April 2010

Mexican journalists rescued in Oaxaca; one wounded

April 30, 2010 4:04 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2010—Two journalists who went missing Tuesday after an ambush in Oaxaca state in southern Mexico were rescued late Thursday by local police, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack....

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In Nigeria, 4 journalists receive death threats

April 30, 2010 4:00 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2010—Four journalists who covered the recent dismissal of the electoral commission chairman received anonymous death threats via text message on Wednesday, according to CPJ interviews and news reports. The messages, sent from the same number, said the reporters would meet the fate of three slain Nigerian...

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In Afghanistan, at least 3 journalists still held captive

April 30, 2010 1:55 PM ET

On Wednesday, I posted an item about the dangers to journalists in Pakistan, reminding readers that at least two reporters--Canadian freelancer Beverley Giesbrecht, who goes by the name Khadija Abdul Qahaar, and British journalist Asad Qureshi--are being held captive somewhere along the border with Afghanistan. I later received a...

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Egyptian blogger Karim Amer harassed in jail

April 30, 2010 1:44 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an campaign of harassment and intimidations against imprisoned Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman, known online as Karim Amer. ...

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Two Ethiopian state TV journalists under arrest

April 30, 2010 1:22 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2010—In light of the Ethiopian government’s longstanding practice of jailing journalists on trumped-up criminal charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detentions last week of two government TV journalists on allegations of misusing state property. CPJ is monitoring the legal proceedings closely....

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Mexican journalists missing after convoy ambushed

April 29, 2010 5:58 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—Two journalists accompanying a caravan of human rights activists in a tense and often violent indigenous area of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico were reported missing Tuesday after the convoy came under gunfire and two people were killed, press reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Russian bill gives FSB authority to arrest critical journalists

April 29, 2010 5:41 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges members of Russia’s parliament to reject a sweeping new bill that would return censorship rights to Russia’s KGB successor, the Federal Security Service, if passed....

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State-owned Internet provider blocks Kazakh news sites

April 29, 2010 5:21 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—Kazakh authorities must order the state-owned Internet Internet provider Kazakhtelecom to immediately restore access to the independent news portal Respublika and the Web site of its sister publication Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ten Journalist Murder Cases to Solve

April 29, 2010 12:01 AM ET

CPJ challenges authorities in 10 nations to bring justice and reverse culture of impunity New York, April 29, 2010—In the Philippines, political clan members slaughter more than 30 news media workers and dump their bodies in mass graves. In Sri Lanka, a prominent editor who has criticized authorities is so...

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Audio Report: Ten Murder Cases to Solve

April 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET

In our special report, “Ten Journalist Murder Cases to Solve,” CPJ challenges authorities to solve these news media slayings and reverse the culture of impunity. Here, CPJ's Robert Mahoney explains why each of these cases can be solved if governments demonstrate political will. Listen to the mp3 on the player...

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An indicator of what comes next for Sri Lanka's media

April 28, 2010 5:39 PM ET

In Sri Lanka, there is a lull of sorts in outright attacks on the media as the Rajapaksa government takes stock of where it stands, which is in a very strong position: Last May the government declared a final victory in the brutal 30-year conflict with Tamil secessionists. In January, President Mahinda Rajapksa...

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Police block journalists from covering White House demonstration

April 28, 2010 5:30 PM ET

The U.S. Park Police have taken responsibility for having prevented journalists from covering a White House demonstration on April 21, 2010. A single, uniformed Park Police officer ordered reporters and camera crews to move back after gay rights activists handcuffed themselves to the White House gate. The officer ordered journalists...

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Taliban threats, abducted journalists in Pakistan

April 28, 2010 3:53 PM ET

Over the last few days, several papers in Pakistan reported that a Taliban organization in North Waziristan gave a “last warning” to Pakistani media. The story was widely reported, quoting an e-mail message from Muhammad Umar, a “spokesman for the Taliban Media Center,” the papers said. The group is angry about the way it...

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Is Brazil the censorship capital of the Internet? Not yet

April 28, 2010 3:32 PM ET

Last week, Google published its first set of global government request statistics, showing how many demands it receives to remove content from its servers or hand over private information on its users. Transparency by Internet companies about how much information they are compelled to remove or release helps us...

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Independent editor brutally beaten in Russia

April 27, 2010 5:37 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2010—Regional prosecutors should immediately investigate the brutal attack on Monday on Arkady Lander, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Mestnaya (Local) in the southern city of Sochi, and bring his assailants to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cambodian journalist released from prison in amnesty

April 27, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the April 13 release from prison of Hang Chakra, editor and publisher of the opposition-aligned Khmer Machas Srok daily newspaper in Cambodia....

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Three journalists killed in Nigeria

April 26, 2010 5:39 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2010—Three Nigerian journalists were killed in two separate incidents over the weekend. Muslim rioters killed two reporters working with a local Christian newspaper on Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. Also on Saturday, court reporter Edo Sule Ugbagwu, at left, from the private daily The Nation was shot...

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Tunisian journalist beaten by police

April 26, 2010 3:10 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a full and transparent investigation into the police beating of Zuhair Makhlouf, contributor to Tunisian news Web site Assabil Online. ...

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FOIA needs new muscle behind it, not just promises

April 26, 2010 10:51 AM ET

These are busy days for Freedom of Information. On April 5, the watchdog Web site that knows no borders, WikiLeaks, posted a classified U.S. military video showing U.S. forces firing on Iraqi civilians, killing many, including two Reuters journalists, as well as wounding children. Two days later, the Pentagon posted a redacted U.S. military assessment of the same...

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CPJ seeks Pentagon investigations in Iraq journalist deaths

April 26, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Dear Secretary Gates: The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by a video recently disclosed by the Web site WikiLeaks showing a U.S. military strike that took place on July 12, 2007. The attack killed an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his assistant, Saeed Chmagh.

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Cameroon must investigate jailed editor's death

April 25, 2010 4:07 PM ET

Dear President Biya: Following Thursday’s death of newspaper editor Germain S. Ngota Ngota, whose health deteriorated while he was incarcerated in Kondengui Prison in the capital, Yaoundé, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on you to launch a public, thorough, and transparent inquiry into the circumstances of his death. We urge you to provide guarantees for the well-being of three other journalists held in Cameroonian prisons and address ongoing abuses—including allegations of state torture—against independent journalists who raise questions about the administration’s performance.

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Azerbaijan should comply with European Court ruling

April 23, 2010 3:39 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2010—Azerbaijani authorities must comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ decision ordering the immediate release of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, has been jailed for three years on fabricated...

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Jailed journalist dies in Cameroon prison

April 22, 2010 5:19 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by today’s death of newspaper editor Germain S. Ngota Ngota, whose health deteriorated while he was incarcerated in Cameroon. The death certificate for Ngota, editor of the private bimonthly Cameroon Express, determined that the journalist died from a lack of medical attention...

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Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

April 22, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraqi authorities to clarify the disappearance and current whereabouts of Saad al-Aossi, editor-in-chief of the critical weekly Al-Shahid....

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An Iraqi in America: A year still unclear

April 22, 2010 12:52 PM ET

I just can't believe that it's been almost a year since I arrived in the States. It's been very quick, seemingly quicker than waiting in a drive-through line for a restaurant. ...

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Cameroon responsible for Ngota's death

April 22, 2010 12:49 PM ET

We issued the following statement after weekly Cameroon Express Editor Bibi Ngota died of hypertension Wednesday night while in prison in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. Ngota was arrested with two other journalists in February for reporting on an alleged corruption case implicating a presidential advisor....

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TV host slain; 6th Honduran journalist killed since March

April 21, 2010 3:51 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists voiced deep concern today at the killing of Honduran television anchor Jorge Alberto Orellana, the sixth journalist killed in the country since March....

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Impunity Summit: Solidarity in fighting journalist murders

April 21, 2010 1:16 PM ET

Every day at CPJ, we count numbers: 18 journalists killed in Russia since 2000, 32 journalists and media workers slaughtered in the Maguindanao massacre, 88 journalists murdered over the last 10 years in Iraq. But on Tuesday night at CPJ’s Impunity Summit at Columbia University, CPJ Executive Director Joel...

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Virginia authorities seize images from student paper

April 20, 2010 4:16 PM ET

Attorneys representing a student newspaper and a county prosecutor have agreed to temporarily seal images seized from the newspaper and transfer them to a third party until the dispute over the images is settled, reported The Breeze, the student-run publication of James Madison University in Virginia. But the Rockingham County Commonwealth Attorney’s office is still pressing...

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Journalists assaulted covering Iraqi Kurdistan protests

April 20, 2010 3:12 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2010—Anti-riot police assaulted journalists covering two different protests in Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan on Saturday and Tuesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks and calls on authorities to stop harassing journalists reporting in the field....

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Getting Away With Murder

April 20, 2010 12:01 AM ET

CPJ’s 2010 Impunity Index spotlights countrieswhere journalists are slain and killers go free New York, April 20, 2010—Deadly, unpunished violence against the press has soared in the Philippines and Somalia, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are...

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Fighting impunity with solidarity, unity, and a symbol

April 20, 2010 12:01 AM ET

We will not make significant advances in the battle against crimes against journalists and the impunity surrounding them without the creation of a sense of unity and solidarity among a country’s news media and journalists. Nor will the cause advance without a strategy by international press freedom organizations to provide...

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Audio Report: Getting Away With Murder

April 20, 2010 12:01 AM ET

In our special report, “Getting Away With Murder” CPJ names and shames countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments are unable or unwilling to solve the crimes. Here, María Salazar-Ferro explains CPJ's Impunity Index, detailing what nations are failing and which ones are showing improvement. Listen to the...

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Another Pakistani TV journalist dies in suicide bombing

April 19, 2010 4:35 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by the death of Azamat Ali Bangash, a correspondent for Saama TV. According to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Bangash was killed in an April 17 suicide bombing while covering food distribution in a refugee camp near...

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Concern as some charges dropped in Philippines killings

April 19, 2010 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the Philippine government’s decision to drop murder charges against Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle, Akmad Ampatuan, former mayor of Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao. The move,...

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CPJ denounces Iranian threats against Maziar Bahari

April 19, 2010 1:31 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned threats made by the Iranian government against Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari. Bahari, left, who was imprisoned in Iran for 118 days on fabricated antistate charges following last year’s disputed June presidential election, told CPJ that family members in...

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CPJ Impact

April 18, 2010 11:14 AM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2010 More than 3,500 petition Iran to free journalists, writersAs the leading sponsor of “Our Society Will Be a Free Society,” a joint campaign with 15 other human rights organizations seeking the release of dozens of jailed journalists in Iran, CPJ helped gather more...

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Journalist held incommunicado in Moldova's Transdniester

April 16, 2010 5:50 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) to immediately release journalist Ernest Vardanian, at left, who has been jailed in the regional capital of Tiraspol for treason since April 7. ...

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One cameraman dead, several injured in Quetta bombing

April 16, 2010 3:02 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2010--At least one Pakistani journalist was killed and others were injured in a suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta today, according to international news reports. Details are still emerging, and some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, but Pakistani colleagues tell CPJ that...

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Dawit Isaac: Jailed 3,127 days in Eritrea without trial

April 16, 2010 2:49 PM ET

Journalist Dawit Isaac has spent 3,127 days in government custody in his native Eritrea, according to the ticker on FreeDawit, a Web site based in Sweden, Isaac’s adopted country, where he is a citizen. He has never been publicly charged with a crime or been given a trial. A...

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Yemeni editor, long harassed, is charged again

April 15, 2010 5:21 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Yemeni authorities to drop new charges brought against Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party's news Web site Aleshteraki, in connection with a 2005 article. ...

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In Afghanistan, concern about journalists held by Taliban

April 14, 2010 5:31 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the new demands made by a Taliban group that is holding captive two French television journalists, Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, translator Mohammed Reza, and the group's driver. They were taken in Kapisa province, northeast of...

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Freed Cuban journalist tells of his ‘dreadful experience’

April 14, 2010 5:16 PM ET

When I asked Cuban journalist Oscar Sánchez Madan to describe in one sentence his three years in jail, he told me: “I don’t wish on anybody the dreadful experience I had in prison.” A municipal court in Unión de Reyes, province of Matanzas, freed him on Sunday after he completed a...

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Microsoft, piracy, and independent media in Kyrgyzstan

April 14, 2010 4:34 PM ET

When the independent television outlet Stan TV was raided by Kyrgyz financial police on April 1, authorities claimed they were investigating the use of unlicensed software. The timing of the raid implied a different motivation. As CPJ reported at the time, the day before, the Kyrgyz courts had shut...

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Sudanese journalist charged with 'waging war' against state

April 14, 2010 4:06 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Sudanese authorities to immediately drop criminal charges against prominent journalist and opposition party member Al-Haj Ali Warrag. ...

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Oscar Sánchez Madan freed from jail in Cuba

April 13, 2010 5:35 PM ET

In early 2007, freelancer Oscar Sánchez Madan was detained twice and warned to stop working for the independent press after he covered a local corruption scandal and social problems in western Matanzas province, where he lived. He was arrested in April 2007 and, after a one-day trial, Cuban authorities convicted him of “social dangerousness,”...

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Rwanda shuts critical papers in run-up to presidential vote

April 13, 2010 4:39 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s decision by Rwanda’s Media High Council to suspend two independent weeklies just months prior to presidential elections. At a press conference, attended only by state broadcasters and the pro-government radio station Contact FM, the Media High Council announced an...

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CPJ condemns assault on imprisoned Yemeni editor

April 13, 2010 2:22 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by recent reports that a Yemeni editor, detained without charge since May 2009 for covering unrest in the southern part of the country, was assaulted by inmates....

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Special Report: A Somali Journalist in Exile

April 13, 2010 12:01 AM ET

Radio journalist Ahmed Omar Hashi is a survivor, but he has paid dearly. He's been threatened and targeted for death. He's seen his colleagues and friends killed. Now, like other Somali journalists, Hashi struggles in exile and hopes one day he can resume his work. By Karen Phillips...

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Video Report: A Somali Journalist in Exile

April 13, 2010 12:01 AM ET

In “A Somali Journalist in Exile,” CPJ talks with Ahmed Omar Hashi, a former editor for the independent Mogadishu station Radio Shabelle. After three attempts were made on Hashi’s life, CPJ and local partners helped him relocate to Uganda. Hashi talks about the many challenges in his new life...

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In censoring Web, Thailand could worsen crisis

April 12, 2010 6:27 PM ET

As part of its declaration of emergency, the Thai government last week radically broadened existing Internet censorship powers to prohibit a wide range of speech, including independent commentary and newsgathering. In doing so, it has exacerbated an already fragile political situation and may have permanently weakened Thailand's constitutional protections for...

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Reuters cameraman killed in Thai political violence

April 12, 2010 1:45 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened and outraged by the fatal shooting of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto during armed exchanges between government soldiers and antigovernment protestors on Saturday. Muramoto, left, a Japanese national, was shot in the chest while filming an early-afternoon confrontation and...

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Le Nouvelliste resumes daily publication in Haiti

April 12, 2010 12:36 PM ET

Three months after the January 12 earthquake, Haiti’s oldest newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, has resumed daily publication. The April 6 issue not only signaled the resumption of daily publication, it marked a return to some normality, said Frantz Duval, the daily’s new editor-in-chief....

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The quest for funniest journalist benefits CPJ

April 9, 2010 4:52 PM ET

How many journalists does it take to change a light bulb? If anyone has an answer to that, he or she was probably in the crowd that gathered last night for Commedia dell Media, the journalists’ stand-up comedy gala benefitting CPJ and other press freedom groups. Follow the link for...

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Truth about jailed journalists is locked away in Eritrea

April 9, 2010 4:43 PM ET

In the reclusive Red Sea nation of Eritrea, the fate of 10 journalists who disappeared in secret prisons following a September 2001 government crackdown has been a virtual state secret—only occasionally pierced by shreds of often unverifiable, secondhand information smuggled out of the country by defectors or others fleeing into...

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Exiled Somali journalists face new challenges in Nairobi

April 9, 2010 3:45 PM ET

Somali journalists Hassan Ali Gesey and Abdihakim Jimale are roommates these days, living in a tiny, graffiti-ridden room in Nairobi, Kenya. Neither would have wanted to eke out an existence like this, but dire circumstances brought them together—starting with the night three years ago that Gesey saved Jimale’s life....

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Emergency censorship deepens unrest in Thailand

April 9, 2010 3:37 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010—The Thai government should restore access to news outlets censored after a state of emergency was declared Wednesday in response to antigovernment protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists reporting on the unrest are increasingly vulnerable to physical assault as clashes between protesters...

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Journalist missing in western Mexico

April 9, 2010 3:19 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists voiced concern today about the fate of Mexican journalist Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, left, who has been missing since Tuesday, according to his family and reports in the local press....

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Somali insurgents ban BBC

April 9, 2010 3:12 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010—Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia have banned all BBC broadcasts from the areas they control and confiscated the corporation’s FM transmitters and satellite dishes. Local journalists told CPJ that Al-Shabaab issued a statement today announcing the immediate ban, claiming the BBC carried the “agenda of the crusaders” and “opposed...

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South Africa: BBC journalist expelled from press conference

April 9, 2010 2:52 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the African National Congress (ANC) party's condemnation of the expulsion of BBC journalist Jonah Fisher from a press conference on Thursday. ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema referred to Fisher as a "bastard" after the reporter interrupted him....

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Media center in Haiti has become 'anchor point' for press

April 9, 2010 1:10 PM ET

Three months after it opened, Haitian journalists are still benefitting from the wide-ranging services provided by the Media Operations Center, which has provided a workspace for journalists after the earthquake. While radio stations based in the capital are back on the air, the long power cuts and problems accessing...

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Technicalities: 10 Questions on WikiLeaks

April 8, 2010 5:33 PM ET

Monday's release of graphic video footage of an attack by the U.S. military on two Reuters journalists vividly depicted the dangers involved in covering a battlefield. It also thrust into the spotlight WikiLeaks, the enigmatic Web site responsible for obtaining, decoding, and publicizing the footage. Here's 10 questions answered on WikiLeaks, including how...

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CPJ asks Obama to raise poor press record with Kazakhstan

April 8, 2010 5:13 PM ET

Dear President Obama: In advance of your April 12 meeting in Washington with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, we'd like to draw your attention to the deteriorating press freedom conditions in Kazakhstan. Unchecked violence and the arrest of independent reporters, politicized prosecution and harassment of critical outlets, and draconian media and Internet regulation laws tarnish the record of the current chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Kyrgyzstan's familiar path: Press repression, ousted leaders

April 8, 2010 4:43 PM ET

History seemed to repeat itself this week in the mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. For the second time in five years, angry protesters—ignored and suppressed by a corrupt government—ousted yet another president. ...

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Gag order lifted in Israeli military leaks case

April 8, 2010 4:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement after learning that a months-long gag order was lifted today. The gag order prevented Israeli media from reporting on the case of a soldier charged with “harming national security” who is under house arrest for leaking documents that allegedly show that...

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Documentary filmmaker missing in Pakistan

April 8, 2010 1:43 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2010—Reports that freelance documentary filmmaker Asad Qureshi has gone missing on a reporting trip in a tribal area of Pakistan are deeply concerning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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CPJ urges Egypt to free blogger with 18 release orders

April 8, 2010 10:36 AM ET

Dear Minister el-Adly: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to protest the continued detention of Mosad Soleiman, known online as Mosad Abu Fagr, a blogger, novelist, and activist who writes about social and political issues on his blog, Wedna N`ish (We Want to Live). Abu Fagr has been in administrative detention by order of the Ministry of Interior since February 2008, despite obtaining 18 court orders for his release, his lawyer, Ahmed Ragheb, told CPJ.

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Fiji’s draft media decree threatens long-term restrictions

April 7, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2010—Fiji’s military regime should withdraw a draft decree that would regulate media ownership and news content, while authorizing the imposition of fines and prison terms for violations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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In Egypt, journalists attacked while covering protests

April 7, 2010 2:52 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2010—Uniform and plainclothes Egyptian security forces assaulted and obstructed journalists trying to cover protests in Cairo on Tuesday, according to news accounts and interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the actions and calls for authorities to stop harassing journalists reporting from the scene of...

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A distorted picture from Iraq

April 7, 2010 10:09 AM ET

The Iraqi government is keeping photographers away from scenes of suicide attacks, according to a piece published today by Stephen Farrell on The New York Times’ “At War” blog. CPJ has objected to government regulations promulgated in May 2007 barring photographers from the scene of such bombings for an hour...

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In eastern DRC, soldiers suspected in cameraman’s murder

April 6, 2010 5:07 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2010—Following Monday’s murder of freelance cameraman Patient Chebeya in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Committee to Protect Journalists called for a renewed commitment from the government to solidly investigate and prosecute those who kill journalists.Armed men in military uniforms jumped Chebeya, at left, around...

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A perfect press conference in Tunisia

April 6, 2010 2:23 PM ET

The government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has made it clear there is little room for a critical press in Tunisia. Taking a cue from the government’s recent anti-press actions, CPJ cartoonist Mick Stern imagines the president’s “ideal” press conference. See more Mick Stern cartoons....

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More than 3,500 petition Iran to free journalists, writers

April 6, 2010 9:17 AM ET

New York, April 6, 2010—More than 3,500 concerned people from around the world—including prominent international journalists, writers, and press freedom leaders—are petitioning Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, to immediately release dozens of journalists, writers, and bloggers currently imprisoned in the country. Among those who have signed the petition...

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Furloughs lower Iran prison count, but dozens still jailed

April 6, 2010 12:01 AM ET

New York, April 6, 2010—At least 35 journalists were imprisoned in Iran as of April 1 as authorities continued their nearly year-long crackdown on the news media, according to CPJ’s latest monthly census. Another 18 journalists were free on short-term furloughs granted for the Iranian New Year and were expected...

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Video shows U.S. attack that killed Reuters staffers in Iraq

April 5, 2010 6:50 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2010—Disturbing video footage showing a 2007 U.S. military airstrike that killed about a dozen Iraqis in eastern Baghdad, including a Reuters cameraman and assistant, was released today by WikiLeaks, a Web site that publishes sensitive leaked documents. The video raises questions about the actions of...

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Journalists among the dead in leaked Iraq video

April 5, 2010 6:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today after reviewing a classified U.S. military video showing the killing of an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and camera assistant Saeed Chmagh, outside Baghdad. The footage was shot in July 2007 and the video was posted...

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Ugandan parliament should reject press bill

April 5, 2010 11:07 AM ET

Dear Mr. Speaker: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the proposed amendment to the 1995 Ugandan Press and Journalist Act, which is expected to be presented before parliament soon. We believe the bill would severely hamper the operations of newspapers and damage the country’s press freedom credentials.

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In Uganda, bill challenges press freedom

April 5, 2010 10:54 AM ET

On March 24, I received an e-mail from a close friend under the intriguing subject “What...?” On opening the e-mail, I discovered my friend was not impressed by two articles in that morning’s newspapers condemning the government’s recent proposal to amend the press law and introduce new restrictions on the...

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Newspaper suspended, TV station raided in Kyrgyzstan

April 2, 2010 4:36 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should halt their ongoing crackdown on independent and opposition news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Bishkek court suspended a pro-opposition newspaper on Wednesday—the third such suspension this month—while financial police confiscated newsroom computers belonging to an independent Web-based television...

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Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China site under attack

April 2, 2010 4:27 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—The denial of service attack on the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) Web site is contributing to an atmosphere in which journalists feel their communication is not secure and their reporting is under threat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Japanese journalist reported kidnapped in Afghanistan

April 2, 2010 4:09 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after a Japanese official said freelance Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka had apparently been kidnapped in northern Afghanistan. ...

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Critical Kuwaiti journalist faces official harassment

April 2, 2010 3:43 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kuwaiti authorities to end the judicial harassment of opposition journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem....

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Honduran journalist flees the country after attacks

April 1, 2010 5:11 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2010—Honduran journalist José Alemán fled the country on Sunday after threatening attacks, including the break-in of two unidentified gunmen at his home in the rural municipality of San Marcos de Ocotepeque, near the border with El Salvador, the local press reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Jailed Iranian journalists’ health raises alarm

April 1, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that several Iranian journalists continue to be held in inhumane conditions at the notorious Evin Prison. At least one journalist is reported in deteriorating health, and two are under severe duress to “confess” to charges that could bring execution....

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