January 2013

India withdraws charges against journalist Naveen Soorinje

January 31, 2013 4:36 PM ET

Although Naveen Soorinje is still in jail, there may be some good news. Today, 86 days after his arrest, the state cabinet in Karnataka decided to withdraw charges against him....

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NYT reports Chinese hacking: one battle in large war

January 31, 2013 4:33 PM ET

The New York Times reported Thursday that, after four months, it has expelled what it believes to be China-based hackers from its computer system and has, so far, kept them from breaking back in. The paper said a group had been "infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its...

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Brazilian journalist ordered to pay damages in libel case

January 31, 2013 3:54 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2013--Appellate courts in Brazil should overturn a decision ordering journalist Lúcio Flavio Pinto to pay more than $200,000 in damages in connection with a libel suit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, who was initially found liable in late 2012, lost an...

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Conflating critics with terrorists in Turkey

January 31, 2013 1:39 PM ET

The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is quick to brand critics as "terrorists," and that's one of the main reasons that Turkey was the world's worst jailer of the press when CPJ conducted its recent census of imprisoned journalists. This week, the prime minister and two pro-government...

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Tajikistan blames censorship on complaints by citizens

January 31, 2013 1:16 PM ET

In the last year, CPJ has documented a disturbing trend of attacks against the press in Tajikistan: the frequent blocking orders that the State Communications Agency has issued to local Internet service providers. Delivered in most instances via text message, the orders urge the ISPs to block nationwide access to...

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CPJ Impact

January 31, 2013 1:06 PM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, January 2013 CPJ assists record number of journalists in 2012CPJ's Journalist Assistance program provided support to a record number of journalists in 2012. The organization assisted at least 195 reporters, editors, and photographers from across the globe with legal, financial, medical, exile, and...

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CPJ alarmed by Iran's escalating anti-press actions

January 30, 2013 4:26 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of a another journalist as part of Iran's declared intent to expand a crackdown on the media....

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Nepal takes one step toward justice for Dekendra Thapa

January 30, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Lau Tzu once said: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In Nepal, getting to that first step has been a tumultuous process. Tomorrow, a court in the western district of Dailekh is expected to formally begin hearings in the 2004 murder case of journalist...

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International journalist detained in Iraq for a week

January 30, 2013 3:18 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2013--Iraqi authorities should immediately release an international journalist who has been held without charge for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nadir Dendoune, a French-Australian journalist of Algerian descent, was arrested on January 23 in Baghdad, according to local press freedom organizations and...

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Journalist Assistance helps record number in 2012

January 30, 2013 11:49 AM ET

An increase in press freedom violations last year created a surge of need among journalists, driving a record number of assistance cases for CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program in 2012. More than three-quarters of the 195 journalists who received support during the year came from East Africa and the Middle East...

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Repression deepens as Correa heads to new term

January 29, 2013 3:27 PM ET

One result of President Rafael Correa's high-profile campaign to demonize the country's private media can be seen on the desk of José Velásquez, news manager at Teleamazonas, a private Quito television station often critical of the government. Among the documents piled high on his desk are lawsuits, which used...

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In Gongadze case, a milestone toward justice

January 29, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2013--The conviction today of a former high-ranking Ukrainian police official in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze is a long-overdue step, but justice will not be fully served until all of the perpetrators are held responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gongadze, founder and...

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Sri Lanka's Black January: Year two

January 29, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Black January commemorations in Colombo have become an annual event. Tuesday's demonstration was the second. The protest aims to recall the series of killings and attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka in recent years, many of them occurring in Januaries past. All of them have gone untried and unpunished,...

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Humanitarian law, ethics, and journalism in Syria

January 29, 2013 9:45 AM ET

A small number of journalists reporting from Syria have recently interviewed prisoners of war under highly coercive circumstances. In doing so, they have ignored the protections that are due to prisoners under international humanitarian law, or IHL....

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Iran arrests journalists in largest crackdown since 2009

January 28, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--At least 14 journalists affiliated with reformist news outlets were arrested in Iran on Saturday and Sunday in the largest crackdown on the press since 2009, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to immediately release all journalists in custody...

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Lukashenko can unshackle Khalip, a 'victim of the regime'

January 28, 2013 5:02 PM ET

Is Irina Khalip, the prominent Belarusian journalist, free to travel? President Aleksandr Lukashenko, whose government prosecuted her on bogus charges of creating mass disorder, says that she is. That Khalip has not, the president said, shows that she would prefer to be known as a "victim of the regime."...

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Numerous Nepali journalists flee after receiving threats

January 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--Authorities in Nepal should ensure the safety of more than 20 journalists who fled the western district of Dailekh on Thursday after receiving death threats from individuals they said were supporters of the ruling Maoist party, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least five...

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Will Israel respond to query on targeting Gaza journalists?

January 28, 2013 12:34 PM ET

On December 2, CPJ sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requesting an explanation for airstrikes on media facilities during the November 2012 military action in Gaza. The strikes damaged two media buildings and killed and injured a number of journalists. Israeli officials said the military targeted...

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CPJ condemns journalist arrests in Iran

January 28, 2013 11:55 AM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests in Iran of at least 11 journalists in the largest crackdown on the media since 2009. "With this wave of arrests, the authorities appear to be attempting to pre-emptively silence independent news coverage ahead of the presidential election...

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Somalia should free jailed reporter, solve press murders

January 28, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Dear President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud: We are writing to express our concern about a Somali journalist who has been imprisoned since January 10 for interviewing a woman who claimed she was raped by government soldiers. We are also concerned by recent statements you made in Washington indicating your administration will not tolerate negative coverage by the local press. We urge you to ensure the journalist is released immediately and to follow up on your commitment to create a task force to investigate Somalia's unsolved journalist murders.

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In Mali, a war 'without images and without facts'

January 25, 2013 11:54 AM ET

The French army is often called la Grande Muette, or "the Great Silent." The war in Mali confirms the French military's well-deserved reputation of being secretive about front-line actions. "Locking the information is more in the culture of the French army than of the U.S. army," says Maurice Botbol,...

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Two years on, Mubarak's tactics still haunt Egypt media

January 24, 2013 5:45 PM ET

On the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 revolution, Hosni Mubarak's footprints are still present in many areas of the public sphere--and media are no exception. President Mohamed Morsi needs to cease using Mubarak-era tactics of silencing his critics with criminal charges such as defamation. ...

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Benin TV director convicted for offending president

January 24, 2013 5:40 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 24, 2013--An appellate court in Benin should overturn the conviction and toss out a prison sentence handed to the director of a private television station last week in connection with a broadcast of a press conference in September in which a former presidential adviser criticized President Boni...

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Nepalese journalists threatened during Bhattarai visit

January 24, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the threats and acts of intimidation against journalists in Nepal during Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's visit on Wednesday to the western district of Dailekh....

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Thai editor Somyot sentenced to 11 years in prison

January 24, 2013 2:46 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--A Thai court sentenced news editor and political activist Somyot Prueksakakasemsuk to 11 years in prison on Wednesday for two articles the court ruled had insulted the Thai monarch, a criminal offense under the country's strict lѐse majesté law. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the...

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Preparation helps freelancers survive, thrive

January 24, 2013 11:01 AM ET

When the story is so important but the risks are so high, journalists must keep safety at the forefront of their thinking. That's especially true for freelancers who often do not have the support of a large news organization. Preparation, peer networking, and smart planning can help improve the...

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In Sri Lanka, justice for Eknelygoda is a waiting game

January 23, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Three years ago, on January 24, 2010, columnist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda vanished on his way to work to cover the final campaigning in Sri Lanka's bitterly contested presidential election. He has not been heard from since. The pro-opposition website he worked for, Lanka eNews, has been repeatedly attacked, its...

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New term to settle Obama legacy on leaks, whistleblowers

January 23, 2013 10:41 AM ET

As pundits debate how Barack Obama will tackle guns, climate change, immigration, and the debt ceiling in his newly inaugurated second term, press freedom advocates are left questioning how the U.S. president will handle another, no-less-controversial issue: the treatment of whistleblowers and officials who leak information to the media....

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In Nigeria, soldiers attack journalist covering demolition

January 23, 2013 10:01 AM ET

Two soldiers beat Laolu Harolds, assistant editor of the daily Nigerian Tribune, on January 8, 2013, while he attempted to take pictures of soldiers demolishing local shops in Oyo state, according to news reports. The soldiers were affiliated with the government's demolition task force team, the reports said....

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Press freedom: Barometer of the Turkish model

January 22, 2013 5:52 PM ET

With Turkey recently in the spotlight because of its press freedom record--including dishonorable distinction as the world's worst jailer of journalists--many international observers wonder how Ankara will overcome its image crisis and whether it will choose to resolutely base its broad strategic ambitions on the respect of global standards...

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Several journalists jailed in new Turkish crackdown

January 22, 2013 5:14 PM ET

January 22, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey--Turkish authorities should halt their practice of jailing journalists on vague anti-terror charges and allow the local press to report freely without fear of imprisonment or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan journalists attacked while covering Kibera clashes

January 22, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Nairobi, January 22, 2013--Kenyan authorities must hold to account soldiers with the General Service Unit, Kenya's paramilitary force, in connection with their reported assault of two journalists on Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jailed Tibetan filmmaker shifted to better conditions

January 22, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Some news which appears to be good from China, and some that isn't: Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been moved to a women's prison where conditions are not as harsh, according to his friends and associates at the Switzerland based group Filming for Tibet. They say that Wangchen has been...

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Talking international law and conflict journalists

January 22, 2013 2:31 PM ET

What is the humanitarian function of journalism in wartime? How does international humanitarian law protect journalists? Why is impunity the most important challenge facing journalists working in conflict zones?...

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In Syria, Al-Jazeera reporter killed in Daraa

January 18, 2013 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An Al-Jazeera reporter was killed by a sniper in the city of Daraa today, the station reported, the second journalist fatality in Syria in as many days....

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Military correspondent Yves Debay killed in Aleppo

January 18, 2013 2:18 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An international journalist was killed by a sniper while covering fighting in Aleppo in Syria on Thursday, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting journalists and allow them to report...

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Shabelle journalist gunned down in Somalia

January 18, 2013 12:03 PM ET

Nairobi, January 18, 2013--A veteran producer for the Shabelle Media Network was gunned down today in Mogadishu, the fifth Shabelle journalist killed in 13 months. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this murder and calls on Somali authorities to not only investigate, but to follow up on the investigative...

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Authorities block news websites, Facebook in Tajikistan

January 17, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2013--Tajik authorities must lift their order blocking domestic access to at least three news websites that have reported critically about issues such as energy shortages, rising unemployment, and human rights abuses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The order, which also applied to Facebook, is...

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Burundi journalists march to support Ruvakuki

January 16, 2013 4:22 PM ET

At 8 o'clock Tuesday morning roughly 50 Burundian journalists silently marched around the courthouses in the capital, Bujumbura, and the offices of the justice minister, protesting the imprisonment of their colleague, Hassan Ruvakuki. "They sentenced him to three years without following the law," said Patrick Nduwimana, one of the...

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Greek journalists targeted from all sides

January 15, 2013 5:15 PM ET

Greek journalists are on the alert since five small bombs exploded Friday on the doorsteps of the homes of several journalists in Athens. Although the makeshift devices only damaged the buildings' entrances and no one was hurt, the attacks appear to be warning shots in a tense social context...

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Israeli soldiers obstruct journalists during eviction

January 15, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Israeli soldiers prevented journalists from covering the eviction of a Palestinian campsite in the West Bank on Sunday, according to news reports and local press freedom organizations. The journalists worked for international news outlets including The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, CNN, and Al-Jazeera, as...

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Editor charged with defamation in Morocco

January 15, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Authorities should drop the criminal defamation charges against an editor in Morocco who reported that a government official had ordered champagne to his hotel room while on a taxpayer-funded trip outside the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The official has disputed the account....

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Unidentified assailants shoot dead a Nigerian editor

January 15, 2013 4:50 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 15, 2013--Nigerian authorities should determine the motive behind the murder of an editor on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladeshi blogger hospitalized after being stabbed

January 15, 2013 2:14 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate Monday's stabbing of a blogger in Dhaka, determine the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Togo protests, journalists report being targeted by police

January 14, 2013 2:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 14, 2013--At least four journalists were reported injured by police while covering an anti-government protest in Togo's capital, Lomé, on Thursday, according to news reports. Several of the journalists, along with local press freedom group SOS Journalistes en Danger, said police had targeted a group of...

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Brazilian police investigating murder of radio host

January 14, 2013 1:23 PM ET

Two unidentified men shot Renato Machado Gonçalves as he was returning home with his family at night on January 8, 2013, in the city of São João da Barra, in northern Rio de Janeiro state, according to news reports. Machado's six-year-old niece was also injured in the attack, the...

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Egyptian prosecutions continue despite free-speech pledges

January 11, 2013 5:43 PM ET

New York January 11, 2013--Egyptian authorities are continuing a stream of criminal prosecutions against journalists, despite President Mohamed Morsi's recent pledge to allow free speech. At least three more criminal cases proceeded this week, on top of four that CPJ documented earlier this month....

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Third journalist reported killed in twin blasts in Quetta

January 11, 2013 3:25 PM ET

Police, emergency workers, and at least three journalists were killed in a bomb blast on January 10, 2012, that occurred 10 minutes after an initial explosion near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, according to news reports and CPJ sources....

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Journalist arrested for interviewing reported rape victim

January 11, 2013 2:26 PM ET

Nairobi, January 11, 2013--Somali authorities should immediately release a freelance journalist who has been in custody in Mogadishu since Thursday for interviewing a woman who claimed she was raped by government soldiers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong must ensure press can access business data

January 11, 2013 2:13 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2013--Hong Kong's government should withdraw a proposed regulation that would limit journalists' access to information about business leaders, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Audio slideshow: A look at missing journalist James Foley

January 11, 2013 1:44 PM ET

James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, was abducted in Syria in November. His colleague and friend Nicole Tung, a freelance photographer, spoke to CPJ about her experience working and traveling with Foley. A petition appealing for Foley's release can be signed here....

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Globovisión probed over Chávez inauguration reports

January 10, 2013 5:12 PM ET

Bogotá, January 10, 2013--Venezuelan authorities announced late Wednesday that they had launched an investigation against a private TV station that had aired reports questioning the legality of postponing the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to immediately drop this politicized investigation and...

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At least two journalists killed in Quetta blasts

January 10, 2013 4:51 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2013--At least two journalists were killed and two others seriously injured when a bomb went off near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, as the journalists were reporting on an explosion that was set off there just minutes earlier, according...

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Bloggers imprisoned in mass sentencing in Vietnam

January 9, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Bangkok, January 9, 2013--At least five independent bloggers were sentenced today to harsh jail terms in Vietnam, according to local and international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls on Vietnamese authorities to reverse the charges on appeal and release the bloggers....

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Yahoo HTTPS mail not a moment too soon, nor too late

January 9, 2013 5:50 PM ET

I remember sitting with a Yahoo employee in 2009, talking about the lack of protective encryption on Yahoo's Web mail accounts. Like many, the employee had been caught up in the news of how Iranians were using the Internet to document and protest the presidential elections in that country, and...

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In Southern Weekly versus censors, cautious optimism

January 9, 2013 5:47 PM ET

There is cautious optimism among China media watchers this morning over the news that a deal has been struck between censors and protesting journalists at China's Southern Weekly news magazine, which is also known as Southern Weekend. The journalists will not face reprisals for their protest, and propaganda authorities...

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Kuwaiti blogger sentenced for insulting ruler on Twitter

January 9, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--A Kuwaiti court sentenced an online journalist to prison on Monday for insulting the ruling family on social media, according to news reports. Ayyad al-Harbi was ordered to begin serving the two-year jail sentence immediately, news reports said....

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Tanzanian journalist found murdered in forest

January 9, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 9, 2013--A journalist was found murdered in northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, according to local journalists and local reports....

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DRC soldiers attack Radio Tujenge Kabambare

January 9, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should bring to account soldiers involved in a raid on a radio station in the eastern town of Kabambare, and the arbitrary detention and beating of two of the station's journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bahrain arrests photographer who documented dissent

January 9, 2013 4:52 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--Bahraini authorities should drop charges they have filed against a photojournalist in connection with his coverage of anti-government protests in April, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambia's NIA harasses, detains journalist without charge

January 9, 2013 3:45 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 9, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Abdoulie John, a journalist who has been detained without charge in Banjul since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. John has been harassed by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency since early December, news reports said. John, editor of...

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Ethiopian judge rejects Reeyot Alemu's final appeal

January 8, 2013 5:58 PM ET

In a ruling that lasted five minutes, a new judge appointed to the Ethiopian Court of Cassation in the capital, Addis Ababa, rejected on January 8, 2012, an appeal filed on behalf of award-winning journalist Reeyot Alemu, according to local journalists. ...

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Nepal PM criticizes arrests in Thapa murder

January 8, 2013 4:52 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2013--Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today publicly criticized the arrest of five of his party members who stand accused of the 2004 murder of radio journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests and calls on the prime...

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Burundian court reduces journalist's jail term

January 8, 2013 3:51 PM ET

Nairobi, January 8, 2013--An appeals court in Burundi today dropped terrorism charges against jailed journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and reduced his sentence from life to three years in prison, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Kazakh reporter says he staged his own abduction

January 8, 2013 1:50 PM ET

A journalist in Astana, the capital, said in a press conference on January 4, 2013, that he had staged his own disappearance in December to attract government attention to ongoing abuses in the country, according to news reports. Local journalists and press freedom organizations condemned the act, which they said...

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Amid rape furor, journalist still in jail for exposing assault

January 8, 2013 12:27 PM ET

Even though members of the Karnataka state government have provided broad assurances that they will drop charges against Naveen Soorinje, the young journalist remains imprisoned two months after he was arrested for exposing an assault on women by Hindu extremists. Welcome to Incredible India, where a journalist can be...

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In China, rebellion grows over Southern Weekly

January 8, 2013 12:17 PM ET

In the past few days, Chinese journalists and their supporters have launched startlingly direct opposition to Communist Party rule, protesting a heavy-handed move by Guangdong's provincial propaganda department to unilaterally replace a Southern Weekly editorial on constitutionalism with pro-Party bromides. Defying censors' directives, media organizations around the country continue...

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Malawian journalist assaulted during radio interview

January 7, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 7, 2013--Malawian authorities must immediately investigate the reported assault of a radio journalist who said he was punched by a business leader angered by an interview question....

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U.S. daily harassed after publishing map of gun owners

January 7, 2013 4:14 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns continued harassment and threats against staff of The Journal News after the New York state-based daily published an interactive map that identified local gun permit holders. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly and take all appropriate law...

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In Ghana, journalists attacked after presidential elections

January 7, 2013 2:48 PM ET

Several journalists reported being attacked in the aftermath of Ghana's contested presidential elections on December 7, 2012, according to CPJ interviews, news reports, and local press freedom organizations....

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Vietnamese blogger reports sexual assault by officials

January 7, 2013 10:57 AM ET

Vietnam's crackdown on independent bloggers hit a new low in recent days with reports of sexual violence perpetrated by state officials against a prominent online reporter.  ...

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Indian police to charge broadcaster for rape interview

January 4, 2013 5:35 PM ET

New York January 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in India to refrain from pressing charges against a media group that televised an interview with the companion of the Delhi rape victim who died last week. The December 16 case has garnered global attention....

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In South Sudan, two journalists detained in Wau

January 4, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Nairobi, January 4, 2013--Authorities in South Sudan have been holding two state broadcast journalists without charge since Tuesday, according to local journalists and media reports. The journalists were picked up in a sweep of arrests following protests and ethnic clashes last month in the northwestern town of Wau in Western...

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Southern Weekly journalists air anger with Chinese censors

January 4, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Staffers at the Guangdong-based Southern Weekly magazine have publicly expressed their outrage at the heavy handed intervention of propaganda officials who unilaterally rewrote a New Year's editorial calling for improved constitutional rule in China. A piece extolling the virtues of the Communist Party ran in its place. Sixty staffers posted an...

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Senegalese journalist handed suspended prison sentence

January 3, 2013 6:34 PM ET

On December 18, 2012, a judge convicted editor El Malick Seck of weekly news magazine L'Exclusif of criminal defamation over a column critical of Sidy Lamine Niasse, the chief executive of private media group Walf, according to news reports....

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Crime reporter assaulted in Malaysia

January 3, 2013 6:07 PM ET

Malaysian crime reporter Ang Kean Siang, a journalist at the local Guang Ming Daily Chinese-language newspaper, was physically attacked on December 30, allegedly by members of a local civilian voluntary patrol unit, after taking pictures of a woman who appeared to have fallen to her death from an apartment building...

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Egypt steps up campaign against critical media

January 3, 2013 5:38 PM ET

New York January 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a series of investigations into independent Egyptian newspapers on accusations of insulting the president or reporting false news. Some newspapers and media professionals face formal charges in connection to their critical reporting, according to news reports....

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Pakistan's problematic record on Internet restrictions

January 3, 2013 11:20 AM ET

The fleeting nature of YouTube's availability in Pakistan this weekend--the site, which has been banned in the country since September, was unblocked for a whole three minutes--is only the latest emblem of Islamabad's erratic and confounding approach to Internet censorship. Those who have been hoping for less opaque tactics apparently...

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Nigerian journalists freed, but equipment still held

January 2, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) to return laptops and cell phones confiscated from two journalists who were illegally detained for more than a week without charge....

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Family of seized U.S. reporter seeks his release in Syria

January 2, 2013 2:36 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The family of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley today publicized the reporter's abduction in Syria on November 22. The family, which had previously asked that the kidnapping not be disclosed, launched a public campaign to seek his release. ...

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