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Russian servicemen load medical equipment and special disinfection vehicles into cargo planes while sending the supply to Italy…
Russia has sent doctors, nurses and medical equipment to disease-stricken Italy, but one of the country's newspapers has questioned the value of the contributions
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:04
An Iraqi public hospital specialised doctor takes samples from Iraqi citizens in Baghdad's suburb of Sadr City on April 2, 2020…
International press watchdog warns that banning British news outlet would greatly diminish availability of reliable reporting in the country amid pandemic
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 18:03
FILE - A Chinese national flag flutters outside China's liaison office building in Hong Kong, Jan. 6, 2020.
Hong Kong government says RTHK has breached 'One-China principle' after a reporter asks whether Taiwan should be allowed to join the WHO
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 13:22
FILE - Pages of the The Gardner News are seen in an illustration photo in Gardner, Kansas, Dec. 20, 2019. A steep drop in advertising revenue has forced many local papers in the U.S. to make significants cuts or close altogether.
Publications under pressure as advertising craters, necessitating cuts in jobs, staff hours and pay, and in some cases complete shutdowns
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:34
FILE - Pakistani police escort Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl, as he exits a court in Karachi, Pakistan, March 29, 2002.
Four men were detained anew Friday, a day after they were allowed to walk out of prison, having their convictions overturned in the reporter's 2002 kidnapping and beheading
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:57
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh headshot, as the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's abduction,…
The Pearl Project claimed the Wall Street Journal reporter was beheaded by al-Qaida’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the US
Ayesha Tanzeem
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 04:37
Journalists wearing face masks look at a Chinese government statement before an official press conference.
According to media reports, Fang Bin, Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua went missing after taking videos and publishing them online, including images of overwhelmed hospitals and corpses piled in a minibus
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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:33
RFE/RL President Jamie Fly (Vesna Andjic - RFE/RL)
RFE/RL President Jamie Fly expresses frustration at government’s attempts to interfere with operations of the service, known locally as Radio Ozodi
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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:25
FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a…
Social media users who doubted the official numbers and news outlets questioning the government response became targets for law enforcement seeking to weed out anything that didn't correspond with the official data
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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:34
Members of the press stand by their working tools as they protest violence against journalists at the border by a sign that reads in Spanish "Limit of the Mexican Republic" in Tijuana, Mexico, 7 Aug 2010
Over 100 journalists have been murdered in the Central American nation since 2000
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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 03:24
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock…
Miami Herald journalist says offer of live stream limits reporters’ ability to ask questions at Governor DeSantis’ news conferences
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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 00:23
Indonesian journalist Veby Mega, center, injured in the eye by what was believed to be a police-fired projectile, is being attended by others, during potests in Hong Kong, Sept. 29, 2019.
Cheng Lai-king was arrested and released after being formally charged with sedition, public broadcaster RTHK said
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Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:49
FILE PHOTO: Press freedom activists read opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration in solidarity with the jailed…
Rights groups call on Turkey and other countries to free journalists amid concerns over coronavirus spread in prisons
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Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:57
Wall Street Journal China Bureau Chief Jonathan Cheng, left, poses for a photo with Journal reporters, from left, Julie Wernau,…
Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, tweeted Saturday that reporters from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post are welcome on his democratic island
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Sun, 03/29/2020 - 01:07
Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Guatemala’s president must take action to protect journalists and halt decline in press freedom, rights group says
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Sat, 03/28/2020 - 19:05

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Jailed journalists around the world (CPJ)