Dec 31, 2015

Polish government takes control of public media with new law

Poland’s conservative government took control of state media Wednesday after new legislation giving it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters was rushed through parliament, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs. The media bill, which was only submitted to ...

Dec 30, 2015

U.S. spying reportedly included Israeli phone calls with U.S. lawmakers

The U.S. National Security Agency’s foreign eavesdropping included phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials. White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to ...

Dec 4, 2015

China vows copyright protection for online news media

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China will crack down on illegal reproduction of online news, the country’s media watchdog said, days after an influential Chinese news magazine complained publicly about what it described as unauthorized republishing of its stories. China’s government has long vowed to rein in intellectual property ...

Dec 1, 2015

Nikkei Inc. completes $1.3 billion purchase of Financial Times

News organization Nikkei Inc. announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of British newspaper The Financial Times from the U.K. media giant Pearson Plc. Announced by Nikkei and Pearson in July, the agreement saw the Japanese company paying 844 million pounds sterling ($1.3 ...