August 2013

alert.egypt.8.30.ap.jpg

Egypt bans Al-Jazeera, detains journalists, raids outlets

August 30, 2013 3:38 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2013--Egyptian security forces continue to detain and harass journalists working for news outlets critical of the military-led government, particularly Al-Jazeera and its affiliates. Journalists also still face physical threats from protesters, as tensions persist between the government and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi....

Read More ›

A fine and shifting line for Pakistan's media

August 30, 2013 3:33 PM ET

The government of Balochistan, the troubled southwestern province of Pakistan, registered a case against national television news channel ARY on Monday, August 26, after it aired a video clip of the destruction of the residence of Pakistan's founder, Muhammed Ali Jinnah. The case was filed under Pakistan's Anti-Terrorist Act...

Read More ›

Radio commentator shot dead in Philippines

August 30, 2013 12:26 PM ET

Bangkok, August 30, 2013--A radio commentator was shot dead in Iligan City on Thursday, the fourth journalist to be murdered in the Philippines in the past month. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate the murder of Fernando "Nanding" Solijon and swiftly bring the perpetrators of the...

Read More ›

Chinese journalist who raised corruption charges jailed

August 29, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 29, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a journalist who has been jailed since Friday, after he accused an official of wrongdoing with posts on his personal microblog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Tunisian journalist jailed for filming attack on official

August 29, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2013--Tunisian authorities should release a journalist and drop charges against him for allegedly conspiring to commit violence against a government official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mourad Meherzi, a photographer for the local online TV channel Astrolabe, could face up to five years in...

Read More ›

mickdeane.ap.jpg

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, August 2013

August 29, 2013 12:17 PM ET

A sad landmark for CPJ: 1,000 journalists killed When Mick Deane was killed in Egypt on August 14, he became the 1,000th journalist documented by CPJ as having died in direct relation to his work. Some died in the crossfire of combat or civil unrest, but most were targeted...

Read More ›

News outlets, Twitter targeted in alleged cyberattacks

August 28, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by cyber-attacks on several websites on Tuesday, including The New York Times, whose site was disabled for several hours. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, took credit for the...

Read More ›

India should investigate journalist murder in Uttar Pradesh

August 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--Indian authorities must investigate the motives behind the murder of a local journalist in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

CPJ holds Liberia responsible for Rodney Sieh's well-being

August 28, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's hospitalization of leading Liberian independent journalist Rodney Sieh, who has been on hunger strike since his imprisonment on August 21....

Read More ›

austinticeparents.afp.jpg

Escapees give hope in cases of journalists missing in Syria

August 28, 2013 1:05 PM ET

It has now been an entire year since Al-Hurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, and freelancer Austin Tice, of the United States, went missing in Syria. But the recent liberation of two freelance journalists held for months gives us some reason to hope....

Read More ›

Blog.Somalia8.28.hubaal.jpg

Q&A: Hubaal's editor talks about press in Somaliland

August 28, 2013 11:26 AM ET

Hubaal, Somaliland's critical and much-beleaguered daily newspaper, is back on newsstands after a presidential pardon last week. The paper was shuttered on orders of the attorney general in June without explanation. In April, two gunmen, subsequently identified by authorities as police officers, raided the office of Hubaal and attacked...

Read More ›

Critical Sri Lankan newspaper editor held at knifepoint

August 26, 2013 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2013--Five unidentified men entered the Colombo home of a Sunday Leader associate editor and writer early Saturday morning, held her at knifepoint, and searched her home, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a thorough and efficient...

Read More ›

Monitoring violence against journalists in Afghanistan

August 23, 2013 4:09 PM ET

The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee, which works closely with CPJ, has just published a report on media conditions and attacks on journalists for the first six months of 2013....

Read More ›

frontpageafricacropped.jpg

Liberian news outlet shut down, publisher jailed

August 23, 2013 3:39 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, August 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemns moves by Liberian authorities to shut down FrontPageAfrica and jail its publisher for not paying US$1.5 million in damages related to a libel conviction....

Read More ›

CPJ, HRW write to future IOC president, receive response

August 23, 2013 2:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch have jointly called on the six presidential candidates of the International Olympics Committee to ensure that future host countries of the Olympic Games fully comply with human rights principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter, including press freedom and non-discrimination....

Read More ›

UN rights chief should push Sri Lanka on press freedom

August 23, 2013 1:59 PM ET

When the human rights watchdog for the United Nations visits Sri Lanka this weekend she should forcefully address the government's problematic record on press freedom....

Read More ›

zambiapresident.afp.jpg

Zambia silences critics with lawsuits, Web blocking

August 23, 2013 1:35 PM ET

The charges leveled against a Zambian journalist suspected by authorities of being linked to the blocked news website Zambian Watchdog make for interesting reading....

Read More ›

indiagangrape.ap.jpg

Indian journalist raped while on assignment

August 23, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2013--Indian authorities must conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into the rape of a photographer in Mumbai on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Missing Baluch journalist found dead in Karachi

August 22, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2013-- Authorities in Pakistan should immediately investigate the murder of a Baluch journalist whose body was found in Karachi on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch had been missing since March, according to news reports....

Read More ›

skeyescropped.jpg

Animated journalist survival guide looks ahead

August 22, 2013 12:01 PM ET

A new English/Arabic online tool is available for citizen journalists who have no previous journalism experience or training but are reporting dangerous frontline stories. It uses animation--a novelty for such guides--and its arrival is timely....

Read More ›

Manning sentence could chill reporting

August 21, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, August 21, 2013--The 35-year prison sentence handed down today to Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on charges of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks could chill the work of journalists covering national security issues....

Read More ›

Cameron should probe Miranda detention, return data

August 20, 2013 6:38 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister David Cameron: The U.K.'s use of anti-terror laws to seize journalistic material from David Miranda, partner and assistant to Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, is deeply troubling and not in keeping with the U.K's historic commitment to press freedom. We call on you to launch a thorough and transparent investigation and to ensure that his confiscated equipment and data are returned at once.

Read More ›

One journalist murdered, another attacked, in Guatemala

August 20, 2013 5:10 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Authorities in Guatemala should conduct a full investigation into the murder of a TV and radio journalist who was found on Monday after being reported missing for several hours, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez was killed seven days after another...

Read More ›

egyptcairocheckpoint.afp.jpg

Journalist killed, Turkish outlet raided in Egypt

August 20, 2013 4:04 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Egyptian security forces killed a journalist and wounded another at a military checkpoint late Monday. Authorities also raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief, the reports said....

Read More ›

Magazine editor Narendra Dabholkar shot dead in India

August 20, 2013 1:59 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate today's murder of an editor of a magazine and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

Read More ›

Only due process, transparency will end Somali impunity

August 19, 2013 7:13 PM ET

Last week, as Egypt plunged deeper into political violence, CPJ recorded a sad statistic: the death of the 1,000th journalist in the line of duty since we began keeping records in 1992. While that benchmark death came amid a military raid, seven out of 10 killed journalists were in fact...

Read More ›

ramsessquare.afp.jpg

Journalists detained, attacked amid unrest in Egypt

August 19, 2013 6:39 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2013--New York, August 19, 2013--Several journalists working for international media said they were assaulted or briefly detained over the weekend. The attacks and harassment came as Egyptian authorities publicly accused international journalists of distorting coverage of recent events....

Read More ›

Eng. Ahmed Sharif (Radio Hiraan)cropped.jpg

Veteran Somalia radio technician shot dead in Mogadishu

August 19, 2013 3:33 PM ET

Nairobi, August 19, 2013--Three assailants killed veteran radio technician Ahmed Sharif Hussein outside of his home in the Shibis neighborhood of Mogadishu on Saturday, according to news reports and local journalists....

Read More ›

egyptramsessquare.afp.jpg

Al-Jazeera raided, journalists assaulted in Egypt

August 16, 2013 3:38 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2013--Security forces raided and shut down the Cairo offices of Al-Jazeera Arabic following violent clashes that have swept the country, according to news reports. Multiple local and international journalists have also reported being attacked by security forces and protesters....

Read More ›

expressmediaattack.youtube.jpg

Gunmen open fire on office of media group in Pakistan

August 16, 2013 12:33 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the offices of Karachi's Express Media Group early today, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

man.debris.rabaa.egypt.afp.jpg

In Egypt, two more journalists killed, several injured

August 15, 2013 5:54 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2013--At least two more journalists have been reported killed and several others injured in Wednesday's clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi....

Read More ›

Bomb explodes outside journalist's house in Montenegro

August 15, 2013 2:13 PM ET

An explosive device detonated outside the Berane home of Tufik Softic on the night of August 11, 2013, according to news reports....

Read More ›

1,000 deaths: Journalists who gave their lives

August 15, 2013 10:01 AM ET

When Mick Deane was killed in Egypt on Wednesday, he became the 1,000th journalist documented by CPJ as having died in direct relation to his work. The photos above, a sampling of those who have died over the past 21 years, serve as a powerful reminder of the cost...

Read More ›

egypt.clashes.rtrscropped.jpg

Journalists killed, attacked as clashes erupt in Egypt

August 14, 2013 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2013--At least two journalists on assignment were among the hundreds killed today in clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports. Multiple journalists have also reported being attacked, threatened, or detained....

Read More ›

CPJ mourns killed journalist in Egypt, demands justice

August 14, 2013 10:33 AM ET

New York, August 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, who was shot as Egyptian security forces attempted to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrations in Cairo today....

Read More ›

On the Divide

August 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt Hopes for press freedom were high after the 2011 revolution ousted Hosni Mubarak, led to an explosion of private media outlets, and set the country on a path to a landmark presidential election. But more than two years later, a deeply polarized Egyptian press...

Read More ›

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

1. Morsi’s Failures By Sherif Mansour In June 2012, three days before Mohamed Morsi was declared winner of the presidential election, Bassem Youssef, satirist and host of Egypt’s “Al-Bernameg,” defended the Muslim Brotherhood candidate during an appearance on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” He asked the U.S. audience to give...

Read More ›

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

The Killing of Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif By Sherif Mansour The fatal shooting of El-Fagr reporter Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif during clashes between anti-government protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside the presidential palace last December seemed, at first blush, to fit a sadly familiar pattern: a journalist killed covering a political demonstration,...

Read More ›

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:03 AM ET

2. Military Censorship By Sherif Mansour A swarm of police vehicles converged on Media Production City moments after Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi announced on July 3 that Mohamed Morsi had been ousted. The compound outside Cairo is home to nearly every TV station in Egypt, but the police were targeting five...

Read More ›

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:02 AM ET

NGO Case Criminalizes Human Rights Work By Jean-Paul Marthoz A criminal case that was launched under the previous transitional military government has cast a shadow over the current government, with its implications that international human rights and democracy workers are somehow foreign agents working against national security....

Read More ›

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:02 AM ET

3. CPJ's Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Egyptian authorities, political parties, and news media, and to the international community....

Read More ›

politkovskayachildren.rtrs.jpg

Politkovskaya murder trial off to poor start

August 13, 2013 4:08 PM ET

The retrial of several suspects in the October 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya has started on the wrong foot, according to the family and former colleagues of the late journalist....

Read More ›

egyptsitinprotest.afp.jpg

Journalists report being attacked, obstructed in Egypt

August 13, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2013--At least four journalists have been attacked, threatened, or obstructed while covering sit-ins held by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, according to news reports. The sit-ins began in the lead-up to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the reports said....

Read More ›

nacional.venezuela.afp.jpg

Two Venezuelan dailies sanctioned for graphic photo

August 12, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling by a Venezuelan judge against two dailies last week that bans the publication of violent photographs and imposes hefty fines, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Cable, TV outlets shut amid push for statehood in India

August 12, 2013 1:51 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2012--Authorities in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have shut down cable TV service, including news channels, in the city of Darjeeling and surrounding districts amid ongoing protests in the region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls...

Read More ›

Darsema Sori (left) and Khalid Mohammed  (Bilal Communication)cropped.jpg

Two Ethiopian journalists held for a week without charge

August 9, 2013 2:31 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest and week-long detention without charge of two journalists working for Radio Bilal, a station that has provided extensive coverage of ongoing anti-government protests staged by Ethiopian Muslims....

Read More ›

Gunman sentenced in murder of Brazilian journalist

August 9, 2013 2:22 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Tuesday's conviction for the 2010 murder of Brazilian radio journalist and blogger Francisco Gomes de Medeiros. João Francisco dos Santos was sentenced to 27 years in prison on charges of shooting and killing the journalist in the northeastern city of...

Read More ›

Two journalists released from prison in Rwanda

August 9, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Two Rwandan journalists were released from prison in June and July 2013 after completing their jail terms, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Hong Kong news outlets face litigation over sources

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 9, 2013--The government's anti-corruption agency has demanded two news outlets turn over notes and other material related to interviews they conducted with an oil executive who is under investigation. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Independent Commission Against Corruption to withdraw its requests....

Read More ›

Thai journalist harassed over Facebook postings

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Bangkok, August 9, 2013--A Thai journalist has been harassed and questioned today in connection with comments he posted to his personal Facebook page in early August that speculated about a possible military coup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thai authorities to drop the criminal...

Read More ›

Q&A: Nadia Sharmeen on journalists in Bangladesh

August 9, 2013 10:58 AM ET

Nadia Sharmeen was attacked when she tried to cover a protest in April. (Ekushey TV)It has been a turbulent year for journalists in Bangladesh. It began with blogger Asif Mohiuddin being stabbed in January as he left his office in Dhaka. The following month, blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed...

Read More ›

Despite official repression, Sri Lanka media report attack

August 8, 2013 4:33 PM ET

Details are emerging of Sri Lanka's effort to control media coverage of an ugly attack on demonstrators by security forces last week. In Rathupaswala village in the town of Weliweriya, outside Colombo, on August 1, soldiers beat and fired on people protesting what they feared was contamination of their drinking...

Read More ›

Palestinian journalist released after two years

August 8, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Israeli authorities released Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa, a correspondent for Shihab News Agency, on August 5, 2013, after holding him in administrative detention for nearly two years, according to news reports....

Read More ›

turkey.outsidecourthouse.ap.jpg

Journalists sentenced in alleged Ergenekon plot

August 7, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 7, 2013--A Turkish appellate court should overturn the convictions of numerous journalists who have been convicted in connection with Ergenekon, a broad anti-government conspiracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were convicted on flawed penal and anti-terror laws that conflate news coverage and commentary...

Read More ›

mexico.blog8.7.-reuters.jpg

Mexico's special prosecutor hesitates over early cases

August 7, 2013 11:21 AM ET

Organized crime capos and corrupt politicians have been getting away with murdering journalists in Mexico for so long that there isn't a reliable count on the number of the dead or a useful way to measure the crushing effects on a democracy when a country's press is afraid to...

Read More ›

UAE authorities release Egyptian journalist after a month

August 6, 2013 3:40 PM ET

The Emirati authorities released the Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda on August 4, 2013, after holding him incommunicado without charge for a month, the journalist told CPJ. Security officials told Fouda that his UAE residency was revoked and took him to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, where he flew to Cairo...

Read More ›

Kibanda.ippmedia.jpg

The invisible plight of the Tanzanian press

August 6, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The Tanzanian government enjoys good international publicity for transparency, but news of public discontent is not being heard. A spike in anti-press attacks is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists. A CPJ special report by Tom Rhodes...

Read More ›

Sardar Alibeili arrested. IRFS photo.jpg

Editor jailed on retaliatory charges in Azerbaijan

August 5, 2013 4:28 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should stop their practice of jailing journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in Baku on Friday ordered the imprisonment of Sardar Alibeili, chief editor of the independent newspaper P.S. Nota, for two...

Read More ›

Journalists attacked and threatened in Tunisia

August 5, 2013 10:11 AM ET

Several Tunisian journalists reported being harassed, threatened, and attacked during the three-day protests following the July 25, 2013, assassination of opposition leader Mohamed al-Barahmi, according to local journalists and news reports....

Read More ›

New Zealand accesses journalist's records, movements

August 2, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Following reports earlier this week that New Zealand, with help from U.S. intelligence, may have spied on one of its journalists, Wellington is under fire for tracking the phone records and movement of another journalist. Ironically, this journalist came under surveillance after writing about potentially illegal government surveillance....

Read More ›

SABC.jpg

SABC keeps lid on 'Project Spear' documentary

August 2, 2013 2:39 PM ET

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had commissioned the film, has also refused to sell the rights back to the filmmaker and has filed a lawsuit...

Read More ›

Veteran journalist detained, websites shut down in China

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a veteran journalist and government critic being held without charge and reverse their orders to shut down more than 100 websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Gunman kills freelance photographer in Philippines

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Bangkok, August 2, 2013--A photographer was fatally shot in his home in southern General Santos City on Thursday, the third journalist to be killed in the Philippines in less than a week. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Mario Sy, identify the...

Read More ›

Security 2.jpg

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2013

August 1, 2013 6:47 PM ET

UN holds session on journalist protection Speaking at the UN Security Council's first special session on the protection of journalists, AP Executive Editor and CPJ Vice Chair Kathleen Carroll began by remembering the AP journalists who were killed in the line of duty. But most journalists killed around the...

Read More ›

Journalist arrested, another believed to be held in Bahrain

August 1, 2013 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--A Bahraini blogger has been detained and a photographer is missing amid signs that Bahraini authorities are trying to crack down on critical voices ahead of protests planned for August 14, according to news reports....

Read More ›

Egyptian journalist held without charge in UAE

August 1, 2013 4:59 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda, who has been held without charge by the United Arab Emirates authorities for almost a month....

Read More ›

Uganda.blog.8.1.Chimpreports.jpg

Filmmaker's arrest signals limits to Uganda coverage

August 1, 2013 4:53 PM ET

Taylor Krauss, an American journalist, freelance filmmaker, and founder of the testimonial website Voices of Rwanda, traveled to Uganda roughly two weeks ago to conduct some filming in hopes of pitching footage later to various media outlets. Krauss is no stranger to the region; he has been traveling back...

Read More ›

Groups call for EU action against mass surveillance

August 1, 2013 10:18 AM ET

Recent revelations of American and British mass surveillance of digital communications have triggered an intense mobilization of European free speech and civil liberties organizations, which have launched an online petition calling on leaders of the European Union to halt the practice. The #dontspyonme campaign was presented by Index on Censorship,...

Read More ›

Social Media

View All ›