The U.S. court ruling on so-called "net neutrality" has important implications for journalism, particularly if it permits large companies to determine where users may consume their news. Josh Stearns, writing for FreePress, examines what he terms as a worrisome situation for publishers and journalists if the ruling stands. That being said, Quartz's Tim Ferholz examines the Federal Communications Commission's latitude in the time ahead to regulate net neutrality in different ways. His view is this is not a game-changing court decision.
Reporters Without Borders has criticized the Iraqi government's raid this week on the offices of the Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper, Al-Sharq al-Awsat, and the banning of its production and distribution. As tensions rise between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, the raid is an effort to control coverage of the situation, the organization says, and does not bode well for press freedoms under the new constitution.
In recent days sharp criticism has descended on The New York Times' Bill Keller and The Guardian's Emma Keller for their congruent, coinciding columns on the cancer battle by Lisa Bonchek Adams and her extensive social media chronicle of the ordeal. Adams has complained the journalism was faulty in inaccurately characterizing her views and her condition. The Guardian's readers editor, Chris Elliott, takes a look at this, notes his and the news organization's response (the article has been taken down), and provides some reflective space to the controversy.