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Source: ABC News

18 Saudi citizens detained in connection with murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Today 10:51 GMT

Eighteen Saudi citizens have been detained in connection with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency.

Khashoggi had warned of renewed efforts to silence free press in the Middle East, and his final column, titled, "What the Arab world needs most is free expression," was published on Wednesday.

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Source: The Guradian

UK joins chorus of disapproval after Trump praises assault on Guardian reporter

Today 10:50 GMT

The British government has joined press freedom advocates and journalists in expressing dismay and disgust with Donald Trump’s remarks at a rally, where he praised the unprovoked assault on a Guardian US journalist by the state’s congressman, Greg Gianforte.

“Tonight [Trump] celebrates an assault on a reporter in Montana at the same time as his Administration tries to minimize the murder of a reporter in Turkey. His words matter, and they reveal his character,” said the New Yorker and CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin.

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Source: Washington Post

How Turkey’s president became a pivotal dealmaker after Saudi journalist disappeared

Today 10:50 GMT

When a Saudi journalist disappeared at his consulate here this month, Turkey did more than just quietly investigate: It narrated the crisis, focusing the world’s attention on what it said was a brazen, state-sponsored assassination on its soil.

In another sign of Turkish pressure, prosecutors announced Friday that they were interviewing Turks who worked at the consulate — employees who might provide insight into the movements and actions of Saudi officials around the time the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, disappeared.

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Source: The Guradian

The only thing worse than Trump's attack on a journalist is its timing

Today 10:50 GMT

Trump has refused to condemn Saudi Arabia and conservative Republicans have already begun a whisper campaign to smear Khashoggi’s record as a means to provide cover for Trump.

There are too many controversies to recall, too many outrages, and like any good strongman wannabe, Trump has so shifted expectations that we can forget just how outrageous and dangerous he remains. On Thursday night, Trump celebrated the Republican congressman, Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a Guardian reporter in 2017.

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Source: Fox News

White House Correspondents' Association condemns Trump’s rhetoric toward journalists

Today 10:50 GMT

The White House Correspondents' Association condemned remarks that President Trump made on Thursday night, when he joked about violence against members of the media.

While Trump appeared to be making light of the situation, the White House Correspondents' Association didn’t find his act funny. “All Americans should recoil from the president's praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job.

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Source: The Guradian

PEN America sues Trump for violating first amendment rights

Today 10:50 GMT

Donald Trump has “hung a sword of Damocles” over journalists by using his powers to retaliate against press coverage he finds objectionable, according to the writers’ organisation PEN America, which has filed a lawsuit against him for violating the US constitution’s first amendment.

Led by the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, PEN America claims that while Trump is free to express critical views of journalists and writers, it is unconstitutional to use the regulatory powers of government to punish the press for its criticism.

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Source: The Week

Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

Today 09:55 GMT

Two things seem ever-more certain as Donald Trump's presidency continues: First, Trump's anti-media rhetoric is going to get a journalist killed, or at least badly injured.

Journalists will be the ones to scream loudest about Trump's latest comments, and maybe that's the point: By baiting the media, Trump invites the kind of criticism that lets him turn to his supporters and say, "The media is so unfair.

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Source: Washington Post

Turkish investigators expand search for missing journalist to forest, farm outside Istanbul

Friday 08:05 GMT

Turkish investigators have expanded their probes into the case of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi to include at least two wooded areas outside Istanbul, local news agencies and a Turkish official said Thursday.

Police investigating the disappearance of Khashoggi — who they believe was killed by Saudi agents inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul — will review security footage from the entrances to Istanbul’s Belgrad Forest and also expect to search farmland in Yalova province about 60 miles away, Turkish media reported.

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Source: Global News

Trump praises Republican congressman for body slamming journalist

Friday 20:01 GMT

Greg Gianforte apologizes to journalist for ‘body slamming’ him before election. At the rally, which took place in Montana, Trump said: “Any guy who can do a body slam, he’s my guy,” while mimicking the physical motion of a body slam.

Trump says ‘it certainly looks’ like Khashoggi is dead, warns of ‘severe’ consequences. This is the first time as president that Trump has openly and directly praised a violent act against a journalist on American soil, although he commonly attacks what he calls the “fake news” media, such as CNN and NBC.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump praises Gianforte for assault on Guardian reporter: 'He's my guy'

Today 02:26 GMT

Donald Trump has praised Greg Gianforte, the Congress member from Montana, for violently attacking a Guardian reporter, saying that someone who performs a body slam is “my guy”.

Trump described in glowing terms the physical assault that occurred on 24 May 2017 when Ben Jacobs, the Guardian’s political correspondent, was asking Gianforte a question about health care policy in the course of a special congressional election in Bozeman, Montana.

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Source: Washington Post

Why one man’s disappearance captured the outrage and media attention that war has not

Friday 21:52 GMT

In the months before the disappearance of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s government racked up a startling record of human rights abuses.

It has led a coalition waging a brutal war in neighboring Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians, including 40 children whose school bus was bombed in August. Saudi officials have jailed dissidents, busi­ness­peo­ple, clerics and journalists, as well as royal rivals to the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Source: ABC News

Missing journalist called for a 'free Arab society' in final column

Friday 08:06 GMT

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi warned of increasing efforts to silence the media in the Middle East in a column he wrote just before he vanished earlier this month.

Attiah said the article, titled “What the Arab world needs most is free expression,” was the perfect example of the writer’s “commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world,” a freedom she said he “apparently gave his life for.” Khashoggi noted how some journalists were imprisoned for speaking out against Arab governments as leaders exercised an apparent “free rein” to silence the media.

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Source: DW

Court in Finland finds pro-Kremlin trolls guilty of harassing journalist

Friday 08:06 GMT

In a major ruling that exceeded prosecutors' requests, a court in Finland sentenced a man to prison for harassing journalist Jessikka Aro.

A Finnish man has been sentenced to over a year in prison for defaming and harassing investigative journalist Jessikka Aro. Ilja Janitskin, the founder of the right-wing, pro-Kremlin website MV-Lehti, was handed a 22 month prison sentence after being found guilty of several charges, including defamation.

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Source: Reuters

Senate leader: Congress should not join 'pile-on' on Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Thursday 16:23 GMT

The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Wednesday that civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains the best hope for Myanmar and that it would not be helpful for Congress to join an international “pile-on” against her over a military crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslims.

The United States was a strong backer of Suu Kyi as she emerged in the 1980s as a pro-democracy icon who endured years of house arrest for standing up to military rule in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Source: The Guradian

Missing in Syria: Austin Tice's parents lonely struggle to find their son

Friday 08:05 GMT

Earlier this year, a state department spokesperson said that the US believes Austin Tice has survived detention in Syria.

In recent years, as Austin Tice has become widely known as a detained journalist, his parents have looked for other, more personal ways to describe him.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte