President Putin has signed legislation enabling Russian authorities to block websites and punishment for “fake news” and material deemed insulting .
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China has released a lengthy white paper that seeks to justify its anti-terrorism fight and de-radicalization measures in the western region of Xinjiang.
Egypt’s top media regulator tightens restrictions on social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security.
The sentencing of Lebanese TV correspondent Adam Chamseddine to three months in jail for “insulting” a security agency in a Facebook post .
Ahead of a vote in Russia’s Federation Council on legislation dramatically increasing fines for online publication of alleged “fake news” and online speech .
Authorities in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, shut down one march and initially blocked another in the latest onslaught against free expression in country.
Newspaper circulation in U.S. has declined every year for three decades, while ads revenue has nosedived since 2006, according to the Pew Research Center.
Germany criticizes Turkey’s treatment of foreign journalists saying that such actions were “not compatible with our understanding of press freedom.”
A new restrictive law introduced by Nepalese government gives authorities powers to block social media platforms and remove or criminalise defamatory posts.
Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week, an effort to highlight the role of freedom of information at all levels of the U.S. government.