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US daily apologizes for decades of racist coverage

Washington - The editor of the Kansas City Star apologized Monday on behalf of the American daily newspaper for decades of racist and discriminatory coverage of the Black minority.

Record number of journalists jailed in 2020, says watchdog

New York - A record number of journalists were behind bars this year, a US-based watchdog said Tuesday, accusing governments worldwide of suppressing the media and fueling misinformation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Belarus pulls several foreign media reporters' accreditation

Minsk - Belarusian authorities on Saturday withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign media, including AFP, ahead of the latest demonstration challenging the results of the presidential election.

Ukrainians demand fair probe into slain journalist four years on

Kiev - Friends and colleagues of murdered journalist Pavel Sheremet demanded a proper investigation into his murder during the unveiling of a memorial in Kiev on Monday.

Bolsonaro says he feels 'very well', praises hydroxycholoroquine

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has tested positive for COVID-19, said on Facebook Thursday that he was "very well" and again advocated the use of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog suggested Tuesday that local media could organise a "collective boycott" of Google and Facebook to force the tech giants to pay for news they put on their platforms.

New York Times leads the way at 2020 Pulitzers

New York - The New York Times picked up the most awards as the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced virtually on Monday owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pressure and expulsions: the trials of foreign media in China

Shanghai - China's expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters this week over a headline that displeased Beijing highlights the precarious status of foreign journalists working in the country.

China's LGBTQ community praises ad depicting same-sex couple

Bejing - An advertisement appearing to feature a same-sex couple in China has been praised by the LGBTQ community for its rare portrayal of gay relationships in the tightly-censored country.

Anti-racist group protests tweets about black Miss France 2020

Paris - An anti-racist association said Friday it has filed a complaint with French prosecutors over racist comments posted on social media after a black woman from Guadeloupe was chosen Miss France 2020.

Philippines marks massacre anniversary with calls for justice

Ampatuan - Relatives of 58 people slain in the Philippines' worst political massacre held a tearful vigil Saturday to mark a decade since the killings, voicing anger at the slow pace of justice.

Fearful wait for justice a decade after Philippine massacre

Manila - A decade after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, none of the alleged masterminds have been convicted yet, leaving families fearful that justice may never come.

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.
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