Beatings, protests, and arrests in Iran

An Iranian newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, whose death in morality police custody triggered mass protests. (West Asia News Agency via Reuters/Majid Asgaripour)

Iranian protesters have adopted new tactics to avoid arrest as they continue to demonstrate over the death in morality-police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in dozens of cities, sources inside the county tell CPJ’s Yeganeh Rezaian. Many now stay in their cars rather than taking to the streets on foot and protests are taking place at night when protesters can better obscure their identities. 

Meanwhile, the government crackdown has continued, with dozens dying in clashes between security forces and protesters and at least 32 journalists arrested as of October 3. Authorities have also disrupted internet service to limit coverage of the protests. 

CPJ has called on Iran to release all journalists unconditionally and restore full internet access.

Read the names of arrested journalists

Afghanistan’s media crisis

TOLONews presenters work with their faces covered in Kabul on May 22, 2022. (Reuters/Ali Khara)

The Taliban’s August 2021 takeback of power in Afghanistan has devastated the vibrant media landscape that developed after the U.S.-led invasion 20 years earlier. Between censorship, arrests, assaults, restrictions on women journalists, the flight of experienced reporters, and the country’s declining economy, Afghan media are struggling to survive.

Yet in spite of these challenges, a CPJ special report found glimmers of hope amid the difficulties. Afghan journalists are finding ways to keep covering the news–either from inside the country or from their places of exile.

Videos: One year later | Journalists in exile | Women journalists under pressure | Panel discussion on Afghanistan’s media crisis

Russia-Ukraine war

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An AFP journalist runs as smoke rises behind after a bombardment in Bakhmut, Eastern Ukraine, on July 31, 2022. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

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Deaths in Ukraine

Motive confirmed (12)

Ihor Hudenko, Freelance, killed in Kharkiv on February 26
Yevhenii Sakun, LIVE, killed in Kyiv on March 1
Viktor Dedov, Sigma-TV, killed in Mariupol on March 11
Oksana Haidar, Freelance, killed in Shevchenkove around March 11 – April 7
Brent Renaud, Time, killed in Irpin on March 13
Maks Levin,, body found April 1 near Huta-Mezhyhirska, missing on March 13
Pierre Zakrzewski, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
Oksana Baulina, The Insider, killed in Kyiv on March 23
Mantas Kvedaravicius, Freelance, killed in Mariupol on April 2
Vira Hyrych, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, killed in Kyiv on April 28
Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, BFMTV, killed in Lysychansk on May 30

Motive unconfirmed (3)

Zoreslav Zamoysky, Freelance, killed in Bucha around March 4 – April 12
Roman Nezhyborets, Dytynets, killed in Yahidne around March 5-9
Yevhenii Bal, Freelance, killed in Manhush on April 2

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Journalist Ayub Ali Warty was recently detained and charged with defamation in Iraqi Kurdistan. (Photo: Ayub Ali Warty)

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2022 IPFA awardees (clockwise from left, with image credits): Niyaz Abdullah (Elyaas Ehsas); Abraham Jiménez Enoa (Núria López Torres); Pham Doan Trang (Paul Mooney); Sevgil Musaieva (Ukrainska Pravda)

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Journalists Attacked

Jamal Khashoggi


Jamal Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi was a former editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, and a columnist for The Washington Post,

While inside, a group of Saudis confronted Khashoggi, killed him, and dismembered his body. A report released by the CIA into the killing of the U.S. resident found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist’s murder.

In at least 8 out of 10 cases, the murderers of journalists go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity.

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide.

We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

journalists killed in 2022 (motive confirmed)
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