October 2013

Moscow court revokes news agency's license

October 31, 2013 4:54 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a decision by the Moscow City Court today to revoke the license of independent online news agency Rosbalt and urges Russian authorities to overturn the ruling on appeal....

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Saudi columnist held without charge for four days

October 31, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2013--Saudi authorities should immediately release a columnist who wrote in support of the women's right to drive and has been held without charge since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Shabelle off air and staff evicted, fearing for safety

October 30, 2013 10:49 AM ET

The young staff members of Radio Shabelle, whose offices were in the relatively safe section of Mogadishu next to the airport, are no longer feeling safe.  On Saturday, while presenters were on the air, heavily armed security forces raided the Shabelle offices and arrested the three-dozen staff members at...

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CPJ alarmed by Cameron's threat against UK press

October 29, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by threats against the press made by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament on Monday....

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Vietnamese blogger sentenced for Facebook post

October 29, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Bangkok, October 29, 2013--A Vietnamese court today sentenced independent blogger Dinh Nhat Uy to a 15-month suspended prison term and one year of house arrest in connection with his posts on Facebook, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and calls on Vietnamese authorities to...

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CPJ urges UK political parties to reconsider royal charter

October 28, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, October 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Britain's three main political parties to reconsider a royal charter that would establish a new press regulator in the United Kingdom. The Privy Council, the assembly that formally advises the Queen, is scheduled to review on Wednesday the...

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In China: Who, and what, to believe?

October 28, 2013 2:59 PM ET

The New Express's campaign to get Chen Yongzhou, 27, released from police detention last week attracted international attention, including CPJ's.  Chen had been picked up October 18 on "suspicion of damaging commercial reputation" with a series of stores alleging financial mismanagement and corruption at Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology...

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Universal TV journalist dies of injuries in Somalia

October 28, 2013 1:38 PM ET

Nairobi, October 28, 2013--Journalist Mohamed Mohamud, commonly known as "Tima'ade," succumbed to gunshot wounds on Saturday and died at Medina Hospital in the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed, a reporter for the popular, privately owned, U.K.-based Universal TV, on his way to work on...

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In Peru, two journalists handed suspended jail terms

October 25, 2013 5:20 PM ET

Two Peruvian journalists in the central Peruvian city of Ayacucho who had reported on alleged government corruption were convicted of criminal defamation, fined, and handed suspended jail sentences in two separate cases on October 21, 2013, according to news reports....

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Gunmen kill Iraqi journalist near his home in Mosul

October 25, 2013 4:53 PM ET

New York, October 25, 2013--Iraqi authorities must immediately identify the motive behind the killing of another journalist in the northern city of Mosul and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two other Iraqi journalists have been killed in Mosul this...

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Somalia, it's time for action

October 25, 2013 2:41 PM ET

On the morning of Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Somali television journalist Mohamed Mohamud, nicknamed "Tima'ade," was seriously wounded when unknown armed men attacked him on his way home from work. He was shot more than five times. Colleagues and local residents in Wadajir district, where the attack took place, immediately...

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Kenyan police threaten press -- Press fights back!

October 24, 2013 6:06 PM ET

On Wednesday, David Kimaiyo, Kenya's inspector general of police, launched a tirade at the Kenyan press, threatening to arrest and prosecute two journalists for their coverage of the Westgate Mall rescue operation....

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In Sierra Leone, journalists held on libel, sedition charges

October 24, 2013 6:02 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, October 24, 2013--Authorities in Sierra Leone should immediately release two reporters being held on charges of sedition and libel in connection with a story criticizing President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Investigative journalist imprisoned in Macedonia

October 24, 2013 5:41 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2013--Authorities in Macedonia should reverse on appeal the conviction of a prominent investigative journalist who has been imprisoned since May, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ali Anouzla still in jail as government blocks Lakome

October 24, 2013 10:42 AM ET

Moroccan editor Ali Anouzla's arrest on September 17 in connection with an article published on his website has prompted an unprecedented wave of regional and international solidarity with a jailed Arab journalist. ...

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In China, journalist held for alleging financial wrongdoing

October 23, 2013 3:01 PM ET

New York, October 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of a Chinese journalist who has been detained since Friday after publishing a series of reports alleging financial misdeeds at a partly state-owned construction equipment company....

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Somali gunmen attempt to kill a Universal TV journalist

October 22, 2013 2:17 PM ET

Nairobi, October 22, 2013--Somali authorities must work quickly to identify the motive in today's murder attempt on a broadcast reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, Mohamed Mohamud, has been hospitalized with serious injuries....

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Five journalists injured in bomb attack in Thailand

October 22, 2013 12:22 PM ET

Bangkok, October 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the recent roadside bomb attack that injured five reporters in southern Thailand and calls on both sides of the region's insurgent conflict to refrain from attacks that imperil journalists....

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Pressure on Venezuela's media worsening

October 18, 2013 1:47 PM ET

During his 14 years in power, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez tried to muzzle critical news organizations. Chávez died in March, but the pressure on Venezuela's remaining independent media outlets is only getting worse under his successor....

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Sky News Arabic's journalists latest to go missing in Syria

October 17, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today reiterated that journalists in Syria face unprecedented risks, after Sky News Arabic reported that it had lost contact this week with its crew operating near Aleppo. ...

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Duping pirates and endangering journalists

October 17, 2013 12:09 PM ET

It could have been the script for a John Le Carré intrigue. On Saturday October 12, Belgian security agents arrested Mohamed Abdi Hassan, a kingpin of Somali piracy known as "Afweyne" (Big Mouth), and his associate Mohammed M. Aden, nicknamed Tiiceey, a former governor of Himan and Heeb province....

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CPJ concerned about Cameron's Guardian comments

October 16, 2013 4:53 PM ET

New York, October 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's statement today in which he urged members of parliament to investigate whether the Guardian had broken the law or damaged national security by publishing the NSA files....

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Assailants throw grenades at radio station in Puntland

October 16, 2013 3:30 PM ET

Nairobi, October 16, 2013--Unidentified assailants threw two grenades at the Galkayo offices of Radio Daljir in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Tuesday night, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on Radio Daljir, which has been targeted in the past, and...

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In Pakistan, one journalist murdered, another attacked

October 15, 2013 2:11 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani Minister of Information Pervaiz Rasheed to follow through on a public commitment he made last week to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate attacks against journalists. Since his statement, one journalist was murdered on Friday and another was...

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Greenwald wants to return to US, but not yet

October 15, 2013 12:50 PM ET

Glenn Greenwald would like to go home to the United States, at least for a visit. But the Guardian journalist and blogger is afraid to do so. He still has material and unpublished stories from his contacts with fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden that he believes U.S. authorities would love to...

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Africa's journalists honor jailed editor Woubshet Taye

October 15, 2013 11:58 AM ET

Journalists and media owners across Africa gave Ethiopian journalist Woubshet Taye a standing ovation in Cape Town on Saturday night at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2013, but he wasn't there to see it. Instead his wife and son accepted the Free Press Award on his behalf. Part...

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Solidarity in the face of surveillance

October 11, 2013 12:37 PM ET

One way for journalists to build more secure newsrooms and safer networks would be for more of them to learn and practice digital hygiene and information security. But that's not enough. We also need journalists to stand together across borders, not just as an industry, but as a community,...

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CPJ report reflects seriousness of US press freedom gaps

October 11, 2013 11:13 AM ET

On Thursday CPJ launched its first comprehensive examination of press freedom conditions in the United States. The report, "The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America," highlights the growing threat to reporting on national security and similar sensitive government issues. It was written by Leonard...

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The Obama Administration and the Press

October 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise. Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press....

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CPJ's recommendations to the Obama administration

October 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

CPJ is disturbed by the pattern of actions by the Obama administration that have chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest, including matters of national security. The administration's war on leaks to the press through the use of secret subpoenas against news organizations, its assertion through...

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The US press is our press

October 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

The international media depend on the U.S. press to cover U.S. stories--and many of these, from the subprime mortgage crisis to NSA surveillance, are global stories because of their worldwide repercussions. But international journalists also rely on the U.S. press to report and comment on most world events. Therefore...

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Uruguayan broadcast bill could be regional model

October 9, 2013 3:35 PM ET

"Governments pass, but laws stay," said Uruguayan President José Mujica. During a meeting with CPJ, and representatives from Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders at the president's executive office in Montevideo, the political capital, the former member of the leftist guerrilla group Tupamaros reflected on the upcoming congressional...

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France confirms two journalists missing in Syria

October 9, 2013 11:59 AM ET

New York, October 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction of two French journalists in Syria and calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting the press. Nicolas Hénin, who regularly reports for French news magazine Le Point and Franco-German TV channel Arte, and Pierre Torres,...

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Westgate siege shows press' lack of security training

October 9, 2013 10:41 AM ET

Rumor had it that thieves and police had exchanged gunfire during the robbery of a bank at the Westgate Mall. That was the word that first reached some Nairobi newsrooms that Saturday about the gunshots many Kenyans heard coming from the luxurious shopping mall....

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CPJ welcomes release of Liberian journalist Rodney Sieh

October 8, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, October 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's decision by Liberia's Ministry of Justice to grant Rodney Sieh--the publisher of FrontPageAfrica who has been jailed since August for not paying libel damages--"compassionate release" for 30 days. The conditions behind Sieh's release were not clear, but the...

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John Greyson detention exposes Egypt's arbitrary policy

October 7, 2013 6:33 PM ET

Egypt is going through a tough transition and journalists are paying a considerable toll. Since the July 3 removal of President Mohamed Morsi, at least five journalists have been killed, 30 assaulted, and 11 news outlets raided. CPJ has documented a total of 44 cases of detention, and at...

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Two Iraqi journalists shot dead in Mosul

October 7, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2013--Two Iraqi journalists were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the city of Mosul on Saturday, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing and calls on the Iraqi government to ensure the perpetrators are held to account....

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TV station attacked in Maldives

October 7, 2013 4:46 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2013--Authorities in the Maldives should conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into an arson attack on the offices of a TV news station in Male, the capital, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Obama to preserve press freedom climate in the U.S.

October 7, 2013 11:56 AM ET

Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our concern regarding a pattern of actions taken by your administration that impedes the flow of information on issues of great public interest and thwarts the free and open discussion necessary to a democracy. We cite specifically the use of secret subpoenas against news organizations, prosecutions that equate leaking classified documents to the press with espionage, and the increased limitations on access to information that is in the public interest.

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Vietnamese blogger jailed on tax evasion charges

October 4, 2013 11:03 AM ET

Bangkok, October 4, 2013--Vietnamese blogger Le Quoc Quan was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for tax evasion, a charge that government authorities frequently use to stifle critical voices. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the appellate court to reverse the politically motivated ruling and urges Vietnamese authorities to...

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Broadcast journalist held without charge in Gambia

October 3, 2013 2:18 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, October 3, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Fatou Camara, a journalist who has been held incommunicado since September 17, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has not disclosed Camara's whereabouts or any charges against her, according to news reports....

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Knowing how law and technology meet at U.S. borders

October 3, 2013 9:43 AM ET

Border crossings have long posed a risk for journalists. In many nations, reporters and photographers alike have been subjected to questioning and having their electronic devices searched, if not also copied. But more recently, protecting electronically stored data has become a greater concern for journalists, including those who are U.S....

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Who Shot Ahmed?

October 2, 2013 10:53 AM ET

On the night he was shot, Ahmed Ismail Hassan al Samadi was working. Protestors had gathered along a highway near his home in a small Bahraini village. With his handheld camcorder, Ahmed filmed as they marched. He filmed as security forces arrived in marked and unmarked cars. The citizen...

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Togo shuts down private radio station permanently

October 2, 2013 10:52 AM ET

Togolese authorities shut down the leading private Radio Légende FM on August 27, 2013, after suspending the station for one month in connection with its coverage of concluded parliamentary elections, according to news reports....

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Nigeria attacks news websites for their news coverage

October 2, 2013 10:35 AM ET

The Nigerian government on September 27, 2013, accused two leading independent online news websites--the Abuja-based Premium Times and the New York-based Sahara Reporters--of publishing frequent reports that "incite mutiny" within the military and undermine ongoing military operations against terrorist activities in northern Nigeria, according to news reports. ...

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Journalist covering Greenpeace ship detained in Russia

October 2, 2013 10:13 AM ET

On September 18, 2013, British freelance journalist and former videographer for The Times of London Kieron Bryan, 29, was detained along with Russian freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and 28 Greenpeace activists and ship crew members off the north coast of Russia. Bryan was covering a Greenpeace demonstration in protest of...

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Sudan orders news outlets to toe government line

October 1, 2013 3:50 PM ET

New York, October 1, 2013--Amid violent protests in Sudan last week, authorities asked journalists to refrain from publishing news that they said would "disturb the public," according to news reports. Several journalists were subsequently detained and multiple outlets shut down, news reports said....

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Gunmen kill Colombian vendor who collaborated on story

October 1, 2013 1:56 PM ET

Bogotá, October 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday's murder of a Colombian newspaper vendor who had collaborated with journalists on exposing misbehavior by guards at a local prison, and calls on authorities to investigate....

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