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Turkey: Six journalists given life sentences over coup

6 Reporters get life sentences in TurkeyA Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in prison in relation to a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported.

The six journalists received aggravated life sentences for "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order", an unnamed judicial source told Anadolu news agency on Friday.

Turkey has accused the journalists of having links to a movement headed by exiled Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara alleges was behind a deadly failed putsch in July 2016. Gulen, who is based in the United States, denies the accusation.

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Reuters: Journalists held for probing Rohingya massacre

Reuters journalists held for probe of massacre

Two Reuters news agency journalists held for two months by Myanmar authorities were arrested over their investigation of a massacre of 10 Rohingya men, the news agency said in a report that detailed the killings.

It is the first time Reuters has publicly confirmed what Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on when they were arrested on December 12 on the outskirts of Yangon.

The pair are now facing up to 14 years in prison on charges of possessing classified documents in violation of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

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Newsweek’s Top Editor And Staffers Suddenly Fired

Newswweek firings

Newsweek Media Group on Monday fired multiple staffers from the publications it oversees.

Those fired include Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Bob Roe, executive editor Ken Li and reporter Celeste Katz, multiple sources told HuffPost.

Roe confirmed his firing to CNN. Li hinted at the upheaval in a tweet, writing, “What a day to leave my charger at home.”

Sources told the New York Daily News that Josh Saul, a reporter for Newsweek, and Josh Keefe, a reporter for sister site the International Business Times, were also fired. HuffPost was not able to independently confirm this.

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Female journalists kept at back of Pence’s visit to Western Wall

Female journalists kept at back of wall in Jerusalem

A spiritual visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem’s Western Wall has been overshadowed after female journalists were forced to stand behind their male counterparts in a fenced-off area.

While women and men are separated by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish authority that runs the plaza, both sexes are normally able to look into each other’s section. During previous visits by Donald Trump and Barack Obama, sexes were divided although female reporters and photographers were afforded an unobstructed view.

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Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

Bill RichardsonFormer New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.

Richardson said he was chosen by Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to sit on the 10-member board that will advise on how to implement recommendations of an earlier commission headed by former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan regarding the situation in the state.

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Journalist among J20 defendants still being charged

Protesters still under arrest in US

Journalist Aaron Cantu is among 59 defendants still facing the grim prospect of decades behind bars after being arrested at a protest during US President Donald Trump's inauguration last year.

On Friday afternoon, Cantu's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the charges against the reporter, arguing that moving forward with his prosecution would "set a dangerous precedent for journalists", according to the filing.

"The indictment does not contain any specific allegations that Mr Cantu himself engaged in any violent or destructive acts," the filing reads.

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WSJ clashes with Trump over the accuracy of a quote about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Trump challenged by WSJ

The White House late on Saturday criticized the Wall Street Journal, claiming the paper misquoted President Donald Trump in a recent interview.

In a tweet on Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused The Journal of "falsely quoting" Trump's comments about his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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