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Missing Hong Kong booksellers appear on Chinese state television
Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October appeared on Chinese television confirming they’d been detained for “illegal book trading” in mainland China. REUTERS

U.S. journalist says Bahrain deprived her team of food, water and sleep during detention
Freelance journalist Anna Therese, one of the four American journalists detained this month by the government of Bahrain, says officials interrogated her and her team for two days, all while depriving them of food, water, medicine and sleep. HUFFINGTON POST

China muzzles “The Cannon” after tycoon’s criticism of media clampdown
Chinese authorities have shut down the social media accounts of a tycoon nicknamed “The Cannon” after he criticised the ruling Communist party’s tightening grip on the media. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Detained journalist in Sudan rushed to hospital in North Darfur
The health condition of the detained journalist Ibrahim Bagal Siraj has deteriorated following his transfer to El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. Siraj is facing charges for information crimes, and the Darfur Journalist Association has called for his release.
ALL-AFRICA

Turkey’s President Erdogan rejects court ruling to free journalists
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he has “no respect” for and would “not abide” by a court ruling that two prominent journalists were unfairly jailed.
THE INDEPENDENT

Canadian police are fighting to seize a VICE News journalist’s cellphone
Canada’s federal police force is claiming a VICE News reporter’s cellphone contains crucial evidence in their case against an Islamic State fighter still at large, according to new documents filed in a legal battle over freedom of the press that hits a courtroom today. VICE NEWS