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Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts

Israeli newscasterThe Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

The law, passed early Thursday in the middle of the night, drew criticism from journalists, who accused the government of trying to stifle dissent.

The law says broadcasts should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels."


Vice News Journalists Charged With Terrorism In Turkey Are Released From Prison

Vice jpurnalists freedA Turkish court has ordered the release of two British journalists working for U.S.-based Vice News who were charged earlier this week with "aiding a terrorist organization," Vice News confirms.

While British citizens Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released, their Iraqi translator, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains in custody. In a statement, Vice commended the release of its staffers but called for the release of Rasool, who has worked across the Middle East with not only Vice but The Associated Press and Al Jazeera as well.


Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Al Jazeera journalistsA court in Egypt has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail after finding them guilty of "aiding a terrorist organization".

Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all handed three-year jail sentences when the court in Cairo delivered the verdict on Saturday, sparking worldwide condemnation of the decision.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months for possession of a spent bullet casing. An appeal against the verdict is planned.


Fox News chief: Donald Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology

Kelly and TrupThe chairman of Fox News Channel says Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that he called “as unacceptable as it is disturbing.”

The Republican presidential front-runner welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better when she was away.

Trump wrote that Kelly “must have had a terrible vacation” because “she’s really off her game.” He also retweeted a message that referred to Kelly as a bimbo.


What's in the Ashley Madison dump?

Ashley MadisonIt appears that hackers have released 10 gigabytes of data stolen from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people.

Hackers claim to have distributed the personal information on 33 million accounts via the dark web and it is now being pored over by security researchers, among others.  Many, including security expert Brian Krebs, believe the dump is genuine.

What data has been released?


US journalist for Jewish paper posts first report after gaining rare access to Iran

Forward reporter given visa to Irann American journalist from a Jewish, pro-Israel newspaper was granted a visa to Iran this summer, and published his first report from the country on Tuesday – one month before the US congress is set to vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

Larry Cohler-Esses, the managing editor for news at the Forward, an influential national US newspaper, was the first journalist from a Jewish, pro-Israel publication to be granted a journalist’s visa since the 1979 Revolution, he wrote.


Huge explosions rock Tianjin in northeast China

Huge explosion in ChinaHuge explosions hit an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, triggering a blast wave felt kilometers (miles) away and injuring scores of people, Chinese media reported.

State broadcaster China Central Television reported that blasts had erupted in a shipment of explosives at around 11.30 p.m. local time.

Video footage showed flames lighting up the night sky and state-run news agency Xinhua quoted residents in nearby districts as saying the blast had shattered windows.


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