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Media firms lose control of news as tech platforms rise

Washington - When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it... on Facebook.

From Grexit to Brexit: Eurosceptics claim their — exit

Paris - It started with "Grexit" -- the long trumpeted but never realised axing of Greece from the eurozone. It was then reborn as "Brexit" as Britain started down the -- this time voluntary -- path of leaving the European Union entirely.

British press divided over 'earthquake' EU vote

London - Reflecting the divided nature of the country, Britain's newspapers were Saturday polarised over the "Brexit earthquake", some calling it the "birth of a new Britain," others asking "what the hell happens now?""Take a bow, Britain!

Pistorius says Steenkamp would want him freed

Johanesburg - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has said he believes his late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp would want him to devote his life to charity rather than return to prison for killing her.

Honduras denies murdered activist was on army 'hit list'

Tegucigalpa - Honduran authorities on Wednesday denied a British newspaper report alleging their military had issued orders to kill a high-profile environmental activist who was murdered at her home in March.

Turkish prosecutors 'demand over 14 years in jail' for activists

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have asked for three prominent activists and journalists to be handed jail sentences of over 14 years on charges of publishing terror propaganda for guest editing a pro-Kurdish daily, a report said on Thursday.

Brexit: How the press is voting

London - The Guardian is a staunch "Remain" supporter, while The Sun has come out for Brexit. Britain's newspapers are split as Thursday's referendum on European Union membership approaches.

Convicted journalist guest edits Turkey daily after arrests

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish journalist handed a lengthy jail sentence on charges of revealing state secrets defiantly guest-edited an opposition daily on Tuesday, a day after three activists were arrested and jailed for performing the same role.

Erdogan loses appeal against German media boss

Berlin - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost a German court battle against a top media boss Tuesday when his appeal in a bitter row over free speech was thrown out.

Turkey charges press freedom rep with 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - Turkey stepped up its crackdown on the media Monday, detaining and charging the local representative of international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two intellectuals for "terrorist propaganda".

Software unveiled to tackle online extremism, violence

Washington - A software tool unveiled Friday aims to help online firms quickly find and eliminate extremist content used to spread and incite violence and attacks.

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Panama - The law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal says it expects the prosecution of a worker from its Geneva office detained on suspicion of stealing company documents.

Live-streaming of attacks a challenge for social media

Washington - As more gruesome crimes and attacks show up on live online video, social media platforms are facing new challenges on preventing the spread of gruesome and horrific content.

Trump's long, combative war with the press

Washington - Donald Trump has had tense ties with reporters since launching his presidential campaign one year ago Thursday, but he took it a dramatic step further this week by banning The Washington Post from his events.

Judgement near in Vatican leaks trial

Vatican City - Final hearings in the Vatican's controversial leaks trial of journalists and others will be held next month in a finale to over nine months of courtroom drama that has embarrassed the Holy See.

Turkish editor wins German freedom of speech award

Berlin - The chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet was on Monday presented with a Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle as concerns grow over press freedom in Turkey.

Greek TV stations face sign-off in licensing row

Atenas - Greece is in the grip of a row over television, with the government under attack for plans to slash the number of private channels in a sector that was hit hard by the financial crisis.

Philippines' Duterte does not endorse summary killings: Spokesman

Manila - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday after scathing criticism from the UN chief over his plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime.

Charlie Hebdo victims added to journalist memorial

Washington - Eight journalists killed in the 2015 attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo had their names added Monday to a US memorial honoring reporters killed in the exercise of their profession.

Philippines' Duterte extremely 'irresponsible': UN experts

Geneva - UN rights experts on Monday urged the Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, slamming his comments as dangerously irresponsible.

Tributes for US, Afghan journalists killed by Taliban fire

Kabul - Accolades poured in Monday for veteran American reporter David Gilkey and an Afghan reporter killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle came under Taliban fire, highlighting the growing dangers faced by journalists covering the worsening conflic...

Iran video scrubbing 'stupid and inappropriate': Kerry

Paris - US Secretary of State John Kerry hit out at someone in his department for selectively editing footage of a press briefing on secret talks with Iran, calling it "stupid and inappropriate".

Philippines' Duterte says unable to protect journalists from killers

Davao - Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned journalists on Thursday he would be unable to guarantee their safety, brushing off criticism over his previous comments that murdered corrupt reporters deserved their fate.

Ad blocking threatens the open web, 90 percent increase in 2015

There are now more people using ad blockers on smartphones than desktop PCs, according to a new report. The use of ad blockers on mobile devices rose 90 percent last year, representing a serious threat to the revenues of content publishers worldwide.

France concerned by threats against AFP Burundi reporter

Paris - France voiced "serious concern" Wednesday over threats made against Agence France-Presse's Burundi correspondent, accused by authorities in Bujumbura of inciting violence in his coverage of the African country's crisis.

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

Nairobi - The Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday after being accused by authorities of "promoting crime and violence" with his cov...

Trump showboats attacks on 'dishonest' U.S. media

New York - Donald Trump stepped up his assault on the US media Tuesday, branding the political press "dishonest," calling one journalist "a sleaze" and promising more such attacks if elected US president.

Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders

Manila - Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.

Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders

Manila - Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.

Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders

Manila - Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.
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