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UN urges Turkey to respect freedom of expression after newspaper takeover
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Turkey to respect freedom of expression after the country’s top-selling newspaper was taken over by the state, noting that critical voices should be permitted to flourish. REUTERS

Journalist Barkha Dutt alleges threat to life for ‘JNU reportage’
Journalist Barkha Dutt on Tuesday alleged that she had been receiving threat calls for her reportage on the JNU row after which the police registered an FIR at South Delhi’s Greater Kailash police station. HINDUSTAN TIMES

Zimbabwean demonstrators protest activist’s disappearance
Dozens of protesters have marched in the Zimbabwean capital to mark one year since the abduction of an anti-government activist. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lebanese TV editor acquitted on appeal in Hariri case
A special court set up to try the killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri on Tuesday quashed on appeal the conviction of a senior TV journalist accused of obstructing justice. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

South Sudanese journalist found beaten
Colleagues found journalist Joseph Afandi dumped near a graveyard in Juba, beaten and bearing marks of torture, according to press accounts.

Snowden: FBI’s claim it can’t unlock the San Bernardino iPhone is ‘BS’
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower whose NSA revelations sparked a debate on mass surveillance, has waded into the arguments over the FBI’s attempt to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters. THE GUARDIAN