Largest All-Women Expedition Heading to Antarctica, Canadian Journalist's Detention Raises Press Freedom Alarms

Largest All-Women Expedition Heads to Antarctica-BBC News

The largest ever all-female expedition to go to Antarctica set sail for Antarctica on Friday. The expedition is sponsored by the Homeward Bound Initiative, an Australian program hoping to have more women in top science jobs around the world. The 76 women going on the expedition will observe the effects of climate change in Antarctica, listen to lectures about Antarctic science, and take part in leadership workshops. “I’ve started to think about Homeward Bound as one part of a wave of initiatives that together might mean we are able to move forward, rather than seeing this very slow rate of change,” Dr. Jessica Melbourne-Thomas said.

Cyberbullying Pushed Texas Teen to Commit Suicide, Family Says-CBS News

Family members that witnessed their Houston-area high school daughter Brandy Vela commit suicide are asking for tighter laws against cyberbullying. The family believes that cyberbullying through abusive text messages from an untraceable smartphone application and a fake Facebook page targeting their daughter caused her to shoot herself in the chest. The family reported the cyberbullying to the Texas City school district and other law enforcement agencies. “She said she’d come too far to turn back. It was very unfortunate that I had to see that. It’s hard when your daughter tells you to turn around. You feel helpless,” Raul Vela, her father said.

Canadian Journalist’s Detention at U.S. Border Raises Freedom Alarms-NY Times

Ed Ou, a Canadian freelance photojournalist that has endured aggressive interrogations at borders due to his work in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia endured an interrogation at the U.S. border that made him question the rights of privacy and freedom of the press in the United States. Mr. Ou was detained for six hours when he was flying from Vancouver, British Columbia to Bismarck, N.D. to report on the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation. He was denied entry into the United States because it was determined that he was a “person of interest” and border agents told him they needed to look at his phones. When he refused to hand over his phones, stating his need to protect his sources since he is a journalist the agents took his phones anyway. His phones were returned to him with indications that the SIM cards had been replaced showing that the border agents had looked at the private content on his phone. The American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter to the Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security to protest Mr. Ou’s treatment and ask for an explanation.“The wall of naïveté that I had about the freedom of the press in the U.S. kind of shattered at that moment,” Mr. Ou said after the incident.