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Fresh photo of missing Japanese journalist emerges

Toukyo - A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his "last chance".

Panama Papers law firm closes Jersey, Gibraltar offices

Panama - The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations is closing its offices in the British-dependent territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar, it Tweeted.

Colombia rebels free three journalists

Estanzuela - The Colombian rebel group ELN freed a prominent Spanish-Colombian journalist and two local TV reporters Friday after holding them for days.

S. Africa broadcaster bans screening of violent protests

Johanesburg - South Africa's public broadcaster said Friday it would stop screening violent protests involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as censorship ahead of crucial elections.

Colombia blames guerrillas for missing journalists

Estanzuela - The Red Cross said Thursday it will help search for three journalists missing in Colombia whose disappearance the government blamed on a leftist rebel group.

Azerbaijan frees top anti-corruption journalist Ismayilova

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Wednesday released jailed prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was convicted of corruption charges last year, triggering an international uproar.

Two more journalists go missing in northeast Colombia

Estanzuela - Five journalists covering a colleague's suspected kidnapping by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia were attacked and detained by unknown assailants, and two of them are still missing, officials said Tuesday.

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Sydney - Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable".

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday his security forces had launched a sweeping operation to find a Spanish-Colombian journalist feared kidnapped by a leftist guerrilla group.

China mulls new ways to control video websites

Bejing - Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video streaming websites.

China official media blackout on Taiwan inauguration

Bejing - Official mainland Chinese news outlets largely snubbed the inauguration of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic new president Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, while searches for her name and "Taiwan" were blocked on social media.

After conservative meet, Zuckerberg says Facebook open to 'all ideas'

San Francisco - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says conservatives are an important part of the social network after a meeting aimed at defusing concerns it is politically biased.

Regulator condemns The Sun's 'Queen Backs Brexit' claim

London - Britain's press regulator ruled Wednesday that The Sun newspaper was "misleading" in suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II backs leaving the EU in next month's referendum -- but the tabloid stood by the story.

Never again, say China media after Cultural Revolution anniversary

Bejing - The mayhem of China's Cultural Revolution will never be repeated, state-run media said Tuesday, breaking their silence after the 50th anniversary of its start saw little state-sanctioned discussion.

French groups file suit against Twitter over racism, homophobia

Paris - Two French groups say they have filed a suit against Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for allegedly failing to uphold requirements to delete content deemed racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or defending terrorism.

China media silent 50 years after Cultural Revolution

Bejing - Official Chinese media stayed largely silent about Monday's 50th anniversary of the start of the bloody Cultural Revolution, with discussion of the tumultuous decade still controlled on the mainland.

17 French ex-ministers vow to end silence over sex harassment

Paris - Seventeen French former ministers, women from across the political spectrum, said Sunday they would no longer remain silent about sexual harassment in politics, days after an investigation was opened into multiple claims against a former deputy parliam...

Press groups urge probe into Indian journalist killings

New Delhi - A coalition of press freedom groups Sunday urged a swift investigation into the murder of two Indian journalists in 24 hours, crimes that heightened fears about media safety and freedom in the country.

Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

Vatican City - Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents.

Ukraine interior minister slams journalists accredited with rebels

Kiev - Ukraine's interior minister on Saturday lambasted reporters who were accredited by pro-Russian rebels to cover fighting in the country's east, after their details were leaked by hackers.

Two Indian reporters shot dead in less than 24 hours

New Delhi - Gunmen shot dead two journalists in 24 hours in separate incidents in eastern India, police and local reports said Saturday, the latest media killing in Asia's deadliest country for reporters.

Editors quit Russian media group after Putin family reports

Moscow - Three top editors at a top Russian media group which has reported on the business interests of President Vladimir Putin's family quit Friday, in the latest blow to the country's beleaguered media industry.

Rights group calls for release of Omani journalist

Dubai - Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday urged Omani authorities to release a journalist held in solitary confinement since his arrest more than two week ago on unknown charges.

Facebook chief Zuckerberg probes alleged 'anti-conservative bias'

Washington - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to accusations its company's "trending" topics list was suppressing conservative media, by saying the company was conducting an investigation.

Dutch journalist to live in secret after Turkey arrest

Den Haag - Dutch-Turkish journalist Ebru Umar, arrested in Turkey last month after criticising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but later allowed to leave, said Thursday she is moving to a secret address in the Netherlands for her own safety.

Hackers reveal details of reporters accredited with Ukraine rebels

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday launched a criminal probe into pro-Kiev hackers who revealed details of thousands of reporters accredited with the self-declared authorities of the separatist east in order to cover the war.

Mossack Fonseca to start legal action over 'Panama Papers' leak

Panama - The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says it is filing suit against the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for the leak of information it says is false.

Freed Spanish journalist feared being sold to IS in Syria

Madrid - One of three Spanish journalists released after nearly a year held hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group said Tuesday he feared being sold to the Islamic State group, which regularly kills captives.

German court rejects Erdogan's challenge against media group boss

Berlin - A German court on Tuesday threw out a bid by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an injunction against the boss of German media giant Axel Springer in a widening row over free speech.

Spanish reporter freed from Syria feels like 'walking on air'

Madrid - One of three Spanish journalists released after nearly a year held hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group said Monday he feels like he is "walking on air", after being reunited with his family.
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