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Regional News • Europe • France
Police violence in Paris: a photographer beaten up during the "March of Liberties"

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Paris and other French cities to protest against the "Global Security" law.

Syrian photographer Ameer al-Halbi, a war correspondent known for his coverage of the fall of Aleppo and winner of a World Press Photo award in 2017, was wounded during a police charge while covering the march on Saturday afternoon, AFP reported.

The "Global Security" law would punish punishes the so-called "malicious" dissemination of the image of police officers, particularly during demonstrations.

Controversy over the law was heightened by the heavy-handed evacuation of a migrant camp in Paris on Monday and the revelation on Thursday of the beating of music producer Michel Zecler by four police officers.

Regional News • Europe
Belarus: Accreditations from western media journalists removed

Journalists working for western media outlets had their accreditations removed on Saturday in Belarus. This comes a day after a German ARD TV crew was arrested in their hotel and later deported. Journalists affected worked for Reuters, Radio Liberty, AFP, AP and BBC, among others.

Regional News • Asia
Pro-democracy owner of Apple Daily media outlet Jimmy Lai arrested by Hong Kong police

The Hong Kong police have arrested Jimmy Lai on grounds of the new national security law in Hong Kong. According to a close aid of his, he has been arrested at 7am and lawyers have been sent to the police station.

The news agency AFP has stated that a police source has stated that Lai had been arrested for the alleged collusion with foreign forces and fraud. His house has been searched by the police, as well as the house of his son. Multiple other members of his group have reportedly been arrested.

Regional News • Asia
Bangladesh: Thousands of Covid-19 tests allegedly with fake results
Mohammad Shahed
Mohammad Shahed Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The hospital owner Mohammad Shahed has been detained by the Bangladesian police as he tried fleeing to India over allegations that clinics in Uttara and Mirpur issued certificates for negative Covid-19 results without testing the patients.

According to police spokesman Colonel Ashique Billah that had talked to AFP Shahed's "hospitals carried out 10,500 coronavirus tests, out of which 4,200 were genuine and the rest, 6,300 test reports, were given without conducting tests". Over a dozen people have been arrested following the allegations of fake test results.

Regional News • Africa
Gabon lawmakers decriminalize homosexuality
Libreville, Gabon
Libreville, Gabon Credit: Kennedy8kp (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The National Assembly of the central African country Gabon has adopted an amendment to criminal legislation and removed the prohibition "sexual relations between persons of the same sex".

In total "48 deputies voted in favour of decriminalisation, 24 against and 25 abstained" according to the news agency AFP. The adoption of the Senate into law is still pending.

Regional News • Americas • United States
NYT criticized for extenuated headline regarding White House attack on peaceful protestors
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020 Credit: New York Times via Tom Jolly on Twitter

Shortly after Tom Jolly, Print Editor of the New York Times, posted an image of the paper's A1 page with the title "As chaos spreads, Trump vows to 'end it now'", many took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its trivialization of the event. Neither the headline nor the sub-header mentioned the attack on peaceful protestors at the foot of the White House to make room for a photo-op of President Trump. Though the story itself painted a harsh and accurate picture of the event, the headline was heavily criticized on Twitter.

Matt Pearce of the LA Times wrote: "They brutalized peaceful protesters for a photo op." Andrew Beatty of AFP News replied with "This one will be taught in journalism schools." Parker Molloy tweeted: "Tom, this is embarrassing. I’d be ashamed to work for a place that put this out." 

In the CNN Business newsletter "Reliable Sources", Oliver Darcy says that "NYT's A1 falls short" and "If you were expecting The New York Times A1 to — in a bold and unflinching way — call out the attack on a peaceful demonstration so President Trump could have a photo-op, prepare to be disappointed."

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Brazil closes down all land borders and restricts entry of Europeans and Pacific Asians

According to AFP News Brazil announced on Thursday they would close down all land borders and prohibit people from European and many Pacific Asian countries who are not citizens of Brazil from entering the country.