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Four journalists honored for commitment to press freedom

New Initiatives Fund set up to help combat 'war on journalists'
International Press Freedom Awardees, from left, Mikhail Zygar, Ferial Haffajee, Aung Zaw, and Siamak Ghaderi. (Getty Images/Bryan Thomas)

New York, November 26, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 24th annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of imprisonment, repression, and censorship.

November 26, 2014 1:12 PM ET

El camino a la justicia

Capítulo 3: Donde la impunidad se fortalece

El clima de impunidad llegó a un trágico punto culminante el 23 de noviembre de 2009, cuando sujetos armados emboscaron la caravana que seguía al candidato político Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu cuando se preparaba para inscribirse como candidato a gobernador provincial en Filipinas. Los atacantes masacraron a 58 personas, entre ellas 30 periodistas y dos trabajadores de medios de prensa, el mayor saldo de periodistas jamás asesinados en un solo acto de violencia desde que el CPJ comenzó a llevar estadísticas sobre asesinatos en 1992.

28 de Octubre 2014 12:01 AM ET

O Caminho para a Justiça

Capítulo 3: Onde a Impunidade Prospera

O clima de impunidade chegou a um trágico ponto culminante em 23 de novembro de 2009, quando homens armados emboscaram uma caravana que escoltava o candidato Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu enquanto ele se preparava para cumprir as formalidades burocráticas necessárias para se tornar candidato a governador de província nas Filipinas. Os atacantes mataram 58 pessoas, entre elas 30 jornalistas e dois trabalhadores da mídia, o maior número de jornalistas assassinados em um único ato desde que o CPJ começou a acompanhar esse tipo de caso, em 1992.

outubro 28, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Le chemin vers la justice

Chapitre 3: Là où l'impunité prospère

Aux Philippines, le climat d'impunité a atteint un paroxysme tragique le 23 novembre 2009, lorsque des hommes armés ont tendu une embuscade à la caravane qui escortait le candidat politique Esmael « Toto » Mangudadatu, alors qu'il se préparait à déposer sa candidature au poste de gouverneur provincial. Les assaillants ont abattu personnes, dont 30 journalistes et deux employés des médias. C'est le bilan humain le plus lourd pour les journalistes au cours d'une même attaque, depuis que le CPJ a entrepris de documenter ces cas en 1992.

28 octobre 2014 0h01 ET

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka

The Road to Justice

3. Where Impunity Thrives

A climate of impunity reached a tragic culmination on November 23, 2009, when gunmen ambushed a caravan escorting political candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu as he prepared to file papers to become a candidate for provincial governor in the Philippines. The attackers slaughtered 58 people, among them 30 journalists and two media workers, the largest toll of journalists murdered in a single act since CPJ began keeping track in 1992.

Blog   |   USA

One year after CPJ's US report, little has changed between Obama and press

President Barack Obama speaks to journalists in Edgartown, Mass. in August. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

After a summer plagued by war and disease abroad and partisan fighting at home, it was not hard to fathom why President Barack Obama would yearn for a retreat. But from which of the mounting crises did the president hope to escape: Ukraine? Islamic State? Ebola? The Tea Party? None of the above, according to an interview with Obama on the Sunday television news program "Meet the Press," in early September. "What I'd love," he said, "is a vacation from the press."

Statements   |   Syria, UK

Militant group must release kidnapped British journalist

September 18, 2014, New York--The Islamic State militant group released a video today that shows John Cantlie, a British freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012, making what he said would be the first of a series of statements, according to news reports. Cantlie's abduction in Syria nearly two years ago was not previously reported by CPJ and other groups at the request of his family.

Blog   |   Syria

Journalist beheadings in Syria reignite debate over risk and safety for freelancers

Now that the initial wave of revulsion at the beheading of two young journalists has passed, the international media is wringing its hands and asking how it can spare others the heartbreak of the families of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

September 16, 2014 11:03 AM ET

Blog   |   Syria

CPJ joins call to free Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression staff

Today, CPJ joined 78 human rights and press freedom organizations in calling on the Syrian government to immediately and unconditionally release three imprisoned members of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. The center's director, Mazen Darwish, has been imprisoned since 2012 along with his colleagues Hussein Ghrer and Hani al-Zitani.

  |   Syria

Steven Sotloff

On September 2, 2014, the militant group Islamic State released a video that purported to show the beheading of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who held joint American and Israeli citizenship. The following day, U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the video was authentic.

Sotloff was the second American murdered by Islamic State in a span of only a few weeks. On August 19, the group posted a video claiming to show the beheading of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley and threatening to do the same to Sotloff. Islamic State claimed to have executed the journalists in retribution for U.S. military intervention in Iraq. In August, the U.S. had launched air strikes in Iraq in an attempt to prevent militants from taking control of key areas, news reports said.

Sotloff, who wrote for outlets including Time and Foreign Policy, was abducted along with his Syrian fixer and driver in August 2013 shortly after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border, according to a Syrian familiar with the abduction who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. The Syrians were released in the following days, but Sotloff remained captive for more than a year, along with several other international journalists held hostage by Islamic State.

At the request of the family, CPJ did not publicize the case until the release of the video purporting to show Foley's murder. In a video released on August 27, 2014, Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff, pleaded with the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to show mercy and release her son.

As with Foley, it is not clear exactly where and when Islamic State murdered Sotloff.

September 3, 2014 2:34 PM ET

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