Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Jordan’s gag order on all media coverage of protests by the country’s teachers and the ensuing arrests of several journalists. These measures obstruct the right to news and information and are unacceptable, RSF says. Amman Magistrates Court issued the gag order on 9 August amid continuing protests by teachers, …

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Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Facebook to restore an article that was censored for violating its rules on nudity and urges the social media platform to be more transparent and responsible about respect for the free flow of information. “Your post goes against our community standards on nudity or sexual activity.” This was …

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RSF refers Cameroonian journalist’s death to UN rapporteurs

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked three UN special rapporteurs to investigate and determine exactly how Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, a Cameroonian journalist usually known as Samuel Wazizi, died a few days after being detained by the army in August 2019. Those responsible must be identified and prosecuted in accordance with international standards, RSF says. …

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A Shift in Perspective: Covid and the US working class

by Chris Mason The total number of COVID-19 infections in the US has now passed the 5 million mark, and the number of dead from the virus exceeds 160,000. If this is a time of strife for the entire nation, it is all the more so for the average worker, particularly those labeled “essential” who don’t enjoy the luxury of working from home. When the nationwide …

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At least 14 journalists injured while covering Beirut protests

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the increasingly frequent violence against journalists by the Lebanese security forces. According to the Samir Kassir Foundation, a Lebanese NGO, at least 14 journalists were injured, many of them by police and soldiers, while covering angry anti-government protests in Beirut on 8 August. The injured journalists included LBC TV …

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RSF shocked by Algeria correspondent’s three-year jail sentence

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the three-year prison sentence that its Algeria correspondent, Khaled Drareni, received today from a court in the Algiers district of Sidi M'hamed, and calls on press freedom supporters to step up the campaign for his release. The jail term received by Drareni, who is also the correspondent …

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Sugar

It is being reported that enthusiastic Tory Party donors Tate and Lyle stand to be the sole beneficiary of the abolition of EU tariffs and quotas on raw cane sugar imports, to the tune of over £70 million a year. This is a good anti-Tory and anti-Brexit story, but deeper thought raises some extremely interesting …

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Hong Kong: RSF denounces arrest of Apple Daily founder, who risks life imprisonment under National Security Law

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai, who was arrested today for “colluding with foreign forces” and risks life imprisonment under the National Security law recently imposed on Hong Kong by the Chinese regime. Jimmy Lai, 71, founder of Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, was Source