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Verdict in Iran’s trial of U.S. journalist Rezaian likely within week
A verdict in Iran’s trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian could be issued within a week, his lawyer was quoted by Iranian media as saying on Monday after the fourth and last hearing behind closed doors. REUTERS

Former accuser testifies in Azerbaijani journalist Ismayilova’s trial
The trial in Baku of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has continued in Baku with testimony from the man the authorities say she pushed to attempt suicide who has since recanted his allegations. RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY

Cuba briefly arrests 90 dissidents at protest march
Cuban security forces on Sunday rounded up about 50 protesters with the Ladies in White dissident group and around 40 other activists. All 90 were released after four and a half hours in custody. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Editorial: The Pentagon’s Dangerous Views on the Wartime Press
The Defense Department earlier this summer released a comprehensive manual outlining its interpretation of the law of war. The 1,176-page document, the first of its kind, includes guidelines on the treatment of journalists covering armed conflicts that would make their work more dangerous, cumbersome and subject to censorship. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Journalist detained for article on Ivorian President’s wealth
On July 31, 2015, Joseph Gnahoua Titi, managing editor of the Aujourd’hui newspaper, appeared before an examining magistrate in Cote d’Ivoire for “disseminating false information” and “libel against the head of state” in regards to an article which described the President’s vast wealth. ALL AFRICA

Syria releases rights activist Mazen Darwish from prison
Syrian lawyer and human rights defender Mazen Darwish has been freed from prison after more than three years. He was a vocal critic of the regime’s crackdown on the pro-democracy protests that erupted in 2011. DEUTSCHE WELLE

Brazilian journalist dies after being shot while hosting radio program
Brazilian radio journalist Gleydson Carvalho was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two unidentified gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and shot him. The journalist had frequently criticized local politicians and repeatedly received death threats on his Facebook page. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Azerbaijan journalist dies after beating by football fans for criticizing player
A journalist in Azerbaijan who criticized a popular footballer has died after an attack by supporters. BBC NEWS