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Danish court ups fines for publishing banned spy memoirs

Feb. 13, 2020 5:58 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish appeals court on Thursday increased the fines given to a major newspaper group and its chief editor for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets. The Eastern High...

Paper challenges sealing of juror names in Minnesota trial

Feb. 12, 2020 11:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Star Tribune is challenging a judge's decision to keep sealed the names of jurors who convicted a former police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman. Mohamed Noor was convicted of murder last April in the July 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond just...

OU investigates after professor uses racial slur in class

Feb. 11, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says it is looking into an incident in which a journalism professor used a racial slur during a class on Tuesday. Peter Gade, director of graduate studies at OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, used the slur while arguing that it...

FILE- In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Kashmiri journalists displays a placard during a protest against the communication blackout in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Journalists in disputed Kashmir urged the Indian government on Monday to allow them to report freely and expressed concern about alleged police harassment since the region’s semi-autonomy was rescinded in August amid an unprecedented lockdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, File)

Kashmir journalists accuse Indian police of muzzling press

Feb. 10, 2020 6:33 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Journalists in disputed Kashmir urged the Indian government on Monday to allow them to report freely and expressed concern about alleged police harassment since the region’s semi-autonomy was rescinded in August amid an unprecedented lockdown. The Kashmir Press Club, an elected body...

FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald checks his news website at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A judge in Brasilia dismissed accusations that Glenn Greenwald was involved in hacking phones of Brazilian officials, following weeks of criticism that his prosecution would infringe on constitutional protections for journalists. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil judge rejects hacking accusation against Greenwald

Feb. 6, 2020 6:27 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge in Brazil’s capital on Thursday dismissed accusations that journalist Glenn Greenwald was involved in hacking phones of officials, following weeks of criticism that his prosecution would infringe on constitutional protections for the press. Prosecutors last month leveled...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. On Monday, Feb. 4, 2020, Bezos asked a California court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by his girlfriend's brother, Michael Sanchez. In Sanchez's lawsuit filed last week, the Hollywood talent manager alleges that Bezos and his security consultant Gavin de Becker falsely told reporters that Sanchez provided nude photos of Bezos to The National Enquirer.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Jeff Bezos asks court to dismiss defamation suit

Feb. 5, 2020 2:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is asking a California court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by his girlfriend's brother, Michael Sanchez. In Sanchez's lawsuit filed last week, the Hollywood talent manager alleges that Bezos and his security consultant Gavin de Becker falsely...

Texas A&M settles lawsuit claiming school hid Facebook posts

Feb. 3, 2020 5:55 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University won't create filters on Facebook that target animal rights activists under a lawsuit settlement that ends another court case surrounding the First Amendment in the age of social media. Texas A&M, one of the nation's largest public universities...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint news conference with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov following the talks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo)

After NPR dust-up, Pompeo defends press freedom abroad

Feb. 3, 2020 2:56 AM EST

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — For the past four days, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been calling for authoritarian governments in eastern Europe and Central Asia to ease restrictions on press freedom despite criticism for his own treatment of journalists at home. In Belarus, Kazakhstan and...

Forbes Hungary recalls latest issue due to privacy case

Jan. 29, 2020 1:55 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest issue of the Hungarian edition of Forbes magazine has been recalled from newsstands due to a court ruling regarding privacy concerns, the magazine said Wednesday. According to a statement from Forbes, the owners of Hell Energy, a Hungarian energy drink manufacturer,...

China wants Danish daily to apologize for virus cartoon

Jan. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — China demanded Monday that a major Danish newspaper, which angered Muslims worldwide by publishing drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, apologizes for a cartoon on the new virus outbreak in China. Jyllands-Posten’s chief editor, Jacob Nybroe, said the cartoon, which...