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Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns Putin's decree banning coverage of military casualties

New York, May 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's presidential decree that extends a ban on coverage of military casualty figures to "peacetime, during special operations," as well as in wartime. Such coverage, deemed to be disclosure of state secrets, is punishable by prison terms up to 20 years, according to local press reports.

May 28, 2015 1:30 PM ET

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Statements   |   Iran

Iran must respect transparency in Jason Rezaian trial

New York, May 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iran to ensure a fair and transparent trial for Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, and to allow the reporter's defense team and employer access to court proceedings. Rezaian, who has been held in jail since July 2014, is due to appear in court in Tehran on May 26, according to reports.

May 22, 2015 12:19 PM ET

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Cartoonists are vulnerable worldwide, CPJ report finds

CPJ releases global assessment of threats faced by cartoonists

New York, May 19, 2015--The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the cartoons themselves, according to a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. In one case examined in the report, political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as "Zunar," faces more than 40 years in prison if found guilty of sedition during a trial that is due to begin in Malaysia on May 20.

May 19, 2015 11:49 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Olympic Officials Should Insist on Prisoner Releases

As European Games Near, EOC Leaders Should End Silence

(Brussels, May 14, 2015) - The leadership of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) should insist that the government of Azerbaijan release journalists and activists ahead of the European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Azerbaijan will host the games, a multi-sport event for over 6,000 athletes, in Baku from June 12-28, 2015.

May 14, 2015 10:05 AM ET

Media Advisories

CPJ to release report on global dangers to cartoonists


New York, May 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release
Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat, its first report on the global threat to cartoonists, on May 19, 2015.

The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the cartoons themselves. CPJ's report explores the crackdowns on cartoonists by examining cases in Malaysia, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Venezuela, the United States, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Iran.

May 13, 2015 3:12 PM ET

Statements   |   Internet, Pakistan, Security, USA

CPJ troubled by report US spied on Al-Jazeera journalist in Pakistan

New York, May 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a report that the U.S. National Security Agency carried out intensive surveillance of Al Jazeera's Islamabad bureau chief, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, based on suspicion that he was a member of Al-Qaeda. The Intercept reported today that the NSA's information supporting its claim appears to reflect the normal behavior of a journalist maintaining contact with sources.

Attacks on the Press Press Releases

Attacks on the Press: Journalists caught between terrorists and governments

CPJ releases annual assessment of press freedom worldwide

New York, April 27, 2015--Terrorist groups and the governments who purport to fight them have made recent years the most dangerous period to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual global assessment of press freedom, Attacks on the Press, released today. Some journalists are kidnapped or killed by militant groups while others are surveiled, censored, or imprisoned by governments seeking to respond to that threat, real or perceived.

April 27, 2015 11:00 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ to release annual assessment of press freedom

New York, April 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, its annual assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide, on April 27.

April 22, 2015 4:44 PM ET

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Eritrea most censored country in the world

CPJ highlights controls on Internet, independent media as top censorship tools

New York, April 21, 2015--With journalists often facing a choice of life in exile or prison, and with even reporters for state-run outlets in fear of arrest, Eritrea secures its place as the most censored country in the world, with secretive North Korea coming in close second, according to a list of the 10 Most Censored countries released by the Committee to Protect Journalists today.

April 21, 2015 3:37 PM ET

Statements   |   Iran

CPJ condemns Iran's espionage charges against Jason Rezaian

New York, April 20, 2015--CPJ is alarmed by reports of official charges levied against Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian. The charges included espionage, "collaborating with hostile governments," "propaganda against the establishment," and allegations that he gathered information "about internal and foreign policy," the Post reported today. His case file presents no evidence to justify the charges, according to a statement from Rezaian's lawyer Leila Ahsan, the Post reported.

April 20, 2015 12:53 PM ET

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