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World Press Freedom Day honours journalists killed in conflict

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Today is World Press Freedom Day, which recognises the work of journalists in dangerous environments

This year’s event is shining a light on journalists who have been killed in war zones, with the conflict in Ukraine taking centre stage.

It is believed up to seven journalists have been killed in the Ukrainian conflict since the war broke out.

The President of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Jodie Ginsberg says violence against journalists is not only happening in authoritarian regimes.

“They’re happening right here in the United States, in the UK, in Europe.”

Pope Francis also acknowledged the day in Sunday prayers, where he spoke about “those who courageously inform us of the wounds of humanity”.

UNESCO says 55 journalists and media workers were killed in 2021. Meanwhile, the U.N. is calling for greater protections for people seeking to report the truth.

“The threats to journalists and media workers are growing by the day. From global health to the climate crisis, corruption and human rights, they face increased politicisation of their work and attempts to silence them from any sides,” says U.N. Secretary General António Guterres.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Alec Baldwin reaches settlement with family of ‘Rust’ victim

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Alec Baldwin recaches settlement with family of ‘Rust’ victim, one year on from the tragic incident

Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who he fatally shot while shooting the film ‘Rust’.

Hutchins’ husband, Matthew agreed that his wife’s death was a “terrible accident” and isn’t interested in “attributing blame.”

As part of the deal, he will become the executive producer for the film.

Rust will recommence filming again in January, with Matthew saying he is determined to honour his late wife’s work.

Following the settlement, Baldwin’s lawyer took to Instagram saying “we are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” the post added.

Other finer details of the settlement are yet to be disclosed, as they await court approval.

The final police report on the shooting is expected later this month. At this time, prosecutors will decide whether criminal charges are warranted.

District attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said “if the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges”,  then “charges will be brought.”

No one is above the law,” a statement issued on behalf of Carmack-Altwies added.

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Coolio’s manager reveals rap artist died from suspected heart attack

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Coolio’s manager has spoken out after the death of the Gangsta’s paradise star

There were claims the 59-year-old rapper died from a drug overdose.

But Coolio’s manager told the Daily Mail the rap artist had died from a suspected heart attack while on a trip to Los Angeles to fix his passport ahead of shows scheduled in Germany.

A Friend, also quoted by the publication, says he avoided drugs and alcohol.. one telling media “He’d usually have a glass of water”

“He would never show up intoxicated or on a different planet like most people. I never saw him drinking. He’d usually have a glass of water,”

coolio’s friend Mr Yano told daily mail

“When the news came yesterday about his passing, I was shocked. Was it something health related?”

“But I was just with him a few weeks ago, and he seemed completely fine. No mention of any sort of heart condition or any medical condition.”

This comes as Fans speculated the rapper died from an overdose due to his history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction.

The rapper, known around the globe for his 90’s hits, died while visiting a friend in Los Angeles last week.

No drugs were found at the scene and the official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

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Prince William makes his first public address since the Queen’s death

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Prince William has given his first public speech since the death of the Queen and as heir to the British throne

Speaking at a wildlife protection summit in London, William called for more action to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

He says the illegal trade is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, and he urged businesses and law enforcement agencies to do more to stop it.

The speech signals the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes, as King Charles III is forced to step back from public activism.

The Prince and his Royal Foundation have long made protecting wildlife a key focus of their work, and they are likely to continue this work in the years to come.

Meanwhile, William also used the opportunity to pay tribute to his late Granny.

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