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FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes part in the celebrations of Independence Day in Minsk, Belarus July…
Belarus jails journalists and bloggers, but authorities find it impossible to completely turn off the internet
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Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:36
The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after a daily briefing  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, March 18, 2020.
US has not renewed visas for some 40 Chinese journalists, whose 90-day work permits expired Thursday
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Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:59
Hopewell Chin'ono
Rights groups denounce High Court for denying bail to journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, who is facing charges of stoking violence ahead of planned anti-government protests
Columbus Mavhunga
Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:40
Members of the Union of Journalists and Technicians of the Guinea-Bissau Media, wearing COVID masks, hold a vigil outside Radio Capital FM in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Aug. 6, 2020.
Most stations across West African country suspend broadcasts to show solidarity with Radio Capital FM, crippled in armed raid
Ansumane So
Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:27
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Evgeniy Vasilkov and five other journalists were arrested July 31 covering opposition rallies
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Fri, 08/07/2020 - 03:50
Sudanese journalists protest against a proposed new press law they say would tighten restrictions on media freedom, at the headquarters of the National Council for Press and Publications, in Sudan's capital Khartoum, Nov. 15, 2017.
Cybercrime law amendments and Sudanese army’s plans to take legal action against journalists are troubling signs for press freedom, reporters and rights group say
Nabeel Biajo
Thu, 08/06/2020 - 19:40
RFE/RL has called for an investigation and for Bulgarian authorities to condemn the incident.
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Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:40
Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 5/13/20 A view of Twitter logo as seen in from its Chelsea office during the…
New designation will apply exclusively to ‘outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures’
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Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:39
Pakistani journalists hold a demonstration to condemn the kidnaping of their colleague Matiullah Jan, in Islamabad, Pakistan,…
Country’s independent media has been gagged in recent years by bans, shutdowns, and the sacking of prominent reporters; now social media have become a target
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Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:23
North Korea Modernizes Its Propaganda
North Korean state TV gets a makeover, but the content is the same
William Gallo
Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:38
Narges Mohammadi
Narges Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani, says the dangerous phase of his wife’s coronavirus symptoms that began a month ago has passed
Michael Lipin
Thu, 08/06/2020 - 04:58
People carry signs as they mark the "Day of Exploitation in Kashmir" one year after the Indian government split the state of…
One year after India blocked internet access in Kashmir, the region’s journalists adapt to repressive media policies, communication blocks, and more 
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:19
A protester raises his fists in front of the Serbian parliament during an anti-government rally, as deputies attend the first…
A government money-laundering probe targets reporters who work to uncover high-level corruption  
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:58
People attend a commemoration in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday Feb. 21, 2020, to mark the second anniversary of the slayings of an…
Anger over the killings and demands to end corruption have remained a strong theme in civic life since mass protests two years ago that were sparked by the killings at Kuciak's home in February 2018
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 07:30
FILE PHOTO: Al Jazeera senior producer Drew Ambrose leaves Bukit Man police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary on the country’s arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur
Rights activists say arrest of news outlet’s source is latest blow to press freedom in Malaysia
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 03:40
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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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Jailed journalists around the world (CPJ)