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3:05 PM ET, August 19, 2020

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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ankhi Das, a top Facebook exec in India, filed a criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari for sharing a WSJ article critical of Das on Facebook  —  Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari, and respect citizens' rights …
Peter Weber / The Week:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes NBC News for its “totally false and divisive” tweet saying she did not endorse Joe Biden in her DNC speech  —  The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden as its presidential candidate on Tuesday night …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NPR says 57M people consume NPR content each week, up 10% YoY, with unique weekly visitors to NPR.org up 94% and live stream listeners up 39% YoY  —  Since the pandemic took hold in the United States, NPR's radio ratings have taken a nosedive.  Half of AM/FM listening in the United States takes place …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Belarusian Association of Journalists: at least 69 journalists were detained since 9 August, the day of the election, with 36 of those beaten and injured  —  Almost 70 journalists were detained in Belarus and half were beaten and injured after pro-democracy protests began against the contested re-election …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
WPP has hired AT&T's Kirk McDonald as chief executive of North America for its GroupM ad-buying unit; McDonald had been interim head of Xandr  —  Executive move is the latest exit from Warner Media's advertising-technology unit Xandr  —  WPP PLC has hired AT&T Inc.'s Kirk McDonald …
Variety:
Sources: NBCU's Ron Meyer had reached a settlement with actress Charlotte Kirk, who was linked to the resignation of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara in 2019  —  NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer was involved in an affair with actress Charlotte Kirk that ultimately led to his ouster …
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Brent Lang / Variety:
NBCU vice chairman Ron Meyer steps down after disclosing that he was being extorted over his affair with a woman who threatened to also “falsely implicate” NBCU
DL Cade / PetaPixel:
US appeals court rules that BuzzFeed is liable for third party infringement for removing a photographer's copyright info from an image  —  Last week, photographer Gregory Mango won an important lawsuit against online publication BuzzFeed; it's important, not because of the payout involved …
Variety:
As the flow of new content dries up, studios are capitalizing on demand from streamers by licensing films for shorter, one to three month runs  —  When HBO Max debuted in late May, it made a surprise announcement: The eight original “Harry Potter” films — among the biggest-ever movie franchises …
Aaron Gordon / The Mail:
Motherboard launches an email newsletter about the US Postal Service and a printed zine on the subject delivered monthly by mail, to run through end of November  —  For years, Motherboard has cared deeply about election security.  We were the first to talk to Guccifer 2.0 …
 
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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Group Nine's NowThis is launching NowThis Kids aimed at children aged 6 to 11, starting with a YouTube channel, podcast, and newsletter
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
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