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Journalists from an investigative news outlet in El Salvador have sued NSO Group in U.S. federal court after the Israeli firm’s powerful Pegasus spyware was detected on their iPhones. In January, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab internet watchdog reported that dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with the spyware. Among them were journalists at the El Faro news site. El Faro’s co-founder and director says in a Wednesday statement that “these spyware attacks were an attempt to silence our sources and deter us from doing journalism."

LOS ANGELES — If I had a dime for every time I hear Latinos aren't a monolith, I'd be rich enough to run for mayor of Los Angeles. Yet news stories about Latinos still largely veer between the tired tentpoles of exploited immigrants and up-from-bootstraps success stories, usually produced by reporters with no roots in their subject and no interest in digging deeper. This is why I tell Latinos, ...

Journalists with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper are on strike and alleging unfair labor practices by parent company McClatchy. Union workers claim the company is refusing to bargain in good faith over a new contract. Workers with the Fort Worth NewsGuild announced the strike Monday. The newspaper has said it will continue to report the news and hopes to eventually reach an agreement. The Star-Telegram strike is the latest media labor dispute. Union journalists at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have been on strike for several weeks in the first newspaper strike in the United States in decades.

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Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named his general counsel, Andrew Bailey, to be state attorney general. Parson on Wednesday appointed Bailey to replace Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Eric Schmitt as the state's top prosecutor. This is Parson's fourth time filling a vacant statewide elected seat by appointment since he became governor. Parson also was not initially elected governor. He ascended from lieutenant governor after former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in the face of potential impeachment. Parson has now filled more statewide elected seats through appointments than any other governor, and he's not done. He still has to appoint a new treasurer to replace Scott Fitzpatrick, who was elected state auditor in November.

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Myanmar’s military government, which has cracked down hard on independent media since seizing power last year, has arrested two journalists working for outlets sympathetic to it. A fellow journalist, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared he could also be arrested, says they were both arrested after attending a news conference held by the Information Ministry last week. There has been no official report about their arrests, but the reason they were detained appeared to be related to questions they asked at the news conference. Since ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi last year, the military government has shut down virtually all critical outlets and arrested nearly 150 journalists, publishers and media executives.

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The Associated Press has fired a reporter and is reviewing its standards on the use of anonymous sourcing following a damaging error last week in a story about a fatal missile strike that killed two people in Poland. The AP dismissed national security reporter James LaPorta, deeming him primarily responsible for an erroneous report blaming Russia for a missile attack. The story is particularly sensitive given the involvement of a NATO nation. AP sent a message to all of its employees reminding them of company policies for use of these sources.

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An Indianapolis doctor who provided abortion drugs to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio has defended her actions before a judge in the case that drew national attention in the weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Dr. Caitlin Bernard testified Monday during the second day of a court hearing on attempt to block Indiana’s Republican attorney general from seeking patient medical records for an investigation of whether she properly reported child abuse and possibly violated patient privacy laws by telling a newspaper reporter about the girl’s case. The Marion County judge said she expected to issue a decision next week on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the attorney general’s office.

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“She Said,” a worthy entry to a journalism film genre that includes “Spotlight” and “All the President’s Men,” isn’t just about the power of journalism. It’s also about courage, from the women who suffered sexual misconduct at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and came forward at personal risk, enabling New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey to tell a story that launched the reckoning known as the #MeToo movement. Associated Press film critic Jocelyn Noveck writes that if “She Said,” starring an excellent Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, lacks some of the dramatic suspense of other movies in the genre, its broader purpose is to highlight the exacting journalism and the personal bravery of the story. In theaters Friday.

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Nevada Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo pledged transparency and said education will top his Republican agenda when he replaces Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in January. A victory speech by the Las Vegas-area sheriff on Monday drew about 125 people, including his biggest campaign donor, wealthy businessman Robert Bigelow. But some media were excluded, including reporters for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and the Nevada Current news site. A Lombardo press aide didn't immediately respond to questions about the media list. Lombardo says he wants to expand school choice, fix what he called broken state agencies, create safer streets and get the state economy, in his words, back on track.

Britain’s foreign minister has summoned Iran’s top diplomat in London to protest alleged threats against journalists in the U.K. The Foreign Office said Friday that London’s Metropolitan Police had “contacted a number of U.K.-based journalists, having received credible information about a threat to their lives.” It did not identify the journalists, but U.K-based Farsi-language satellite news channel Iran International said earlier this week that police had told two of its journalists about “an imminent, credible and significant risk to their lives and those of their families.” Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said "we do not tolerate threats to life and intimidation of any kind towards journalists, or any individual, living in the U.K.”

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