HuffPost shutting down contributor section

HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, a section of the site open since 2005. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 January 2018
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HuffPost shutting down contributor section

NEW YORK: HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005.
The site’s top editor, Lydia Polgreen, says HuffPost needs to take ownership of what it publishes. HuffPost will cast a wide net for contributors to a new curated opinion section — and these writers will be paid, Polgreen says in a statement Thursday.
She says there are many more outlets for people to express their opinions online than there were 13 years and online platforms that once seemed radically democratizing now threaten through a flood of false information to undermine democracy.
Polgreen says that when everyone has a megaphone, no one can be heard.


Egyptian military court sentences journalist to 10 years

Updated 22 May 2018
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Egyptian military court sentences journalist to 10 years

CAIRO: An Egyptian military court has sentenced a freelance journalist who reported on the Sinai insurgency to 10 years in prison on terror-related charges.
The Cairo military court on Tuesday convicted Ismail Alexandrani of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group, without identifying it. The verdict can be appealed.
Alexandrani was detained in 2015 upon his return to Egypt after delivering a presentation on Sinai militancy in Berlin. He worked for several news outlets in Egypt.
Egypt has heavily restricted media access to the northern Sinai, where it has struggled to combat a Daesh-led insurgency that has carried out attacks across the country.
Egyptian authorities have jailed several journalists as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, and have passed vague laws criminalizing the dissemination of “false news.”