September 2013

Editor handed five-year jail term in Azerbaijan

September 30, 2013 5:51 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2013--An appellate court in Azerbaijan should reverse the conviction and five-year prison sentence handed on Friday to Hilal Mamedov, chief editor of the independent newspaper Talyshi Sado....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2013

September 30, 2013 5:11 PM ET

Press freedom award winners announced Four journalists--Janet Hinostroza (Teleamazonas, Ecuador), Bassem Youssef (Capital Broadcast Center, Egypt), Nedim Şener (Posta, Turkey), and Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay, Vietnam)--will be honored with CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of their courageous reporting in the face of severe reprisal.Upon receiving the...

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Tanzania suspends two leading newspapers

September 30, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Nairobi, September 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Tanzanian authorities to suspend two leading private Swahili dailies on accusations of sedition. The government issued a statement on Friday suspending Mwananchi and MTanzania for 14 and 90 days respectively....

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Sakharov and the fight for a free press in Ethiopia

September 27, 2013 3:56 PM ET

In 1968, Andrei Sakharov braved censorship and personal risk in the Soviet Union to give humanity an honest and timeless declaration of conscience. That same year, Ethiopia's most prominent dissenter, Eskinder Nega, was born. In January 1981, a year into Sakharov's exile in the closed city of Gorky, Reeyot...

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Photographer covering Greenpeace protest held in Russia

September 27, 2013 1:45 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2013--Russian authorities should immediately release a freelance photographer who was detained nine days ago while covering a Greenpeace demonstration, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court on Thursday ordered Denis Sinyakov to be held for two months pending an investigation into accusations of...

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In Peru, journalist handed suspended jail term

September 26, 2013 11:11 AM ET

Peruvian journalist Humberto Espinoza Maguiña was convicted twice in two consecutive days in September 2013 on charges of defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. He received a two-year suspended prison sentence and was fined US$2,000 in damages....

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Covering Westgate

September 25, 2013 4:59 PM ET

The jumpy, cell phone clips of journalists and security officers crouching outside the upscale Westgate Shopping Mall in the capital, Nairobi, permeated the TV screens across Kenya for four days. Edgy local and foreign reporters hid behind vehicles as gunfire shots, repeated explosions and smoke emanated from a supermarket...

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Sudan must restore Internet access immediately

September 25, 2013 2:24 PM ET

New York, September 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Internet service in Sudan was shut down today in what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage of violent protests after the government lifted fuel subsidies on Monday....

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Bulgarian journalists are under attack

September 25, 2013 12:05 PM ET

This summer, for good reason, the world's attention was focused on Turkey. Anti-government protests over plans to destroy a park in downtown Istanbul attracted global attention. Ankara's strategic importance in Syria and the Middle East, as well as being a member of NATO, makes what happens in Turkey important....

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Uzbek journalist jailed on hooliganism charges

September 24, 2013 5:17 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2013--Uzbek authorities should immediately release Sergei Naumov, an independent freelance journalist who reports on human rights abuses in the closed Central Asian society, and scrap the fabricated charges against him on appeal....

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Spanish journalist missing in Syria

September 24, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas in Syria. The special correspondent for the Barcelona-based El Periódico was kidnapped by rebel jihadi fighters on September 4 near the city of Hama, the paper reported Monday, citing unnamed sources....

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Journalists attacked by masked assailants in Cambodia

September 24, 2013 12:17 PM ET

Bangkok, September 24, 2013--At least seven journalists were assaulted by a mob of masked men on Sunday while covering a land rights protest in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, according to journalists and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls for an independent...

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Egypt's constitutional reforms should ensure free press

September 23, 2013 4:45 PM ET

Dear Amr Moussa, president of the Constitutional Committee: We urge you to adopt comprehensive reforms that will unequivocally guarantee all Egyptians, including all media, freedom of speech and the right to information.

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Mission Journal: Why Turkey matters

September 23, 2013 2:50 PM ET

Turkey is hardly a press freedom paradise, but what makes the country so exciting for journalists is the amount of news it generates on any given day. The domestic story is huge, with near-daily street protests, the booming economy beginning to sag, and the prospect of regional conflict looming...

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Angolan police assault, detain journalists

September 20, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2013--At least three journalists were assaulted by police and briefly detained today while covering the release of seven individuals who were arrested during a protest on Thursday, according to the journalists and news accounts. Protesters had staged a demonstration against what they called the authoritarian regime...

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Journalists and imperfect justice in Bangladesh

September 19, 2013 6:13 PM ET

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has hardened the sentence against Abdul Quader Molla, a top Islamist of a key opposition party, from a life term to death for his role in mass killings committed during the country's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. But what caught my eye in particular was...

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In Azerbaijan, journalist arrested, newsroom raided

September 19, 2013 3:52 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan must immediately release a journalist who was arrested on Tuesday on fabricated charges and ordered detained for two months, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The press in Azerbaijan must be allowed to freely cover the country's next presidential vote, scheduled for...

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Radio anchor murdered in Philippines

September 19, 2013 11:28 AM ET

Bangkok, September 19, 2013--A radio anchor was shot dead in the central region of Cebu City on Saturday, the latest death in a steady stream of killings of journalists in the Philippines. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Jesus "Jessie"...

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Another arrest in the murder of Nepal's Uma Singh

September 18, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's arrest of an individual suspected to have ordered the 2009 murder of journalist Uma Singh, and calls on authorities to ensure the case is brought to justice....

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Moroccan editor arrested for publishing link to video

September 18, 2013 3:21 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2013--Authorities in Morocco should release an editor who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an article published on his website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Erdogan to embrace press freedom

September 16, 2013 10:00 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan, as an independent international press freedom advocacy organization, we are concerned about the continued press freedom crisis in Turkey.  We believe the government's failure to safeguard press freedom undermines the great strengths of your nation.

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Prison places restrictions on jailed journalist Reeyot Alemu

September 16, 2013 5:24 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2013--The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot...

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Radio host gunned down in Colombia

September 16, 2013 4:15 PM ET

Bogotá, September 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder of a radio host on Wednesday. Édison Alberto Molina, a lawyer and politician who hosted a radio program that he used to denounce government corruption, was shot and killed in...

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Press harassed amid heightened tension in Egypt

September 13, 2013 4:15 PM ET

New York, September 13, 2013--Egyptian authorities should halt their campaign of harassment on local and international journalists seeking to cover the ongoing political crisis in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The latest series of anti-press violations comes as the Egyptian government announced a two-month extension to...

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Endless surprises for Al-Jazeera

September 12, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Mhamed Krichen/CPJ Board memberThere seems to be no end to American surprises when it comes to Al-Jazeera. The latest was revealed by Der Spiegel, the German weekly news magazine, which reported the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into our internal communications system, according to documents provided by Edward Snowden,...

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Is China silencing rumors, or the public?

September 12, 2013 12:17 PM ET

China's Internet has changed fundamentally since Shi Tao was given a 10-year prison sentence in 2005. Shi's case was a marker of sorts--- the first high profile sentencing in China for online activity. The government says 40 percent of the population is online as of December 2012. That's 564...

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Bolivian government gangs up on Página Siete

September 11, 2013 6:07 PM ET

Bolivia's loss of territory along the Pacific coast during a 19th-century war with Chile remains an extremely sensitive issue in the landlocked nation. Every March 23, patriotic "Day of the Sea" ceremonies mark the calamity, which Bolivia hopes to reverse through a lawsuit filed this year against Chile at the International...

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CPJ testifies on challenges to democracy in the Americas

September 11, 2013 12:52 PM ET

Carlos Lauría's testimony starts at 1:10 in the video. Carlos Lauría, CPJ's Americas senior program coordinator, provided testimony before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of US House of Representatives on Tuesday. Lauría emphasized that violence and government harassment are the main emerging trends that illustrate the major challenges...

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Libyan journalist allowed medical treatment abroad

September 10, 2013 5:20 PM ET

A judge in Tripoli on August 21, 2013, lifted the travel ban placed on Amara al-Khatabi, editor of the daily Al-Ummah, and ordered the return of the journalist's passport, al-Khatabi's lawyer, Ramadan Farag Salem, told CPJ and human rights organizations. ...

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South African community radio station silenced by fire

September 10, 2013 2:33 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, September 10, 2013--An arson attack that destroyed a community radio station in South Africa is a disturbing sign of the vulnerability of freedom of expression at the local level, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "Community media are often closest to some of the...

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Ghana's Supreme Court jails journalist for contempt

September 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET

On July 2, 2013, nine judges on Ghana's Supreme Court convicted Ken Kuranchie, editor-in-chief of the Daily Searchlight, of criminal contempt in connection with his critical articles. The journalist was sentenced to 10 days in jail, according to news reports....

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Indian TV reporter killed in clashes in Uttar Pradesh

September 10, 2013 11:26 AM ET

New York, September 10, 2013--An Indian journalist was killed late Saturday while covering clashes between Hindus and Muslims that erupted in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, according to news reports....

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Release of Chinese journalist Shi Tao was long overdue

September 9, 2013 3:15 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the early release of journalist Shi Tao, who was first detained in 2004 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 on charges of "leaking state secrets abroad." Shi was released on August 23, according to an announcement on...

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More hope in Syria as two more journalists freed

September 9, 2013 2:12 PM ET

Just two weeks ago, I wrote that the recent escapes of American Matthew Schrier and French-American Jonathan Alpeyrie after months of captivity should give hope to all missing journalists in Syria. We now have two more reasons for hope. Sunday, the Italian and Belgian governments announced that missing Italian...

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Radio station in Guinea raided, attacked

September 9, 2013 12:05 PM ET

A radio station in the eastern Guinean city of Kankan was raided and attacked twice in three days in mid-August, according to news reports. At least three journalists reported being briefly detained....

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Egypt detains journalist for publishing false information

September 6, 2013 4:23 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--Military authorities have detained an Egyptian journalist in the North Sinai governorate and accused him of publishing false information on military operations, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Ahmed Abu Deraa's detention and calls on authorities to release him immediately....

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NSA hack compromises Al-Jazeera sources, US credibility

September 6, 2013 3:36 PM ET

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported this week that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the internal communication system of Al-Jazeera. If the report is accurate, the targeted hacking of a news organization represents an assault on press freedom qualitatively different from -- and in many ways more...

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Mexico drops charges in Blancornelas murder attempt

September 6, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the decision of a Mexican judge to dismiss charges against Marco Arturo Quiñones Sánchez, one of the gunmen implicated in the 1997 assassination attempt against J. Jesús Blancornelas, founder and former editor of the Tijuana-based weekly magazine Zeta....

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Chishti abducted, beaten: Challenge for Pakistan

September 6, 2013 2:10 PM ET

Ali Chishti, who writes for The Friday Times, has gone public in Islamabad with details of his abduction and beating last Friday, August 30. Chishti is making the rounds of TV talk shows describing how he was picked up in Karachi by uniformed police driving a police vehicle, blindfolded, switched...

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Pakistan Prime Minister should address abuse of journalists

September 6, 2013 1:28 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Pakistani government to ensure that there is a full investigation into the abduction and beating of a journalist for The Friday Times. Ali Chishti, who writes on national security and counter-terrorism, told CPJ and local news outlets that...

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Egypt needs justice not politics in investigating deaths

September 5, 2013 4:42 PM ET

Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists launched a campaign calling for serious investigations into the deaths of eight journalists in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011. CPJ hopes that the current military-led government will lead impartial and serious inquiries into the events surrounding the killings no matter...

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KTN reporter threatened for exposing hospital scandal

September 5, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, September 5, 2013--A TV journalist has received death threats twice this week following his coverage of wrongdoing at a hospital in the western Kenyan town of Bungoma, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately investigate the threats and...

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Death toll mounts for journalists in Philippines

September 5, 2013 1:11 PM ET

Another Philippine journalist was killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, bringing to at least six the total slain in the country this year. In none of the cases have police determined whether they were killed because of their work as journalists or for other reasons. The investigations into the...

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Chadian editor given six-month suspended jail term

September 5, 2013 11:16 AM ET

Juda Allahondoum, editor of the private weekly La Une based in the capital, N'Djamena, was convicted of criminal defamation on July 30, 2013, and sentenced to a suspended prison term of six months, Allahondoum and his lawyer told CPJ....

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Chadian journalists given suspended jail terms, released

September 5, 2013 11:13 AM ET

Three Chadian journalists jailed for several months in the capital, N'Djamena, while facing prosecution on defamation and anti-state charges, were handed suspended jail terms and then released, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Police officer indicted over photojournalist's false arrest

September 4, 2013 12:34 PM ET

The flash or, more precisely, the lack of one, gave the policeman away. Over a year ago, on a steamy Saturday night in the Bronx, New York City Police Officer Michael Ackermann claimed that a photojournalist had set off his flash repeatedly in the officer's face, blinding and distracting...

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Journalist Barrett Brown faces prison for posting hyperlink

September 3, 2013 2:04 PM ET

Tomorrow, a federal judge will weigh a prosecutor's motion for a gag order in connection with the U.S. government's prosecution of journalist Barrett Brown. The motion represents a troubling turn in an already-troubling case for press freedom--a case that could criminalize the routine journalistic practice of linking to documents...

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Malawian minister assaults broadcast journalist

September 3, 2013 10:47 AM ET

Bodyguards for Economic, Planning and Development Minister Ralph Jooma assaulted Raphael Mlozoa, journalist for the private Zodiak Broadcasting Station, on August 25, 2013, in the southern town of Mangochi, according to news reports. The minister accused Mlozoa of false reporting and ordered his security staff to confront Mlozoa, the reports...

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CPJ troubled by reports NSA spied on Al-Jazeera

September 2, 2013 12:22 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by a report by Der Spiegel saying the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) accessed Al Jazeera's internal communications. Citing documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA hacked into the...

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Sirleaf urged to reform libel laws, free Rodney Sieh

September 1, 2013 9:00 PM ET

Dear President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: We call on you to decriminalize defamation; adopt monetary damages for libel commensurate with the harm done and within limits Liberians can afford; and halt the incarceration of defendants unable to pay, which is highly unusual in civil cases. We urge you to facilitate the release of jailed journalist Rodney Sieh and the reopening of his newspaper, FrontPageAfrica.

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