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Ukrainian filmmaker sentenced to 20 Years by Russian court
A Russian court convicted a prominent Ukrainian filmmaker on Tuesday of conspiring to commit terror attacks and sentenced him to 20 years in prison in what critics called a politically motivated show trial. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bangladesh court bans Rana Plaza movie because of terrifying scenes
Bangladesh’s high court has imposed a six-month ban on a film about a garment worker who was rescued from the rubble 17 days after a five-story factory complex collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sri Lanka arrests army personnel over missing journalist
Sri Lanka’s police Monday arrested four army personnel, including two senior officers, in connection with the disappearance of a dissident cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda that triggered international condemnation of the island’s rights record. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief
The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance. THE GUARDIAN

Iran has no plan to swap Washington Post reporter for US prisoners
An Iranian diplomat denied Tuesday the Islamic Republic had any plans to swap detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian for prisoners held in the United States, the first time a high-level official there has discussed such a trade for the journalist. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Access to social media restricted again in Tajikistan
YouTube and Facebook have become inaccessible via many Internet service providers in Tajikistan after an order made by the State Communications Service. RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY

China’s news media largely silent amid market losses
Outlets have been largely quiet about the recent slump in the Chinese stock market. State and ruling party affiliated outlets opted to cover other events, despite losses in China’s equity markets that reverberated around the world. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Court upholds broad FOIA fee exemption for media and advocacy groups
Advocacy groups and non-traditional news outlets should have an easier time avoiding fees under the Freedom of Information Act under a decision issued Tuesday by a federal appeals court in Washington. POLITICO