• Road to justice: Breaking cycle of impunity

    Despite increased international attention to the murders of journalists, governments fail to take action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds. In the past 10 years, 370 journalists were murdered; in 90 percent of cases, there are no convictions. The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.
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  • Egypt's policy toward media has 2 faces

    Authorities in Egypt try to appease the international community while at the same time showing zero tolerance for criticism. This approach is doomed to fail in the long run. In the meantime, CPJ encourages journalists to speak up using the hashtag #EgyptLastWord, and will launch a documentary film, "Under Threat," on November 6.

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  • Turkey defends record, pledges steps

    In unprecedented meetings with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute, Turkish leaders defend their country's press freedom record while agreeing to take measures to improve conditions for journalists. The meetings, which include President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, come after three days of consultations with journalists and press freedom experts who describe a climate of fear and intimidation characterized by incessant lawsuits, government pressure on newsrooms, and an orchestrated public smear campaign targeting critics.
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  • Undercover in Vietnam: Four-part series

    With its restrictive laws on the press, and curbs on Internet and social media use, Vietnam is one of the world's worst jailers of journalists. In a four-part series, CPJ Southeast Asia Representative Shawn Crispin goes undercover in Vietnam to explore the risks bloggers take to cover news events, and the persecution faced by those reporting on human rights. He talks to a reporter forced into exile for challenging censorship, and reveals how those imprisoned for their writing remain jailed despite the margin opening for critical reporting.

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  • International Press Freedom Awards

    Four international journalists are to be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards. The awardees are, clockwise from top left, Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Burma's The Irrawaddy, which was branded an "enemy of the state"; Siamak Ghaderi, an Iranian freelance journalist released in July from a four-year prison term; Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief for the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd; and Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press in South Africa, who has been threatened with violence over critical stories. CPJ will present Jorge Ramos with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom.

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Letters   |   Pakistan

CPJ calls on Pakistani government to restore ARY News

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern over the recent decision by Pakistan's broadcast regulator to suspend the privately owned ARY News, which is watched by millions in the country. We urge your government to ensure the channel is immediately restored.

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Blog   |   Hungary

In Hungary, an independent website defies censorship and pressure

Tamás Bodoky, editor-in-chief of Atlatszo, which advocates for information access. (AFP/Peter Kohalmi)

A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, led by board member Kati Marton, traveled to Hungary in October on CPJ's first fact-finding and advocacy mission to an EU member state. We went there in response to concerning reports of deteriorating conditions for the press, and met dozens of journalists, media lawyers, managers, rights defenders, and policy analysts. Those we spoke to described an atmosphere of fear and self-censorship, and how critical reporting and alternative views are suppressed through a variety of means, including legal and economic measures that stifle and discourage independent coverage.

But there were signs of hope. Enterprising journalists are defying authorities' attempts to interfere with editorial policies and silence sensitive stories. The editorial team of one such news website, Atlatszo--the name means "transparent"--specializes in investigative journalism and advocating for information access. In Budapest, CPJ visited Atlatszo's offices, housed in an old department store.

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