• Serious challenges for Bangladeshi press

    Bangladesh's press is under siege. Two bloggers covering religious issues, Bangladeshi-American Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman Babu, are hacked to death in public in Dhaka within five weeks. The murders come amid political unrest in the country. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina targets the independent media, one of the last standing institutions that can challenge her government. TV broadcasts are disrupted and reporters harassed with legal action. Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman shows CPJ a stack of cases filed against his journalists. Popular Banglavision current affairs show "Frontline" is taken off air.
    A memorial for blogger Avijit Roy. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)
  • '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)
  • 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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Jailed journalist Gao Yu saw what was coming. So should the IOC

Gao at a press freedom conference in Paris, in April 2008,(AP/Jacques Brinon)

Gao Yu was right, I was wrong. Gao, who was handed a seven-year prison sentence in a Beijing court on Friday, and I met at a conference organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in Paris in April 2008, a few months before the Beijing Olympic Games were to get underway. CPJ had worked hard to publicize the mistake made by the International Olympics Committee in awarding China the Games in the first place.


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May 26, 2015

8th Al Jazeera Forum "Change in the Arab World: Where To?"

Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, will attend Al Jazeera's 8th Annual Forum, "Change in the Arab World: Where to?" The forum seeks to discuss the transformations of the Arab revolutions through diverse activities, starting with a review of transition paths, followed by the identification of obstacles, and finally (among other objectives), the anticipation of the future of the Arab world and trends of change. The forum will host a wide array of scholars, experts, politicians, journalists and youth and civil society organization activists from around the world in order to create profound dialogue on the topic.

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, along with a number of institutions within the network including Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Department of Public Liberties and Human Rights, Al Jazeera Net, Al Jazeera English Online and the Department of Innovation and Incubation will hold several sessions over three days. Most of the forum's sessions will be broadcasted live on Al Jazeera Mubasher.

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