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Jimmy Lai of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, is escorted by Correctional Services officers to prison, in Hong Kong, Dec. 3, 2020.
Jimmy Lai’s arrest comes a day after three young pro-democracy activists received jail sentences between seven and 13 1/2 months in connection with protest outside city’s police headquarters in June 2019
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Thu, 12/03/2020 - 01:03 AM
Nguyen Bac Truyen in March 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City
Blogger who produced RFA videos joins hunger strike over lack of access to medical care, confiscation of letters 
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By An Hai
Wed, 12/02/2020 - 09:21 PM
Uzbekistan's Agency of Information and Mass Communications in Tashkent is seen in this undated photo. (Photo coutresy of
Uzbek journalists say regulator's warnings over coverage on pandemic and energy crisis run counter to promises of greater freedoms
Navbahor Imamova
Wed, 12/02/2020 - 07:39 PM
VOA Hausa journalist Grace Alheri Abdu pictured in a bakery delivery van on Nov. 28.
Reporter threatened after trying to photograph a damaged police station in Nigeria 
Jessica Jerreat
Wed, 12/02/2020 - 01:24 PM
Journalists Need Emergency Visas to Escape Persecution, Lawyers Say
British-Canadian high-level panel of lawyers makes recommendations on safeguarding media freedom    
Henry Ridgwell
Wed, 12/02/2020 - 07:55 AM
An Ethiopian streams a video of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaking, at an internet cafe in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…
As the government claims victory in what it calls a law enforcement campaign in the Tigray region, journalists say internet, telecom shutdown makes independent verification difficult
Salem Solomon
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:48 PM
French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a press conference with the Belgium's Prime Minister after a meeting at the…
The text is highly criticized by human rights groups and journalists
Nicolas Pinault, VOA French to Africa journalist
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 02:54 PM
Journalists Need Emergency Visas to Escape Persecution, Lawyers Say
British-Canadian high-level panel of experts makes recommendations on safeguarding media freedom
Henry Ridgwell
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:56 AM
Turkmen women wearing face masks walk in Ashgabat on July 13, 2020. - Reclusive Turkmenistan on July 13 recommended that…
Turkmenistan claims no coronavirus cases, but authorities detain or pressure those who disagree, say local journalists and rights groups
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Mon, 11/30/2020 - 08:15 PM
British Journalists Say Abuse and Assault Becoming ‘Normalized’
National Union of Journalists says politicians are stoking a hostile atmosphere against the media
Henry Ridgwell
Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:15 AM
Critics Decry Lack of Press Freedom in Zimbabwe
November marks three years since Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power and promised to honor his people’s constitutional rights
Columbus Mavhunga
Thu, 11/26/2020 - 08:17 AM
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The National Communications Commission revoked Chung Tien Television’s news license Nov. 18, citing serial violations of broadcast rules
Ralph Jennings
Thu, 11/26/2020 - 02:39 AM
British Journalists Say Abuse and Assault Becoming ‘Normalized’
National Union of Journalists says politicians are stoking hostile atmosphere against media
Henry Ridgwell
Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:18 AM
a portion of the OAN home page on the internet.
Conservative One America News Network suspended from YouTube for one week, removed from monetizing platform for violating COVID content policies
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Wed, 11/25/2020 - 05:08 PM
University of Utah student Andrew Goaslind takes a rapid COVID-19 test, Nov. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
College student journalists have been breaking news stories about campus outbreaks and holding university leadership accountable for its handling of pandemic
Madeline Joung is a contributor to VOA Student Union
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 06:03 PM
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As countries move to control information about the pandemic, independent media and journalists face censorship and threats.

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