November 2012

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Confusion grows around missing Tibetan monk filmmaker

November 30, 2012 3:01 PM ET

Not unusually, an already confusing situation in Tibet just got worse. Twenty-seven Tibetans have self-immolated in protest against Chinese this month alone, according to Human Rights Watch. That's almost one a day. Against this chaotic backdrop, Chinese authorities have issued an arrest order for a missing monk who helped...

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Colombian journalist dies after being in police custody

November 30, 2012 2:32 PM ET

Bogotá, November 30, 2012--Top Colombian police officials must conduct an intensive investigation into the actions of local police during their arrest of freelance journalist Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, who died Tuesday night, seven days after he was hospitalized for injuries suffered while in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syria's desperate move to cut links won't succeed

November 30, 2012 1:52 PM ET

The Syrian Internet, like the country, appears to have been collapsing into a patchwork of unconnected systems for some time. I spent time talking to Syrians tech activists this week in Tunisia before Thursday's shutdown, and their reports from the front painted a picture of two different networks....

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CPJ Impact

November 30, 2012 11:42 AM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2012 Journalists honored at IPFA Thanks to David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, who chaired CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards dinner on November 20, the organization raised a record-breaking $1.57 million to support persecuted journalists. The nearly 900...

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Syria must restore Internet access immediately

November 29, 2012 4:54 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2012 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Internet and cell phone shutdown in Syria today which disconnects Syrians from the world as they endure conflict....

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In battle with Argentine president, a misstep by Clarín

November 29, 2012 3:41 PM ET

The debut of the HD version of Grupo Clarín's cable news station TN could not have come at a worse time for the Argentine media conglomerate. Conspicuously missing from Monday's premiere was coverage of a new criminal complaint in which Clarín's lawyers accused the government of President Cristina Fernández de...

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In UK, Leveson recommendations undermine free press

November 29, 2012 2:40 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by recommendations to adopt government regulation of the press resulting from the United Kingdom's Leveson inquiry report issued today....

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In Kazakhstan, news outlets face charges of extremism

November 28, 2012 5:33 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2012--The politicized prosecution of dozens of independent news outlets in Kazakhstan is at odds with the country's commitment to press freedom and deeply stains its recent election to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ calls on Kazakh authorities to...

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In DRC, journalists report being threatened in Bukavu

November 27, 2012 4:18 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2012--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should investigate threats against at least four journalists in the eastern city of Bukavu and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Security agents assault journalists in Chad

November 27, 2012 10:34 AM ET

Armed agents from the National Security Agency in N'Djamena, the capital, beat two reporters on November 16, 2012, and detained them in handcuffs on the premises of a private hospital, according to local journalists....

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Brazilian journalist killed in Campo Grande

November 26, 2012 5:46 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the murder of Brazilian journalist Eduardo Carvalho in Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state, which borders Paraguay and Bolivia. Carvalho was the editor and owner of news website Última Hora News, which frequently denounced local...

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Two more journalists killed in Syria

November 26, 2012 5:45 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2012--At least two journalists have been killed over the past five days while documenting unrest in Syria, according to news reports....

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In Somalia, BBC journalist held without charge

November 26, 2012 5:00 PM ET

Nairobi, November 26, 2012--Somali authorities must immediately release Ibrahim Mohamed Adan, a correspondent for the Somali service of the BBC, who has been held for nearly a week in Mogadishu without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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To fight impunity, cycle of fear, silence must be broken

November 23, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Three years ago, on November 23, 2009, 30 journalists and two media workers were brutally killed in the southern Philippine city of Maguindanao while travelling in a convoy with the family and supporters of a local politician. To this day, not a single suspect has been convicted, though local...

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Awardees say indignation trumps intimidation

November 21, 2012 12:46 PM ET

The battle for a free press sometimes feels like a war between indignation and intimidation. Journalists learn of abuses of power, crime, or corruption, and--indignant--they speak out. In response, the perpetrators of those abuses--be they government officials or criminals--try to intimidate the journalists into silence with threats, lawsuits, jail,...

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Journalists reported injured in Karachi bomb blast

November 21, 2012 12:04 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2012--Several Pakistani journalists were injured in a bomb blast today at a Shia site in Karachi that came just 30 minutes after an earlier explosion, according to news reports....

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Three journalists killed in airstrikes in Gaza

November 20, 2012 4:35 PM ET

New York, November 20, 2012--Two Israeli airstrikes killed three journalists in the Gaza Strip today, according to news reports. The fatal attacks followed a series of Israeli strikes earlier in the week that injured at least nine journalists and damaged news outlets....

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Arrests over Facebook comments fan debate in India

November 20, 2012 2:10 PM ET

The arrest of two women in India this week because of posting and "liking" an opinion on Facebook has further inflamed debate over the right to freedom of expression in the world's largest democracy....

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In Gaza, news outlets targeted, journalists injured

November 19, 2012 6:06 PM ET

New York, November 19, 2012--Israeli authorities must immediately halt airstrikes targeting news media offices in the Gaza Strip, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following a series of strikes that injured at least nine journalists and damaged several offices....

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Pakistani journalist gunned down in Baluchistan

November 19, 2012 12:35 PM ET

New York, November 19, 2012--Pakistani authorities must immediately investigate the murder of a journalist who was shot to death in Baluchistan on Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rehmatullah Abid was the second Dunya News TV journalist to be killed this year....

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Turkey, jailer of journalists, hedges bets on democracy

November 19, 2012 11:29 AM ET

More reporters are jailed in Turkey than in any other country in the world. According to CPJ's recent survey, at least 61 are imprisoned directly for their work, representing the second biggest media crackdown in the 27 years we have been documenting such records. (Only Turkey itself has rivaled...

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In conflict, Israel must respect media

November 18, 2012 11:14 AM ET

New York, November 18, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Israel's targeting of two media facilities in Gaza today. ...

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In Karachi, a trail of death and impunity in Babar case

November 16, 2012 6:41 PM ET

Haider Ali, an eyewitness to the 2011 murder of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar, was gunned down on Sunday, two days before he was set to testify in the trial of five suspects. The murder sent shockwaves across Pakistan--one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists...

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Gambian journalist threatened after writing on executions

November 16, 2012 4:59 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, November 16, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it holds authorities in the Gambia responsible for the safety of a journalist who has received death threats following critical coverage of the government.Abubacarr Saidykhan, a freelancer who contributes to several news websites, told CPJ that four unknown...

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What China's new leadership means for press freedom

November 15, 2012 5:23 PM ET

Like many China watchers, we at CPJ have been struggling to interpret obscure floor markings and tie colors on display in Beijing as new Communist Party leaders were appointed in a rare leadership hand-off today. The names of the top seven are no longer in doubt. But the real...

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Journalist shot dead on assignment in Mexico

November 15, 2012 4:59 PM ET

Mexico City, November 15, 2012--A freelance journalist and his companion were shot to death Wednesday in the central Mexican state of Puebla shortly after the reporter had gathered information on a large-scale gasoline theft and then witnessed a stand-off between soldiers and gunmen, according to news reports and CPJ interviews....

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Homes of two Yemeni journalists attacked

November 15, 2012 4:02 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2012--Yemeni authorities must immediately investigate separate attacks on the homes of two journalists in the southern province of Daleh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian journalist attacked by unidentified men in Kwali

November 15, 2012 1:39 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, November 15, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on a Nigerian journalist on Saturday and calls on authorities to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Three unidentified men attacked Abubakar Sadiq Isah, a reporter for the Daily Trust, outside the town hall in Kwali,...

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Rwandan journalist sentenced to one year in jail

November 15, 2012 11:16 AM ET

Nairobi, November 15, 2012--An appellate court in Rwanda should overturn the prison sentence handed to the editor of a private weekly on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also urges authorities to release Stanley Gatera, editor of the Kinyarwandan-language paper Umusingi, pending his planned appeal. The...

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Video emerges of Ukrainian journalist captive in Syria

November 14, 2012 4:13 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2012--A Ukrainian journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in mid-October appeared in a short video last week pleading for her embassy to meet the demands of her captors, according to news reports. At least two other international journalists are believed to be held captive in...

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Tibetan voices censored around China's Party Congress

November 14, 2012 1:30 PM ET

Reports of a massive surveillance operation in Tibet and harassment of journalists covering Tibetan issues cast a shadow over eagerly anticipated leadership appointments expected tomorrow in Beijing....

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In Chad, journalists report being intimidated by official

November 14, 2012 1:00 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, November 14, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chadian authorities to investigate reports of official intimidation of journalists working for a private community radio station in the southern town of Doba. Alnodji Mbairaba Jean-paul, the editor-in-chief of La Voix du Paysan, told CPJ that he and...

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Obama should address media rights in Southeast Asia

November 14, 2012 11:12 AM ET

Dear President Obama: We are pleased that you will begin your second term as U.S. president with a trip to Southeast Asia. As you visit Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand from November 17 through 20 while attending the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related meetings in Phnom Penh, we hope that your commitment to human rights and the fundamental right to free expression remains an important aspect of your agenda.

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In UN complaint, Azimjon Askarov seeks justice, freedom

November 13, 2012 2:46 PM ET

Lawyers for imprisoned investigative reporter Azimjon Askarov, who is serving a life term in Kyrgyzstan on charges widely seen as politically motivated, filed an appeal today with the U.N. Human Rights Committee that seeks his release....

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In China, kids ask the tough questions at Party Congress

November 13, 2012 2:18 PM ET

When a nation's most outspoken journalists are 11-year-olds, is it a good sign for the future? On the one hand, they might grow up to ask probing questions. On the other hand, they might end up following the path taken by their older peers and stick to scripted exchanges....

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Will UN plan address impunity, security for journalists?

November 13, 2012 1:31 PM ET

Here are the facts:A journalist is killed in the line of duty somewhere around the world once every eight days.Nearly three out of four are targeted for murder. The rest are killed in the crossfire of combat, or on dangerous assignments such as street protests.Local journalists constitute the large...

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Cuban reporter Flores arrested on anti-state charges

November 9, 2012 4:23 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2012--Cuban authorities charged journalist Yaremis Flores with anti-state crimes on Wednesday in connection with news articles critical of the government, an arrest that sparked two waves of protests and detentions outside a Havana police station. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to drop the...

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CPJ demands Iran explain imprisoned blogger's death

November 9, 2012 4:08 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2012--Iranian authorities must immediately explain the sudden death of imprisoned blogger Sattar Beheshti, who had previously complained about severe mistreatment in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also demands that the government launch a full investigation into the suspicious death and to immediately...

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Indian police arrest reporter who exposed assault

November 9, 2012 3:35 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2012--An Indian television journalist who documented a large-scale attack on young women and reported the episode to police in Karnataka state has been charged with participating in the assault, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists considers the arrest to be retaliatory and calls...

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Journalist faces unlawful assembly charge in Cameroon

November 8, 2012 6:09 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Cameroonian officials to drop criminal charges against a journalist arrested last month in the southwestern town of Buea for covering a secessionist gathering. The journalist is free on bail but faces a fine and up to six...

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In Chad, police beat journalist for asking questions

November 8, 2012 4:23 PM ET

On September 30, 2012, Yves Phono Kepmi, a journalist with Radio Terre Nouvelle, was beaten by police officers in Chad's southwestern Mayo-Kebbi Est region for asking questions about a civil disturbance he was reporting on, according to local journalists....

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Journalist missing for nearly two weeks in Mexico

November 8, 2012 3:14 PM ET

Mexico City, November 8, 2012--Mexican authorities must thoroughly investigate the disappearance of journalist Adela Jazmín Alcaraz López, who was last seen nearly two weeks ago, the Committee to Protect journalists said today. ...

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Radio commentator gunned down in Philippines

November 8, 2012 1:53 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2012--Authorities in the Philippines must immediately investigate the shooting death of radio journalist Julius Cauzo and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ mourns the deaths of four journalists in Peru

November 6, 2012 2:34 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by the deaths of four Peruvian journalists who perished Monday in a car accident in the central  highlands Junín region while on assignment, according to news reports. ...

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Help free Azimjon Askarov by signing CPJ petition

November 6, 2012 1:55 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created this petition, calling on Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to release unjustly imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov without delay....

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Authorities in DRC force station off the air

November 5, 2012 4:48 PM ET

Security forces arrived at the offices of Radio Télévision Autonome du Sud Kasaï (RTAS), in the south central town of Miabi, on August 15, 2012, and forced the station off the air, according to local press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED). The agents also confiscated the station's transmitter, JED...

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Sudanese journalist found after being abducted, tortured

November 5, 2012 3:43 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2012--A critical Sudanese freelance journalist was found on the side of a road in Khartoum on Friday after being reported missing on October 29, according to news reports. Somaya Ibrahim Ismail Hundosa had been tortured and her head shaved while she was held captive, the...

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Sign CPJ petition to free journalist Dhondup Wangchen

November 5, 2012 2:26 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created a petition that calls on Chinese President Hu Jintao to immediately release unjustly imprisoned Tibetan journalist Dhondup Wangchen....

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Officials, journalists cast doubt on Veracruz murder case

November 2, 2012 5:17 PM ET

Veracruz is a beautiful, long, thin state on the Gulf coast of Mexico where many journalists are terrified not only of the rampant organized crime groups that kill and control, but also of the state government. Fear that state officials will order them murdered for what they investigate or...

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Twenty-three days to take action against impunity

November 1, 2012 4:28 PM ET

Approximately 30 journalists are targeted and murdered every year, and on average, in only three of these crimes are the killers ever brought to justice. Other attacks on freedom of expression occur daily: bloggers are threatened, photographers beaten, writers kidnapped. And in those instances, justice is even more rare. Today,...

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Guinea-Bissau expels journalist; another flees into hiding

November 1, 2012 3:47 PM ET

New York, November 1, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's decision by authorities in Guinea-Bissau to expel Portuguese journalist Fernando Teixeira Gomes from the country in connection with his critical coverage of the transitional government....

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Journalists go into hiding after being threatened in DRC

November 1, 2012 1:52 PM ET

At least three journalists working in the restive, mineral-rich province of North Kivu have fled into hiding in August and September 2012 after saying they were threatened in reprisal for their reporting, CPJ has learned....

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DRC bans broadcasts on conflict in eastern Congo

November 1, 2012 1:19 PM ET

The Higher Council for Broadcasting and Communication, or CSAC, the DRC's state-run media regulatory agency, announced in August 2012 that it would indefinitely ban broadcasters from airing talk shows and call-in programs about the ongoing conflict between the government and rebels in the eastern provinces of the country, according to...

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DRC minister indefinitely suspends newspaper

November 1, 2012 1:09 PM ET

Congolese Communications Minister Lambert Mende banned private daily Le Journal indefinitely on June 29, 2012, in connection with an editorial that he said incited racism and tribalism, local press freedom group OLPA reported....

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UPDATED: A window of opportunity to take on Sri Lanka

November 1, 2012 1:06 PM ET

If you've been watching the attempts to silence media in Sri Lanka through attacks, disappearances, legal harassment, and government policies aimed at restricting free speech and the right to information, take the time to speak out with others around the world today. An opportunity like this only comes around every...

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In DRC, journalist briefly kidnapped in Lubumbashi

November 1, 2012 12:08 PM ET

Four armed men abducted Franck Fwamba, editor of the monthly magazine Mining News, and forced him into an unmarked car at around 6 p.m. on June 6, 2012, in the southern city of Lubumbashi, according to local journalists and the press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED)....

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