Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will retaliate if the United States takes measures against Kremlin-controlled media group RT. Washington is pressuring the channel to register as a “foreign agent”, which would force it to disclose personal information of employees and those interviewed. Speaking at the annual Valdai Club meeting of international experts […]




Two Myanmar photographers who were detained while reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh were allowed to fly home on Tuesday, their lawyer said. Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were arrested in September in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 582,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from army-led violence scorching through […]




The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, launched an English-language mobile application on Sunday in what it called a “strategic step” to strengthen Beijing’s influence internationally. The newspaper, which sold an average of 3.18 million copies a day in 2016, launched a Chinese app three years ago that it says has been […]




Gunmen Thursday shot dead a Pakistani TV journalist in the northwestern Swat valley, police said. Haroon Khan, who was working as stringer for the local Mashriq Television channel, was standing outside his house when he was attacked. “Two armed men opened fire on Khan who died on the spot,” senior local police official Sohaib Ashraf […]




Facebook’s number two executive Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday the company supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed political ads on the social network in the 2016 election. Sandberg, in a visit to Washington where she met lawmakers probing Russian efforts to manipulate social media during the election, said Facebook is “fully […]




Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.