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Fake news punishable by years in prison under proposed Nicaraguan law

Managua - Deputies from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's party on Monday proposed a law that would make spreading fake news on social media punishable by up to four years in prison, government sources said.

Pakistan PM condemns 'Islamophobic' Charlie Hebdo cartoons

New York - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia.

Australian newswire gets government bailout

Sydney - Australia's struggling national newswire was promised a Aus$5 million (US$3.7 million) government bailout on Friday, just days after launching a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to guarantee its survival.

Mexican reporter's killer jailed for 50 years in rare judgment

Mexico - A Mexican judge has sentenced the man convicted of ordering the 2017 murder of prominent journalist Miroslava Breach to 50 years imprisonment, a singular judgment in one of the deadliest countries globally for media.

Duterte's history of clashes with Philippine media

Manila - Journalist Maria Ressa's libel conviction on Monday has raised fresh concerns about press freedom under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has a history of clashing with the media.

Duterte-critic journalist convicted in Philippine libel case

Manila - Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was convicted Monday of cyber libel and faces up to six years behind bars in a case that watchdogs say marks a dangerous erosion of press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Libel verdict due for Philippine journalist critical of Duterte

Manila - Philippine journalist Maria Ressa faces a possible prison sentence when the verdict in her libel trial is handed down Monday in a case she and watchdogs say is aimed at silencing critics of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

Sydney - Dozens of Australian journalists and news organisations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order barring coverage of Cardinal George Pell's sex crimes case, a judge said Tuesday.

Press group blasts probe into Mexico journalist murder

Mexico - The investigation into the murder of a Mexican journalist who worked for AFP as a freelancer was blighted by "negligence... and delays," Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Friday.

US 'concerned' over Philippine shutdown of top broadcaster

Washington - The United States on Thursday voiced concern over the Philippine government-ordered shutdown of the country's top broadcaster ABS-CBN, which has been targeted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Facebook 'complicit' in Vietnam censorship: Amnesty

Hanoi - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Facebook of "caving" to Vietnam's strict censorship regime, after the US tech giant confirmed it was blocking content deemed illegal by the country's communist government.

Australian court says raid at centre of press freedom row 'unlawful'

Sydney - A search warrant used to raid a prominent Australian journalist's home in an operation that sparked wide-ranging debate over press freedom was overturned by the country's High Court on Wednesday.

US lawmakers seek to force intelligence release on Khashoggi death

Washington - US lawmakers vowed Tuesday to force the release of an intelligence report on the killing of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi, accusing President Donald Trump of blocking it to protect the kingdom.

Zimbabwe journalists suffer as regime tightens grip

Harare - Fanuel Mapfumo has been unable to lift heavy objects since a Zimbabwe police officer fractured his left arm as he was covering a story last August.The 28-year-old journalist was filming a banned protest in the capital Harare when it happened.

Jamal Khashoggi: fallen critic of 'extremist' Saudi Arabia

Apo - Jamal Khashoggi, whose gruesome murder plunged Saudi Arabia into its biggest crisis since the 9/11 attacks, was a prominent journalist and critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government.

China biggest jailer of journalists, as press dangers persist: watchdog

Washington - At least 250 journalists are jailed around the world, with the largest number held in China, amid a growing crackdown by authoritarian regimes on independent media, a press watchdog group said Wednesday.

China detains journalist who covered Hong Kong protests: sources

Bejing - A Chinese journalist who covered democracy protests in Hong Kong has been detained after returning to the mainland, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told AFP on Thursday.

Australian papers censor front pages in press freedom campaign

Sydney - Newspapers across Australia ran heavily redacted front pages on Monday in protest against government secrecy and a crackdown on press freedom, a rare show of unity in a fractious media landscape.

Rights groups slam Pakistan after media watchdog member denied entry

Islamabad - Rights organisations have slammed Pakistani authorities after a member of a leading media watchdog was denied entry to the country, calling the move a "slap in the face to those concerned about press freedom".

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.

Snowden, Rushdie back calls to uphold independence of French daily Le Monde

Paris - Around 500 leading writers, artists and activists, including US whistleblower Edward Snowden and novelist Salman Rushdie, on Friday signed an open letter supporting reporters at French daily Le Monde in their battle for guarantees of editorial independ...

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.

Missing Maldives journalist killed by Islamic radicals: report

Male - A local extremist group linked to Al-Qaeda was responsible for the murder of three prominent Maldivians, including a journalist missing for more than five years, an independent commission in the Indian Ocean island republic has found.

Journalist killed in Mexico

Toluca - The head of a Mexican news website was found stabbed to death in the center of the country, authorities said Saturday, the 10th such killing this year.The body of Nevith Condes Jaramillo "was found Saturday morning...

Press rights group in secret Riyadh mission to urge journalists' release

Paris - French press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) confidentially met top Saudi officials in Riyadh to press for the release of journalists after the murder of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi, it revealed Wednesday.

Amal Clooney to join legal team of Philippine journalist Ressa

Manila - Prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she will join the legal team defending Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, whose news site has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Fake tourists and car crashes: How China blocks reporters in Xinjiang

Kashgar - The three men were so busy staging a fake car crash they failed to notice the very people they were trying to block: foreign journalists heading towards one of China's notorious internment camps.

Australian media sue police after raids over leaked documents

Sydney - Australia's national broadcaster went to court Monday to challenge a police raid on its offices and demand the return of files seized during the controversial operation.

Venezuela news site ordered to pay $5 million to key regime figure

Caracas - A prominent Venezuelan news website said Tuesday it was ordered by the country's Supreme Court to pay some five million dollars in damages and interest to a powerful politician in the ruling regime.

Memorial honors Khashoggi, other journalists slain in 2018

Washington - Twenty-two journalists killed in 2018 had their names added to a Washington memorial Monday as media rights defenders warned of growing threats to freedom of the press around the world.
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