some publications managed to do investigative reporting and lured graduates from top universities. . . ."

'I grew up close to the shore, and I have always loved spending time at the beach,' the Los Angeles-based artist Kadir Nelson says of his cover for this week’s issue," Françoise Mouly, art editor at the New Yorker, wrote Monday for the magazine. “ 'When I was young it meant time with my dad, and now that I’m a father myself I relish the long summer days spent with my own children.' ” Nelson was also featured on CBS-TV's "Sunday Morning." (video)
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Short Takes

"Karla Martínez has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America, less than two months after joining the publication as Associate Editor," Veronica Villafañe reported Wednesday for her Media Moves site. She also wrote, "Martínez, who has been Mexico-based since early last year, previously worked as a fashion editor and director for magazines such as Vogue U.S., The New York Times’ T Magazine, Interview and W and has also worked at Elle. . . ."

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When NBA free agent megastar Kevin Durant announced Monday that he would be joining Golden State, he did so on Derek Jeter's The Players’ Tribune website, a site with "a mission to give an athlete a platform to say what is on his or her mind, serious or not, without a reporter playing the journalistic middleman," as Richard Sandomir reported in 2015 for the New York Times.

Suki Kim
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"Suki Kim spent 10 years researching and visiting North Korea. In 2011, she spent six months teaching at a university in Pyongyang — and working undercover as a journalist," NPR reported Friday. "During that time, Kim secretly documented the lives of 270 of North Korea's elite — young men who were being groomed as the country's future leaders — at the center of the country's regime change. Kim's reporting turned into the book Without You, There Is No Us, which — much to her dismay — was marketed as a memoir. She wrote in The New Republic recently that the book was not only miscategorized as a North Korean Eat, Pray, Love — a memoir of self-discovery by the writer Elizabeth Gilbert — but it was also trivialized. Kim argued that her investigative reporting would not have been confused for a personal narrative account were she not Korean or a woman. . . ."

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at the ACLU, has been named founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the university announced June 28. "Last month, Columbia and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the creation of the new institute which will work — through litigation, research and public advocacy — to preserve and expand the freedoms of expression and the press in the digital age," an announcement said.

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August's Teen Vogue

"If strong is beautiful — and it is — how perfect is it to have two Olympic athletes on the cover of a major fashion magazine that targets teenage girls?" Jill Hudson asked Friday for the Undefeated. "That the athletes are Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, both pint-sized, muscled-up, amazing gold medalists who are black — that’s a potential game-changer for a number of reasons. Reason 1: This is the official first cover from Elaine Welteroth, the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. She was appointed to the position in May. Welteroth is the first black woman to head the Conde Nast-owned magazine. . . ."

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"When CNN International editor Archith Seshadri returned to his native Chennai, India late last year to volunteer to help flood victims, the journey from Atlanta turned into a destination," Chris Ariens reported Sunday for TVNewser. ". . . As fate would have it, a new news channel was in the works. When it launches next month, World Is One News, or WION, will be the first English-language news outlet from Mumbai-based Zee Media Group. The channel will report global news from a South Asian viewpoint. Seshadri will be one of the channel’s anchors. . . ."

Alex Maragos, who joined WMAQ last summer, has been named co-anchor of the Chicago NBC station’s early and late morning news. Maragos has been filling in on the show for the last couple of months, but co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin made it official today," Chris Ariens reported Friday for TV Spy.

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"GMA Weekend anchor Ron Claiborne is celebrating 30 years at ABC," Chris Ariens reported Saturday for TVNewser. ". . . .This morning the show took a look back at his 3-decade career. . . ." (video)

"In the light of recommendations by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea," Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday that it "has again asked the Swedish judicial authorities to investigate journalist Dawit Isaak’s detention in Eritrea for the past 15 years as a case of crimes against humanity. He has Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality. . . ."

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