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Washington Post launches Arabic opinion page in honor of Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi, May 2018. Photo: Omar Shagaleh/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

100 days after the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the newspaper announced it has launched an Arabic-language opinion section in his honor.

Why it matters: Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement that the Arabic-language page "will make it easier for more readers to access free and independent commentary about the cultural and political topics that most impact them. The importance of this has become more evident since the murder of our own colleague Jamal Khashoggi, who saw very clearly the need for a forum such as this.” This will be the Post's "first designated destination for translated pieces."

Judge sides with BuzzFeed in defamation lawsuit over Steele Dossier

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A federal judge in Florida sided with BuzzFeed News on Wednesday in a defamation lawsuit over the site's publication of the infamous Steele dossier in January 2017.

Details: The plaintiff, Russian executive Aleksej Gubarev, sued BuzzFeed claiming that statements made about him in the dossier were false, and that no BuzzFeed reporter ever contacted him to "determine whether the allegations that they hacked the Democratic Party had merit." The judge concluded, however, that Gubarev couldn't prove BuzzFeed "made a defamatory statement."

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