Journalism agenda: For the record, “Barrett Brown sentenced to 5 Years in prison because he copied and pasted a link

The intelligence and security journalist has already served more than two years in prison for charges related to his proximity to sources within the hacktivist entity known as Anonymous. Read the rest
While the pleas to free Barrett Brown filled Twitter and other social media over the past two years, the courts had other ideas. Today Brown was sentenced to five years, three months in prison for obstruction of justice, aiding-and-abetting and threats made against an FBI agent. The charges stem from the 2011 Stratfor hack.
Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack

Barrett Brown, who became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the 2011 Stratfor hack, will not go free as his supporters hoped. He was sentenced today in Texas to five years and three months in prison.


Barrett Brown.
Barrett Brown.

Barrett Brown’s sentencing hearing is taking place now behind closed court doors, as we publish this blog post. Read the rest

How big a hole is the U.S. daily newspaper industry in?

We know the toll in newsroom jobs — about 20,000 lost in a little under a decade — and the fact that the industry as a whole took in about $26 billion less in 2014 than it did a decade earlier. We’re used to, and fairly inured to, those numbers.

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