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Myanmar judge to rule next week on dropping Reuters journalists’ case

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A Myanmar judge said Wednesday he would decide next week on whether to throw out a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested while reporting on military abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, could face up to 14 years in prison on charges of possessing classified documents under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Their plight has triggered global alarm over worsening media freedoms in Myanmar and government efforts to restrict ...

Slovak journalist’s murder was contract killing, prosecutor says

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last month, which sparked mass protests and forced prime minister Robert Fico to resign, was likely to have been a contract killing, a prosecutor said on Monday.Kuciak, 27, was killed with two shots in his chest and Martina Kusnirova, 27, died from being shot in the head last month at their home outside Bratislava, the prosecutor, who asked not to be identified, told reporters.Police found their bodies on Feb. 25 after ...

British editor Francis Matthew jailed for 10 years for killing wife in Dubai

Sunday, 25 March 2018

A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew was not present in the Dubai Court of the First Instance for the verdict read by Judge Fahad al-Shamsi, which is common in courts in the United Arab Emirates. The former editor of the English-language Gulf News had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing. A brother of Matthew's wife, the late 62-year-old ...

Turkish court jails 25 journalists over Gulen links

Thursday, 8 March 2018

An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced 25 journalists to prison terms of up to seven-and-a-half years over links to the group blamed by Turkey for the 2016 failed coup, reports said.Twenty-three of the journalists were convicted of membership of an armed terror group while two more on lesser charges. Almost all of those jailed worked for media close to the group of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says organized the coup bid. He denies the charges.

UK abandons law punishing papers that refuse to join regulator

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The British government on Thursday abandoned measures drawn up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal to punish newspapers that refuse to join a government-approved press regulator.Culture Secretary Matt Hancock told parliament that the government will seek to repeal legislation forcing news organizations that didn’t sign up to pay all the costs of libel and privacy suits against them, even if they won.Hancock warned against laws that “would lead to a press that is fettered and not ...

Facebook launches effort to help boost newspaper subscriptions

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Facebook on Tuesday announced a $3 million pilot project aimed at helping US newspapers boost paid digital subscriptions. The move was the latest by the huge social network to respond to concerns that it and other online platforms have hurt news organizations by dominating internet advertising. The “local news subscriptions accelerator,” part of the Facebook Journalism Project, will work with a small group of metro news organizations “to unlock strategies that help publishers ...

Morocco publisher Taoufiq Bouachrine accused of ‘sexual assault’

Monday, 26 February 2018

A prominent Moroccan newspaper publisher and journalist arrested last week has been referred to the prosecution for alleged “sexual assault”, his lawyer said on Monday. Taoufiq Bouachrine, known for his editorials criticizing officials in the North African country and who had previous run-ins with the authorities, was arrested on Friday at his newspaper, Akhbar al-Yaoum. A colleague said around 20 plain-clothed policemen raided the newspaper and detained him. But defense attorney ...

Morocco detains, summons journalists after publisher held

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Moroccan police on Saturday detained a journalist and summoned for questioning two employees from an independent media group, a day after its outspoken publisher was detained, his newspaper said.Prominent publisher and journalist Taoufiq Bouachrine, known for editorials critical of authorities in the North African country, was arrested Friday during a raid by 20 plainclothed policemen on the Akhbar al-Yaoum daily in Casablanca.The authorities have not given the reason for his detention. ...

National Geographic launches imprint for children’s fiction

Friday, 16 February 2018

National Geographic is entering the land of make-believe. After focusing on nonfiction for years, National Geographic Kids Books is starting an imprint for children’s fiction. National Geographic tells The Associated Press the new imprint is called Under the Stars. The first publication, Trudi Trueit’s “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret,” is scheduled for September. “Explorer Academy” is the first of a seven-book series. It blends science and adventure as ...

Macron boots French media from presidential press room

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The French presidency announced on Wednesday that it is kicking reporters out of the Elysee Palace and down the street in a move that symbolises Emmanuel Macron’s desire to keep the media at arm’s length. Reporters have had a press room inside the Elysee for the past four decades from which to cover press conferences, foreign leaders’ visits and other events. AFP and other news agencies have permanent desks there, notably allowing them to see who is arriving for meetings with ...

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