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Hong Kong newspaper increases print fivefold after arrests

Jun. 18, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily increased its print run more than fivefold to 500,000 copies as residents lined up Friday to buy the paper in a show of support for beleaguered press freedoms, a day after police arrested five top editors and executives. ...

Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law

Jun. 17, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law Thursday to arrest five editors and executives of a pro-democracy newspaper on charges of colluding with foreign powers — the first time the legislation has been used against the press in yet another sign of an...

AP PHOTOS: Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper under pressure

Jun. 17, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A year ago, the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper published a front-page headline saying Hong Kong's governing principle of “one country, two systems is dead." On Thursday, the newspaper was facing its greatest peril. Three top...

News executives protest Trump-era probe with Garland

Jun. 14, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post met Monday with Attorney General Merrick Garland to protest the Trump-era Justice Department's efforts to seize phone and email records of journalists. After the hourlong meeting in...

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone won't seek reelection

Jun. 10, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County’s long-serving top prosecutor, who has faced criticism for his decisions to charge a journalist and others in last year’s protests over racial inequality, has announced he will not run for reelection. Television station KCCI first...

Banned Pakistani TV host apologizes over speech against army

Jun. 09, 2021 04:46 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani journalist who was banned and taken off air by his TV station after he criticized the country’s military last month at a protest against growing attacks on journalists has offered an apology, saying he had no intention to defame the army. ...

Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' records

Jun. 05, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. The reversal follows a pledge...

Longtime lawyer who worked on media cases dies in I-79 crash

Jun. 05, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A personal injury lawyer who had served as legal counsel to the news outlets including the Charleston Gazette-Mail has died in an interstate crash. An Interstate 79 crash Thursday killed Sean McGinley near the Frametown exit in Braxton County,...

FBI subpoenas info on readers of news story on slain agents

Jun. 04, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI issued a subpoena demanding U.S. newspaper giant Gannett provide agents with information to track down readers of a USA Today story about a suspect in a child pornography case who fatally shot two FBI agents in February. The subpoena, served...

Ex-House member who resigned amid scandal hit with $220K fee

Jun. 04, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California congresswoman Katie Hill has been ordered to pay about $220,000 in attorneys’ fees to a British tabloid and two conservative journalists she had sued after the publication of intimate photos without her consent. The Democrat who...