Danny Fenster, U.S. Journalist, Told to Stay in Myanmar Prison

Danny Fenster, who has become an international symbol of the military’s crackdown, was ordered on Monday to remain in confinement.

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Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern

President Biden’s press secretary has tamped down the vitriol that colored news briefings during the Trump administration. She still may not answer your question, though.

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Hong Kong Forces Tiananmen Square Group to Delete Facebook Page

The deletions were the most high-profile instance of internet censorship under the national security law.

#censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-alliance-in-support-of-patriotic-democratic-movements-of-china, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #social-media

Reporters in Afghanistan Face an Intolerant Regime: ‘Everything Changed Overnight’

The Taliban promised to respect press freedoms, but the new government has already showed signs of repression, and has even physically assaulted Afghan journalists.

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Is China Taking a Maoist Turn? An Incendiary Essay Ignites Discussion.

After Communist Party websites shared Li Guangman’s fierce denunciation of private corporations, contention broke out over whether leaders share his views.

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As Taliban Crush Dissent, New Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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New Taliban Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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George Floyd Protests: Troopers Deleted Texts and Emails, Major Testifies

According to a transcript released Friday, a member of the Minnesota State Patrol said there was “a purge of emails and text messages” after troopers responded to protests in Minneapolis last year.

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India-Backed Forces Order Kashmir’s Poets to Go Silent

Harsh measures against dissent have trickled down to practitioners of the region’s poetic traditions, with many saying they have been told to stop.

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Piers Morgan Cleared for Criticizing Meghan After Oprah Interview

Mr. Morgan had been under investigation after he said on air that he did not believe Meghan’s claims that palace officials had refused her requests for mental health treatment.

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Can Afghanistan’s Leading Broadcaster Survive the Taliban?

Tolo came to prominence with hard-hitting news, raucous reality shows and lurid Turkish soap operas. Now there are ominous signs that a violent media clampdown is underway.

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Zhang Zhan, Chinese Citizen Journalist, Is Ailing From Hunger Strike

Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years for videos about failures in handling the virus. She now weighs less than 90 pounds, her former lawyer says.

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Kurt Westergaard, 86, Dies; His Muhammad Cartoon Sparked Outrage

A caricature that many Muslims considered blasphemous prompted a debate over free speech and a massacre at the offices of a Paris magazine.

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Attempt to Seize Washington Post Reporters’ Email Data Came Day Before Barr Left Office

Newly unsealed court files shed more light on a contentious leak investigation.

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Hong Kong’s Security Law: One Year Later, a City Remade

Neighbors are urged to report on one another. Children are taught to look for traitors. Officials are pressed to pledge their loyalty.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luo-huining, #xi-jinping

Hong Kong Readers Scramble to Preserve Apple Daily’s Legacy

Apple Daily, a pro-democracy news outlet, is the biggest casualty yet in Beijing’s campaign against Hong Kong’s once freewheeling news media. Its million-copy final edition sold fast.

#apple-daily, #censorship, #china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lai-jimmy, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government

How Press Freedom Is Being Eroded in Hong Kong

The forced closure of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper is the latest worrisome sign for journalists in the Chinese territory.

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Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis

The refusal to admit the reporter comes amid a nationwide crackdown on journalists, opposition politicians and civil society groups.

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Zimbabwe Releases Local Reporter Working for The New York Times

The government said that it would not oppose bail for Jeffrey Moyo, a freelance journalist in the capital, Harare, adding that there was evidence to show he had believed he was acting legally.

#freedom-of-the-press, #media, #moyo-jeffrey, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zimbabwe

Justice Dept. Will Toughen Rules for Seizing Lawmakers’ Data, Garland Says

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met with news media executives amid fallout over prosecutors’ seizures of records from phone and tech companies for leak inquiries.

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Where Biden’s Justice Department Isn’t Breaking From Trump

Democratic gripes are increasing, as some critics worry that the department is rubber-stamping Trump-era policies.

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Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Trump in 2018

The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.

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Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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Natalie Edwards Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?

If President Biden really wants to fight global financial corruption, he should pardon Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.

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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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CNN Lawyers Gagged in Fight With Justice Dept. Over Reporter’s Emails

The disclosure of the aggressive leak investigation tactic followed a similar revelation involving The New York Times.

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CNN Says Government Imposed Gag Order on its Lawyers in Fight Over Email Data

The disclosure was the latest involving aggressive steps the Justice Department took in leak inquiries late in the Trump administration.

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Times Requests Disclosure of Court Filings Seeking Reporters’ Email Data and Gag Order

Lawyers for the newspaper are asking how the Justice Department justified keeping the order secret since its leak inquiry was publicly known.

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Biden, Congress and the Free Press

The Biden administration should break with Trump and Obama administration practices and stop targeting journalists.

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U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs

The push began in the Trump administration and continued under President Biden, and the Justice Department obtained a gag order to keep it from public view.

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Where Myanmar Sends Its Political Prisoners

For 134 years, Insein Prison has stood as a monument to brutality. Since the Feb. 1 coup, journalists, elected leaders and pro-democracy protesters have been held in the aging facility.

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Zimbabwe Authorities Arrest Local Reporter Working for The New York Times

Jeffrey Moyo, a freelance journalist for The Times who is based in Harare, was being held on charges of violating the country’s immigration laws. His lawyers say the accusation is spurious.

#freedom-of-the-press, #jeffrey-moyo, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #zimbabwe

How The Times Acts When a Journalist’s Safety Is Compromised

After situations involving forceful detentions or worse, the organization seeks prompt accountability and change.

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Belarus Is Isolated as Other Countries Move to Ban Flights

The extraordinary forced landing of a commercial flight with a Belarusian dissident aboard escalated into one of the biggest flare-ups in East-West tensions in recent years.

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White House Supports Ban on Phone Data Seizures of Reporters

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

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Trump Justice Dept. Seized CNN Reporter’s Email and Phone Records

In a wide-ranging request, federal prosecutors obtained records for Barbara Starr’s email accounts and multiple phone lines, the network said.

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Ethiopia Expels New York Times Reporter

The government gave no explanation for the expulsion of the reporter, Simon Marks, who had extensively reported about the war and human rights abuses in the Tigray region.

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Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

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Fox News Files to Dismiss Dominion’s Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Coverage

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company argues that news networks cannot be penalized for presenting a president’s claims about electoral interference, even if they prove false.

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City pays $350,000 after suing “hackers” for opening Dropbox link it sent them

City pays $350,000 after suing “hackers” for opening Dropbox link it sent them

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The city of Fullerton, California, has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit it brought against two bloggers it accused of hacking the city’s Dropbox account.

Joshua Ferguson and David Curlee frequently made public record requests in the course of covering city government for a local blog, Friends for Fullerton’s Future. The city used Dropbox to fulfill large file requests, and in response to a June 6, 2019, request for records related to police misconduct, Ferguson and Curlee were sent a link to a Dropbox folder containing a password-protected zip file. 

But a city employee also sent them a link to a more general “Outbox” shared folder that contained potential records request documents that had not yet been reviewed by the city attorney. The folder wasn’t password protected or access restricted. At the time, there were 19 zip files in the outbox, five of which were not password protected. 

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#dropbox, #freedom-of-speech, #freedom-of-the-press, #policy, #public-records

As Ethiopia Fights in Tigray Region, a Crackdown on Journalists

Authorities have detained journalists without charges and revoked the accreditation of a reporter for The New York Times.

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Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

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Guilty Verdict for Hong Kong Journalist as Media Faces ‘Frontal Assault’

As China stifles dissent in the city, news outlets have found themselves in the authorities’ cross hairs.

#apple-daily, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #news-and-news-media

Journalist Absar Alam Shot After Criticizing Pakistan Military

The journalist, Absar Alam, survived the attack, but it sent a new chill through a media industry that has come under heavy pressure from the military and government.

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The Supreme Court’s Increasingly Dim View of the News Media

A comprehensive look at references to the press in justices’ opinions revealed “a marked and previously undocumented uptick in negative depictions.”

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Myanmar Soldiers, Aiming to Silence Coup Protests, Target Journalists

The security forces have arrested at least 56 reporters, outlawed online news outlets and crippled communications. Young people have stepped in with their phones to help document the brutality.

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India’s News Upstarts Challenged Modi. New Rules Could Tame Them.

Online portals have practiced aggressive journalism in a mostly compliant media landscape. But trolls and the government could now be empowered to stop them.

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Iowa Journalist Who Was Arrested at Protest Is Found Not Guilty

In a rare case, Andrea Sahouri, a Des Moines Register reporter, was prosecuted after she was arrested while covering a protest against racism and police violence last May.

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