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Hundreds gather in Hong Kong to protest editor’s dismissal
Around 400 people gathered in Hong Kong on Monday to protest a veteran newspaper editor’s dismissal that triggered concerns about press freedom in the Chinese territory. The dismissal of Ming Pao editor Keung Kwok-yuen came after the outlet published a report on the “Panama Papers” document leak revealing offshore business dealings of the rich and powerful. ABC NEWS

Turkey detains journalist over pro-Kurdish tweets
Turkish authorities briefly detained a pro-Kurdish journalist over his tweets he made last year about Ankara’s ongoing conflict with Kurdish militants. The arrest comes amid mounting alarm over press freedom in Turkey. DEUTSCHE WELLE

China’s Communist Party places outspoken tycoon on probation
China’s Communist Party has placed a property mogul and outspoken government critic on probation for a year after he criticized state media for pledging absolute loyalty to the party. The punishment handed down to property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang is seen as a stern warning to the tycoon and other party members that certain political dissent will not be tolerated. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cambodia cancels screening of film about murdered environmentalist
The Cambodian government has stopped the public screening of a documentary about the life and struggle of Chut Wutty, an environmentalist who was killed in 2012 while exposing the activities of an illegal logging plantation. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said the screening of the film “I am Chut Wutty” does not have a permit from authorities. GLOBAL VOICES

Indian-American journalist receives Edgar Allen Poe award
An Indian-American journalist for Inside Climate News was presented with the prestigious award during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner by U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday. The annual award by the White House Correspondents Association honours journalistic work of national or regional significance. THE ECONOMIC TIMES

Ban on ‘Maalik’ is violating freedom of expression
A few days after ‘Maalik’ was blocked from exhibition in Sindh, then cleared before being banned across the country (again) the director of the movie, Ashir Azeem, has finally spoken about the longstanding controversy. Terming himself an ‘average Joe’ when it comes to film-making, Azeem clarified that he did not seek to court any unnecessary attention by getting embroiled in controversy. THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE