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Freedom of the Press

2020

17

Feb

Australian public broadcaster loses legal challenge

In June, police searched the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the home of a newspaper journalist over articles which relied on leaks from government whistleblowers. The raids sparked a public outcry and protests across the nation’s media. However, the Federal Court of Australia has ruled the searches were legal. ABC’s managing director David Anderson said […]

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Country: Australia
Source: Milliyet , BBC

04

Feb

Political journalists boycott No 10 briefing after reporter ban

Political journalists boycotted a Downing Street briefing on Monday after one of Boris Johnson’s aides banned selected reporters from attending. The confrontation took place inside No 10 after Lee Cain, Johnson’s most senior communications adviser, tried to exclude reporters from the Mirror, the i, HuffPost, PoliticsHome, the Independent and others from an official government briefing. […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC , The Guardian

2019

21

Oct

Australian newspapers black out front pages as media unites to defend press freedom

The biggest news outlets in Australia, normally fierce rivals, are uniting in support of press freedom with a campaign including blacked-out newspaper front pages and slots on prime time broadcasts. The newspapers and networks are trying to “to highlight the constraints on media organizations under strict national security legislation,” Australia’s ABC network reported. The news outlets have […]

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Country: Australia
Source: Trt Haber , CNN

02

Oct

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sues U.K. tabloid for publishing letter to her estranged father

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has sued the publisher of a British tabloid newspaper, claiming that it illegally published a private letter she sent to her estranged father. Prince Harry said he and his wife an American actress known as Meghan Markle before the couple married 2018  decided after “many months” to take legal action […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik , CBS News

30

Sep

Naga Munchetty: BBC says staff cannot call Donald Trump a racist even if he says racist things

Presenters and journalists must not describe Donald Trump as a racist even when he makes racist statements, the BBC has clarified. Although it is acceptable to characterise racist comments made by public figures as such, staff are not allowed to then imply the person who said them is themselves a racist, David Jordan, the BBC’s […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Hürriyet , Independent

23

Sep

European Broadcasting Union sentenced to ‘Palestinian flag’

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) fined Icelandic state television (RUV) for the Icelandic Hatari group, which opened a Palestinian flag scarf at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv. According to AA’s report from Euronews, the EBU punished RUV for the opening of the Palestinian flag scarf in the final in […]

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Country: Iceland
Source: AA , MBS News

10

Jul

RT, Sputnik banned from media freedom conference in UK

The Foreign Office has banned Russia’s RT and Sputnik news organisations from attending a global conference on media freedom in London because of their “active role in spreading disinformation”. Sixty ministers and 1,000 journalists and members of civil society are expected to attend the meeting, co-hosted with Canada, on Wednesday and Thursday. “We have not […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: AA , The Guardian

01

Jul

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump

A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada. De Adder’s illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, “Do you mind if […]

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Country: United States
Source: Haber Türk , CNN

13

Jun

Sajid Javid signs US extradition order for Julian Assange

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Euro News , The Guardian

05

Jun

Police raid ABC headquarters over Afghanistan stories

Police in Australia raided the headquarters of national broadcaster ABC in connection with a series of stories it ran in 2017 on accusations of unlawful killings committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The operation on Wednesday came just a day after police raided the Canberra home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst about a report […]

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Country: Australia
Source: BBC , Aljazeera