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Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox News for NBC

megyn Kelly leaving FOXMegyn Kelly, one of America’s most prominent news anchors, will join NBC News, it was announced today by Andrew Lack, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues. The show will air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months.

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Wall Street Journal Editor Says His Newspaper Won’t Call Donald Trump’s Lies ‘Lies’

Gerard BakerWall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker said his newspaper would not refer to false statements from the Trump administration as “lies,” because doing so would ascribe a “moral intent” to the statements.

Baker appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday, where he described some of President-elect Donald Trump’s falsehoods as “questionable” and “challengeable.” But, he said, “I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.”

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WSJ Reporter Released From Turkish Detention After 3-Day Ordeal

WSJ reporter releasedA Wall Street Journal reporter held in Turkish detention for nearly three days without any contact with his family or lawyers has been released. National security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was taken from his Istanbul apartment on Tuesday night before being released Saturday morning.

His detention is believed to be connected to a government ban on publishing images from an Islamic State video. “While we are relieved that Dion was released unharmed after nearly three days, we remain outraged at his peremptory detention, without any contact with his family, legal counsel or colleagues,”

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Global Press Freedom Has Taken An ‘Unbelievable’ Hit This Year

Global journalismMedia freedom has undergone a “deep and disturbing” decline in several parts of the world and at the global level this year, according to a new release from Reporters Without Borders.

Thus far in 2016, 57 journalists have been killed in connection with their work, 187 remain imprisoned and 44 are currently being held hostage, according to the organization’s latest December tallies. These figures represent professional journalists only. When including media netizens and citizen reporters, the numbers of those slain, detained and held for ransom climb to at least 74, 348 and 52, respectively.

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Snowden doc shows NSA blamed Russia for hack of murdered journalist: report

Snowden documents connect Putin to murder of journalistThe National Security Agency (NSA) knew that the Russian government hacked the email account of a prominent journalist the year before she was killed in Moscow, documents published by The Intercept show.

The 2006 murder of longtime Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya — who was gunned down in the elevator of her apartment complex — is widely believed to have been a contract killing. Politkovskaya was a noted critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it has long been suspected that the murder was carried out on his orders.

The NSA compiled an internal file on Politkovskaya, which was exposed as part of the Edward Snowden leaks.

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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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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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