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Report: 69 journalists died on the job in 2015
Sixty-nine journalists were killed around the world on the job in 2015. Twenty-eight of them were slain by Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization says Syria again was the deadliest place for journalists, though the number of deaths there in 2015 — 13 — was lower than in previous years of the conflict. AP NEWS

A farewell to Syrian activist Naji al-Jerf killed in Turkey
Family and friends gave a tearful farewell to Naji al-Jerf, a Syrian activist and journalist known for his opposition to Daesh brutality in Syria before his death in the southeastern city of Gaziantep on Sunday. A funeral was held on Monday in the city that al-Jerf took shelter in like millions of others displaced by violent conflict. He was walking on the street when a gunman or gunmen approaching behind shot him in the head. DAILY SABAH

Cambodian Prime Minister warns Facebook users that he’s watching
Facebook users who insult Prime Minister Hun Sen or criticize government policy on sensitive issues could be traced in a matter of hours, the premier said yesterday. “My opponents should not make insults, because we can identify you,” Hun Sen said during a speech at a Phnom Penh graduation ceremony. “I’m not exactly sure how the technology works…But we can find those people; it’s not very difficult.” THE PHNOM PENH POST

Blogger Rajib murder verdict to be delivered in Bangladesh
A speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka is set to hand down its verdict Thursday in the blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider’s murder case. Militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani and seven former students of North South University are the accused in the case. Rajib, an activist who demanded the death penalty for war criminals, was hacked to death on February 15, 2013. THE DAILY STAR

Reporter released from Egypt prison wants citizenship back
A Canadian journalist who spent much of the last two years jailed in Egypt says he has requested Egyptian authorities restore the citizenship he renounced in order to win his release. Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist who was released in September after receiving a pardon from Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was a dual citizen but renounced his Egyptian citizenship late last year. Fahmy was arrested in 2013 with two Al-Jazeera English colleagues. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Google is tracking students with sold products, privacy advocates warn
More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed web search, the company freely offers word processing and other software to schools. According to a complaint filed with federal officials by a leading privacy advocacy group, Google is also tracking what students are doing on its services and using some of that information to sell targeted ads. THE WASHINGTON POST

This photo collage earned a Burmese activist six months in prison
In the fall, Myanmar’s military adopted new uniforms, trading in their traditional outfits for bright green shirts and olive green pants. When activist Chaw Sandi Tun pointed out in a Facebook post that the officers’ new uniforms matched opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s traditional longyi skirt, Myanmar’s fledgling quasi-civilian government wasn’t happy. On Monday, the 25-year-old Tun was sentenced to six months in prison for ridiculing the military. FOREIGN POLICY