24 May 2021

Ryanair CEO says forced landing in Belarus was “state-sponsored hijacking”

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has declared that the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger airplane by Belarusian officials was a state-sponsored hijacking attempt targeting a journalist and dissident on board. O’Leary claims that the diversion of the plane was an attempt by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to remove the journalist

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21 May 2021

These Ex-Journalists Are Using AI to Catch Online Defamation

CaliberAI is a technology startup looking to detect online defamation through the use of artificial intelligence, providing an extra set of eyes to reporters and editors who may be writing pieces containing potential libel. The company is based out of Europe, where defamation lawsuits are easier to bring against publishers

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19 Mar 2021

BBC journalist Aung Thura detained during Myanmar protests

A BBC reporter at the media outlet’s Burmese service has been detained in Myanmar as deadly clashes continue between security forces and protestors. According to witnesses, Aung Thura was taken away by men in plainclothes while reporting outside a court in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. BBC has

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04 Mar 2021

Three female journalists killed by gunmen in Afghanistan in latest wave of violence

On Tuesday, three female media workers were killed in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to official reports from the Afghani government. This marks the latest incident in a wave of killings that is spreading fear among journalists and professional workers within the country. The three women were recent

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18 Feb 2021

Belarus jails Belsat TV journalists for filming protest

A Belarus court has ruled to jail two TV journalists for documenting protests against the country’s leader, Alexander Lukashenko. The two journalists, Daria Chultsova and Katerina Andreyeva, were arrested in a Minsk apartment block in November for live streaming an unauthorized protest. The women previously worked for the Poland-based Belsat

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28 Dec 2020

China Jails Citizen Journalist for Her Accounts of Covid-19 in Wuhan

Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old journalist, faces four years in prison due to her accounts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan. A Chinese court found Zhan to be guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble after sustaining a 2.5 hour trial at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. Prosecutors accused

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02 Sep 2020

Belarusian Journalists Face Charges for Covering Protests

On Wednesday, dozens of journalists gathered outside a police station in Belarus to protest the detention of fellow journalists covering protests outside government buildings. The protests have been occurring for several days now, sparked by the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. Many members of Belarus’s opposition party claim that the election

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15 Jun 2020

Philippines journalist Maria Ressa found guilty of ‘cyber libel’ in latest blow to free press

On Monday, Phillipina journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of libel and sentenced to six months in jail. Ressa and press freedom groups have described the arrest and subsequent trial a politically motivated prosecution. Ressa was arrested last year in Manila while at work for her online news outlet Rappler.

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18 Mar 2020

China Banishes U.S. Journalists from Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post

Escalating tensions between China and the US, China stated on Wednesday that all US nationals working for several major US news publications will be banned from the country. This is the biggest expulsion of foreign journalists since the Mao era, proving that the battle with the Trump administration over media

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20 Feb 2020

China Expels Three Wall Street Journal Reporters

For the first time since the Mao era, the Chinese government has expelled multiple journalists from one international news organization at the same time. Earlier this week, Chinese authorities revoked the press credentials of the Wall Street Journal reporters who were based in Beijing. On Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry

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