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Mexican president defends disclosing a reporter's phone number, saying the law doesn't apply to him

Feb. 23, 2024 17:14 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Friday defended his decision to disclose a reporter’s telephone number, saying a law that prohibits officials from releasing personal information doesn’t apply to him. Press freedom groups said the president's decision to make public...

South Carolina bans inmates from in-person interviews. A lawsuit wants to change that

Feb. 22, 2024 18:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prison policy banning inmates from speaking to reporters in person or having their writings directly published violates the First Amendment free speech rights of prisoners, a civil rights organization said in a federal lawsuit Thursday. While...

Mexico president denies report of allegations that close associates took drug money during campaign

Feb. 22, 2024 17:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied allegations contained in a U.S. media report published Thursday about a U.S. inquiry into accusations that people close to him took money from drug traffickers shortly before his 2018 election and again after he was...

Thousands rally in Slovakia to mark the 2018 slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee

Feb. 21, 2024 14:57 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands rallied in dozens of cities and towns across Slovakia on Wednesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee amid a wave of anti-government protests. Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, both age...

Nerve agents, poison and window falls. Kremlin foes have been attacked or killed over the years

Feb. 16, 2024 15:52 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The attacks range from the exotic — poisoned by drinking polonium-laced tea or touching a deadly nerve agent — to the more mundane of getting shot at close range. Some take a fatal plunge from an open window. Over the years, Kremlin political critics,...

Two Thai journalists arrested for covering anti-monarchist vandalism of temple wall freed on bail

Feb. 13, 2024 09:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Thai journalists arrested for reporting on the vandalism of Bangkok temple wall with graffiti criticizing a pro-monarchy law were released on bail Tuesday, a lawyer’s group said. The arrests, carried out separately on Monday, nearly a year after the incident,...

Minneapolis settles lawsuit alleging journalists were harassed, hurt covering Floyd protests

Feb. 08, 2024 17:23 PM EST

The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that journalists were subjected to police harassment and even hurt while covering protests over the police killings of George Floyd. The suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...

Rights groups denounce acquittal of former Serbian security officers accused of killing a journalist

Feb. 03, 2024 06:47 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Media rights groups and opposition campaigners on Saturday condemned a Serbian appeals court ruling that acquitted four former intelligence officers who were jailed for the killing of a prominent journalist and newspaper publisher who was fiercely critical of the...

Liberal blogger granted press credentials in Iowa House days after filing lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2024 15:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A liberal journalist who blogs about Iowa politics was granted press credentials for the Iowa House of Representatives Wednesday, days after she filed a lawsuit alleging the Republican-controlled House was denying her her First Amendment rights. The result...

Floridians wait to see which version of Ron DeSantis returns from the presidential campaign trail

Jan. 22, 2024 20:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first took office in 2019, he surprised many with actions indicating he'd be a much more moderate leader than anticipated: He corrected a decades-old racial injustice, took the side of medical marijuana supporters over GOP leaders and hired...