Later this month, Skype will be updated to include built-in call recording. Until now, Skype users have had to rely on a number of third-party apps to record calls. The new feature will be cloud-based, allowing users to access Skype call recordings across devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and even Linux. According to Microsoft’s Skype team, as soon as you start recording, everyone in the call will be notified that the call is being recorded and the recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call.
Source: The Verge
A Syrian reporter died this week after being injured covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel groups in Quneitra province, according to his employer and the Syrian-government run news agency Sana. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mustafa Salamah’s death comes amid concern for at least 70 journalists trapped in Quneitra and nearby areas who could face reprisal from the Syrian government as its forces advance on the last remaining rebel strongholds in the region. The CPJ says at least 120 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict, at least seven were in Syrian state prisons, and many others are missing.
After an exposé of recordings implicating judicial officials in corruption, authorities in Peru yesterday raided the offices of GIJN member IDL Reporteros, demanding documents and data. The recordings "open a window onto the almost wholesale trading of favors — job positions, lenient sentences or shelving of cases, votes for court candidacies—by the chief justice on the Superior Court of Callao, a justice on the Supreme Court, and three members on the National Magistrates Council, which appoints judges and officials," according to the Peruvian Times. Press groups have denounced the raid.
Source: Peruvian Times, RPP
Famed Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques was acquitted Friday by a court in Luanda, the country's capital. Marques and editor Mariano Bras stood accused of insulting the state and the case has been widely denounced by press and human rights groups as a sham and harassment of journalists doing their job. The journalists had published a story alleging that former Attorney-General Joao Maria de Sousa had acquired land illegally.
Through Journalismfund.eu, the Money Trail is offering grants to teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption. Launched at the 8th European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest, the Money Trail is also offering training on illicit finance investigations, data security and mentoring. The first deadline is 15 July.
Source: Money Trail
Five people were killed Thursday and two were injured in a "targeted attack" on the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspected gunman entered the building with a shotgun and walked through the lower level of the building, according to a police official who said it was a “targeted attack” on the newsroom. A white male in his late 30s, identified as Jarrod Warren Ramos, was taken into custody. Law enforcement sources said Ramos had filed a defamation claim in 2012 against the paper but the case was dismissed.