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The United States on Friday renewed calls on Myanmar’s junta to free a jailed US journalist as concerns grow about a Covid-19 outbreak in prisons packed with detained activists. Danny Fenster, managing editor of the Frontier Myanmar news outlet, was taken into custody on May 24 after the military deposed the civilian government on charges […]




Russia on Friday designated The Insider, an independent media outlet and key partner of investigative website Bellingcat, a “foreign agent”, in an intensifying crackdown on liberal media. The Insider investigated with Bellingcat the near-fatal poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the attempted poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in British Salisbury in 2018. […]




Hong Kong’s national security police charged four former senior staff of shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily late Wednesday night. Local media reported that the paper’s former deputy chief editor Chan Pui-man, managing editor Fung Wai-kong and lead editorial writer Yeung Ching-kei, who had already been arrested for “colluding with foreign forces”, were detained again while […]




Hong Kong’s national security police detained two former senior staff of shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Wednesday, shortly after they arrested the paper’s former executive editor-in-chief. Local media reported that the paper’s former deputy chief editor Chan Pui-man and managing editor Fung Wai-kong, who had already been arrested for “colluding with foreign forces”, were […]




Hong Kong’s public broadcaster has banned staff from calling Taiwan’s leader “president” or referring to its “government” in new guidelines that mimic mainland China’s rhetoric. The decision comes as Beijing remoulds Hong Kong in its own authoritarian image and as local authorities turn the city’s RTHK news channel — run by a government agency — […]




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