Polish leader vows to veto EU budget in face of 'blackmail'

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader is threatening to veto the European Union's economic recovery plan and long-term budget if the bloc decides to link funding to respect for rule of la...

EU Commission issues report critical of Poland, Hungary

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union member countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU'...

EU defends commissioner who criticized Hungarian government

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials and Germany came to the defense of an EU commissioner Tuesday after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for her resignation because she publicly criti...

Amal Clooney quits UK role over 'lamentable' Brexit plan

LONDON (AP) — Amal Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit an official job over her opposition to the British government's suggestion that it could break international law in the event i...

Hungary: Critical radio may lose license; watchdog concerned

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, the continent’s democracy watchdog, on Friday expressed her concerns about a decision by Hungarian media authoritie...

Hungary: Radio station critical of Viktor Orban set to lose license

An independent Hungarian talk radio station is set to lose its license after the country's media regulator said Friday that the station had "repeatedly infringed" the rules. Klubradio&#...

Assange told to stop interrupting witnesses at UK hearing

LONDON (AP) — A British judge told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday that his extradition hearing will proceed without him if he continues to speak from the dock and interrupt witnesses. ...

WikiLeaks' Assange to fight US extradition bid in UK court

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to fight for his freedom in a British court after a decade of legal drama, as he challenges American authorities’ attempt to extradite him on spyi...

Shuttered Philippine TV network ends newscasts to millions

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ largest TV network broadcast its final newscasts Friday to millions of provincial viewers with announcers tearfully bidding goodbye after lawmakers voted to...

How COVID-19 gives cover to press crackdowns the world over

Governments around the world are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to justify — or to divert attention from —crackdowns on press freedom. Media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arres...

Malaysia police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize 2 computers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — News broadcaster Al Jazeera said Malaysian police raided its Kuala Lumpur office Tuesday, calling it a “troubling escalation” in a government crackdown on media freedom. ...

Serbia cracks down on rights groups, government critics

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's finance ministry has launched a probe into possible money laundering and financing of terrorism against dozens of rights groups, independent journalists and opposition...

Study: Gender inequality increases in media during pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — Gender inequalities in newsrooms have increased during the coronavirus pandemic according to a survey published Thursday by the International Federation of Journalists. ...

Chief editor of Hungary's main independent news site fired

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The editor-in-chief of Hungary’s largest independent news site, Index.hu, was fired Wednesday, a move seen as further risking the publication's independence and journalistic i...

Top editor of Hungary's independent index.hu sacked

Index.hu Editor-in-Chief Szalbocs Dull was fired on Wednesday, the news portal's parent group said in a statement. Index is seen as one of the last major independent news websites in Hungary, and...