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Turkish opposition daily cartoonist sent back to jail

Istanbul - Six former staff of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet including cartoonist Musa Kart went back to prison on Thursday after an appeals court upheld their jail sentences.

US renews call on Myanmar to free Reuters reporters

Washington - The United States on Wednesday renewed its call on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed after reporting on the Rohingya crisis, voicing dismay at a fresh rejection of their appeal.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal of award-winning Reuters reporters

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal Tuesday by two Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as hopes now turn to a presidential pardon.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters: lawyer

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years each on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, one of the defence lawyers confirmed.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Washington - Sri Lanka's decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content.

Journalism in Venezuela: it would be 'a crime' to stop

Rio De Janeiro - Journalism is becoming "very complicated" in Venezuela where power outages, patchy internet and threats of violence have made reporting increasingly difficult, says Luz Mely Reyes. But she says it would be "a crime" to stop.

Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns

Paris - Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence across the world, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday.

Disney offers $5 mn for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

New York - Disney, which scored millions with the 1996 animated blockbuster "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," said Wednesday it would give $5 million to restore the fire-damaged Paris cathedral.

Ukraine media demands access to presidential favourite

Kiev - Ukrainian media on Tuesday called on comedian Volodymyr Zelensky to answer their questions ahead of a weekend presidential election he is expected to win despite minimum engagement with mainstream outlets.

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apo - European Union countries on Monday adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the media business, but opposed by US tech giants and internet freedom activists who worry it could chill the sharing of information.

'Fake news' fuelling ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria: experts

Lagos - Misinformation risks worsening ethnic and religious tensions in Nigeria, media commentators and researchers say, at a time of heightened concern about internal security and fragile community relations.

Indian election parties hit by TV and funding clampdown

New Delhi - India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered parties to name anonymous donors behind tens of millions of dollars in funding as hostilities intensified in the country's mega-election.

India poll body watchdog orders Modi TV channel clampdown

New Delhi - Indian election officials have ordered a clampdown on a television channel devoted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which they say breaches campaign rules.As the country of 1.

Image of crying toddler on US border wins World Press Photo

Amsterdam - The haunting image of a little girl crying helplessly as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.

Ex-soldier confesses to shooting slain Slovak journalist: reports

Bratislava - A former soldier charged with killing investigative journalist Jan Kuciak has confessed to his murder, three sources including the akutality.sk news website where the victim had worked, reported on Thursday quoting police sources.

Julian Assange: a decade of stunning leaks of US secrets

Washington - The US government has regarded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a dangerous national security threat ever since he and his organization opened a decade-long effort to expose US secrets -- from military files to embarrassing Democratic Party emails d...

AFP pares 2018 deficit but forecasts tough 2019

Paris - Agence France-Presse made a net loss of 2.6 million euros ($2.8 million) in 2018, down on 4.8 million in 2017, helped by higher commercial receipts, but warned that 2019 will be a challenging year.

AFP pares 2018 deficit but forecasts tough 2019

Paris - Agence France-Presse made a net loss of 2.6 million euros ($2.8 million) in 2018, down on 4.8 million in 2017, helped by higher commercial receipts, but warned that 2019 will be a challenging year.

New pro-Orban Hungarian agency enters fray

Budapest - A new press agency founded by figures close to firebrand nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday it aimed to give a "conservative, right-wing perspective" on current affairs.

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Putrajaya - Singapore's leader insisted Tuesday his government's proposed fake news laws were a "step forward" in fighting online falsehoods after they sparked criticism from press freedom groups and tech giants.

EU on fake news alert as continent prepares to vote

Apo - Will Russian trolls, American social media giants and opportunistic fake news merchants combine to poison Europe's political landscape ahead of May's continent-wide election?

Review: Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons win big at GLAAD Media Awards

Los Angeles - On March 28, Dan Reynolds of the acclaimed rock group Imagine Dragons had a major reason to celebrate. His film "Believer" triumphed at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards.

Social media bosses face jail under 'world first' Australian laws

Sydney - Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday -- a "world first" in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Pope warns against hate-fomenting 'fake news'

Vatican City - Internet-based "fake news" is fomenting prejudice and hatred, Pope Francis said on Tuesday, warning our culture "has lost its sense of truth and bends the facts to suit particular interests".

Sudan frees editor as football fans launch protest

Khartoum - Sudanese security agents on Friday released a prominent editor who had been detained for weeks for criticising a state of emergency, as scores of protesters including football fans held anti-government rallies, witnesses said.

Philippines rearrests Duterte critic journalist Maria Ressa

Manila - Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was rearrested on Friday in what press freedom advocates called retaliation for her news site's dogged coverage of the government.

Philippines arrests journalist Maria Ressa on fraud charge

Manila - Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was arrested Friday on a fraud charge, her second detention in what press freedom advocates have said is retaliation for her news site's criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday finished hearings in an appeal case for two Reuters journalists, their lawyer said, as the defence team strives to overturn seven-year sentences on charges linked to reporting on the Rohingya crisis.

European Parliament adopts copyright reform in blow to big tech

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the media business, in defiance of the tech giants that lobbied against it.

Final push at European Parliament for EU copyright reform

Strasbourg - The European Parliament votes Tuesday on controversial copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the music business but criticised by big tech and internet freedom activists.
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