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In this April 19, 2019, photo, foreigners pass by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China. China on Wednesday, Feb. 19,…
Critics say China's move constitutes a serious violation of press and speech freedom while sending a chilling effect among journalists who still work there
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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:15
FILE - Former Russian police officer Denis Konovalov, right, sits in a cage prior to a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 30, 2020.
Journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested June 6 in Moscow on charges of an attempted drug sale, just as he was preparing to publish an investigative piece about corruption in the country’s funeral industry
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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 15:52
Journalists wearing face masks attend an official press conference about a virus outbreak at the State Council Information…
Amid the regulatory changes, China on Wednesday ordered three foreign reporters to leave the country because of complaints over a headline that appeared in their newspaper
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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:40
A man with a face mask walks past the Great Hall of the People, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus,…
Beijing says headline of recent editorial, which was critical of government's response to coronavirus outbreak, was racist
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:04
FILE - Journalists of Folha de S. Paulo newspaper work inside the editorial office of the newspaper in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 31, 2018.
A witness in a congressional hearing testified she had insinuated an offer of sex in exchange for help with a story that triggered an investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro's campaign by Brazil's top electoral court
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:43
Journalists hold a banner that reads in part, "immediately arrest the killers of journalist Aziz Memon," during a rally to condemn his killing, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2020.
Paris-based RSF quoted fellow journalist Akhlaiq Jokhiyo as saying that both he and Memon’s wife believe he was targeted in connection with his reporting
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:17
An employee of a local television channel shows a picture of slain journalist Aziz Memon on his mobile, after a demonstration…
Aziz Memon had worked as a reporter and cameraman for a local TV station in southwestern Sindh province
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 06:57
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In a statement on February 13, Pauline Ades-Mevel, the head of RSF's EU and Balkans desk, said European Parliament President David Sassoli should 'clearly condemn these disgraceful attacks'
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Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:31
FIEL - A man explores social media on a computer at an internet club in Islamabad, Pakistan, August 11, 2016.
Regulations issued by federal government empower authorities to fine or ban social media platforms over their users’ content
Ayaz Gul
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:39
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Reporters Without Borders says journalists in Armenia are being subjected to defamation suits and attacks on their right to protect their sources 
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Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:29
FILE - Somali journalists are seen during a stake-out on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, July 25, 2019.
Threats against reporters have created a climate of fear among journalists, rights watchdog Amnesty International reports
Mohammed Yusuf
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:06
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, Ethiopian men read newspapers and drink coffee at a cafe during a declared…
The law's approval, with 23 lawmakers opposing and two abstaining, came amid concerns over widespread online false information and hate speech that some observers blame for ethnic tensions in the East African nation
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Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:04
 The burned-out car of RFE/RL journalist Halyna Tereshchuk in Lviv.
Both suspects, who are on a nationwide wanted list, would be prosecuted for intentional destruction of or damage to property, which carries a prison sentence of six to 15 years
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Wed, 02/12/2020 - 13:34
FILE -- In this  Monday, May 27, 2013 file photo, an Iranian man uses a computer at an Internet cafe, in Tehran, Iran, Monday,…
At least 10 journalists have been targeted by the intelligence arm of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) over the past two weeks, CHRI said in a statement on February 11
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Wed, 02/12/2020 - 13:19
Journalists wearing face masks look at a government statement prior to a press conference about the coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing, China, Jan. 26, 2020. Meanwhile, citizen journalists are challenging the official narrative with their own reporting.
Citizen journalists with smart phones and social media accounts are telling stories about the virus outbreak in China in their own words
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Tue, 02/11/2020 - 15:21

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