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Indonesian Chief Security Minister Mohammad Mahfud MD gestures as he talks during an interview at his office in Jakarta,
Philip Jacobson, reporter for California-headquartered environmental news outlet?Mongabay, was detained December 17 in Borneo for?alleged visa violation
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 17:33
A woman reads a newspaper and waits for customers as she sells newspapers and magazines at an underground walkway in central
Critics say draft law put forward by Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry paves?way for?excessive governmental regulation?of the?media and could be used to harass journalists
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:23
A police vehicle drives out of the INEC office in Yola, in Adamawa State, ahead of the country's presidential election, in Yola
Police have yet to determine whether the murder is tied the journalist's work
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:39
Akzhol Akhmetova is filmed outside a 2019 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Last summer, a group of women mobbed Kazakh journalists at a human rights conference in Almaty, hitting them and breaking their cameras. One of the women, Akzhol Akhmetova, was later spotted working at a municipal office and also appeared to assist local officials.
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:16
Benin president Patrice Talon holds a press conference after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, March 5, 2018.
Amnesty International says reporters in West African nation enduring 'climate of censorship, fear'
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 18:31
FILE - An anti-government protester checks his mobile phone in front of a wall of graffiti in Arabic that reads, "I am the revolution leader," in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 21, 2019.
In a country where most media outlets have strong political leanings, some activists create their own outlets while established papers seek donations
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:40
Demonstrators stand outside Westminster Magistrates Court in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is due to appear for an administrative hearing, in London, Jan. 13, 2020.
Assange is being held at Belmarsh Prison in east London while he waits for the hearing
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:07
This aerial view taken on September 16, 2019 shows the haze covered airport in Palangkaraya, central Kalimantan. - Thousands of
Philip Jacobson's lawyer said his client was accused of violating his visa conditions by undertaking reporting activities in Palangkaraya
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:12
Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Washington Post newsroom in Washington, Jan. 28, 2016.
UN investigators call hack an attempt by crown prince to 'influence, if not silence' Washington Post reporting on kingdom; Saudi foreign minister calls hacking allegations 'absolutely illegitimate'
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:59
Journalist Glenn Greenwald listens to a question during a press conference before the start of a protest in his support in front of the headquarters of the Brazilian Press Association, known as ABI, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 30 , 2019.
A prosecutor in the Federal District, Wellington Divino Marques de Oliveira, said the journalist helped a group of six people who hacked into phones of hundreds local authorities
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Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:20
FILE - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 16, 2020.
Members of the public who want to follow President Donald Trump's impeachment and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's rape trial through the media will sit in obstructed seats
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Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:54
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers Friday prayers sermon, in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 17, 2020. Official
Summaries by Irans Fars News Agency and ISNA ignore how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems
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Sat, 01/18/2020 - 03:33
FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi attends a ceremony at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 27, 2019, in this handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency.
Police raided their Cairo office Tuesday and formally arrested them Wednesday at a time of rising tensions between the rival nations
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:54
FILE - An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, Aug. 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
The spyware has also been implicated in the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:14
Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama delivers a speech to the parliament with the seats of the main opposition Democratic party, left, empty, during an assembly session in Tirana, Feb. 23, 2017.
Regional press freedom advocates, international observers have long warned the legislation would violate constitutional principles, stifle free speech
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:25

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