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Egypt amends anti-terrorism law, eliminates jail time for journalists

Al-SisiEgypt's cabinet has amended a draft law so that journalists would be fined, rather than jailed, for contradicting the authorities' version of any armed attack, the state news agency reported. The bill, which sets up new courts for “terrorism trials,” was proposed after Egypt's top prosecutor died in a car bombing and 17 members of the security forces were killed by insurgents in the Sinai.

It has been condemned by rights groups, with Amnesty International saying it would grant President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “absolute powers” to crush dissent. One provision of the bill would have made it a criminal offence for journalists or others to report on attacks in a way that contradicted the official version of events, with jail terms of at least two years.

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Why Did ‘Frontline’ Kill Lowell Bergman’s Gambling Documentary?

Macau gambling documentaryecriminations and accusations are flying after the PBS series shelved veteran reporter Lowell Bergman’s documentary about the gambling industry in Macau.

Can this media marriage be saved?

Given that the separation has been prompted by the cancellation of a documentary on the gambling industry, the odds are probably less than 50 to 1.

Meanwhile, a once-devoted partnership is—like many divorces—devolving into recriminations, anger and injured feelings.

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NBC cuts ties with Donald Trump

NBC cuts ties with TrumpNBC is cutting its ties with Donald Trump over the 2016 Republican presidential candidate's recent remarks over immigrants.

"Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," the network said in a statement Monday.

NBC also said it would no longer air the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.

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Fox News Drops Sarah Palin

Sarah PalinFox News will not renew its contract with Sarah Palin, whose bombastic appearances have been a cable staple since the former Alaska governor’s failed run on John McCain’s ticket in 2007.

When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the network had amicably parted ways with the governor on June 1.

Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.

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Germany releases Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

Ahmed Mansour freedGerman authorities have released Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, who had been detained at Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian government.

Mansour's lawyers, who told Al Jazeera of the German decision, were expected to meet him following his release on Monday.

Earlier reports had said a court in Germany was about to consider Egypt's request to extradite Mansour, one of the Arab world's most respected journalists.

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Al Jazeera demands release of reporter held in Germany

Al Jazeera reporterAl Jazeera has urged Germany to immediately release its journalist Ahmed Mansour, who was detained at a Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian authorities.

Mansour, a senior Al Jazeera Arabic TV journalist, was arrested at Berlin's Tegel airport at 13:20 GMT on Saturday as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight from Berlin to Doha.

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Diane Rehm And A Bungled Interview With Senator Bernie Sanders

Diane RehmAnother week, another Bernie Sanders column. And this time the issue is far more serious than repeatedly being called a "long shot."

Listeners are mad, and rightly so, about Diane Rehm's Wednesday interview with the Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president. (For the record, Rehm is employed by WAMU-FM, which produces her show; NPR distributes the show to stations across the country and it is clear from the mail I have received that listeners consider the program to be an NPR show.)

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