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FILE - An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, Aug. 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
The spyware has also been implicated in the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:14
Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama delivers a speech to the parliament with the seats of the main opposition Democratic party, left, empty, during an assembly session in Tirana, Feb. 23, 2017.
Regional press freedom advocates, international observers have long warned the legislation would violate constitutional principles, stifle free speech
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:25
Security and police vehicles guard Cairo's Tora prison, where the trial of ousted Egyptian Islamist President Mohamed Mursi…
Anadolu Agency said it had no information on where its employees, including one Turkish citizen, were taken to following the raid late Tuesday. The Turkish citizen is in charge of the office’s finances and management
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:27
FILE - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 26, 2019. (Presidential Press Office/Handout)
Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:06
Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halazyuk, two contributors to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, were among the civilians released by Russia-backed separatists in a prisoner swap on December 29, 2019.
Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halazyuk were among the civilians released by Russia-backed separatists in a prisoner swap on December 29, 2019.
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:01
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have tried for years without success to be allowed into the lucrative Chinese market
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:59
FILE - An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, Aug. 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
NSO came under particular scrutiny over the allegation that its spyware played a role in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:51
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, attends an event marking the one-year anniversary of his killing, in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2019.
The brutal murder and dismemberment of the Saudi dissident writer with a bone saw occurred as Hatice Cengiz awaited his return outside the consulate walls
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:50
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Iran's missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, in the Grand Foyer at…
Last year, CPJ ranked Iran as the 7th-most-censored country in the world
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Mon, 01/13/2020 - 23:57
FILE PHOTO: A woman kneels by a memorial on the first anniversary of the murder of the investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and…
The case is seen as a test of Slovak police and judicial independence after an investigation into the murders exposed business and personal links between Kocner and security officials
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Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:55
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends the opening of the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State…
In an editorial published early last month, the Punch newspaper said it would refuse to ignore what it called illegal detentions and attacks on civil society groups and journalists
Timothy Obiezu
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 19:41
Threats Against Cambodian Journalists Linger After Crackdown on Free Press
Crackdown during 2018 election forced the closure of dozens of radio stations and newspapers, silenced foreign media, and imprisoned two journalists
Brian Padden
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:37
A member of the community police patrols the road in Cheran, Michoacan state, Mexico, on December 11, 2019. - Located on a…
Mexico is considered one of the world's most dangerous places for media workers
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Thu, 01/09/2020 - 18:22
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Press freedom advocates think the government punished The Punch for a strongly worded editorial against President Buhari in December
Timothy Obiezu
Thu, 01/09/2020 - 13:36
Somali journalists in Mogadishu,AFILE - Somali journalists are seen in Mogadishu, July 25, 2019.  Somalia July 25, 2019. Picture taken July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar - RC2E8E9DHIFB
Somalia Journalists Syndicate says security agencies stopped journalists 15 times in accessing government offices and areas; politicians, security officers, government workers often interfere with work of reporters
Mohammed Yusuf
Thu, 01/09/2020 - 13:29

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