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Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding

Jul. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Press freedom groups expressed concern Friday about comments by Turkish officials about possible legislation to regulate foreign funding for media and the dissemination of fake news, saying it could further curtail independent journalism in Turkey. A top...

Mexico fines candidate's party for role of influencer wife

Jul. 22, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s electoral agency fined the party of a state gubernatorial candidate $2.75 million Thursday, ruling that he got prohibited support from his influencer wife’s social media posts. Winning candidate Samuel García and his wife, Mariana...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 20 The Wall Street Journal on billionaires in space — more than a joy ride: The richest man on Earth briefly lost that title Tuesday morning, but only because...

EXPLAINER: Target list of Israeli hack-for-hire firm widens

Jul. 19, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Human rights and press freedom activists are up in arms about a new report on NSO Group, the notorious Israeli hacker-for-hire company. The report, by a global media consortium, expands public knowledge of the target list used in NSO's military-grade spyware. According to the...

Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters' records

Jul. 19, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy. The new policy largely codifies the...

Hungary: Politicians demand inquiry into alleged spying

Jul. 19, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Hungary's parliament have demanded an inquiry into findings by an international investigation that the country's right-wing government used powerful malware to spy on critical journalists, politicians and business figures. ...

Lawsuit challenges New Orleans online policy for employees

Jul. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A policy governing the use of online social media and platforms by employees of the city of New Orleans unconstitutionally limits free speech, a lawsuit filed Thursday by two of the city's library system employees claims. The Tulane First Amendment...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 14, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 12 The Philadelphia Inquirer on continuing challenges to the 2020 presidential election: Nine months after the election and six months after the U.S. Capitol...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 12, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. July 8, 2021. Editorial: Forget, for a moment, the Alamo. Remember the First Amendment Silencing journalists and scholars, chasing dissent from the public square, distorting history to serve an ideological narrative —...

Belarus scales up crackdown on independent media

Jul. 09, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Belarusian authorities have raided the offices of several media outlets and the homes of scores of journalists under a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent and free speech in the ex-Soviet nation, a media watchdog said Friday. The Belarusian...