August 2012

In Jordan, proposed amendments to censor Internet

August 31, 2012 2:21 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2012--Proposed legislation in Jordan would impose significant new restrictions on online news content and reader comments while giving authorities new powers to block domestic and international websites. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the lower house of parliament to reject the bill when it takes...

Read More ›

shitao.ap.jpg

As Wang is freed, Chinese journalist Shi Tao still held

August 31, 2012 12:42 PM ET

Chinese dissident Wang Xiaoning was released today after serving a 10-year prison term on charges of "incitement to subvert state power," a case built in good part on client information supplied by Yahoo. Wang had used his Yahoo email account and the discussion forum Yahoo Groups to spread ideas...

Read More ›

venezuela2012-chavez-ap.jpg.jpg

CPJ Impact

August 31, 2012 12:09 PM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, August 2012 CPJ releases report on Venezuela in run-up to elections As a result of President Hugo Chávez Frias' 13 years in office, several critical media outlets have either disappeared or been scared into silence. The gap has been filled by a vast...

Read More ›

Syria must release U.S. journalist believed in state custody

August 30, 2012 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2012--Syrian authorities must immediately release U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice believed to be in government custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

Read More ›

internet.malware.rtrs.jpg

Dear CPJ: Some malware from your 'friend'

August 30, 2012 4:32 PM ET

We talk a lot about hacking attacks against individual journalists here, but what typifies an attempt to access a reporter's computer? Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director, received an email last week that reflects some characteristics of a malware attack against a journalist or activist. There was nothing particularly notable...

Read More ›

bolivia.protest.rtrs.jpg

Bolivia charges news outlets with inciting racism

August 30, 2012 3:50 PM ET

Bogotá, August 30, 2012--Bolivian authorities must immediately drop a criminal complaint filed against three media outlets in connection with their coverage of a speech by President Evo Morales, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The news outlets are being accused of inciting racism and discrimination, according to news...

Read More ›

guinea.protests.afp.jpg

Guinean government censors private radio station

August 30, 2012 1:21 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 30, 2012--Authorities in Guinea closed a private radio station on Sunday, preventing the outlet from reporting on the next day's protests, according to news reports. Liberté FM has been targeted in the past, the reports said....

Read More ›

chavez.twitter2.afp.jpg

Attacks on press in Venezuela expand online

August 30, 2012 10:48 AM ET

Online penetration in Venezuela has increased in recent years, with 40 percent of its population online, according to the International Telecommunication Union. A significant amount of activity takes place on Twitter, where Venezuela has the highest penetration in the region after Uruguay, according to local research company Tendencias Digitales....

Read More ›

Colombian Supreme Court drops suit against columnist

August 29, 2012 3:34 PM ET

The Colombian Supreme Court announced on August 27, 2012, that it would drop a defamation complaint against prominent journalist Cecilia Orozco Tascón, according to news reports. Five days earlier, the court released a statement saying it would file charges against Orozco, who writes a widely read column in the Bogotá...

Read More ›

samifehri.afp.jpg

Arrest warrant issued for Tunisian TV director

August 29, 2012 12:48 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about an arrest warrant issued against the head of a Tunisian television station, whose news and programming are often seen as critical of the current government....

Read More ›

Preface.jpg

In Venezuela, a media landscape transformed

August 29, 2012 7:33 AM ET

In more than a decade in power, President Hugo Chávez Frías has overseen the transformation of nearly every aspect of Venezuelan society, including the media. When Chávez came to office in 1999, he enjoyed the support of the country’s established private media. But the relationship soon soured, and in April...

Read More ›

Protests.AP.Globovision.jpg

Venezuela's private media wither under Chávez assault

August 29, 2012 7:32 AM ET

The Chávez administration has used an array of legislation, threats, and regulatory measures to gradually break down Venezuela’s independent press while building up a state media empire—a complete reversal of the previous landscape. One result: Vital issues are going uncovered in an election year. A CPJ special report by Monica...

Read More ›

Statemedia3.jpg

State media focus on opposition, critics; stifle debate

August 29, 2012 7:31 AM ET

Many state media in Latin American are used for political propaganda, but the Venezuelan government has built an unprecedented media empire that it uses to attack critics and independent journalists and obscure issues like crime and inflation. By Carlos Lauría...

Read More ›

Globo3.jpg

Globovisión besieged by investigations, fines, violence

August 29, 2012 7:30 AM ET

The recent regulatory probe into coverage at Globovisión, the only TV broadcaster critical of the Chávez administration, is the latest in a long string of investigations and other harassment. The network is struggling to stay afloat. By Monica Campbell...

Read More ›

Hacking2.jpg

Pro-government hackers hound Venezuelan journalists

August 29, 2012 7:29 AM ET

The mysterious group N33 has targeted the online accounts of journalists critical of the Chávez administration. The victims are subject to fake messages, insults, and intimidating threats. By John Otis...

Read More ›

Audio: Venezuela's private media wither

August 29, 2012 7:28 AM ET

Since President Hugo Chávez Frías took office more than a decade ago, legislation, threats, and regulatory measures have withered Venezuela’s independent press even as the state has built a huge media empire. Carlos Lauría, CPJ's Americas Senior Program Coordinator, talks about the developments in this podcast. Listen on the...

Read More ›

cropped - Temesgen Desalegn, Editor-in-chef of Feteh (Photo by Awramba Times).usethis.jpg

Ethiopia frees prominent journalist, drops all charges

August 28, 2012 3:04 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice to release the editor of a leading independent weekly from jail and drop all criminal charges against him. CPJ also calls for the release of eight other journalists now imprisoned in...

Read More ›

In Senegal, police question radio journalist

August 28, 2012 10:23 AM ET

Police in Dakar, the capital, summoned Alassane Samba Diop, director of Radio Futurs Médias (RFM), for four hours of questioning on August 25, 2012, over an interview he broadcast the night before with the leader of a hardline Islamist group, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Kashmir1.ap.jpg

News media expand, but freedom lags in Kashmir

August 27, 2012 5:07 PM ET

Early this month, newspaper offices in Indian-controlled Kashmir received a note warning journalists to be more supportive of the Kashmir independence movement, according to the leading national daily, The Times of India, citing a news agency in the state's summer capital, Srinagar. No militants took responsibility this time, but in...

Read More ›

Independent journalist jailed in Azerbaijan

August 27, 2012 4:44 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a prison sentence imposed Thursday against Faramaz Novruzoglu, a freelance journalist who has faced years of persecution in reprisal for his coverage of alleged government corruption. CPJ also calls for an appeals court to reverse last week's unjust ruling and...

Read More ›

Colombian Supreme Court sues journalist for defamation

August 27, 2012 4:13 PM ET

Bogotá, August 27, 2012--Colombia's Supreme Court must immediately drop an unprecedented criminal defamation complaint against a prominent local columnist who questioned recent actions by the court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

turkish.camerman.afp.jpg

Video shows Turkish cameraman held captive in Syria

August 27, 2012 2:41 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal, who appeared exhausted and bruised in a video aired today in which he said he had been taken captive while reporting in Syria. Ünal, a cameraman for the U.S. government-funded...

Read More ›

chutwutty.son.rtrs.jpg

A journalist's account of a Cambodian activist's death

August 27, 2012 1:08 PM ET

Here's a quick pointer to a piece in the Daily Beast by freelance reporter Olesia Plokhii, who worked at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh until May this year. Plokhii's moving story, "Death of a Forester," describes the death of Chut Wutty, a Cambodian activist who was shot a...

Read More ›

letempsofficeburned.afp.jpg

Local press targeted and harassed in Ivory Coast

August 24, 2012 3:40 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 24, 2012--Ivorian authorities must immediately halt censorship of news outlets reporting critically on the government and investigate an armed assault on the offices of a publishing group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

In Egypt, Morsi bans pre-trial detention of journalists

August 23, 2012 5:36 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi banned pre-trial detention of journalists charged with press-related offenses today in a decree issued just hours after a Cairo criminal court jailed an editor pending trial on charges of insulting the president, according to news reports. ...

Read More ›

feteh.articles.feteh.jpg

In Ethiopia, Feteh editor jailed during trial

August 23, 2012 5:22 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--Ethiopian authorities must immediately release Temesghen Desalegn, editor of the leading weekly Feteh, who was ordered jailed today pending his trial on defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

russia.protest.december2011.ap.jpg

Criminalization of speech a serious setback for Russia

August 23, 2012 5:04 PM ET

Shortly after the May 7 presidential inauguration of Vladimir Putin, the Russian parliament passed four major bills in record time--all of them meant to counter the protests that first erupted in the country in December 2011....

Read More ›

austintice.afp.jpg

U.S. journalist unaccounted for in Syria

August 23, 2012 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has not been heard from in Syria for more than a week, according to reports from The Washington Post and the McClatchy news service, two outlets for...

Read More ›

india.violence.ap.jpg

India's clumsy Internet crackdown

August 22, 2012 5:02 PM ET

Indian Internet advocates and journalists are in an uproar this week over the news that the government has blocked access to around 300 websites, pages, and social media accounts in an effort to quell communal violence in the turbulent northeast. The rationale is that inflammatory online content has fanned...

Read More ›

securityblog2.osterreicher.jpg

Resources, tips for journalists covering conventions

August 22, 2012 3:24 PM ET

With up to 15,000 journalists expected in Tampa, Fla., for next week's Republican National Convention, some reporters and photographers will undoubtedly encounter problems concerning access to news events and coverage of related protests. Several journalism organizations have compiled resource materials and tips for journalists headed to the GOP gathering,...

Read More ›

Is Pakistan's Ansar Abbasi being banned?

August 22, 2012 9:54 AM ET

Ansar Abbasi, editor of investigations for Pakistan's leading media group Jang, is apparently facing a de facto ban from his own employers. Other TV channels also report being told not to air his views. Abbasi has charged cable operators with spreading immoral, anti-Islamic messages through Indian movies and other popular...

Read More ›

meles.afp.jpg

In Meles' death, as in life, a penchant for secrecy, control

August 21, 2012 5:25 PM ET

Ethiopians awakened this morning to state media reports that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, 57, the country's leader for 21 years, had died late Monday in an overseas hospital of an undisclosed disease. Within seconds, Ethiopians spread the news on social media; within minutes, international news media were issuing bulletins....

Read More ›

In Argentina, two local journalists attacked within a week

August 21, 2012 4:59 PM ET

New York, August 21, 2012--Authorities in Argentina must immediately investigate violent attacks on two local journalists and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The unrelated attacks occurred within the space of a week. ...

Read More ›

mika.yamamoto.afp.jpg

Yamamoto's death reflects Japan's media reach, duty

August 21, 2012 4:39 PM ET

My colleagues and I were saddened to learn of the death of Mika Yamamoto, a Japan Press video and photo journalist who was killed while covering clashes in Aleppo, Syria, on Monday. The moment was all the more poignant because of the similarities with two other Japanese journalist fatalities:...

Read More ›

Aleppo.8.20.12.jpg

Japanese reporter killed, two missing in Syria

August 20, 2012 9:06 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2012--A Japanese reporter was killed amid heavy fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo today, while two other journalists were reported missing in the city, news reports said....

Read More ›

Nigeria train passengers attack journalists, seize equipment

August 20, 2012 5:50 PM ET

On August 13, 2012, unidentified passengers illegally sitting on and hanging from rail cars of a moving train in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, assaulted two photojournalists for taking pictures of them from a pedestrian bridge, according to news reports. ...

Read More ›

china.blog.8.20.AP.jpg

Censors stymie reporting on China's biggest news stories

August 20, 2012 5:01 PM ET

It's a big news day in China, and state-controlled media are purposely dropping the ball to escape controversy and censorship. ...

Read More ›

burma.alert.8.20.AP.jpg

Burma ends pre-publication censorship; harsh laws remain

August 20, 2012 2:03 PM ET

Bangkok, August 20, 2012--Burma should dismantle its censorship agency and repeal all laws that continue to allow suppression of news in the name of national security, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government announced today that it would abolish pre-publication censorship, a step CPJ welcomes but considers...

Read More ›

The long shadow of Spanish politics over public media

August 20, 2012 1:00 PM ET

A recent wave of personnel changes at Spanish state-owned broadcaster Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) has raised concerns about political and ideological influence, with many fearing that journalists closer to the current conservative government are being promoted at the expense of those with alleged progressive views. It is the latest controversy...

Read More ›

japan.protest.activist.jpg

Japan releases Chinese journalists--China's up next

August 17, 2012 2:11 PM ET

It's not often we at CPJ find ourselves calling on other countries to release Chinese journalists from detention. But that's just what happened yesterday. Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV contacted us to say that two of their journalists were among a group of 14 arrested by Japanese authorities over a...

Read More ›

With questions on Veracruz, feds should take over

August 17, 2012 2:11 PM ET

Mexico City, August 17, 2012--Mexican federal authorities should assume control of the investigation and prosecution of all cases of murdered and missing journalists in the state of Veracruz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A state investigation into the murder of several journalists has raised numerous questions and concerns,...

Read More ›

Kidnapped journalists released in Syria

August 17, 2012 12:57 PM ET

Two journalists of the pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya and their driver who were kidnapped on August 10, 2012, were freed by the Syrian army six days later, according to the state news agency SANA....

Read More ›

Two Vietnamese bloggers given prison sentences

August 17, 2012 11:46 AM ET

Bangkok, August 17, 2012--Harsh prison sentences handed down recently to two independent Vietnamese bloggers represent the latest official abuses in a widening crackdown on Internet freedoms in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

mexico.death.protest.afp.jpg

Mexico must back up federal measure to protect press

August 17, 2012 9:43 AM ET

Using guns, grenades, explosives, and other deadly means, criminals have assaulted four Mexican newsrooms in less than six weeks. One of the country's top journalists, Lydia Cacho, was the target of a chilling death threat last month. Journalists in Veracruz have gone missing or been killed this year. Press...

Read More ›

Japan should release journalists covering Chinese protest

August 16, 2012 5:52 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--Japanese authorities should release two Phoenix TV journalists detained Wednesday while covering Chinese protesters landing on a disputed territory between Japan and China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

Read More ›

morsi.egypt.supporters.ap.jpg

Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media

August 16, 2012 5:25 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports....

Read More ›

ecuador.blog.8.16.ap.jpg

As it backs Assange, Ecuador stifles expression at home

August 16, 2012 5:25 PM ET

The Quito government's decision to grant Julian Assange political asylum comes at a time when freedom of expression is under siege in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa's press freedom record is among the very worst in the Americas, and providing asylum to the WikiLeaks founder won't change the repressive conditions...

Read More ›

GABON.alert.8.15.AFP.jpg

In Gabon, gunmen burn opposition TV station's transmitter

August 16, 2012 4:46 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2012--Unidentified gunmen today stormed a private television station owned by Gabon's main opposition leader and burned down its transmitters, according to local journalists and news reports. It was the second armed attack on the broadcaster since 2009....

Read More ›

Former Niger Delta militants attack journalist union office

August 16, 2012 10:26 AM ET

A group of armed men attacked the office of the local branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the southern city of Warri on August 7, 2012, according to news reports. The men came with kegs of gasoline and threatened to lynch journalists and burn the office if...

Read More ›

Alan Boswellcropped.jpg

McClatchy's Boswell caught in South Sudan's war of words

August 15, 2012 5:19 PM ET

A day before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited South Sudan this month, McClatchy correspondent Alan Boswell reported that President Salva Kiir had finally acknowledged his government's support for a Nuba Mountains-based group that had been skirmishing with Sudanese forces. In a letter to his U.S. counterpart,...

Read More ›

taranga fm logocropped.jpg

The Gambia shuts independent radio station

August 15, 2012 4:24 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Gambian national security agents summarily shut an independent radio station early this morning without providing an explanation, according to news reports. Authorities have censored Taranga FM at least twice before in retaliation for its exclusive news review program, according to news reports. Officers of the...

Read More ›

Syrian journalist kidnapped in Homs

August 15, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Unidentified armed men on Monday kidnapped a correspondent for Al-Alam, an Iranian satellite broadcaster supportive of the Syrian government, the latest incident in a series of abductions and attacks against pro-government media in Syria, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Houssein Ahmed Farah (La Voix de Djibouti)croppedbetter.jpg

In Djibouti, reporter detained for a week without charge

August 15, 2012 3:17 PM ET

Nairobi, August 15, 2012--Authorities in Djibouti must immediately release a journalist for an opposition news website who has been jailed for a week without charge or access to a lawyer or his family, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two police officers arrested Houssein Ahmed Farah, a contributor...

Read More ›

Benedict Uwalaka in hospital bed (Leadership)cropped.jpg

Nigerian photographer assaulted in a government hospital

August 14, 2012 5:07 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 14, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Nigerian authorities to immediately investigate an attack on the grounds of a government hospital that targeted a photographer seeking to cover the release of the remains of June plane crash victims to their families....

Read More ›

Two journalists brutally beaten in Kazakh capital

August 14, 2012 5:02 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--Authorities in Kazakhstan must thoroughly investigate attacks on two journalists in separate episodes in the past week and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Rebel group releases kidnapped Colombian journalist

August 14, 2012 4:48 PM ET

Colombian journalist Élida Parra Alonso, who was kidnapped on July 24, 2012, by a local guerrilla group in the northeastern state of Arauca, was released on August 13, 2012, according to news reports. Parra hosts a program for Sarare Estéreo radio station and does community outreach work for Oleoducto Bicentenario,...

Read More ›

syria.alert.8.14.reuters.jpg

In Syria, wave of deadly attacks against journalists

August 14, 2012 4:47 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--A series of attacks against journalists in Syria over the past two weeks have included the killing of at least three journalists and the kidnapping of several others, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pro-government media have borne the brunt of the recent attacks....

Read More ›

Press corps targeted during riots in India

August 14, 2012 4:42 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--At least three Indian journalists were attacked over the weekend during protests by Muslim groups calling for news coverage of the deaths of Muslims in the ongoing ethnic tension in the state of Assam, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Militants attack Indian journalist's house in Manipur

August 14, 2012 4:23 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--Indian authorities should immediately investigate a grenade attack that targeted a prominent local journalist on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. No one was injured in the attack, which came in the wake of death threats made by local insurgents against editors, according to...

Read More ›

Council of Europe foreign ministers call for libel reform

August 14, 2012 10:52 AM ET

Trickling back from the summer recess, European press freedom advocates and media lawyers are taking stock of facts and statements that went underreported during the holiday lull. And libel reform stands on top of the pile.  ...

Read More ›

Youth-blog-mosaic1cropped.jpg

Syria, Somalia, Bahrain--where fathers bury their sons

August 10, 2012 2:40 PM ET

The 17-year-old videographer Anas al-Tarsha regularly filmed clashes and military movements in the city of Homs in Syria, and posted the footage on YouTube. On February 24, he was killed by a mortar round while filming the bombardment of the city's Qarabees district, according to news reports. The central...

Read More ›

Togolese authorities ban radio station's call-in programs

August 10, 2012 2:16 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 10, 2012--Togo's media regulatory body has suspended the call-in shows of a leading private radio station without giving the station an opportunity to defend itself in court, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately allow Légende FM to resume broadcasting...

Read More ›

addis protests 5 april 27 (hayat se).cropped.jpg

Ethiopian authorities crack down on Muslim press

August 10, 2012 1:32 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2012--Ethiopian authorities must release a journalist who has been detained for almost three weeks, and allow three Muslim news outlets to resume publishing immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Local journalists believe the Muslim press in Ethiopia is being targeted for its coverage of...

Read More ›

Panamanian daily's offices blockaded after critical reports

August 10, 2012 11:28 AM ET

About 30 trucks from Transcaribe Trading (TCT), a local construction company in Panama City, surrounded the offices of the daily La Prensa on August 2, 2012, from around 10 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., preventing the paper's trucks and employees from leaving the premises, according to news reports. TCT workers told...

Read More ›

chinablog.8.9.AP.jpg

Umbrellas cast shadow over 'open' trial in China

August 9, 2012 3:44 PM ET

We cover all kinds of censorship here at CPJ. Recently we documented the cunning application of scissors to prevent readers from accessing China-related articles in hard copy magazines. But it's been a while since we've had chance to write about one favored implement of information control in China: the...

Read More ›

securityblog2.osterreicher.jpg

What to do if you are detained or arrested at conventions

August 9, 2012 11:16 AM ET

As a follow-up to my previous "What to know about covering the conventions," the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has been working with a number of organizations in order to provide support for journalists covering the U.S. national political conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., this month and...

Read More ›

Election corruption grave threat to Pakistan's media

August 8, 2012 3:18 PM ET

"Elections will not be fought, but will be bought," is a saying being used by political tacticians in Pakistan. Hope for the legitimacy of the country's first fair transfer of power between two civilian governments with the oversight of unbiased media is disappearing quickly. Billions of rupees are pouring into...

Read More ›

Journalists assaulted, equipment seized in Sierra Leone

August 7, 2012 5:09 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 7, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on two journalists by soldiers in Sierra Leone and calls on authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice....

Read More ›

mali.alert.8.7.AP.jpg

In Mali, Islamic militants beat journalist, close radio station

August 7, 2012 5:00 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 7, 2012--Members of an Islamist militant group attacked a radio journalist in Mali on Sunday and ordered his station off the air, according to local journalists and news reports. The attack was in retaliation for the station's coverage of local protests, according to local journalists and...

Read More ›

US pursues return of Palestinian TV station's equipment

August 7, 2012 3:39 PM ET

For more than five months, the Ramallah-based private television broadcaster Wattan TV has been without key equipment, including transmitters, computers, files, and archives. On February 29, Israeli soldiers and officials from the Ministry of Communications raided the station without a warrant, saying it was broadcasting illegally and interfering with aircraft...

Read More ›

Maldives.protest.arrest.ap.jpg

Broadcaster Raajje TV silenced in the Maldives

August 7, 2012 1:52 PM ET

New York, August 7, 2012--Authorities in the Maldives must immediately investigate today's attack on the opposition Raajje TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attack came just days after police accused the station of making false allegations against security forces, according to news reports....

Read More ›

lanka.blog.8.7.reuters.jpg

No right to information in Sri Lanka

August 7, 2012 11:27 AM ET

You would think that with fighting between government forces and secessionist Tamils finished in May 2009, the Sri Lankan government might ease its grip on public information--information which is really the property of the country's citizens, not whichever administration happens to be holding political power. In 2004, former President...

Read More ›

Weak cyber protections lead to personal, institutional risk

August 6, 2012 6:14 PM ET

The Syrian civil war is also a propaganda war. With the Assad regime and the rebels both attempting to assure their supporters and the world that they are on the brink of victory, how the facts are reported has become central to the struggle. Hackers working in support of Assad...

Read More ›

gabon.alert.8.6.reuters.jpg

Gabon suspends 2 newspapers critical of government

August 6, 2012 4:51 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Friday's decision by Gabon's state-run media regulator to suspend two private newspapers for six months over criticism of top officials.  In a press statement obtained by CPJ, the National Communications Council accused weeklies Ezombolo and La Une of disrespecting...

Read More ›

Somaliland police beat TV reporter with rubber pipe

August 6, 2012 4:47 PM ET

A journalist in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland was attacked by police while covering a child custody dispute in a local court on August 4, 2012, according to local journalists and news reports. ...

Read More ›

honduras.journalists.protest.rtrs.jpg

Journalist's house attacked by gunmen in Honduras

August 6, 2012 4:21 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2012--Authorities in Honduras must immediately investigate the attack on the house of a radio journalist in the state of Yoro, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. José Encarnación Chinchilla López, a reporter for Radio Cadena Voces in the city of El Progreso, told reporters...

Read More ›

Arrest of NYT photographer must be investigated

August 6, 2012 2:45 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the arrest and alleged beating of a New York Times photographer while he was on assignment Saturday evening in New York City. "The report by The New York Times on the arrest of its photographer, Robert Stolarik, raises...

Read More ›

reeyot.alemu.back.cover.jpg

Ethiopian appeals court reduces sentence of Reeyot Alemu

August 3, 2012 2:09 PM ET

Nairobi, August 3, 2012--An appeals court in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, has reduced a 14-year prison sentence given to journalist Reeyot Alemu in January to five years and dropped most of the terrorism charges against her, according to local journalists.Reeyot, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, was sentenced...

Read More ›

Principled broadcasting in Pakistan, a work in progress

August 3, 2012 1:21 PM ET

Pakistan's media, particularly broadcast, are often praised and condemned, sometimes in the same sentence. The number of television broadcasters exploded under the Musharraf government, growing to around 90 private cable and satellite channels. And while the growth has been swift and competitive, very often the end product leaves a lot...

Read More ›

Marshale (Hiiran Online).use.jpg

Mogadishu comic is latest Somali media death

August 3, 2012 12:30 PM ET

All the radio stations wanted him, and for good reason--Abdi Jeylani Malaq was one of the most famous comedians in Mogadishu, and it was the holy month of Ramadan when the radio broadcasters hold quiz shows. Abdi had been in the business since 1989 and was in hot demand...

Read More ›

O Autarca 1cropped.jpg

Mozambican journalist sentenced in criminal libel case

August 2, 2012 4:51 PM ET

Johannesburg, August 2, 2012--An appeals court in the Mozambican city of Beira should reverse the criminal libel conviction of a journalist who wrote about a disagreement between a private school and the family of a disabled student, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Falume Chabane was sentenced to...

Read More ›

Radio station attacked, vandalized in Sierra Leone

August 1, 2012 4:40 PM ET

Radio Gbafth, an independent community radio station in Tonkolili district, was attacked by supporters of a local politician on July 19, 2012, according to local journalists and the Media Foundation of West Africa, a Ghana-based press freedom organization. The politician, John Raka Conteh, also known as Potas, had been invited...

Read More ›

burma.censored.ap.jpg

Burmese authorities suspend two news publications

August 1, 2012 10:46 AM ET

Bangkok, August 1, 2012--Two weekly news publications were suspended indefinitely in Burma on Tuesday, marking a significant reversal of the government's earlier loosening of media restrictions and pre-publication censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Social Media

View All ›