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ISIS executes Iraqi journalist on charges of spying
Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed a journalist and a local police officer, sources reported Sunday. Rights activist Khalid Musilli said: “Subsequent to several months of detention, ISIS militants executed Saturday the Iraqi journalist Ayham Khazaal, who was working as a broadcaster in the local television of Sama al-Mosul.” ARA NEWS

Prominent Bangladeshi journalist arrested for act of sedition
Police say veteran journalist Shafik Rehman, who is 82, was arrested on Saturday because of evidence linking him to a conspiracy to murder the son of the country’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina. The leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, said the arrest was an attempt by the government to distract the population from its “terrible misrule”. THE GUARDIAN

Panama Papers confirm allegations reported by Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova *PEN Case List
The Panama Papers confirm what had previously been revealed by Ismayilova– that the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is making frequent use of offshore companies to hide its wealth and its ownership of shares in Azerbaijan’s most lucrative businesses, said the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). IFEX

After long silence, Indonesia allows talk of anti-Communist atrocities
Half a million people or more are estimated to have been killed in one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century: the state-sponsored purges of those suspected of being Communists and their sympathizers in Indonesia in 1965-66. Some survivors hope that a two-day symposium on the killings, starting Monday in Jakarta, will be a first step toward an official acknowledgment of what happened. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Veronica Guerin murder: Brian Meehan loses appeal over conviction
A man convicted of murdering crime journalist Veronica Guerin has had his application to have the ruling declared a miscarriage of justice rejected. Brian Meehan, 47, from Crumlin in Dublin, was convicted of murdering Veronica Guerin in 1999. Ms. Guerin was shot dead while driving her car on the Naas Road in June 1996 by a passenger on a motorbike. BBC NEWS

Dissidents worry #TwitterisDead after company hires former Chinese officer
Chinese dissidents were not thrilled when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on April 15 that the company has hired Kathy Chen as the new managing director for greater China. Chen previously worked for organizations affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army and Ministry of Public Security in China, both state institutions. GLOBAL VOICES ADVOX