UK Government Freezes BBC License Fee for Two Years

The United Kingdom government has frozen the license fee of BBC for the next two years, UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries confirmed on Jan. 17. Dorries told the House of Commons that the fee will remain at £159 ($217) until …

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Fact-checkers Urge Youtube to Fight Disinformation

Fact-checkers from around the world have urged Youtube to help fight against disinformation. More than 80 fact-checking organizations from around the world have written an open letter to YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki.  The group of fact-checkers which included groups such …

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Hong Kong Government Accuses The Economist Magazine of Bias

Hong Kong’s government has accused the Economist magazine of being biased after publishing an article about the city’s recent Legislative Council election. The Economist article detailed how the Dec. 19 city election was vetted so only “patriots” could run for …

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Egyptian Human Rights Watchdog Disbands, Citing Government Pressure

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which is the last organization supporting the free press in Egypt, announced on Tuesday that they have disbanded and ceased operations on Monday, citing government pressure. According to ANHRI, the decision was …

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Yemeni Journalist Detained Over Social Post, Says Watchdog

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Monday said that the Yemeni security forces arrested a female journalist Hala Fouad Badawi, calling on the authorities to set her free immediately.   Badawi has been under detention since 30 December by …

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Hoda Kotb Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says She’s “Feeling Good”

Hoda Kotb tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak in New York City during the previous month. The breakthrough case of the Today show anchor was originally revealed on the NBC morning show Thursday, with co-anchor …

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U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee Seeks Cooperation From Fox News Host Sean Hannity

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is seeking the voluntary cooperation of Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of its probe. In a letter sent to Hannity on Jan. 4, the Committee requested …

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China Retains Global Box Office Crown With $7.3B in 2021, Down 26 Percent From 2019

China finished 2021 as the world’s largest theatrical film market for the second year in a row. According to data from regional box office tracker Artisan Gateway, total movie ticket revenue in the country was $7.3 billion, more than doubling …

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Independent Hong Kong Media Outlet Citizen News to Close Due to Safety Fears

Independent Hong Kong online media outlet Citizen News announced on Jan. 2 that it will close, citing the deteriorating media environment and safety of the staff. Citizen News said that it will cease its operations starting from Jan. 4, becoming …

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