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Paper: Nigerian Police Arrest Five Journalists Over Controversial Report

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian newspaper says police have arrested five of its journalists after the paper published a controversial story on its front page last week. The Nation newspaper says that Nigerian police on late Tuesday arrested five senior journalists and two other employees from its Lagos and Abuja offices. The paper said it believes the arrests […]

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New Burmese Government Unblocks Foreign Web Sites

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s pro-military government has lifted a long-standing ban on several prominent news Web sites, including the Voice of America, Reuters news agency and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Web sites belonging to several major regional news organizations and the exile-run Democratic Voice of Burma were also unblocked, along with the online video portal YouTube. The surprise […]

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Australia Announces Media Probe Amid Murdoch Scandal

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Officials are promising a formal inquiry into press ownership in Australia, where news baron Rupert Murdoch controls about two-thirds of newspapers as well as major broadcasting properties. The Labor Party-led government has been under pressure to open a probe since July, when a scandal over illegal wiretapping in Britain prompted Murdoch’s News Corporation to close […]

Burma Journal Publishes Aung San Suu Kyi Commentary

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A political journal in Burma has published a news column written by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a move that follows years of censorship by the country’s authoritarian government. The column first appeared July 19 in Tokyo’s Mainichi newpaper. It was published without changes this week by the political journal People’s Era in Rangoon. […]

Burma Journal Publishes Aung San Suu Kyi Commentary

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Burma-based political journal has translated and published a Japanese news column authored by Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a move that follows years of censorship by the authoritarian Burmese government. This week’s edition of Rangoon’s New Era political journal published the uncensored Aung San Suu Kyi commentary that first appeared in […]

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Editor of Venezuelan Weekly Newspaper Surrenders

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The editor of a Venezuelan weekly newspaper has turned himself in to authorities in connection with a controversial photomontage that recently led to the temporary shutdown of the paper. Media reports say Leocenis Garcia, the editor of 6to Poder surrendered Tuesday at a military post in Venezuela’s Zulia state. The move comes one day after […]

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British Police, Government, Social Networks Discuss Crime Prevention

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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British government officials and police have met with social media executives to discuss how social networking services can contribute to crime prevention. The meeting Thursday follows riots in London earlier this month and a suggestion by Prime Minister David Cameron that social networks might be shut down during times of civil strife, in order to […]

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Sudanese Independent Newspaper Confiscated

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese security forces on Sunday confiscated all copies of an independent newspaper as the government continues a media crackdown. The chief editor of al-Ahdath newspaper, Adil al-Baz, told reporters that no explanation was given when troops seized all copies as they came off the printer. This is not the first time Sudan’s government has moved […]

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Guinea Bans Media Reports on Conde Attacks

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Media unions in Guinea say the government has banned mention of two attacks on the home of President Alpha Conde last week. In a joint statement, the group condemned the move as a violation of the constitution and called for “the pure and simple cancellation” of the ban. The unions said the National Communications Council […]

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Zimbabwe Police Arrest 4 Journalists

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s main journalist organization says police have arrested four journalists while they were covering a story about a police officer. The head of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Foster Dongozi, said the four were detained by police Friday while they were reporting on the eviction of a police officer north of the city of Bulawayo. […]

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