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Family: German journalist jailed in Venezuela as spy

Dec. 11, 2018 8:13 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — German freelance journalist Billy Six has circled the globe with a hand-held video camera asking people living through wars and strife to tell their stories. But when he turned his lens to Venezuela, documenting the economic collapse and mass migration from the socialist country,...

Press group says reporters are being harassed in Poland

Dec. 7, 2018 2:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A leading press freedom group called Friday on Polish authorities to "end their harassment and attempts to intimidate independent journalists," after a string of incidents that have raised concerns about media freedom. Perceived attacks on media freedom in Poland have also triggered a...

Arkansas school district allows paper to post banned article

Dec. 4, 2018 6:44 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas school district that ordered a student newspaper to take down an investigative report now says the article can be re-published on its website. A spokesman for the Springdale School District said Tuesday the Har-ber Herald could republish its months-long investigation...

Judge: Bevin must disclose screenshots of blocked accounts

Dec. 4, 2018 12:38 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Kentucky's governor to turn over screenshots of social media accounts he has blocked. Two Kentucky residents with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued Bevin, arguing he violated their First Amendment rights by blocking them on social...

Should you need to pass a social media check to get a gun?

Dec. 4, 2018 11:48 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That's a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill that would...

Canadian court says reporter must give police material

Nov. 30, 2018 9:27 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday a Vice Media reporter must give Canada's national police force material he gathered for stories about an accused terrorist in a case that pitted press freedoms against the investigative powers of police. The high court said in a 9-0 decision...

Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary

Nov. 28, 2018 4:44 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The owners of a vast majority of Hungary's pro-government media outlets said Wednesday they are donating their companies to a foundation, creating a huge right-wing media conglomerate. The Central European Press and Media Foundation's assets will include cable news channels,...

Poland says US ambassador's letter won't spoil good ties

Nov. 28, 2018 1:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government said Wednesday that a letter from the U.S. ambassador that took it to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned television station and misspelled the prime minister's last name won't spoil "very good" bilateral ties. The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher...

US ambassador angers Poles with letter to prime minister

Nov. 27, 2018 4:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Poland triggered anger in Poland with a letter to the prime minister that takes his government to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned independent television station. The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher circulated in Polish media Tuesday. It...

Newseum opens exhibit on shooting at newspaper in Maryland

Nov. 26, 2018 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum in Washington, D.C., has a new exhibit about the shooting that killed five staff members at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland in June. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the new installation will be open through at least the end of the year. "Behind the News: A...