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Oklahoma professor apologizes for using racial slur in class

Feb. 13, 2020 12:19 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma journalism professor has sent his students an email apology for using the N-word during a class lecture in which he argued the racist slur was no more offensive than the term “boomer.” Peter Gade, director of graduate studies at OU's Gaylord...

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...

Filmmaker who wouldn't sign Georgia's Israel oath sues state

Feb. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A documentary filmmaker who refused to sign Georgia's required oath involving Israel is suing the state, saying the law is in violation of free speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. A Georgia law passed in 2016 requires some people to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel...

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allow them to report freely and expressed concern about alleged police harassment since the region’s semi-autonomy was rescinded in August amid an unprecedented lockdown.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...

WVa AG, others accused of blocking critics on social media

Feb. 6, 2020 5:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union accused the state attorney general of blocking critics on social media in violation of the First Amendment. The state chapter said in a news release it sent notices Wednesday to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and...

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...