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A rags-to-riches millionaire, media tycoon Jimmy Lai is a self-styled “troublemaker” who has long been a thorn in Beijing’s side thanks to his caustic tabloids and unapologetic support for democracy. The 73-year-old was convicted over his activism for the first time on Friday, handed a 12-month prison sentence for helping to lead one of Hong […]




The US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news website in Moscow said Friday it was urgently appealing to Europe’s highest rights court to stop Russia from heavily fining the media outlet for hundreds of alleged infractions. RFE/FL, which Moscow designated a “foreign agent” several years ago, said it was facing fines of up to $33 million […]




Russian police on Wednesday raided the offices of a student news site and charged four staff with inciting minors to protest as authorities piled fresh pressure on independent media. DOXA student news site said the charges stem from a video about demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years […]




Russian police on Wednesday raided the offices of student news site DOXA and charged staff with inciting minors to protest as authorities piled fresh pressure on independent media. DOXA said the charges stem from a video about demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony […]




Russian police on Wednesday raided the offices of student news site DOXA and charged staff with inciting minors to protest, in an ongoing clampdown on independent media. DOXA said the charges stem from a video about demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony over […]




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