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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2015

Press Uncuffed: Free the Press

On March 26, CPJ partnered with students at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Knight chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest to launch the Press Uncuffed: Free the Press campaign at the Newseum in Washington. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about nine journalists imprisoned around the world in relation to their work. At least 221 journalists were behind bars when CPJ conducted its most recent prison census.

The students and Priest developed the idea of selling bracelets bearing the names of nine jailed journalists. All proceeds are being donated CPJ.

Click here to read the profiles of the featured journalists or here to purchase a bracelet.



April 1, 2015 3:59 PM ET

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysian police arrest editors, executives of news portal

Bangkok, March 31, 2015--Police have detained three editors and two executives of The Malaysian Insider news portal in Malaysia's Kelantan state and accused them of sedition, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested.

Alerts   |   Myanmar

Journalists assaulted, detained in Myanmar crackdown

A police officer is seen beating a student protester in Letpadan on Tuesday. Journalists covering the protest were harassed, attacked, and detained by police. (AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Bangkok, March 12, 2015--Journalists covering a security force clampdown on a student protest in central Myanmar on Tuesday were harassed, attacked, and detained by police, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault on and detention of journalists and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all reporters in police custody.

Alerts   |   Myanmar

Journalist detained over Facebook post in Myanmar

Bangkok, March 2, 2015--A journalist in Myanmar was detained by police on Friday in connection with a satirical image he posted on Facebook about renewed hostilities between government forces and an ethnic rebel group in the country's northeastern Shan State, according to news reports. Aung Nay Myo was released today without charge, the reports said.

Alerts   |   Philippines

Radio journalist shot dead in the Philippines

Bangkok, February 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Philippine authorities to investigate the murder on Saturday of radio journalist Maurito Lim and bring the assailant to justice.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysian authorities seize another book by political cartoonist

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar poses in plastic handcuffs prior to the launch of his new book of political cartoons. (AP/Joshua Paul)

Bangkok, February 17, 2015--In an escalating campaign of harassment, Malaysian authorities seized copies of a new volume of political cartoons by Zulkiflee Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, on Saturday, according to news reports. In the past three weeks, police have confiscated three separate volumes of Zunar's cartoons and detained him for four days on accusations of sedition in connection with critical posts he wrote on social media.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Cartoonist detained for critical tweets in Malaysia

Zunar holds a copy of his banned cartoon book in 2010. The cartoonist has been arrested on accusations of sedition. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Bangkok, February 11, 2015--Malaysian authorities arrested a political cartoonist on Tuesday on accusations of sedition, according to news reports. Zulkiflee Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, was detained after posting critical tweets about a court decision to imprison the country's main opposition leader.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Police raid, seize books from Malaysian cartoonist's office

Bangkok, February 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Malaysian authorities to halt the legal harassment of a Malaysian cartoonist. Zulkiflee Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, is a frequent contributor to the news website Malaysiakini and the author of several volumes of political cartoons.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Cyber security bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

Bangkok, January 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military-appointed legislature to scrap proposed legislation that would allow for mass surveillance of online activities and platforms. The Cyber Security Bill was approved this month by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's Cabinet and is pending in the National Legislative Assembly.

January 20, 2015 11:58 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Philippines

Tabloid reporter gunned down in the Philippines

Bangkok, January 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalist calls on authorities in the Philippines to identify the motive in Thursday's murder of tabloid reporter Nerlita Ledesma and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice.

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