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BBC holds vigil for slain journalists

Around 100 journalists held a vigil outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London to highlight ongoing attacks against their colleagues following a tragic week in which 10 reporters were killed in Afghanistan.

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Meet The Comedy Duo Who Got Sued For Pranking The News

When they infiltrated three morning news programs by passing themselves off as a hilariously un-athletic strongman duo, Brooklyn comedians Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett were not the first people to prank TV News.

Left-leaning activists The Yes Men famously infiltrated BBC, and right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe unsuccessfully attempted to plant a false story in the Washington Post. But Prueher and Pickett, who run the Found Footage Festival, have no overt political agenda and are happy to simply interrupt news programming with the absurd or profane.

Out of embarrassment or pragmatism, media companies generally avoid legal retaliation after getting pranked. Yet when Prueher and Pickett pranked Gray Television, the company sued, kicking off a battle over free speech, comedy, and how easy it can be get past TV bookers.

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‘Fake news’ panel held at WEF in Davos

BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi hosts panel on fake news with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Joseph Kahn, managing editor of the New York Times, Anna Belkina, deputy chief editor of RT, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party and son of assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto.