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Report: Russian parliament to investigate US broadcasters

Russia's parliament is to investigate US broadcasters operating in Russia such as CNN, Radio Liberty and Voice of America, government newspaper Rossijskaja Gaseta reported Saturday.

Turkish daily brands Merkel 'Frau Hitler' on front page

An image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 'Frau Hitler' was splashed across the front page of a Turkish tabloid on Friday, amid a bitter diplomatic row between Turkey and several European countries.

Germany proposes crackdown on slander, fake news on social media

Social networking giants such as Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to 50 million euros (53.15 million dollars) for failing to remove illegal posts aimed at incitement and slander, or disseminating fake news, under a possible new German crackdown.

Croatia's Finest broadcast again by National Geographic Channel

The rebroadcasting of Croatia’s Finest, a Croatian culinary travelogue in English filmed on locations across Croatia, has started in over 90 countries worldwide, the team conducting this project reported on Thursday.

FM praises Croat expats for contribution to building a free Croatia

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday pointed out the contribution made by the Croatian Diaspora in efforts to build a free Croatia, and recalled that he was also born to a family of Croatian emigres in Argentina.

State news: Erdogan calls arrested journalist Yucel 'German agent'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the arrested German newspaper reporter Deniz Yucel a "German agent," according to state-run news agency Anadolu, cranking up the tension between Ankara and Berlin amid already-fraught relations.

Two Zimbabwean journalists arrested for questioning Mugabe's health

A Zimbabwean newspaper editor and a reporter were arrested briefly on Friday after they published an article questioning the health of President Robert Mugabe, 93, their lawyer said.

BBC says its team was harassed ahead of China congress

The BBC says one of its crews was harassed and forced to sign a confession by unidentified thugs and local officials in central China, as the journalists were trying to interview a petitioner ahead of the country's annual parliamentary session.

Russia: New York Times report on fake news is itself fake news

A New York Times article about Russia denouncing fake news actually contains fake news, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, branding it with a big red stamp: "FAKE."

Editor of Turkish newspaper replaced after Erdogan anger

Hurriyet daily newspaper replaced its editor-in-chief on Wednesday, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the Turkish publication over a headline that implied there was unease within the military's top brass.

Barack and Michelle Obama make book deal with Penguin Random House

Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have agreed to a book deal with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday.

Germany calls in Turkish ambassador over detained reporter

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called the Turkish ambassador into the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Tuesday for talks over German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who was remanded in custody in Turkey.

Erdogan lashes out at newspaper over report on military unrest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed Hurriyet newspaper over a report saying that military top brass was "restless" over criticisms against its leadership.

Slovenian gov't looking for plan B to save Cimos

The Slovenian government is searching for an alternative plan to save the Koper-based Cimos car parts manufacturer from bankruptcy and a meeting was held on Tuesday between Economy Minister Zdravko Pocvalsek and representatives of all institutions responsible for public property management as the company's majority owner, with a 94% stake, is the government.

Protests across Germany over reporter detained in Turkey

Protests took place across Germany on Tuesday over the detention of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who was remanded in custody in Turkey.

Turkish judge remands German reporter in custody

A Turkish judge remanded German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in custody Monday, according to newspaper Die Welt, sparking strong condemnation from the German government and rights organizations.

Croats say Bosnia's public broadcaster should be overhauled based on Swiss or Belgian model

Major Croat political parties that make up the Croat National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HNS BiH) will insist on the reorganisation of the existing state public broadcaster as they believe that the current system of public broadcasting is contrary to the Constitution and discriminatory against the Croats.

Trump: I won't attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he does not plan to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year.

Hollywood stars in rally for immigrants' rights and press freedom

Hollywood stars Jodie Foster and Michael J. Fox headlined a rally in Beverly Hills Friday to show their support for the rights of immigrants and call for freedom of the press to be upheld.

White House bars major news outlets from press briefing

Major news organizations, which were Friday blocked by the White House from attending an informal press briefing, condemned the move just hours after President Donald Trump described parts of the media as "the enemy of the people."

Report: German intelligence spied on BBC, other foreign journalists

Germany's intelligence agency monitored foreign journalists at the BBC, the New York Times and other news organizations from 1999 onwards across several countries, according to a Friday report from Der Spiegel magazine.

Bosnian Croat reps insist on channel airing programmes in Croatian

Being one of the constituent peoples, the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a broadcaster that will air programmes in their native language, HNS BiH official Ivan Vukoja said at a news conference in Mostar on Friday.

Birth anniversary of Croatia's 1st female journalist to be marked

The Centre for Women's Studies, which manages the Marija Juric Zagorka Memorial Apartment and carries out documentary-information, educational and cultural activities related to the study and promotion of the heritage of this novelist and Croatia's first female journalist, stated on Friday that it was marking the 144th anniversary of the birth of Marija Juric Zagorka next week.

Hribar's statements prompt HRT Supervisory Board to demand human rights' protection

The Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) Programming Council is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, 28 February, to discuss, among other things, "the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms in HRT programmes" as requested by the national broadcaster's Supervisory Board.

US Supreme Court's Ginsberg emphasizes value of free press

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism about the political future of the United States despite the polarized and combative political atmosphere that has marked the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump.

New York Times launches brand campaign for 'The Truth' with Oscars ad

The New York Times is using Sunday's Academy Awards show to launch an advertising drive with an ad spot that capitalizes on President Donald Trump's confrontational relationship with the paper and other mainstream media.

Weekly "Novosti" dismisses NGO's accusations

The newspaper today also dismissed all accusations the NGO presented at a recent news conference, and retorted that the NGO's criticism were ill-intended and untrue accusations.

Vietnam asks YouTube to block politically sensitive videos

Vietnamese authorities have demanded that YouTube block 17 videos that thez say violate the country's laws restricting speech, state media reported Thursday.

Russia condemns 'fake' Western news in hall of shame on state website

Russia's Foreign Ministry introduced a new section of its website on Wednesday to condemn Western news reports with a big red stamp: "FAKE."

Pakistani TV channel in hot water for airing film about lesbians

Pakistan's state media watchdog has warned a private TV channel for airing a film on the relationship between two lesbians, saying it was against the "social, ethical and societal norms of the country."

Germany vows to do all it can to free journalist detained in Turkey

The German Foreign Ministry on Monday hailed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel as a symbol of free speech as it vowed to treat his case with the "utmost importance" in order to secure his release.

What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

Swedish commentators and media Sunday reacted with astonishment at weekend remarks by US President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target of a recent terrorist attack.

German newspaper correspondent detained in Turkey

A correspondent at Germany's Die Welt newspaper, who was being sought by the authorities in Turkey, has handed himself in to police and been formally detained, the newspaper confirmed to dpa on Friday.

Turkish satirical magazine shuts after drawing government criticism

A Turkish satirical and comics magazine was shut by its owner after publishing a cartoon that drew the criticism of a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others in the country, allegedly for offending religious beliefs.

Zambian police raid newspaper editor's home, arrest wife

Police raided the home of a government-criticial Zambian editor-in-chief, but were unable to arrest him because he was abroad, local media reported Thursday.

Venezuela pulls plug on CNN over "operation of war"

US-based news outlet CNN was forced off the air in Venezuela Wednesday as authorities accused the international news broadcaster of deliberately targeting the government.

German court issues partial ban of satirical poem about Erdogan

A German court has granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an injunction on parts of a satirical poem by a German comedian that sparked a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

Financial Times: Rupert Murdoch attended Times/Bild Trump interview

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch attended a joint media interview with US President Donald Trump last month, despite photographs and video of the event showing only Trump and the two interviewers, the Financial Times (FT) reported Thursday.

HND says President must answer journalists' questions

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Thursday called on the Office of the President to change its decision and immediately answer questions by reporters from the Index.hr news portal who asked the questions in accordance with the Law on the Right to Access Information, but were refused with the explanation that the sheer number of questions disrupted the work of the Office of the President.

Turkey's Cumhuriyet journalists set to spend 100th night in jail

Journalists and executives from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper, one of the country's oldest broadsheet-style dailies, are set to spend their 100th night in jail on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown in the country.

German magazine's Trump cover provokes censure and praise

German news magazine Der Spiegel provoked strong reactions over the weekend with a cover depicting US President Donald Trump holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty.

Trump as terrorist: German news magazine shocks with graphic cover

The shocking image of US President Donald Trump depicted as a terrorist holding up the head of the Statue of Liberty has gone viral online after German news magazine Der Spiegel revealed the design for its latest issue on Friday.

'Fake news' named Germany's English language import of the year

"Fake news" was named Anglicism of the Year by a German university on Tuesday in an annual effort to highlight English-language terms that have come to fill a gap in German vocabulary.

Slovenian media: Maric and Pocivalsek reach agreement on Cimos debt

Slovenia's Economy and Technology Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and Croatia's State Property Management Minister Goran Maric reached an agreement on Monday on a solution to the problem of the Koper-based Cimos company's debt to the defunct Rijecka Banka, Slovenian media reported.

British lawmakers launch "fake news" probe after US election, Brexit

British lawmakers launched an inquiry into "fake news" on Monday after suggestions that it played a role in the US presidential election and campaigning before Britain's Brexit referendum last year.

Thai junta pushes through media regulation bill despite protests

Thailand's National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) on Monday insisted on pushing through the controversial media regulation bill criticized by local media as a form of state control.

New media strategy draft possible in few months, culture minister says

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek said on Wednesday the ministry would work on a media strategy this year, adding that Hina's financial situation had stabilised and that it was an important media outlet which could open up to new services.

EU experts: Merkel has been main target of fake news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the main target of fake news campaigns in Europe, including disinformation stating she had been complicit in terrorist attacks on Paris and Brussels, a source familiar with the work of an EU task force said Monday.

Fox News hires Trump fan Nigel Farage as political commentator

US broadcaster Fox News has hired former UK Independence Party leader and outspoken Brexit camapiagner Nigel Farage, a strong supporter of US President Donald Trump, as a political commentator.

HRT condemns increasingly frequent attacks on its employees

Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) on Friday condemned an attack by some web portals on its reporter Jagoda Bastalic as well as hate speech, which, it said, its reporters were increasingly exposed to.

2016 deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan, says watchdog

With 13 killed, 2016 was the deadliest year for journalists "in the history of Afghanistan's media," the Afghanistan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) said in a report released on Thursday.

Bosnian media: Dodik "finally" under sanctions

The news that Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has been placed under US sanctions for defying rulings of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court made the headlines in all the dailies in the country on Wednesday, saying that this move could have far-reaching consequences.

Facebook announces move to combat fake news in Germany

Facebook has launched a campaign to battle fake news in Germany, the social media platform announced on Sunday.

Malawi's top media company back online after state-ordered closure

Malawi's biggest media house has resumed programming on its radio and television channels after having been closed by the government, one of its editors said Saturday.

German political leaders, media attack right-wing populist press ban

The German media joined the nation's political leaders on Friday in roundly attacking a planned conference of the right-wing populist faction in the European Parliament (ENF), which has banned several of the country's media outlets from attending the event.

Malawi government closes country's largest media house

Malawi's government has closed the country's largest media house, Times Group, the company said Friday, linking it to its reporting on an alleged corruption scandal.

US public affairs programme interrupted by Russia Today broadcast

A US public affairs cable television network said Thursday it was investigating the interruption of its programming by a Russian state broadcaster.

Norway becomes first country to turn off FM radio

Norway on Wednesday began turning off analogue FM radio, making it the first country in the world to fully transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), broadcasting officials said.

Gambia closes fourth radio station as political crisis escalates

Gambian authorities have closed Paradise FM, the fourth radio station to be shut since last week, one of its presenters said Monday.

Study: Russia running targeted false news campaign in Sweden

Russia is increasingly attempting to influence opinion in Sweden, according to a report by the Swedish Institute for International Affairs and reported on in Saturday's Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Baltic News Service reports cyberattack; offline for 10 hours

The Baltic News Service BNS was back online Saturday after suffering a cyberattack that kept it from broadcasting much news the day before, the agency reported.

After Afghanistan: protecting journalists in conflict zones

As the nature of warfare changes, so do the risks for journalists who cover war. Many news organizations now hire specialist staff to assess these risks and prepare correspondents for the dangers they may face.

Gambian authorities shut down broadcaster, union says

Gambian authorities have shut down Taranga FM, a privately owned commercial radio station, the Gambia Press Union said early Monday.

Czech Republic opens centre to fight fake internet news

The Czech Republic on Sunday opened a new centre to fight fake news and disinformation on the internet.

US reporter freed after detention of more than two days in Istanbul

A reporter for the Wall Street Journal was arrested and detained in Turkey for two-and-a-half days without contact with his family or employer, the newspaper said Saturday.

Istanbul court orders release of Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan

A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release of prominent novelist Asli Erdogan and two others from detention on the first day of their trial on terrorism-related charges.

Terrorism trial begins against Turkish novelist, eight others

Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan and eight others went on trial on Thursday on terrorism charges.

Fake news prompts Pakistani minister's nuclear threat against Israel

A fake news article has prompted Pakistan's defence minister to warn Israel that Pakistan too has nuclear capabilities.

Egypt detains Al Jazeera news producer for false reporting

Egyptian authorities have detained a news producer working with Al Jazeera on charges of spreading false news, state television reported Sunday.

Turkey: 1,656 people arrested over social media posts

Turkish authorities have opened investigations into 3,710 people over social media posts, while 1,656 suspects are under arrest, according to data from the Interior Ministry pertaining to the past six months.

Forum.tm raises US$10,000 in first media crowdfunding campaign in Croatia

The editor of the non-profit portal Forum.tm, Goran Borkovic, has said that more than US$10,000 has been raised in the past month in the first media crowdfunding campaign in Croatia, double the target amount.

Plenkovic: We can be satisfied with 2016 despite its political peciliarities

Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said at the HDZ leadership's Christmas party in Zagreb on Wednesday evening that, despite all political peculiarities marking the outgoing year, they could be very satisfied with 2016 and that this ruling party was striving to continue a winning streak in the local elections in May 2017.  

Association: Situation at HRT compromised by aggressive political interference

The association of Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) subscribers on Wednesday warned the public, members of Parliament and responsible officials at the HRT about an unsatisfactory professional situation at the public broadcaster, primarily a deficit in reporter and editor autonomy, professionalism and efficiency, a decline in the quality of programmes, the HRT's failure to meet its obligations as a public media service, and its non-transparent use of public money.

Reporters: Oreskovic's government less open to public than Milanovic's

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) group of research journalists on Tuesday presented the results of a survey conducted among national and local media indicating that almost two-thirds of them considered the previous government of Tihomir Oreskovic to be less open to the public than that of his predecessor Zoran Milanovic.

Most journalists killed in 2016 were targeted, media watchdog says

Most of the 74 journalists and media producers killed in 2016 were deliberately targeted, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Monday.

German justice minister calls for judicial crackdown on fake news

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday called on prosecutors and the courts to pursue criminal investigations against those who disseminate fake news on the internet.

Congo expels Belgian television crews ahead of expected protests

Congo has expelled five journalists from the Belgian broadcasters VRT and VTM, a government spokesman said Saturday, amid reports that they had intended to cover protests against President Joseph Kabila.

Russia challenges US to prove hacking allegations

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman challenged US officials on Friday to prove their accusations that Russia was involved in cyberattacks to influence the US presidential election.

Facebook outlines ways users can report fake news

Facebook on Thursday provided details about methods it is testing or has begun implementing to control the distribution of fake news over its social media platform.

Tax office demands El Mundo documents on football tax fraud

The Spanish tax administration has requested from the Unidad Editorial, S.A., a Spanish publishing group that publishes El Mundo, all documents concerning 37 football players, including Croatia's Luka Modric, and sports officials who are under investigation for tax evasion after El Mundo recently broke the news that they were suspected of murky tax affairs.

Sky accepts 11.7-billion-pound buyout by 21st Century Fox

British broadcaster Sky has agreed the terms of a buyout valuing the company at some 18 billion pounds (23 billion dollars) from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's US-based 21st Century Fox, the company said on Friday.

Kremlin slams US media reports of Putin involvement in hacking

The Kremlin on Thursday slammed US media reports alleging Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in influencing the US presidential election.

Turkish journalist arrested over Twitter "insult"

A journalist has been arrested in Turkey for "insulting high-ranking government officials" in relation to messages he had sent on Twitter, the Dogan news agency and other media reported late Tuesday.

Ethiopian government blocks internet access, report finds

The Ethiopian government has "systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites," including messaging app WhatsApp and 16 news outlets, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey rises sharply

The number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey has risen dramatically over the past 12 months, new research revealed on Tuesday.

Eyeing election, Merkel party pushes for criminalization of fake news

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are pushing for the criminalization of fake news, local media reported Tuesday, as Germany's political establishment anticipates the effect such stories might have on federal elections next year.

Donald Trump named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine named US president-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a pick that its editor called a "straightforward" choice given the way he has shaken up US society before even taking office.

Thai prime minister: "no exception" for BBC on royal insults

Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha said in a press conference Wednesday there is no exception for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in regards to being prosecuted for lese-majesty after the broadcaster published online a controversial biography on Thailand's new King Rama X.

US journalist deported from South Sudan over critical reporting

A US freelance journalist working for the Associated Press has been deported from South Sudan after reporting on human rights violations in the violence-plagued country, the news agency said Wednesday.

Editor: Charlie Hebdo German-language edition is response to support

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted by Islamist terrorists in January 2015, has launched a German-language edition that hit newsstands Thursday.

Reddit to crack down on "toxic" Trump users

US-based news sharing and discussion website Reddit will take action against "toxic users," in particular some of president-elect Donald Trump's supporters, the chief executive and co-founder said Wednesday.

German edition of Erdogan-critical newspaper goes out of print

The German print edition of the Gulenist newspaper Zaman appeared for the last time on Wednesday after headquarters in Turkey were shut down as part of a crackdown on dissent by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hackers play anti-state propaganda film on Israeli TV

Hackers interrupted broadcasts on two Israeli television stations for several minutes with an anti-Israel propaganda film, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Facebook accidentally deletes some of founder Zuckerberg's posts

The social media website Facebook accidentally deleted posts by its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, including two messages he had posted concerning the spread of fake news on the website and their role in the US presidential elections.

Egypt Interior Ministry warns citizens against foreign "pollsters"

The Egyptian Interior Ministry warned citizens against "media companies" calling them from abroad to carry out supposed surveys about economic, political and security issues.

Turkey releases BBC correspondent detained in restive south-east

BBC correspondent Hatice Kamer was released by Turkish police on Sunday, a day after she was detained while reporting in the restive south-east of the country, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Turkey detains BBC correspondent in restive south-east

Turkish police detained a BBC correspondent while she was reporting in the restive south-east of the country on Saturday, the network confirmed.

PM underlines importance of media freedoms at Radio 101 protest anniversary

The 20th anniversary of a protest of support for Zagreb's Radio 101 was marked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb on Thursday evening, with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic attending.

French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo goes German

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris last year, will be available in German starting Thursday next week.

Turkish court accepts terrorism charge against writer Asli Erdogan

A court in Istanbul on Wednesday accepted the state prosecutor's charge of membership in a terrorist organization against writer Asli Erdogan.