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Afghan Media Fear Losing Freedom in Taliban Peace Talks
Journalists covering peace talks in Doha say they are concerned protections for press may be lost as Afghanistan negotiates with Taliban
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Sat, 09/19/2020 - 07:26 PM
USAGM CEO Nominee Michael Pack confirmation hearing, Sept. 19, 2019.
House Foreign Affairs Committee issues a subpoena to Michael Pack after the USAGM chief executive cancels scheduled hearing
Jessica Jerreat
Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:31 PM
Nicaraguan Government Threatens to Close Independent TV Station
Journalist at Canal 12 describes order by Managua court to seize broadcast facilities and freeze company assets in tax case as ‘politically motivated’
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Fri, 09/18/2020 - 04:17 PM
Shadows of Ugandan police officers and members of Local Defence Units (LDU), a paramilitary force composed of civilians, are…
The move was prompted by an unpublished manuscript that details the writer's arrest, detention and alleged torture in April by military personnel, according to his lawyer
Halima Athumani
Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:52 AM
Nicaraguan Government Threatens to Close Independent TV Station
Country’s Justice Department threatens to seize $350,000 it says Canal 12 owes in taxes
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Fri, 09/18/2020 - 09:51 AM
Malawi Capital Radio presenter Madalitso Phiri hosts a panel discussion with studio guests. Malawi media houses say implemention of the Access to Information Law will make news-gathering much easier. (Lameck Masina/VOA)
Malawi’s government rolls out law four years after it was passed by the country’s parliament
Lameck Masina
Sat, 09/12/2020 - 01:14 PM
Bilal Farooqi is seen in an undated photo from his Twitter (@bilalfqi).
Reporter Bilal Farooqi freed under court order reprimanding police for overstepping mandate
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Sat, 09/12/2020 - 10:45 AM
FILE - A man holding a smartphone walks past the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party newspaper People's Daily, in Beijing, China, Oct. 6, 2018.  
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizes official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party for not publishing an opinion piece by the US ambassador
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Thu, 09/10/2020 - 03:10 PM
Three of the Turkish journalists sentenced Sept. 9, 2020, work for the pro-Kurdish Yeni Yasam daily.
Six journalists faced up to 20 years in prison on charges of exposing state secrets and violating the Turkish Intelligence Agency law
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Wed, 09/09/2020 - 06:41 PM
Warsaw-based Belarusian blogger Stsiapan Putsila, known under the pseudonym NEXTA, is seen during an interview with Reuters, in Warsaw, Poland, August 28, 2020.
Nexta, created by a Belarusian, has grown in popularity, first and foremost among Belarusians seeking uncensored information in country where the state-run media usually serve only as mouthpiece for government
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Wed, 09/09/2020 - 01:43 AM
Stacks of South Sudanese newspapers sit on shelves in the office of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) in Juba, a day after The Citizen media group was ordered by government officials to shut down.
A South Sudan journalists union urges the government to release a journalist who has not been seen since early last week, after he contacted a rebel group spokesperson for balance on a story
David Mono Danga 
Tue, 09/08/2020 - 06:46 PM
Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalist Bill Birtles walks into a hotel for quarantine in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 8.
Relations between Australia and China have deteriorated sharply over the past two years
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Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:19 PM
People walk in front of the Bole International Airport, in Addis Ababa, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)
At least four journalists stopped by security forces at Bole International Airport and interrogated about their plans to cover regional elections in Tigray 
Esha Sarai
Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:53 PM
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, leaves a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where…
Saudi Arabia sentenced unnamed defendants to between seven and twenty years in prison for the 2018 murder of the Washington Post columnist
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Mon, 09/07/2020 - 10:54 AM
High school students flash the three-fingered salute, symbol of resistance, during a protest rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 5, 2020.
Thailand’s largely decentralized protest movement and evolving internet landscape will make it tough for conservative government to mute mounting calls to rein in powerful monarchy, observers say
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Mon, 09/07/2020 - 09:47 AM
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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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