Latest Freedom of the press News

Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — International journalists' organizations are criticizing the status of press freedom in South Korea after the country's ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over what it claimed was a "borderline traitorous" article insulting President Moon...

Court: Online free speech rights trump stalking conviction

Mar. 19, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man imprisoned for stalking had his conviction overturned Tuesday when a state appeals court ruled the social media posts that prompted the charges were protected by free speech rights. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals vacated the convictions...

Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Mar. 19, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security. The move is the latest step by the government of President Abdel-Fattah...

Sri Lanka media rights activists decry new anti-terror laws

Mar. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Media rights activists on Monday urged the Sri Lankan government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, calling it is a set of draconian laws aimed at suppressing the media freedom and democratic rights. The new Counter-Terrorism bill approved by the cabinet of ministers is...

Social media post over rifle sticker in Alaska causes uproar

Mar. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A social media post by an Alaska human rights official questioning the appropriateness of a sticker on the back of a truck reading "Black Rifles Matter" has caused an uproar, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy calling for an investigation. Marti Buscaglia, executive director of the state...

News organizations to highlight most threatened journalists

Mar. 15, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

A coalition of more than a dozen global news organizations, including The Associated Press, The Financial Times and Reuters, will spotlight the world's most threatened journalists in a new freedom of speech initiative, the group announced Friday in New York. Members of the One Free Press Coalition will publish on...

Tennessee high court rules for reporter in defamation suit

Mar. 13, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday expanded protections for reporters by ruling they can only be held liable for defamation if their reporting is not fair and accurate, regardless of their personal feelings toward a subject. Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk sued...

Philippine news site critical of Duterte loses court appeal

Mar. 11, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine appeals court has upheld a decision that an online news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte violated a constitutional ban on foreign ownership of news media. The Court of Appeals said in a decision made public Monday that Rappler Inc. effectively allowed...

S Carolina lawmakers may get sued over social media blocking

Mar. 11, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers should stop blocking anyone from their social media pages who have not harassed or threatened them or they may soon face free speech lawsuits, an attorney for the state House said. If they are sued over social media, lawmakers will be on their own to pay their...

German journalists say Turkey trying to silence foreigners

Mar. 10, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German journalists who were stripped of their media credentials to work in Turkey called the government's move an attempt to silence international news organizations and said they refused to be intimidated. German public broadcaster ZDF's Istanbul bureau chief, Joerg Brase, and Thomas...