Abe pays respects to victims at French Embassy

Jan 9, 2015

Abe pays respects to victims at French Embassy

by Magdalena Osumi

Expressing solidarity with the people of France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday signed a book of condolences at the French Embassy’s residency building in Tokyo as police near Paris hunted the gunmen behind a massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Also Friday afternoon, a ...

Egypt court orders retrial in Al-Jazeera case

Jan 2, 2015

Egypt court orders retrial in Al-Jazeera case

An Egyptian appeals court on Thursday ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists held for over a year on terror-related charges, a ruling that their lawyers hoped was a step toward resolving a case that brought a storm of international criticism on Egypt’s ...

Dec 29, 2014

Detained Radio Liberty journalists questioned in Azerbaijan

Police in Azerbaijan have detained a dozen journalists working for U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty amid an ongoing crackdown on the outlet that Washington and rights groups decry. The Baku offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed ...

Dec 24, 2014

Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday, making the past three years the deadliest for journalists since the organization began keeping track more than ...

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

Sep 19, 2014

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

A team of BBC journalists was assaulted in southern Russia while researching a story about soldiers “being killed at the Ukraine border,” the company said Thursday after lodging a protest with Russian authorities. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan ...

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

Jun 23, 2014

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a case that has brought an outcry from rights groups. The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, ...

Jan 18, 2014

China takes foreign journalists on tour of WWII battle sites

The Chinese government on Saturday conducted a two-day media tour of old WWII sites for foreign journalists that appeared directed against Japan. In the tour, arranged by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, nearly 40 foreign correspondents based in Beijing and other Chinese cities visited five ...

Nov 24, 2013

Information grab raises ire across the spectrum

Journalists, citizens’ groups and academics, among others, are growing increasingly vociferous in their opposition to the state secrets bill. The legislation is aimed at giving the government the unilateral right to keep information on defense, diplomacy and counterterrorism secret indefinitely. Even the Fukushima Prefectural ...