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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed on Friday exchanging a state news journalist detained by Kiev in return for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who is behind bars in a Russian Arctic prison. Russia and Ukraine are in the midst of sensitive prisoner exchange talks following the first phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and […]




AFP’s fact-check service debunks misinformation spread online. Here is a selection from around the world published on our blog this week: 1. Trump slap Video showing Donald Trump slapping a man was shared thousands of times in Chinese language social media posts which claimed the US president had attacked a British MP. The video actually […]




Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered prison authorities Thursday to reduce crowding in the country’s jails, saying there were too many people awaiting trial indefinitely who should not be incarcerated. Magufuli, who came to power in 2015 as a corruption-fighting “man of the people” but has been criticised for his authoritarian leadership style, gave the order […]




Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered prison authorities Thursday to reduce crowding in the country’s jails, saying there were too many people awaiting trial indefinitely who should not be incarcerated. Magufuli, who came to power in 2015 as a corruption-fighting “man of the people” but has been criticised for his authoritarian leadership style, gave the order […]




A Tanzanian journalist awarded a prestigious prize for press freedom said Wednesday he hoped the recognition will “lift the corner of the veil” on the plight of reporters in his homeland. Maxence Melo, a blogger whose critical writings of President John Magufuli have landed him in hot water, was named one of five recipients of […]




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