March 2013

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In UAE and Qatar, key trials go unreported as media barred

March 29, 2013 3:48 PM ET

In the past month, officials in both the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have prevented journalists from reporting on important court proceedings. But it is not too late to allow the press to cover these crucial cases....

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Indian law enforcement unaccountable in journalist attacks

March 29, 2013 2:43 PM ET

Anyone who has been to India or is familiar with the country knows how chaotic it can be: from the congestion on the streets of Delhi to the messy way in which democracy functions. And for journalists, covering the chaos of India can be risky business. This week alone,...

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Cameroonian journalist jailed on defamation charge

March 28, 2013 5:02 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--An appellate court in Cameroon should overturn the defamation conviction and jail sentence handed to a newspaper editor on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Baluch journalist reported missing in Karachi

March 28, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should determine the whereabouts of a Baluch journalist living in Karachi who was last seen on March 24, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2013

March 28, 2013 2:25 PM ET

Remembering Tony Lewis CPJ mourns the death this month of Anthony Lewis, one of the organization's founding board members and a recipient of its 2009 Burton Benjamin Award for lifetime achievement. Lewis passed away on March 25. "Back in 1981, when CPJ was being formed and its board of...

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In Egypt, crackdown against media reaches new lows

March 27, 2013 5:31 PM ET

The government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continues to escalate its offensive against journalists. Details of the most recent case, in which an arrest warrant was issued for blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah for inciting "aggression" against members of the Muslim Brotherhood, show how low the government is willing to...

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Journalist detained briefly in the Maldives

March 27, 2013 1:13 PM ET

Sun Media reported that one of its journalists was briefly detained by police for photographing a government building in Malé, the capital, on March 26, 2013. The media group is based in the Maldives and covers local and world news for online, print, and radio....

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In Uzbekistan, speculation swirls as Karimov out of sight

March 26, 2013 6:12 PM ET

In the most tightly controlled countries, the media is told what they are allowed to report on and what topics are taboo. Anything related to the leader's health or his family is generally in the latter category. The resulting information vacuum can lead to rumors and uncertainty....

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In Central African Republic, rebel forces ransack outlets

March 26, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--At least two news outlets were raided in the Central African Republic on Sunday when rebel groups ousted the president from power, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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BBC halts service in Sri Lanka after broadcasts disrupted

March 26, 2013 5:13 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--The BBC announced today that it has suspended all radio broadcasts in Sri Lanka following what it called "continued interruption and interference" by a national broadcaster in the country....

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At OAS, a victory for human rights and free expression

March 26, 2013 5:08 PM ET

By reaffirming the autonomy and independence of the regional human rights system and rejecting attempts to neutralize the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its special rapporteur for freedom of expression, the Organization of American States (OAS) chose last week to discard proposals that would...

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Rwandan editor, jailed for opinion piece, fails in appeal

March 26, 2013 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2013--An appellate court judge in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of an editor who is serving a one-year prison sentence in connection with an opinion column, according to local journalists....

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Russia steps up crackdown on rights groups, Internet

March 26, 2013 3:40 PM ET

Recent statements by Vladimir Putin and Russian Member of Parliament (MP) Aleksey Mitrofanov, as well as raids on human rights organizations, signal that the threat hanging over civil society and freedom of expression in Russia has become reality. Since Putin returned to presidential office in May, the Kremlin has...

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CPJ condemns siege at Cairo's Media Production City

March 25, 2013 6:41 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the violent siege on Sunday of the Media Production City, a complex housing numerous private news outlets in Cairo, an episode that followed a series of inflammatory anti-press comments by President Mohamed Morsi and members of the...

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Tony Lewis gave CPJ authority, devotion over decades

March 25, 2013 5:52 PM ET

Back in 1981, when CPJ was being formed and its board of directors assembled, Tony Lewis, who died today at age 85, was one of the first people we approached. As the author of books such as Gideon's Trumpet, as a widely read columnist for The New York Times,...

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Zimbabwe frees prominent lawyer Mtetwa on bail

March 25, 2013 3:59 PM ET

Beatrice Mtetwa, a tenacious lawyer who has won accolades for stubbornly defending journalists and others persecuted by Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, regained her freedom today after a hellish week that began on March 17 when she was arrested and charged with the criminal offense of "defeating or obstructing...

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In India, media gag order on rape trial lifted

March 25, 2013 12:55 PM ET

In a welcome move, Indian media will finally be allowed to cover court proceedings in the rape case that shook India's conscience. On Friday, the Delhi High Court lifted a gag order on media covering the ongoing trial of those accused of the gang rape and murder of a...

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Visiting Somali journalist shot dead in Mogadishu

March 25, 2013 12:31 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Subsequent to the publication of this report, questions were raised about the veracity of the account given by the primary sources. CPJ has published two follow-up reports detailing those questions, which raise doubts as to whether a killing took place as described. CPJ continues to monitor the case.Nairobi,...

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Journalists threatened in sectarian violence in Burma

March 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET

Bangkok, March 25, 2013--Violent mobs have threatened journalists covering communal riots in central Burma and destroyed their reporting materials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to make the security of journalists working in the violence-hit area a top priority....

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Indian reporter who filmed attack on women free on bail

March 25, 2013 12:20 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of Naveen Soorinje, a television reporter jailed for more than four months after documenting a large-scale assault on a group of young women in Karnataka state. CPJ considers the pending criminal charges to be baseless and...

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Jubilation, then tragedy, for Mogadishu press this week

March 22, 2013 3:59 PM ET

"He's free! He's free!" a friend of mine from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, shouted down the phone line on Sunday. For a fleeting second I did not know whom he referred to, given the high number of journalists imprisoned in the Horn region of Africa--but then it dawned on me:...

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Zimbabwe must heed rule of law in Beatrice Mtetwa case

March 21, 2013 5:03 PM ET

Dear Minister: We are writing to express our concern about the arrest on Sunday of award-winning human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa and her subsequent detention by police in defiance of an order issued by a high court judge. We believe this invalidates the criminal proceedings instituted against her on Wednesday and constitutes an affront to the constitution and legal system of your country.

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In Togo, court rejects repressive press law amendments

March 21, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Togo's Constitutional Court to reject repressive amendments to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship....

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Press freedom groups denounce repression in Azerbaijan

March 21, 2013 2:33 PM ET

In a joint statement today, leading international press freedom and human rights groups, including CPJ, condemned the ongoing repression of journalists and rights activists in Azerbaijan and urged authorities to address the issue immediately....

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New challenges for local and foreign press in Kenya

March 21, 2013 10:47 AM ET

Kenya has passed peacefully through its election period, but questions still hang over the legitimacy of presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta's victory--as well as over the future of the country's media coverage. During polling, challenges arose for both local and international media, and they have not subsided. For the foreign...

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Violence in Guinea leads to attacks on journalists, outlets

March 20, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Several journalists and news outlets covering political unrest in the capital, Conakry, were attacked in late February and March 2013, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Portuguese media chilled by Angolan involvement

March 20, 2013 2:44 PM ET

Portuguese journalists are increasingly concerned by Angola's growing investment and influence in their country. Buoyed by petrodollars and diamonds, powerful Angolan interests have been indulging in a buying spree in their former colonial power. Angolan capital invested in Portugal increased 35 times in the past decade, according to news...

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Obama should press Israel to return Wattan TV property

March 19, 2013 6:01 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--During his trip to the region this week, U.S. President Barack Obama should call on Israeli authorities to return the equipment of an independent broadcaster that was seized more than a year ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mali charges editor jailed for publishing critical story

March 19, 2013 4:53 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 19, 2013--A journalist in Mali was charged on Monday with incitement to mutiny and publishing false information in connection with his publication of an article that was critical of a former coup leader, according to news reports.Boukary Daou, a top editor for the daily Le Républicain, has...

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Journalists attacked in Egypt over the weekend

March 19, 2013 4:16 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--At least 14 journalists were attacked by police and supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group outside the group's headquarters in Cairo on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Ukrainian journalists attacked in event in Kiev

March 19, 2013 12:01 PM ET

Ukrainian nationalist activists disrupted a book presentation in Kiev on March 14, 2013, and attacked journalists and other individuals present, according to news reports....

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Iraq war and news media: A look inside the death toll

March 18, 2013 4:24 PM ET

The U.S.-led war in Iraq claimed the lives of a record number of journalists and challenged some commonly held perceptions about the risks of covering conflict. Far more journalists, for example, were murdered in targeted killings in Iraq than died in combat-related circumstances. Here, on the 10th anniversary of...

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Pakistan arrests suspect linked to murder of Daniel Pearl

March 18, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--Pakistani authorities announced today that they have apprehended a militant who was allegedly involved in the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, according to news reports."As with every journalist murder, any and all perpetrators in the slaying of Daniel Pearl...

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Globovisión sale would finish critical Venezuelan TV

March 18, 2013 3:56 PM ET

If the proposed sale of Globovisión, the single remaining TV station critical of the Venezuelan government, is finalized next month, the broadcaster will almost certainly become less combative and could eventually turn into another government mouthpiece, according to news reports, local journalists, and analysts....

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Journalists given suspended prison terms in Azerbaijan

March 18, 2013 3:55 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--An appellate court in Azerbaijan should overturn the baseless convictions of two journalists charged with inciting mass disorder, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Togo, police attack journalists protesting media law

March 18, 2013 3:35 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 18, 2013--Togolese police on Thursday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse journalists protesting new censorship authority granted to the government media regulator, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Russian parliament member threatens journalist, editor

March 18, 2013 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--A member of Russia's parliament has used his public Twitter account to threaten two journalists with the independent daily Moskovsky Komsomolets, according to news reports....

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Puntland authorities ban three radio stations

March 18, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Nairobi, March 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a recent directive from authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region banning local broadcasters from airing content produced outside the region....

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CPJ urges OAS not to weaken human rights system

March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Dear OAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs: Ahead of the assembly of the Organization of American States on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to oppose any attempts to debilitate the regional human rights system. The failure of member states to preserve the autonomy and independence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its special rapporteur on freedom of expression would make citizens throughout the hemisphere more vulnerable to human rights violations and represent a blow to democracy in the Americas.

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Sánchez, Cuba's blogging pioneer, eyes a new trail to blaze

March 15, 2013 4:32 PM ET

Having broken through one long-standing barrier, Yoani Sánchez, the pioneering figure in Cuba's independent blogosphere, is looking to smash another. "It seemed like an impossible dream, but here I am," Sánchez told a gathering today at CPJ's New York offices. After being denied travel authorization at least 20 times...

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Under official pressure, Kazakh broadcaster closes

March 15, 2013 1:43 PM ET

A blocked website; reporting equipment confiscated; a newsroom sealed; and reporters denied information from state agencies: these things together spelled the end of Stan.kz, a local, independent Internet-based broadcaster which for two years had tirelessly reported on developments in Kazakhstan. "We are forced to shut down the Stan.kz newsroom,"...

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Pakistan's new effort to improve safety, combat impunity

March 15, 2013 10:34 AM ET

Representatives from 40 Pakistani and international press groups, development organizations, and media houses came together in Islamabad last week to discuss ways to better protect local journalists at risk of violence, and means to combat the virtually perfect record of impunity that assailants enjoy in this country. It's none...

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Mission Journal: Who is a journalist in Egypt?

March 14, 2013 6:15 PM ET

Egyptian journalists, besieged by punitive lawsuits and under threat, agree that under President Mohamed Morsi "there is no press freedom, only the courage of journalists," as editor Ibrahim Eissa put it. What they can't agree on is--in a climate of freewheeling, mutable media--who exactly is a journalist? ...

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In Mali, one journalist's detention ignites press revolution

March 14, 2013 5:04 PM ET

Mali's press has endured one attack too many. Since the coup d'état of March 22, 2012, CPJ has documented a staggering 62 anti-press violations across Mali. Journalists and media houses have become ready targets of attacks, threats, intimidation, assassination attempts, arbitrary arrests, detentions, and censorship by separatist and Islamist...

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Cambodia reduces jail term of journalist Sonando

March 14, 2013 4:31 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2013--Mam Sonando, a leading independent journalist in Cambodia, is scheduled to be released from prison later this week after an appeals court reduced his 2012 conviction on inciting rebellion to a lesser charge and cut his initial 20-year jail term....

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Amid protests, Egyptian journalists, newspaper attacked

March 14, 2013 3:30 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2013--Journalists have come under attack in three separate episodes amid protests in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, in at least two of which police were said to be assailants. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks and calls on authorities to hold all those...

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Pro-Kurdish reporter sentenced to jail in Turkey

March 13, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the jail sentence handed to a journalist in Turkey and calls on authorities to overturn the ruling on appeal....

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In Bangladesh, press attacked with explosives

March 13, 2013 3:31 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate attacks on a journalist's car and a local press club that occurred within a day of each other, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attacks took place amid massive politicized strikes and demonstrations that have swept the country....

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Journalist, family, attacked with acid in India

March 13, 2013 3:14 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--A journalist and his family were attacked with acid Tuesday in India's western state of Maharashtra, allegedly in connection with his reporting on illegal tobacco sales, according to local media....

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CPJ urges Azerbaijan to halt its crackdown on the press

March 12, 2013 5:39 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating climate of press freedom in Azerbaijan, which undermines your government's commitments to press freedom and human rights, mars the country's international image, and obstructs the transparency of the upcoming October presidential vote in which you reportedly plan to seek re-election. We call on you to start reversing this trend and allow the press to report freely without fear of imprisonment, attacks, or politicized lawsuits.

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Newspaper director gets jail for defamation in Ecuador

March 12, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentence issued Friday to Yaco Martínez, director of the daily La Nación in the province of Carchi. Martínez was convicted of defaming a former governor with an article published in his newspaper, according to news reports....

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Police beat journalists attending court case in Mogadishu

March 12, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, March 12, 2013--Somali police attacked and obstructed more than a half-dozen journalists who were seeking to cover a rape trial in Mogadishu on Saturday, as authorities continue to struggle in meeting law enforcement and free expression demands in sexual assault cases. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks...

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Working with phone companies on free expression

March 12, 2013 1:34 PM ET

For more than six years the Committee to Protect Journalists has been working with freedom of expression advocates, investors, and giant Internet companies to promote online freedoms. Absent from the discussions under the umbrella of the Global Network Initiative have been the telecommunications companies--vital gateways to the Internet for journalists...

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Azerbaijan must release independent editor on appeal

March 12, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's nine-year prison sentence handed to Avaz Zeynally, chief editor of the independent Azerbaijani daily Khural, and calls for justice in the case. ...

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In Turkey, journalist freed from prison pending trial

March 12, 2013 11:17 AM ET

A court in the city of Adana released Özlem Ağuş, reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), from prison on February 25, 2013, pending a trial, DIHA reported. The journalist was imprisoned on March 6, 2012, on charges that included membership in the banned Union of Communities in Kurdistan,...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 6:00 PM ET

The shifting dynamics of censorship and control As Xi Jinping takes office as president of China, the citizenry he governs is more sophisticated and interconnected than any before, largely because of the Internet. A complex digital censorship system--combined with a more traditional approach to media control, such as jailing journalists--keeps...

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Video: A Chinese journalist's inside view of censorship

March 11, 2013 5:59 PM ET

Journalist Liu Jianfeng worked in China’s state-controlled media for nearly two decades. Eventually, frustration with the system and pressure from his colleagues prompted him to quit. He continues to report on public issues such as land grabs, and hopes to find a new model for investigative journalism in China....

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:58 PM ET

Preface By David Schlesinger There is nothing like reading a report on China and the media to highlight the mass of contradictions that is the country today....

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:57 PM ET

1. Beyond censors' reach, free expression thrives, to a point By Sophie Beach On March 24, 2012, investigative journalist Yang Haipeng posted on his Sina Weibo microblog a story he had heard that alleged a link between Neil Heywood, an English businessman who had been found dead in a Chongqing...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:56 PM ET

2. Although not explicit, legal threats to journalists persist By Madeline Earp Even as China’s virtual landscape buzzes with criticism of social injustices, government policy, and propaganda directives, independent journalism and expression are still perceived by the Communist Party as explicit political threats. Authorities also exploit vague legal language to...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:55 PM ET

3. Made in China: Models for media and censorship By Danny O’Brien and Madeline Earp As the founding editor, in 2005, of the Liberian online investigative news site FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh has fought off lawsuits, imprisonment, and death threats. In the face of such pressures, he has still managed...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:54 PM ET

4. CPJ's Recommendations CPJ offers the following recommendations to Chinese authorities and the international community....

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Internet usage in China

March 11, 2013 5:53 PM ET

Over the past 10 years, China’s media environment has been transformed by the explosion of the Internet and, since 2010, the phenomenon of weibo, or microblogs, which now have more than 309 million users. Click through the slideshow to see how Internet use has evolved....

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Journalists Imprisoned in China

March 11, 2013 5:52 PM ET

China consistently imprisons dozens of journalists, usually under anti-state laws. The makeup of the prisoners has evolved with the rise of the Internet and as ethnic minorities are increasingly targeted amid unrest in prominently Tibetan and Uighur regions. Below, click on years and categories to see the journalists jailed...

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Bo Xilai Scandal: How news breaks in China

March 11, 2013 5:51 PM ET

Chinese censors worked overtime to squelch reports of the downfall of former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on murder charges. But savvy journalists and Internet users stayed with the story and soon it commanded international headlines. Click through the timeline to see how...

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In Mali, a journalist stabbed for his critical reporting

March 11, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 11, 2013--Authorities in Mali must investigate an attack on a critical radio journalist that came two weeks after he received threats warning him to resign from the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist reported free in Syria

March 11, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--A Ukrainian journalist reportedly held by rebel forces in Syria since October is free, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and news reports citing the journalist's relatives. Most news reports characterized Anhar Kochneva as having fled her captors, but few details were reported about the circumstances....

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Letter bomb sent to home of Colombian journalist

March 11, 2013 4:06 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to investigate an attack on a journalist who had denounced political corruption and the activities of leftist guerrilla groups in the region. Juan David Betancur received a letter bomb in the mail on Thursday that failed to...

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In tense climate, Kenyan press can draw on solidarity

March 11, 2013 3:57 PM ET

Amid a tense presidential election, Kenyans have avoided a repeat of the deadly violence that followed the vote in 2007, when half a million people were uprooted and more than 1,000 people were killed. Still, the situation today is fraught. Ethnic identity dominates the nation's political divisions--and those same...

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Gunmen attack freelance reporter in the Philippines

March 11, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines should bring to justice the perpetrators responsible for a March 6 attack on a freelance journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong journalists beaten in Beijing

March 11, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Hong Kong, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Friday's attack in Beijing on two Hong Kong journalists outside the home of Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo....

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Gunmen attack Libyan TV station, abduct journalists

March 8, 2013 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2013--Gunmen stormed the offices of a television station in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday amid a protest outside the station's studios, according to news reports. The gunmen abducted at least five journalists and media workers, the reports said, although all were released within...

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Journalist shot dead in Brazil, second in two weeks

March 8, 2013 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2013--Brazilian authorities must immediately investigate today's murder of a journalist and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Arrests in Torreón press crimes; will it make difference?

March 8, 2013 3:47 PM ET

Twenty-one people have been arrested for a wave of crimes that included 11 murders (six of which were committed against police officers), the abduction for hours of five employees of El Siglo de Torreón newspaper, the murder of a mayoral candidate, and attempted murder of a current mayor in a...

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Brazil officials back OAS human rights system

March 8, 2013 1:45 PM ET

"Leave me in peace. Wallow in your garbage," Brazilian Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa said in a rage when a reporter with one of the leading national newspapers, O Estado de Sao Paulo, tried to ask him a question Tuesday at a meeting of the National Council of Justice in...

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Jail for reporting on women in Mangalore, Mogadishu

March 8, 2013 1:31 PM ET

Today marks International Women's Day. Hashtags like #IWD and #InternationalWomensDay have been trending on Twitter. Among the twitterati who voiced their support for women's rights was Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He tweeted:  PM: Let me reiterate in this House the commitment of our govt. to ensuring the dignity, safety...

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Iran targets reformist press in the run-up to elections

March 7, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2013--Iranian authorities have banned three reformist news outlets and arrested four journalists in the past two days, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's continuing attempts to stifle the press in the run-up to the presidential elections in June and...

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Gunmen shoot at offices of two news outlets in Mexico

March 7, 2013 5:29 PM ET

Gunmen shot at the offices of the daily El Diario de Juárez and the television station Channel 44 in Ciudad Juárez early in the morning of March 6, 2013, according to news reports. The attacks resulted in slight material damage to the buildings, but no injuries....

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Journalist beaten by unknown assailants in Tanzania

March 7, 2013 5:01 PM ET

Nairobi, March 7, 2013--Authorities in Tanzania must immediately investigate a vicious attack on a veteran journalist in Dar es Salaam, the capital, on Tuesday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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For Iran and U.S., mutually restrictive visa policies

March 7, 2013 11:25 AM ET

Istanbul-based McClatchy correspondent Roy Gutman has been honored for his reporting from Srebrenica to Baghdad. But he can't get a visa for Iran. He blames the U.S. government, at least in part. ...

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Journalist detained by security agents in Mali

March 6, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--State security agents in Mali detained an editor today in connection with his newspaper's publication of an open letter criticizing a financial package awarded to a former coup leader, according to news reports and local journalists. Six agents of State Security, Mali's intelligence agency, arrested...

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Saudi Web manager released after a year in prison

March 6, 2013 4:55 PM ET

News accounts reported that Jalal Mohamed al-Jamal, manager of the local news website Al-Awamia, was freed from prison on March 5, 2013. It was unclear why the journalist, who was jailed without charge for more than a year, had been released....

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Burundi journalist Ruvakuki freed from jail

March 6, 2013 3:46 PM ET

Nairobi, March 6, 2013--Burundian authorities today released Hassan Ruvakuki, a reporter who has been imprisoned for 16 months on charges related to his interview with a rebel leader. The circumstances of the release were not immediately clear, and the Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to vacate Ruvakuki's...

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In Ukraine, editor brutally assaulted by unknown assailants

March 6, 2013 3:44 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--Ukrainian authorities must apprehend the assailants who brutally attacked an independent editor on Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan authorities must ensure safety of press

March 6, 2013 3:08 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on Carmen Andrea Rengifo, a correspondent for the Colombian TV station RCN, by crowds who had gathered in Caracas to mourn the death of President Hugo Chávez. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the assault immediately....

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Celebrated China journalist leaves newspaper

March 6, 2013 1:40 PM ET

Veteran investigative journalist Wang Keqin left his job at a prominent Chinese newspaper on February 25, 2013. An Agence France-Presse report citing two journalists who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal said that Wang was pressured into leaving by management at the Economic Observer....

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From Islamabad to Hyderabad, journalist safety at issue

March 5, 2013 5:20 PM ET

Owais Toheed, head of ARY News, cancelled his speaking slot for Wednesday at the conference I'm attending in Islamabad. Organized by UNESCO, the Open Society Foundations, Intermedia, and International Media Support, the meeting's title says it all: International Conference on Safety and Security of Journalists in Pakistan. The reason...

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Sri Lanka seeks to ID sources for Channel 4 film

March 5, 2013 5:09 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry says it wants to identify sources who provided information to the UK-based broadcaster Channel 4 for a new documentary alleging that government forces committed war crimes during the country's long civil conflict, The Divaina, a Sinhala-language daily, reported today. In response,...

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Newspaper editor attacked in Russia's Nenets region

March 5, 2013 5:00 PM ET

On February 11, three unidentified assailants attacked and beat Victor Nedosvetey, editor of the regional newspaper Nepravilnaya Gazeta, in the city of Naryan-Mar, capital of Russia's northwestern Nenets Autonomous District, his news outlet reported....

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Journalists relieved, wary amid Kenyan elections

March 5, 2013 4:46 PM ET

Journalists could be seen rushing from polling station to polling station Monday to see long queues of determined Kenyan voters in what was apparently a largely peaceful election, according to the Deputy Director of Kenya's statutory media council, Victor Bwire. But leading up to the vote, many journalists worked...

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In letter from Turkish jail, journalist describes ordeal

March 5, 2013 4:28 PM ET

In a letter she passed from Gebze women's prison outside Istanbul, Fusün Erdoğan, founder and director of the leftist broadcaster Özgür Radyo, details circumstances of her arrest, imprisonment, and politicized criminal charges. Erdoğan founded the broadcaster in 1995, and worked as its director until September 8, 2006--the day when plainclothes...

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CPJ condemns attack on pregnant Indonesian reporter

March 5, 2013 2:59 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Saturday against a pregnant journalist covering a land dispute in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia. CPJ calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation that leads to the apprehension of all those who participated in the brutal...

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News website editor shot to death in Mexico

March 5, 2013 12:37 PM ET

Mexico City, March 5, 2013--Mexican authorities must identify the motive in the weekend murder of a news website editor in Chihuahua state and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes release of journalist in Syria

March 5, 2013 12:04 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of freelance journalist Billy Six, held by Syrian authorities for two and a half months. Syrian authorities handed Six over to Russian diplomats today who helped him leave the country. "We are relieved that Billy Six has been...

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To bridge divide, Bahrain should expand media access

March 4, 2013 6:19 PM ET

The Bahraini press, like almost everything else in the island country, is sharply divided. If the government would take steps to strengthen press freedom instead of restricting access, then much of this divide could be bridged....

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Iran arrests another journalist in campaign against the press

March 4, 2013 5:32 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--Iranian authorities arrested another journalist this weekend as part of a broad crackdown aimed at intimidating the press before Iran's presidential election in June. Mohammad Javad Rouh, editor for the reformist monthly magazine Mehrnameh, was arrested in his home in Tehran on Sunday, according to news...

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German TV crew attacked while filming in China

March 4, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to bring criminal charges against assailants who attacked a German TV crew in the city of Sanhe, approximately 30 miles east of Beijing....

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Somali appellate court upholds journalist's conviction

March 4, 2013 3:40 PM ET

Nairobi, March 4, 2013--Sunday's decision by an appellate court in Mogadishu to uphold the conviction of a freelance Somali journalist in connection with his interview of a reported rape victim prolongs a miscarriage of justice and is a direct assault on press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Nigerian broadcast regulator closes down radio station

March 4, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Nigeria's media regulatory body to shut down a radio station in connection with a broadcast that questioned the local government's motives in an anti-polio vaccination program....

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Israel extends detention of Palestinian cartoonist again

March 1, 2013 4:41 PM ET

A military court in the city of Ashkelon extended the detention of Mohammad Saba'aneh, a Palestinian cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, on February 28, 2013, for a second time, according to news reports. His detention was extended for eight days, Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported citing the cartoonist's lawyer....

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Zimbabwe police raid station studios, detain journalist

March 1, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2013--Authorities in Zimbabwe have stepped up their crackdown on independent news coverage in the country by raiding the production studios of a radio station and confiscating radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Veteran Pakistani journalist gunned down in Baluchistan

March 1, 2013 2:36 PM ET

March 1, 2013, New York--Pakistani authorities should investigate today's murder of a journalist in the country's restive Baluchistan province, determine the motive, and apprehend the perpetrators immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Draft media law a step backward for Burma

March 1, 2013 1:04 PM ET

Bangkok, March 1, 2013--Draft legislation designed to govern the media in Burma threatens to reverse fragile press freedom gains recently achieved under President Thein Sein's democratic reform program, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Impact

March 1, 2013 12:15 PM ET

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, February 2013 CPJ launches 2013 edition of Attacks on the Press An unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned in the past year coupled with restrictive legislation and state censorship is jeopardizing independent reporting in many countries, according to...

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