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China journalist Gao Yu’s appeal delayed yet again *PEN Case List
The appeal of imprisoned Chinese journalist and DW correspondent Gao Yu has been postponed once again — this time for three months, according to her lawyers. Meanwhile, Gao’s health continues to deteriorate. DW

41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance
Dozens of novelists, essayists, playwrights, and poets have returned the awards they received from India’s prestigious literary academy to protest what they call a growing atmosphere of intolerance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The writers say every day brings more evidence of intolerance and bigotry, all met by a deafening silence from the government. NEW YORK TIMES

Journalists threaten to boycott Taliban after threats
A day after the Taliban declared two Afghan TV stations legitimate “military targets,” the country’s journalists issued their own warning: If you come after us, we’ll stop reporting on you. VICE NEWS

Bulgaria: Campaign reportedly sets out to smear editor
Atanas Chobanov, the editor of the investigative news website, has been the subject of an orchestrated campaign as a result of his and his staff’s coverage of alleged corruption involving Bulgarian media mogul and “oligarch” Delyan Peevski. “We have been investigating his activities for years and our latest reports are clearly hurting,” Chobanov said. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Political cartoons defy censorship to expose Thai-style “democracy”
Despite strict media regulation in Thailand, some political cartoonists continue to highlight the harsh impact of military rule on the country’s freedom of expression. Cartoonists popularly known as Stephff and Sia have been consistent in depicting the anti-democratic policies of the military-backed government led by former army chief and now Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. GLOBAL VOICES

University of Cambridge study finds 87% of Android devices are insecure
The study blames original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, for a lack of updates and ranks Nexus devices as the most secure. Along with the study, the school will launch “” to post findings and grade OEMs based on their security record. ARS TECHNICA

Editorial: Suppressing the truth in Turkmenistan
A stifling dictatorship combined with falling oil prices has led to economic turmoil in Turkmenistan, and Islamist militants are said to be pressing in across the country’s border with Afghanistan. The rulers’ response to this bad news has been to try to block the reporting of it. WASHINGTON POST

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award of the year named
Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou has won the top prize in this year’s African Journalist Awards for his powerful recounting of the downfall of the man who ruled Burkina Faso for nearly three decades. In “Nuit du 29 Octobre à Azalaï: Nous étions à la chambre 143”, Boowurosigue Sanou takes readers to the heart of the action during former president Blaise Campaore’s struggle to cling to power. CNN