Freedom of the press

President Donald Trump speaks as he receives a briefing on the 2020 hurricane season in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. Watching are Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Neil Jacobs, assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, and Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 28, 2020 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon. As he battles the coronavirus...
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President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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May 28, 2020 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president's action yet...
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Stephan Harbarth, Chairman of the Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court and President of the Court, holds a document as he announces the ruling on the BND's powers of surveillance abroad at the court in Karlsruhe, Germany, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Germany's highest court has ruled that regulations allowing Germany’s foreign intelligence service to monitor the communications of reporters working abroad and others violate the country’s constitution and must be changed. (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)
May 19, 2020 - 9:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — Regulations allowing Germany’s foreign intelligence service to monitor the communications of reporters working abroad and others violate the country’s constitution and must be changed, Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, deciding in favor of journalists' rights group Reporters...
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A man stands next to a logo at the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. on Wednesday May 6, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine church and business leaders expressed alarm Wednesday over a government agency’s shutdown of the country’s largest TV and radio network, which has been a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
May 06, 2020 - 3:32 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over a Philippine government agency’s shutdown of the country’s largest TV and radio network heightened Wednesday with a top official warning that taking a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic off the air could cost lives. International watchdogs also...
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Activists hold slogans outside the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN corp. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. A Philippine government agency has ordered the country's leading broadcast network, which the president has targeted for it's critical news coverage, to halt operations after its congressional franchise expired, sparking shock over the loss of a major news provider during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
May 05, 2020 - 5:43 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The leading broadcast network in the Philippines went off the air under government order Tuesday, sparking shock over the loss of a major news provider during the coronavirus pandemic and accusations of targeting a presidential critic. The National Telecommunications...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. Amnesty International says that journalism in Egypt has effectively become a crime over the past four years, as authorities clamp down on media outlets and muzzle dissent. The London-based rights group said in a report Sunday, May 3, 2020 that as the number of coronavirus infections in Egypt continues to rise, the government is strengthening information controls, instead of upholding transparency during the health crisis. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
May 02, 2020 - 10:41 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Journalism in Egypt has effectively become a crime over the past four years, as authorities clamp down on media outlets and muzzle dissent, Amnesty International said in a report released Sunday. As the number of coronavirus infections in Egypt continues to rise, the government is...
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In this Sept. 20, 2016, photo is Antioch planning commissioner Ken Turnage II in Antioch, Calif. City council members in Antioch voted unanimously Friday, May 1, 2020, to remove Turnage from his post as chairman of the city's planning commission after he suggested on social media that sick, old and homeless people should be left to meet their "natural course in nature" during the coronavirus pandemic. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group via AP)
May 02, 2020 - 4:05 pm
ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city official has been ousted after he suggested on social media that sick, old and homeless people should be left to meet their “natural course in nature” during the coronavirus pandemic. City council members in Antioch, a city of about 110,000 people...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry new spokesman Zhao Lijian gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
April 24, 2020 - 12:04 am
BEIJING (AP) — From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They belong to a new generation of “Wolf Warrior” diplomats...
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In this April 3, 2020 photo, a journalist wears a protective face mask and gloves as he films during a socially-distanced press event with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The economic impact of the new coronavirus has reached the media in Mexico, several of which have told their staffs of upcoming wage adjustments, some up to 50%. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
April 21, 2020 - 12:19 am
PARIS (AP) — Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders is sounding the alarm that the coronavirus pandemic poses a threat for press freedom around the world. In its annual evaluation of global media freedoms, the group warned Tuesday that the health crisis could serve as an excuse for governments “...
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Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra, Australia Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a search warrant at the center of a national storm over press freedom was invalid. Kershaw said the evidence taken from News Corp. journalist Annika Smethurst had been “quarantined” from the investigation for the moment. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
April 15, 2020 - 12:18 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a search warrant at the center of a national storm over press freedom was invalid. News Corp. journalist Annika Smethurst went to the High Court to overturn the warrant that was executed on her Canberra home in June last...
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