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Vice Journalist Released After 131 Days In Turkish Prison

Vice journalist freedVice News has confirmed that journalist Mohammed Rasool has been released on bail from a Turkish prison after 131 days behind bars. Rasool was arrested in August while reporting from the city of Diyarbakir, which lies in a heavily Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey.

"Rasool is now looking forward to being reunited with his family, friends and colleagues, who ask for his privacy to be respected during this time," a Vice spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.

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Missing booksellers have Hong Kong leader 'highly concerned'

Hong Kong booksellers disappearHong Kong's leader said Monday that he was "highly concerned" about the recent disappearances of people associated with a publishing company in the city that specializes in titles critical of mainland China's leadership.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters there's no evidence so far to support suspicions that mainland security agents were involved.

Five people associated with Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current and its Causeway Bay Bookstore have vanished in recent months.

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UK husband and wife convicted of planning bomb attack

UK couple guilty of terror plotA husband and wife interested in helping Islamic State extremists have been convicted of planning a large-scale bombing of civilian targets in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city's transit system.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, were found guilty Tuesday at the Old Bailey court.

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China Kicks French Journalist Out Of The Country Over Terrorism Coverage

China kicks French Journal out of countryChina said Saturday that it will not renew press credentials for a French journalist, effectively expelling her following a harsh media campaign against her for questioning the official line equating ethnic violence in China's western Muslim region with global terrorism.

Expecting the move, Ursula Gauthier, a longtime journalist for the French news magazine L'Obs, said late Friday night that she was prepared to leave China.

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Why I quit my job as a reporter today

Steve Majerus CollinsChristmas Eve, 2015

Twenty five years ago, as a young reporter, I sat in an Upstate New York courtroom where a judge ordered me to hand over a leaked hospital lab slip that showed a state trooper had been drunk during a late-night crash. When I refused, I thought I would wind up behind bars, the culmination of a months-long drama that forced me to confront both the best and worst parts of my chosen profession. In the end, fortunately, I dodged jail time without giving in.

Now, no longer young, I once again face a moment that calls for me to put my own needs aside and to stand once more for principle.

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Sheldon Adelson ordered reporters of his newly acaquired paper to probe judge handling lawsuit against him

AdelsonSheldon Adelson, a top Republican Party donor and gambling tycoon, ordered reporters at the Las Vegas Review-Journal to investigate a judge handling a lawsuit against him — just a month after his family bought the newspaper, according to an investigation by its staff.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report on the assignment handed down to reporters from its own management.

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Another chilling year of killings and attacks on journalists

Killing of jouirnalistsFifty-five journalists have been killed across the world so far this year. In purely statistical terms, it signifies an improvement. It is six fewer than were killed last year and 17 fewer than in 2013.

Yet it is further evidence of the incredibly hostile condtions under which many journalists work, conditions that have seen a total of 597 killed over the past decade because of their journalistic activities.

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