June 2014

Russian cameraman killed in eastern Ukraine

June 30, 2014 5:44 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing Sunday in the Donetsk region of Anatoly Klyan, a cameraman with the Russian state-owned broadcaster Pervy Kanal (Channel One). Klyan, 68, died at a local hospital where he was treated for a gun wound to his abdomen, local...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, June 2014

June 30, 2014 2:09 PM ET

CPJ releases annual exile report In the run-up to World Refugee Day on June 20, CPJ brought the human toll of exile to the fore in its annual special report on exiled journalists. The report found that Syria, Ethiopia, and Eritrea are responsible for the most cases of journalists who...

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Sri Lanka must end media restrictions to facilitate reconciliation

June 30, 2014 12:24 PM ET

This month, in the wake of anti-Muslim sectarian riots in the southwest, the Sri Lankan government pressured local journalists to hide the truth by not covering the violence. Those brave enough to report it had their equipment destroyed and were threatened or physically attacked, according to media reports. Since the...

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Journalists, media outlets remain in the crosshairs in eastern Ukraine

June 27, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns continued pressure on the media in the eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk and calls on separatists to allow journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal....

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Worrisome curbs on free speech emerge since Modi's election

June 26, 2014 12:41 PM ET

Earlier this month, Indian authorities arrested seven people for publishing a photo of India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, alongside figures such as George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and Adolf Hitler, under the headline, "Negative Faces." The seven, who could face lengthy prison terms if convicted, are but the...

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Egypt convicts another journalist, bans TV channels

June 25, 2014 6:02 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2014--A Suez court sentenced a journalist to three years in prison on Tuesday on charges of inciting and committing violence during protests in April, according to news reports. The move follows harsh prison sentences given to three Al-Jazeera journalists on Monday....

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CPJ commends U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring warrant for cellphone searches

June 25, 2014 1:50 PM ET

San Francisco, June 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that held that law enforcement officials need search warrants to search the mobile phones of individuals they arrest. The court found that the data found in cellphones should be protected from routine...

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Radio host gunned down in Paraguay

June 24, 2014 5:21 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2014--Authorities in Paraguay should carry out an efficient investigation into the murder of a radio host and lawyer on Thursday, establish a motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ecuador's year-old media law stifles in-depth reporting

June 24, 2014 10:57 AM ET

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa generated little actual news during a two-day trip to Chile last month. So Ecuador's four main newspapers did the obvious: They published short wire service dispatches about his visit....

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Zimbabwe police detain editor amid ruling party dispute

June 23, 2014 3:52 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2014--Zimbabwean authorities should drop charges against the editor of the state-controlled Sunday Mail and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somali journalist killed by car bomb in Mogadishu

June 23, 2014 3:23 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2014--Authorities in Somalia must immediately investigate the murder of a Somali journalist in Mogadishu on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yusuf Ahmed Abukar, who also used the name Yusuf Keynan, was killed when a bomb believed to be attached to his car exploded...

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CPJ calls on Pakistan to act on pledged commitments to press freedom

June 23, 2014 12:37 PM ET

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Pakistan, which undermines recent commitments made by your government during CPJ's mission to the country.

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Egypt's Shame

June 23, 2014 11:28 AM ET

This morning a judge in Egypt convicted journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced them to between seven and 10 years in prison. All three were working for Al-Jazeera when they were arrested six months ago, but have a wide...

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CPJ condemns harsh prison sentences for journalists in Egypt

June 23, 2014 10:46 AM ET

New York, June 23, 2014--A Cairo court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to lengthy prison terms on terrorism-related charges, according to news reports. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Peter Greste were given seven-year terms, while Baher Mohamed was given 10 years in prison. Three other international journalists--Sue Turton and Dominic Kane...

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CPJ concerned by new restrictions on journalists in China

June 18, 2014 6:24 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2014--China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a circular today that, if fully implemented, will curtail Chinese journalists' ability to report. News of the directive came via the official state news agency, Xinhua....

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Turkey imposes ban on media coverage of Iraq hostage crisis

June 18, 2014 1:55 PM ET

Istanbul, June 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a Turkish court's decision on Monday to censor media coverage of a hostage crisis in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Last week, insurgents led by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State in Iraq and Sham abducted at least 80...

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CPJ welcomes release of two Egyptian journalists, calls for others to be freed

June 18, 2014 1:39 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison this week of two Egyptian journalists and calls on authorities to release at least 14 journalists still behind bars, including three Al-Jazeera journalists whose trial continues on Monday. Abdullah al-Shami, reporter for Al-Jazeera who was jailed...

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Russian journalist and media worker killed in eastern Ukraine

June 17, 2014 5:21 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2014--A Russian journalist and a media worker died from injuries they sustained in mortar fire in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk today, according to Russian and international media reports. Igor Kornelyuk, correspondent for the state-owned broadcaster VGTRK, and Anton Voloshin, a sound engineer, were reporting...

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Conditions for international reporters deteriorating in China

June 17, 2014 10:58 AM ET

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China released at the end of May its annual report on conditions for international journalists working in the country. As we have done in the past, we're posting this year's report as a PDF. The takeaway is that conditions have certainly not gotten better and...

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Journalist killed, another injured amid Iraq clashes

June 16, 2014 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2014--At least one journalist was killed and another injured Sunday in an attack in northern Diyala province, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate and Iraqi news outlets reported. The killing comes amid escalating clashes between the Iraqi government and its allies against an insurgency spearheaded by the Al-Qaeda...

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A year after Snowden revelations, damage persists to freedom of expression in Pakistan

June 16, 2014 3:25 PM ET

In Pakistan, where freedom of expression is largely perceived as a Western notion, the Snowden revelations have had a damaging effect. The deeply polarized narrative has become starker as the corridors of power push back on attempts to curb government surveillance. "If the citizens of the United States of America...

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Forced to flee: A timeline of journalists' flight into exile

June 16, 2014 12:03 AM ET

Every year, dozens of journalists are forced to leave their homes under threat of imprisonment, torture, violence, or even death, because their work has angered the powerful. Over the past 12 months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has supported 42 journalists around the world who were forced to flee,...

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Sudanese journalist held without charge

June 13, 2014 6:06 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Hassan Ishaq, reporter for the privately owned daily Al-Jarida, who has been held without charge by Sudanese security forces since Tuesday....

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Zimbabwe's top court strikes down criminal defamation

June 13, 2014 5:07 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Thursday's move by Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court to strike down criminal defamation, saying it is not compatible with the country's new constitution. The court ruled that criminal defamation violated freedom of expression and that civil suits would adequately protect individuals alleging...

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Jordanian authorities raid station, arrest staff

June 13, 2014 4:15 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jordanian authorities to drop the terrorism charges and release from custody staffers of the Al-Abasiya TV station in Amman who were arrested after a recent raid and shutdown of the outlet....

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Nigeria targets independent newspapers

June 12, 2014 5:07 PM ET

Nigerian authorities have been waging widespread attacks on nearly a dozen independent newspapers under the cover of fighting terrorism. By last weekend, no fewer than 10 newspapers had their operations nationwide disrupted, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of newspaper sales....

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June 12, 2014 4:41 PM ET

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Brazilian authorities must ensure safety of journalists covering World Cup protests

June 12, 2014 4:11 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about reports that three journalists were injured covering protests against the World Cup in Sao Paulo today. CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis sought treatment at a hospital for an arm injury and CNN correspondent Shasta Darlington and Sistema Brasileiro de...

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CPJ calls for a renewed investigation in Askarov's case

June 12, 2014 1:30 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Bishkek City Court's refusal to open a new investigation into the case of Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender who has been imprisoned in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 in retaliation for his work exposing wrongdoing. The court...

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Harsh sentence in Egypt daunting for the press

June 11, 2014 2:06 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the 15-year jail sentence given today to Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah, and at least 24 other defendants, on charges of attacking a police officer and protesting the government's ban on unsanctioned protests. Dozens of critical voices, including...

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At the UN, let's talk about journalist murders in plain language

June 11, 2014 3:00 AM ET

The U.N. Human Rights Council was established in 2006 as a replacement for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which folded in the face of criticism that it gave a platform to many states with poor human rights records. Only time will tell if the U.N. Human Rights Council will...

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ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist murder

June 10, 2014 6:05 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. The ruling is the first ECOWAS case relating to the murder of...

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Update: Journalists can still safely use TrueCrypt

June 10, 2014 3:46 PM ET

Journalists who use the popular encryption tool TrueCrypt can relax. There is no evidence of any new or dangerous vulnerability in TrueCrypt, despite a recent scare over its integrity....

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Time to end a five-year crackdown in Iran

June 10, 2014 3:22 PM ET

This Thursday, CPJ will launch a social media campaign calling for the end of the press crackdown that began on June 12, 2009, the day of Iran's tumultuous presidential elections....

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Radio journalist killed in the Philippines

June 10, 2014 11:07 AM ET

Bangkok, June 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Filipino authorities to determine the motive in the murder on Monday of radio journalist Nilo Baculo Sr. and bring the assailants swiftly to justice....

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Arrests made in murder of Indian journalist in Odisha state

June 9, 2014 4:54 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2014--Police arrested two suspects on Sunday in connection with the recent murder of a local journalist in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Tarun Kumar...

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Two Hong Kong journalists detained in mainland China

June 9, 2014 2:45 PM ET

Hong Kong, June 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention in mainland China of two Hong Kong journalists, the latest in a series of indications that the space for media freedom in Hong Kong is shrinking....

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CPJ welcomes sentences in Politkovskaya case, but mastermind still at large

June 9, 2014 1:23 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists said it is encouraged by today's progress in solving the 2006 slaying of prominent independent journalist Anna Politkovskaya, but noted that the mastermind still walks free. A Moscow court sentenced five defendants to lengthy prison sentences for carrying out the...

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Nigerian military seizes leading newspapers

June 6, 2014 4:33 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2014--The Nigerian military this morning confiscated or destroyed copies of at least four leading newspapers, Punch, Leadership, Vanguard, and The Nation, around the country, according to news reports. A defense official claimed that authorities were looking for "materials with grave security implications," the reports said....

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When Pakistan's largest news channel becomes the news

June 6, 2014 4:29 PM ET

Today, Pakistan's most watched news channel, Geo News, was ordered off the air and fined by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Earlier this week, CPJ documented an attack on Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, by six masked men--the latest in a series of attacks,...

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In eastern Ukraine, newsroom burned down, telecom company halts broadcasts

June 6, 2014 3:20 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2014--A local newsroom was burned down on Thursday in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine and a telecommunication company stopped broadcasting content from six Ukrainian TV channels, citing threats, according to news reports and press freedom groups. In both cases, separatists with the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic...

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Pakistani regulator suspends Geo News

June 6, 2014 11:22 AM ET

New York, June 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision today by Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to suspend the license of Geo News. The regulator said if the channel does not pay a fine of 10 million rupees (US$100,000) by the end of the 15-day suspension, it...

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G-7 acknowledges post-2015 agenda should include governance, human rights

June 5, 2014 3:25 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the declaration today by leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations that democratic governance and human rights should be integral to the post-2015 development agenda.  The United Nations is seeking agreement on a broad set of sustainable development...

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CPJ welcomes release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen in China

June 5, 2014 12:41 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was jailed in China in 2008 for shooting the film, "Leaving Fear Behind," which documents conditions faced by Tibetans under Chinese rule. Wangchen was released from prison in Qinghai's provincial...

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Mexican columnist, abducted, found dead

June 5, 2014 10:18 AM ET

Mexico City, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mexican columnist and government spokesman Jorge Torres Palacios and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Torres' body was found in a bag in an orchard in Guerrero state on...

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EU 'right to be forgotten' ruling will corrupt history

June 4, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Google has taken its first public steps to comply with a troubling ruling by the European Court of Justice establishing a so-called "right to be forgotten" throughout the European Union. The ruling, on May 13, requires that search companies consider individuals' demands to remove Internet links that reference them, and...

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Reporter disparaged in Turkish parliament, journalists harassed

June 3, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Parliament called CNN journalist Ivan Watson a "flunky" and said the foreign press was "literally executing their duties as agents" in connection with the coverage of protests in...

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Q&A: Indian journalist Sudhir Dhawale discusses his release from prison

June 3, 2014 4:00 PM ET

After languishing in jail for 40 months, Mumbai-based journalist and activist Sudhir Dhawale has walked free. Dhawale was the only journalist in jail in India in late 2013, according to CPJ's annual prison census. With his release, there are currently no other journalists behind bars in the country for work-related...

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Press freedom is now el-Sisi's choice

June 3, 2014 2:02 PM ET

Egypt's newly elected leader, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, will have to face many challenges as president, including the real crisis that confronts freedom of the press in the country. Things were never good for the press in Egypt, but they have worsened significantly since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted last summer....

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Armed men attack editor of Pakistani daily

June 3, 2014 11:43 AM ET

New York, June 3, 2014--Pakistani authorities should conduct an efficient investigation into an attack on an editor of a local daily and ensure the assailants are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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US government should withdraw Risen subpoena

June 2, 2014 6:29 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the United States Department of Justice to withdraw a subpoena seeking to force journalist James Risen to give testimony that would reveal a confidential source. The Supreme Court said today it would not consider Risen's appeal of a lower...

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Journalists, editors detained in Crimea, eastern Ukraine

June 2, 2014 5:51 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--At least five journalists in Crimea and mainland Ukraine were detained today, two of whom were still being held, by Russian authorities and pro-Russia separatists, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detentions and urges all sides of the crisis in Ukraine...

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Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use

June 2, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a popular Egyptian TV host has taken his show off the air, citing harassment. CPJ is also disturbed by reports that Egyptian authorities are moving to monitor social media....

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