Middle East & North Africa

2011

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Yemen

Hamas attacks Gaza news bureaus; Yemen ousts reporters

New York, March 19, 2011--Hamas security forces raided media bureaus, assaulted journalists, and confiscated journalistic materials in Gaza today, punctuating another day of anti-press attacks in the restive region. In Yemen, authorities expelled two Al-Jazeera correspondents, continuing a pattern of ousting international reporters. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns these attacks on journalists and the efforts of authorities to prevent the world from seeing and reading about crucial international affairs.

March 19, 2011 3:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Yemen

In Yemen, a journalist fatally shot, another injured

A protester shot by government forces is carried from the scene.(AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

New York, March 18, 2011--One journalist was fatally shot and another wounded in Sana's today when Yemeni security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators from a central protest area, killing dozens of people. The death of photographer Jamal al-Sharaabi is the first confirmed media fatality in Yemen since political unrest began in January, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  

March 18, 2011 2:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, Yemen

Bahrain expels CNN reporter, detains WSJ correspondent

Police break up a protest camp in Manama's Pearl Square. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

New York, March 17, 2011--Bahraini authorities expelled a CNN reporter and briefly detained another international reporter on Wednesday amid an intensified crackdown on political unrest. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Bahraini government's ongoing obstruction of news media and calls for authorities to allow journalists to cover this story of international import. Elsewhere in the region, anti-press attacks and harassment continued to be reported in Morocco, Yemen, and Libya.

Blog   |   CPJ, Egypt, Internet, USA

At SXSW Interactive, theory and reality converge

I've just returned from a hectic week at SXSW Interactive, the annual gathering of digital technologists and creators in Austin, Texas. Conferences like this are often moments of isolation from the rest of the world, where attendees become consumed with the trivia of the event itself. But because many of those attending SXSWi are prolific online journalists, bloggers, and social media users, the conference's self-obsession doesn't stay confined to Austin. One tech startup even offered a browser plugin that would hide any Twitter with the "#SXSW" tags to hide the constant chatter from the rest of the world.

March 17, 2011 5:44 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Hamas forces attack journalists covering Gaza protest

A rally calling for reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, turned violent on Tuesday. (AP/Hatem Moussa)
New York, March 16, 2011--Hamas security forces attacked local journalists covering a peaceful demonstration calling for Palestinian national unity on Tuesday. At least one journalist was taken to the hospital after being beaten, according to CPJ research. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence used against the press and calls on the authorities in Gaza to allow journalists to report freely. 
March 16, 2011 1:58 PM ET

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Blog   |   Libya

BBC reporters recount abuse in Libya

In this video from London's Guardian, a team of BBC journalists describes abuse at the hands of forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Read more about their ordeal in this CPJ news alert.

March 15, 2011 5:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

Mob damages press in Bahrain; Saudis oust reporter

Saudi troops roll into Bahrain in this still image from Reuters video. (Reuters)

New York, March 15, 2011--Armed assailants stormed the Manama printing facility of the Bahraini independent daily Al-Wasat early this morning, damaging the press and hindering production of today's edition. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack, which comes just as military contingents from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been enlisted to help contain political unrest in the kingdom.

March 15, 2011 2:47 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bahrain, Yemen

As unrest bubbles, Bahrain and Yemen obstruct press

An anti-government protest in Sana'a. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

New York, March 14, 2011--Authorities in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing to obstruct news coverage of ongoing political unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today as it called on the two government to allow journalists to work without reprisal. In Yemen, at least six international journalists were expelled since Saturday, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. In Bahrain, security forces and plainclothes men attacked an Al-Wasat photojournalist covering a demonstration in the capital, Manama. 

March 14, 2011 5:22 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Libya

In Libya, Al-Jazeera journalist killed and another wounded

A pro-Qaddafi fighter raises his fists as a bus carrying journalists passes by during a government-organized visit for foreign media southeast of the capital Tripoli today. (AP/Ben Curtis)
New York, March 13, 2011--Unidentified gunmen killed an Al-Jazeera cameraman and wounded his colleague near the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi in an ambush on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based satellite station. This is the first confirmed journalist death reported in the Libyan conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Libya

Libya must free Guardian reporter; obstruction continues

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New York, March 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, left, a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper whom Libyan officials now acknowledge holding in detention. CPJ also demands that authorities halt ongoing obstruction and intimidation of journalists. A number of foreign journalists invited to cover events in the capital were prevented today from reporting on anti-government protesters in a Tripoli neighborhood, according to news reports. 

March 11, 2011 3:05 PM ET

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