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Bulgaria public radio chief sacked in free speech row

Sofia - Bulgaria's media watchdog sacked the chief of national radio on Thursday in a free speech row that saw the station briefly taken off the air.

NBA drops Lakers-Nets media events in China over 'unprecedented' row

Shanghai - The National Basketball Association (NBA) said Friday it had cancelled all remaining press events for its current China tour, citing the "complicated and unprecedented" controversy over Hong Kong protests and free speech.

Yao Ming 'extremely hot' over NBA's China crisis: Silver

Saitama - Chinese basketball chief Yao Ming is "extremely hot" over the controversy sparked by a Houston Rockets executive's pro-democracy tweet, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday, adding that he hoped to work with him to cool the escalating dispute.

AFP launches 2019 Kate Webb Prize for Asian journalists

Fpo - Agence France-Presse has launched the 2019 Kate Webb Prize to recognise exceptional Asian journalists doing difficult and dangerous work across the region.

AFP photographer wins top photojournalism award

Perpignan - Agence France-Press (AFP) photographer Guillermo Arias on Saturday won the top prize at photojournalism's biggest annual festival for his coverage of migrants from Central America.

AFP joins BBC initiative to fight misinformation

Paris - A dozen international media organisations, including AFP, have signed up to a new initiative launched by the BBC to fight misinformation.

In Russia, forgotten plight of jailed grassroots activists

Reutov - When anti-corruption activist Yevgeny Kurakin went to make an official complaint about authorities destroying a park in his sleepy town near Moscow, he was arrested in the prosecutor's office. Three months later, he is still behind bars.

'When will you die?' Hong Kong leader grilled at press conference

Fpo - When Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam appeared before the press on Tuesday, she appeared to be expecting to deliver a brief statement and move on. Instead she faced a media onslaught.

Strike cripples Lebanese TV station close to PM: employee

Beirut - A Lebanese TV station affiliated with Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has stopped airing new programmes, with an employee at the channel saying Thursday a strike over unpaid wages was responsible.

Turkmen leader quells death rumours with return to TV screens

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's all-powerful leader returned to state television on Wednesday, dispelling an online rumour that he had died.

Brazil justice minister considered leak to harm Maduro: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian justice minister Sergio Moro considered releasing construction giant Odebrecht's confession to paying bribes in Venezuela to harm the country's president Nicolas Maduro, The Intercept investigative website reported on Sunday.

Back in Italy, Knox voices fears of "new accusations"

Modena - Amanda Knox said Saturday she feared "harassment" and "new accusations" on her return to Italy years after she was acquitted of the gruesome killing of her British housemate.

Amanda Knox returns to Italy for 'trial by media' talk

Modena - Amanda Knox on Thursday returned to Italy for the first time since the US student was acquitted in 2015 of the gruesome killing of her British housemate after spending four years behind bars.

Facebook shuts dozens of fake-news pages ahead of EU vote: NGO

Paris - Facebook has taken down nearly 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics that appeared aimed at unfairly influencing the European Parliament vote this weekend, an NGO reported Wednesday.

Top French journalist summoned by intelligence service

Paris - A senior reporter at France's Le Monde daily who broke the story of an explosive scandal concerning a security aide to President Emmanuel Macron has been summoned for questioning by the domestic intelligence service, the newspaper said Wednesday.

Body language: Brazil's Bolsonaro angry and introverted

Rio De Janeiro - Behind the virulent speech and aggressive body language of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is an uncharismatic introvert deeply uncomfortable in public, experts say.

Algerian state TV presenter 'sacked' over protest support

Alger - An Algerian state television presenter has been fired after slamming the media's role in supporting the regime of ex-leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika and pushing for greater freedoms, colleagues said Thursday.

Ukraine ready to take on Russian election hackers

Kiev - At the headquarters of Ukraine's SBU security service more than a dozen local and Western security experts watch a simulated foreign cyber attack on several big screens ahead of this month's presidential vote.

Reuters star photographer Behrakis dead at 58: press body

Atenas - Award-winning Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis has died aged 58 after a battle with cancer, Greece's foreign press association said Sunday.

Protests mark a year since Slovak journalist's murder

Bratislava - Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied Thursday to mark a year since the gangland-style murder of a journalist probing corruption sparked a crisis that forced the prime minister to quit.

Media watchdog condemns 'yellow vest' attacks on journalists

Paris - Reporters Without Borders on Sunday called on those who speak for France's "yellow vest" protesters to condemn numerous attacks and threats against journalists across the country during the latest round of anti-government demonstrations.

Thomson Reuters announces 3,200 job cuts over two years

Montr - Financial data and news agency Thomson Reuters announced Tuesday cuts of 3,200 jobs and dozens of office closures worldwide over the next two years as part of a restructuring.

More than 200 mass graves found in former IS territory in Iraq: UN

Baghdad - More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 victims have been found so far in Iraq that could hold vital evidence of war crimes by the Islamic State group, the UN said Tuesday.

IS left behind more than 200 mass graves in Iraq: UN

Baghdad - The Islamic State group left behind more than 200 mass graves in Iraq containing up to 12,000 victims that could hold vital evidence of war crimes, the UN said Tuesday.

Freed Japan hostage arrives home to joy, but also anger

Apo - A Japanese journalist freed from Syria this week arrived home to overjoyed relatives and supporters, but also to vitriol from some who accuse him and other hostages of reckless behaviour.

Freed Japanese journalist home after Syria kidnap 'hell'

Apo - A Japanese journalist who was held in Syria for more than three years arrived home Thursday evening for a tearful reunion with his family after an ordeal he described as "hell.

Saudi's strategy of silence on Khashoggi risky: analysts

Dubai - Riyadh's silence since shrugging off as "baseless" reports of a state-sponsored killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi is a risky strategy amid increasing pressure from key allies such as the US, analysts said Thursday.

Fourth person charged in Slovak journalist's murder

Bratislava - A 44-year-old woman was charged in the murder of a Slovak journalist, the prosecutor's office said Sunday in a case that sent thousands into the streets and toppled a prime minister."We can confirm that a woman identified as A. Z.

Italian broadcast head shrugs off opposition ire

Rome - The conspiracy theorist journalist nominated to head Italian state broadcaster RAI said Thursday he will take the post for now, despite a parliamentary commission rejecting him.

Israeli ministers back ban on filming soldiers

Jerusalem - Israeli ministers on Sunday backed a draft law carrying a jail term of up to 10 years for those who film or photograph soldiers with harmful intent, the justice ministry said.
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Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful marches demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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