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Fiji media blackout imposed ahead of election

Suva - Fiji imposed a strict media blackout Monday on coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply.

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

Washington - The United States denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home.

Janay Rice plea for privacy reveals troubling complexity of abuse

TMZ has released new surveillance footage of NFL star Ray Rice punching his fiancee and knocking her unconscious. While outrage against the football player grows, Janay Rice is protesting his being dropped by the Ravens and banned by the NFL.

Russian photojournalist Stenin missing in Ukraine is confirmed dead

Moscow - Russian photographer Andrei Stenin, missing since early August, has been confirmed dead in Ukraine, the Russia Today media group he worked for announced on Wednesday.

Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

Washington - The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

French court to make privacy ruling on Hollande affair actress snap

Nanterre - A French court is set to decide Tuesday whether actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made waves worldwide, had her privacy breached by a photographer who snapped her in her car.

French journalists held in Papua 'likely to face trial'

Jayapura - Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia's Papua while reporting on the separatist movement are likely to go on trial, their lawyer said Tuesday, with the pair facing up to five years in jail.

Somalia sentences Islamist killers of journalist to death

Mogadishu - A military court in Somalia has sentenced two Islamist Shebab gunmen to death for killing a journalist, the information minister said Saturday.

Jihadist captors sent taunting letter to Foley family: employer

Washington - Journalist James Foley's jihadist captors sent his family a taunting and rambling email threatening to kill him, just a week before making public a video of his execution, the American reporter's employer said Thursday.

Jihadists claim beheading of US journalist

Washington - Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters and threatened to kill a second reporter.

Police in Ferguson target media, human rights observers

Ferguson - As the violence in Ferguson, MO continues, police are reportedly targeting and detaining members of the media according to several news reports, as well as ordering observers with Amnesty International out of the area.

AP cameraman among 5 killed in Gaza ordnance blast

Gaza - An Italian cameraman working for international news agency Associated Press was among at least five people killed in northern Gaza on Wednesday as sappers were dismantling an Israeli missile.

New outcry as Erdogan tells female reporter to 'know your place'

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced a new outcry on Friday over his attitude to the media and women after he branded a prominent female journalist a "shameless woman" and told her "to know your place".

'New Snowden' leaks info, causes media uproar

Rumors and allegations are flying that another whistle-blower exists in the United States government. Media coverage has exploded and government officials are keeping quiet about the allegations.

Moscow threatens to block BBC Russian Service

Moscow - Russia threatened Tuesday to block the website of the BBC's Russian Service because it reported an activist's public appeal to get people to attend a rally mocking Moscow's policy in Ukraine.

Using Facebook Messenger on your phone is about to get annoying

Facebook is becoming more and more invasive and it looks like they may be losing focus with what they are trying to offer. From the permissions requested in the Messenger Android app to the usage changes in the web messenger, it may be time to ditch them.

Russia pulls plug on 'last independent TV show'

Moscow - A programme seen as Russia's last independent political show on mainstream television has been taken off the air amid an upsurge in anti-Western rhetoric, in a move condemned by Kremlin critics.

New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

Washington - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

Zimbabwe police quiz minister over detained editor

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country's information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

Australian journalist jailed in Egypt to appeal

Sydney - Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste will lodge an appeal against the conviction and seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court, his family said Friday.

British reporter for Russian TV 'captured' by Ukraine: ministry

Moscow - A British journalist reporting for a Russian television channel from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine went missing on Wednesday, with Moscow alleging he and another journalist were captured by Kiev's troops.

Al Jazeera reporters evacuate building after shots are fired

Two "precise" shots fired into the Al Jazeera prompted an evacuation Tuesday morning. There are no reports of any fatalities from their branch on the Gaza Strip.

Russia Today reporter quits over 'lies' on Ukraine

Moscow - A London-based reporter for Russia's state-owned English-language channel RT quit Friday in protest at its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine.

Ethiopian bloggers, journalists charged with 'terrorism'

Addis Ababa - A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists detained for nearly three months have been charged with terrorism for having links to an outlawed group and for planning attacks, a judge said Friday.

Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at U.S. border

Los Angeles - Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by U.S. border agents after being held for several hours Tuesday.

Russian TV sparks outrage with Ukraine child 'crucifixion' claim

Moscow - Russian state television has provoked a storm of criticism after it aired an uncorroborated report claiming that the Ukrainian army publicly nailed a three-year-old boy to a board in a former rebel stronghold.

China 'detains prominent financial TV anchor'

Shanghai - Chinese authorities have detained a prominent financial news anchor for state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), according to media reports, in what appears to be the latest target in a corruption crackdown.

Hamas media war targets Israelis and Palestinians

Gaza - The music video opens with Palestinian Hamas fighters in fatigues building, transporting and then firing rockets at Israel -- but the triumphant lyrics are being sung in Hebrew, not Arabic.

Chinese dream turns sour for activists under Xi Jinping

Activists, lawyers, journalists, bloggers, professors -- China's new leaders have taken aim at civil society in what analysts call an effort to muffle dissent that is proving powerfully effective.

Egypt leader's comments on Jazeera reporters encourages Greste family

Sydney - The family of jailed journalist Peter Greste Monday said they were encouraged by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying he "wished" the Australian had never been put on trial.
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