One step forward, one step back in Turkey. A court has refused to uphold the government's ban on Twitter, although it is not yet clear if the service is being restored all that readily in the country. So far the government is holding fast to its ban. But Turkey has also started to block access to YouTube after recordings of a key security meeting were leaked on it.
The deputy editor of The Guardian says the British government threatened to close the organization when it began reporting surveillance data from Edward Snowden. Paul Johnson told a conference that the threat came from British intelligence agencies that visited the paper as it carried classified information from the former National Security Agency contractor.
Poynter's Sam Kirkland writes on the challenge of independence with sponsored content in examining the role Ford played, and didn't play, in its "This Built America" series of videos on AOL. He notes how the underwriter had little or no role (except in one instance of helping to determine particular states to profile). It's an interesting look at how to handle ethical issues with advertisers and independence.