The Daily Populous

Friday January 6th, 2023 evening edition

image for A Wall Street Journal reporter was handcuffed by police while standing outside a Chase Bank. The newspaper is demanding answers

The Wall Street Journal is demanding answers from the Phoenix Police Department after an officer detained and handcuffed one of its reporters outside a Chase Bank — an incident that press freedom advocates say raises First Amendment concerns and mirrors a larger, growing hostility from local law enforcement toward journalists across the country.

The incident between The Journal reporter Dion Rabouin and the Phoenix officer occurred in late November, but just became public this week after ABC affiliate KNXV reported on the matter.

In a statement, The Journal said that it is “deeply concerned” with how its reporter was treated and has asked the Phoenix Police Department to conduct an investigation.

“No journalist should ever be detained simply for exercising their First Amendment rights,” The Journal said.

Representatives from the bank approached him and asked what he was doing and Rabouin said he identified himself as a journalist.

The video shows Rabouin repeatedly identified himself as a reporter for The Journal, but the officer did not appear to care.

A representative for Chase told me Thursday that the bank did apologize to Rabouin over the incident. »

Japan minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes

Authored by

WASHINGTON--Japan’s trade and industry minister said on Thursday post-Cold War free trade and economic inter-dependence had bolstered authoritarian regimes and the United States and like-minded democracies should counter them with a “new world order.”.

“Authoritarian countries have amassed tremendous power, both economically and militarily,” Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“We must rebuild a world order based on the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he added. »

U.S. House brawl over McCarthy raises worries about Republican governance

Authored by
image for

Republicans captured a thin House majority in November's midterm elections, breaking the hold of President Joe Biden's Democrats on both chambers of Congress.

"They've shown that we can't govern, and now they'll help Biden get wins before his reelection," fumed Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Texas conservative who backs McCarthy.

That infuriated many House Republicans, including some who are now leading the opposition to McCarthy and demanding greater control over the House agenda. »

Investors settle Cyberpunk 2077 lawsuit with developer for $1.85 million

Authored by
image for

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has put a lot of effort into making things right with fans while trying to move past the game's disastrous launch.

Now it can likely wipe away another blemish: a class-action lawsuit from its investors.

The original complaint, filed in December 2020, alleged that the Polish developer misled investors and customers about Cyberpunk 2077's readiness on then-current-generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. »

Biden signs bill to ease costs for prisoner calls to family

Authored by
image for

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at easing the cost for prisoners to call family and friends.

Prison telecommunication companies challenged the decision in court, claiming the FCC didn’t have the right to regulate the calls.

The legislation signed by Biden gives the federal agency the authority that the appellate court ruled it lacked, the White House said. »