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Russian Journalists Protest ‘Clampdown on Free Speech’ with Mass Resignations

Every reporter working for the political section of Russia’s Kommersant daily business newspaper resigned on Monday to show their solidarity with two veteran journalists forced out of their jobs by political pressure. Over 200 Kommersant employees signed an open letter the same day, denouncing the “obvious clampdown on free speech in Russia.”

Pressure at top Russian daily triggers mass walkout

Brooks: Both Extremes in WH-Acosta Press Pass Fight Are Wrong

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks discussed the lawsuit over the revocation of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass and argued that both the White House’s position and “The other extreme, that anybody should have

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Google Censored over 300,000 Links for European Regulators

Google has censored hundreds of thousands of links to comply with European “right to be forgotten” regulations. A new transparency report reveals that the search giant has complied with 348,508 of the 1,235,473 URLs that users have requested be removed from search results.

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Former Legislator: Ban Political Ads from Canadian TV, Radio

A former Canadian Liberal legislator is calling for a permanent ban on political television and radio ads in Canada, citing the status quo of restrictions on political messaging in Britain as his model. In Britain, John Milloy says, “major political parties” are each apportioned an equal amount of time by on government-licensed television stations to make their pitches.

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Iranian Government Bans Newspaper Owned by Nuclear Deal Critic

AFP News reports that a paper called the 9th Dey Weekly has been shut down by Iran’s “Press Supervisory Board,” which also issued warning notices to the Kayhan Daily and a news website called Raja–all critics of the nuclear deal Iran brokered during the P5+1 talks.

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