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US extradition case against Assange set for next year

Jun. 14, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a U.S. extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information. The judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday set a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25,...

Facebook's Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

Jun. 13, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered...

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

Florida governor: Meeting in Israel didn't violate law

Jun. 4, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended a meeting he held with the state's independently elected Cabinet in Israel last week, saying Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by an open government watchdog group and several media outlets challenging the legality of the meeting was "frivolous."...

Florida Cabinet meets in Israel despite illegality complaint

May. 29, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the session violated open-government laws because it was held outside the state. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on...

Lawsuit challenges Maryland ban on broadcasting court cases

May. 28, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Several journalists and community organizers on Tuesday sued to challenge a Maryland law's ban on broadcasting digital recordings of criminal court proceedings. The federal lawsuit asks the court to declare that the law is "void for vagueness" and violates the plaintiffs' First...

Exhibit highlights cartoonists' focus on First Amendment

May. 27, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world's largest cartoon library. The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain's use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018...

Outcry over summoning of French journalists by intel agency

May. 24, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders is urging French authorities to explain why the country's intelligence agency summoned eight journalists working on sensitive stories. Secretary-general Christophe Deloire says the watchdog fears "an attempt to intimidate the journalists and their...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

The Latest: Assange lawyer says charges threaten journalists

May. 24, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the "unprecedented charges" against his client threaten all journalists looking to inform the public about actions taken by the American...