Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalists Under Threat in MO | Broadcasters Aim at Aereo

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Ferguson Police Threaten Journalists (FishbowlNY)
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again clashed with reporters covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. One cop, who was being filmed by local radio journalist Mustafa Hussein, threatened to shoot if Hussein didn’t stop. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was also threatened by an officer who said “Get back! Or next time you’re gonna be the one maced.” Three other journalists — Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, The Telegraph’s Rob Crilly and The Financial Times’ Neil Munshi — tweeted that they had been briefly arrested and then released. TVNewser Three more reporters were arrested in Ferguson overnight Sunday, with several more reporting being detained or threatened. FishbowlDC Last Wednesday, The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly were arrested inside a McDonald’s and later released. The same night, tear gas was shot at an Al Jazeera America crew in Ferguson. TVNewser As the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks had set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there Monday. Brian Williams anchored Nightly News from Ferguson Monday night, and correspondents Ron Allen and Mark Potter reported from Ferguson. ABC News had Steve Osunsami and Alex Perez, CBS News sent Mark Strassmann and Vladimir Duthiers, and MSNBC deployed Hayes and reporters Trymaine Lee and Amanda Sakuma. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper were also in Ferguson, as well as Fox News’ Mike Tobin and Shepard Smith. PRNewser In the wake of the violence, the town of Ferguson has hired a PR firm, Common Ground Public Relations, for communications help. According to a rep from Common Ground, the firm is only handling the deluge of media requests that the city has been getting since protests began about a week ago.

Broadcasters Give Aereo Another Kick With Injunction Request (Deadline Hollywood)
Less than two months after achieving victory over Aereo at the Supreme Court, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo now want a federal judge to slap what they see as a long overdue nationwide and wide-ranging preliminary injunction against the presently self-suspended streaming service. THR / The Live Feed The broadcasters are proposing that a New York federal judge issue a preliminary injunction against Aereo that would prohibit the digital service from “streaming, transmitting, retransmitting, or otherwise publicly performing any Copyrighted Programming over the Internet… or by means of any device or process throughout the United States of America.” The proposal comes after the high court ruled on June 25 that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted works without authority. Washington Post / The Switch Aereo wants to claim that it’s a cable company in the eyes of the Copyright Office. That would qualify it for a kind of content license that would still require Aereo to pay royalties for TV shows, but not the higher fees that broadcasters want to charge directly. This license, granted under what lawyers refer to as “Section 111,” is Aereo’s best hope right now. The Hill TV and radio broadcasters also filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission on Monday over its rules for an upcoming airwave auction. The National Association of Broadcasters argues in its suit that the FCC’s rules for next year’s auction would allow fewer people to tune in to their stations while forcing broadcasters to spend hundreds of millions of dollars out of their own pockets.

Julian Assange Says He Will Leave Ecuadorian Embassy Soon (The Guardian)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has rebuffed reports that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in order to hand himself in to police, saying only that he will leave “soon.” NYT In a long and meandering news conference at which he was accompanied by the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, Assange summarized his case, insisting that he had helped bring about needed change in the British extradition system and saying that his health was suffering after two years at the embassy. WSJ Britain, which has kept police stationed at the embassy round the clock since Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in 2012, said it remained committed to extraditing the 43-year-old Australian activist to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual-assault investigation. BBC News Assange faces questioning by prosecutors in Stockholm over claims made by two women in 2010. He denies the allegations and sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy shortly after the U.K.’s Supreme Court dismissed his efforts to block his extradition.