Press freedom

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UN experts express ‘grave concern’ over detention of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong
Communication sent to Beijing government says media mogul’s prosecutions relate to his criticism of China

Amy Hawkins Senior China correspondent

31, May, 2023 @9:35 AM

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‘You will be killed’: Iran’s female journalists speak out on brutal crackdown
Ahead of a trial of journalists who covered the death of Mahsa Jina Amini, reporters describe beatings and threats as government agents try to wipe out independent media

Deepa Parent

30, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Hong Kong court rebuffs effort to dismiss Jimmy Lai national security trial
Lawyers acting for pro-democracy activist argued that proceedings could be biased due to judge selection

Amy Hawkins Senior China correspondent

29, May, 2023 @9:53 AM

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Media shuns Tory party conference over demands for attendance fee
UK Conservatives are only party to charge press delegates for accreditation at annual gathering

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

28, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Supporters of jailed Iranian journalists call for trials to be held in public
Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi reported on death of Mahsa Amini and face charges of conspiring with foreign powers

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

26, May, 2023 @1:04 PM

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Russian court extends detention of Evan Gershkovich to August
Wall Street Journal reporter who was arrested on espionage charges is being held in Moscow prison with no date set for trial

Shaun Walker

23, May, 2023 @4:36 PM

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Outcry as World Health Assembly locks out Taiwan under pressure from China
Taipei criticises ‘unfair and unjust’ decision to deny observer status despite support from US, UK, France and other countries

Helen Davidson in Taipei

23, May, 2023 @1:13 PM

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Italian government accused of exerting ‘ruthless’ influence at state broadcaster
Source claims Giorgia Meloni’s coalition seeking to ‘cancel Italy’s antifascism footprints’ amid series of high-profile Rai departures

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

23, May, 2023 @4:00 AM

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The Observer view on the high costs order against Carole Cadwalladr | Observer editorial
The court of appeal partially allowed Arron Banks’ appeal. The effect on public interest journalism could be chilling

Observer editorial

20, May, 2023 @3:48 PM

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Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr facing heavy legal costs in Arron Banks case
Criticism over latest development in long-running libel dispute between the leading Brexit backer and the journalist

Mark Townsend Home affairs editor

20, May, 2023 @3:42 PM

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Shireen Abu Akleh: friends and family call for justice on anniversary of killing
Israeli forces admit ‘high possibility’ Al Jazeera reporter was shot by sniper at West Bank refugee camp

Bethan McKernan in Ramallah

11, May, 2023 @4:00 AM

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UK is a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ journalists, study suggests
Most respondents report receiving online abuse and harassment, with many seeing their role as dangerous

Kevin Rawlinson

08, May, 2023 @11:01 PM

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