May 2014

In the wake of US pullout, Afghan journalists need protection

May 30, 2014 5:16 PM ET

In the aftermath of this week's foreign policy speech by President Barack Obama and discussions on the imminent pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, we need to think once again of the implications this retreat will have for the thousands of Afghans who for more than a decade have worked...

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Journalists targeted by both sides in Nigeria's war on terror

May 30, 2014 2:27 PM ET

The struggle between Nigerian authorities and militant extremist group Boko Haram was recently thrust into the global spotlight with the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls, but journalists in the country have been squeezed between the two sides for years....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014

May 30, 2014 12:29 PM ET

CPJ's Brazil report spurs government meetings on press freedom CPJ board member María Teresa Ronderos and CPJ Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Brasilia this month to launch a new special report, "Halftime for the Brazilian press," and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as other high-level...

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South Africa's new communications ministry causes concern

May 30, 2014 10:40 AM ET

Freedom of expression advocates in South Africa are concerned that the new Ministry of Communications, announced by President Jacob Zuma when he unveiled his cabinet on May 25, will compromise the independence of the public broadcaster and serve as a propaganda office....

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Trinidadian authorities should protect threatened journalist

May 29, 2014 2:32 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Trinidadian authorities to ensure the safety of a local journalist who fled the country after learning of a plot against his life. ...

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China detains journalist amid widening crackdown

May 29, 2014 12:54 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 29, 2014--Another journalist has been detained in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Xin Jian, who was arrested on May 13 and accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble."...

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Ethiopia holds editor-in-chief without charge

May 28, 2014 5:12 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a journalist without charge since Monday and calls on Ethiopian authorities to release him immediately. An Ethiopian court on Tuesday extended by 14 days the pre-trial detention of Elias Gebru, according to news reports.Ethiopia's federal police...

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EU underscores support of free expression, but slights access to information

May 28, 2014 2:13 PM ET

A new document on freedom of expression and opinion, adopted May 12 by the 28 foreign ministers of the European Union, presses nearly all the right buttons. Drawing its inspiration from international human rights norms as well as from the EU's treaties and its charter of fundamental rights, the document...

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Prominent journalist killed in Libya

May 27, 2014 5:35 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder in Benghazi of a prominent Libyan journalist on Monday and calls on authorities to hold the killers to account. Muftah Bu Zeid, the editor-in-chief of Brnieq, a privately owned weekly, was well-known for his criticism of Islamist militias...

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International journalist and his fixer killed in Ukraine

May 27, 2014 4:56 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2014--On Saturday, Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter and fixer, Andrei Mironov, were killed in mortar fire outside the eastern city of Sloviansk, according to regional and international press reports. A French photojournalist, William Roguelon, was also wounded in the attack, reports said. ...

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Thai military detains journalist and his lawyer

May 27, 2014 4:16 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2014--Military authorities in Thailand should immediately release a local journalist who was taken into military custody on Sunday after being summoned for questioning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Mission Journal: The Kurdish conundrum--more outlets but not more 'news'

May 27, 2014 3:33 PM ET

In the stairwell between the newsroom and studios of Nalia Radio and Television (NRT) stand a charred monitor, a burnt vision mixer, and smashed camera lens. They make up a display of equipment damaged when armed men set fire to the station in Sulaymaniyah, a city in eastern Iraqi Kurdistan...

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Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine

May 23, 2014 2:51 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2014--Several Russian journalists were barred from entering Ukraine this past week, ahead of Sunday's presidential vote, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move and calls on Ukrainian authorities to allow all journalists to carry out their job without harassment....

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Kenyan journalist in hiding after receiving threats

May 23, 2014 2:36 PM ET

A Kenyan journalist working for the privately owned daily The Star went into hiding on May 7, 2014, two days after she received threats, she told CPJ. Lydia Ngoolo said she was told via a text message to stop writing about "us."...

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Bangladeshi journalist killed after covering local drug trade

May 23, 2014 1:38 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2014--Bangladeshi authorities should conduct an efficient investigation into the murder of a local journalist and ensure the killers are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sadrul Alam Nipul was a reporter for the local Bengali-language daily Dainik Mathabhanga....

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Remembering Camille Lepage

May 22, 2014 5:05 PM ET

"Not sure I can talk about my 'career' just yet--I'm still just getting started!" freelance photographer Camille Lepage told the photography site Petapixel in October 2013.Less than a year later, Lepage's body was found in a car in the Central African Republic, according to news reports citing the French government. She...

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez launches independent news site

May 22, 2014 3:55 PM ET

Late last October, as I accompanied Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez in a cab ride from LaGuardia Airport to her hotel in Manhattan, we talked nonstop about what had changed in Cuba during 2013 and about her plans for 2014. Two things she told me then were particularly striking. ...

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Ethiopia's independent publishers may face another hurdle

May 22, 2014 3:38 PM ET

In what appears to be one of a collection of measures to silence the press ahead of 2015 elections, Ethiopian authorities in the Communications Ministry are preparing a new system to control the distribution of print media. Privately owned newspapers and magazines, possibly the only remaining independent news sources...

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Singapore blogger: 'I have been waiting' for government backlash

May 22, 2014 1:45 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: This week, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demanded an apology from a critical blogger who has allegedly accused him of corruption. Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, who is also a healthcare worker, has frequently posted critical commentary on the ruling People's Action Party on his blog, The Heart...

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Media squeezed in Thai military coup

May 22, 2014 1:21 PM ET

Bangkok, May 22, 2014--Thailand's military-led National Peace and Order Maintaining Council today seized administrative power in a coup and ordered local broadcast media to halt regular programming and local satellite and cable service providers to block international news channels, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the military-imposed...

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Jordan's free press record dims with website restrictions

May 22, 2014 1:00 PM ET

Jordan's press freedom climate, once a shining light in the Middle East, has quickly deteriorated as journalists grapple with last year's government ban on nearly 300 news websites. Press freedom groups are documenting a rise in self-censorship and an increase in criminal cases against journalists. Local online news editors...

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Indian journalists beaten outside political leader's home

May 21, 2014 12:50 PM ET

At least four journalists were assaulted on May 18, 2014, outside the house of a high-ranking party leader in Tamil Nadu....

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Saudi censorship blurs lines between journalism, activism

May 20, 2014 4:59 PM ET

Since the surprise Arab uprisings of 2011, the Saudi government has worked assiduously to ensure it has all the tools of censorship it needs to control dissent. These tools--a combination of special courts, laws, and regulatory authorities--are starting to fire on all cylinders. The result has been a string...

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Five convicted in murder of Anna Politkovskaya

May 20, 2014 4:24 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2014--A Moscow City Court jury today convicted five individuals for planning, participating, and carrying out the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, local and international press reported. Three of the defendants had been acquitted in an earlier trial. A mastermind was not named in...

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Thai media censored under martial law

May 20, 2014 11:57 AM ET

Bangkok, May 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns military censorship of the media, including the forced broadcasting of martial law orders and announcements, in Thailand. ...

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Egyptian presidential candidates should support journalists, CPJ says

May 20, 2014 9:23 AM ET

To presidential candidates Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the state of press freedom in Egypt. Since the organization was founded in 1981, journalists in Egypt have never been under greater threat of assault, imprisonment, or even death, CPJ research shows.

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Journalists held, questioned in Crimea, mainland Ukraine

May 19, 2014 5:07 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2014--Ukrainian authorities are holding two foreign journalists, while five other journalists were interrogated in Crimea by Russian authorities over the weekend, according to news reports. ...

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CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Paraguayan journalist

May 19, 2014 4:37 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2014--Paraguayan authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a radio journalist who was shot dead on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fausto Gabriel Alcaraz Garay was killed in Pedro Juan Caballero, a city on the border with Brazil, an area...

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Sri Lankan army restricts access to newspaper offices

May 19, 2014 4:19 PM ET

On May 18, 2014, dozens of Sri Lankan army officers in the city of Jaffna surrounded the offices of Uthayan, a critical Tamil-language newspaper, blocked roads near the newspaper, and denied employees access to the premises, news reports said. The officers also conducted security checks on people headed to the...

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Venezuela shuts down radio program indefinitely

May 19, 2014 12:37 PM ET

On May 7, 2014, the Venezuelan telecommunications regulator CONATEL ordered the suspension of "Plomo Parejo," a news and opinion radio program that had been extremely critical of the country's socialist government, according to news reports. ...

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Coming to Kurdistan

May 15, 2014 7:10 PM ET

One of the strongest memories I have of meeting President Masoud Barzani is the winding drive up to his mountain-top headquarters in the town of Salahuddin outside Erbil. That was in 2008, when a CPJ delegation secured a pledge from the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to "create...

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Pakistan should renew visas for journalists facing expulsion

May 15, 2014 4:25 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the impending expulsion of two foreign journalists from Pakistan. Meena Menon, a correspondent for The Hindu, and Snehesh Alex Philip, a correspondent for the Press Trust of India, are both Indian journalists. ...

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Court in Azerbaijan sentences journalist to eight years in jail

May 15, 2014 4:10 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2014--The eight-year prison term given today to a journalist in Azerbaijan is a breach of the country's declared commitments to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Parviz Hashimli is the editor of the independent news website Moderator and a reporter for the independent...

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Two Times of London journalists escape captivity in Syria

May 15, 2014 1:11 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by a report by the Times of London that said two of its journalists escaped captivity near the Turkish border in Syria on Wednesday. Anthony Loyd, a correspondent, and Jack Hill, a photographer, escaped their unidentified assailants with the...

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Boxun News contributor arrested in China

May 14, 2014 2:00 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 14, 2014--Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that police arrested a contributor to the U.S.-based Chinese-language news website Boxun News on May 3, accusing him of fabricating stories that harmed China's image, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Xiang Nanfu's arrest, which is the...

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CPJ concerned by EU court ruling censoring search engines

May 13, 2014 6:10 PM ET

San Francisco, May 13, 2014 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by today's ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which holds that Internet search engines can be compelled to remove "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" links about an individual, even if...

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CPJ calls for probe into French journalist's death in CAR

May 13, 2014 4:06 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an immediate investigation into the death of French freelance photojournalist Camille Lepage, 26, in the Central African Republic. In a statement issued today, the French government said that French troops had discovered Lepage's body in a vehicle driven by...

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Journalist in Bangladesh assaulted in hospital

May 13, 2014 3:41 PM ET

On May 13, 2014, Shishir Morol, a health correspondent for the Bengali-language daily Prothom Alo, was held for more than two hours and beaten by at least three doctors at a hospital in the capital, Dhaka, according to local reports. At the time of the attack, Morol was investigating the...

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Journalists convicted of criminal defamation in Brazil

May 13, 2014 2:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of two Brazilian journalists on charges of criminal defamation and calls on authorities to reverse the decisions on appeal. ...

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Kenya must consider plight of refugee journalists

May 12, 2014 5:26 PM ET

Today, CPJ partnered with Reporters Without Borders and Rory Peck Trust in a joint open letter calling on Kenya's Cabinet Secretary of Interior, Joseph Ole Lenku, to provide clarity on the government's refugee policy and to exempt journalists from forced relocation to the refugee camps. On March 25, Lenku...

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Press freedom at low as Azerbaijan takes Council of Europe chairmanship

May 12, 2014 5:22 PM ET

On Wednesday, Azerbaijan will assume chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The chairmanship process is automatic; the position is rotated every six months among all of the council's members, in alphabetical order. But Azerbaijan's chairmanship has proven more problematic than most, as it comes at a time...

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In Ukraine, journalists face violence, abduction

May 12, 2014 5:16 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2014--Local and international journalists covering the crisis in Ukraine have been assaulted and arbitrarily detained in the past week, according to news reports and a local press freedom organization. At least one was attacked while covering a contested referendum Sunday on autonomy for the east of...

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Somaliland authorities arrest two journalists

May 12, 2014 2:29 PM ET

Nairobi, May 12, 2014--A regional court in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland remanded two journalists into custody on Saturday after charging them with libel, false publication, and anti-state propaganda, according to news reports and the local Somaliland Journalists' Association. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, chairman of the Haatuf Media Network, and...

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Turkey releases five more journalists

May 12, 2014 1:27 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail today of five Turkish journalists--Nurettin Fırat, Yüksel Genç, Turabi Kişin, Ertuş Bozkurt, and Ramazan Pekgöz. The journalists were arrested in December 2011 as part of the Turkish government's crackdown on pro-Kurdish news outlets and were accused...

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Yemen expels 1 international journalist, bars another

May 9, 2014 4:46 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Yemeni government's decision yesterday to expel one international journalist and deny the entry of another. ...

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Journalists released from Turkish jails pending appeal

May 9, 2014 4:05 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail on Thursday of Fusün Erdoğan, former general manager of Özgür Radyo, and Bayram Namaz, a columnist for the weekly Atılım, and urges Turkish authorities to remove restrictions on their travel and lift their prison sentences...

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Indian reporters in Pakistan facing expulsion

May 9, 2014 1:44 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned that Pakistani authorities might decline to renew visas for the only two Indian journalists working in the country. Authorities on Thursday informed Meena Menon, a correspondent for The Hindu, and Snehesh Alex Philip, a correspondent for the Press...

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Little progress on journalist safety despite more attention

May 9, 2014 12:49 PM ET

Late in 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 68/163 on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, in an effort to stem the killings of journalists and ensure that perpetrators of deadly violence against journalists are brought to justice. The resolution was a recognition that it...

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Ilham Tohti's daughter fights for his freedom

May 8, 2014 3:23 PM ET

At first glance, 19-year-old Jewher Ilham may seem like a typical college student. As she clutched her smart phone, the face of a cat imprinted on the cover peered through her fingers. She spoke in short sentences with little pause. Her thoughts pulled her in various directions as she spoke...

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for leaking secrets

May 8, 2014 2:50 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 8, 2014--A Chinese journalist missing since April 24 was detained by authorities and has been accused of leaking a confidential Communist Party document, according to news reports. Gao Yu's arrest comes amid the detention of several government critics as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square...

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Burma deports Australian reporter covering protests

May 8, 2014 2:48 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2014--An Australian journalist covering protests in Burma was deported by authorities today, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move....

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Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian jailed for 10 years

May 8, 2014 10:39 AM ET

Hong Kong, May 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 10-year jail sentence given on Wednesday to a Hong Kong publisher preparing to release a book critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping. ...

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Am I a traitor?

May 8, 2014 10:11 AM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hamid Mir, the executive editor of Pakistan's Geo Television, survived an April 19 assassination attempt, but was badly injured. The shooting came a few weeks after the Pakistani government pledged in a meeting with CPJ to address the insecurity plaguing the country's journalists. Shortly after the attack, some...

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Rousseff to CPJ: 'Brazil committed to fighting impunity'

May 7, 2014 3:57 PM ET

"The federal government is fully committed to continue fighting against impunity in cases of killed journalists," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told a CPJ delegation during a meeting on Tuesday in Brasilia, the country's political capital. Accepting that deadly violence against the media is a detriment to freedom of the...

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Vietnamese blogger arrested on anti-state charges

May 7, 2014 2:32 PM ET

Bangkok, May 7, 2014--Vietnamese police in Hanoi arrested the founder of a popular blog and his assistant on Monday on accusations of disseminating anti-state articles, according to news reports. In 2007, blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh started the Ba Sam news website and aggregator, which often posted materials critical of the...

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Tom Lowenthal joins CPJ as first staff technologist

May 7, 2014 10:22 AM ET

Journalism is increasingly mediated by the same digital tools to which we entrust the rest of our lives. In keeping with CPJ's mission to enable and protect journalists wherever they find themselves under threat, we are pleased to announce the hire of Tom Lowenthal, our first staff technologist....

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SABC betrays South Africa's young democracy

May 6, 2014 4:18 PM ET

This week, South Africans go to the polls for their fifth democratic elections since 1994, but despite constitutional guarantees of media freedom, the vast majority of South Africans who vote will do so informed only by the positive news and information carried by a public broadcaster widely criticized for...

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Halftime for the Brazilian press

May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Will justice prevail over censorship and violence? Brazil is home to vibrant media, but journalists are regularly murdered with impunity and critical journalists are subject to legal actions that drain resources and censor important stories. During the 2014 World Cup, this contradiction will be on vivid display. Does Dilma...

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Halftime for the Brazilian press

May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Introduction By Joel Simon For a long time, Brazil has been fighting to overcome its contradictions. The country features a dynamic, modern, and diverse economy—and some of the worst poverty in the hemisphere. It has been led by two successive Socialist governments, and yet retains one of the most skewed...

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

1. In the government’s hands By Carlos Lauría Since June 2013, Brazil has been the scene of sporadic but huge anti-government demonstrations that have brought millions to the streets to protest an array of grievances, from fare increases for public transport to corruption and the use of public funds to...

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Sidebar: Freedom of the press is still a work in progress By Fernando Rodrigues The street protests in Brazil in June 2013 received extensive news coverage. However, for the first time in years, attacks against journalists and media organizations also became a frequent topic in the press....

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

2. The vicious cycle of impunity By Sara Rafsky When the World Cup kicks off in Brazil in June, the government of President Dilma Rousseff will be celebrating the country’s emergence as a global powerhouse. The event, to be staged at sites across the country, will put the nation’s...

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Halftime for the Brazilian press

May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Appendix: Journalists killed in Brazil since January 1, 2011 CPJ research has determined that at least 12 journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work since Dilma Rousseff was inaugurated as president on January 1, 2011. Another five have been killed in unclear circumstances, and CPJ continues to...

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

3. Censorship via the courts By John Otis Published since 1824 in the Brazilian city Recife in northeastern Pernambuco State, Diario de Pernambuco is South America’s oldest daily newspaper still in circulation. Over its 190 years the paper butted heads with the powerful and was censored by Brazil’s military...

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

4. The Marco Civil da Internet By Geoffrey King The fate of freedom of expression in Brazil hinges in part on the implementation of the country’s landmark law on Internet rights, the Marco Civil da Internet....

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May 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

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Missing journalist's body found in Cambodia

May 6, 2014 10:06 AM ET

The body of Canadian journalist Dave Walker was discovered in Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex on May 1, 2014, more than two and a half months after he was first reported missing, according to news accounts. ...

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Journalists shot, attacked covering clashes in Odessa

May 5, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2014--At least three journalists were shot over the weekend and others assaulted while covering deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and their opponents in Odessa, southern Ukraine, according to news reports and a local press freedom group. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to...

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Obama transparency record remains unimpressive

May 5, 2014 2:59 PM ET

Nearly seven months ago, CPJ published its first in-depth report on press freedom in the United States, concluding that the Obama administration's aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information, broad surveillance programs, and moves to stem the routine disclosure of information to the press meant that the president had...

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Journalists must be allowed to work in eastern Ukraine

May 2, 2014 3:22 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's detention of several journalists--from CBS television, BuzzFeed, and Sky News--in Sloviansk, where pro-Russia separatists have for weeks harassed, obstructed, and detained journalists covering the crisis in eastern Ukraine. All of the journalists were released after being interrogated for hours,...

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Four French journalists released in Syria

May 1, 2014 1:01 PM ET

Four French journalists who had been missing in Syria for 10 months were released on April 18, 2014, according to news reports. The journalists returned home in good health on April 20, 2014, the reports said....

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