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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US court

May. 19, 2024 02:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The host of a news conference about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition fight wryly welcomed journalists last week to the “millionth” press briefing on his court case. Deborah Bonetti, director of the Foreign Press Association, was only half joking....

2 journalists in detention in Tunisia as authorities launch wave of arrests against critics

May. 15, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two journalists were kept under detention in Tunisia on Wednesday, following a raft of arrests targeting government critics including lawyers and the press that has drawn concern from the country's international allies. Authorities in the north African...

The Taliban warn journalists and experts against cooperating with Afghanistan International TV

May. 09, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Thursday warned journalists and experts against working with Afghanistan International TV, saying they would be committing a crime if they cooperated with the station. It’s the first time they have told people not to cooperate with a specific outlet. ...

Italy's RAI journalists strike over budget streamlining, complain of censorship and media repression

May. 06, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Some journalists at Italy’s state-run RAI went on strike Monday to protest budget streamlining and what they said was an increasingly repressive atmosphere in Italy for media under the government of Premier Giorgia Meloni. The 24-hour RAI strike is the latest protest...

Nigerian journalist's arrest last week triggers criticism of worsening press freedoms

May. 06, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian journalist’s arrest last week has triggered criticism of worsening press freedoms in the West African country. Daniel Ojukwu with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism went missing last Wednesday in the economic hub of Lagos. His family and...

Georgian lawmakers move closer to passing 'Russian law' targeting the media. Protesters gather again

May. 02, 2024 03:23 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s Parliament moved a step closer Wednesday to passing a law that critics fear will stifle media freedom and endanger the country’s European Union membership bid, as police used water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray against the tens of thousands of protesters...

Togo votes in parliamentary election testing support for proposal that could keep dynasty in power

Apr. 29, 2024 20:47 PM EDT

LOME, Togo (AP) — People in Togo voted in parliamentary elections Monday that tested support for a proposed new constitution that would scrap presidential elections and give lawmakers the power to choose the president. The opposition and religious leaders say the legislation is an...

Renowned Peruvian investigative reporter battles criminalized smear campaign — and cancer

Apr. 28, 2024 01:26 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — At age 75, one of Latin America’s most storied journalists had been looking forward to weaving into books the fragmented threads of more than four decades of investigative reporting that exposed high-level abuse of power in Peru and abroad. In an illustrious...

Mexican journalist is slain south of Mexico City, spurring outrage among colleagues

Apr. 27, 2024 20:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican journalists held a vigil and protest Saturday a day after one of their colleagues was slain in the southern state of Morelos. They demanded a transparent investigation into the case and vented anger over the dangers news workers face in Mexico, which is...

Journalists sign manifesto in defense of Spanish PM and wife, criticize right-wing media, parties

Apr. 26, 2024 13:46 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Spanish journalists came out Friday in support of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his wife following Sánchez’s announcement that he was considering his future as premier after a court opened preliminary proceedings against his wife on corruption...