Global round-up: Turkish journalists face life sentences

Global round-up: Turkish journalists face life sentences

Two Turkish newspaper journalists face life prison sentences over a story alleging the Turkish government was sending arms to Syria.

BBC News reports that the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet Can Dundar, and its Ankara representative, Erdem Gul, were charged in November with revealing state secrets.

The charges have raised concerns over press freedom in Turkey.

If convicted, the two will each face two life sentences, plus an additional 30 years in jail.

Guardian announces 20pc cut to costs

Publisher of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, Guardian Media Group, has announced a 20 per cent cut to its costs.

This amounts to around £50 million ($A 102m).

The company has reported a 25 per cent decline in print revenues, and lower than expected growth in online advertising revenue.

Staff were informed of a new strategy by editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and chief executive David Pemsel on Monday that will focus on future growth for the business, and adjustment to market conditions.

The company has not ruled out job losses, however, this is not likely in Australia.

A spokesperson indicated the financial model for Guardian Australia would not change as a result of the company’s cost reductions, and no cuts were planned locally.

Chinese journalist disappears in Thailand

A Chinese journalist has disappeared in Thailand, after seeking political refuge in the country.

The opinion editor for the website edition of the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, Li Xin, left China after being pressured to become a government informant.

The United States is calling on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance.

Li going missing follows the disappearance of a group of booksellers in Hong Kong. The four men worked for Sage Communications, a publisher and bookshop known for titles critical of China’s Communist elite.

Connecticut newsroom goes virtual

The Middletown Press, a newspaper in Middlesex County, Connecticut, will no longer have a newsroom in February.

Executive editor of Digital First Media/Connecticut, the newspaper’s parent company, Mark Brackenbury said it is more efficient for journalists to file stories while out in the community.

“Covering the news has never been about sitting in an office. It’s about being in the community. That’s where we are and that’s where we’ll continue to be,” he said.

Employees will have a desk at DFM/Connecticut’s main office in New Haven, but most will be working in the community.

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