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LinkedIn: Free speech or yuan?

Mountain View - LinkedIn users concerns about freedom of speech are being complicated by reports of communist party ties, mainstream media says.

Op-Ed: U.S. launches ‘Free the Press’ campaign, and it’s not satire

Washington - The U.S. State Department has launched its annual "Free the Press" campaign. The humor of a country that ranks 46th in press freedom and that has been relentlessly persecuting whistlelblowers and journalists hosting such an event seems lost on officials.

VICE News' Simon Ostrovsky remains captive in Ukraine

VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky remains in captivity under the order of "People's mayor" Vyacheslav Ponomare in Sloviansk, Eastern Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Is press freedom really on the slide in the US?

In a thought-provoking report published annually by Reporters Without Borders, findings ranked freedom of press in the United States at 46 in 2014, falling 13 places from last year’s ranking.

Op-Ed: Update- Reporters Without Borders: U.S. ranks 46 in press freedom

Sydney - The freedom of the press is looking like a mere buzz phrase like never before, according to Reporters without Borders. The U.S., inventor of the idea of press freedom, now ranks an abysmal 46th regarding the freedom of its own press.

Former F.B.I agent faces prison for bomb plot leak to AP reporter

Washington - Just nine days before his arrest in Indiana on child pornography charges, a former F.B.I. Agent “illegally” leaked classified information about a failed Al-Qaeda plot to the Associated Press, the Justice Department revealed Monday.

Author investigated for calling Portuguese President ‘a clown'

Lisbon - Portugal's Attorney General has opened an investigation after celebrated author, Miguel Sousa Tavares, called Portugal’s head of state, President Silva, a clown in an interview. The author’s remarks could see him facing a three year jail term.

Africa: Press watchdog urges John Kerry to discuss press freedom

Addis Ababa - An international press freedom group is calling on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to speak out on behalf of press freedom when he meets with leaders in Africa this week.

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.

Op-Ed: Organized crime succeeding at suppressing media in Mexico

Saltillo - The Mexican newspaper Zócalo will stop publishing news about organized crime because of lack of "security guarantees" to exercise their journalistic work. Recent threats and killings of journalists are affecting the ability of media to report on crime.

Defying censorship, Chinese journalists strike for press freedom

For the first time in more than two decades, hundreds gathered with journalists outside one of China's most influential papers on Monday, staging a strike to protest the Communist Party’s censorship of press freedom.

Op-Ed: Record number of journalists imprisoned globally in 2012

New York - The Committee to Protect Journalists survey for 2012 shows that the number of imprisoned journalists worldwide reached a record high. The CPJ has identified 232 journalists imprisoned in 2012. This is 53 more than in 2011.

Myanmar to allow publication of private daily newspapers

As part of its wide-ranging democratic reforms, the new government of Myanmar will start accepting applications from publishers who want to go into newspaper business starting February 2013.

Reporters sans Frontières launch censored content website

Under the banner ‘We fight censorship’ journalists’ campaigning organisation Reporters sans Frontières last week launched a website which will carry content that has been censored, banned or which has given rise to reprisals against its author.

Op-Ed: Press freedom and its role in our society

In order to appreciate the importance and significance of press freedom in a free society, we must first understand what exactly press freedom is all about.

Greek journalists suspended for criticising government minister

Two Greek television journalists, Marilena Katsimi and Kostas Arvanitis, have been suspended by a Greek state television channel after they voiced criticism of Greek public order minister Nikos Dendias.

Free Speech in UK: Rowan Atkinson and the right to insult people

British actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson has given his full support to a newly launched campaign aimed at reforming the UK’s controversial insults law. The campaign relates to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Op-Ed: Islamic radicals holding First Amendment hostage

The First Amendment, an instrument of truth and justice. Or has The First Amendment become an instrument for lies and propaganda?

Egyptian President Morsi cracks down on press freedom

Cairo - The first freely elected president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi appears to be cracking down on critics in the media. Two Egyptian journalists are to be charged and the newspaper al-Dostour has been charged with fueling sedition.

Report: Iraqi security forces ordered to shut down media offices

The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) of Iraq has recommended the banning of 44 Iraqi and local media agencies to the Ministry of Interiors, according to a document obtained by Journalistic Freedom Observatory (JFO)

Proposed law in Austria causes grave concern for press freedom

Vienna - In a country besieged by scandals and various attempts to rein in the media, the latest initiative by the Justice Ministry to force journalists to hand over material used in their investigations has raised alarms in Austria and elsewhere in Europe.

French camera man killed, Dutch journalist wounded in Syria

A French journalist has been killed and a Dutch journalist wounded whilst reporting on the ongoing uprising violence in Syria.

Syrian journalist dies after being shot in the head

Damascus - As violence in Syria intensifies, the country's media community is mourning the death of yet another member: veteran journalist Shukri Ahmad Ratib Abu Burghul died shortly after being shot in the face on Monday.

Sudan continues raid on media freedom

Khartoum - In an attempt to further paralyse its media industry and gag government critics, Sudan has shut down a newspaper linked to the country's main opposition party.

Author convicted of criticizing Singapore judiciary, lost appeal

A British author who was convicted last year for criticizing Singapore's judiciary has lost his appeal against a six-week jail term imposed by a Singapore court.

Blogger jailed for criticizing Egypt's military government

Egypt's military court has sentenced a blogger to serve three years in jail for criticizing the military that have ruled Egypt since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak.

Reporters Without Borders announce WikiLeaks mirror site

International press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders(RWB) announced on Tuesday that they will host a mirror site for WikiLeaks.

South African media demand urgent meeting with Zuma

An alliance of South African editors, journalists and media organisations has demanded an urgent meeting with president Jacob Zuma to discuss the recent behavior of the leader of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

Op-Ed: A flicker of hope lost in translation for English media in Qatar

Doha - Robert Menard, one of the founders for Reporters Without Borders, knew he had a great challenge at hand when he embarked on his Qatari press freedom mission in October 2008.

Campaigner says UK press watchdog should be disbanded

One of Britain’s best-known gay human-rights campaigners has called for the disbanding of the country’s press watchdog after its ruling on the dead Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.
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3 May 2011, on the occasion of the International Day of the press, Reporters Without Borders activists gathered outside the Syrian Embassy in Paris.
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ERT morning TV show Marilena Katsimi and Kostas Arvanitis
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"Prohibit speech mask" -- a clever wordplay on the Chinese word for "condom".
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A selection of the British press
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