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Al Jazeera announces 500 job cuts

Al Jazeera to cut 500 jobsThe international news broadcaster Al Jazeera is undergoing a severe reduction in its workforce.

About 500 employees will be laid off beginning Monday, the broadcaster said on Sunday.

The cutbacks are a result of budget cuts by Al Jazeera's owner, Qatar, tied to the falling price of oil. The Middle Eastern emirate is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues.

Al Jazeera's various news channels employ about 3,500 people. Earlier this year the broadcaster decided to shut down its English language channel in the United States, Al Jazeera America. About 700 jobs will be eliminated once the channel signs off on April 12.


French journalist Florence Hartmann jailed by war crimes tribunal

Florence HartmannThe journalist Florence Hartmann, a former correspondent for Le Monde, has been jailed at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, the body established to try the criminals she devoted her life to exposing. She was arrested ahead of the verdict handed down to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić.

Hartmann’s lawyer said she was being held in isolation, She is entirely isolated, under 24-hour fluorescent light, a situation that will last until at least Tuesday because of the Easter holiday.


Turkey takes journalists' trial behind closed doors

journalists held in TurkeyA Turkish court took the trial of two prominent journalists charged with espionage behind closed doors on Friday, in a decision swiftly condemned by human rights groups.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, 49, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, stand accused of trying to topple the government with the publication last May of footage purporting to show Turkey's state intelligence agency helping to truck weapons to Syria in 2014.


Thousands of Palestinian children injured in conflict

Palestinian children injured by the thousandsKufr Qaddum, occupied West Bank - Eleven-year-old Khalid Ishtawy is among more than 2,100 Palestinian children injured during direct conflict in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of October, according to the United Nations.

Khaled was shot in the thigh on March 5, during what residents in the northern West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum called a peaceful protest. His face was etched with pain as his father, Fatah spokesperson and protest organiser Murad, slowly helped him into the family's living room.


Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

Knight FoundationThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in conjunction with the International Center for Journalists, unveiled a new $110,000 fellowship program on Tuesday morning designed to allow Cuban reporters and bloggers to work with their U.S. colleagues to receive multimedia storytelling and core journalism training.

Five journalists from the Cuban independent digital news outlet 14ymedio, which was launched in 2014 by the award-winning blogger Yoani Sánchez, will be embedded within Miami-based, Spanish-language newsrooms over the course of one year. They will collaborate on stories depicting the rapidly changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba and the impact of those changes on both countries.


Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data

encryption improved by major corporationsSilicon Valley’s leading companies – including Facebook, Google and Snapchat – are working on their own increased privacy technology as Apple fights the US government over encryption, the Guardian has learned.

The projects could antagonize authorities just as much as Apple’s more secure iPhones, which are currently at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation. They also indicate the industry may be willing to back up their public support for Apple with concrete action.


Reporter resigns, says Breitbart didn't stand by her Trump allegations

Michelle FieldsMichelle Fields and colleague Ben Shapiro resigned from conservative media website Breitbart over the outlet's response to Fields' accusation that Donald Trump's campaign manager assaulted her.

"Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation," Fields wrote in a statement received by BuzzFeed News. "I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways."


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