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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks with reporters in Frankfort, Ky as he conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat challenger Andy Beshear. A lawsuit challenging former Gov.  Bevin's practice of blocking some people on Twitter and Facebook has been settled with the current governor, Gov. Andy Beshear, who has committed to allowing “robust” discourse on the governor's official social media accounts. The settlement agreement was reached in July, and the parties jointly dismissed the case Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the ACLU said. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Settlement reached after ex-governor blocked people online

Aug. 6, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging former Gov. Matt Bevin's practice of blocking some people on Twitter and Facebook has been settled with the current governor, who has committed to allowing “robust” discourse on the governor's official social media accounts. The settlement with...

File - In this file photo taken on Friday, July 10, 2020, Australian Al Jazeera journalist, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose, right, leaves the Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian police have raided the office of news broadcaster Al Jazeera and two local TV stations, seizing computers as part of an investigation into a documentary on undocumented migrants that enraged the government. Al Jazeera slammed the raid as a “troubling escalation” in a government crackdown on media freedom.  (AP Photo, File)

Malaysia police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize computers

Aug. 4, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police raided the office of news broadcaster Al Jazeera and two local TV stations on Tuesday, seizing computers as part of an investigation into a documentary on undocumented migrants that enraged the government. Al Jazeera, a Qatari-state owned broadcaster, said in...

Judge orders review of protest news images sought by police

Jul. 31, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A King County judge has revised his ruling, ordering Friday that either he or a special master first will conduct a review of five Seattle news outlets’ unpublished protest photos and videos before deciding whether any should be turned over to Seattle police for an ongoing criminal...

This photo provided by Reda Fhelboom shows Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway in Tunis in July 2015.   A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced  al-Zway, a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday, July 31, 2020 from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must navigate in east Libya, where military commander Khalifa Hifter has moved to quash all dissent  and more broadly in a war-torn country overrun with fractious militias. (Reda Fhelboom via AP)

East Libyan military court sentences journalist to 15 years

Jul. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must...

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, returns to his apartment after being released from prison, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered Cohen released on parole saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

US government drops effort to silence Trump's ex-lawyer

Jul. 30, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government dropped its effort to silence President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying it will no longer demand that Michael Cohen not speak with the media in the weeks before his book critical of his former boss is released. An agreement between...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 25 The New York Times on political conventions and President Donald Trump canceling the Republican National Committee’s nominating convention in Florida: President Trump announced on Thursday that, in deference to the pandemic, he...

FILE - NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 11, 2018. Kaepernick has been condemned by President Donald Trump and others on the right and had not played an NFL game since 2016, when he began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.

Everywhere and nowhere: The many layers of 'cancel culture'

Jul. 26, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — So you've probably read a lot about “cancel culture.” Or know about a new poll that shows a plurality of Americans disapproving of it. Or you may have heard about a letter in Harper's Magazine condemning censorship and intolerance. But can you say exactly what “cancel...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Michael Skakel leaves the Connecticut Supreme Court after his hearing in Hartford, Conn. On Friday, July 24, 2020, a federal judge has ruled that Connecticut officials cannot keep court proceedings and documents secret for teenagers charged with the most serious crimes, a decision that will reopen Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case to the public. Skakel was convicted in 2002 in the 1975 bludgeoning death of his neighbor Martha Moxley when they were both 15 years old. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Judge's ruling would unseal Kennedy cousin's murder case

Jul. 25, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Connecticut officials cannot keep court proceedings and documents secret for teenagers charged with the most serious crimes — a decision that will reopen Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case to the public. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea...

Australian Al Jazeera journalist, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose, right, leaves the Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 10, 2020. Malaysian police grilled a group of reporters and staff from news broadcaster Al Jazeera on Friday over a documentary on the treatment of undocumented immigrants that officials have slammed as unfair and biased. National police chief said the documentary aired earlier this month had sparked public anger, and an initial probe showed it was inaccurate and depicted the country in a negative light.  (AP Photo)

Malaysia to expel Bangladeshi in critical Al-Jazeera report

Jul. 25, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Saturday they detained a Bangladeshi man and will deport him for criticizing the government over its treatment of undocumented immigrants in a documentary by news broadcaster Al-Jazeera. Mohamad Rayhan Kabir has been on the run after police launched...

Demonstrators protesting against the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian news website Index.hu march in the streets of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 24, 2020.Dozens of journalists are resigning from Hungary's main news site because of the firing earlier this week of their editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members said Friday were leaving Index.hu because the dismissal of Szabolcs Dull endangers the website's professional independence and its future. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Dozens resign at Hungary's main news site after editor fired

Jul. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of journalists, including top editors, resigned Friday from Hungary’s main news site because of the firing earlier this week of Index.hu’s editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members, the vast majority of the newsroom, said they were leaving the...