London, 20-01-2018 – Newswire Now Service (NWN) rejects Brian Whitaker’s sensationalist Journalism which has targeted our new media service during its pilot stage.” Whitaker published a defamatory article titled, “How a Palestine activist became chief of ‘Fox News'” focusing on our news distribution in a factually inaccurate, biased and a ‘sexed-up’ story.
Whitaker’s adopted a lazy journalism style that did not bother to contact us to obtain the other, truthful, side of the story. The article failed to provide our views and subsequently provided unfair coverage and an unjust conclusion.
For a veteran journalist like Whitaker, failing to reach out to all sides of the story raises questions about both the veracity and accuracy of his Journalism.
NWN reached out to Brian Whitaker and asked for its account and views to be included, yet the journalist declined our request. He unprofessionally suggested that we comment on his article in the public comment section, which practically has no Journalistic value. NWN considers Brian’s refusal to be censorship and indicative of possible agendas behind his unconstructive attacks. Brian was caught out in an act of censorship against respected Irish journalist David Cronin due to his pro Palestinian views.
Our Newswire Now Service (NWN) is a project in the making, working to establish a network of news websites. Our work commenced in October 2017. Two months later, NWN started its pilot stage to test the service and evaluate the work. The concept of NWN is to simply provide organisations, companies, campaigns and individuals with a tool to publicize their content and broaden their readership and audience base.
NWN relied on a simple concept of news gathering through RSS (with ideas like MSN and other websites) feeds from media outlets and generating original contents from contributors and writers with a special focus on citizen journalism. Content will also include press releases, petitions and other content provided by Editors in charge of network websites worldwide. Our service will also work in partnership/subscription with several US and UK distribution services to widen the scope of its reach. NWN will provide an open door policy of “Corporate Social Responsibility” where good and just causes will have the chance for unlimited distribution to their readers.
Response to Brian’s Tabloid Article:
Brian Whitaker stated, “Habeeb’s version of Fox News has no connection with Donald Trump’s favourite American TV station, and the rest of his media empire is not quite what it seems either. He created it in a single day – November 22 last year – by registering no fewer than 17 websites with names that sound like newspapers or TV channels. His websites churn out lots of news every day but almost all of it has already appeared somewhere else. On Saturday morning, for instance, three of the four top stories on Fox News 24 were reproduced from Russia’s RT and the other one came from CNN (but with its first sentence missing).”
The words and description of events in the paragraph above is misleading and an apparent attempt to show NWN and editor, Mr. Habeeb committing an “illegal act”. However, there is nothing wrong in establishing unlimited number of websites that sound like “newspapers or TV channels” as far as there is no violation of other trademarks. Brian has also failed to mention in this paragraph that we name our sources and provide a link within each republished article.
Another part of Whitaker’s biased journalism goes on:
“Thirty-two-year-old Habeeb, who lives in Britain, formerly edited an online newspaper called the Palestine Telegraph and is currently head of media and public relations for the Palestinian Return Centre. His Palestine-related activities have often drawn him into controversy.”
A veteran journalist like Whitaker must do a basic fact check and provide sources for his claim. He argues that Mr. Habeeb “was” drawn into controversy due to his pro Palestine work. He buys into unfounded claims of Israeli lobby websites and blogs which have been attacking Habeeb for his views for years. He did not bother to name his sources or their (dubious)credibility.
He further added, “A company called London & Mayfair Estate Agents occupies the same hole in the ground, according to its website. That company, which was set up in March last year, is jointly owned by Habeeb
Half–Truth and Misleading Presumptions
Sadly, this is another instance of how Brain’s work has descended to low levels where he brings to his stories any information including worthless ideas. He brought in the private business of Mr. Habeeb and tried to portray it as “Fake” although the company is running and will be contributing by paying HMRC tax. He argued that the company has an old address which now doesn’t exist. The address “(Marble Arch Tower, London, W1H 7AA” which was used at the website used to be a virtual address for many companies until it was demolished. Thousands of companies used this address and when demolished, they used Royal Mail Forwarding services.
Brian’s journalism in the article – which tried to look like investigative Journalism – was sexing up each and every piece of information he found in the public domain and UK Companies House. He also attacked another company which is still in the establishment process, ICRD, and try to imply it is false or it does not exist for simply using a an address provided by famous UK Company, Rapid Formation, at71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2H 9JQ. For Whitaker to ignore these facts and only rely on basic Google search, this reflect “lazy and poor” journalism practise.
He went on issuing vague assumptions about NWN without knowing us or even attempting to seek our view:
“But how can News Wire Now be sure that so many websites will accept them? This is where the 17 websites registered by Habeeb last November – Fox News 24, the Amsterdam Times, Australia News Today, etc, etc – come into the picture. They are all listed by News Wire Now as its media “partners“. The same list includes a further 28 “partner” websites registered on behalf of News Wire Now by the mysterious “Sam A”. Regardless of whether they were registered by Habeeb or “Sam A”, all these “partner” websites have the same IP address.”
The company was initiative by Mr. Sameh Akram Habeeb, a journalist and PR expert; is the registrar for the NWN network websites. His name has been public and he is proud of the concept and considers it a “Promising Idea” Nothing has been mysterious about our project or those are behind it nor our agenda or the future method of work.
The veteran journalist who is keen on Arab culture and politics contradicts himself by first attacking NWN and issuing his own verdict, then confirming that that NWN is still short-lived project that is hard to judge, “News Wire Now hasn’t been operating for very long, so it’s difficult to get a clear picture of its PR activities. At present, though, there’s not much sign of corporate clients queuing up to use its services.” said the article.
Brian lists as few as eight articles and press releases out of more than 100 published for testing purposes and attempts to imply that NWN is providing services for Qatar and Palestine. NWN is clear on publishing any material for any party giving that they are in line of law and don’t violate any regulations or carry ay smearing agenda. NWN’s CSR will always stand for just causes worldwide from Palestine, to Burma, Sri Lanka and will provide free of charge PR services for minorities and vulnerable people.
To sum up, NWN urge Brian Whitaker to adopt basic journalism in his reporting and avoid smearing people and individuals. NWN note the brilliant work of Whitaker where he published robust journalistic pieces about fake human rights activists, bogus journalists and criminals. At the same time, it urges him to be wary of over-generalizing his “investigative” style against good people and pro human rights defenders. Sexing up information for “hot” story tabloid will only damage the reputation of a fine journalist.
NWN is now seeking a legal consultation on possible defamation and smearing in Brian’s article.
About Newswire Now Distribution Service:
News Wire Now (NWN) provides practical solutions for companies, organizations, businesses as well as public sector agencies to promote their Press Releases. Our client’s Press Releases will be syndicated to a wide range of news and financial and media thus they can boost their brand and objectives. NWN PR Distribution will be help you achieve online presence and convey your messages across the web. NWN can offer tailored news distribution services to Media outlets in the UK, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. We make sure that the key search engines will list your news stories. Our service also give you the chance to get to other News Wire Services in the US to broaden your reach.
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Qatari Labor Minister Leads Fruitful Labor Conference With Key Recommendations
The 111th session of the International Labor Conference successfully concluded under the leadership of Ali bin Sameegh Al-Marri, the Minister of Labor from Qatar. The conference received international praise from representatives of governments, employers, and workers within the International Labor Organization for its achievements in promoting social justice and creating decent job opportunities.
Ali Al-Marri was unanimously elected as the President of the International Labor Conference during its 111th session. This marks the first time an Arab minister has held this prestigious position since the organization’s establishment in 1919. Qatar’s election as the conference’s chair recognizes the country’s significant contributions to labor and development, leading to a safe and healthy work environment.
During his closing speech at the conference, Chairman Ali Al-Marri emphasized that Qatar’s presidency reaffirmed its commitment to supporting collaborative efforts and multilateral cooperation in achieving sustainable development goals. He expressed gratitude to the member states for entrusting Qatar with the conference’s leadership.
Al-Marri highlighted the conference as a crucial platform for governments and social partners to engage in dialogue and joint action concerning contemporary labor issues. Despite facing some challenges, the 111th session successfully fulfilled its ambitious agenda thanks to the collective efforts of all participants.
The conference and its committees produced important outcomes that will contribute to the organization’s efforts, as well as member states, in improving the world of work. The Committee on Apprenticeships, in particular, showcased the power of social dialogue and achieved significant results through vibrant negotiations, cooperation, and the exchange of experiences.
— وكالة الأنباء القطرية (@QatarNewsAgency) June 16, 2023
Recognizing the importance of quality apprenticeships in addressing the evolving world of work, Al-Marri stressed their role in promoting social justice, decent living conditions, and poverty eradication. The conference’s discussions emphasized the significance of protecting workers and their essential contribution to gender equality, social justice, and the reduction of inequalities. Furthermore, such protection leads to sustainable enterprises, productivity gains, and economic development.
Al-Marri commended the International Labor Organization’s guidelines for a just transition toward environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, considering them as a fundamental reference for policy-making and actionable steps.
The conference’s approval of the organization’s program and budget for the 2024/2025 period was met with praise. Al-Marri lauded the spirit of cooperation and flexibility that facilitated a consensual solution, demonstrating the ILO’s commitment to constructive dialogue.
Al-Marri also commended the World of Work Summit, themed “Social Justice for All,” which took place alongside the conference. The summit saw the participation of 16 heads of state, government officials, ministers, representatives from international organizations, and social partners from various regions. It discussed various issues related to social justice, including the proposal to form a global coalition for social justice by the organization’s Director-General.
During the closing session, representatives acknowledged the challenges posed by recent global crises and emphasized the significance of the equal apprenticeship recommendation in advancing the just transition of economies.
The conference’s final session featured speeches from Gilbert Hongbo, the Director-General of the International Labor Organization, Henrik Montai, Vice-President of the Conference representing the Employers’ Team, Mohamed Zuhour, Vice-President of the Conference representing the Workers’ Team, and Corina Ajdar, Vice-President of the Conference representing the governments. They expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Minister of Labor Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri for his effective leadership and successful attainment of the conference’s objectives.
Strategic Twinning of Rabat And Madrid: A Defense Against Mediterranean Tension
Rabat – The writer-journalist, Abdelhamid Jmahri believes that the wish today of Morocco and Spain, after the clarification of the foundations of their cooperation, is to establish a geostrategic twinning that goes beyond the limits of close cooperation and privileged partnership, thus blocking the way to maneuvers aimed at exacerbating tensions in the Mediterranean region.
Al Itihad Al Ichtiraki”
In an editorial to appear in the Saturday edition of the Arabic-language daily “Al Itihad Al Ichtiraki”, he notes that this ambition is clearly displayed through the will of HM King Mohammed VI in His call to inaugurate “a new unprecedented stage ” and also that of King Felipe VI of Spain calling for weaving partnership relations for the 21st century.
He maintains that the High Level Meeting (RHN) held last Thursday in Rabat is the bearer of strategic partnerships specific to countries concerned with a perfect understanding of their common interests and also sharing the same conception of the interactions of international action, at the present time. as in the future.
While emphasizing that the two Kingdoms have set a living example on the priority nature of the conciliatory diplomatic approach and its supremacy in the settlement of disputes, he observes that the agreements signed during this High Level Meeting relate to key sectors targeted , in support of a common understanding of priorities.
This article is originally published on msn.com
Spain-Morocco Reconnection: Post-Crisis Efforts
After a deep diplomatic crisis, Spain and Morocco cemented their reconciliation on Thursday in Rabat, despite criticism in Madrid over too many concessions from Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Mr. Sanchez, accompanied by a dozen ministers, co-chaired a “high-level meeting” (RHN) with his counterpart Aziz Akhannouch, the first since 2015.
“Today we are consolidating the new stage in relations between Morocco and Spain that we have opened,” he said, praising “the enormous unexplored potential of this relationship”.
Before his arrival in Rabat on Wednesday, the Socialist Prime Minister spoke by telephone with King Mohammad VI who invited him to return “very soon” to Morocco for an official visit “in order to reinforce this positive dynamic”, according to the royal cabinet.
Mr. Sanchez ended last March a year of diplomatic estrangement with Morocco by agreeing to support Moroccan positions on Western Sahara.
The crisis erupted in April 2021 after the hospitalization in Spain – under a false identity according to Rabat – of the leader of the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, sworn enemy of Morocco.
The Rabat-Madrid honeymoon comes as France – another historical partner of Rabat – is pilloried by Moroccan politicians and media who accuse it of having “orchestrated” a European Parliament resolution worrying about freedom of the press in Morocco and allegations of corruption of MEPs in Brussels.
But this idyll is not to everyone’s taste in Spain. The radical left formation Podemos, member of the government coalition, did not wish to be on the trip to Rabat, citing its opposition to Mr. Sanchez’s “unilateral” turn on Western Sahara. A turnaround applauded in Rabat.
The fact that Mr. Sanchez was not received by Mohammad VI is seen as a snub in Spain by the right-wing opposition and the press. The Popular Party, the main opposition force, deplored Thursday, through the voice of its general coordinator Elias Bendodo, that “Spain has given an image of weakness”.
“The absence of Mohammad VI spoils the summit”, wrote the daily El Païs (center left) while the newspaper El Mundo (conservative) headlined: “Mohammad VI shows his position of strength with regard to Spain by posing a rabbit to Sanchez”.
New Economic Partnership
Pedro Sanchez said he hoped for the development of “new investment projects accompanying the extraordinary process of development and modernization of Morocco”. “Morocco and Spain wish to establish a new economic partnership at the service of development”, underlined for his part Mr. Akhannouch.
Twenty agreements were signed on Thursday to facilitate Spanish investment in Morocco – Spain is the third largest foreign investor there – in the fields of renewable energies, water desalination, rail transport, tourism , education and culture. To this end, a new financial protocol has been approved which will double – to 800 million euros – aid from the Spanish government for investment projects in Morocco.
Also in the pipeline is an agreement to “completely normalize the passage of people and goods” through sea and land borders. The opening of land crossings concern the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, in northern Morocco.
Without forgetting the files of illegal immigration and the fight against terrorism. Madrid highlighted the drop of more than 25% in illegal immigration in 2022 thanks to its police cooperation with Rabat, with 31,219 migrants entering Spain illegally in 2022.
This cooperation, welcomed by Rabat, was however tarnished by the death of at least 23 Sudanese migrants who had tried last June to enter the enclave of Melilla via the Moroccan border town of Nador.
The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, was also to plead with his Moroccan counterpart, Abdelouafi Laftit, to reactivate the channels for the expulsion of irregular migrants and return to levels prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. , according to a source from the Spanish ministry.
Finally, Rabat is considered a key partner in the fight against terrorism. An important subject for Madrid after an attack at the end of January attributed to a young Moroccan in an irregular situation against two churches in Algeciras (South) in which a sexton was killed.
This article is originally published on lorientlejour.com
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