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12:55 AM ET, December 30, 2015

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Elana Beiser / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syria, France most deadly countries for the press  —  Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.  More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder.
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Reporters Without Borders:
110 journalists killed in 2015: at least 67 while reporting or because of their work, 43 others in unclear circumstances or motives  —  RSF annual round-up: 110 journalists killed in 2015  —  At least 67 killed while reporting or because of their work; RSF condemns failure to protect journalists …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify sued for $150M over alleged unpaid royalties, proposed class to exceed 100 members  —  Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties  —  EMAIL ME  —  Vocal artist rights advocate David Lowery brings a massive action against the largest streaming service.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter cracks down on harassment by rearranging paragraphs in its terms of service  —  In the wake of former CEO Dick Costolo admitting the company “suck[s] at dealing with abuse,” Twitter has devoted many blog posts to explaining how seriously it takes the issue.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook fights skepticism from net neutrality advocates over its Free Basics program in India  —  Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma  —  What's more important?  Restricted free Internet access for the poor?  Or maintaining an open, neutral Internet without limitations?
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
In farewell, veteran Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus says rush to be first is leaving facts behind, newsmakers have become better at influencing media  —  A farewell to The Washington Post  —  For more than 40 years I have been lucky enough to be part of The Washington Post.
Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada gaming regulators monitoring Adelson Review-Journal buy  —  State gaming regulators are monitoring the issues surrounding the purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal by the family of Sheldon Adelson, the majority shareholder in casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
IAB has reservations about parts of FTC native ad guidelines; task force will hold closed-door meeting on January 5  —  The IAB Is ‘Concerned’ About The FTC's New Native Advertising Rules, but Publishers Play It Cool  —  Publishers Aren't Traditionally the FTC's Focus
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
Poland's new government seeks legislation that would give it comprehensive control over public TV and radio  —  Poland's new government cracks down on state media  —  Poland's new rightwing nationalist government is seeking to rush through parliament new powers that would give …
Discussion: DW.COM
Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
AP's collaboration with Florida papers on charter-school stories serves as model to match data research with local reporting  —  A Florida charter-schools investigation highlights a more collaborative approach for the AP  —  A surprising triple byline appeared not long ago in The Miami Herald.
Discussion: @cjr and @cjr
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
China says new restrictions to come on terrorism reporting  —  3 photos  —  BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it would impose new restrictions on media reports about domestic terrorism, as it continued to deride a French journalist being forced to leave the country for questioning Beijing's claims about the terrorist threat it faces.
 
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ESPN:
ESPN Deportes to air Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl 50
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Noor Zahid / Voice of America:
Afghan journalist, heard on ISIS radio, issues threats against ex-colleagues, journalists working in the province
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Interview with Mark Thompson, former director general of the BBC and current CEO of the New York Times, on the BBC funding battle
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Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
Snapchat adds a year-in-review music-themed channel that runs from Saturday till the end of the year to Discover, sponsored exclusively by Spotify
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Anjali Mullany / Nieman Lab:
An experiment on Facebook with controversial content shows how platforms decide who is heard and who is censored
Samanth Subramanian / New Yorker:
The Islamist war on secular bloggers in Bangladesh