Syrian journalists, blogger missing

New York, October 31, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continued disappearance of Syrian journalists and bloggers.

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Journalist José Manuel Gimbi's home was robbed on Sunday. (Courtesy José Manuel Gimbi)

Armed men threaten journalist in Angola’s Cabinda

New York, October 31, 2011– Authorities in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda should take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of independent journalist José Manuel Gimbi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following reports that unidentified armed men raided Gimbi’s residence Thursday and threatened to harm him.

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Peru frees journalist jailed for defamation

New York, October 31, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Saturday of Peruvian journalist Paul Segundo Garay Ramírez, a television and radio news show host who had been imprisoned for more than six months. Citing flawed evidence, the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Garay’s conviction on charges of defaming a prosecutor in…

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Tibetan writers imprisoned in China

New York, October 31, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of two Tibetan writers, one of whom was sentenced after a year of detention without trial, according to reports.

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Copts mourn the victims killed during clashes with the Egyptian army. Blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah was jailed over his coverage.(AP/Khalil Hamra)

Egyptian military officials jail blogger who criticized them

New York, October 31, 2011–Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah, jailed Sunday after he objected to interrogation by military prosecutors, should be released immediately and without condition, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2011 CPJ announces 2011 press freedom awards Four courageous journalists from Bahrain, Belarus, Mexico, and Pakistan will be honored with CPJ’s 2011 International Press Freedom Awards at an annual awards dinner in New York on November 22.  Following his release after four years in prison, Azerbaijani editor…

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The China Internet Information Center counted 420 million Internet users in China in the middle of 2010. (AP)

China confronts Internet rumors and trashy TV

Along with cracking down on what it considers trashy TV — China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) said Tuesday that it will limit entertainment and add more news and other programs that “build morality and promote the core values of socialism” — the government is going after what it calls rumor mongers…

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Kazakhstan TV crew assaulted after covering labor strike

New York, October 26, 2011–Authorities in the western Mangystau region of Kazakhstan must thoroughly investigate a brutal attack today against two journalists for the Internet-based opposition broadcaster Stan TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

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RFE/RL Turkmen correspondent freed from jail

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) correspondent Dovletmurad Yazguliyev has been released from prison in Turkmenistan after being sentenced to 5 years in jail earlier this month.  RFE/RL reports that Yazguliyev was freed by presidential amnesty after his case drew worldwide condemnation lead by the CPJ and other rights groups.  Click here for the full story. 

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UN report: Mexico 5th most dangerous place in the world for journalists

On Monday the UN and Organization of American States released a joint report naming Mexico as the 5th most dangerous place in the world for journalists with over 70 deaths since 2000.  CPJ ranks Mexico 8th in the Impunity Index and 9th in total journalist deaths.  So far in 2011 there have been 8 journalists murdered in the…

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