In total, we have archived 140 incidents involving at least 157 journalists and we will be continuing to track and locate these incidents for as long as they continue to happen, updating our map periodically. To give you perspective on just how enormous this number really is, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker tracked 150 press freedom violations for the whole of 2019. The incidents in these protests have almost surpassed the 2019 numbers in a week.
Gun advocacy and conservative groups are responsible for astroturfing the reopen America campaign that has swept the US in recent days, according to research from cybersecurity experts.
The two groups behind the “operation gridlock” rally in Michigan on Wednesday have ties to the Republican party and the Trump administration. The Michigan Freedom Fund, which said it was a co-host of the rally, has received more than $500,000 from the DeVos family, regular donors to rightwing groups. The other host, the Michigan Conservative Coalition, was founded by Matt Maddock, now a Republican member of the state house of representatives. The MCC also operates under the name Michigan Trump Republicans, and in January held an event featuring several members of the Trump campaign.
As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.
It can’t do this alone.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/opinion/coronavirus-new-york-testing.html
That may be but the President wants to play with wannabe fascists and pretend he is a winner and not a whiner! 😡
While protesters in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and other states claim to speak for ordinary citizens, many are also supported by street-fighting rightwing groups like the Proud Boys, conservative armed militia groups, religious fundamentalists, anti-vaccination groups and other elements of the radical right.
bellingcat – “Satanic” Vaccines And Satire Gone Wild: COVID-19 Disinfo Meets Religion – bellingcat
— Read on www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/04/15/satanic-vaccines-and-satire-gone-wild-covid-19-disinfo-meets-religion/
Draft bill comes as people are distracted by Viktor Orbán’s new powers to rule by decree
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/hungary-to-end-legal-recognition-of-trans-people-amid-covid-19-crisis
Following Hitler’s path – EU must act!
Dr. Fauci has become a target of online conspiracy theorists after advocating social distancing rules.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/us/politics/coronavirus-fauci-security.html