SAG-AFTRA “Fighting Back” Against Dangers Posed By Face-Swapping Technology

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SAG-AFTRA says it’s “fighting back” against the dangers posed by new face-swapping technologies that have been used to digitally superimpose the faces of its members onto the bodies of porn stars. In recent months, the technology – known as “deepfaking” – has hijacked the likenesses of several famous actresses and singers to make it appear that they were performing in pornographic films.
“We are closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes,” SAG-AFTRA president…

SAG-AFTRA Bans Auditions In Hotel Rooms And Residences

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SAG-AFTRA has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences, where many reported incidents of sexual harassment and assault have occurred. “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in announcing the movie today.
The ban on such meetings – called Guideline No. 1 – is the first expansion of the Code of C…

SAG-AFTRA Slams Sinclair for Spreading ‘Fake News,’ and ‘Misdirected Criticism’ of Journalists

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SAG-AFTRA came to the defense of the journalists working for Sinclair Broadcast Group on Wednesday while criticizing the company over accusations that it has been spreading “fake news.”

“The journalists who work for Sinclair Broadcast Group are hard-working and dedicated professionals who care deeply about the work that they do. Over the last couple of days, many of them have been the subject of misdirected criticism for the script Sinclair required them to read for its recent promotional campaign,” the labor union said in a statement.

“SAG-AFTRA has been in contact with Sinclair to express our concerns with this campaign, and we stand with our members and journalists everywhere in challenging corporate directives that call into question the journalistic integrity of the news presented to the public,” it said. “SAG-AFTRA opposes such directives in the interest of defending the professionalism of journalists and preserving the basic rights of a free and independent press.”

Also Read: Trump Defends Sinclair, Rips ‘Fake News Networks’ and CNN’s ‘Little Jeff Zuker’

The statement comes after Sinclair Broadcast Group was accused of having local newscasters from their stations read out “fake news” and parroting far-right anti-media talking points on air.

On Monday, “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough said — in response to a viral video first spotlighted by Deadspin’s The Concourse — that the network was conducting an “unapologetic assault on truth.”

Also Read: ‘Morning Joe’ Unloads on Sinclair Broadcasting: ‘An Unapologetic Assault on Truth’ (Video)

Since journalists at Sinclair came under scrutiny for not challenging the reports they read on air, details of the consequences that would befall them if they refuse have come to light.

Also Read: Trump Defends Sinclair TV Stations From Bias Accusations: ‘Far Superior to CNN and Even More Fake NBC’

Los Angeles Times journalist Matt Pearce tweeted screenshots of a conversation with a Sinclair journalist showing that if they quit they were forced to pay “something along the lines of your base pay times 40 percent and then times what percentage of your contract is left,” the tweet read.

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SAG-AFTRA Blasts Sinclair’s Scripted “Fake News” Promos

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SAG-AFTRA, which represents thousands of TV journalists, has come out swinging against the Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s “fake news” warning that dozens of its local broadcasters around the country were required to read on the air.
“The journalists who work for Sinclair Broadcast Group are hard-working and dedicated professionals who care deeply about the work that they do,” a spokesperson for the union said. “Over the last couple of days, many of them have been the subject…

SAG-AFTRA Investigating Ad Companies That May Be Scamming Members

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SAG-AFTRA is investigating several companies that may have been scamming members by falsely representing themselves as real employers in the advertising industry. The union, which represents about 160,000 performers, posted a message Tuesday on its official web site: “In an effort to protect our members from abuse and harm in the advertising industry, SAG-AFTRA has […]

SAG-AFTRA Mourns NYC Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze On Movie Set

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SAG-AFTRA is offering condolences to a New York fireman who was killed Thursday night while fighting a fire that broke out on the set of the movie Motherless Brooklyn, which stars Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, who’s directing.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of New York City Firefighter Michael R. Davidson and all of the heroes who have made the greatest sacrifice. We honor your lives and are deeply grateful for your service,”…