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Mauritanian Journalist Sentenced To Death For 'Insulting The Prophet' In Article

mauritaniaMauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet," a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article about the Prophet Mohammad and the caste system, an extremely sensitive subject in a West African country with deep social and racial divisions.

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60 Journalists Killed In 2014 As Targeting Of International Press Rises

60 journalists killed in 2014The horrific deaths of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria brought worldwide attention to the dangers journalists face in war zones. The beheadings reflected an alarming trend in 2014 in which international journalists were increasingly targeted and killed.

There were at least 60 journalists killed globally in connection to their work in 2014, according to an annual report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that advocates for press freedom around the world. The latest death was Afghan cameraman Zubair Hatami, who died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a Taliban attack.

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Judge allows Oklahoma to bar press from seeing executions

Media barred from Oklahoma executionsA federal judge in Oklahoma has allowed the state to press ahead with its restrictions on press access to executions, dismissing a legal challenge brought by the ACLU that would have opened up the entire lethal injection process to public scrutiny.

Joe Heaton, a US district judge for the western district of Oklahoma, on Friday threw out the lawsuit that had been backed by the Guardian, the Oklahoma Observer and journalist Katie Fretland. The judge found that the plaintiffs had failed to make the case that the press had a first amendment constitutional right to witness the complete execution process.

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Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter to Reveal Source

James RisenAttorney General Eric Holder has decided against forcing a reporter for the New York Times to reveal the identity of a confidential source, according to a senior Justice Department official.

The reporter, James Risen, has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source for a book that revealed a CIA effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program.

The government wanted Risen's testimony in the trial of a former CIA official, Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information.

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Al Jazeera correspondent dies in Syria

Mahran Al DeeriAl Jazeera Media Network has announced the death of its Arabic correspondent in Syria, Mahran Al Deeri, while covering battles in the city of Al Sheikh Maskin in rural Daraa.

According to his family members, Mahran died on Wednesday while taking cover from government fire as his car hit the vehicle of rebel fighters after he turned off his headlights to avoid being targeted.

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Washington Post journalist charged by court in Tehran

WP reporter charged in TehranAfter being detained over the summer, a reporter for the Washington Post was charged by an Iranian court Saturday.

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American with dual citizenship, spent around 10 hours in a court in Tehran before charges were filed against him, though the nature of the charges remain unclear. A translator assisted Rezaian, who does not speak Farsi, and sources familiar with the case told the Washington Post Rezaian signed documents indicating he understood he was being charged.

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US journalist killed in failed rescue raid in Yemen

Luke SomersAn American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by Al-Qaeda in Yemen were killed Saturday during a failed U.S.-led rescue attempt, a raid President Barack Obama said he ordered over an "imminent danger" to the reporter.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) previously posted a video online threatening to kill photographer Luke Somers, prompting a second rescue attempt for him by American forces backed by Yemeni ground troops. But an aid group helping negotiate the release of South African Pierre Korkie said he was to be freed Sunday and his wife was told only that morning: "The wait is almost over."

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