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Iran trying to resolve Jason Rezaian case *PEN Case List
The Washington Post reporter, who has been jailed in Iran for more than a year, has stood trial on espionage charges. “We [are trying] to resolve the case from a humanitarian point of view,” but “the charges are serious and it’s a judiciary process,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Ex-BBC journalist dies at Istanbul airport
Jacky Sutton, 50, is understood to have been found dead at the city’s Ataturk airport. The circumstances are unclear. She was the acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and had been travelling to Irbil, northern Iraq. BBC NEWS

China keeps tight lid on September massacre
Even as Baicheng County remains in a state of siege, with an enormous manhunt underway, the Chinese news media has yet to report on a massacre of at least 50 people in a Xinjiang coal mine, and local officials have denied that it even took place. NEW YORK TIMES

Nigerian journalist jailed for unclear reasons
Daily Trust deputy editor Lawan Adamu has been arrested in connection with his professional activities related to his investigation of the migrant crisis. Authorities claim that Adamu was detained because his travel documents issued by the сonsulate of Niger republic were invalid. NAIJ.COM

Facebook will warn you if governments are spying on you
In a move to take security more seriously, Facebook has said it will roll out a new feature that warns users if they are being spied on by government agents. Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wrote, “Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.” THE TELEGRAPH

Japanese journalist charged over coverage of South Korea’s president
On Monday, prosecutors sought an 18-month jail term for Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato on a charge of criminally defaming President Park Geun-hye. A Seoul court is expected to issue a sentence on Nov. 26. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

New NGO law could restrict press freedoms in Kazahkstan
Dunja Mijatović, OSCE representative on freedom of the media, said that not only would the legislation channel grants through the government, the bill also “introduces possibilities for the government to limit the priorities of the NGOs and exclude freedom of the media from their area of work.” THE DIPLOMAT

The sad fate of America’s whistleblowers
History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts. What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? COMMON DREAMS