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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 ...

Turkish PM ‘hopes’ German journalist is freed soon

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim expressed hope Wednesday ahead of key talks in Berlin that German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel would soon be freed after spending one year behind bars.Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD, Yildirim insisted that Turkish courts are independent but added: “I hope he will soon be set free.“I believe there will be a development shortly,” he added, according to a transcript of the interview to be aired in the evening.The incarceration of ...

Award-winning Reuters reporters appear in Myanmar court

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Two Myanmar journalists facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted of receiving government secrets appeared for their latest court hearing in Yangon on Wednesday, one day after it was announced that they had won a major press freedom award. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the Official Secrets Act by acquiring “important secret papers” from two policemen. Reuters news agency last week published the story they were working on, an ...

Prominent Turkish journalist back on trial despite release order

Monday, 12 February 2018

A prominent Turkish journalist went back on trial Monday along with six others facing the possibility of a long jail term despite a ruling by a top court last month that he should be released. Journalist and commentator Mehmet Altan, 65, was in January ordered to be freed by the Constitutional Court but its ruling was not implemented by the criminal court in a move that outraged supporters. Still under arrest, Altan went on trial with six others including his brother Ahmet Altan, 67, and the ...

Mother of US journalist killed by ISIS reacts to reports of capture of militants

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Britain’s defense secretary said two captured ISIS extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments on Saturday in the Sun newspaper come amid reports that Britain has already stripped El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey of their citizenship, opening the door for them to be sent to Guantanamo Bay or another prison outside of the UK. Talking to Britain’s Sky News, the mother of American journalist James ...

Uzbek journalist Dilmurod Said freed early after years in jail

Monday, 5 February 2018

Uzbekistan has freed a prominent reporter who spent close to a decade in jail, the journalist told AFP Monday, feeding hopes for a thaw in one of the former Soviet Union’s most repressive states. Dilmurod Said, 56, who was jailed in 2009 on embezzlement and forgery charges he always contested, said he was released on Saturday as part of a presidential amnesty. “Yes, I have been freed. I am at home now,” he told AFP by telephone. Said said he intends to return to work ...

Myanmar court denies bail to Reuters journalists held under secrecy law

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A Myanmar court on Thursday denied bail to two Reuters journalists charged under a secrecy act that could see them face up to 14 years in jail, in a case that has sparked outcry over shrinking media freedom. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, are accused of possessing classified documents thought to relate to the violent military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority. The crackdown in northern Rakhine state has forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border into ...

American investigative journalist Robert Parry dies at 68

Monday, 29 January 2018

Robert Parry, a longtime investigative journalist who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985 for his Associated Press exclusives about the CIA’s production of an assassination manual for Nicaraguan rebels, has died. He was 68.Parry died Saturday in hospice care after a series of strokes brought on by undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Diane Duston.Parry joined the AP in 1974 and went on to work in the Washington bureau, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal as it rocked the ...

Newsweek reviews ties with Pakistan franchise after child abuse comments

Thursday, 25 January 2018

US publication Newsweek said it was reviewing ties with its Pakistan franchise after the magazine’s local editor made offensive remarks about child abuse and rape. Twitter posts by Fasih Ahmed, the scion of a wealthy family that owns the local Newsweek Pakistan magazine, sparked outrage on social media at a time of deep anger in the conservative Muslim nation over the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl. “The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate ...

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