January 2012


India's challenge: Intolerance vs. intellectual freedom

January 31, 2012 4:59 PM ET

Because of criticism from Hindu fundamentalists, the showing of a documentary by filmmaker Sanjay Kak at the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce in Pune has been indefinitely postponed. The conservative student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parisha protested Kak's film, "Jashn-e-Azadi" (How we celebrate freedom), which is critical of...

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Cabezas' convicted killers are free, 15 years after murder

January 31, 2012 4:12 PM ET

It was a cold winter morning more than 15 years ago. As part of my daily routine as a foreign correspondent, I opened my laptop to read the Argentine papers. I was shocked by a headline: my colleague José Luis Cabezas, a photographer for the newsweekly magazine Noticias, had...

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In Ecuador, reforms restrict election coverage for media

January 31, 2012 4:12 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2012--Reforms to Ecuador's electoral law that will take effect on February 4 could hamper the ability of the country's journalists to cover political campaigns and elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two editors given jail terms in Central African Republic

January 31, 2012 3:36 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2012--The convictions of two journalists in the Central African Republic over their critical coverage of a top official constitute political censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Dominican Republic: Journalist given six months in jail

January 31, 2012 3:26 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2012--The six-month jail sentence of Dominican journalist Johnny Alberto Salazar, who was convicted of defaming a local lawyer on January 18, should be revoked on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese press has impact, against the odds

January 30, 2012 4:06 PM ET

In China, state control over the media hasn't become more lax in recent years. Each year brings a new excuse for Communist Party censors to tighten the screws. The year of the rabbit brought the Arab Spring, and fears of a Jasmine Revolution. The year of the dragon brings...

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Can an Indian cartoonist be barred from mocking the state?

January 30, 2012 3:37 PM ET

The case of a cartoonist charged with treason and offending India's national sentiments reflects a growing debate over what constitutes freedom of expression in India. His accusers argue that while it is permissible to make fun of politicians, you cannot make fun of the state. Not everyone agrees....

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In Mexico mission, PEN speaks for a silenced press

January 30, 2012 2:55 PM ET

The leading American author Russell Banks set the tone on Sunday as he stood among international writers and their local colleagues in Mexico City: "A nation's journalists and writers, like its poets and story-tellers, are the eyes, ears, and mouths of the people. When journalists cannot freely speak of...

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Indian media group targeted by violence

January 30, 2012 1:44 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on an Indian media group's offices by rightwing Hindu nationalists protesting a local newspaper's coverage of their internal politics....

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Somali journalist shot, killed by unknown gunmen

January 30, 2012 10:29 AM ET

New York, January 30, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by Saturday's murder of a Somali journalist and calls on authorities to investigate the killing immediately and bring those responsible to justice....

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For journalists, cyber-security training slow to take hold

January 27, 2012 3:57 PM ET

For centuries, journalists have been willing to go to prison to protect their sources. Back in 1848, New York Herald correspondent John Nugent spent a month in jail for refusing to tell a U.S. Senate committee his source for a leak exposing the secret approval of a treaty with Mexico....

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Criminal gangs intimidate, silence Córdoba journalists

January 26, 2012 12:39 PM ET

At most newspapers, reporting for the society page isn't especially dangerous. But in the northern Colombian department of Córdoba, which is under siege from drug-trafficking gangs, even covering birthday parties can be risky....

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Independent editor imprisoned in Kazakhstan

January 26, 2012 12:25 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's court ruling against Igor Vinyavsky, editor of the independent weekly Vzglyad, and calls for his immediate release....

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Ethiopia: Life sentence for blogger, prison for journalists

January 26, 2012 12:17 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2012--A U.S.-based journalist convicted on politicized terrorism charges in Ethiopia was sentenced to life in prison in absentia today, while two other Ethiopian journalists received heavy prison sentences in connection with their coverage of banned opposition groups, according to news reports....

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CPJ Impact

January 26, 2012 11:44 AM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, January 2012 Journalist released after 163 daysCPJ was pleased to report on the January release of imprisoned journalist Hermann Aboa, who languished behind bars for 163 days. The former Ivorian state TV presenter was freed on bail after being jailed in July 21 on antistate charges for...

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Google+, real names and real problems

January 26, 2012 11:35 AM ET

At the launch of Google+, Google's attempt to create an integrated social network similar to Facebook, I wrote about the potential benefits and risks of the new service to journalists who use social media in dangerous circumstances. Despite early promises of relatively flexible terms of service at Google+, the...

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Ugandan photojournalist shot at from police van

January 25, 2012 6:25 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Ugandan authorities must hold to account members of security forces who fired Tuesday on a photojournalist covering their attack on the motorcade of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uzbek editor sentenced to jail while still in prison

January 25, 2012 5:26 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the politically motivated additional sentence handed to Muhammad Bekjanov, the jailed editor of now-defunct opposition newspaper Erk, who has been in prison in Uzbekistan since 1999 on trumped-up charges....

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In Algeria, new media law stifles free expression

January 25, 2012 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Algeria's new media law falls short of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's promises of reform and also fails to meet international standards for freedom of expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Central African Republic editor jailed in politicized case

January 25, 2012 4:20 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Central African Republic to immediately release a newspaper editor imprisoned since January 16 and to drop a politicized prosecution that stems from the paper's critical coverage of a presidential relative who also serves as the government's...

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Black January? A foreign plot, says Sri Lankan government

January 25, 2012 3:46 PM ET

On Monday, I wrote about two demonstrations scheduled for Sri Lanka this week. Both were meant to commemorate the ugly string of anti-press attacks in recent Januaries, which has included journalists killed and abducted, television stations bombed, websites attacked, and media offices torched. But Wednesday's Black January effort, publicized...

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Judge confirms charges against Ethiopian dissident blogger

January 25, 2012 3:14 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled yesterday, local sources said. If convicted on all charges, he could face the death penalty. ...

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Iraq's journalist protection law doesn't protect them

January 24, 2012 5:36 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2012--Iraq's Journalist Protection Law falls short of international standards of freedom of expression and should immediately be repealed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Editor detained, newsrooms raided in Kazakhstan

January 24, 2012 5:20 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention by the Kazakh security service, or KNB, of Igor Vinyavsky, editor of the Almaty-based independent weekly Vzglyad, and calls for his immediate release. Vinyavsky was detained in an ongoing crackdown by the KNB on critical media and opposition...

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Mazhar Abbas: Shahzad was no Pearl

January 24, 2012 2:22 PM ET

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl in Karachi on January 23, 2002. On February 21 of that year, a video of his beheading was released. In the wake of the judicial inquiry into the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad, veteran...

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Criticism of Hungary's media controls keeps growing

January 24, 2012 11:23 AM ET

"Klubrádió solely wants to provide news and present different opinions and never meant to play any emblematic role. But, because of the decision of the Media Authority, it has became the symbol of free speech in Hungary," stated the broadcaster's CEO, András Arató, on Sunday when addressing thousands of...

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In Sri Lanka, Eknelygoda asks that humanity trump cruelty

January 23, 2012 5:28 PM ET

A couple of weeks ago, I described the terrible incidence of anti-press abuse that has come each recent January in Sri Lanka. Media activists have come to call the month "Black January" for good reason, as this email message details: ...

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Tunisian media: One year after the revolution

January 23, 2012 1:42 PM ET

The doses of freedom that the Tunisian revolution injected into national media have not been sufficient to revive it after decades of systematic destruction. It is not surprising that our evaluation of media one year after the tyrant fell reveals more negativity and pessimism....

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Uganda's radio closures uncover lack of independence

January 23, 2012 10:23 AM ET

Ugandan police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December, accusing them of misusing power supplies and equipment belonging to the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). The widespread allegations of corrupt deals between the state broadcaster and ostensibly private stations reveal more than illicit transactions--they expose a lack of independence within...

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Nigerian reporter murdered while covering bombings

January 20, 2012 5:42 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--A television reporter covering the aftermath of coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria was gunned down this afternoon, according to local journalists and news reports....

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In Senegal, two journalists get suspended prison terms

January 20, 2012 5:19 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--Two Senegalese journalists with the private daily Le Quotidien were handed suspended prison sentences this week in a criminal libel case over their coverage of an armed insurgency in a separatist province, according to news reports. ...

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Chinese writer sentenced for 'anti-government thoughts'

January 20, 2012 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harsh sentence given to Chinese writer and activist Li Tie, whose online writings calling for political reform were cited as evidence of "subversion of state authority." ...

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Iran continues its campaign against journalists

January 20, 2012 3:51 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the most recent spate of press freedom violations in Iran and calls on authorities to immediately reverse its crackdown on the press. ...

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Nigerian journalist killed; colleagues suspect murder

January 20, 2012 3:38 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--Nigerian authorities should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of a radio journalist whose body was found on Thursday morning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Minority media rights, terrorism laws at issue in Roj TV case

January 20, 2012 2:33 PM ET

French satellite provider Eutelsat announced yesterday it is suspending Kurdish satellite station Roj TV after a Danish court last week levied a hefty fine against the satellite station for promoting terrorism. Eutelsat's decision comes despite Roj TV's appeal before the Danish High Court, which is pending. The case has implications...

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Online publishers, developers sentenced to death in Iran

January 20, 2012 1:24 PM ET

Politically-related Iranian prosecutions often take place in near secrecy, with unclear charges morphing and changing over time. It doesn't get any easier to work out the motivations of prosecutors when the charges are connected to technology....

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Ethiopian blogger, journalists convicted of terrorism

January 19, 2012 5:22 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2012--Two journalists and a U.S.-based blogger who was tried in absentia were convicted on charges of terrorism in Ethiopia today and could be sentenced to the death penalty, according to news reports....

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Oprah's guards not only ones to assail Indian journalists

January 19, 2012 2:11 PM ET

Oprah Winfrey's first visit to India brought delighted coverage by the Indian media. Her meetings and tweetings with Bollywood stars, her bright orange sari, and her trips to slums and to the Taj Mahal were lovingly detailed by newspapers and TV outlets in that country. ...

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Mukarram Khan Aatif, a fearless reporter and friend

January 19, 2012 1:16 PM ET

It was in January four years ago that nearly 100 journalists from all over Pakistan got together to launch a new TV channel in Lahore, Dunya TV. That was where I first met Mukarram Khan Aatif, our reporter from Mohmand....

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Freedom with limits in Burma

January 19, 2012 11:21 AM ET

When President Thein Sein pardoned over 300 political prisoners last week in Burma, CPJ reported that at least nine journalists were among those released. Since then, the exile-run Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) has announced that all of its jailed reporters, including a group of eight who had remained...

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Sudan confiscates, shuts down newspapers again

January 18, 2012 4:34 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sudan's routine use of newspaper closures as a means to censor critical reporting. Over two weeks, the authorities have shut down and confiscated the assets of two daily newspapers. ...

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A deeper reading: Umar Cheema on the Shahzad report

January 18, 2012 3:47 PM ET

With the shooting of Mukarram Khan Aatif on Tuesday, the once high-profile case of Saleem Shahzad has almost been overtaken by events. The day before Aatif's death, Umar Cheema had sent me a link to his analysis of the judicial inquiry into the killing of Saleem Shahzad....

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Attacks, arrests, legislation restrict Israeli press freedom

January 18, 2012 3:27 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by ongoing attacks on and detention of journalists in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as by a recent series of developments that restrict freedom of the press in Israel. Physical attacks, arrests, and other restrictions are creating an environment that undermines the vitality of the media, a key component of Israel's democracy.

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Insulza must repudiate attacks against IACHR

January 18, 2012 2:20 PM ET

Dear Mr. Insulza: The Committee to Protect Journalists has been monitoring with increasing concern an offensive launched by the government of Ecuador aimed at weakening the Inter-American human rights system, an effort that if successful could represent a serious blow to freedom of expression in the hemisphere.

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In Somaliland, crackdown on the press continues

January 17, 2012 5:21 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the deteriorating press conditions in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland after this weekend's detention of 21 journalists protesting a police raid on a private broadcaster....

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Further investigation necessary in Hrant Dink murder

January 17, 2012 5:02 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2012--The conviction of several accomplices in the 2007 assassination of Hrant Dink, then-editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, fails to address the issue of who commissioned the slaying, thus perpetuating impunity in the case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Ecuador, defamation case could set dangerous precedent

January 17, 2012 3:03 PM ET

A controversial 2011 defamation verdict against the leading Ecuadoran daily El Universo, which became a symbol of vastly deteriorating press conditions under President Rafael Correa, appears headed to a final determination. The nation's highest court is due to hear the newspaper's appeal, although the hearing date itself is still...

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Gunmen kill Pakistani journalist who reported on Taliban

January 17, 2012 1:47 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2012--Unidentified gunmen killed broadcast journalist Mukarram Khan Aatif in a mosque north of Peshawar today, according to news reports. Aatif was a correspondent for private TV station Dunya News and also worked for Deewa Radio, a Pashto-language channel of the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America,...

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Vietnam releases journalist, nine others still jailed

January 17, 2012 1:03 PM ET

Bangkok, January 17, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh Hoang and calls on Vietnam's Communist Party-led government to remove the continuing restrictions on him and free the nine other journalists still behind bars....

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Jacquier's killing raises chilling questions on Syria

January 13, 2012 6:44 PM ET

The killing on January 11 of a French TV reporter has sent a chill through the international press corps trying to cover the violence in Syria. Gilles Jacquier, 43, who was on assignment for the French public service channel France 2, was a seasoned journalist and the laureate of...

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#OccupyNigeria protesters take on news media coverage

January 13, 2012 6:23 PM ET

Protesters in Nigeria are not only angry at their government's New Year's Day decision to eliminate a fuel subsidy -- they are also upset about news media coverage of the citizens' movement, dubbed "Occupy Nigeria," and have taken their protests to local media outlets....

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Standing with Ethiopia's tenacious blogger, Eskinder Nega

January 13, 2012 4:21 PM ET

It would be hard to find a better symbol of media repression in Africa than Eskinder Nega. The veteran Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger has been detained at least seven times by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government over the past two decades, and was put back in jail on...

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Under pressure at home, Chinese writer chooses exile

January 13, 2012 3:03 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012--The decision of prominent Chinese writer Yu Jie to seek exile in the United States this week is an indication of the intensifying hardships that face dissidents who criticize Communist Party rule, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Russia, unknown attacker stabs exiled Tajik journalist

January 13, 2012 2:14 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack in Moscow on Dododzhon Atovulloyev, exiled publisher and editor-in-chief of the Tajik pro-opposition newspaper Charogi Ruz....

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Ghana must probe state agents' attack on photographer

January 13, 2012 2:03 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012---Authorities in Ghana should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into reports that state security agents on Thursday brutalized a photojournalist covering the high-profile court case of a senior police official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland: 7 journalists arrested in a week, 3 still held

January 13, 2012 2:00 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012-- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent spate of arrests of independent reporters in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland. ...

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One year on: Remembering Wali Khan Babar

January 13, 2012 1:12 PM ET

Today is the first anniversary of the killing of Geo TV broadcast reporter Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, a case that has almost been forgotten, particularly in the shadow of the release of the judicial inquiry into the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad. The report on Shahzad has been...

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In mass amnesty, nine journalists released in Burma

January 13, 2012 12:10 PM ET

Bangkok, January 13, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of nine journalists who were freed as part of a mass release of at least 600 political prisoners in Burma on Friday, but calls on President Thein Sein to release reporters still being held in detention and to...

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Journalists still being assaulted in Tunisia

January 13, 2012 10:53 AM ET

New York, January 13, 2012-- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns recent attacks on the press in Tunisia. A journalist was assaulted while covering a protest at the interior ministry Wednesday, and two female journalists were assaulted last week. ...

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Newspaper reporter shot, killed in Thailand

January 12, 2012 2:56 PM ET

New York, January 12, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for a thorough investigation into today's killing of a newspaper reporter in the Thai city of Phuket....

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Fiji's emergency ends, but media oppression continues

January 11, 2012 4:26 PM ET

Fiji's military leadership on Saturday lifted emergency regulations it had been using to stymie the country's press since 2009, according to local government websites. Good news? Maybe. Yet the regime still restricts the media, and anyone else who dares to question the legitimacy of the 2006 coup that brought its...

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French reporter first foreign journalist killed in Syria

January 11, 2012 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2012--French TV journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed on Wednesday in the Syrian city of Homs, according to news reports. Jacquier is the first foreign journalist killed in Syria since the 10-month uprising began....

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What US can't accept in Belarus, it supports in Uzbekistan

January 11, 2012 2:15 PM ET

Last week, President Obama signed into law a bill that expands sanctions against Belarus, whose authoritarian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko continues to imprison his opponents and critics. Lukashenko unleashed the latest crackdown hours after the flawed December 2010 presidential vote, which declared him winner of a fourth term. Repression in...

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No culprits named in Shahzad investigation, media reports

January 11, 2012 2:02 PM ET

About six months after it was launched, the commission investigating the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad submitted its report to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday. In the past, the government has not released results of such investigations into the deaths of journalists, but there might be an exception...

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Can't an aspiring war correspondent get some fresh advice?

January 10, 2012 5:52 PM ET

My role has changed. Over the past decade, I handled both Washington advocacy and journalist security issues for CPJ. Now I focus exclusively on the latter. Today's entry is the first in what will be a regular look at the dangers journalists face worldwide and the resources available to address...

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Journalist harassed for reporting farmers' complaints

January 10, 2012 5:19 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2012--Police in Gambia are harassing a journalist for reporting farmers' complaints against a local official accused of mismanaging public resources, according to local journalists and news reports....

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TV journalist held without charge in Somaliland

January 10, 2012 4:13 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland to explain why they have detained Royal Television correspondent Yusuf Ali since Sunday. ...

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Witnesses in Al-Ayyam case turn against prosecution

January 10, 2012 3:31 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2012--Two prosecution witnesses at a trial of banned Yemeni daily Al-Ayyam last month testified in favor of the defense, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after reviewing court documents....

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The HRCP's call to address threats against journalists

January 10, 2012 2:23 PM ET

A quick pointer to a statement issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Monday: It said, in part, that "The HRCP is alarmed at reports of threats received by journalists on account of their work." The commission asked the government to ensure that threats to journalists end and...

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#ANC100 debate lays bare divisions over South Africa media

January 9, 2012 6:21 PM ET

On January 8, 1912, South African intellectuals--including pioneering black newspaper publishers Pixley ka Isaka Seme, editor of Abantu-Batho, and John Langalibalele Dube, editor of Ilanga lase Natal--formed Africa's oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC), in the Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein....

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Sri Lanka's woeful January way-points

January 9, 2012 4:28 PM ET

For Sri Lankan journalists, January might be the cruelest month. In January 2011, Sonali Samarasinghe wrote about the death of her husband Lasantha Wickramatunga two years earlier on January 8, 2009. In January 2010 I reported in "Sri Lanka: A year later, still failing to fight media attacks" about the...

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Online writer imprisoned in China

January 9, 2012 4:02 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2012--A 10-year prison term given to online critic Chen Xi last month is the latest severe sentence targeting dissenters in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent reporter jailed in Belarus

January 9, 2012 3:40 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's prison sentence in Minsk of independent journalist Aleksandr Borozenko, who reported on a one-person vigil this weekend for the Poland-based satellite broadcaster Belsat....

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Samuel Kiendrebeogo: 1949-2012

January 6, 2012 5:12 PM ET

The African media community lost a central voice this week with the passing of Samuel Kiendrebeogo, the veteran host of weekly media magazine Médias d'Afrique et D'Ailleurs on Voice of America's French service. Sam, as he was known, died while vacationing in his native Burkina Faso. He was 63....

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Philippine journalist shot, killed in front of wife, daughter

January 6, 2012 10:59 AM ET

Bangkok, January 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting death of Philippine radio commentator and community newspaper publisher Christopher Guarin and calls on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly....

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CPJ welcomes Ivory Coast's release of Hermann Aboa

January 5, 2012 5:08 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Friday's decision by a judge in Abidjan to release on bail former Ivorian state television presenter Hermann Aboa and calls on prosecutors to drop the politicized charges against him....

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Puntland must explain detention of journalists

January 5, 2012 4:57 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland to explain why they have held two journalists without charge since Monday....

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Two Gabon outlets suspended for opposition coverage

January 5, 2012 4:15 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2012--The government of Gabon, led by President Ali Bongo, on Tuesday imposed suspensions on a TV station and a newspaper for coverage of opposition leader André Mba Obame, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Both sides cry 'press freedom!' in Argentine newsprint battle

January 5, 2012 1:11 PM ET

Argentine Secretary of Commerce Guillermo Moreno made headlines in August 2010 when, at a meeting with the directors of newsprint manufacturer Papel Prensa, he whipped out a pair of boxing gloves, told the women present to clear out of the way, and after dimming the lights, challenged the men...

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In DRC, RFI suspended over elections coverage

January 4, 2012 4:24 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2012--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo shut down broadcasts of the French government-funded Radio France Internationale over its coverage of the aftermath of the November 2011 presidential elections, news reports said....

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Vietnamese police detain reporter who covered corruption

January 4, 2012 1:55 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Vietnamese journalist Nguyen Van Khuong's detention on Monday in Ho Chi Minh City on charges related to "giving bribes." Khuong can be held in detention for as long as four months while authorities investigate his case, according to official statements....

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Remembering Henry Nxumalo, pioneer under apartheid

January 3, 2012 3:18 PM ET

Just over 55 years ago, on New Year's Eve 1957, trailblazing South African journalist Henry Nxumalo was murdered while investigating suspicious deaths at an abortion clinic in Sophiatown, a suburb west of Johannesburg....

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Syrian state journalist, videographer killed

January 3, 2012 2:53 PM ET

New York, January 3, 2012--A Syrian state journalist and a videographer who documented unrest in Homs province were separately shot and killed in recent days, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating the circumstances surrounding the two deaths....

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