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華盛頓郵報的歷史創舉:呼籲對告密者的求刑

英國衛報華盛頓郵報因報導 Snowden 事件而拿到 2014 年的普立茲獎後,華盛頓郵報正式公開立場,表達應該將 Snowden 弄回美國受審,而非現在大家在呼籲的特赦:「WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)」。

In doing so, the Washington Post has achieved an ignominious feat in U.S. media history: the first-ever paper to explicitly editorialize for the criminal prosecution of its own source — one on whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. But even more staggering than this act of journalistic treachery against the paper’s own source are the claims made to justify it.

華盛頓郵報的說法更是無恥:

The complication is that Mr. Snowden did more than that. He also pilfered, and leaked, information about a separate overseas NSA Internet-monitoring program, PRISM, that was both clearly legal and not clearly threatening to privacy. (It was also not permanent; the law authorizing it expires next year.)

這從來就不是合法的問題,而是侵犯人權的問題,合法的事情在事後甚至被制定憲法修正案而推翻的事情多的是。美國的女性在 1920 年才擁有投票權 (透過「美國憲法第十九修正案」)。

第四權必須發揮應有的能力去推動政府往正確的方向前進。在拿到普立茲獎後以「合法」的角度來論述淪落為政府打手,墮落至此...

Adblock 與 Paywall 帶來的影響

這邊探討了新聞網站引入 Adblock 反制與 Paywall 帶來的影響:「Sites that block adblockers seem to be suffering」。

作者拿了 WIREDBild (Axel Springer)、ForbesCity AM 以及 Washington PostAlexa 數字來歸納,可以看出新聞網站的取代率太高 (甚至看不到就算了),可以看到 bounce rate 大幅增加 (很多人發現不能看就不會繼續看下去),而且 pageview 也大幅下降。

WIRED:

Bild:

Forbes:

City AM:

Washington Post:

不過文章還是很粗糙,有太多變數沒有考慮進去...

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