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Reporters Without Borders warned that media freedom around the world is in a bad state with disinformation, propaganda, and artificial intelligence posing an increasing threat to journalism.
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Donald Trump Jr has even taken aim at the proposed legislation labelling it "insane".
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The White House Correspondents' Association dinner - known for its fun albeit ferocious jabs at Washington - took a more solemn tone this year as President Joe Biden acknowledged the several American journalists under siege in authoritarian countries around the world.
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US TikTok ban blocked in Senate over free speech concerns
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Antisemitism 'higher than ever' on Twitter, finds report
Hateful content against Jewish people not only spiked after Elon Musk’s takeover, it has remained elevated ever since, claims the study.
Salman Rushdie speaks out in first interview since New York attack
In his first interview since being attacked with a knife at a literary event in New York last year, Salman Rushdie expressed gratitude for having survived the incident
Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi is released from Evin Prison
His release from the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran was confirmed by the Independent Center for Human Rights in Iran and Panahi’s lawyer
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Turkey set to block Sweden's NATO bid after Quran burning
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Sweden not to expect his backing for its bid to join NATO after Swedish police allowed a Quran to be burned by a protestor outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.
Charlie Hebdo enrages Iran again with new cartoons deemed offensive
France is facing fresh rage from Tehran after Charlie Hebdo published images depicting Iran's Supreme Leader in cartoons considered vulgar by Tehran.
London Arabic bookshop set to close after nearly 45 years
The Middle Eastern specialist bookshop stands for freedom of thought and expression as well as cultural diversity.
Twitter CEO Musk says he will reinstate suspended journalist accounts
Elon Musk has lifted the suspensions of the Twitter accounts of several journalists he had banned a day earlier, after the second poll he conducted on the topic went against his preferred outcome.
Twitter reinstates banned journalists after Elon Musk online vote
There had been an outcry from the EU and United Nations over freedom of speech concerns when Elon Musk suspended accounts of several journalists.
UN slams Twitter’s move to ban journalists as EU threatens sanctions
The United Nations says it's "very disturbed" by Twitter’s suspension of several journalists, and warns of a "dangerous precedent".
11 men convicted of cyber harassing French singer Eddy de Pretto
The Paris Criminal Court ruled that it's unlawful to engage in "digital lynching" of a person whose public commitments and sexual orientation have had the misfortune of offending certain extremists.
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More countries are moving towards authoritarianism - report
A new report by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) finds that more countries are moving towards authoritarianism as democracy erodes worldwide.
Twitter stops enforcing COVID misinformation policy
Public health experts and social media researchers warn the change could fuel a spike in misleading claims about COVID-19 and vaccines.