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'Profitable' Washington Post adding more than five dozen journalists

WaPoTwenty-sixteen was the year The Washington Post came of age — again. In its audience growth, in the ambitiousness of its journalism, in its impact on the American conversation, the Post became the U.S.’s fourth national newspaper company, joining The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Now, come 2017, the Post seems to be doing something unique in daily journalism: It is adding journalists early in the year.

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Egypt arrests Al Jazeera news producer during vacation

Al Jazeera news producer arrested by EgyptyAn Al Jazeera news producer has been arrested in Egypt over accusations of attempting to overthrow the government and being a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Mahmoud Hussein was arrested at his Cairo home on Friday, Al Jazeera Media Network said, but it was not known where he was being held.

"Al Jazeera holds Egyptian authorities responsible for the safety of Hussein and is calling for his immediate release," the Qatar-based network said in a statement.

Hussein, who lives in the capital Doha, used to work in Egypt before Al Jazeera closed its office there in 2013.

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Facebook could face $180M fine for allegedly misleading EU

Faebook to face EU fineThe European Commission charged that Facebook Inc. misled regulators in its takeover of WhatsApp, an accusation which could lead to a $180 million fine.

Facebook's $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 included assurances it could not merge WhatApp data with its other services, such as linking WhatsApp information, including phone numbers, to individual Facebook accounts. After Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram began sharing customers' data during the summer of 2016, the action generated angry responses from privacy activists and regulators, including the European Union's European Commission.

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Donald Trump’s Real Threat to the Press

Freedom of the PressAnyone who doubts that Donald Trump could use the levers of the presidency to strike back at the media should talk to Chip Babcock.

He’s the veteran First Amendment attorney who represented the Dallas Times Herald in February, 1984, when one of its reporters was facing a possible indictment for reporting on undocumented immigrants.

The reporter, Jack Fischer, was in a car with a nun, a Catholic lay worker, and three undocumented Salvadoran migrants when the car was stopped by the border patrol and its occupants were arrested. An assistant U.S. attorney drew up an indictment against Fischer and the others.

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German firms including BMW pull advertising from Breitbart

Ads pulled from Breitbart siteMajor German companies including BMW have stopped advertising on Breitbart, the rightwing US news and opinion site that campaigned for Donald Trump and plans to launch in Europe before key elections next year.

The boycott, prompted by a social media campaign titled KeinGeldFürRechts or No Money for the Right, follows a similar decision by Kellogg’s in the US, to which Breitbart responded by urging readers to stop buying the cereal firm’s products.

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Megyn Kelly accuses Trump social media director of inciting online abuse

Megyn KelleyJournalist Megyn Kelly, who is under armed guard after receiving death threats, has accused Donald Trump’s social media director of stirring hatred on the internet.

The Fox News host urged Dan Scavino, a member of the presidential transition team’s leadership staff, to stop encouraging hostile and abusive elements online.

“The vast majority of Donald Trump supporters are not at all this way,” Kelly told an audience in Washington. “It’s that far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for Donald Trump whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that. His name is Dan Scavino.”

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Canadian reporter barred from entering the US.

Ed OuEd Ou is used to crossing borders.

The award-winning Canadian photojournalist has spent the past decade travelling to the kinds of places where being in the media can be a hazard to your health: Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Egypt and Turkey, to name a few.

So when he booked a flight last October to the US from Canada to cover the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, he was relieved to be somewhere with press freedoms.

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