Latest Freedom of the press News

The Latest: Washington lobbyists drop client Saudi Arabia

Oct. 15, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:25 a.m. A Washington lobbying firm has told Saudi Arabia it will no longer represent the kingdom, as international furor builds over the...

Bangladesh newspaper editors protest digital security law

Oct. 15, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Editors of major daily newspapers in Bangladesh's capital formed a human chain on Monday to protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of speech and media freedom. Members of the Editors' Council formed the chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka and...

Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law

Oct. 13, 2018 8:51 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh on Saturday criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom. Members of the Editors' Council told a news conference in...

Funeral held for slain Bulgarian journalist Marinova

Oct. 12, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of relatives, friends and colleagues of slain Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova said their goodbyes at a funeral Friday in her hometown, just after German police announced that a suspect has acknowledged attacking her. People queued at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the...

Purported mother of suspect in Bulgaria slaying speaks out

Oct. 11, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The mother of the suspect arrested for the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist has reportedly said her son admitted the murder to her. Bulgarian private Nova TV station on Thursday broadcast an interview with Nadezhda Krassimirova, the purported mother of Severin...

Court frees arrested senior magazine editor in south India

Oct. 9, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A court in southern India released the chief editor of a prominent investigative magazine on Tuesday, hours after police arrested him on charges of publishing material that defamed the state governor. R.R. Gopal was arrested at the airport in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state,...

Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor's visa denial

Oct. 8, 2018 4:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong journalist groups have expressed dismay over the government's refusal to renew a work visa for a Financial Times editor. Representatives from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong Journalists Association and other journalism advocacy groups gathered at the Central...

Bangladesh bill critics worry will stifle speech becomes law

Oct. 8, 2018 3:58 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has signed a bill into law that has been criticized as stifling freedom of speech. Press secretary Joynal Abedin says Hamid signed the Digital Security Act on Monday. Senior editors, journalist groups and human rights groups in and outside...

Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor's visa renewal

Oct. 5, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have refused to renew the work visa of a senior editor of the Financial Times, the newspaper said Friday, a move that came after he chaired a talk by a pro-independence activist that drew Beijing's ire. Rights groups called the rejection the latest sign of Beijing's...

Scholars: Free speech issues at stake in FBI agent leak case

Oct. 4, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of legal scholars is weighing in on the upcoming sentencing of a former Minnesota FBI agent who admitted he leaked documents to a reporter, saying in court documents filed Thursday that the court should consider the value of the agent's disclosure in determining the proper...