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Freedom of the Press

2018

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

2017

27

Dec

French children’s magazine removed from sales after claiming Israel ‘not a real country’

A French children’s magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after it admitted a “mistake” in writing that Israel wasn’t a “real country.” The news editor for Youpi, a magazine for children from 5 to 8, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the January issue was being removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium after […]

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Country: France
Source: The Star

25

Dec

Finnish police search journalist’s home following article on intelligence monitoring

Police in Finland have reportedly searched the home of a journalist who published a report about a Finnish military program that tracked Russian troop movements. The investigative report, published by the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday, was accused of disclosing state secrets and has resulted in a criminal probe. It detailed the country’s defence […]

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Country: Finland
Source: The Moscow Times

20

Dec

Katy ISD libraries pull book about racism, police brutality

Katy ISD officials touched off a social media firestorm this week after they decided to temporarily pull a popular young adult book about racism and police brutality from library shelves at several junior high and high schools in November. Angie Thomas, author of “The Hate U Give,” tweeted on Nov. 30 that a school district […]

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Country: United States
Source: Chron

14

Nov

RT forced to register as a foreign agent in the U.S.

The company that owns Moscow-based media outlet RT just registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. T&R Productions, LLC filed paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) registering as an agent for a Russian government entity, according to the DOJ. This entity, ANO TV-Novosti, is responsible for worldwide broadcasts of […]

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Country: United States
Source: Mashable

26

Sep

Vatican blocks pope heresy site

The Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See has blocked access to a website where it it possible to sign a petition accusing Pope Francis of heresy in his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love, sources said Monday. As a result it is not possible to access the page in any language […]

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Country: Holy See (Vatican City State)
Source: ANSA

26

Sep

Spanish authorities try to shutter Catalan referendum websites

The fight between the Catalan independence movement and Spanish authorities over an independence vote is expanding into the online world. This week, an organization managing how users find websites with the .cat extension was raided by the Civil Guard, a Spanish police force, according to the organization’s chief executive officer and the Spanish interior ministry. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Politico