28 Dec 2022

TikTok’s Parent Company Admits Using the Platform’s Data to Track Journalists

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has confirmed that it used data collected by the popular social media platform to track journalists. ByteDance stated that it accessed data from the app to track reporters from the Financial Times and Buzzfeed in an attempt to identify the source of leaks to the media.

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15 Jul 2022

Journalists Emerge as Favored Attack Target for APTs

Security researchers at Proofpoint have released a recent advisory that details how state-aligned threat groups have increased the volume of attacks targeting journalists. According to the research, the goal of the attacks is to steal data and credentials, as well as to track the journalists. The targeted phishing attacks can

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08 Feb 2022

Kashmir journalist arrested under India’s anti-terror laws

Fahad Shah, the editor of an independent news website in Kashmir, has been arrested under India’s anti-terror laws. Police are currently investigating whether Shah violated India’s sedition laws for his work at the news agency. Shah was arrested Friday in Pulwama, a city located in the Indian-administered part of the

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31 Jan 2022

Foreign Journalists in China Say They Face Deepening Intimidation

Foreign news organizations and journalists in China are facing drastically reduced staffing levels due to the increased risks and intimidation employees are facing. According to a Beijing-based journalist group, foreign employees face harassment, threats of legal action, and intimidation commonly. Almost all of the foreign journalists located in China surveyed

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13 Jan 2022

Pegasus Spyware Deployed Against El Salvador Journalists and Activists

According to forensic analysis conducted by Amnesty International and Citizen Lab, 35 journalists and activists in El Salvador were targets of the highly invasive Pegasus spyware. The malicious software was used to extract information from their cellphones as civil liberties saw a drastic decline in the country. Information regarding the

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31 Dec 2021

Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho arrested by national security police

Dennis Ho, a canto-pop star and prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was arrested at her home on Wednesday morning. Ho was one of six people arrested by the city’s national security police in an early morning crackdown linked to an online media organization called Stand News. Police forces later confirmed

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17 Nov 2021

Pregnant Yemeni journalist killed in car explosion

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek reported to news agencies that a pregnant journalist was killed in a car explosion in Aden yesterday. The woman, Rasha Abdullah al-Harazi, was in the car with her husband when the incident took place. Mrs. Abdullah al-Harazi’s husband, Mahmoud Ameen al-Atmy, is also a reporter.

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11 Nov 2021

American journalist Danny Fenster could face life in prison in Myanmar

An American journalist named Danny Fenster could face life in prison in Myanmar after being charged with criminal offenses that carry a hefty maximum sentence. Fenster is a 37-year-old from Michigan and has been detained in Myanmar for over five months. Fenster has been denied bail and is currently being

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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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