Two Somali journalists killed in Mogadishu

Nairobi, September 28, 2012–Two Somali journalists have been killed in Mogadishu in the past 24 hours, one in a brutal targeted attack, according to local journalists and news reports. 

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Alessandro Sallusti (AP/Luca Bruno)

Editor sentenced to prison for libel in Italy

Brussels, September 28, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the criminal defamation conviction and 14-month prison sentence handed to Alessandro Sallusti, editor-in-chief of the Milan-based daily Il Giornale, and calls on Italian authorities to reform the country’s defamation laws. On Wednesday, the Fifth Chamber of the Cassation Court, Italy’s highest, upheld an earlier guilty verdict…

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CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2012 CPJ announces 2012 IPFA winners Four journalists who risked their lives to report the truth will be honored at CPJ’s 2012 International Press Freedom Awards ceremony. The award winners are Mauri König, a Brazilian investigative reporter; Mae Azango, a Liberian journalist; jailed Tibetan journalist Dhondup Wangchen; and…

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For the crime of reporting on rampant illegal logging in Cambodia, one journalist suffered the same fate as the trees. (AP/ Heng Sinith)

Environment journalists rally for murdered Cambodian

On September 11, a Cambodian journalist named Hang Serei Odom was found dead in an abandoned vehicle. Missing since September 9, the reporter with the local Vorakchun Khmer Daily newspaper had suffered several axe blows to the head.

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Parcel bomb kills Indian freelance journalist

New York, September 28, 2012–Indian authorities must determine the motive in a bomb attack that killed a freelance journalist in her home on Wednesday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turned 80 on Wednesday. (AP/Saurabh Das)

For India, celebrations not in order on Singh’s birthday

This week, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marked his 80th birthday. He spent the day, Wednesday, in the company of family and at public events, according to news reports. “There are no celebrations. He prefers to be with his family in the morning–then work as usual,” Singh’s spokesman told the media.

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U.N. Human Rights Council resolution defends the press

New York, September 27, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s passage of a Human Rights Council Resolution on the Safety of Journalists. The resolution represents a robust effort to secure action that will safeguard journalists and deliver justice if they are killed.

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Press TV reported that Maya Naser, one of its correspondents, was killed by sniper fire today. (AFP/Press TV)

In Syria, journalists killed, injured by sniper fire

New York, September 26, 2012–Iran’s Press TV has reported that one of its correspondents, Maya Naser, was killed today while reporting on twin explosions and ensuing clashes in Damascus. The state-run station also said that its Damascus bureau chief, Hussein Mortada, was wounded in the same sniper fire and attributed both shootings to insurgents.

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Harsh prison sentences for 3 Vietnamese bloggers

Days after CPJ issued a special report on Vietnam’s confined media, authorities sentenced three bloggers, Nguyen Van Hai, Ta Phong Tan, and Phan Thanh Hai, to harsh prison terms on anti-state charges.In a statement to the International Herald Tribune, CPJ Senior Southeast Asia representative, Shawn Crispin underscores the extreme risks that journalists in Vietnam face…

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