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Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo is escorted by Myanmar police after being sentenced to seven years in prison on September 3, 2018. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities in Myanmar have arrested three journalists for publishing a story that criticized government spending, just weeks after a pair of Reuters reporters were sentenced to seven years in prison for their investigation of the Rohingya Muslim crisis, per Al Jazeera.

The big picture: The disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi highlights the dangerous climate for journalists in many countries around the world at present.

A terrifying week for global press freedom...

Saudi Arabia: Khashoggi had become critical in recent months of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is reforming his country while cracking down ruthlessly on dissidents. At least 15 other journalists who have been arrested or abducted in Saudi Arabia in the last year, according to Reporters without Borders.

  • Turkey is the accuser in this situation, but President Recep Erdoğan is in no position to claim the moral high ground. At 157th on the World Press Freedom Index, Turkey is ranked just 12 spots ahead of Saudi Arabia.

Bulgaria: A journalist whose last broadcast covered alleged corruption involving government funds was raped and murdered. She is the fourth high-profile journalist to be murdered in the EU since 2017.

  • Two others, Slovakia's Jan Kuciak and Malta's Daphne Caruana Galizia, were also investigating corruption at the time of their deaths.

Hong Kong: The Financial Times' Asia editor was denied a visa renewal after hosting a speech by a pro-independence political leader — "the first de facto expulsion of a foreign correspondent" since 1997.

By the numbers...
  • 1,322 journalists have been killed as a result of their work since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. 848 have been murdered, while 298 were killed in crossfire or combat.
  • So far in 2018, 27 journalists have been murdered, up from 18 in 2017 and 19 in 2016.

The bottom line: Per Transparency International, nine out of 10 slain journalists die in "highly corrupt" countries, while one in five die while covering corruption itself.

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.