December 2015

CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

December 31, 2015 12:05 PM ET

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where...

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CPJ welcomes convictions in 2013 murder of Bangladeshi blogger

December 31, 2015 8:49 AM ET

New York, December 31, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's convictions in the case of Ahmed Rajib Haider, a blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh in February 2013. A Dhaka court sentenced two students to death for murder, including Rezwanul Azad Rana, a fugitive who was charged in absentia...

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Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

December 29, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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The militarization of the press in Syria

December 29, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Ahmed Abu al-Hamza, "Software" as he was known by his friends, stood behind the camera on November 6 as a gunman explained how rebel forces took Tel Sukayk, a strategic hilltop north of Hama, from government forces. Suddenly the camera's sound recorder picked up the faint thud of a...

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Syrian journalist Naji Jerf shot dead in Gaziantep, Turkey

December 27, 2015 2:03 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2015--Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and the maker of documentary films on the militant group Islamic State, was shot and killed in broad daylight today by unknown assailants with a silenced pistol in front of a building that houses Syrian opposition news outlets...

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Ethiopia arrests second journalist in a week, summons Zone 9 bloggers

December 27, 2015 11:21 AM ET

Nairobi, December 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper, Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday, according to news reports....

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CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

December 26, 2015 8:30 AM ET

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website, www.cpj.org. But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has...

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Embattled Kazakh editor detained following police raids

December 24, 2015 1:54 PM ET

New York, December 24, 2015--Kazakh authorities should immediately release Guzyal Baydalinova, editor of the independent news website Nakanune, and return all reporting equipment seized in police raids, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China delays visa renewal for critical French journalist

December 24, 2015 12:43 PM ET

New York, December 24, 2015--A French journalist based in Beijing told the Committee to Protect Journalists she may be forced to leave China by January 1 because her journalist visa has not been renewed....

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Ethiopia arrests journalist after channel reports on protests

December 22, 2015 5:58 PM ET

Nairobi, December 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release news anchor Fikadu Mirkana. Fikadu, who works for the state-run broadcaster Oromia Radio and TV, was arrested at his Addis Ababa home on Saturday morning, according to news reports....

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Turkey press crackdown continues with arrests of three pro-Kurdish journalists

December 22, 2015 3:04 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press. Since the release of CPJ's annual prison census, three journalists working for pro-Kurdish outlets have been arrested in Turkey on terror accusations, according to news reports....

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Sudanese editors could face death penalty over critical coverage

December 21, 2015 5:59 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2015--Sudanese authorities should drop all charges against two newspaper editors potentially facing the death penalty on charges stemming from their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One year on, challenges remain for press in Indonesia

December 21, 2015 10:20 AM ET

"Change does not come overnight," President Joko Widodo's right-hand man, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, told an international delegation of 10 media and freedom of expression groups that visited Indonesia last month....

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CPJ calls on Sierra Leone to release newspaper editor

December 18, 2015 4:08 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Sierra Leone to release Jonathan Leigh, managing editor of the Independent Observer. Leigh was arrested Thursday on accusations of publishing false information, according to news reports and local journalists with whom CPJ spoke....

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CPJ condemns murder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently journalist

December 16, 2015 4:20 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Ahmed Mohamed al-Mousa, a member of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Al-Mousa was killed today by a group of masked men in Idlib, Syria, according to the citizen journalist group, which CPJ honored last month with its...

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to drop anti-social media legislation

December 16, 2015 2:24 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists alongside 19 Nigerian, African and international organisations today signed an open letter addressed to the upper chamber of Nigeria's parliament calling for the rejection of a bill which would undermine press freedom, stifle public opinion, and criminalize freedom of expression in Nigeria....

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Wife of Argentina reporter who denounced drug trafficking is raped

December 15, 2015 5:26 PM ET

New York, December 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack Friday on the home of Argentine radio journalist Sergio Hurtado, who reported on drug trafficking. The journalist's wife was raped in the attack in the town of San Antonio de Areco....

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In Nigeria, journalist beaten outside court, has camera seized

December 15, 2015 3:07 PM ET

At least 10 people, including officers of the Nigerian Prisons Service, allegedly beat Emmanuel Elebeke, a journalist with the independent daily Vanguard, at the premises of a high court in the capital Abuja on November 12, 2015, according to news reports. The reporter, who also takes photographs for the paper,...

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Tanzania's press wait to see if new president will reform troubling media laws

December 15, 2015 12:48 PM ET

Elections in Tanzania passed smoothly in October, but several local journalists and a media lawyer told me the spectre of anti-press laws is casting a pall over critical reporting in the country and that hopes for legal reform under the newly elected President John Pombe Magufuli remain muted....

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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Slideshow: Journalists freed

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

While just under 200 journalists are behind bars, CPJ witnessed several memorable releases in 2015, including in Vietnam, Ethiopia, and even secretive Eritrea. Some of the journalists had spent years behind bars; they endured isolation and several say they were tortured. This year, CPJ’s advocacy contributed to the release of...

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Inter-American Human Rights System, campaigns against defamation laws keep journalists from jail in Americas

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

When a prison guard told Ángel Santiesteban Prats that he would be released from jail on a scorching summer day in July, the Cuban independent writer and blogger decided to ignore him, brushing off the news as a cruel joke. By then, Santiesteban had already spent two years and five...

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Exile the price of freedom for Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Nearly two months after her early release from a decade-long prison sentence, Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan is settling into life in exile in the U.S. Hers was the latest in a series of U.S. State Department-negotiated releases of political prisoners held on anti-state charges on condition they promptly leave...

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2015 prison census: 199 journalists jailed worldwide

December 14, 2015 7:59 PM ET

As of December 1, 2015 Analysis: China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists Blog: None jailed in Americas | Blog: Q&A with Vietnam's Ta Phong Tan...

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Glimmer of hope in Norbert Zongo murder case in Burkina Faso

December 14, 2015 2:09 PM ET

New York December 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests on Saturday of three people in Burkina Faso in connection with the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper L'Independant....

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CPJ urges South Africa to revise cybercrime bill that limits press freedom

December 10, 2015 4:53 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the South African government to revise provisions in the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that would limit journalists' ability to work. Under the bill, journalists and members of the public could be prosecuted for possessing or disclosing state information,...

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CPJ calls on Egypt's prosecutor general to support request to free Shawkan

December 10, 2015 10:35 AM ET

Dear Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq. The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you because of our deep concern for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who is due to stand trial in Cairo Criminal Court on December 12, 2015. Shawkan's lawyers told CPJ they will ask the court to release him from custody We request that you support this request. Shawkan was at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in August 2013 not as a protester or a criminal, but as a journalist.

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CPJ alarmed by Russia's harassment of Dozhd TV

December 7, 2015 12:59 PM ET

New York, December 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Russian authorities to allow Dozhd TV to broadcast without fear of harassment. Today, prosecutors in Moscow carried out an audit of the independent station to check for purported violations of Russia’s laws on extremism, anti-terrorism, labor, and licensing, according...

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CPJ joins calls for Azerbaijan to release Khadija Ismayilova

December 4, 2015 4:57 PM ET

In a statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, Sport for Rights --a coalition of international press freedom groups that includes the Committee to Protect Journalists--called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ismayilova and all other journalists and rights activists jailed in...

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Car bomb kills broadcast journalist in Somalia

December 3, 2015 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2015--A Somali journalist with state-run media was killed today in Mogadishu when a bomb blew up her car, according to news reports. Hindia Haji Mohamed was the widow of another journalist killed in an attack in Mogadishu in 2012....

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Journalist covering sensitive rural issues in India jailed

December 2, 2015 3:30 PM ET

Plainclothes police arrested Somaru Nag on July 16, 2015, at his family's mobile phone shop on the outskirts of Darbha town, according his brother, Sonaru, who was cited by the South Asian media watchdog group The Hoot. The family was told of his arrest three days later....

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Journalist injured as gunmen open fire on press vehicle in Bangladesh

December 2, 2015 3:06 PM ET

On November 22, 2015 Rajib Sen Prince, the Chittagong district correspondent for the privately owned broadcaster Mohona TV, was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on the press vehicle he was in. Sen had been covering the burial of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, an opposition leader executed for war crimes, including...

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CPJ calls on Egypt to release freelance journalist Ismail Alexandrani

December 1, 2015 4:32 PM ET

New York, December 1--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance investigative journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani. The journalist was charged today with publishing false news and belonging to the banned group, the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports....

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CPJ joins call for Turkey to release Cumhuriyet journalists

December 1, 2015 1:02 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined an appeal alongside 13 other international advocacy groups, calling on Turkey to release Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish pro-opposition daily Cumhuriyet, Erdem Gül, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, and all other journalists currently imprisoned in Turkey for their work....

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Turkey arrests two Cumhuriyet journalists over weapons claims

December 1, 2015 12:45 PM ET

On November 26, 2015, an Istanbul court ordered Can Dündar, chief editor of the independent daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the daily's Ankara bureau chief, to be held in pre-trial detention on charges of espionage and aiding a terrorist group, according to reports. The journalists' arrests are connected to reports...

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CPJ newsletter: November 2015

December 1, 2015 11:44 AM ET

Today is #GivingTuesday Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on the work you support, visit our website at www.cpj.org....

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