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Dominion V. Fox News libel trial begins this week



What does Fox say?

V letter filed by Foxthe company believed it aired allegations of voting machine rigging because they came from the incumbent and those close to him and were thus newsworthy.

“The incumbent’s attempt to challenge the election results and change the outcome of his re-election bid is newsworthy,” the document says. “Therefore, the media throughout the country and around the world widely covered and commented on the president’s allegations and trials.”

Fox claimed that “Fox News has lived up to its commitment to full disclosure and unbiased commentary,” adding that “some presenters were skeptical of the president’s claims; others looked at them hopefully; everyone recognized them as deeply informational.”

The network claims to have covered Dominion’s denials and given the company a chance to make its point.

“In short, Fox News has done exactly what the First Amendment protects: it has provided the public with access to newsmakers and critical information that would help foster an “uninhibited, active and wide open” debate about fast-moving events of unprecedented importance.” V litigation according to Fox’s lawyers.

Fox also argues that “the Dominion lawsuit is an attack on the First Amendment and the free press.”

Who is expected to take the position?

According to Associated Press, Carlson, Hannity and Murdoch are to testify. Many also believe that Pirro, Scott and former host Lou Dobbs will also take the position.

Can you watch it on TV?

No cameras will be allowed under Delaware court policy, and a judge recently denied media companies’ request to broadcast audio excerpts.

What are the possible outcomes?

If Fox loses, the company is likely to be stuck with big payouts, its stock price could suffer and its reputation damaged. Fox News claims that if it loses, the case would damage press freedom and the First Amendment.

“Free, vibrant American discourse depends on First Amendment protection for news gathering and press reporting,” a Fox Network spokesperson said in a statement. The newspaper “New York Times.

If Dominion loses, not only will it keep the media defamation bar extremely high, it could push Fox News and other networks into even more defamation in the future.

“If Fox misses one thing that it says is that there are limits to propaganda, to lies on TV… to misinforming your viewers,” said Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University. CNN. “If Fox wins, it kind of says otherwise, there are no limits.”

Whatever happens in the Dominion trial, this is far from the end of Fox News’ problems. in 2021, Smartmatic, a London-based global technology company, also filed a $2.7 billion libel suit. against Fox News and Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Dobbs.

The lawsuit was filed after a series of false claims about Smartmatic voting machines and the 2020 elections were posted online. About a month ago, the New York State Supreme Court Manhattan gave the go-ahead to keep the Smartmatic business going.

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US imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence agency for detaining Americans



WASHINGTON. The Biden administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on the FSB, Russia’s intelligence service, for its role in detaining Americans such as Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter accused of espionage.

The administration also announced sanctions against Iran’s intelligence services and four senior Iranian officials who say the administration was involved in the taking of Americans and other national hostages.

These actions are the first attempt by the United States government to formally punish foreign governments for capturing Americans in an effort to cut off access to the international financial system.

But administration officials acknowledged that the sanctions were designed primarily as a way to express disapproval of Russia and Iran, as the intelligence services of both countries had already been hit with heavy financial sanctions for activities in other areas.

However, officials who asked not to be named as they discussed the sanctions prior to their official announcement said that the imposition of punishments on the two regimes was an important part of the often difficult effort to bring Americans home.

They hinted that the sanctions could be a bargaining chip in future negotiations to release Mr. Hershkowitz or other American detainees. Asked if the lifting of sanctions could be part of the negotiations, one official pointed to the wording in official announcement Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Ministry of Finance.

“The strength and integrity of the OFAC sanctions stem not only from OFAC’s ability to designate and add individuals” to the sanctions list, the Treasury Department said in a statement, “but also from its willingness to remove individuals.”

“The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish,” the statement said, “but to achieve positive behavioral change.”

However, it is not clear what significance the intelligence services of Russia and Iran will attach to the imposition of sanctions or the prospect of their lifting.

If the FSB or the IRGC-IO, the intelligence arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, had financial assets located abroad at any point, those assets were likely frozen or cut off long ago due to sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the Aspiration Iran to nuclear weapons.

In addition to the two agencies, four Iranian officials were sanctioned. Among them are the commander of the IRGC-IO, two deputies of the agency and a counterintelligence officer of the agency. Officials said all four were involved in the wrongful detention of Americans and other activities, including assassination plots.

Officials also said they expect other hostage-taking sanctions to be introduced in the coming months.

Mr. Gershkovich was the last American detained by Russia when he was detained March 30 and charged with espionage. The Biden administration has said that Mr. Gershkovich is not a spy and admitted he was mistakenly detained by Russia.

Speaking to Mr. Hershkowitz’s family days after his detention, President Biden said his administration was “making it completely clear that what’s going on is absolutely illegal.”

Officials said the decision to start preparing sanctions against Russia and Iran was made long before Mr. Gershkovich was detained by Russia, but added that his case adds to a “model of action” that justifies the government’s punishment.

In addition to Mr. Gershkovich, Russia continues to hold other Americans, including Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who has been in Russian custody since 2018 on charges of espionage that the US government says are trumped up. Russia also holds Mark Vogel, an American sentenced to 14 years in a maximum security penal colony for possession of a small amount of medical marijuana.

Britney Greener, an American basketball star held on similar drug possession charges, was released late last year after nearly 10 months in prison in exchange for Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer known as the “dealer of death.”

Last October, Iran briefly released Siamak Namazi, a 51-year-old dual-citizen Iranian-American businessman who had been imprisoned since 2015, on temporary leave and lifted a travel ban on his father, Baker Namazi, 85, a former government official. United Nations.

But Mr. Namazi returned to an Iranian prison and went on a week-long hunger strike earlier this year to protest his detention. At the time, Karine Jean-Pierre, a White House press secretary, said that “Iran’s use of wrongful detentions as political leverage is outrageous.”

Iran also holds Emad Shargi and Morad Tahbaz. Mr. Tahbaz, 67, a businessman and conservationist, has been in detention since 2018. Mr Shargi, also a businessman, was arrested in January. Both are detained by the Iranian government on charges of espionage and endangering national security.

In January, Ms. Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration “continues to work to bring him back home along with US citizens illegally detained in Iran, including Emad Shargi and Morad Tahbaz.”

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Biden’s New Plans Block Border Crossings After Pandemic Restrictions Are Lifted: NPR



Migrants enter US custody after crossing the border from Mexico, Ciudad Juarez, Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

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Migrants enter US custody after crossing the border from Mexico, Ciudad Juarez, Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

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The US will set up new immigration processing centers in Latin America, Biden administration officials announced today, as part of a broader plan to prevent migrants from dangerously traveling to the southern border.

With pandemic-related border restrictions set to be lifted in just two weeks, the administration is rolling out a host of new measures to stop migrants from crossing the border illegally.

The plans include new processing centers in Guatemala and Colombia to help migrants leaving Central and South America find legal routes to the US. illegal.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Majorcas announced the new measures at a joint press conference this morning in Washington, DC.

“These centers will take an extremely important step to stop people from making the dangerous journey to the border by providing a much safer legal migration option that they can use in and out of their country,” Blinken said.

Immigration authorities are bracing for a surge in the number of migrants trying to find asylum in the US once the pandemic restrictions, known as Section 42, end.

“We know that smugglers will be looking to take advantage of the Section 42 termination and that the first few weeks will be difficult,” Mallorcas said. “Let me be clear: our border is not open.”

Section 42 restrictions, first introduced by the Trump administration in March 2020, have been used more than 2 million times to quickly remove migrants from seeking asylum.

The Biden administration says it expects to end the restrictions on May 11. The White House has tried to repeal Section 42 before but has been blocked in court by a coalition of mostly Republican-led states that have sought to extend the restrictions.

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