• 'Press Uncuffed' aims to free jailed journalists

    Members of the media are being imprisoned in record numbers as authorities seek to silence and retaliate against critical voices covering sensitive topics such as corruption or human rights abuses. A new campaign conducted by CPJ and students at the University of Maryland's seeks to raise awareness of imprisoned journalists and call for their release.

    Journalists in prison
    China is world's worst jailer
  • Syria shows need for safety guidelines

    Four years into the Syrian conflict, the country has become a graveyard for journalists. The carnage has renewed urgency for the media industry to examine how it treats those who bring news from conflict zones. In response, a global network of freelance journalists, media companies, advocacy organizations, and safety groups, including CPJ, release an unprecedented set of guidelines for freelancers and news organizations, but many broadcasters and newspapers have still not signed on.

    Guidelines aim to protect freelancers
    Global safety principles and practices
    Journalist Security Guide
    AP/RISC/James Lawler Duggan
  • Impunity casts shadow over Russian media

    In a landmark move, Russian authorities bring charges against Sergei Dorovskoi, a former deputy governor and alleged mastermind in the 2000 attack that killed Novaya Gazeta reporter Igor Domnikov. Russia has a poor record of impunity in the cases of murdered journalists, which increases intimidation and acts of violence against the press. Journalists face harassment and threats of legal action; the state media regulator issues warnings to enforce censorship; and reporters are attacked while investigating claims that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.
    Paper roses at a vigil for murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)
  • CPJ in Egypt to discuss press freedom

    Amid a restrictive environment for independent reporting in Egypt, CPJ meets journalists and government ministers to discuss its concerns. The release on bail of two Al-Jazeera journalists is a welcome step, but Egypt remains one of the leading jailers of journalists. Many, such as photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, imprisoned for more than 500 days, are harassed or arrested covering protests. The photographer's supporters, pictured, continue to protest his detention.

    CPJ calls on el-Sisi to improve climate
    Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
  • In Azerbaijan, critical voices suppressed

    Azerbaijan continues its crackdown on the press with new charges brought against investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. The pre-trial detention of the award-winning reporter, pictured, who has been in custody since December, is also extended. Press freedom advocate Emin Huseynov is revealed to be in hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku to avoid arrest. Opposition journalist Seymur Hazi is handed a five-year prison sentence for an altercation his lawyer tells the court is orchestrated by authorities. In Baku, the family of press freedom advocate Gulnara Akhundova is harassed by authorities.
    AP/Aziz Karimov

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CPJ urges Egypt to adopt more open press climate

Dear President el-Sisi: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about the climate for press freedom in Egypt and to follow up on meetings we had last month with several high-level officials in your administration.

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March 26, 2015

Press Uncuffed: #FreeThePress Panel at Newseum

On March 26, join Courtney Radsch of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Dana Priest of The Washington Post, and three students from the University of Maryland for a panel at the Newseum on press freedom and the hostile environment that journalists face around the world. You can also be among the first to hear about Press Uncuffed: #FreeThePress, a campaign supporting journalists who have been jailed for covering sensitive topics such as corruption or human rights abuses.

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