June 2015

Zimbabwean journalist to appeal jail term over unregistered newspaper

June 30, 2015 6:00 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately release Zimbabwean journalist Patrick Chitongo who, according to reports, was sentenced to one year in prison on June 23 for publishing an unregistered newspaper....

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Moroccan editor, source convicted in defamation case

June 30, 2015 2:14 PM ET

New York, June 30--Moroccan journalist Hamid al-Mahdaoui was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence by a Casablanca court on Monday and ordered, along with a co-defendant named in the case, to pay a combined 100,000 Moroccan dirhams ($10,290) in damages for criminal defamation, according to the journalist's website and other...

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Swaziland releases Bheki Makhubu after 15 months in jail

June 30, 2015 11:38 AM ET

New York, June 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by the Swaziland Supreme Court to release from prison Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation, who has been in jail since March 2014 along with human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, after the crown prosecution said it would...

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More signs of Myanmar's toughening stance on media

June 26, 2015 3:49 PM ET

Myanmar’s parliament yesterday voted against several constitutional amendments that keep the military’s veto power intact, dealing a blow to hopes for fuller democracy, according to the BBC. And outside the legislature authorities are accelerating the pace at which they undoing democratic reforms....

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Turkish journalist faces 23 years in prison for insulting government officials

June 26, 2015 2:53 PM ET

Istanbul, June 26, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the insult charges filed against a Turkish reporter and calls on Turkish authorities to drop them immediately. The charges against Canan Coşkun, a reporter for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, were first reported by the Turkish media on Wednesday....

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Al-Jazeera cameraman killed in shelling in Syria

June 26, 2015 1:47 PM ET

Beirut, June 26, 2015--An Al-Jazeera cameraman was killed today while covering clashes between regime forces and rebels in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, the pan-Arab broadcaster reported. Mohammed al-Asfar is the second Al-Jazeera journalist to be killed in the province since December....

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RFI reporter assaulted in Chad, then expelled

June 26, 2015 1:33 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 26, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Chadian authorities’ ejection this week of a French journalist. Laurent Correau, reporter for Radio France Internationale, was assaulted by police alongside an international human rights defender before being expelled, according to news reports....

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Securing the newsroom: CPJ, journalists, and technologists commit

June 25, 2015 6:06 PM ET

It's second nature now for reporters rushing to a dangerous assignment to grab a helmet and vest. Physical security whether covering conflict or quakes is readily understood, if not always adequately implemented....

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Burundi reporter says grenade thrown at home

June 25, 2015 4:53 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2015 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about growing violence against journalists in Burundi and calls on the authorities to investigate all attacks and protect media workers....

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Historic conviction of mastermind in Colombian journalist's murder

June 25, 2015 4:06 PM ET

Bogotá, June 25, 2015 - A Colombian court sentenced the mastermind of a journalist’s murder to 36 years in prison on Wednesday in a landmark conviction that followed years of lobbying for justice by local journalists....

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Editor of Chinese website, missing for a month, arrested on anti-state charges

June 25, 2015 2:08 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2015--The editor of a Chinese human rights news website was formally arrested June 19 on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” according to news reports. Over a month ago, 60-year-old Liu Xinglian, an editor of Rose China and the secretary-general of Rose Group, a Hubei...

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News website convicted of defamation in Morocco

June 25, 2015 1:11 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the excessive damages imposed on Monday by a Moroccan court on a news website convicted of defamation and call on authorities to reverse the conviction on appeal....

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Armenian reporters injured, equipment damaged while covering protest

June 25, 2015 12:00 PM ET

At least 14 journalists were injured and had their equipment damaged while they were covering a protest in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on June 23, 2015, according to local and international news reports. Several of the journalists were also briefly detained at a local police station, the independent news...

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Egypt's imprisonment of journalists is at an all-time high

June 25, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Egyptian authorities continue to imprison critical journalists while openly pledging media freedom. Egypt has the highest number of journalists behind bars since CPJ began keeping records, most of them accused of affiliation with a banned group. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Gunman convicted in 2013 murder of Brazilian journalist

June 24, 2015 3:25 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the conviction on Friday of the gunman in the 2013 murder of Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Neto and calls on authorities to ensure all those responsible, including the mastermind, are brought to justice....

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Radio Free Asia reporter's brothers in China face anti-state charges

June 24, 2015 3:00 PM ET

This week, Washington D.C.-based Uighur journalist Shohret Hoshur, sent CPJ a message saying that on May 28 charges had finally been brought against two of his brothers, Shawket and Rexim, who have been detained since August. Hoshur, who works for the U.S.-government funded Radio Free Asia (RFA), is convinced they...

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CPJ welcomes U.S. government's new hostage policy

June 24, 2015 12:08 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the new U.S. policy announced today which states that families of American hostages seeking to negotiate with or pay ransom to the abductors will not be threatened with criminal prosecution. The White House will also create an office to work...

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Blogger in Singapore faces financial ruin following defamation suit

June 23, 2015 1:54 PM ET

"If we want our freedom, we have to fight for it," wrote blogger Roy Ngerng last year after he was sued for defamation by Singapore's prime minister. The case was sparked by a blog post in which Ngerng allegedly suggested Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had misappropriated funds in...

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In India, second journalist killed, burned in two weeks

June 22, 2015 2:08 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2015--The burned body of a journalist was found in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday, the day after he had been kidnapped, according to news reports. The murder of Sandeep Kothari is the second such one of a journalist in India in less than two...

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Al-Jazeera journalist detained while headed to Qatar

June 21, 2015 12:33 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2015--An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained on Saturday in Berlin while headed to Qatar, according to news reports. Ahmad Mansour, a British-Egyptian TV host for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was detained in connection with an Egyptian arrest warrant dating back to a 2014 conviction in Egypt on politically...

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Turkish editor given suspended prison term for insulting Erdoğan on Twitter

June 19, 2015 2:13 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a suspended prison term given to the editor of the English-language Turkish daily Today's Zaman on Wednesday on charges of insulting then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a July 2014 tweet....

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CPJ concerned about deteriorating health of journalist imprisoned in China

June 18, 2015 4:33 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to immediately release Wang Jing, a journalist who has been imprisoned since December and whose health has deteriorated in custody....

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In censored Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi filled a journalistic void

June 17, 2015 4:34 PM ET

On the third anniversary of the arrest of liberal activist and writer Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, his supporters all over the world are working hard to prevent what may lay ahead: the completion of a 10-year, thousand-lash sentence. To be effective in changing Badawi's future, it is important...

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Russian journalist detained, beaten in eastern Ukraine

June 17, 2015 4:06 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2015--A correspondent for the independent Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta was obstructed and briefly detained by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, according to news reports. Pavel Kanygin, a special correspondent for the newspaper, said he was beaten and interrogated in custody and...

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Exiled: When the most dangerous place for journalists is your country

June 17, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Syrian journalists have been harassed or imprisoned by the Assad regime as well as threatened or attacked by militant groups such as Islamic State. Ultimately, dozens have been forced to flee into exile. These are four of their stories. A Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Nicole Schilit...

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Ecuadoran daily fined for publishing unsatisfactory government rebuttal

June 16, 2015 4:05 PM ET

Bogotá, June 16, 2015--Ecuador's state media oversight commission on Saturday fined the independent daily El Universo about US$350,000, accusing the paper of unsatisfactorily publishing a government rebuttal to a story, according to news reports....

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UN report promotes encryption as fundamental and protected right

June 16, 2015 1:22 PM ET

On Wednesday, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye will present his report on international legal protection for encryption and anonymity to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report is an important contribution to the security conversation at a time when some Western leaders are...

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Thai junta bans FCCT event on lese majeste law

June 16, 2015 10:43 AM ET

New York, June 16, 2015--Thailand's ruling military junta has banned an event on Wednesday by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand to discuss the country's draconian lѐse majesté law, news reports said. This is the second ban this month of an FCCT event that was scheduled to discuss the country's...

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Dieu Cay on solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and his fight for press freedom

June 16, 2015 10:43 AM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Held in solitary confinement and stripped of his human rights, Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai suffered greatly during his six and a half years in prison. The 63-year-old outspoken critic of the repressive Vietnamese government was granted early release from a 12-year sentence last year, thanks in part...

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Indian journalist beaten and dragged behind motorbike

June 15, 2015 5:22 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2015--An Indian journalist was beaten by a group of men and dragged behind a motorcycle in Uttar Pradesh state on June 13, in apparent reprisal for his critical reporting, according to reports. The attack comes days after freelance journalist Jagendra Singh was killed in the same...

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Journalist injured covering fighting in eastern Ukraine

June 15, 2015 3:32 PM ET

A freelance reporter was injured on June 14, 2015, while he was covering fighting in eastern Ukraine, near the city of Donetsk, which is a stronghold of pro-Russia separatists, according to news reports....

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Media freedom advocate Emin Huseynov flees Azerbaijan as Baku hosts European Games

June 13, 2015 5:20 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2015-Azerbaijani journalist Emin Huseynov was flown into exile in Switzerland on June 12, a few hours after the opening ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, according to reports. Fearing imminent arrest during the country's crackdown on rights groups and the press, Huseynov, the...

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Rwandan journalist arrested in Burundi, charged with spying

June 12, 2015 3:09 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2015--A Rwandan journalist who was arrested in Burundi on Monday has been charged with espionage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release the journalist and drop the charge immediately....

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Journalists assaulted while covering protest in western Kenya

June 12, 2015 3:00 PM ET

Nairobi, June 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Tuesday against four journalists covering a peaceful protest in western Kenya and calls on authorities to investigate the attacks and hold the assailants to account....

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CPJ welcomes arrest of suspect behind Somali kidnapping

June 12, 2015 2:33 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest in Canada on Thursday of Ali Omar Ader, a Somali allegedly involved in the 2008 kidnapping of journalists Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan, and Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, a Somali fixer and photojournalist. Ali, who appeared briefly in court in...

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CPJ condemns death threats against Elena Milashina, calls for investigation

June 11, 2015 5:54 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns death threats issued against Elena Milashina, an award-winning investigative reporter for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and Moscow correspondent for CPJ, and calls on authorities to ensure her safety....

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Pajhwok Afghan News agency targeted in bomb blast

June 11, 2015 1:21 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by a bomb attack on the Pajhwok Afghan News agency's Jalalabad office in Nangahar province on Wednesday night. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to media reports....

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Baku 2015: Press freedom, Azerbaijan, and the European Games

June 11, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Tomorrow 50 countries are due to take part in the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, but Azerbaijan's most prominent journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, will not be at the celebrations. The award-winning investigative reporter has been in jail since December on retaliatory charges over her writing on...

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CPJ calls for investigation into journalist's burning death; police accused

June 10, 2015 2:31 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an independent investigation into the death of Jagendra Singh, an Indian freelance journalist who died from burn injuries in a hospital in Lucknow on Monday, the Press Trust of India reported. Before he died, Singh alleged that police set...

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Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment

June 9, 2015 2:57 PM ET

Incarcerated blogger Ta Phong Tan has been on hunger strike since May 13 to protest the mistreatment of political prisoners at the prison where she is being held in Vietnam's central Thanh Hoa province, according to news reports. It is believed to be the third time Tan has fasted in...

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In Indonesia, promising steps on Papua access but more work needed

June 8, 2015 9:59 AM ET

Last month Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, announced his intention to allow international journalists access to restive regions including Papua and West Papua--an issue the Committee to Protect Journalists has long advocated for....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2015

June 5, 2015 6:14 PM ET

US cites CPJ in remarks on World Press Freedom Day Each year, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity for press freedom organizations to put anti-press violations on the map. This year, CPJ did just that. In U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's statement commemorating World Press Freedom Day, he...

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At least four journalists attacked in Nigeria in one week

June 5, 2015 3:21 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 5, 2015--At least four journalists have been attacked in Nigeria, and one forced to flee his state, in the past week, according to news reports and one of the journalists. The attacks occurred in the same week that the Committee to Protect Journalists wrote an open letter...

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Colombia releases suspect in attack on journalist Jineth Bedoya

June 4, 2015 11:05 AM ET

Bogotá, June 4, 2015--The Colombian attorney general's office announced Monday that charges have been dropped against Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, a paramilitary fighter who confessed to taking part in the 2000 kidnapping of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya, who was also raped in the attack, according to news reports. Cárdenas later retracted...

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India denies public exhibition of film on life of Tamil journalist Shoba

June 4, 2015 11:05 AM ET

India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which regulates the public exhibition of films in the country, declined to certify the film Porkalathil Oru Poo on May 27, 2015, citing the possibility that it could harm "friendly relations with foreign States," the English-language daily The Hindu reported....

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CPJ urges Nigerian president to prioritize press freedom

June 3, 2015 5:00 AM ET

President Buhari: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Nigeria's presidential election. As Nigeria prepares to enter a new chapter in its history, we urge you and your administration to take steps to ensure that journalists are able to work freely and openly in the country without fear of reprisal of any form.

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CPJ condemns attack on investigative journalist in Croatia

June 2, 2015 6:08 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on investigative reporter Zeljko Peratovic who, according to news reports, was beaten in his home in Luka Pokupska, near the city of Karlovac, and calls on Croatian authorities to investigate if journalism was the motive....

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Two journalists given prison sentences in Egypt

June 2, 2015 3:34 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the convictions and sentencing of two journalists in separate cases in Egypt over the weekend....

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Erdoğan threatens Cumhuriyet, editor-in-chief over arms smuggling report

June 1, 2015 6:14 PM ET

Istanbul, June 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's legal threats against pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet and Can Dündar, its editor-in-chief, whom the president accused of espionage during a live broadcast Sunday night on state-run television....

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Freelance journalist Casey Coombs released by Yemen rebels

June 1, 2015 5:19 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of American freelance journalist Casey Coombs, who had been held by Houthi rebels for two weeks. Coombs, who has written for publications including Time and The Intercept, has arrived safely in Oman, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie...

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In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back

June 1, 2015 11:32 AM ET

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago, his socialist government was tightlipped about the diagnosis. Then in June 2011 a source in Havana, Cuba, where Chávez was being treated, told Nelson Bocaranda, a veteran columnist for the Caracas daily El Universal, that...

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Status update: Facebook users now have access to PGP encryption

June 1, 2015 11:18 AM ET

Today Facebook announced on its blog a new set of features adding support for the PGP email encryption system. The changes allow users to post their public email encryption key to their Facebook profile, inviting others to encrypt future emails. In a move that significantly bolsters security, it is also...

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CPJ welcomes Facebook move to add PGP encryption features

June 1, 2015 6:08 AM ET

San Francisco, June 1, 2015--Facebook today announced that it would offer users a field to post PGP encryption keys on their profiles, and that it will use the encryption standard to protect the contents of notification emails. The improvements were announced on the social network's security blog and will gradually...

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