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Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks to suppress dissent

Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks to suppress dissent

The new regulations allow the Supreme Media Regulatory Council to block websites and accounts for "fake news", and impose stiff penalties of up to 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($20,460), all without having to obtain a court order.

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Journalists arrested, German ambassador ousted as US pledges wider sanctions on Venezuela
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Journalists arrested, German ambassador ousted as US pledges wider sanctions on Venezuela

The United States slapped sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry in January, and pledged further action on Wednesday.

  • by Luc Cohen and Vivian Sequera
Egypt releases prominent photo-journalist after five years' jail
Egypt

Egypt releases prominent photo-journalist after five years' jail

Mahmoud Abu Zaid was convicted for involvement in a 2013 sit-in by Islamists that was broken up by security forces and left hundreds dead.

Philippine journalist and Time Person of the Year arrested on libel charges
Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine journalist and Time Person of the Year arrested on libel charges

Maria Ressa runs a popular Philippines news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.

  • by Bullit Marquez
Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at Texas rally
USA

Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at Texas rally

A man wearing a red MAGA hat got on to the reporters' platform and pushed the camera into a BBC cameraman in a "violent attack", a witness said.

  • by Georgina Stubbs
Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters
Myanmar

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

The case centres around press freedom, raises questions about Myanmar's progress towards democracy and has sparked an outcry from human rights advocates.

  • by Thu Thu Aung
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How Australians set up Communist China's official propaganda tool
China

How Australians set up Communist China's official propaganda tool

One of China's biggest propaganda organs was set up with the help of reporters and editors from The Age.

  • by Kirsty Needham
Prominent Chinese photographer taken by police in Uighur region: wife
China

Prominent Chinese photographer taken by police in Uighur region: wife

The award-winning photographer is now at the centre of his own stark story.

Press freedom in question in new row over encryption law
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Press freedom in question in new row over encryption law

Home Affairs Minister insists bill does not expand powers but only modernises the way security agencies collect information.

  • by David Crowe
CNN's Jim Acosta gets his pass back, this time permanently
USA

CNN's Jim Acosta gets his pass back, this time permanently

The White House has also announced new rules for journalists at press conferences, including one question only.

  • by Susan Heavey
Duterte's Philippines threatens news website with criminal charges
Philippines

Duterte's Philippines threatens news website with criminal charges

Website Rappler denied the charges, calling them a "clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment" by a government trying to silence critical coverage.

  • by Alexandra Stevenson