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Bangladesh arrests more than 5,000 in a crackdown on Islamic extremism
Thousands of people were arrested over the weekend in Bangladesh, as part of a sweeping crackdown by the government against increasing Islamic extremist attacks on minorities. Nearly 20 atheist bloggers, foreigners and priests from various minority religions have been killed in Bangladesh in the past two years. TIME

Former South African Broadcasting Corporation board member Hope Zinde found dead
Zinde, who worked for the SABC as a journalist from 1991 to 2006,was found in the boot of her car at her home in South Africa. Her 28 year-old son has been formally charged with possession of drugs and murder. EYEWITNESS NEWS

Inder Malhotra, one of India’s finest editors, passes away
Distinguished journalist Inder Malhotra, who mapped the world of Indian politics under every prime minister of independent India and served as a resident editor of The Times of India and The Statesman, passed away following a long illness on Saturday. He was 86. OUTLOOK INDIA

Covering Mexico’s elections brings risk of threats and violence
Journalist Pedro Canché, one of a handful of independent reporters in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, recieved threatening calls between May 25 and June 1, leading up to the election for state governor on June 5. Canché has been a long-time critic of the administration of outgoing governor Roberto Borge. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Austrailian biochemist turned journalist receives award
Cosmos Magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Finkel was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work as a science journalist and author. The new award recognzes journalism which tackles issues at the forefront of science, but had relevance for everyday people. Dr Finkel has written on some of the most complex issues in medical science, such as genomics and stem cell science. THE AUSTRALIAN

Journalist regains Egyptian citizenship
Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist, spent two years jailed in Egypt until he rceived a pardon from Egypt’s president last year, and was forced to renounced his Egyptian citizenship late in 2014 in return for his release. Now Egyptian authorities have restored the citizenship he had unwillingly renounced. THE WASHINGTON POST