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Pakistani journalists hold protests to denounce censorship

Jul. 16, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani journalists held nationwide protests Tuesday to denounce rampant censorship by the country's powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages. The rallies, dubbed Day of Protests, were spearheaded by the...

UK police urge publishers not to use leaked diplomatic memos

Jul. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police investigation into the leak of confidential diplomatic memos is raising press freedom issues, as police warned Saturday that U.K. media outlets might face a criminal inquiry if leaked documents are published. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is investigating...

Materials used to search journalist's home remain under seal

Jul. 12, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Media advocacy groups are frustrated that materials used to execute search warrants against a San Francisco journalist remain sealed even after the police chief acknowledged the searches were probably illegal. Efforts to unseal warrant materials used to search the home and office of...

Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate

Jul. 12, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil's far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions. "Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!" shouted...

The Latest: Trump says big tech can't be allowed to censor

Jul. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's conference on social media (all times local): 4:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says big tech companies must not be allowed to censor the voices of the American people on social media. Trump is speaking at a White House conference highlighting the...

Broadcaster demands Australia police drop probe of reporters

Jul. 11, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian government assurances that public sector leakers rather than journalists are the targets of raids on two media organizations have come under question as new details have emerged of police efforts to track one reporter's movements and to discover who reporters talk to...

Amal Clooney faults 'collective shrug' over slain journalist

Jul. 10, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused world leaders Wednesday of failing to protect journalists and responding with "a collective shrug" over the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Clooney, the British government's envoy on media freedom, said at a conference on press freedom that...

Press freedom group traveled to Saudi over jailed reporters

Jul. 10, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A press freedom group says it has taken an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to advocate for the release of 30 jailed journalists in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Reporters Without Borders, known by its French acronym RSF, says its...

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

Jul. 9, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump lost a major Twitter fight Tuesday when a federal appeals court said that his daily musings and pronouncements were overwhelmingly official in nature and that he violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint. The effect of the 2nd...

Prize-winning Mississippi Delta journalist Nicholas dies

Jul. 9, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A longtime Mississippi newspaper editor who won a national award for editorials about press freedom has died. An obituary says Wayne Nicholas was 78 when he died Sunday at his home in Sunflower County. Nicholas won dozens of awards at the Bolivar Commercial from 1986 to 2005. The...