May 2013

Peruvian journalist convicted in criminal defamation case

May 31, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Alcides Peñaranda Oropeza, editor of the Peruvian daily and magazine Integración, was sentenced on May 21 in the city of Huaraz to a two-year suspended prison sentence and 10,000 soles (US$$3,662) in damages on charges of criminally defaming Cesar Álvarez Aguilar, governor of the northern Ancash region, according to news reports....

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Journalist who reported on crime attacked in Peru

May 31, 2013 4:52 PM ET

Peruvian journalist Jorge Alberto Moncada Mino was attacked by unidentified assailants in the city of Chiclayo in the northern department of Lambayeque on May 24, according to news reports. Moncada, who reports for the daily El Ciclón de Chiclayo and Radio Caliente, was entering a store near his home to...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2013

May 31, 2013 3:52 PM ET

Gunman sentenced in murder of Philippine journalistCPJ has extensively covered the case of radio journalist Gerardo Ortega, who was killed in January 2011 in the Philippines, and has provided non-financial support for the Ortega family. Through our Global Campaign Against Impunity and the new digital component Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity, CPJ has...

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Journalists hurt as police disperse Istanbul protest

May 31, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Istanbul, May 31, 2013--At least two journalists were reported injured today as Turkish police trained water cannons and tear gas on peaceful protesters in the city's central Taksim Square, according to news accounts and CPJ interviews....

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With Panorama jail sentences, Italy's libel law under fire

May 31, 2013 12:33 PM ET

"Incredible," "staggering," "enormous," "out of time"--the expressions of outrage have been flying in Italy since a Milan magistrate sentenced to prison three journalists for the weekly magazine Panorama. On May 24, Andrea Marcenaro and Riccardo Arena were each condemned to a one-year jail term for a 2010 article discussing Palermo...

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Bheki Makhubu raises freedom flag in Swaziland

May 31, 2013 10:30 AM ET

After high school, Bhekitemba Makhubu's father wanted him to study for a law degree. He refused, insisting on following in his father's footsteps as a journalist. Now, aged 43, he doesn't regret his choice, but besides his job as editor of the privately owned monthly magazine, The Nation, he...

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CPJ urges Qatar to reconsider cybercrime bill

May 30, 2013 6:14 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Hamad: We are writing to express our concern about the cybercrime bill approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, which would restrict online expression on news websites and social media. We ask you to postpone its submission to the Shura Council and consult with media, legal, and human rights representatives to ensure that its provisions do not infringe on freedom of expression.

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Ethiopia holds reporter covering evictions in dam region

May 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2012--Ethiopian authorities have detained since Friday a reporter who sought to interview people evicted from their homes in a region where the government is building a contentious hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, according to a news report and the reporter's editor. The Committee to Protect...

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Globovisión quickly eases combative stance after sale

May 30, 2013 4:07 PM ET

That didn't take long. Nine days after the pro-opposition TV station Globovisión was sold to businessmen rumored to have close ties to the Venezuelan government, the station's new leader was welcomed to Miraflores Palace for a cordial sit-down with President Nicolás Maduro....

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Justice consistently eludes slain Pakistani journalists

May 30, 2013 2:33 PM ET

May 30, 2013--On the second anniversary of the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to continue investigating and find his killers. An official commission of inquiry concluded in January 2012 that the perpetrators in Shazahd's case were unknown, and there has been...

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Gunmen in Kismayo attack Somali reporter

May 30, 2013 12:51 PM ET

Nairobi, May 30, 2013--Authorities in the Jubbaland region of Somalia must apprehend the gunmen who attacked freelance journalist Abdulkadir Abdirisak in the southern port town of Kismayo on Wednesday evening, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Vietnamese blogger detained on anti-state charges

May 30, 2013 10:35 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat on anti-state charges and calls for his immediate release....

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Monitor, Red Pepper closures spark protests in Uganda

May 29, 2013 4:36 PM ET

Nairobi, May 29, 2013--Ugandan police on Tuesday assaulted and detained several journalists who were among a crowd of demonstrators protesting the government's closure of four independent news outlets, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that the police actions only highlight the...

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Algeria blocks two newspapers from publishing

May 29, 2013 12:18 PM ET

Algeria's Ministry of Communications on May 18, 2013, ordered two newspapers, the daily Mon Journal and its Arabic counterpart Djaridati, to remove two pages from their next day's editions that focused on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health, according to news reports....

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Singapore imposes licensing fees on news websites

May 29, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2013--Singapore's plan to impose licensing fees on news websites will further stifle the press in the city-state's already claustrophobic media atmosphere, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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First step to justice in Fabio Polenghi's killing

May 29, 2013 10:59 AM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: A court in Thailand ruled today that Italian photojournalist Fabio Polenghi was shot and killed by a bullet fired by a soldier during a government crackdown on street protesters on May 19, 2010.  The inquest ruling established the circumstances surrounding his death but failed to apportion blame...

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Syrian correspondent killed by sniper fire

May 28, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--A Syrian correspondent working for the pro-government TV channel Al-Ikhbariya died Monday after her crew's vehicle came under sniper fire, according to official Syrian news sources....

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CPJ condemns ransacking of radio station in Bolivia

May 28, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 28, 2013--An attack on a community radio station in central Bolivia constitutes a politically motivated attempt to censor its news coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today as it called on authorities to investigate and apprehend the attackers....

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Pakistan must determine motive behind killing of reporter

May 28, 2013 12:19 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should identify the motive behind the fatal shooting of a local crime reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Press freedom: Challenge of changing words into deeds

May 28, 2013 11:53 AM ET

The Pan African Parliament's (PAP) launch of a media freedom campaign through a "Dialogue on Media Freedom in Africa" in mid-May marks an important and welcome starting point. For too long, media freedom has been divorced from the debate around development and democratization when it has an integral role...

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Anxiety for jailed Tibetan filmmaker as release nears

May 24, 2013 11:57 AM ET

In a better world, it is usually a time for joy when a prisoner nears his or her release date. Jailed Tibetan journalists and their families do not live in that world. They live in a crueler place, where freedom is a distant mirage that might never be reached,...

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In Colombia, 'bacrim' pose new press threat

May 24, 2013 11:57 AM ET

Next to the mayor's office in the northern Colombian town of Caucasia sits a monument to government dysfunction: a half-built public library with broken windows, a water-stained floor, and rusting reinforcement rods protruding from concrete pillars....

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Blogger sentenced to jail for insulting prophet

May 24, 2013 11:10 AM ET

Istanbul, May 24, 2013--Turkish authorities should reverse on appeal the jail term handed down this week to a Turkish Armenian author and blogger who was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Honduras should investigate attack on two journalists

May 23, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--Honduran authorities must conduct a full and thorough investigation into Monday's attack on two journalists in the northern town of La Ceiba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hrant Dink murder to be retried, but concerns remain

May 23, 2013 3:24 PM ET

A decision last week in the murder case of Hrant Dink will lead to a retrial, but Dink's supporters are still not satisfied. The ruling on May 15 by Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals in Ankara acknowledged that there was a criminal conspiracy to murder the ethnic Armenian journalist,...

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Medill digital security guide helps fill journalism void

May 23, 2013 1:59 PM ET

One day, every journalism school in the United States and beyond will offer a full three-credit, 15-week course in digital safety, along with more advanced classes. But that day has not yet come. Only a year ago, Alysia Santo reported in the Columbia Journalism Review that no American journalism...

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DRC journalist found dead after missing for 12 days

May 23, 2013 12:34 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, May 23, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should identify the motive behind the murder of a radio presenter who was found on Friday after being missing for 12 days, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi sheikh says he is not behind threats to journalist

May 23, 2013 12:32 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--A prominent Iraqi sheikh told CPJ Wednesday he has had nothing to do with threats against a journalist or the recent abduction of the reporter's brother....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Pakistan's Endangered Press And the Perilous Web of Militancy, Security, and Politics More than 20 journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work in Pakistan over the past decade. Not one case has been solved, not a single conviction won. This perfect record of impunity has fostered an...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Introduction By Bob Dietz At least 42 journalists have been killed—23 of them murdered—in direct relation to their work in Pakistan in the past decade, CPJ research shows. Not one murder since 2003 has been solved, not a single conviction won. Despite repeated demands from Pakistani and international journalist...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

1. The Murder of Wali Khan Babar On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the airwaves: Popular and handsome, he was a Pashtun from Zhob...

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: Verbatim: Threats, Promises, and Fears “No half-hearted police measures or words of consolation from the highest offices in the land will suffice in the aftermath of the brutal treatment meted out to journalist Umar Cheema of The News.” —Editorial in the newspaper Dawn condemning the September 2010 abduction and beating of...

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

2. A Death in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa On the evening of January 17, 2012, a year and four days after Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was gunned down on a busy street in Karachi, Mukarram Khan Aatif, a senior journalist in the tribal region of Pakistan, was offering evening...

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: For VOA Reporters, a Difficult Balance The Taliban’s claim that they murdered Voice of America reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif because he failed to present their perspective in his stories was deeply troubling—if not terrifying—to the local reporters of the U.S. government-funded news agency....

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

3. Intimidation, Manipulation, and Retribution A couple of years ago, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Umar Cheema, and other prominent figures in the news media began going public with the threats they were receiving from intelligence agencies. It was a risky calculation, but the silence, they reasoned, encouraged intimidation and...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: ‘In case something happens to me’ Seven months before his murder, Asia Times Online reporter Saleem Shahzad was summoned to a meeting with Rear Adm. Adnan Nazir, director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s media wing. During the October 17, 2010, meeting, Shahzad said, he was pressured to retract a...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Conclusion The murder of Saleem Shahzad in May 2011 galvanized journalists across Pakistan in a way that few other events have. For a short time their power as a “union” was felt. They secured a commission of inquiry. They named ISI officers who had threatened Shahzad and many other...

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Pakistani authorities, the Pakistani news media, and the international community....

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May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Appendix Journalists Killed 2003-2012: Motive Confirmed CPJ research has determined that 42 journalists were killed in Pakistan in direct relation to their work from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2012. An additional 12 journalists were killed in unclear circumstances during the time period. Capsule reports on each death...

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Video: Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:00 AM ET

The unsolved murders of three Pakistani journalists reflect a government that is not guaranteeing the rule of law or fundamental human rights. CPJ's Bob Dietz narrates. Animation by Dave Mayers and production by Dana Chivvis Read our accompanying special report, "Roots of Impunity," which examines the culture of anti-press...

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Facebook joins Global Network Initiative

May 22, 2013 12:00 PM ET

With more than a billion users, Facebook is not only the biggest global social network but also an increasingly important forum for journalists. In some repressive countries it has even served as a publishing platform for journalists whose newspapers or news websites have been closed down. That is why...

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Q&A with an editor of South Sudan's Juba Monitor

May 22, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Police arbitrarily arrested Michael Koma, the managing editor of South Sudan's daily Juba Monitor, on May 2 and detained him for four days following the publication of an article critical of the deputy security minister. A veteran journalist, Koma has experienced firsthand the poor state of press freedom within Africa's...

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Press must be able to work freely in South Sudan

May 22, 2013 11:15 AM ET

Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating state of press freedom in your country. In the past six months, CPJ has documented several cases of attacks, intimidation, and detention of journalists by security agents in South Sudan and we are concerned that this harassment has led to self-censorship and even exile among the local press corps. We urge you to use the power of your office to ensure that journalists are allowed to work freely without harassment and censure from state security officials.

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At least three journalists abducted in Yemen

May 22, 2013 11:10 AM ET

New York, May 22, 2013--At least three journalists have been held hostage by armed tribesmen for a week in Yemen, according to news reports....

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Premature praise for Burma's press reforms

May 22, 2013 10:40 AM ET

Burmese President Thein Sein made a historic visit to the White House on May 19, the latest in a series of high-level symbolic exchanges between the two nations. While Thein Sein has been regularly commended by U.S. officials for his broad democratic reform program, President Barack Obama's praise this...

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In Iran, news coverage stifled amid election controversy

May 21, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Internet access has slowed, critical websites have been blocked, and several journalists have been summoned back to prison in Iran as the country's Guardian Council made a key decision today barring two leading candidates from the presidential election. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the broad...

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Two journalists shot at New Orleans parade

May 21, 2013 4:43 PM ET

Two journalists were shot and wounded during a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans on May 12, 2013, that left 19 people injured, according to news reports....

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European Parliament reaffirms principles, but action lacks

May 21, 2013 2:31 PM ET

The European Parliament, meeting in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, adopted today a resolution stating that "changes in EU member state's media laws that make it easier for governments to interfere in the media should be monitored every year at EU level."...

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CPJ alarmed by U.S. Justice scrutiny of Fox News reporter

May 21, 2013 1:10 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter, which come a week after revelations that the government seized phone records of The Associated Press....

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Police raid news outlets in media crackdown in Uganda

May 21, 2013 11:07 AM ET

Nairobi, May 21, 2013--Ugandan police surrounded the Kampala offices of two private newspapers for seven hours on Monday, barring access to the premises, disabling printing presses, and effectively halting publication indefinitely, according to news reports. The police said they had search warrants to find documents related to a letter...

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CPJ board protests secret seizure of AP phone records

May 21, 2013 10:13 AM ET

Dear Attorney General Holder and Deputy Attorney General Cole: CPJ's board of directors rarely has seen the need to raise its collective voice against U.S. government actions that threaten newsgathering. Today, however, we write to vigorously protest the secret seizing of phone records of The Associated Press. The overly broad scope of the subpoena and the lack of notification to the AP represent a damaging setback for press freedom in the United States and set a terrible example for the rest of the world.

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Iraqi journalist threatened for reporting on corruption

May 21, 2013 9:35 AM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Iraqi authorities must launch an investigation into a May 14 episode in which a group of armed men raided the home of a journalist and briefly abducted his brother. The journalist, Azhar Shallal, had recently written about alleged corruption....

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Journalists attacked at Kiev rally; police fail to intervene

May 20, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2013--Several assailants beat two reporters covering an opposition protest outside Ukrainian Interior Ministry headquarters in Kiev on Saturday in view of police officers who failed to intervene, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the beating and the inaction...

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Three newspaper employees stabbed to death in India

May 20, 2013 1:55 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2013--Two unidentified assailants on Sunday stabbed to death three employees of a Bengali-language Indian daily in Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, according to news reports....

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Goodale: Pentagon Papers have lessons for AP case

May 17, 2013 5:09 PM ET

Forty-two years ago next month, The New York Times published the first of the Pentagon Papers, a trove of classified documents on U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, sparking a landmark legal case on press freedom....

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News blackout deepens Turkey press freedom doubts

May 17, 2013 3:21 PM ET

When twin car bombs shook the district of Reyhanli in Turkey's southeastern province of Hatay near the Syrian border last Saturday, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens of others, a local court issued a gag order on all news coverage of the attack. The ban was unprecedented...

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In Pakistan, cases filed against Baluch outlets, journalists

May 17, 2013 3:06 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2013--Pakistani authorities should dismiss separate complaints filed against newspapers and journalists in Baluchistan for publishing statements made by banned militant groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bahrain's "Blogfather" emerges from hiding

May 16, 2013 5:33 PM ET

For two years, Bahrainis have been asking "Where is Ali Abdel Imam?" And now finally, they have an answer. The prominent opposition blogger suddenly emerged from hiding last week, announcing he had been granted asylum in the United Kingdom, news sources reported.  He had not been heard from since...

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At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press

May 16, 2013 5:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Ethiopia, where you will attend this year's African Union Summit. A vibrant press and civil society is fundamental to hold governments accountable and to ensure long-term development and stability. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, we ask that you include the issue of press freedom in your discussion of the challenges that Africa will face in the next half-century.

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Turkey's press freedom must be on Obama-Erdoğan agenda

May 16, 2013 2:24 PM ET

When President Obama meets with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyp Erdoğan today, he needs to deliver the message that Turkey's failure to improve its record on press freedom is eroding the country's strategic relationship with the United States and sabotaging its regional leadership ambitions, CPJ's executive director, Joel Simon, and...

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Transparency, accountability at stake in Manning trial

May 16, 2013 11:58 AM ET

On June 3, when the long-anticipated court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning begins in Fort Meade, Md., journalists will crowd the courtroom. But at some point the press and the public likely will be ordered out while confidential testimony--including from State Department officials and active military personnel-- is heard. If...

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In Nepal, press faces litigation for critical coverage of courts

May 16, 2013 11:58 AM ET

New York, May 16, 2013--Judicial authorities in Nepal should stop targeting outlets of the Kathmandu-based Kantipur Publications and dismiss a case filed against the organization and one of its journalists that accuses them of contempt of court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopian editor questioned over story on Meles' widow

May 15, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2013--Ethiopian police in Addis Ababa questioned an editor for several hours today in connection with a story published in October about the widow of the late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, according to news reports....

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Authorities discover plot to kill Colombian journalist

May 15, 2013 3:48 PM ET

Bogotá, May 15, 2013--Colombian authorities must bring to justice all those responsible for an alleged plot to assassinate a journalist and two political analysts who had been investigating links between local politicians and organized crime, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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News of convictions in journalist murders sadly infrequent

May 15, 2013 12:55 PM ET

We received an unusual email last week. Michaella Ortega wrote to tell us that Marlon Recamata, who confessed to shooting her father, Philippine journalist Gerardo Ortega, in 2011, had been convicted and sentenced to life for the crime....

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Kenyan press face hostile work environment, study finds

May 15, 2013 10:17 AM ET

The working environment for journalists and media workers in Kenya is increasingly hostile, with at least 91 percent of journalists at local media outlets having faced security threats in the course of their work, a new study has revealed. The harassment of and attacks against journalists, with nearly 40 percent...

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In Uganda, media muzzled over alleged Muhoozi project

May 15, 2013 10:07 AM ET

While Uganda's politicians and social media are abuzz over a sensational letter reportedly written by a top security official about a high-level assassination plot, police have dutifully harassed the mainstream press in a bid to suppress the chatter....

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Liberian press boycotts Sirleaf over aide's comments

May 14, 2013 5:14 PM ET

Most governments, even repressive ones, at least give lip service to supporting freedom of the press--especially on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. But in Liberia this month, Othello Daniel Warrick, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's chief security aide, shocked local journalists by threatening them and calling them "terrorists" at...

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Azerbaijan extends criminal defamation to Internet speech

May 14, 2013 3:50 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2013--Azerbaijani parliament's approval to extend criminal defamation laws to include Internet speech is a serious setback for press freedom in a country that severely curtails free expression already, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ calls on President Ilham Aliyev to veto the bill....

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CPJ alarmed by US seizure of AP phone records

May 14, 2013 3:36 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that the United States Justice Department seized two months of telephone records of journalists with The Associated Press....

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Video: CPJ panel on Iran, with Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari

May 14, 2013 10:57 AM ET

Check out the full video of "Censorship and Power in Iran," a panel discussion on imprisoned journalists in Iran that was held on May 8 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The panel, featuring Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari and CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon and moderated by...

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In China, reporter's death sparks questions on censorship

May 13, 2013 5:23 PM ET

Twenty-four-year-old Bai Lu was just four days into her new job as a journalist at the Urumqi Evening Post when she was killed. She and her colleague, Chen Aiying, were struck by a bulldozer while reporting at a major construction project on April 18 in the city of Urumqi in...

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German freelance journalist reportedly in Syrian custody

May 13, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--Syrian authorities must immediately release and ensure the well-being of a German freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than a week, according to the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel....

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Cameroon shuts down station over secessionist interview

May 13, 2013 4:13 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of an independent radio station on April 22 in retaliation for its broadcast of an interview that authorities said incited secessionism....

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Small attack on Thai newspaper has large implications

May 13, 2013 1:22 PM ET

To head off rising tensions between supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and cartoonist Somchai Katanyutanan, who faces possible criminal defamation charges for critical comments he posted on his personal Facebook page, Thailand's government has to make sure police fully investigate this weekend's attack on Thai Rath, the country's...

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In Egypt, journalists face prosecution, attacks, detention

May 13, 2013 12:33 PM ET

The editor-in-chief of the daily Al-Watan, Magdy el-Galad, and a reporter for the paper, Ahmed el-Khatib, were referred to a criminal court on May 8, 2013, for publishing a "false report that could disturb public peace," according to news reports....

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CPJ urges President Zuma to block secrecy bill

May 12, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Dear President Zuma: We are writing to express our concern about South Africa's Protection of State Information Bill and join with civil society organizations in your country in urging you to send the bill back to the National Assembly for further revision when it comes to you for confirmation.

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CPJ condemns Pakistan's expulsion of Times reporter

May 10, 2013 5:18 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistan's interim government to reverse its decision to expel New York Times bureau chief Declan Walsh from the country. The order comes on the eve of national elections that will bring about the first successful change...

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What's risky? In Mexico's twin cities, journalists don't know

May 9, 2013 3:26 PM ET

The Durango state governor was on his way to meet with reporters. Before he arrived, the reporters huddled to decide the question of the moment. It seemed obvious: Why had a former mayor been arrested the day before in what clearly seemed to be a political move? "That was...

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Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, and #FreeIranPress

May 9, 2013 3:08 PM ET

CPJ joined with the PEN American Center and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on Wednesday night to host a film screening and panel discussion on the deterioration of press freedom in Iran. Moderated by political satirist Jon Stewart, the panel featured Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari and CPJ...

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Malian army expels French journalist from Gao

May 9, 2013 10:58 AM ET

A French freelance reporter has said she was expelled from the city of Gao after reporting on allegations of human rights abuses in a nearby town, according to news reports....

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Russia charges suspect in Igor Domnikov murder

May 8, 2013 5:11 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--Today's arrest in Moscow of a local businessman suspected of organizing a brutal attack that led to the death in 2000 of investigative reporter Igor Domnikov is a long-overdue step toward justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Russian authorities must now ensure that all...

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As election nears, Iran's journalists are in chains

May 8, 2013 4:55 PM ET

Iran continues to jail dozens of journalists, stifling critical news coverage and commentary. Crucial links to the international community have been cut off as the June presidential vote approaches. A CPJ special report by Sherif Mansour ...

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Video: Iran's journalists in chains

May 8, 2013 4:51 PM ET

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died from abuse suffered in Evin Prison. In this video, produced by IranWire in cooperation with CPJ, Beheshti's mother describes the anguish she has endured and asks for support for all the other journalists and political prisoners being held in Iran. In all, 40 journalists...

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Gunman sentenced, masterminds free in Ortega slaying

May 8, 2013 4:49 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--A man who said he was paid the equivalent of US$250 to kill Philippine radio journalist Gerardo Ortega, left, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder, according to news reports and the victim's family. The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined with Ortega...

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Land restitution coverage leads to threats in Colombia

May 8, 2013 2:46 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 8, 2013--A shadowy group that claims to oppose land restitution efforts in Colombia has told eight journalists who cover the issue to leave the northern city of Valledupar or be killed, according to CPJ interviews and news reports....

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Journalists caught in political turmoil in Bangladesh

May 8, 2013 2:33 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--The safety of journalists covering political turmoil in Bangladesh must be respected by all parties, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after at least 11 journalists were reported injured while covering demonstrations by Islamists earlier this week in Dhaka....

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Zimbabwe journalists charged after military-MDC story

May 8, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, May 8, 2013--Police in Harare have filed criminal charges against two Zimbabwean journalists on accusations they published "false statements prejudicial to the state" in a story about behind-the-scenes discussions between military leaders and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. ...

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Slideshow: Iran's journalists in chains

May 8, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Editorial cartoons play a principal role in every newspaper and magazine in Iran, providing news, analysis, and satire in visual form. Since the presidential elections in 2009, when Iranian authorities launched an intense crackdown against journalists, civil society activists, and lawyers, many political cartoonists began to leave Iran. Those...

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More attacks, legal threats against Yemeni journalists

May 7, 2013 5:42 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2013 - Yemeni journalists are facing continued physical and legal jeopardy, with one journalist receiving death threats and two others facing politicized defamation charges....

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CPJ, others urge John Kerry to raise rights in Russia

May 6, 2013 6:03 PM ET

In advance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Moscow this week, Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Committee to Protect Journalists sent him a letter to call attention to the ongoing crackdown in Russia on non-governmental organizations--including those that support press freedom and freedom...

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Nigeria's impunity ranking: The facts don't lie

May 3, 2013 5:35 PM ET

Nigeria's press freedom record is on the decline. For the first time since 2008, when CPJ began publishing its annual Impunity Index, Nigeria has made the list of the "worst nations in the world for deadly, unpunished violence against the press."...

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Burundi reporter shot by police for seeking information

May 3, 2013 5:21 PM ET

Burundi's government took unusually swift action last week in response to the police shooting of a radio reporter, after the journalist sought information at a roadblock in the capital Bujumbura where market vendors were allegedly being "taxed" for passage. Perhaps the shooting could have been averted if authorities had...

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Malaysian sites report disruption of access near elections

May 3, 2013 12:54 PM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2013--Malaysian online news sites say access to their websites is being disrupted in the run-up to the general elections scheduled for Sunday....

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Three journalists briefly abducted in Libya

May 3, 2013 11:09 AM ET

Three television journalists were briefly abducted in Libya in April 2013, according to news reports....

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In Brazil, awakening 'Rodrigo Neto in each of us'

May 2, 2013 4:00 PM ET

One month after their colleague Rodrigo Neto was gunned down on the street after eating at a popular outdoor barbecue restaurant, the journalists of Vale do Aço, Brazil, were indignant. Denouncing a sluggish investigation and the possibility of police involvement in the murder, they strapped black bands to their...

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In Index, a pattern of death, a roadmap for solutions

May 2, 2013 3:50 PM ET

Gerardo Ortega's news and talk show on DWAR in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, went off as usual on the morning of January 24, 2011. Ortega, like many radio journalists in the Philippines, was outspoken about government corruption, particularly as it concerned local mining issues. His show over, Ortega left the...

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Guatemalan outlet harassed after critical reporting

May 2, 2013 3:48 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Guatemalan news outlet elPeriódico has been targeted in a series of cyberattacks as it published stories alleging corruption in President Otto Pérez Molina's administration. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate immediately and put an end to the harassment....

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Semana editor Calderón escapes shooting unharmed

May 2, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to fully investigate an attack against editor Ricardo Calderón, whose car was shot at by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday night in the town of Girardot. Calderón was unharmed....

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CPJ calls on African Union to uphold press freedom

May 2, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Dear Chairperson Zuma: We ask that you mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2013, by calling for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appealing for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty.

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Business as usual under new Chinese leadership

May 2, 2013 1:20 PM ET

Almost two months have passed since President Xi Jinping took office. Despite expectations for greater transparency, Beijing continues to try to suppress information on a broad range of issues from human rights to public health....

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In Eskinder case, politicized verdict undermines Ethiopia

May 2, 2013 11:31 AM ET

New York, May 2, 2013---In response to today's ruling by Ethiopia's Supreme Court to uphold an 18-year prison sentence imposed on award-winning journalist Eskinder Nega and reject his appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:  "This ruling trivializes the serious crime of terrorism, upholds a politically motivated...

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Getting Away With Murder

May 2, 2013 12:01 AM ET

CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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Responding to Hacked Off

May 1, 2013 12:19 PM ET

Some years back during a visit to the Gambia--the West African nation ruled by a thin-skinned and mercurial president, Yahya Jammeh--I holed up in the sweltering Interior Ministry and pressed officials to release imprisoned journalists and ease up on the country's brutal media crackdown. The officials resisted, arguing that the...

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