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Freedom of the Press

2019

08

Mar

Federal government reportedly tracked immigration journalists in secret database

The federal government has been secretly tracking immigration activists, immigration activists, lawyers and journalists covering the topic, KNSD-TV, an NBC station in San Diego, reported on Wednesday evening. Leaked documents from a Homeland Security source showed that the U.S. created and maintained a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers the government had associated […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , Fortune

06

Feb

French police attempt to search Mediapart offices over Benalla report

The Paris prosecutor’s office should cease its attempts to search the offices of investigative news outlet Mediapart, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Mediapart reported that police and prosecutors attempted to search its office today as part of an investigation into the outlet’s reporting on the French president’s former top security officer Alexandre Benalla. “It is vital […]

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Country: France
Source: Euro News , CPJ

16

Jan

U.S. police arrest journalist working for Iran’s state TV

U.S. police have arrested an American-born journalist working for Iran’s English-language Press TV, the state-run broadcaster reported on Wednesday. It said Marziyeh Hashemi was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and was being held in custody in Washington DC. No formal charges had been made against her. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) […]

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Country: United States
Source: Dünya Bülteni , Reuters

2018

13

Dec

Cum-Ex-Search: public Prosecutor’s office determines against Correctiveditor-in-chief

The Hamburg public Prosecutor’s office determined against Correctiv editor-in-chief Oliver Schröm. The research group Correctiv had uncovered fraud in the Cum-Ex-billion tax – now it will be investigated how exactly the organization came to the information. Oliver Schröm is accused in abetting the betrayal of business and trade secrets. The Hamburg public Prosecutor’s office confirmed […]

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Country: Germany
Source: News Article Insiders

07

Dec

Hungary’s Orban exempts pro-government media group from scrutiny

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published late on Wednesday. Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is presiding over a gradual disappearance of independent media in the ex-Communist satellite. Dozens of newspapers and broadcasters critical of Orban have […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Euro News , Reuters

23

Nov

France passes controversial ‘fake news’ law

France’s parliament has passed a new law, which aims to empower judges to order the immediate removal of “fake news” during election campaigns. Critics argued that the controversial law against the “manipulation of information” could jeopardise democracy and censor the press. The law, conceived by President Emmanuel Macron, was rejected twice by the senate before […]

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Country: France
Source: NTV , Euronews

08

Nov

CNN’s Jim Acosta has White House press badge revoked after Trump called him ‘terrible’

The White House revoked the press badge of CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta Wednesday following a tense exchange with President Donald Trump where the president called him a “rude, terrible person.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the unexpected move Wednesday evening, explaining the decision was a result of both Acosta’s behavior and him […]

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Country: United States
Source: CNN

07

Feb

Journalists go to court over Germany’s ‘unrestrictive’ surveillance laws

Germany’s Constitutional Court is reviewing the legality of the government’s surveillance capabilities, after several journalists and rights activists lodged a complaint arguing that the law allows for the “virtually unrestricted” monitoring of foreign reporters. The complaint aims to strip the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the country’s intelligence agency, of its powers to mass surveil foreign journalists’ communications, said Frank Überall, chairman of […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

05

Jan

Trump lawyer tries to block publication of new tell-all book about White House

A lawyer for President Trump is attempting to stop publication of a forthcoming book about the Trump White House from author Michael Wolff, and is demanding the author and his publisher “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Beverly Hills-based lawyer Charles Harder […]

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Country: United States
Source: Washington Examiner

04

Jan

French authorities could suppress content or block access to websites guilty of publishing fake news, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron came out strongly on Wednesday in support of press freedom and announced a bill to combat the spread of fake news during election campaigns. In a speech to journalists at the Elysee Palace in Paris that laid out his agenda for 2018, Macron said that press freedom was “the highest expression […]

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Country: France
Source: TRT World