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2010

Blog   |   Iraq

A distorted picture from Iraq

Farrell writes that “when the news turns bad, the police and other security forces do their best to make sure there is no one around to record it.” (AP)The Iraqi government is keeping photographers away from scenes of suicide attacks, according to a piece published today by Stephen Farrell on The New York Times’ “At War” blog. CPJ has objected to government regulations promulgated in May 2007 barring photographers from the scene of such bombings for an hour after they take place.
April 7, 2010 10:09 AM ET

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Blog   |   Tunisia

A perfect press conference in Tunisia

The government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has made it clear there is little room for a critical press in Tunisia. Taking a cue from the government’s recent anti-press actions, CPJ cartoonist Mick Stern imagines the president’s “ideal” press conference.

CPJ/Mick Stern

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April 6, 2010 2:23 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

More than 3,500 petition Iran to free journalists, writers

New York, April 6, 2010—More than 3,500 concerned people from around the world—including prominent international journalists, writers, and press freedom leaders—are petitioning Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, to immediately release dozens of journalists, writers, and bloggers currently imprisoned in the country. Among those who have signed the petition are Martin Amis, Jon Lee Anderson, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Franzen, Thomas L. Friedman, Nadine Gordimer, Gwen Ifill, Ahmed Rashid, Jon Stewart, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

April 6, 2010 9:17 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

Furloughs lower Iran prison count, but dozens still jailed

Reformist newspaper Etemad e Melli’s newsroom, seen here, was shuttered in August. Many of its reporters are now in prison. (AP)New York, April 6, 2010At least 35 journalists were imprisoned in Iran as of April 1 as authorities continued their nearly year-long crackdown on the news media, according to CPJ’s latest monthly census. Another 18 journalists were free on short-term furloughs granted for the Iranian New Year and were expected to report back to prison.

April 6, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Video shows U.S. attack that killed Reuters staffers in Iraq



New York, April 5, 2010Disturbing video footage showing a 2007 U.S. military airstrike that killed about a dozen Iraqis in eastern Baghdad, including a Reuters cameraman and assistant, was released today by WikiLeaks, a Web site that publishes sensitive leaked documents. The video raises questions about the actions of U.S. military forces and the thoroughness and transparency of the investigation that followed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

April 5, 2010 6:50 PM ET

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Statements   |   Iraq

Journalists among the dead in leaked Iraq video

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today after reviewing a classified U.S. military video showing the killing of an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and camera assistant Saeed Chmagh, outside Baghdad. The footage was shot in July 2007 and the video was posted on WikiLeaks.

April 5, 2010 6:10 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Kuwait

Critical Kuwaiti journalist faces official harassment

New York, April 2, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kuwaiti authorities to end the judicial harassment of opposition journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem.

Alerts   |   Iran

Jailed Iranian journalists’ health raises alarm

Nazar Ahari is under duress.New York, April 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that several Iranian journalists continue to be held in inhumane conditions at the notorious Evin Prison. At least one journalist is reported in deteriorating health, and two are under severe duress to “confess” to charges that could bring execution.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iranian journalist's health is deteriorating in jail

New York, March 30, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the health and well-being of Emadeddin Baghia prominent Iranian journalist, author, and human rights activist who has been detained without charges in Tehran's notorious Evin prison since December 2009.

March 30, 2010 6:01 PM ET

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Case   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli soldiers attack four journalists in the West Bank

A group of Palestinian journalists were assaulted on January 28, 2010, while reporting on olive tree planting in Burin village, south of Nablus in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), Israeli forces assaulted Rami Swidan, a photographer for Ma’an News Agency; Ashraf Abu Shawish, a cameraman for Palmedia, and Reuters photographers Abdel Rahim al-Qusini and Hassan Titi.

March 26, 2010 4:16 PM ET

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