Egyptian journalist cheers secular writer’s assassination on television
Prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was assassinated on the steps of an Amman courthouse. A television host in Egypt celebrated Hattar’s murder in a video posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Government protests after Taiwan media barred from summit
Taiwan protested the International Civil Aviation Organization’s refusal to allow Taiwanese media to cover its 39th triennial assembly slated to open Sept. 27 in Montreal, to which Taiwan was not invited to attend.

Gunmen shoot dead Somalia journalist in capital
Producer Abdirizak Turyare says unidentified gunmen have shot dead a journalist in Somalia’s capital. Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, a reporter for Shabelle radio, was shot on his way home Tuesday.

Russian journalist arrested for ‘illegal’ voting after exposing fraud
An award-winning journalist who exposed voting fraud during Russia’s parliamentary elections has himself been arrested for alleged fraud. Denis Korotkov, a correspondent for the independent news website Fontanka, was scheduled to appear in court in St. Petersburg on Wednesday on charges of “illegally obtaining a ballot.”

India’s CBI arrests two for journalist’s murder
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Umesh Rajput in Chhattisgarh’s Gariyaband in 2011. One of the accused was the first informant in the case.

Serbian Prime Minister’s killers afraid to testify about journalist
Milos and Aleksandar Simovic, who were jailed for involvement in the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, refused to testify in the trial of four state security officers for opposition journalist Slavko Curuvija’s killing.

Journalist to become first Muslim to appear in Playboy with a hijab
Playboy magazine will feature its first Muslim model wearing a hijab. American journalist Noor Tagouri will appear in the October Renegades issue to “challenge preconceived ideas of how people should be and how they should live their lives.”

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