Cleric’s threat forces Seattle cartoonist into hiding

Molly Norris, a political cartoonist for Seattle Weekly, went into hiding in September 2010 because of threats made after her tongue-in-cheek call for an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” according to Seattle Weekly. The call was included in a cartoon Norris drew to protest a decision by the cable television network Comedy Central not to broadcast…

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U.S. proposals undermine secure, uncensored Internet

UPDATE, OCTOBER 22, 2010: CPJ’s board of directors sets policy for the organization. At the October 18 meeting of the board, directors discussed the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, known as COICA. The September 30 blog post below incorrectly stated that CPJ had “joined with other press freedom and civil liberty organizations and the…

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CPJ asks Indonesian president to intervene in Playboy case

Dear President Yudhoyono: We are greatly concerned about the case of Erwin Arnada, the editor of Indonesia’s defunct version of Playboy magazine, who was sentenced to two years in prison for indecency by the Supreme Court. The court tried the case on an appeal from the attorney general’s office in July 2009 and some time after that sentenced Arnada to two years in prison for public indecency for publishing purportedly indecent pictures in a 2006 issue of the magazine. The magazine closed in mid-2007 after printing 10 issues.

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This image of Anna Politkovskaya and two men on trial for her murder on a map where she was killed was shown in a court in Moscow in 2008. The men were acquitted. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)

Russia pledges to pursue journalist murder probes

Moscow, September 30, 2010–Top Russian investigators have pledged to pursue 19 cases of murdered journalists presented to them by a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, reopening several closed cases and pursuing new leads in a number of other probes.

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In Yemen your journalism ID is a liability

In a commentary in the Guardian on September 29, CPJ’s Mohamed Abdel Dayem describes how new media restrictions, erected under the cover of state security, will snuff out what little remains of press freedom in Yemen. Dayem quotes a Yemeni journalist: “In Yemen, you conceal your identity as a journalist. Your journalism ID is a…

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Derakhshan (Creative Commons)

‘Blogfather,’ columnist get heavy prison terms in Iran

New York, September 28, 2010–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government’s ongoing offensive against critical journalists in Iran. A Revolutionary Court today sentenced blogger Hossein Derakhshan, left, to 19 and a half years in prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran quoted the Farsi news website Mashreq as saying. And on Monday, Iranian authorities informed the lawyer of Issa…

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CPJ calls on the UAE to end journalist’s 13-month ordeal

New York, September 28, 2010–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Dubai to allow for due process in the criminal defamation trial of Mark Townsend, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Washington Times. The trial is set to begin on Wednesday.

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Ognianova: Kazakhstan’s broken promises

In a September 22 commentary in the Guardian of London, CPJ’s Nina Ognianova details Kazakhstan’s broken promises to reform its repressive press policies. Kazakhstan made the pledges in exchange for gaining chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE. In the Guardian, Ognianova calls on OSCE members to “remember and adhere…

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Zunar with copies of banned cartoon collections. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges

Bangkok, September 27, 2010–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, a contributor to the popular news site Malaysiakini and author of a new collection of political cartoons. 

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Cuban journalist released, exiled; 16 now free

New York, September 27, 2010–Imprisoned Cuban journalist Miguel Galván Gutierrez was released from jail and flown to Madrid on Saturday as part of a July agreement between the Havana government and the Catholic Church. Sixteen journalists jailed in the 2003 Black Spring crackdown have now been freed and exiled as part of the agreement.

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