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Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

Aug. 14, 2018 5:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk, saying...

Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks

Aug. 10, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the news media. "We are not the enemy of the people," said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe,...

Paper: Judge must reject contempt effort over Parkland story

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper urged a judge Friday to reject a school board's effort to have it and two reporters held in contempt for publishing a story on the educational background of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. The Broward County school board sought the contempt...

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Aug. 10, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of...

Julia Roberts, reboots and diversity part of new TV season

Aug. 9, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — What's the television industry's top summer destination? A hotel in which 200-plus U.S. and Canadian entertainment reporters and critics gather for an early look at next season's shows and the chance to question the actors, writers and producers who create them. The Television...

6 journalists, including DW reporter, detained in Belarus

Aug. 9, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained six journalists in what is being seen by rights activists as an attack on freedom of speech. Belarus' Investigative Committee on Thursday confirmed the detention of six journalists, including Deutsche Welle's Paulyuk Bykowski. DW lodged a protest....

Authorities in Belarus detain 3 journalists

Aug. 7, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained at least three journalists in what some view as an attack on freedom of speech. Belarus' Investigative Committee said Tuesday the journalists from two leading independent news outlets were detained on charges of getting unsanctioned access to...

Judge: App user not entitled to anonymity in rally case

Aug. 6, 2018 9:42 PM EDT

A social media platform can be compelled to divulge account information belonging to a woman who anonymously chatted online about plans for last summer's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero's 28-page order says...

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Aug. 6, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media. Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring...

Journalists in Hong Kong defy gov't request to cancel speech

Aug. 6, 2018 7:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A journalists' association in Hong Kong says it will defy the Chinese government and follow through with a planned speech by a pro-independence activist that has become a mounting political flashpoint in the city. China's foreign ministry asked the Foreign Correspondents Club this month to...