June 2008

One suspect in custody for Trent Keegan’s murder in Kenya

June 26, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 26, 2008—Despite the arrest of a suspect in the murder of New Zealand photojournalist Trent Keegan, questions about the killing remain unanswered, CPJ said today. Kenyan police are holding a suspect in Keegan’s murder, a Kenyan police spokesman told CPJ. The police have not released details, but...

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Conditions for press in Senegal worsening

June 26, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. President, Following the brutal beating of two Senegalese journalists by police after a soccer match on Saturday, we are writing to express our alarm at an increasing pattern of physical attacks and threats against independent journalists in the line of duty in recent weeks and months. Thorough, transparent police investigations or prosecutions of these abuses have seldom taken place. We are deeply concerned about an ongoing culture of impunity for crimes against journalists.

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RFE/RL journalist tortured, forced into a psychiatric hospital

June 25, 2008 12:00 PM ET

TURKMENISTAN: New York, June 26, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction, torture, and forcible psychiatric hospitalization of Sazak Durdymuradov, a contributing reporter for the Turkmen Service of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), in the Western city of Bakhaden. According to RFE/RL, Durdymuradov was seized by agents...

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Journalist slammed with 10 years in prison for alleged treason

June 25, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a Baku court's decision on Tuesday to convict the editor of a small, minority newspaper on a treason charge and to sentence him to 10 years in prison. Novruzali Mamedov, editor of now-defunct Talyshi Sado (Voice of...

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Authorities deport South Korean freelance journalist

June 25, 2008 12:00 PM ET

BURMA: New York, June 25, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Burmese authorities on Sunday deported South Korean freelance journalist Lee Yu Kyong and confiscated four compact discs containing photos she had taken of damage caused by Cyclone Nargis. Lee was met in the early morning...

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Moroccan court tells paper to halt publication of testimony

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

New York, June 25, 2008--The Moroccan government should allow the news media to report on human rights abuses committed during the reign of King Hassan II, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing victim testimony given to a royal truth...

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Moroccan court tells paper to halt publication of testimony

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

New York, June 25, 2008--The Moroccan government should allow the news media to report on human rights abuses committed during the reign of King Hassan II, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing victim testimony given to a royal truth...

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CPJ urges EU to hold Cuba accountable for press abuses

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

Dear Mr. Michel: In light of the European Union's recent decision to lift 2003 diplomatic sanctions on Cuba, the Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to ensure that President Raúl Castro's government will effectively improve human rights conditions on the island by unconditionally releasing all imprisoned journalists and by granting freedom of information and expression to all Cubans.

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Newspaper director attacked inside his office

June 23, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2008­­­­—Two unidentified men beat and stabbed Luis Pablo Guardado Negrete, deputy director of the local daily Noticias de la Bahía, on Saturday afternoon inside his office in the western Mexican state of Nayarit. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the local authorities to investigate the...

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Critical journalist shot to death in Guayaquil

June 23, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ecuadorian authorities to investigate the death of Raúl Rodríguez Coronel, who was shot to death this morning in Guayaquil. CPJ is investigating all possible links between Rodríguez’s work as a journalist and his death. Rodríguez, news vice president and...

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Bad to Worse in Zimbabwe: Audio Slideshow

June 23, 2008 9:46 AM ET

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Bad to Worse in Zimbabwe

June 23, 2008 12:00 AM ET

Robert Mugabe's government has jailed reporters without basis, intimidated sources, and obstructed distribution of independent news....

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Two journalists attacked at presidential palace

June 22, 2008 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 22, 2008 Posted July 30, 2008 Abdifatah Mursal, Ogaal Faisal Mohamed, Heegan ATTACKED Presidential guards beat two newspaper reporters from the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland on June 22, according to the editor of one of the papers. Abdifatah Mursal from the private Ogaal and Faisal Mohamed from the...

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Thai prime minister urged to halt harassment

June 20, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Samak, The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by recent government moves that represent a clear and present danger to press freedom and media reform in Thailand.

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DRC journalists remain in 'illegal' detention

June 20, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Nsenda, We are deeply alarmed by the ongoing imprisonment of newspaper editor Nsimba Ponte and his assistant Davin Tondo. A government prosecutor said this week that their months-long pre-trial detention was illegal, and yet the two have been denied bail and were not charged until June 6, according to local press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED). In addition, Ponte is in poor health.

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English-language paper closes because of state harassment

June 19, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by the closing of the alternative English-language biweekly The eXile in Moscow. The paper announced on its Web site last week that it was forced to shut down after nervous investors withdrew support in the wake of a politicized...

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Agil Khalil barred from leaving the country

June 19, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2008—Authorities at Heydar Aliyev International Airport barred a reporter whose life has been threatened from leaving the country today, the Baku-based Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety said. Agil Khalil, a reporter for the independent daily Azadlyg, tried to board a flight to France this morning...

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European Court rules in favor of embattled television station

June 19, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2008—The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Armenia’s repeated denials of a broadcasting license to the independent A1+ television station violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. According to the verdict, the Armenian government must pay the station 20,000 euros (US$31,000)...

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Journalists in Exile: 2008

June 18, 2008 12:00 PM ET

More than 80 journalists flee their home countries in the last year. Iraq and Somalia are the hardest hit. By Elisbeth Witchel and Karen Phillips...

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Three charged in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya

June 18, 2008 12:00 PM ET

RUSSIA: New York, June 18, 2008—Three men have been charged in connection with the October 2006 assassination of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the Investigative Committee at Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office announced today. With these charges, investigators have completed a preliminary investigation into the journalist’s immediate killers, a spokesman for the...

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Internet publisher still detained by police

June 18, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by the continued detention of prominent Internet publisher and human rights activist Huang Qi. Police in Chengdu detained Huang on June 10 on charges of “illegally holding state secrets” according to local and international news reports, some of...

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Houston papers disappear, editor threatened

June 18, 2008 12:00 PM ET

UNITED STATES: New York, June 18, 2008—The publisher and editor of an Urdu-language newspaper in Houston, Pakistan Times USA, has received telephone death threats, and thousands of copies of the free weekly were removed in bulk from dozens of locations in southeastern Texas. The threats and theft of the papers...

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Journalists in Exile: Audio Feature

June 18, 2008 12:00 AM ET

More than 80 journalists flee their home countries in the last year. Iraq and Somalia are the hardest hit....

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Moscow court orders closure of North Caucasus news Web site

June 17, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces repeated efforts by authorities in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia to shut down the regional news Web site Ingushetiya—one of the few remaining independent news outlets covering the volatile North Caucasus—for alleged extremism. On June 6, Kuntsevo district court...

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Kyrgyzstan: Police raid newspaper, confiscate computers, seal newsroom

June 17, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2008--Police in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek raided the newsroom of independent newspaper De-Facto on June 14, taking all its financial records, confiscating computers, and sealing the newsroom, the independent regional news Web site Ferghana reported. The paper was shut down after it published a letter...

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Iraq: TV news presenter gunned down in Mosul

June 17, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mohieddin Abdul Hameed al-Naqib, a news presenter for the local affiliate of state-run television station Al-Iraqiya TV, who was gunned down by assailants in the Iraqi city of Mosul today. Al-Naqib, 49, was leaving his house outside...

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Journalist beaten by police, hospitalized

June 16, 2008 12:00 PM ET

AZERBAIJAN: New York, June 16, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the police beating of Emin Huseynov, head of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 14. Huseynov was covering an event for the 80th birthday of slain Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara....

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RCTV anchor found dead in Caracas

June 16, 2008 12:00 PM ET

VENEZUELA: New York, June 16, 2008—Javier García, news anchor for the Caracas-based television station Radio Caracas Television Internacional (RCTV), was found dead in his Caracas apartment on Sunday. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into García’s death....

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Militia leader accused of torturing reporters surrenders

June 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET

UPDATE JUNE 16, 2008 Posted June 20, 2008 O Dia ATTACKED, THREATENED Odinei Fernando da Silva, a police officer believed to be the leader of a paramilitary group that kidnapped and tortured two journalists and a driver working undercover for the Rio de Janeiro-based daily O Dia, surrendered to police...

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Newspaper publisher released

June 15, 2008 12:00 PM ET

June 15, 2008 Posted: July 14, 2008 Dam Sith, Moneakseka Khmer RELEASED Cambodian publisher and editor Dam Sith was released from Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on June 15 after being detained for over a week on criminal defamation and disinformation charges for an article published in his daily Khmer-language...

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Reporter flees home following alleged threatsfrom the military

June 14, 2008 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 14, 2008 Posted July 14, 2008 Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, El Diario del Noroeste THREATENED, HARASSEDGutiérrez, correspondent for the Ciudad Juárez-based daily El Diario del Noroeste in the city of Ascensión, left his home in the northern state of Chihuahua following harassment and alleged threats from members of the Mexican...

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Independent journalist arrested on allegations of drug possession

June 13, 2008 8:13 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the June 7 arrest of Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov, an independent Uzbek journalist for a number of international news outlets. Police arrested Abdurakhmanov in the city of Nukus for alleged drug possession, independent news Web site Uznews reported. If convicted,...

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Independent journalist arrested on allegations of drug possession

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the June 7 arrest of Solidzhon Abdurakhmonov, an independent Uzbek journalist for a number of international news outlets. Police arrested Abdurakhmonov in the city of Nukus for alleged drug possession, independent news Web site Uznews reported. If convicted,...

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One online journalist arrested, one missing in Chengdu

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2008—Chinese police arrested Internet writer Zeng Hongling in Chengdu, the capital of the earthquake-hit province of Sichuan, on Monday for publishing personal accounts of the earthquake on overseas Chinese-language Web sites, according to news reports and a Chinese press freedom advocate. Three days later, a well-known...

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Press freedom in Sri Lanka continues to deteriorate

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Rajapaksa, The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by your government's policies toward journalists who write critically about the conflict between Sri Lanka's military forces and Tamil secessionists. We have seen an increase in harassment, intimidation, and detention of reporters, many of whom are columnists in senior positions with well-established careers. Police have failed to investigate threats to journalists who cover elections or expose alleged corruption or misdeeds. They have also never investigated the death of a television journalist.

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Israeli ambassador regrets Reuters cameraman’s death

June 12, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2008—Israel’s ambassador to the United States expressed regret in a meeting with CPJ yesterday over the death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana, who was killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip in April. “Israel’s Ambassador Sallai Meridor met yesterday with the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Government ban on RFI lifted after 3 months

June 12, 2008 12:00 PM ET

NIGER: June 12, 2008 Posted July 24, 2008 Original alert: March 13, 2008Radio France Internationale CENSORED French broadcaster Radio France Internationale resumed FM broadcasts in Niger following a three-month suspension imposed by Niger authorities in March, according to news reports....

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CPJ delegation urges Israel to release findings in death of Reuters cameraman

June 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Washington, June 11, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Israeli authorities today to release the findings of an army investigation into the killing of a Reuters cameraman by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip two months ago. In a meeting with Israel’s ambassador to the United States,...

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As Karzai seeks aid, a call for press freedom

June 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Karzai, News reports have described your plan to present a $50 billion, long-term development strategy to international donors in Paris on Thursday. Those reports have also noted the concerns of international donors about allegations of widespread corruption in Afghanistan.

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As Karzai seeks aid, a call for press freedom

June 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Karzai, News reports have described your plan to present a $50 billion, long-term development strategy to international donors in Paris on Thursday. Those reports have also noted the concerns of international donors about allegations of widespread corruption in Afghanistan.

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Journalist jailed on defamation, disinformation charges

June 10, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Dam Sith, editor-in-chief of the opposition-aligned, Khmer-language daily newspaper Moneakseka Khmer. Dam Sith was arrested on Sunday by plainclothes police at a car wash and interrogated for several hours at the national military police headquarters in the...

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Mexican editor threatened

June 10, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2008—The editor of an evening daily in southern Mexico was threatened in a note left outside the front door of the newspaper’s office building on Monday, two days after a severed human head was found near the same spot, according to news reports and a CPJ...

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Philippine TV journalist and crew abducted

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a militant group's abduction of three journalists from Philippine network ABS-CBN in the southern Philippine province of Sulu on Sunday. ABS-CBN news head Maria Ressa provided CPJ with an official statement today confirming that journalist Ces Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion,...

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Afghanistan: BBC reporter gunned down

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with the family and colleagues of  Afghan journalist Abdul Samad Rohani in mourning his death, and calls on the recently appointed governor of Helmand province, Gulab Mangal, to press investigators to find his killers. Rohani disappeared on Saturday near Lashkar...

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CPJ calls for an investigation into Somali journalist’s murder

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2008—CPJ calls for a thorough investigation into the June 7 killing of Somali journalist Nasteh Dahir Farah. Dahir, vice chairman of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), was shot by two men while walking home from an Internet cafe at around 7 p.m. near his...

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Outspoken journalist sentenced to six-year prison term

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the six-year jail sentence handed down today against an outspoken Yemeni journalist accused of conspiring with anti-government rebels. A state security court in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, sentenced Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani, editor of an opposition news Web site, to six years...

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Calderón endorses federalization of crimes against freedom of expression

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Mexico City, June 9, 2008—President Felipe Calderón today pledged his commitment to federalize crimes against freedom of expression in a meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists in Mexico City. Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora announced draft legislation that would amend Article 73 of Mexico’s political constitution and would make...

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Three Killings, No Justice

June 7, 2008 2:00 AM ET

Versión en españolPosted June 7, 2008Mexico is not at war. It is a democracy. And yet it is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. Twenty-one journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, seven of them in direct reprisal for their work. Since 2005, seven others...

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BBC reporter faces legal harassment in Thailand

June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the legal harassment of BBC correspondent Jonathan Head in Thailand. A high-ranking police official, Lt. Col. Wattanasak Mungkandee, has filed two separate criminal complaints alleging that the journalist insulted the monarchy—charges that Head and the BBC have called...

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China steps up checks on quake reporting

June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that China has begun to restrict local and foreign coverage of the aftermath of the May 12 earthquake. Several international media outlets have reported the harassment and temporary detention of reporters at the hands of local officials. The moves...

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CPJ urges Gambia to abide by ruling, free Ebrima Manneh

June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2008—CPJ applauds a regional court’s ruling on Thursday declaring the 2006 arrest of Gambian journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh to be illegal and ordering his immediate release. The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States also ordered the Gambian government to...

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Moroccan politician alleges government behind cartoon protest

June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Moroccan authorities to investigate disturbing allegations that former high-ranking Interior Minister official Fouad Ali El Himma was the instigator of a demonstration in 2006 in Casablanca against an independent weekly for reporting on controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet...

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CPJ urges Chad to repeal repressive media law

June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, We are heartened by your recent statements in support of a private, independent press, and we now urge you to further your commitment by pushing for the repeal of Presidential Decree 5.

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Philippine editor draws prison term on libel conviction

June 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2008—A Philippine court today convicted newspaper editor and publisher Ninez Cacho-Olivares on libel charges stemming from a 2003 article about a politically prominent lawyer, according to news reports. The regional court in Makati, outside the capital, Manila, sentenced Cacho-Olivares to an indeterminate prison sentence of six...

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Falling Short: Olympic Promises Go Unfulfilled As China Falters on Press Freedom

June 4, 2008 9:58 PM ET

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Reporter beaten by men with baseball bats

June 4, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brazen attack on investigative reporter Dusan Miljus, who covers organized crime and corruption for the popular Croatian daily Jutarnji List. According to Reuters, two unidentified men beat Miljus with baseball bats in a parking lot near his house in...

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Singapore detains U.S. blogger over libel commentary

June 3, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention of blogger Gopalan Nair on charges of insulting a Singaporean judge during a high-profile libel case. Nair, a former Singapore citizen who obtained U.S. citizenship in 2005, was arrested in a hotel on Saturday evening, according...

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Newspaper executive slain in Caracas

June 3, 2008 12:00 PM ET

VENEZUELA: New York, June 3, 2008—Unidentified gunmen killed Pierre Fould Gerges, vice president of the Caracas daily Reporte Diario de la Economía, on Monday following dozens of death threats against the paper’s senior administrative staff over the last year. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that Venezuelan authorities...

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Afghan journalist’s appeal delayed over torture investigation

June 2, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned today about a further delay in the appeal of Afghan journalist Parwez Kambakhsh. Kambakhsh is appealing a death sentence for blasphemy in a Kabul court. The appeal was delayed on Sunday pending medical corroboration of Kambakhsh’s allegation that he...

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CPJ seeks probe into report that soccer star assaulted journalist

June 2, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a thorough and transparent investigation into a scuffle Friday between members of Cameroon’s soccer team and journalists following a pre-game press conference. Cameroon’s star striker Samuel Eto'o allegedly assaulted a reporter during the incident, according to local journalists...

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Brazil: CPJ appalled by reported torture of journalists, driver

June 2, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is shocked by allegations that a paramilitary group with links to local police kidnapped and tortured two journalists and a driver working undercover in a Rio de Janeiro slum. CPJ called on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation. "We are...

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June 1, 2008 2:00 AM ET

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