The New York Times takes on China’s censors

Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after The New York Times’ soft launch of its Chinese-language edition and accompanying microblog accounts, Berkeley-based China Digital Times website reports that the @nytchinese Sina Weibo feed is no longer accessible in China, along with two accounts hosted by Netease and Sohu. We couldn’t pull them up this…

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End the assault on female and local journalists

CPJ recently reported on the sexual assault of independent journalist, Natasha Smith, in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.  In an opinion piece for Reuters, columnist David Rhodes, calls for an end to the sexual violence against female journalists, with reference to CPJ’s research.  He also writes on the high number of local and international journalists killed in Syria and quotes CPJ Executive Director,…

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Andrzej Poczobut, a correspondent for Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza, was convicted of insulting Aleksandr Lukashenko in 2011 and given a suspended sentence. (AP/Sergei Grits)

In Belarus, journalist charged with libeling Lukashenko

New York, July 2, 2012–Andrzej Poczobut, the prominent Grodno-based correspondent for the largest Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, was formally indicted Saturday on criminal charges of libeling President Aleksandr Lukashenko through a series of articles critical of administration policies.

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Ethiopian blogger convicted of plotting with rebels

According to CPJ research, Ethiopia is the second leading jailer of journalists in Africa, currently holding seven journalists behind bars.  CPJ and the Africa Media Initiative met with Ethiopia’s senior communications minister in an effort to advocate for the release of jailed journalists, including prominent blogger Eskinder Nega, under the country’s anti-terrorism law.    Found guilty on June 27,…

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