Tag: Freedom of the Press

Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

RABAT, Morocco — This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference. Instead, Hajar Raissouni and […]

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Now Streaming on YouTube: Confessions From a Presidential Hit Squad in Gambia

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The day Malick Jatta confessed to shooting one of Gambia’s best-known journalists, he wore the camouflage uniform of the armed forces and said the kill order came right from the former president. The testimony was streamed live, and tens of thousands watched. “I’m sorry,” he said. Then he hung his head. Gambia, […]

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U.K. Police Criticized for Warning Media Not to Publish Diplomatic Leaks

A British investigation into a leak of confidential diplomatic memos is raising questions about press freedom after a police warning that the news media might face a criminal inquiry if more leaked documents were published. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the release of private memos written by Britain’s ambassador to the United […]

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‘We’re Almost Extinct’: China’s Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi

BEIJING — She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard. The police intimidate Ms. Zhang’s sources. The authorities shut down her social media accounts. Unable to find news outlets that will publish […]

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Expansion of Secrecy Law for Intelligence Operatives Alarms Free Press Advocates

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is quietly pushing Congress to significantly expand the scope of a law that makes it a crime to disclose the identities of undercover intelligence agents, raising alarms among advocates of press freedoms. The agency has proposed extending a 1982 law, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which makes it a crime to […]

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Australian Police Obtained Journalist’s Travel Records From Airline in Leak Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian federal police obtained from Qantas Airways the personal travel records of a journalist, a revelation that alarmed the media industry on Monday after police raids on journalists last month raised questions about press freedoms in the country. A document obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald showed that the police approached […]

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‘Drag This Out as Long as Possible’: Former Official Faces Rare Criminal Charges Under Open-Records Law

ATLANTA — When he was mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed’s relationship with the news media was notoriously contentious. He was the kind of politician who punched back when he felt punched. He was well known for blocking reporters on Twitter, and his office regularly criticized journalists by name and issued news releases that vigorously pushed […]

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A Reporter for Whom ‘Burn in Hell’ Meant a Job Well Done

KINGSTON, R.I. — Where the black hearse had stopped, the honor guard began: nearly 60 journalists standing in silent formation outside a church on a rural New England road. On another morning we might be enemy combatants, but here we stood in solidarity, representing television stations, radio outlets, newspapers. The media. One of ours had […]

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This Reporter Asks a Lot of Questions. In Japan, That Makes Her Unusual.

TOKYO — Isoko Mochizuki, a reporter for Tokyo’s largest regional newspaper, walks into a government news conference pulling a burgundy wheeled suitcase that holds her laptop, books and notes. She sits toward the back. After the other journalists politely ask their questions, she pounces. Sometimes rambling, sometimes boring down on tiny details, she presses for […]

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The Knicks Are Fined $50,000 for Barring The Daily News

A simmering feud between the Knicks and The Daily News has culminated in the team receiving a $50,000 fine from the N.B.A. after a reporter for the newspaper was not allowed to attend a news conference last week. The league said in a statement Monday that the Knicks had violated league rules regarding equal access […]

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Part 4: Poland’s Culture Wars

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Poland, a nationalist party has been in power for four years. We went to Warsaw, the capital, and Gdansk, the birthplace of a movement that brought down Communism, to see how this government has changed […]

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Russian Police Arrest Hundreds at Protest, Including Navalny, After Reporter’s Release

MOSCOW — The Moscow police arrested about 400 people, including the country’s main opposition leader, during a street protest on Wednesday against abusive police tactics. At an event where the outcome, mass arrests, seemed only to confirm the protesters’ complaints, riot police dragged demonstrators from the crowd seemingly at random and arrested news photographers and […]

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Why Are the Australian Police Rummaging Through Journalists’ Files?

It is typical of authoritarian governments that assail press freedoms to claim they are defending national security, since any effort by the news media to expose official misconduct can be construed as a revelation of state “secrets.” And it is typical of democratic governments to recognize that this role of the press is essential to […]

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Australia May Well Be the World’s Most Secretive Democracy

SYDNEY, Australia — One journalist is being investigated for reporting that several boats filled with asylum seekers recently tried to reach Australia from Sri Lanka. Another reporter had her home raided by the authorities this week after reporting on a government plan to expand surveillance powers. Then on Wednesday, the Australian federal police showed up […]

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