April 2014

CPJ calls on Turkey to address press freedom challenges

April 30, 2014 5:04 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by reports in Turkey's pro-government media that made false claims about CPJ. The reports said CPJ made a statement on April 18 saying Turkey holds only 15 journalists behind bars. CPJ did not issue a statement.  ...

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Attack on home of critical Indian journalist

April 30, 2014 4:53 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on the home of an Indian journalist and calls on authorities to take immediate steps to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. Devinder Pal is a critical investigative journalist for the Punjabi-language daily The Punjabi Tribune....

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Egypt jails two journalists, renews detention of another

April 30, 2014 4:52 PM ET

Saaid Shihata, reporter for Yaqeen, an online news network that is supportive of former President Mohamed Morsi, was arrested on December 30, 2013, while another Yaqeen reporter, Ahmed Gamal, was arrested two days prior, according to Yahya Khalaf, Yaqeen's executive director, who spoke to CPJ. Both journalists were held after...

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CPJ welcomes renewed probe into Askarov's case

April 30, 2014 4:12 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists commends today's decision by Oktyabrsky District Court in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, to renew the investigation into the case of imprisoned journalist and rights defender Azimjon Askarov, who was imprisoned in 2010 in retaliation for his work exposing official wrongdoing....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2014

April 30, 2014 12:58 PM ET

World Press Freedom Day campaign In the lead-up to World Press Freedom Day, CPJ has started a campaign highlighting 10 emblematic cases of journalists in prison and calling on authorities to release them and all other reporters being held in relation to their work. CPJ believes that no journalist should...

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Journalists missing, attacked covering crisis in Ukraine

April 29, 2014 1:43 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2014--At least two journalists who traveled to eastern Ukraine have been reported missing in the past week, while at least four journalists have been attacked, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the targeting of journalists and media outlets in Ukraine...

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Ten journalists to free from prison

April 29, 2014 11:00 AM ET

On World Press Freedom Day, CPJ calls for the release of all jailed journalists By Shazdeh Omari/CPJ News Editor New York, April 29, 2014—Uzbek editor Muhammad Bekjanov has been in jail for 15 years, one of the longest imprisonments of journalists worldwide. Prominent Iranian journalist Siamak Ghaderi was imprisoned in...

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A message from son of Vietnam blogger Nguyen Van Hai

April 29, 2014 10:52 AM ET

In preparation for today's Congressional Briefing on Media Freedom in Vietnam, organized by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and featuring a panel of Vietnamese bloggers and others, CPJ has been in close contact with the family of Nguyen Van Hai, a blogger who has been in jail since...

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu is missing

April 28, 2014 5:25 PM ET

On April 15, 1989, Hu Yaobang died. Hu had been general secretary of the Communist Party from 1982 to 1987, and recognized for his leanings toward economic reform in China. His death led to demonstrations around China, some of them in Tiananmen Square. On June 4, 1989, Tiananmen became the...

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Ethiopia jails nine journalists, renews press crackdown

April 28, 2014 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, April 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Ethiopian government's arrests of nine journalists in one of the worst crackdowns against free expression in the country."With the latest arrests, Ethiopian authorities are turning the peaceful exercise of free expression into a crime," said CPJ East...

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Two journalists freed, one still in custody in eastern Ukraine

April 25, 2014 3:50 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of two journalists in eastern Ukraine and calls for the release of a third journalist who has not been heard from since April 15. Sergei Lefter, reporter for the Warsaw-based Open Dialogue Foundation, is reportedly in custody of...

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Cameroonian journalist's car destroyed in explosion

April 24, 2014 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2014--An investigative journalist in Cameroon told CPJ today that his car had been destroyed in an explosion early this morning. Denis Nkwebo said the car was parked outside his house in the commercial capital of Douala, and that no one was hurt in the explosion. Nkwebo,...

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Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

April 24, 2014 1:31 PM ET

Bogotá, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news...

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Video: CPJ warns of impunity in Iraqi Kurdistan

April 24, 2014 12:22 PM ET

On Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists expressed its concerns over the press freedom climate in Iraqi Kurdistan at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. where we launched our special report, "Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists." You can watch a video of the...

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CPJ urges free expression be part of post-2015 MDG agenda

April 23, 2014 5:50 PM ET

Dear Ambassadors Kamau and Kőrösi: I am writing to you in your capacity as the co-chairmen of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Your work and the recommendations of your group will help frame the discussion in the coming year as United Nations member states seek to agree a set of objectives to succeed the Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015. We at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) believe it is vital that your report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon later this year include freedom of expression and access to information and independent media as part of the post-2015 agenda.

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In Ukraine, another journalist missing, newsroom destroyed

April 23, 2014 5:43 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2014--Three local and international journalists are missing or being held hostage in eastern Ukraine, while unidentified assailants burned down the offices of a newspaper. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists covering the crisis. ...

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A verbatim threat from Pakistan, and more

April 23, 2014 2:26 PM ET

Here is a cut and paste email message sent to staffers at The News, in Islamabad. We have their explicit permission to use it. Actually, they requested that we use it, in the hope that publicizing it will somehow protect them....

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In Bangladesh, journalist summoned for criticism of court

April 23, 2014 12:31 PM ET

It's not the first time, and it likely won't be the last: Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal has demonstrated little tolerance for criticism of its activities. Last week, the tribunal launched contempt of court proceedings against Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for his blog posts on the court. ...

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Express News Peshawar bureau chief faces attacks

April 23, 2014 10:28 AM ET

Masked men threw a hand grenade at the home of Express News Bureau Chief Jamshed Baghwan in the Murshadabad neighborhood of Peshawar on April 6, 2014, according to news reports. Baghwan was in his home at the time of the attack, but no one was injured, news accounts said. The...

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VICE journalist held by pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine

April 22, 2014 5:55 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with the U.S.-based global news channel VICE News, who is being held in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. Ostrovsky is in the custody of pro-Russian separatists led by self-proclaimed "people's...

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CPJ disturbed by new bill to restrict blogging in Russia

April 22, 2014 5:42 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on President Vladimir Putin to veto a new bill that would subject popular bloggers to the same restrictions as traditional media in Russia. The bill was approved by Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in a final reading today....

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CPJ condemns move by Pakistan's ISI against Geo TV

April 22, 2014 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by actions brought by Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) against Geo Television today. In its complaint to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the ISI accused Geo's parent company, the Independent Media Corporation, of conducting a "false...

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CPJ condemns jailing of Cuban citizen journalist

April 22, 2014 11:28 AM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Juliet Michelena Díaz, a member of a network of citizen journalists, and calls on Cuban authorities to release her immediately. Michelena was detained on April 7 days after photographing a police operation in Havana, according to news...

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Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists

April 22, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Iraqi Kurdistan may seem calm compared with much of the Middle East, but the media are vulnerable whenever internal political tensions flare. Amid impunity for anti-press attacks, including murder and arson, journalists say they must self-censor on topics like religion, social inequality, and corruption associated with powerful officials. A CPJ...

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Azerbaijan jails reporter on espionage charges

April 21, 2014 5:45 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2014--A court in Baku today ordered journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov, Turkey correspondent for the independent Azerbaijani newspaper Zerkalo, to jail for three months pending trial on espionage charges after he was deported from Turkey, news reports said. ...

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Trials, not tribunals, needed in Pakistan

April 21, 2014 5:09 PM ET

Raza Rumi is alive. It appears Hamid Mir will survive. Shan Dahar is dead....

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CPJ condemns eradication of Kazakh independent media

April 21, 2014 1:41 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shutting down of Assandi-Times, the last remaining independent newspaper in Kazakhstan. A court in Almaty today declared the weekly a structural part of banned newspaper Respublika, three weeks after court marshals raided Assandi-Times' offices, ordered the journalists to stop...

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CPJ condemns attack on TV news anchor Hamid Mir

April 19, 2014 12:41 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2014­--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continuing violence directed at journalists in Pakistan. Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir today was shot three times soon after he and his driver left Karachi's main airport, according to media reports. The driver was not...

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Seven journalists among those beaten in Iran's Evin Prison

April 18, 2014 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2014--At least seven journalists were among those attacked when Iranian guards and intelligence officials raided a section of Tehran's Evin Prison holding political prisoners on Thursday, according to news websites and human rights groups.The unprecedented violent attack left dozens of prisoners injured, some hospitalized, and others transferred...

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Charles Xue released from Chinese prison on bail

April 18, 2014 11:16 AM ET

Charles Xue Biqun, a Chinese-born American billionaire venture capitalist and a prominent government critic, was released on bail April 16, 2014, after being arrested in August 2013 for alleged involvement in prostitution, according to news reports....

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Ukraine

April 18, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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Independent editor assaulted in northeastern Ukraine

April 17, 2014 1:54 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a brutal attack on an editor in Ukraine and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and apprehend the perpetrators. The editor should also be provided with protection while he is recovering in the hospital, CPJ said. ...

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Journalists face criminal defamation charges in Thailand

April 17, 2014 12:11 PM ET

Bangkok, April 17, 2014--A Thai court today formally charged two journalists for the local Phuketwan news website with criminal defamation, according to news reports. The charges were brought by a Thai navy official. ...

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Politkovskaya murder trial proceeds with third jury

April 17, 2014 10:03 AM ET

More than seven years after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the prominent Novaya Gazeta journalist, a jury is hearing the case against five defendants in the killing. The suspects were first announced in 2011, but proceedings did not begin until July 2013, amid controversy. Three of the current defendants...

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In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

April 17, 2014 9:53 AM ET

In Pakistan, reporting on the military intelligence services or insurgent groups or machinations within political parties is the normal grist for the media mill. A lot of the coverage relies on reporters with inside sources. The sources use the media as a battleground for their infighting, relying on sympathetic reporters...

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Censorship in India on the rise amid elections

April 16, 2014 12:50 PM ET

This month, Indians are voting in the largest election in history. It's an exciting exercise in democracy, but it comes against a grim backdrop: censorship in the country is on the rise, according to a quarterly report by the South Asian media watchdog, The Hoot....

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Getting Away With Murder

April 16, 2014 12:01 AM ET

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Crimea

April 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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Two journalists injured covering clashes in Egypt

April 15, 2014 5:00 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2014--Two Egyptian journalists were shot by live ammunition on Monday while covering clashes in Cairo between security forces and university students supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. At least one student was killed in the clashes, news reports said. ...

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Cameroonian newspaper editor jailed for defamation

April 15, 2014 3:09 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2014--Authorities in Cameroon should release a newspaper editor who has been imprisoned since March 29 after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Friday, a judge postponed indefinitely a bail hearing for Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus, according to news reports....

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Anti-press attacks rise as tensions escalate in Ukraine

April 14, 2014 5:10 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2014--Local and international journalists covering the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine have been harassed, attacked, detained, and had their equipment seized, according to news reports and regional press freedom groups. ...

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Peruvian journalist loses eye while covering protest

April 14, 2014 10:55 AM ET

Rudy Huallpa Cayo, a journalist with local television station Telecultura 7, lost his left eye after being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest on April 1, 2014, in the province of Melgar, according to news reports.  ...

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Venezuela

April 14, 2014 10:26 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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UNESCO awards Ahmet Şık annual press freedom prize

April 11, 2014 1:12 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists congratulates Turkish investigative journalist and book author Ahmet Şık on being awarded UNESCO's prestigious Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The annual prize, named after slain Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, honors a journalist or organization that "has made an outstanding...

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Journalists in Japan face threats 3 years after Fukushima

April 11, 2014 11:10 AM ET

At the end of last month, an evacuation order declared during the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant power plant meltdown was lifted for residents of a small town in Fukushima Prefecture, the first time an area so close to the site was declared suitable for habitation. Yet, three years after Earthquake Tōhoku...

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Swaziland editor, lawyer re-arrested after release from jail

April 10, 2014 5:45 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2014--Swaziland police on Wednesday re-arrested veteran editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko three days after they had been released from prison, according to news reports. The two, who were first jailed on March 18 and held until Sunday, had written articles that criticized...

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Egypt detains more journalists as elections approach

April 10, 2014 5:17 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2014--Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on Wednesday and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Egyptian government's renewed crackdown on the press as presidential elections approach in May. ...

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Confronting the suffering in Vietnam's prisons

April 10, 2014 12:49 PM ET

Dinh Dang Dinh, a former Vietnamese schoolteacher and blogger, died on April 3 from cancer of the stomach. Near death, he had been released from his six-year prison sentence on March 21, and allowed to return home to die in Dak Nong province in Vietnam's Central Highlands. His crime,...

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Ukraine must allow entry to Russian journalists

April 9, 2014 2:55 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to the country to several Russian journalists over the past few days. Reports say that journalists with the newly reshuffled RIA Novosti news agency, TV channels Rossiya and Russia Today,...

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Turkey should reverse all anti-press measures and laws

April 9, 2014 12:41 PM ET

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: We are writing to express our concern about the Turkish government's recent steps to restrict the independent Turkish media. In the recent past, your country was hailed as a model for a region aspiring for freedom, democracy, and tolerance. But today Turkey is being criticized as a country that is drifting away from the principles and practices that define true democracy.

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Costa Rican court strikes down tracking of daily's calls

April 9, 2014 12:26 PM ET

The constitutional chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on March 21, 2014, that the government's secret monitoring of phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation was unconstitutional, according to news reports. ...

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CPJ welcomes court ruling against EU data retention

April 8, 2014 6:05 PM ET

Phoenix, April 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists hails today's decision by the European Court of Justice invalidating the European Union's mandatory data retention directive. The court found that the indiscriminate collection of metadata poses a "particularly serious" and disproportional interference with the right to privacy. Mass metadata surveillance is...

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Outlets raided, journalists harassed in eastern Ukraine

April 8, 2014 3:11 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2014--At least three news outlets and two journalists have been attacked and harassed in the past three days in eastern Ukraine, according to news reports and press freedom groups. ...

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Alabama blogger released after five months in jail

April 8, 2014 2:36 PM ET

Roger Shuler, whose blog, Legal Schnauzer, specializes in allegations of corruption and scandal in Republican circles in Alabama, was released from jail on March 26, 2014, after spending more than five months in prison on contempt of court charges. Shuler was arrested on October 1, 2013, for failing to comply with...

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Somaliland authorities shut down independent papers

April 8, 2014 2:02 PM ET

Nairobi, April 8, 2014--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on Thursday raided the Hargeisa offices of the independent Somali-language paper Haatuf  and its sister English-language weekly, Somaliland Times, and suspended them indefinitely, according to local journalists and news reports. ...

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Peru court gives journalist suspended jail term

April 8, 2014 1:43 PM ET

Peruvian journalist César Quino Escudero was sentenced on March 21, 2014, to a six-month suspended prison sentence for defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. Quino was also fined US$8,400 in damages and sentenced to 120 days of community service.  ...

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In Philippines, tabloid reporter shot dead in her home

April 7, 2014 2:59 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2014--Authorities in the Philippines must conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into the murder of a local reporter on Sunday and do their utmost to bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Meeting commitments in Pakistan

April 7, 2014 1:54 PM ET

A few days after our CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and secured commitments to combat threats to journalists in Pakistan, I sat down with reporters from the country's most restive regions, who described in detail the conditions in which they work. ...

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Amid rising repression, Burmese journalist given jail term

April 7, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Bangkok, April 7, 2014--A Burmese journalist was sentenced to one year in prison today on charges of "trespassing" and "disturbing an on-duty civil servant" while reporting a news story, according to local reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the verdict to be overturned on appeal. ...

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20 years after genocide, Rwanda safe, clean, undemocratic

April 7, 2014 12:48 PM ET

"Do not forget the genocide," said the voice of a state broadcast announcer in Kigali crackling through a cheap car radio, referring to the organized slaughter 20 years ago of more than 10 percent of the population. "We are all one now," he said, speaking in Rwanda's common language...

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CPJ condemns attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 8:20 AM ET

New York, April 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalist mourns the loss of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and the wounding of AP reporter Kathy Gannon in Khost, Afghanistan. The two were shot by an Afghan police officer who approached their car in an election convoy and opened fire...

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CPJ condemns attacks, harassment of Mexican daily

April 3, 2014 6:13 PM ET

New York, April 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack early today on Adrián López Ortiz, general director of the Grupo Noroeste, a media group that owns the daily Noroeste, in the state of Sinaloa. CPJ is also alarmed by a series of threats and harassment against the...

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Kazakh authorities shut down another newspaper

April 3, 2014 5:24 PM ET

New York, April 3, 2014--An independent paper, the Assandi Times, was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns recent measures taken by Kazakh authorities to shut down independent news outlets in the country. ...

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Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism

April 2, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Morocco's inclination for wielding terrorism accusations against journalists and news outlets who report on extremist groups has extended to Spain, where authorities are investigating El País newspaper and one of its journalists at the behest of the Moroccan government....

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Unprecedented response to Mexican journalist's murder

April 2, 2014 12:38 PM ET

The disappearance and murder in Veracruz from February 5 through 11 of local journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz remains mired in controversy. In mid February, after Jiménez's murder, a group of journalists traveled to Veracruz and investigated the authorities' response to the journalist's killing. On March 19, the...

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Indian journalist abducted, raped in Uttar Pradesh

April 1, 2014 12:38 PM ET

A female journalist was gang-raped while on assignment in the Mirzapur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 27, 2014, according to news reports. The journalist, who works with a Haridwar-based daily in the neighboring state of Uttarakhand, was working on a story about a historic...

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