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Turkish journalists jailed for five years, hours after courthouse attack

Journalists jailed in IstanbulTwo prominent journalists were sentenced to at least five years in jail for revealing state secrets on Friday, just hours after a gunman tried to shoot one of them outside the Istanbul courthouse.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, who was unscathed in the shooting, was given five years and 10 months. Erdem Gul, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, was sentenced to five years. They were acquitted of some other charges, including trying to topple the government.

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Egypt arrests journalists in raid on press syndicate

Egypt arrests journalistsEgyptian police have stormed the press syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists critical of the government, a syndicate official and reporters said in what the union called an unprecedented crackdown.

The interior ministry denied officers stormed the press labour union building, a traditional spot in downtown Cairo to stage protests, but confirmed some of its members had arrested the journalists inside the syndicate on Sunday.

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Fox News Pundit Pleads Guilty To Faking CIA Ties

Wayne Simmons pleads guilty to fraudA Fox News guest terrorism analyst pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, federal prosecutors said.

Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered the plea in U.S. district court in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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New York Times boss sued over alleged ageist, racist and sexist hiring practices

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson, the chief executive of the New York Times and former director-general of the BBC, is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit alleging that he introduced a culture of “deplorable discrimination” based on age, race and gender at the newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two black female employees in their sixties in New York on Thursday, claims that under Thompson’s leadership the US paper of record has “become an environment rife with discrimination”.

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Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad bureau

Al Jazeera shut down in IraqThe Iraqi Communications and Media Commission has shut down the Baghdad bureau of Al Jazeera Media Network and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.

In a letter to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, the CMC said it was withdrawing the license that allowed Al Jazeera to operate in Iraq due to "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations."

The Network said it was “shocked and bewildered” by the decision, and promised to continue its coverage of Iraq for its audience there and around the world.

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Israel silencing detained Palestinian journalist, says wife

Palestinian journalist detainedThe wife of a detained Palestinian journalist said Tuesday that Israel is trying to silence him.

Omar Nazzal, 53, was seized over the weekend at an Israeli-run crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. At the time, he was heading to a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Bosnia.

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Dutch journalist arrested in Turkey for criticising Erdoğan

ErdoganA Dutch journalist was blocked from leaving Turkey on Sunday following her arrest on Saturday night for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“Police at the door. No joke,” wrote Ebru Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin wrote on her Twitter account.

Umar recently wrote a piece critical of Erdoğan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted, leading to her arrest. After her arrest in the resort town of Kusadasi in western Turkey, where she was on holiday, Dutch officials said, she was brought before a judge.

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