AP Reporter Freed from Prison in Myanmar

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I’m Scott Nover. Welcome back to Pressing, a newsletter about press freedom. If you haven’t yet subscribed, you can do so here and receive this letter in your inbox every Tuesday morning.

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What’s New?

  • Associated Press reporter Thein Zaw was released from detention in Myanmar on Wednesday, three weeks after he was arrested while covering the military coup in Yangon. (AP)

  • Amnesty International named Agnes Callamard its new Secretary General. Callamard was the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions. In that role, she investigated the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (AP)

  • Callamard recently revealed that a senior Saudi official issued multiple death threats to her during the investigation. (Guardian)

  • A Brazilian court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to pay journalist Patrícia Campos Mello around $3,500 in damages for disparaging comments he made about her, in which he claimed she offered sex to a source for information about him. (BBC)

  • The L.A.P.D. arrested multiple reporters, including James Queally of The Los Angeles Times and Kate Cagle of Spectrum News 1 SoCal, at a demonstration at an Echo Park homeless camp. In total, at least five journalists and multiple legal observers were detained. (WaPo)

  • The Guinean journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo was detained for criticizing the president. Guinea’s 2010 press law criminalizes insulting the president, which the reporter allegedly did on a TV broadcast. (CPJ)

  • The Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez has repeatedly criticized her employer for its policy banning her from reporting on issues involving sexual assault or harassment because she is a sexual assault survivor. On Monday, the Post reversed its decision. (Politico)

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Read Last Week’s Issue:

“It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” a judge wrote, quite correctly, in a recent dissenting opinion.

From there he devolved: “It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy.”

I think it’s safe to say Judge Laurence Silberman doesn’t like the American press […]

[Read more here.]

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