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Global: Live journalism takes to the stage

The Boston Globe has developed a new platform for its journalism – the stage. This is not to be confused with events regularly held by media companies; this is a full-on story-telling experience that will play to a sold-out audience tomorrow.

Through spoken word, video, audio, and more, the Globe’s writers, photographers, and producers will showcase original, unpublished work in real time at the Emerson Paramount Center. The Globe says its staff will share intimate reporting and reflections from the front lines of news.

Journalist Sacha Pfeiffer will relive her Hollywood experience with the film “Spotlight”, Matt Viser will share his phone calls with Donald Trump and Neil Swidey will take the audience on a tour of Van Morrison’s new “hilariously spiteful album”.

There also will be fresh photography from Pulitzer Prize winner Jessica Rinaldi, plus confessions from the celebrity round presented by columnists Meredith Goldstein and Mark Shanahan

Scott Helman, a Globe veteran, is the editor/director of the show. He says there will be no “microwaved newspaper copy,” insisting instead: “We want to play to our strengths as storytellers and conveners in this city in some entirely new ways”.

Thailand retreats from Facebook ban threat

Thai king Facebook

Thailand’s government has backed down from its threat of banning Facebook from the country after it did not remove so-called illicit images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The government gave the social media site a week to remove or disable Thai user’s ability to view 131 images and videos of the king. The images show Vajiralongkorn visiting a German shopping centre wearing a yellow crop top and covered in tattoos.

Secretary-general of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Takorn Tantasith, has said that Facebook had already removed 178 of the 309 posts that were first identified.

The lèse-majesté law makes it a crime to insult the monarch and is strictly enforced. Those convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.

Mexico moves to deadliest place to practice journalism

Mexico is now the deadliest place to practice journalism in the world following the fifth murder of a journalist in the country since the beginning of March.

Renowned crime reporter Javier Valdez was murdered in Culiacan, the capital of lawless state Sinalao, when assailants opened fire on his car.

The attack sent shockwaves through the Mexican media. The press freedom award-winning Valdez wrote numerous in-depth reports on organised trafficking and crime, particularly the drug wars.

A magazine editor Sonia Cordova was wounded and her adult son was murdered in an unrelated attack.

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