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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / JASON LEE (Photo credit should read JASON LEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hayward: The True State of Freedom of the Press in 2018

The topic of press freedom is much on the media’s mind as 2018 draws to a close. Much of the U.S. media believes it is suffering through uniquely dark times because President Donald Trump has been fiercely, often hyperbolically, critical of its work.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh holds today's edition of the Capital Gazette on Thursday, on June 289, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. 5 people were shot and killed in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette by a gunman Jarrod Ramos of Laurel Md. Has been arrested and charged with killing …

Hayward: Report Claims U.S. Now One of Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (known by its French acronym RSF) released on Tuesday the 2018 edition of its annual “Worldwide Round-up of Journalists Killed, Detained, Held Hostage, or Missing in 2018.” The media immediately went crazy with the presence of the United States for the first time ever on the list of five most dangerous countries, even though the slain American journalists in question were killed by a deranged gunman and a falling tree, not agents of the government or a terrorist organization.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Erdogan said that he has concerns about possible NATO military action in Libya, but he has not flatly opposed such a mission. "Turkey will not point arms at the Libyan people," he …

Study: Turkey Leads Rise in Journalist Detentions

The number of journalists detained worldwide rose in 2016, an increase related to Turkey where more than 100 journalists and media contributors are in jail, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

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Islamic State Executes Female Journalist in Raqqa On Charges of Espionage

Independent citizen journalist Ruqia Hassan was brutally executed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on charges of “espionage” in the jihadist group’s de facto capital Raqqa, Syria, reportedly marking what has been described as the first capital punishment of a woman for reporting within the terrorist organization’s territory, according to fellow citizen journalists.

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EU Warns Poland Over Independent Media Laws: Report

BERLIN (AFP) –  European Union (EU) Commissioner Gunther Oettinger on Sunday threatened to put Poland on notice for infringing on common European values by passing legislation giving the government control of the state media. The move would start a series of

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Reporters Without Borders: Japanese Journalist Held for Ransom in Syria

The organization Reporters Without Borders alleged this week that one of its journalists, Japanese national Yasuda Jumpei, has been kidnapped in Syria and his captors are demanded an unspecified ransom from his family and government in exchange for his freedom.