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At least 81 journalists killed in 2017: report

81 journalists killed in 2017

At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs in 2017, as harassment and attacks on journalists have been on the rise, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

Although the number of deaths are slightly down from last year's total of 93, the IFJ cautioned that an unprecedented number of journalists were jailed in 2017, with more than 250 still in prison.


MSNBC decision to not renew Joan Walsh's contract prompts backlash from hosts

Joan Walsh contract with MSNBC not renewed; hosts angry

MSNBC will not renew a contributor contract with Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation and former editor-at-large for Salon.

The decision by the network prompted regret from Walsh and open criticism from MSNBC hosts Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.

“Joan Walsh has been a key voice on MSNBC for years and she’s absolutely still welcome. Every year we review our paid contributors list across the ideological spectrum. Unfortunately we couldn’t renew Joan, but she and her distinct perspective will still be invited on our shows," an MSNBC spokesperson told the Hill in a statement on Saturday.


Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Loofah’ Accuser Joins Defamation Lawsuit Against Him and Fox News

Bill O'Reilly's loofh accusers join lawsuitTwo former Fox News employees have joined a defamation lawsuit against the network and ex-star host Bill O’Reilly.

Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who both reached settlements with O’Reilly and Fox after accusing the host of sexual harassment, joined the lawsuit filed by former Fox producer and fellow O’Reilly accuser Rachel Wittlieb Bernstein.

“These women were specifically identified in the NY Times article, to which O’Reilly and Fox responded with false and defamatory statements,” the trio’s lawyer said in a statement.


Mexican journalist shot dead at son's school Christmas pageant

Journalist shot dead at son's Christmas play

A Mexican journalist has been shot dead while he attended his son’s school Christmas pageant as attacks on the country’s press continue unabated.

Gumaro Pérez Aguilando was attending the school event in the town of Acayucan on Friday, when a pair of gunmen burst into the building and killed him in front of a classroom full of schoolchildren, witnesses told local media.


Twitter suspends Britain First group retweeted by Trump

Twittwe suspends Britain First group

Twitter has suspended accounts belonging to the far-right group Britain First and its leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, just weeks after US President Donald Trump shared tweets posted by Fransen on his personal account.

The move came a day before British MPs, who are part of the Home Affairs Committee, were set to discuss the role social media plays in influencing hate crime.

Accounts and posts made by the group were deleted on Monday as part of the social media network's updated policy to combat "hateful conduct and abuse" on the platform.


ESPN president John Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse issue

John Skipper resigns over substance abuse issues

John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday morning, citing a need to deal with a long-term problem with substance abuse.

George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over as the acting chairman for the next 90 days.

"Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," the 61-year-old Skipper said in a statement. "I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and (Disney chairman and chief executive officer) Bob Iger."




Egypt extends Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein's jail term

All Jazeera journalist detention increased in Egypt

Egypt has extended Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein's imprisonment for another 45 days as the producer, who is in poor health, nears one year of incarceration on dubious charges.

Hussein was taken by Egyptian security officers on December 20 last year and accused of reporting "false news with the aim of creating chaos".

An Egyptian national, Hussein had returned to visit his family on holiday from Qatar - where he is based - when he was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned.


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