December 22, 2015 Last Updated 7:52 am

UK regulator requires Sun front page correction, it complies… barely; Apple publicly objects to draft of UK surveillance law

Morning Brief: Dean Singleton sells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Kodiak Daily Mirror to the non-profit foundation created by the wife of former owner

The Sun, the Murdoch tabloid in the UK, and one actually read by Brits for some reason, was forced today to print a front page correction by the Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO), the UK press regulator. But the tabloid essentially thumbed its nose at IPSO, producing a small headline that refers to the actual correction inside on page two.


The headline reads “IPSO complaint on Labour short money is upheld, and if you look really closely, really closely, at the front page at right, you might just see it.

Of course, the story in question – seen at left – is a little easier to see. It involves a claim by the Sun that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was only willing to be initiated as a Privy Councillor because his party would make £6.2m. These funds are given to opposition parties, and known as ‘short money’, which is used to pay the salaries of researchers and other party staffers.

The complaint was filed by Rosemary Brocklehurst who said that the basic claim of the article was false, since Short money is available to all opposition parties with seats in Parliament. But with most newspaper corrections, few will see the updated information and only remember the original front page story.

Following Apple paid commercial on 60 Minutes (I certainly hope that segment was paid for by Apple), the company is in the news again by calling on the UK government to amend its draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which gives the government and intelligence agencies increased surveillance powers.

Meg-AndrewStawarz-280Apple objects in particular to the idea of creating so-called backdoors to its system to allow government snoopers in, saying that any backdoor created would be open to all, including bad players.

“The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too,” the company said.

“To protect people who use any products, you have to encrypt,” Tim Cook recently told The Telegraph. “You can just look around and see all the data breaches that are going on. These things are becoming more frequent. They can not only result in privacy breaches but also security issues. We believe very strongly in end to end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails.”

Photo: Meg Gallagher – The Tootsie Rollers by Andrew Stawarz used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License

FDNM-690An Alaskan newspaper had returned, sort of, to its former owner. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has been sold to a non-profit foundation created by the late wife of the newspaper’s former publisher, Charles W. Snedden. The Helen E. Snedden Foundation also acquired the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

“By owning the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Kodiak Daily Mirror, the foundation will further that mission, allowing the newspapers to continue to communicate, educate and inform the citizens of these communities with excellent local news coverage,” said Virginia Farmier, trustee of the foundation.

The Snedden family owned the News-Miner between 1950 and 1992, before selling to William Dean Singleton from family heirs.

“Singleton and Scudder families grew to love these newspapers and the Alaska communities they served during our 24 years of stewardship.” (Richard B. Scudder was Singleton’s late business partner.)

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