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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is unlike most state leaders Downing Street rolls out the red carpet for. Authoritarian, illiberal and content to deploy racist tropes to maintain power, many on the continent believe a Hungary led by Orban and his right-wing populist Fidesz party has no place in the European Union. Here is why – despite No.10 calling Orban’s anti-immigrant comments “divisive and wrong” – Boris Johnson faces mounting criticism for welcoming his Hungarian counterpart. 1, Orban described migrants as ‘poison’ and ‘Muslim invaders’The migrant influx into Europe was described by Orban as “a poison” and “Muslim invaders”. These comments, which were widely condemned, were made at a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern in Budapest, in July 2016, when refugees from war-torn Syria were fleeing attacks. “Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” Orban said, adding: “Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.” In a separate interview with Politico, Orban said “the factual point is that all the terrorists are basically migrants”. Asked about the comments on Friday, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “I think Viktor Orban’s views on migrants are things that I would not endorse in any way. ” 2, Anti-Semitism and attacks on George Soros Orban has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, including in politically-driven attacks on philanthropist George Soros. Soros, who was was born in Budapest in 1930 to Jewish parents, accused the PM of “employing anti-Semitic tropes reminiscent of the 1930s”. It came after a series of Fidesz party posters and leaflets, accusing of a secret plot to settle at least a million migrants a year in Europe and pay them each thousands of euros. Soros said the campaign posters were not dissimilar to the anti-Semitic imagery of the 1930s, which portrayed Jews as wealthy political manipulators.Orban’s cultural commissioner Szilard Demeter also compared Soros to Hitler, calling him a “liberal Fuhrer” who viewed Europe as “his gas chamber”. He also likened Poland and Hungary to “the new Jews”. 3, Hungary built a border during the Syrian refugee crisis As thousands left Syria to escape Bashar al-Assad and Isis in 2015, Hungary built a border barrier on its border with Serbia and Croatia. The 4m-high, 109 mile-long fence aimed at preventing migrants entering the country. Soldiers were sent to block the route from Serbia and sealed the border with razor wire. Refugees and migrants were detained and targeted with water cannon and tear gas.Orban later declared a state of emergency and deployed 1,500 soldiers to Hungary’s borders in March 2016.In January 2018, the country started to refuse to take in refugees despite their desperate need. Orban stoked fears of higher crime and terrorism, telling the public: “Mass migration is threatening the security of Europeans because it brings with it an exponentially increased threat of terrorism.“We know nothing about these people: where they really come from, who they are, what their intentions are, whether they have received any training, whether they have weapons, or whether they are members of any organisation. Furthermore, mass migration also increases crime rates.” 4, Attacks on the media and freedom of speech Orban has presided over a deterioration of press freedom in Hungary. The station Klubradio, whose news and talk content is often critical of the Hungarian government, lost its license to broadcast, with the country’s media regulator saying it had “repeatedly infringed” the rules.Its frequency was awarded to Spirit FM, whose owner is supportive of Orban. US secretary of state Andrew Blinken is among those to criticise Orban, saying: “We have real concern that is shared by international press freedom advocates and many Hungarians over the decline of the pluralism and diversity and independent voices.” But the government’s attack on freedom of speech took a more sinister turn after the Covid outbreak, when Hungary’s parliament has passed emergency laws that include jail terms for spreading misinformation. Crucially, the laws have no clear time limit to the “state of emergency”, during which Orban can “rule by decree”. In what is seen as a clear threat to journalists, the laws state those who intentionally spread “misinformation” that hinders the government response to the pandemic can be jailed for five years. Reporters Without Borders last year dropped Hungary 16 points in its annual World Press Freedom Index to 89th place.The media watchdog said: “Its coronavirus legislation, which gave the government almost unlimited powers to handle the crisis, threatened journalists with prosecution on charges of disseminating fake news and ‘blocking the government’s anti-pandemic efforts,’ and imposed additional curbs on their already limited access to state-held information.”5, Increasingly close ties with Russia and China Europe’s “strongman” leader has cast his government as allies to Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party. Both China and Russia are similarly authoritarian regimes and often hostile to the west. Orban has repeatedly been criticised for his closeness to the two country’s leaders and last year Hungary controversially began using Chinese and Russian Covid-19 vaccines, which were not approved by the European Medicines Agency.Putin is said to view Orban as one of Moscow’s strongest allies in the EU and he visited Budapest in 2016, reportedly to discuss a long-term energy deal. While it is not alleged that Orban is peddling a pro-Kremlin agenda, his ties with Putin leave many EU leaders uncomfortable. Kwarteng added his in interview with the BBC today that he believed it was vital for Boris Johnson to engage with Hungary post-Brexit. He said: “Hungary is an EU country, we were part of the EU. And in this post-Brexit world, I think it’s absolutely right for us to be building bilateral relations with countries in the former EU.“I think it’s completely reasonable to do that, and not to do so I think would be irresponsible.“So it’s a diplomatic relationship that we want to develop. We want to talk to European leaders, and I think it’s absolutely right that the prime minister does that.”dWhy The Appointment Of Munira Mirza As Head Of Racial Inequality Review Is So ControversialEuropean Elections 2019: This Is How People Across The Continent VotedPopulism Is Already Having Consequences For LGBT People And Our Rights
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Facebook won’t remove claims that COVID-19 was man-made anymore, according to a report from Politico that cites a Facebook spokesperson. The company altered its policy because of a renewed focus on the origins of the virus, including an order from President Joe Biden to his intelligence agencies to investigate the so-called lab-leak hypothesis.
Facebook’s policy change was made “in consultation with public health experts,” that spokesperson told Politico. The social network’s policy mandates that false claims and conspiracy theories about the virus be removed.
The company has been trying to stem the tide of misinformation
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After two elections’ worth of fake news and almost 18 months of pandemic falsehoods and antivax lies, Facebook is finally taking a stance on Pages and users that share false information. The long-overdue rule change means individuals who repeatedly distribute debunked content could have their shares buried, though Facebook will fall short of actually removing it altogether. It’s an extension … Continue reading
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If you get your news from conservative media and Republican politicians, President Joe Biden is out to destroy the fabric of America, the very essentials of what makes the country red, white and blue. Say goodbye to juicy hamburgers, Dr. Seuss, stay-at-home parenting and Chik-fil-A sauce.It’s been tricky for Republicans to make Biden – a 78-year-old moderate white man who likes to say “folks” – seem like a radical. Both during the election campaign and now, conservatives have instead tried to portray him as under the sway of more progressive members of his party (who often just so happen to be younger women of colour). Scaring voters into believing that essential parts of their lives are at risk is a tactic conservatives often return to. They tried to convince people that same-sex marriage would destroy the entire institution of marriage for everyone and they fear-mongered that Obamacare would create “death panels” and end health care. The cultural critiques are continuing with Biden’s presidency. Some of them are silly, while others – such as going after rights for transgender children – have real and serious consequences. Dr. SeussOn March 2, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would stop publishing six books from the beloved author’s catalog because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”In If I Ran the Zoo, for example, there’s a drawing of three men who appear to be Asian, described by Seuss as “helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant.”Plenty of other Seuss books are still available, and Biden had nothing to do with the decision. Yet conservatives tried to tie him to the issue, noting that when he issued a presidential proclamation for Read Across America Day on March 1, he did not mention Seuss’ name – a break with his two predecessors.“Biden erases Dr. Seuss from Read Across America proclamation as progressives seek to cancel beloved author” read a Fox News headline. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Department of Education drafted the proclamation and that as “we celebrate the love of reading and uplift diverse and representative authors, it is especially important that we ensure all children can see themselves represented and celebrated in the books that they read.” Girls’ SportsPerhaps no president in history has been as openly supportive of transgender rights as Biden. But there’s only so much he can do on the federal level to ensure equality without the cooperation of Congress. On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order on LGBTQ equality, essentially reaffirming a Supreme Court decision. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” read one line in the order. Conservatives quickly took aim at Biden, using the #BidenEraseWomen hashtag on Twitter. Even though there was no other mention of sports in the order, conservatives said it “unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports.” Instead, GOP-controlled state legislatures have been aggressively passing anti-transgender legislation. State lawmakers have introduced more than 100 such bills, with 33 states considering barring transgender women and girls from competing on women’s sports teams. At least seven states now have these exclusionary laws. Supporters of this type of legislation argue that transgender women have an unfair biological advantage and will make it impossible for other women to compete – even though these claims aren’t rooted in any scientific evidence. Chik-fil-A“Chik-fil-A has a sauce shortage. And you want to know why? Because of Joe Biden’s radical liberal policies,” read a campaign email from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Lauren Boebert similarly tweeted stories about the sauce problem and blamed Biden.This month, Chik-fil-A announced that some of its restaurants were “experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces” due to “industry-wide supply chain disruption.” The pandemic – not to mention other one-off incidents like the Suez Canal blockage and the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline – have created shortages and disruptions to the global economy. Biden is not to blame for the lack of sauce on chicken.Stay-At-Home ParentingBiden’s proposed American Families Plan would provide $1.8 trillion to families through investment in education, child care and worker-friendly policies. It includes financing for universal pre-kindergarten and gives subsidies for child care. Families earning up to 1.5 times their state median income would spend no more than 7% of their income on child care, while the lowest-income families would have it covered fully. Republicans quickly attacked this plan as Biden coming down “against stay-at-home parenting.” A conservative writer said it amounted to “the government bribing parents to turn over their kids to the care of others.” Another said, “the question of ‘how young is too young’ when it comes to sending children to institutions of learning is decided, essentially, by the government.”Families would still have the option of staying home with their children, just like they do now. But if they want to work, they would get financial assistance.Biden also wants to make permanent the expanded child tax credit payments, which provide families with monthly checks of up to $300 per child. The tax credits were part of the American Rescue Plan, which every Republican lawmaker voted against. Civics LessonsIn recent weeks, conservatives have come out against seemingly innocuous bipartisan legislation provide $1 billion a year in grants for more civics education, arguing that it would be used as a “Trojan horse” for the Biden administration to indoctrinate students with a liberal agenda.Much of the controversy stems around a completely unrelated rule proposed by the Education Department with guidelines for a grant program for teaching US history, saying programs should “reflect the diversity, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students.” It also included a positive mention of The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which aimed to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very centre of our national narrative.” On April 29, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus sent a letter to the Education Department protesting the rule. McConnell and other GOP senators complained that the Biden administration’s proposed rule doubled down on “divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda” and said it would promote “racial ideologies meant to divide us.”Since its publication in 2019, the award-winning 1619 Project has been a lightning rod for conservatives who object to teaching the uglier parts of American history.In a congressional hearing, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona noted that school curricula are not set at the federal level and that the federal civics bill specifically bars a federal curriculum. Juicy BurgersConservative media outlets and GOP politicians have repeatedly tried to claim that the Biden administration is trying to outlaw beef. A Fox News graphic said “Up in your grill – Biden’s climate requirements,” claiming that Americans would be limited to one burger each month. “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?” tweeted Boebert on April 24. A similar claim was picked up by conservatives including Donald Trump Jr., Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Representative Madison Cawthorn. “Not only does Emperor Biden not want us to celebrate the 4th of July, now he doesn’t want us to have a burger on that day either,” Cawthorn tweeted. The Biden administration has not proposed limiting Americans’ meat consumption. That is not on the policy agenda at all. As CNN reported, the conspiracy theory goes back to a deceptive Daily Mail article with the headline “Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH.” Again, Biden’s climate plan proposes no such restrictions.Mr. Potato HeadOn February 25, Hasbro announced that it was rebranding Mr. Potato Head as the more simple Potato Head “to better reflect the full line.” Notably, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head would still be available and called Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. The company would also be launching “Create Your Potato Head Family” in recognition that families all look different. Many conservatives acted outraged, claiming that Mr. Potato Head was canceled by liberals. A meme on social media said Biden “took down” the popular toy.“Look out, Mr. Potato Head, you’re next,” Representative Matt Gaetz said in a speech in February. “I’m sorry, I think now he’s going by Potato X. He can’t be Mr. Potato.”This shouldn’t really need to be said, but Biden has nothing to do with the Potato Head franchise. Chicken WingsChicken wings, dipping sauce shortages – “that too is new under Biden,” Newsmax TV reported recently.Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt also tweeted a story about the chicken wing shortage with the comment, “Joe Biden’s America.”Vox attributes the current shortage of chicken wings in the country to “a combination of rising prices to meet demand and damaged flocks from the record cold temperatures that swept across America’s heartland.”The National Chicken Council also points to bad winter weather and power outages in key states like Texas. Notably, experts do not blame Biden. He has nothing to do with this at all.
Eurovision bosses have confirmed that this year’s winner Damiano David – of the Italian band Måneskin – has undergone a voluntary drug test following this year’s live final, the results of which came back negative.Måneskin previously said in a statement they “strongly refuted the allegations of drug use” after footage of David appearing to bend over a table during the broadcast was shared on social media.Since then, David voluntarily took a drug test to settle the matter, which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has now addressed in a statement.On Monday afternoon, an EBU spokesperson said: “Following allegations of drug use in the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday 22 May, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as requested by the Italian delegation, has conducted a thorough review of the facts, including checking all available footage.“A drug test was also voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU.“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed.”The EBU added that they were “alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band”.“We wish to congratulate Måneskin once again and wish them huge success. We look forward to working with our Italian member Rai on producing a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year,” they concluded.Måneskin were interviewed during Monday’s edition of BBC Breakfast, and lamented that the false allegations of drug use had “overshadowed” their victory.Asked by presenter Dan Walker what had actually happened, David said: “It was the moment where they were giving us 12 points and meanwhile [band member] Thomas broke a glass so while I was cheering I saw the glass broken and was like ‘my god, what happened?’”The singer then added that he was “really offended” that some viewers thought he was leaning over to snort cocaine.“I think these kind of things are outrageous,” he said. “We are young guys with a huge passion for the music and I think this is overshadowing our win.”MORE EUROVISION:Eurovision Singer James Newman Keeps It Positive As He Breaks Silence On 'Nul Points' ResultEurovision Winners ‘Offended’ Over ‘Outrageous’ Accusations Of Cocaine Use During Final'Maybe It Will Grow On Me, Like Mould' – Graham Norton's 11 Best Eurovision Zingers
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Boris Johnson has said the BBC must take “every possible step” to make sure “nothing like” its interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, “ever happens again”.Speaking on Friday the prime minister said he was “obviously very concerned” about the report into the 1995 Panorama programme.William and Harry have condemned the BBC for its treatment of their mother.They said interview fuelled her “fear, paranoia and isolation” and a wider “culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life”.The furious royal brothers issued scathing statements on the corporation’s actions after an inquiry found the broadcaster covered up “deceitful behaviour” used by journalist Martin Bashir to secure his headline-making interview.Bashir was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Diana’s brother Earl Spencer to gain access to the princess, a report by Lord Dyson said.Johnson said: “I can only imagine the feelings of the royal family and I hope very much that the BBC will be taking every possible step to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.“I’m obviously concerned by the findings of Lord Dyson’s report – I’m very grateful to him for what he has done.The findings of the 127-page document have prompted developments, with Scotland Yard, which previously said it would not launch a criminal investigation into Bashir’s actions, now saying it will “assess” the report to “to ensure there is no significant new evidence”.Justice secretary Robert Buckland said ministers would be looking into whether there were BBC governance issues outside of the remit of Lord Dyson’s reports that needed reviewing.Buckland told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “My colleague the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has rightly said that we should look at the governance structures of the BBC.“They have apologised, which is appropriate, but clearly the wider issues of governance and the way things are run now need to be looked at.”In his rebuke of the BBC, the Duke of Cambridge said: “The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.“She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”Calling for the documentary never to be aired again, William, 38, said: “In an era of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important. These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down too.”Related...The Bittersweet Reason One Of Archie's First Words Was 'Grandma'Prince William and Prince Harry Blast BBC In Scathing Statements Over Martin Bashir’s ‘Deceitful’ Princess Diana InterviewPrince Harry Accuses Family Of ‘Total Neglect’ Over Meghan Markle's Mental Health Struggles
Prince William and Prince Harry have issued stinging attacks on the BBC over Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.The Duke of Cambridge said the 1995 interview fuelled her “fear, paranoia and isolation” in the final years of her life and damaged her relationship with the Prince of Wales.Prince Harry also hit out at the corporation, saying: “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”The furious brothers issued scathing statements on the BBC’s actions after an inquiry found the broadcaster covered up “deceitful behaviour” used by journalist Bashir to secure his headline-making 1995 interview with their mother.In his rebuke of the BBC, William said: “The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.“She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”Calling for the documentary never to be aired again, William said: “In an era of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important. These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down too.”In a separate statement, Harry said: “Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest.“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life. To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it.“That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these—and even worse—are still widespread today.“Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication. Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed.“By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”An inquiry from Lord Dyson found the BBC covered up Bashir’s deceit and “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency”.The journalist was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, to gain access to the princess in 1995, the report said.The BBC has written to the royal family to apologise for the circumstances surrounding the interview, in which Diana said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”, a reference to Camilla Parker Bowles – who Charles later married.Personal expressions of regret have been sent to the Queen, Prince of Wales, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, and Diana’s brother Charles, Earl Spencer.The earl has said he “draws a line” between the Panorama interview with his sister and her death two years later.He told a Panorama programme on Thursday the consequences of the princess’ decision to do the interview contributed to her death in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed died when their car crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel as they were being pursued by the paparazzi.At the time of her death, the princess had been divorced for a year after the final stages of her marriage break-up had become public.Lord Dyson’s report said: “By showing Earl Spencer the fake Waller and Jephson/Aylard statements and informing him of their contents, Mr Bashir deceived and induced him to arrange a meeting with Princess Diana. By gaining access to Princess Diana in this way, Mr Bashir was able to persuade her to agree to give the interview.”An internal 1996 BBC investigation into the matter led by former director-general Lord Tony Hall, who was director of BBC news and current affairs at the time, and another senior manager Anne Sloman, was described as “woefully ineffective” by Lord Dyson’s report.Lord Hall has apologised and said: “I was wrong to give Martin Bashir the benefit of the doubt, basing that judgment as I did on what appeared to be deep remorse on his part.”A handwritten note from Diana on Kensington Palace notepaper, which was part of the evidence in the inquiry, said Bashir did not show her any documents or give her any information “that I was not previously aware of”.She said she took part in the interview “without any undue pressure” and had “no regrets concerning the matter”.Bashir has apologised for faking the documents and said it was “a stupid thing to do” and “an action I deeply regret”, but maintained it had “no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview”.He said he will “always remain immensely proud of that interview”.READ MORE:Why Was Martin Bashir's Bombshell 1995 Princess Diana Interview Under Investigation?Martin Bashir Used ‘Deceitful Behaviour’ To Secure Diana Panorama Interview, Report SaysMartin Bashir Quits The BBC On Medical Grounds Amid Investigation Into Diana Interview
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Boris Johnson has set out his programme for government in the latest Queen’s Speech.Plans for force people to produce ID to vote and new legislation to rip up planning regulations are being met with heavy criticism across the political spectrum. But the Conservatives also stand accused of breaking promises as the prime minister has failed to take action on social care, employment rights and gay conversion therapy. Here are the glaring omissions from his Queen’s Speech. No outright ban on gay conversion therapy Hopes had been high that Johnson would set in stone an unequivocal ban on what it calls the “abhorrent practice” of gay conversion therapy.But despite promises the government failed to commit to a new law, or set out a timetable for one, and has merely offered a consultation on the issue. Health organisations and patient groups signed a document in 2017 warning all forms of conversion therapy were “unethical and potentially harmful”.But the PM’s consultation sees the government take a cautious approach and states that any ban must also ensure medical professionals, religious leaders, teachers and parents can have “open and honest conversations”.Nancy Kelley, chief executive at Stonewall, welcomed the proposals, but added: “We don’t need a consultation to know that all practices that seek to convert, suppress, cure or change us are dangerous, abusive and must be banned.“Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and ace communities have been waiting almost three years for the UK government to follow through on their promise to ban all conversion practices, and any delay leaves us at further risk of abuse.” No block on ‘fire and rehire’ The prime minister had pledged new laws to protect workers’ rights in the wake of Brexit but unions are now accusing him of “rowing back” on his promises. No employment bill has been brought forward in the Queen’s Speech and it could mean civil servants, who have been at the frontline during the Covid crisis, do not get a pay rise. The TUC says Johnson has also failed to tackle the growing “fire and rehire” culture, where firms make staff redundant and then employ them again on worse terms and conditions. “We need action now to deal with the scourge of insecure work, not more dithering and delay,” said general secretary Frances O’Grady. “Zero-hours contracts and other exploitative working practices like fire and rehire must be banned once and for all.”Helen Barnard, director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said she was “deeply concerned”. No protection for Northern Ireland veteransI was personally promised this on a number of occasions. It was never delivered. Hence I resigned. My successor promised it would be in the Queens Speech. It is not. At some stage, we must fulfil our promises to our Veterans. pic.twitter.com/Tzg4Wgqepc— Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) May 11, 2021The Queen’s Speech does not include legislation to protect armed forces veterans of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The issue has provoked anger from both sides of the sectarian divide in Ulster after reports Johnson wanted to scrap criminal trials of both veterans and former members of paramilitary groups as part of a “truth and reconciliation” plan. But while the government has said ministers are “fully committed” to addressing the legacy of the Troubles and the cycle of investigations, no concrete plan is set in stone. Former veterans minister Johnny Mercer, who resigned over the issue, said his successor Leo Docherty had failed, tweeting: I was personally promised this on a number of occasions. It was never delivered. Hence I resigned.“My successor promised it would be in the Queens Speech. It is not. At some stage, we must fulfil our promises to our veterans.” ‘Glaring’ omission on social care After Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority, he vowed his government would tackle the social care crisis. But despite pledges made on the steps of Downing Street in 2019, his Queen’s Speech has once again sidestepped the issue with no concrete legislation proposed. Care groups, charities and politicians have been long calling for a plan to “fix” the sector. Professor Martin Green, chief executive of the provider membership organisation Care England, said: “This is a missed opportunity.” Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Independent Age, said she was “extremely disappointed by the lack of detailed policy announcements”. She said: “Many people in later life, and those who care for them, need a social care system they can rely on. We are frustrated that the can, yet again, has been kicked down the road, despite this government promising in 2019 that it would transform our social care system.“Vague slogans won’t ensure people receive the care and support they need.” No new curbs against online scammers and misinformationTech giants like Facebook and Google could be fined billions if they fail to tackle illegal content. Ofcom will be made regulator, the new online harms bill will say, and handed new powers, including the ability to issue large fines of up to £18m or 10% of annual global turnover – whichever is greater.But campaigners have hit out over the online harms bill for another reason, however: it fails to tackle scams. Martin Lewis, founder of Moneysavingexpert.com, said the government had “stumbled at the first fence” by not making tech firms responsible for removing scam content.He said: “We live in a world where the policing of scams is dangerously underfunded, leaving criminals to get away with fraud with impunity.“This was a chance to at least deny them the ‘oxygen of publicity’ by making big tech responsible for the scammers adverts it is paid to publish.” Anabel Hoult, CEO of Which?, said the case to include scams was “overwhelming”, adding: “The current approach of self-regulation is not fit for purpose.Other campaigners fear the legislation may not fully address misinformation, such as anti-vaxxer and fake news content. Will Moy, chief executive of Full Fact, said: “A year of conspiracy theories and false health advice has shown the threat bad information poses to all our lives. We cannot go on relying on the internet companies to make decisions on online misinformation without independent scrutiny and transparency.”Related...Restaurants To Be Forced To Put Calorie Counts On Menus, Government AnnouncesThe Key Points From The Queen’s Speech 2021
Former US president Donald Trump launched a new “communications platform” on Tuesday that will allow him to speak to his followers even though he is currently banned from Twitter and Facebook.So far, the reaction from Twitter users seems to be a collective shrug.According to Fox News, the platform has the catchy title of “From The Desk Of Donald J Trump” and can be accessed through Trump’s website.Currently, FTDODJT (a term that absolutely no one is using) allows the former president to post tweet-like posts trashing his enemies, fake news and his humiliating election loss.However, it doesn’t allow his supporters to post their sycophantic responses ― yet.“This is just a one-way communication,” an inside source told FoxNews. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers.”The page launched just one day before Facebook’s independent Oversight Board is expected to uphold the site’s indefinite ban on Trump, according to NPR.Although it appears to lack the bugs associated with Frank, the social media platform recently launched by Trump supporter Mike Lindell, many people say “From The Desk Of Donald J. Trump” is more of a blast from the past than the future of social media. Trump’s “new communications platform” is a website that looks like it was designed by me in 15 minutes pic.twitter.com/1pVgz0XqdF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 4, 2021....it's a blog? https://t.co/KzZTe2xRAc— Anousha (@anoushasakoui) May 4, 2021It took him months to set up a... Blog? But with fewer features? https://t.co/mVcmGhxHGY— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) May 4, 2021It's basically a personal blog for someone who can only think thoughts 280 words long. https://t.co/FilUD7TWZNpic.twitter.com/qaXnRhuAE6— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) May 4, 2021Is it called putting out inane press releases that every journalist immediately tweets anyway? https://t.co/Xuz2qIM4eM— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) May 4, 2021this is tumblr. donny invented tumblr https://t.co/wKgwx5wbYXpic.twitter.com/zoV3tvHUG9— jason wilson (@jason_a_w) May 4, 2021Trumplr https://t.co/0KJVWtn0va— Fiddler (@cFidd) May 4, 2021from a design and cost perspective, it's pretty clear trump should've just started a substack https://t.co/2kSL8pd0Pa— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) May 4, 2021Related...Conservative Columnist Nails The Big Differences Between Biden, Trump's First 100 DaysRudy Giuliani's Son Tries To Out-Rudy Him In Wild CNN AppearanceHow Many False Claims Did Biden Make In His First 100 Days Compared To Trump?
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These handwritten newsletters contained news about wars, economic conditions, and social customs and were circulated among merchants.The first printed Fast news appeared by the late 1400s in German pamphlets that contained content that was often highly sensationalized.The first newspaper written in English was The Weekly Newes, published in London in 1621.However, it did not have permission from the government to be published and was immediately suppressed Disadvantages of TV NewsIt CAN BE limited by timeIt may rely too heavily on personalities, emotions, opinions…not factsIt can shortchange complex stories or avoid them altogether.What conclusions can you draw from this story?Virginia tech graduate student Jamal Albarghouti captured video of the deadly shooting on his cell phone, which launches this story about the reaction, which in some places has been to encourage people to carry guns on campus.Fast news or fake news?Speed versus qualityA conspicuous objective has been bioRxiv, an open access vault set up in 2013 and facilitated by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, USA, alongside its more youthful sister site medRxiv.