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Iran, Syria, and Somalia top countries that journalists flee

CPJ releases annual report on journalists in exile to mark World Refugee Day

New York, June 18, 2014--Over the past five years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has supported 404 journalists who have been forced to flee their home countries because of their work, according to a new CPJ report on exiled journalists. Journalists cite the threats of violence and imprisonment as the top reasons why they flee.

June 18, 2014 12:20 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Brazil

CPJ releases security guide in Portuguese ahead of Brazil World Cup

Protests and anti-press violence highlight need for journalist safety

New York, June 9, 2014--As journalists gather in Brazil to cover the FIFA World Cup, one of the most watched sports events in the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the Portuguese version of its journalist security guide. The guide covers a wide variety of safety practices for journalists, from covering violent conflicts to basic preparedness and digital security. 

June 9, 2014 10:44 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Venezuela

Venezuela violated freedom of speech by refusing to renew TV license, groups assert in court papers

Amicus brief filed by CPJ and New York City Bar Association

New York, May 12, 2014--Venezuela's May 2007 refusal to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, violated Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and is "a violation of settled inter-American principles of freedom of speech and the rule of law," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the New York City Bar Association said in an amicus brief filed today before the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights. 

May 12, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Brazil

Violence and judicial censorship afflict journalists in Brazil

Rousseff administration takes steps, but impunity still haunts the World Cup host

Brasilia, May 6, 2014--Brazil is home to a vibrant investigative press, but journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. The media is also subject to legal harassment that drains resources and censors important stories, according to a special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists released today.
May 5, 2014 5:36 PM ET

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World Press Freedom Day: 10 Journalists to Free from Prison

Anti-state activity is the most used charge against journalists

New York, April 29, 2014--As World Press Freedom Day approaches, journalists are languishing in prisons across the globe. Uzbek editor Muhammad Bekjanov has been in jail for 15 years--one of the longest imprisonments of journalists worldwide. Prominent Iranian journalist Siamak Ghaderi has been beaten and whipped in custody, and Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai could barely walk or talk during a recent prison visit. All three are convicted on anti-state charges, the leading accusation used to imprison journalists. They are among 10 emblematic cases highlighted in a new campaign by the Committee to Protect Journalists launched today.

April 29, 2014 11:19 AM ET

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The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger joins CPJ's board

New York, April 24, 2014--Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has joined the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, bringing his expertise and commitment to the struggle for global press freedom to the independent nonprofit organization.

April 24, 2014 12:13 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Iraq

Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists

CPJ report looks at the state of press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan

New York, April 22, 2014--A lack of law enforcement and a general climate of impunity have bred self-censorship and hampered reporting on sensitive issues such as corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today.

April 22, 2014 10:32 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Bahrain

Bahrain Racing in Circles

Press freedom campaign launch timed to Formula One race in Bahrain

New York and Paris, April 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have launched a joint social media campaign calling on the Bahraini government to allow journalists to work freely during the Formula One Grand Prix race in Bahrain on April 6, 2014. Using the social media tool Thunderclap, the "Bahrain Racing in Circles" campaign participants will call for press freedom in Bahrain at the exact start of the Formula One race. As of April 3, the campaign had gained a potential audience of nearly 3 million people, more than twice the population of Bahrain.

April 3, 2014 4:39 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Pakistan

Prime minister pledges justice, security for journalists in Pakistan

Islamabad, March 19, 2014 -- In a wide-ranging meeting today with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to continue to expand Pakistan's media freedoms and address the insecurity plaguing the country's journalists. He also promised to ease visa and travel restrictions on foreign journalists working in the county. 

March 19, 2014 11:25 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: Surveillance poses global challenge for free flow of news

CPJ's annual assessment of press freedom worldwide

New York, February 12, 2014--Digital surveillance, the unchecked murder of journalists, and indirect commercial and political pressures on the media are three of the primary threats to press freedom highlighted in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual assessment, Attacks on the Press, released today.

February 12, 2014 2:22 AM ET
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