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Press Release: Newswire Now: Brian Whitaker replaces Robust Journalism with Sun’s Tabloid

London, 20-01-2018 – Newswire Now Service (NWN) rejects Brian Whitaker’s sensationalist Journalism w..

London, 20-01-2018 – Newswire Now Service (NWN) rejects Brian Whitaker’s sensationalist Journalism which has targeted our new media service during its pilot stage.” Whitaker published a defamatory article titled, “How a Palestine activist became chief of ‘Fox News'” focusing on our news distribution in a factually inaccurate, biased and a ‘sexed-up’ story.

Whitaker’s adopted a lazy journalism style that did not bother to contact us to obtain the other, truthful, side of the story. The article failed to provide our views and subsequently provided unfair coverage and an unjust conclusion.

For a veteran journalist like Whitaker, failing to reach out to all sides of the story raises questions about both the veracity and accuracy of his Journalism.

NWN reached out to Brian Whitaker and asked for its account and views to be included, yet the journalist declined our request. He unprofessionally suggested that we comment on his article in the public comment section, which practically has no Journalistic value. NWN considers Brian’s refusal to be censorship and indicative of possible agendas behind his unconstructive attacks. Brian was caught out in an act of censorship against respected Irish journalist David Cronin due to his pro Palestinian views.

Our Newswire Now Service (NWN) is a project in the making, working to establish a network of news websites. Our work commenced in October 2017. Two months later, NWN started its pilot stage to test the service and evaluate the work. The concept of NWN is to simply provide organisations, companies, campaigns and individuals with a tool to publicize their content and broaden their readership and audience base.

NWN relied on a simple concept of news gathering through RSS (with ideas like MSN and other websites) feeds from media outlets and generating original contents from contributors and writers with a special focus on citizen journalism. Content will also include press releases, petitions and other content provided by Editors in charge of network websites worldwide. Our service will also work in partnership/subscription with several US and UK distribution services to widen the scope of its reach. NWN will provide an open door policy of “Corporate Social Responsibility” where good and just causes will have the chance for unlimited distribution to their readers.

Response to Brian’s Tabloid Article:

Brian Whitaker stated, “Habeeb’s version of Fox News has no connection with Donald Trump’s favourite American TV station, and the rest of his media empire is not quite what it seems either. He created it in a single day – November 22 last year – by registering no fewer than 17 websites with names that sound like newspapers or TV channels. His websites churn out lots of news every day but almost all of it has already appeared somewhere else. On Saturday morning, for instance, three of the four top stories on Fox News 24 were reproduced from Russia’s RT and the other one came from CNN (but with its first sentence missing).”

The words and description of events in the paragraph above is misleading and an apparent attempt to show NWN and editor, Mr. Habeeb committing an “illegal act”. However, there is nothing wrong in establishing unlimited number of websites that sound like “newspapers or TV channels” as far as there is no violation of other trademarks. Brian has also failed to mention in this paragraph that we name our sources and provide a link within each republished article.

Another part of Whitaker’s biased journalism goes on:

“Thirty-two-year-old Habeeb, who lives in Britain, formerly edited an online newspaper called the Palestine Telegraph and is currently head of media and public relations for the Palestinian Return Centre. His Palestine-related activities have often drawn him into controversy.”

A veteran journalist like Whitaker must do a basic fact check and provide sources for his claim. He argues that Mr. Habeeb “was” drawn into controversy due to his pro Palestine work. He buys into unfounded claims of Israeli lobby websites and blogs which have been attacking Habeeb for his views for years. He did not bother to name his sources or their (dubious)credibility.

He further added, “A company called London & Mayfair Estate Agents occupies the same hole in the ground, according to its website. That company, which was set up in March last year, is jointly owned by Habeeb

HalfTruth and Misleading Presumptions

Sadly, this is another instance of how Brain’s work has descended to low levels where he brings to his stories any information including worthless ideas. He brought in the private business of Mr. Habeeb and tried to portray it as “Fake” although the company is running and will be contributing by paying HMRC tax. He argued that the company has an old address which now doesn’t exist. The address “(Marble Arch Tower, London, W1H 7AA” which was used at the website used to be a virtual address for many companies until it was demolished. Thousands of companies used this address and when demolished, they used Royal Mail Forwarding services.

Brian’s journalism in the article – which tried to look like investigative Journalism – was sexing up each and every piece of information he found in the public domain and UK Companies House. He also attacked another company which is still in the establishment process, ICRD, and try to imply it is false or it does not exist for simply using a an address provided by famous UK Company, Rapid Formation, at71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2H 9JQ. For Whitaker to ignore these facts and only rely on basic Google search, this reflect “lazy and poor” journalism practise.

He went on issuing vague assumptions about NWN without knowing us or even attempting to seek our view:

“But how can News Wire Now be sure that so many websites will accept them? This is where the 17 websites registered by Habeeb last November – Fox News 24, the Amsterdam Times, Australia News Today, etc, etc – come into the picture. They are all listed by News Wire Now as its media “partners“. The same list includes a further 28 “partner” websites registered on behalf of News Wire Now by the mysterious “Sam A”. Regardless of whether they were registered by Habeeb or “Sam A”, all these “partner” websites have the same IP address.”

The company was initiative by Mr. Sameh Akram Habeeb, a journalist and PR expert; is the registrar for the NWN network websites. His name has been public and he is proud of the concept and considers it a “Promising Idea” Nothing has been mysterious about our project or those are behind it nor our agenda or the future method of work.

The veteran journalist who is keen on Arab culture and politics contradicts himself by first attacking NWN and issuing his own verdict, then confirming that that NWN is still short-lived project that is hard to judge, “News Wire Now hasn’t been operating for very long, so it’s difficult to get a clear picture of its PR activities. At present, though, there’s not much sign of corporate clients queuing up to use its services.” said the article.

Brian lists as few as eight articles and press releases out of more than 100 published for testing purposes and attempts to imply that NWN is providing services for Qatar and Palestine. NWN is clear on publishing any material for any party giving that they are in line of law and don’t violate any regulations or carry ay smearing agenda. NWN’s CSR will always stand for just causes worldwide from Palestine, to Burma, Sri Lanka and will provide free of charge PR services for minorities and vulnerable people.

To sum up, NWN urge Brian Whitaker to adopt basic journalism in his reporting and avoid smearing people and individuals. NWN note the brilliant work of Whitaker where he published robust journalistic pieces about fake human rights activists, bogus journalists and criminals. At the same time, it urges him to be wary of over-generalizing his “investigative” style against good people and pro human rights defenders. Sexing up information for “hot” story tabloid will only damage the reputation of a fine journalist.

NWN is now seeking a legal consultation on possible defamation and smearing in Brian’s article.

About Newswire Now Distribution Service:

News Wire Now (NWN) provides practical solutions for companies, organizations, businesses as well as public sector agencies to promote their Press Releases. Our client’s Press Releases will be syndicated to a wide range of news and financial and media thus they can boost their brand and objectives. NWN PR Distribution will be help you achieve online presence and convey your messages across the web. NWN can offer tailored news distribution services to Media outlets in the UK, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. We make sure that the key search engines will list your news stories. Our service also give you the chance to get to other News Wire Services in the US to broaden your reach.

For further details visit our website: www.newswirenow.co.uk

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Removal of artwork showing names of murdered women, children draws anger

An artwork depicting names of Australian women and children lost to male violence has been removed from a museum, amid claims it was considered “inappropriate” and “uncomfortable”.

The Lost Petition artwork, listing almost 1000 women and children who have died since 2008, was hung in the Her Place Women’s Museum Australia in East Melbourne for only a week when it was taken down on Wednesday.

Femicide researcher Sherele Moody, who collaborated with artist Dans Bain on the artwork, said the museum had asked to exhibit it.

But when the 30m artwork was hung along the ceiling featuring the names of the murder victims, it drew a reaction.

“While Dans was hanging it, someone came up and said it was really confronting and inappropriate and shouldn’t be there,” Ms Moody said.

“She just brushed it off.

“But then yesterday the museum contacted her and said they were taking it down because it wasn’t appropriate to have it alongside the Emily’s List exhibition there at the moment.”

Ms Moody, a News Corp journalist and founder of the Red Heart Campaign, which aims to end domestic and family violence, said the decision to take it down was “infuriating”.

“Literally what they’re saying, from my perspective, is the stories of women and children lost to violence are not worthy of being seen or heard,” she said.

“These women and children are an inconvenience and inappropriate.

“The murder of women and children is too uncomfortable for them.”

Ms Moody said a museum dedicated to women was the perfect place to display the work.

But the organisation based on celebrating women had now taken down an artwork detailing the greatest social issue facing them.

Families of the victims depicted were “extremely upset” at its removal, as it was a tribute to their memory and highlighted the impact of domestic violence, Ms Moody said.

Her Place museum said the Emily’s List exhibition organisers requested the artist remove the petition from the space, where a new exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Emily’s List – a network for progressive Labor women in politics – was installed.

“Due to the size and scale of the Lost Petition, there was no alternative space at Her Place Museum to exhibit the artwork,” the museum said.

The Her Place board would reinstall the artwork later in the year, in a move it said the artist agreed on as part of the Her Voice program of Australian Women’s activism.

“The exhibiting of The Lost Petition was at the invitation of Her Place Museum Australia. It is a powerful artwork and that power is reflected in the feedback we have received,” the museum said.

Artist Dans Bain said the decision to remove her artwork made her “uneasy”.

“The fact that this work has been censored speaks to the stigma of male violence against women and children. It is an uncomfortable reality,” she posted on Facebook on Thursday.

“This work lists almost 1000 women and children, every woman and child on the Lost Petition is a loved one and has families that love them. They are not an inconvenience.”

Emily’s List Australia said it had a long term booking at the museum, which as a new facility had competing demands for space.

“Difficult decisions need to be made about how to display significant material in a small public space, during limited run exhibits,” the organisation said.

“The removal of The Lost Petition was temporary to enable installation in a more permanent way … and to ensure other women’s history exhibits move seamlessly in and around it.

“It’s a big, bold piece of art and it deserves showcasing.”

The organisation added protecting women from gendered violence was far from complete and “we are all dedicated to this work”.

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Senator Claire Chandler unable to answer question on who is calling for ban of trans women in single sex sports

A Tasmanian senator pushing for transgender people to be excluded from women’s sport has been unable to name a single sporting organisation in the state who has called for the change.

Under a proposal introduced to parliament earlier this month, senator Claire Chandler wants the Sex Discrimination Act to be amended so it would not be unlawful for a sporting club to ban a person from a team based on their biological sex.

In a sensational grilling on ABC Radio Hobart, Senator Chandler was repeatedly asked to clarify who in particular is calling for the change.

“I’m not going to get into specifics,” she said.

When asked a further three times by host Leon Compton, the senator stood firm.

“What I will say is that I’ve been contacted by parents of girls who have realised how despondent their girls have become competing in sport, in situations where they’re competing against males and feeling like they’re not good enough to be in the game.”

“Is it possible, Claire Chandler, that this isn’t an issue at all; the fact that you can’t name a single group,” Mr Compton quipped back.

“Leon, like I said, I’m not going to get into specifics with you,” she responded.

She added she had been contacted by “sporting administrators” who have been concerned about the legal action that could be taken against them if they do exclude a transgender person from a single-sex sport.

“You look at what is happening with Leah Thomas in the United States, where this trans woman, I should say, swimmer, who’s beating her female counterparts by seven seconds in the pool. That is just madness,” Senator Chandler said.

Senator Chandler’s bill came back into the spotlight after Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed he had encouraged her to pursue it.

“I support it, as Claire knows. I think it’s a terrific Bill and I’ve given her great encouragement,” Mr Morrison told reporters on the hustings in Tasmania.

“Claire is a champion for women’s sport and I think she’s been right to raise these issues in the way that she has. Well done, Claire.”

But it remains to be seen if Mr Morrison’s backing will translate into broader support.

To have the bill introduced to the upper house, Senator Chandler had to do so as a private members bill, meaning she did not have support of the wider cabinet to put it on the agenda.

“If it was such a great bill, why isn‘t it endorsed by the cabinet?” Mr Compton pressed repeatedly.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with the Prime Minister obviously and with my colleagues about this issue. And look, if it’s something that the cabinet wants to consider, then that is obviously a matter for them,” Senator Chandler retorted.

With only three days left in the parliamentary sitting calendar, it is unlikely the Bill will pass, or even make it to the lower house, before the election.

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Liberal MP Bridget Archer told Scott Morrison would decide if she could attend Grace Tame speech

Child sex abuse survivor and Liberal MP Bridget Archer was told the decision on whether or not she could attend a speech by Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins was “up to the Prime Minister.”

The confusion was blamed last night on a communication breakdown between the Whip’s office and the Prime Minister’s office.

The PMO insists it instructed the whips this morning to seek pairs from Labor for those Government MPs wanting to attend Wednesday’s National Press Club address.

That didn’t happen with Ms Archer told at 3pm it was “up to the PM” before she was finally told she could go after 7pm when news.com.au contacted the PMO.

In a major speech to be delivered at the national press club on Wednesday, the former Australian of the Year will speak out on tackling child sex abuse in Australia.

Tasmanian MP Bridget Archer secured a last-minute ticket to the sold out event on Tuesday, but her request to attend the event was not immediately granted.

Liberal colleagues claim she was told by party whip Bert Van Manem that it was “up to the PM.”

Despite Labor’s offer to allow her to leave Parliament despite the tight numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives, confusion reigned about whether she could attend.

After news.com.au contacted the Prime Minister’s office at 7:05 pm on Tuesday night, Ms Archer’s office then got a call 5 minutes later confirming she was cleared to attend.

The outspoken MP earlier declared she planned to cross the floor and vote against the Morrison Government’s religious freedom laws because they were in breach of Tasmanian anti-discrimination laws.

She told Parliament she was “horrified” that proposed amendments excluded children that identified as transgender.

“After so much progress how did we get back to a place where we ignore the harm we place on children when we tell them they are ‘other’, ‘less than’ and do not deserve rights and protections afforded to others – I fear it may risk lives,” Ms Archer said.

Labor’s manager of government business Tony Burke took to Twitter on Tuesday to insist there was no barrier from Labor MPs on Ms Archer or other MPs attending.

“If requests come in for the Press Club we will accommodate the same as we did for March4Justice,’’ he said.

“The government’s claim that we are meant to offer pairs that they haven’t requested is weird. And wrong.”

Last year, Ms Archer told news.com.au she burst into tears after she was taken to the Prime Minister’s office to discuss her decision to cross the floor on another matter despite repeatedly telling his staff she wanted to delay the discussion.

While Scott Morrison described the talks as “friendly”, Ms Archer said she was ambushed by the meeting and had earlier asked to delay it.

“I didn’t feel like I was being marched to the principal’s office. I just felt a little disappointed that it happened when I had expressed to the Prime Minister’s office that I would have preferred, that my preference was not at that time,” she told news.com.au.

“And I had said in the text messages to the Prime Minister’s office that I didn’t want to have the meeting, before the meeting.

“They sent me a message saying he wanted to see me at 12.15pm. I said I am not ready. I need a break.

“It was a big thing. It was just the emotion of the moment.”

Ms Archer is a child sexual assault survivor who voted with independent MP Helen Haines to suspend standing orders to establish an anti-corruption commission.

“I have found this year incredibly difficult, personally because of my own history as a child sexual abuse survivor,” she said.

“It has been difficult for me to sit with discipline in unity with all this going on around me and it has hurt me. It has hurt me.

“But I am not weak. I’m telling you that I don’t think that some of these things are the right way forward.

“That language being used yesterday about drones and warm bodies. That’s what I said to him. That I am not a drone.”

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