November 2014

Journalist jailed on anti-royal charges in Thailand

November 25, 2014 11:36 AM ET

New York, November 25, 2014--The editor of an online news aggregator in Thailand was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison on charges of defaming the country's monarch, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentence and calls for an end to...

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Authorities order radio stations to be closed in the DRC

November 24, 2014 2:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop meddling with radio station broadcasts in the country. The Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende has called for the shutdown of several radio stations in recent weeks, and a few...

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Maguindanao five years on

November 20, 2014 3:18 PM ET

November 23 will mark five years since the Maguindanao massacre, the single deadliest event for the press since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping records in 1992....

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Media massacre witness killed, another wounded, in the Philippines

November 20, 2014 12:34 PM ET

Bangkok, November 20, 2014--A state witness in the mass killing of 57 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, in the Philippines in 2009 was shot dead by assailants on Tuesday while traveling in a remote area of southern Maguindanao province, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Somali journalist in Puntland killed by gunmen

November 19, 2014 3:14 PM ET

Nairobi, November 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland to do their utmost to arrest and prosecute the killers of a Somali journalist and identify the motive behind the murder....

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Accounting for impunity is obligation for all states

November 18, 2014 4:22 PM ET

This week, members of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication will meet to discuss the director general's biannual report, which examines the cases of nearly 600 journalists killed around the world from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2013. The report, and lacklustre response from member states who...

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CPJ calls on Belgium to defend press freedom at Committee of Ministers

November 18, 2014 2:19 PM ET

CPJ calls on Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, to use his country's presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe--the largest pan-European human rights watchdog--to defend press freedom in Europe, and address violations by members states. CPJ's letter highlights press freedom abuses in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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Thai military authorities force broadcast reporter off the air

November 17, 2014 11:24 AM ET

New York, November 17, 2014--Military authorities in Thailand have forced the suspension of a broadcast reporter for violating orders under martial law that bar critical reporting on the country's ruling junta, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an end to intimidation and harassment of journalists...

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Algerian journalist held for more than a year without charge

November 14, 2014 2:08 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Algerian journalist Abdelhai Abdessamia, who has been held since August 18, 2013. News of Abdessamia's imprisonment was reported by his family in early November, according to news reports....

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Engaging Turkey's leadership

November 13, 2014 4:49 PM ET

Last month, a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute met with senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ....

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Letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

November 13, 2014 4:35 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

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Letter to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

November 13, 2014 4:09 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Letter to Turkey's Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ

November 13, 2014 3:47 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting at the Justice Ministry, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ.

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CPJ joins call for UN members to push for greater human rights in Iran

November 13, 2014 1:11 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 29 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place on November 18....

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Amid US-China talks, tough words from Xi Jinping for foreign press

November 12, 2014 4:55 PM ET

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued tough words on the visa woes of international media outlets today, arguing that journalists facing visa restrictions had brought trouble on themselves and signaling that there will be little respite for the international media in China....

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Journalist gunned down in Peru

November 11, 2014 4:29 PM ET

Bogotá, November 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sunday's murder of Peruvian journalist Fernando Raymondi and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and establish a motive. The journalist was investigating a story on local gangs for Peru's leading newsmagazine Caretas, according to news reports....

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'Spear phishing' attacks underscore necessity of digital vigilance

November 10, 2014 5:33 PM ET

The revelation that the FBI sent a fake Associated Press story containing malware to a teenager suspected of making bomb threats has brought "spear phishing" back into the public consciousness. The technique, which combines malicious software with social cues tailored to the target, has been used by state and non-state...

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Jason Rezaian's family appeals for Iran to release him

November 10, 2014 3:31 PM ET

Last week, Mohammad Javad Larijani, a top adviser to the country's supreme leader, said in an interview with Euronews television that the case of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post correspondent who has been imprisoned in Iran since July, might be resolved in "less than a month."...

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More threats against Pakistan's Hamid Mir

November 10, 2014 3:11 PM ET

The well-known and controversial Pakistani television talk show host Hamid Mir survived a murder attempt on April 19, even though he was hit with six bullets--two of which are still in his body. "I can move, I can walk and I can talk, but I am still undergoing physiotherapy...

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CPJ condemns FBI agent posing as AP journalist in criminal investigation

November 7, 2014 5:42 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the revelation that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pretended to be an Associated Press reporter as part of a criminal investigation and calls on authorities to halt use of the tactic....

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CPJ welcomes release of Juliet Michelena Díaz in Cuba

November 7, 2014 4:46 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today in Cuba of Juliet Michelena Díaz, who had been imprisoned since April after photographing a police operation in Havana....

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Vietnamese blogger 'Mother Mushroom' fears arrest for Facebook activity

November 7, 2014 1:14 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about the safety of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who has been repeatedly questioned by local police in Nha Trang about her activity on Facebook, and says that she fears arrest. Vietnam currently imprisons 17 journalists, most...

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Obama: Burma must improve its media environment

November 7, 2014 9:39 AM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the recent killing, jailing, and harassment of journalists in Burma. During your upcoming visit to the country on November 11-12, we urge you to impress upon Burmese President Thein Sein that future U.S. engagement will be predicated on a renewed and genuine commitment to press freedom.

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Azerbaijan pressures press freedom advocate's family, raids apartment

November 6, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment by Azerbaijani officials of the family of Gulnara Akhundova, a regional expert with the Denmark-based press freedom group International Media Support (IMS). Akhundova's 67-year-old mother was interrogated on Wednesday by prosecutors in Baku who raided her apartment the...

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How Facebook's Tor hidden service improves safety for journalists

November 5, 2014 5:46 PM ET

Facebook announced on October 31 that it has made it easier and safer for users to gain access to its social network by using a dedicated Tor hidden service at https://facebookcorewwwi.onion. A dedicated hidden service access point is a powerful move to protect journalists and anyone else who uses Tor...

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Under Threat: Egyptian Press in Peril

November 5, 2014 3:48 PM ET

On November 6, CPJ and See Media released a new documentary film, “Under Threat,” that highlights the perils of working for Egyptian media across the political spectrum and examines the media environment under President al-Sisi ahead of Egypt’s parliamentary vote. CPJ has documented an unprecedented number of anti-press abuses,...

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Ecuador court paves way for media regulation under constitution

November 5, 2014 3:17 PM ET

Bogotá, November 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a decision by Ecuador's highest court that has paved the way for a constitutional amendment that would categorize the news media as a "public service" subject to government regulation....

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In Sierra Leone, journalist imprisoned after criticizing president

November 4, 2014 6:10 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, November 4, 2014--A journalist in Sierra Leone has been imprisoned after criticizing President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to news reports and local journalists. David Tam Baryoh was arrested on Monday....

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Japan's state secrets law, a minefield for journalists

November 4, 2014 3:24 PM ET

On October 14, as Japan prepared to mark Newspaper Week--an event set up to promote the public right to know--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet publicly announced guidelines on how the country's security law, which was passed in December 2013, is to be implemented. This date will be remembered as...

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Rosewater: An Iranian journalist's journey from prison to silver screen

November 4, 2014 1:57 PM ET

In 2009, the sketch comedian Jason Jones traveled to Iran to interview Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. Shortly after the disputed June 12 elections, the series of reports aired amid a brutal crackdown on Iranian journalists and the opposition. Bahari was among those...

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Kenyan journalist covering police detained, harassed

November 4, 2014 1:49 PM ET

Nairobi, November 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kenyan police to stop harassing and threatening a journalist in Kisumu city, western Kenya. Last month, police threatened and briefly detained Justus Ochieng, a reporter for the privately owned daily The Star, in connection with a story he wrote...

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Egypt's journalists speak out against repression, self-censorship

November 4, 2014 12:34 PM ET

When CPJ launched its appeal for discussion under the hashtag #EgyptLastWord, I said I didn't expect "nationwide acts of solidarity" from within Egypt. I am happy to be wrong....

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Journalists arrested after covering protest in Somaliland

November 3, 2014 5:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 3, 2014--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ. Authorities arrested Horn Cable TV reporter Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim on October 30...

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CPJ calls on authorities to explain no-fly zone in Ferguson

November 3, 2014 4:59 PM ET

New York, November 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a news report that law enforcement authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, sought a no-fly zone during unrest in August with the intent of blocking access for the press....

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CPJ welcomes Facebook move to enable access via Tor hidden service

November 3, 2014 4:52 PM ET

San Francisco, November 3, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Facebook's move to enable access via a Tor hidden service, which came into effect on Friday. The step protects journalists and other users who are at risk of surveillance, censorship, or online attack....

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Orbán walks fine line in Brussels with Hungary's media law

November 3, 2014 12:21 PM ET

"With the Islamic state offensive, the Ebola epidemic and Ukraine, Hungary is not on anyone's mind in Europe," mused one of our interlocutors during the Committee to Protect Journalists' fact-finding mission in Budapest in October. "Viktor Orbán has really nothing to fear from Brussels."...

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Press freedom groups urge Russia to probe murders of journalists

November 3, 2014 12:20 PM ET

On Sunday, which marked the first United Nations-backed International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, CPJ joined a coalition of international press freedom and human rights groups in urging Russian investigators to serve justice for our murdered colleagues....

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