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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yahoo fails in news copyright action before Germany’s highest court

Yahoo has failed in a copyright law case turning on the free use of news reports that it brought before Germany’s Constitutional Court, the court announced from the western city of Karlsruhe on Wednesday.

Trump praises New York Times despite grievances in meeting at paper

US president-elect Donald Trump delivered a list of grievances, but also praised The New York Times in an interview Tuesday with the staff of the newspaper he has frequently denounced as "failing."

Trump cancels, then reschedules, meeting with New York Times

A meeting between Donald Trump and the New York Times will take place later Tuesday, both sides say hours after the president-elect had called off the talks in the latest twist to his contentious relationship with the media.

Egyptian journalist union leaders sentenced to two years in prison

Three leading members of Egypt's journalist union were sentenced to two years in prison on Saturday, each on charges of harbouring fugitive colleagues inside the union's premises.

South Sudan US-backed radio resumes broadcasting week after shutdown

South Sudanese authorities on Saturday allowed apopular US-backed radio station to resume broadcasting after a week-long shutdown.

Europeans have little trust in their media, survey shows

Almost one in two Europeans believe that they cannot trust their media, according to a survey published Thursday.

Google announces 24 million euros in European media project funding

More than 100 media groups and projects are set to share 24 million euros (25.7 million dollars) in grants handed out by internet giant Google Thursday in Berlin.

About 2 million music discs, albums seized in German piracy bust

Around 2 millions CDs, DVDs and vinyl albums were seized in a recent bust against pirated media, German authorities confirmed Thursday, calling it the biggest blow to the illegal industry in decades.

Congo to ban foreign media from broadcasting independently

The government of Congo wants to ban all 24-hour foreign news services, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, from operating independently, Communications Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga said Monday.

South Sudan closes USAID-funded radio station

South Sudanese authorities on Friday closed down Eye Radio, the popular broadcaster said in a statement on Twitter.

Italy switching off transmitters disturbing Croatian reception

TV transmitters in the Italian regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Puglia, that have been causing signal interference in Croatia, are being put out of operation and they will have been switched off by the end of this month, the Croatian regulator for network industries HAKOM stated on Friday.

Iranian president champions press freedom, wants fewer court cases

Journalists should not be subjected to arbitrary censorship, argued Iranian President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, as he highlighted proposed legislation that would make it less likely for reporters to end up before the courts.

Turkey formally arrests nine from opposition paper Cumhuriyet

Nine journalists, staff members and executives from Turkish opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet were formally arrested by a court pending trial, on terrorism-related charges, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

One journalist killed every five days, UNESCO report says

One journalist is being killed every five days as a result of their work, according to figures released in a UNESCO report on Wednesday, coinciding with the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Thomson Reuters to cut 2,000 jobs

Financial data provider and news service Thomson Reuters is embarking on a major restructuring that will include the elimination of about 2,000 positions worldwide, the company announced Tuesday.

Association says journalists being threatened with impunity

The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) on Tuesday thanked domestic, foreign and international organisations and institutions for expressing concern about, as it said, the attempted murder of HND president Sasa Lekovic, but warned that journalists in Croatia have been receiving threats, including death threats, with impunity for quite some time.

Turkish opposition paper after detentions: "We will not surrender"

Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet vowed "We will not surrender" on its masthead on Tuesday, a day after at least 11 staff members and executives, including the editor-in-chief, were detained as part of alleged anti-terrorism measures.

Turkey jails journalists in crackdown on opposition Cumhuriyet paper

Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief and 10 journalists and executives of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on Monday, amid an intensifying crackdown in the country that increasingly targets dissidents.

Several clubs of deputies call for Media Committee session over HND president

Several parliamentary clubs of deputies on Friday called for an urgent thematic session of the parliamentary Media Committee following Croatian Journalists Association (HND) president Sasa Lekovic's post on his Facebook account that said that his car had been tampered with and that screws on one of his car's front wheels had been half-sawn.

China arrests two citizen journalists during Communist Party plenum

Chinese police arrested two citizen journalists this week while an important Communist Party meeting is underway, an international press freedom watchdog said Wednesday.

Croatia reports rising number of broadcast signal disturbance cases from Italy

The Croatian regulator for network industries HAKOM has conducted a comprehensive action of detecting cases of radio and television signal interference coming from Italy, and has forwarded to the Italian administration 680 new requests for the removal of broadcast signal disturbance.

Croatian-Norwegian media development project launched

The Media Development Centre, a joint project of the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) and the Norwegian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), was presented in Zagreb on Monday, with HND president Sasa Lekovic assessing it as a very important contribution to the education of journalists and their adjusting to new media industry demands.

Journalists arrested in Burundi not from BBC, broadcaster says

Burundian police said Sunday they have arrested two BBC journalists for having photographed mass graves without permission.

Police solve situation involving deranged man outside HRT

The Zagreb police confirmed on Sunday afternoon that a mentally imbalanced man with a hand grenade had come to the entrance of the Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) in the morning and threatened to kill himself, however the police managed to defuse the situation and the man had given the grenade to police officers.

Association urges parliament to address threats against journalists

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Sunday expressed great concern at the authorities' failure to solve any case of threats directed at reporters, against the backdrop of an increasing number of insults, including hate speech against reporters, which is why the HND demands that this topic should be on the agenda of the national parliament.

Pakistan bans Indian media content amid Kashmir tensions

A blanket ban on Indian content in Pakistani media came into effect Friday, a Pakistani regulator said, as tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours about the disputed region of Kashmir showed no signs of abating.

Somalia releases Al Jazeera reporters arrested for "one-sided story"

Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Somalia on suspicion of researching for a "one-sided story" in support of radical Islamists were released on Thursday after two days under arrest, the National Union of Somali Journalists said.

Thousands protest diminishing press freedom in Hungary

Several thousand people rallied Sunday in Budapest in protest against what they say is conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s campaign to diminish freedom of the press.

Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against German satirist thrown out

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against a German satirist who ridiculed him in a poem has been unsuccessful, with the attorney general's office calling the action unfounded in a statement on Friday.

Ministry to invite applications for Hina Steering Council's members

The outgoing cabinet of Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Wednesday adopted a draft of tender inviting applications for four positions of the five-member Steering Council of Croatia's news agency Hina.

Turkey's Erdogan launches fresh legal action against German satirist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched fresh legal action against a German satirist he believes insulted him.

German TV comic defends satirical poem that insulted Erdogan

A German TV comic whose satirical poem insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a video message Wednesday in response to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue a criminal investigation against him.

Exiled Turkish journalist Dundar sets up new media outlet in Germany

An award-winning Turkish journalist, who fled his homeland after facing trial and being sentenced to jail time for his publication of information about Turkey's arms shipments to militants in Syria, has opened up a new operation in Berlin.

Germany ends investigation of comedian who insulted Erdogan on TV

German prosecutors said Tuesday that they had dropped an investigation into comedian Jan Boehmermann for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest twist in a spat that strained already tense relations between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkish police raid and shut major opposition television channel

Turkish police raided Tuesday the main offices and broadcast centre of IMC TV, a key opposition news channel based in Istanbul, cutting the broadcast.

USA Today blasts "unfit" Trump as newspapers line up against him

National newspaper USA Today's editorial board took an unprecedented stand Friday, urging readers not to vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, without actually endorsing a particular candidate.
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