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Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday signed into law a bill introducing jail terms of up to 15 years for publishing “fake” information about Russia’s actions abroad, as Moscow’s troops continue their military operation in Ukraine. The bill, adopted by Russia’s parliament this week, sets out jail terms and fines for people who publish “knowingly false […]




Dozens of Ukrainian officials, journalists and activists have been detained or forcibly disappeared by invading Russian forces, the UN said Friday, warning that some cases resembled “hostage-taking”. Since Russia invaded Ukraine just over a month ago, the United Nations rights office said it had documented the arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of 22 local Ukrainian […]




Australian journalist Cheng Lei will face trial in China next week on charges of supplying state secrets, according to a report Friday, two years after she was detained by Beijing authorities. Cheng Lei disappeared in August 2020 and was formally arrested for “illegally supplying state secrets overseas” in February last year. The mother of two […]




Two major Sri Lanka newspapers are suspending their print editions because of a lack of paper, their owner said Friday, the latest casualties in the island’s economic crisis. The South Asian nation of 22 million people is facing its worst economic meltdown since independence from Britain in 1948 after its foreign reserves hit rock bottom. […]




Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war to the Czech Republic got a fresh morale booster this week as a new radio station based in Prague started offering broadcasts in Ukrainian. The new channel called Radio Ukrajina broadcasts news, tips for refugees, music and fairy tales for children, as well as spiritual comfort passed on by Ukrainian […]




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