Middle East & North Africa

Iran must explain journalist arrests

Days after their arrests, it us unclear who in Iran detained The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, The National's Yeganeh Salehi and two others, or why. Even the number of journalists detained is in dispute. The onus falls on Iranian officials to elucidate--or simply release them.

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Iran must explain journalist arrests

Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Saleh (AFP)

It has now been six days since the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, The National's Yeganeh Salehi and two others were arrested in Iran, but we are no closer to understanding who detained them or why. Even the number of journalists arrested is in dispute.

The Washington Post originally said its correspondent Rezaian, his wife Salehi, and two unnamed photojournalists had been detained on July 22, a report we repeated in our statement Thursday calling for their release. But our colleagues at Reporters Without Borders reported only three journalists were arrested--Rezaian, Salehi, an unnamed Iranian-American freelance photographer, and her non-journalist husband--saying the photographer's family had asked for her name to be withheld. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran also said the fourth individual, the husband, is not a journalist.

Statements   |   Iran

Four journalists, including three U.S. citizens, detained in Iran

New York, July 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a Washington Post report today that says Iran has detained four journalists--three of whom are U.S. citizens--and calls on authorities to release them immediately. Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen and a correspondent for the Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National, were taken into custody in Tehran this week. The report said the other two are photojournalists, but did not identify them. It is not clear why the journalists were arrested.

Alerts   |   Sudan

Armed men raid Sudanese newspaper, beat editor

The aftermath of a raid on the offices of the Sudanese paper Al-Tayar, seen here, in which the paper's editor-in-chief was attacked. (AFP/Ebrahim Hamid)

New York, July 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on the offices of a privately owned newspaper in Sudan in which the publication's editor and another journalist were beaten.

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian cameraman killed during Israeli assault

A journalist films a burning building in Gaza's Shijaiyah district on July 20. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

New York, July 21, 2014--A Palestinian cameraman was killed in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah on Sunday, according to news reports and the journalist's colleague. More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in Shijaiyah that day, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

At least three journalists injured by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Smoke billows from a Gaza City neighborhood after an Israeli airstrike. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

New York, July 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Israeli airstrikes on buildings housing media outlets in Gaza that injured at least three journalists. The strikes came as Israel engages in a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Alerts   |   Iraq

Journalists injured, arrested amid Iraq violence

People gather at the site of a bomb attack at a market in Baghdad's Sadr City on Wednesday. (Reuters/Wissm al-Okili)

New York, July 16, 2014--At least two journalists were wounded, another arrested, and a newspaper office raided in the past week in Iraq amid heightened political uncertainty and violence, according to news reports and local press freedom groups.

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli airstrike destroys press car, killing Palestinian media worker

The mother of Hamid Shihab, a Palestinian media worker killed in Wednesday's airstrike, mourns during his funeral.(Reuters/Ashraf Amrah)

New York, July 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Israel Defense Forces' airstrike on a car clearly marked as a press vehicle in Gaza City on Wednesday. The airstrike killed Hamid Shihab, a driver for the Gaza-based press agency Media 24, according to the agency.

Alerts   |   Morocco

Morocco jails journalist over coverage of protests

New York, July 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Moroccan authorities to drop the charges against Mahmoud Lhaisan, a TV journalist who was arrested on Friday after reporting on police abuse during protests following a World Cup game.

Blog   |   Iran

The 2009 Iran crackdown continues today

Five years ago on Monday, CPJ announced that Iran had officially become the world's leading jailer of journalists in the world. The announcement came on the heels of an unprecedented crackdown on the press that began on June 12, 2009, the day of Iran's tumultuous presidential election that sparked a mass protest movement.

Case   |   Iran

In Iran, series of arrests and prosecutions target journalists

In the first few months of 2014, multiple journalists were arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted in Iran. Authorities pursued a revolving-door policy in imprisoning journalists, freeing some detainees on short-term furloughs even as they make new arrests.

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