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Honoring those who refuse to be silenced

The Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards honor, from left, Mikhail Zygar, Ferial Haffajee, Aung Zaw, and Siamak Ghaderi, who endured and defied media repression in Russia, South Africa, Burma, and Iran. Nguyen Van Hai, who was in prison when his award was presented in 2013, is now free and attended the November 25 event. Jorge Ramos, co-anchor on Univision News since 1986, is presented with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award. In total, more than $2.7 million has been raised for CPJ through the ceremony and New Initiatives Fund.
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Accounting for impunity is obligation for all states

This week, members of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication will meet to discuss the director general's biannual report, which examines the cases of nearly 600 journalists killed around the world from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2013. The report, and lacklustre response from member states who had been asked to provide status updates to the cases, highlights why the campaign to end impunity is so vital.

November 18, 2014 4:22 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Algeria

Algerian journalist held for more than a year without charge

New York, November 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Algerian journalist Abdelhai Abdessamia, who has been held since August 18, 2013. News of Abdessamia's imprisonment was reported by his family in early November, according to news reports.

Blog   |   Iran

CPJ joins call for UN members to push for greater human rights in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 29 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place on November 18.

Blog   |   Iran

Jason Rezaian's family appeals for Iran to release him

Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who was arrested with him but since freed. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Last week, Mohammad Javad Larijani, a top adviser to the country's supreme leader, said in an interview with Euronews television that the case of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post correspondent who has been imprisoned in Iran since July, might be resolved in "less than a month."

Press Releases   |   Egypt

As election nears, Egyptian press in peril

CPJ and See Media release new documentary, 'Under Threat'

New York, November 6, 2014--As Egypt prepares to elect a new parliament, the government continues to crack down on the press, forcing independent and critical voices into silence, exile, or prison. These threats are explored in a short documentary, "Under Threat," by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Egyptian production company See Media, released today in Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2014 2:52 PM ET

Reports   |   Egypt, Multimedia

Under Threat: Egyptian Press in Peril

On November 6, CPJ and See Media released a new documentary film, “Under Threat,” that highlights the perils of working for Egyptian media across the political spectrum and examines the media environment under President al-Sisi ahead of Egypt’s parliamentary vote.

CPJ has documented an unprecedented number of anti-press abuses, including six journalists killed and dozens detained since the military took over in July 2013. While most of the journalists have been released, Egypt is still holding at least 11 journalists behind bars, three of whom are affiliated with Al-Jazeera.

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think and we will help convey your message to the world, so that al-Sisi's government doesn't get the last word on Egypt.

What can a press freedom organization such as CPJ do to help incarcerated journalists inside Egypt? How can we achieve justice for the journalists who have been killed? What can Egyptian journalists do to support their colleagues?

Please tag CPJ's twitter handle, @cpjmena, and include the hashtag #EgyptLastWord.

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November 5, 2014 3:48 PM ET

Blog   |   CPJ, Iran

Rosewater: An Iranian journalist's journey from prison to silver screen

In 2009, the sketch comedian Jason Jones traveled to Iran to interview Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. Shortly after the disputed June 12 elections, the series of reports aired amid a brutal crackdown on Iranian journalists and the opposition. Bahari was among those arrested. Among the "evidence" presented by his interrogators--one of whom smelled like rosewater--was his interview with the fake news show, which they claimed was proof he had spoken with an American spy. When they could not get those charges to stick they made up a new one: "media espionage."

November 4, 2014 1:57 PM ET

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Blog   |   Egypt

Egypt's journalists speak out against repression, self-censorship

When CPJ launched its appeal for discussion under the hashtag #EgyptLastWord, I said I didn't expect "nationwide acts of solidarity" from within Egypt. I am happy to be wrong.

November 4, 2014 12:34 PM ET

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Blog   |   Egypt

A message from a scared Egyptian journalist

Tamer Abuarab's article today under the title "A message from a scared person" offers strong insight into why we at CPJ decided to produce our upcoming documentary film, "Under Threat," and make an appeal for journalists to speak out with the hashtag #EgyptLastWord.

October 30, 2014 12:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

Iran arrests journalist covering acid attacks on women

New York, October 29, 2014--Iranian authorities have detained for almost a week a journalist affiliated with the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), a media outlet that has covered a series of acid attacks on women in the country, according to news reports. Four other staff members affiliated with the agency were arrested on Monday and have been released, the reports said.

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