April 2016

CPJ joins call for UN to appoint special representative for safety of journalists

April 29, 2016 3:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is one of 35 press freedom groups calling on the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists as soon as possible. A joint letter from the groups proposes that the representative could work closely...

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Iraq withdraws Al-Jazeera's license

April 28, 2016 5:04 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2016 - Iraqi authorities should immediately restore Al-Jazeera's operating license, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Qatari broadcaster reported that Iraqi authorities informed it Wednesday that its license to operate had been withdrawn....

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Foreign press in China say travel to Tibet remains restricted

April 27, 2016 12:11 PM ET

While foreign media outlets were granted some limited access to the Tibet Autonomous Region in 2015, China still rejected roughly three-quarters of the reporters who sought permission to visit last year, according to a new survey by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC)....

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Attacks on the Press 2016

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

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Breaking the Silence

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

On February 11, 2011, as journalists were documenting the raucous celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square following the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the story took a sudden and unexpected turn. CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan, who was reporting from the square, was violently separated from her crew and security detail...

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Compassion, Strength, Hugs

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

I am a hugger. Maybe it's my Texas heritage, but the value of wrapping people in a warm embrace at the right time has stayed with me, like a hint of twang, in the 40 years since I left the state. And hugs have been just the right thing many...

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Males Preferred

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

In October 2015, when I solicited Chinese readers' views on gender issues in journalism, one comment spoke volumes about the state of the debate in China: "Women can take advantage of their looks and feminine traits to attract well-known and powerful men to accept their interviews."...

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From High Profile to Exile

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Heba Alshibani did not set out to become a journalist. She had expected to become an academic, as many members of her Libyan family had before the February 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. But when the violence did not abate after Qaddafi's overthrow, Alshibani witnessed...

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Harassed and Jailed

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

It feels strange to be writing about friends in jail. You wonder what kind of a friend you are--free to breathe the air, to walk the streets, to continue to work, while your friends cannot. Why do you deserve this privilege?...

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Fighting Words

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

"When I cried, he slapped me hard and put his hand over my mouth." That is how a 12-year-old girl in the Central African Republic described an episode in which a man found her hiding in the bathroom of her home in the wee hours of August 2, 2015, dragged...

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Heroines for Press Freedom

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Late on the evening of September 16, 2000, 31-year-old Ukrainian investigative journalist Georgy Gongadze left a colleague's house in Kiev and headed home to where his wife and young daughters awaited him. He never made it....

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The Struggle for Candid Interviews

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Inside a four-room apartment in Antakya, Turkey, a town on the border with Syria, more than a dozen men sat on mattresses on the floor. It was just past 10 p.m. and the soldiers, all men in the Free Syrian Army, the rebel opposition group in Syria, were busy coordinating...

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Responding to Internet Abuse

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Ana Freitas, a 26-year-old Brazilian journalist who covers pop culture, recalled how she once had trouble convincing an editor at the news outlet YouPix to publish an article she had written about women and minorities being unwelcome on comment boards related to pop cultural videos, movies, comics or gaming....

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Combating Digital Harassment

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

A plurality of online voices is good for democracy, yet one group has come under attack in the most gruesome ways. Threats of rape, physical violence and graphic imagery are showing up in the inboxes and on the social media platforms of female journalists across the globe. Though online harassment...

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Double Exposure

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

When it comes to abusive readers' comments and tweets from Internet trolls, Katherine O'Donnell has heard it all. For years, O'Donnell, who is night editor of the Scottish edition of the U.K.'s The Times, has borne the brunt of personal attacks, including about her gender, from online trolls who take...

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The Progression of Hate

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Even today, the words scribbled across the pages in angry ALL CAPS are hard to look at. "HOW DO YOU GET A NIGGER OUT OF A TREE? CUT THE ROPE!!" "BEFORE THIS WORLD ENDS, THERE WILL BE A RACE WAR..." "ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS CRY BITCH WINE [sic], BITCH."...

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LGBT Reporting in Africa

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

On a recent trip to Kenya, I sat with S., a gay refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the cramped, one-room apartment he shares with three friends, all straight. The four share a bed, and none know S. is gay. The floor is covered in a vibrant yellow...

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Preparing for the Worst

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

It's a calm day in a Ugandan village. Women gather on plastic chairs, shaded from the afternoon sun. I'm here with a handful of journalists on a reporting trip sponsored by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). The village women welcome us and begin to tell us about their lives....

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Why a Troll Trolls

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

"Yeah... I went too far," he said, which by most accounts would be an understatement. Among the Twitter comments this Internet troll posted to or about a female writer and activist were: "Rape her nice ass." "I will find you." "The police will do nothing." The man, who agreed to...

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My Islamic State Social Network

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

My first conversation with Islamic State was about my reporting. I had just shared an article I'd written about the terrorist group recruiting Western fighters on my Twitter when I saw that someone using the Twitter handle Abu Omar had also posted a link to the piece on his...

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The Sadness of May the 25th

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

To rewrite one's story, when it is so painful, feels like a kind of suicide. Psychologists would say that is part of a grieving process, helping close nefarious chapters in life. We, the victims of sexual violence, are often told that. But I think it would be more helpful to...

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CPJ condemns Iran's jailing of journalists

April 26, 2016 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns an Iranian court's sentencing of three reformist journalists. Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced the three to between five and 10 years in prison on charges of "acting against national security," according to press reports....

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In Nepal, critical journalist Kanak Mani Dixit detained in corruption case

April 25, 2016 6:06 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Nepal to immediately release Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of the independent regional news magazine Himal Southasian. The journalist, who has reported critically on the country's civil war, has been harassed and detained previously by authorities....

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Chinese journalist sentenced to nearly 5 years for 'provoking trouble'

April 25, 2016 5:26 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the sentencing of Chinese journalist Wang Jing to four years and 10 months in prison on the charge of causing disorder....

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Scores of journalists harassed, detained amid Egypt protests

April 25, 2016 4:51 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately cease detaining and harassing journalists, and allow them to do their jobs, including allowing them to cover street protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican reporter shot to death in Guerrero state

April 25, 2016 3:42 PM ET

Mexico City, April 25, 2016 - Mexican journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán was shot to death in front of his home in the city of Taxco, Guerrero state, on Monday, according to local press reports. Pacheco was a reporter for several regional newspapers and a regular contributor to a radio...

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CPJ condemns murder of Bangladeshi LGBT journalist

April 25, 2016 2:47 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder today of Bangladeshi journalist Xulhaz Mannan. The senior editor at gay rights magazine Roopbaan, who also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, was stabbed to death at his home in Dhaka alongside a friend, according...

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CPJ urges Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov

April 25, 2016 12:12 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately and fully comply with the U.N. Human Rights Committee's calls to free imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court announced in a statement on its website today that if Askarov requests a review of his...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 24

April 25, 2016 10:32 AM ET

Erdoğan says response to "sleaze" of EU's press-freedom criticism beneath his dignity "Providing an answer to this worthlessness and sleaze would not be very appropriate for the president of Turkey," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters in Croatia yesterday, responding to EU Parliament President Martin Shulz's criticisms of...

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CPJ concerned by reports of Egyptian accusations against Reuters

April 22, 2016 5:09 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports in the Egyptian media that authorities have accused Reuters of "spreading false news" in a report on the death of an Italian student. The press reports could not be verified and Reuters said it had not received...

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Staff of Somaliland newspapers face charges

April 22, 2016 4:21 PM ET

Nairobi, April 22, 2016 - Authorities in Somaliland should immediately drop all legal charges against journalists for their work and ensure that they can do their jobs without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least three journalists in the semi-autonomous region are expected to stand...

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Azerbaijani authorities open criminal investigation into Meydan TV

April 22, 2016 4:04 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to end the harassment of Meydan TV after a criminal investigation was opened into the online independent outlet and a travel ban was imposed on some of its contributors....

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Mauritanian appeals court upholds death sentence for blogger

April 21, 2016 5:39 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2016-- An appeals court in Nouadhibou today upheld the death sentence for Mauritanian blogger and freelance journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was convicted of apostasy in 2014 for an article he wrote, according to news reports....

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Kyrgyzstan must free jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov, UN committee says

April 21, 2016 3:24 PM ET

In a milestone decision announced today in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Committee called on Kyrgyzstan to immediately release Azimjon Askarov, a journalist sentenced to life in prison in September 2010. The U.N. body issued its decision after reviewing a complaint filed in November 2012 by Askarov's lawyer, Nurbek...

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Australian television journalists detained for two weeks in Lebanon

April 21, 2016 12:54 PM ET

Four television journalists with the Australian broadcaster Channel Nine were released from a Lebanese prison on April 20, 2016, after two weeks in detention, Beirut's English-language Daily Star newspaper reported....

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Cybercrime proposals risk undermining Brazil's progress in securing free and open Internet

April 21, 2016 11:34 AM ET

Two years ago, Brazil passed Marco Civil da Internet, a landmark piece of Internet civil rights legislation that made the country an international reference in digital rights. But its legacy is under threat from a cybercrime proposal that could radically change key aspects of the framework and threaten free...

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Russian security forces raid homes of Crimean journalists

April 19, 2016 5:43 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2016 -- Russian authorities should stop harassing journalists in Crimea and should allow them to do their work without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided the apartments of at least seven people, including at least three...

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CPJ writes to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović on behalf of detained journalist

April 19, 2016 12:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Milo Đukanović, prime minister of Montenegro, to instruct authorities to charge or release detained journalist Jovo Martinović.

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CPJ calls on Peru to decriminalize defamation as two journalists face court

April 19, 2016 10:14 AM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 19, 2016--A Peruvian journalist received a suspended jail sentence Monday and was ordered to pay damages to former President Alan García Pérez after being convicted of criminal defamation, according to news reports....

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CPJ joins call for World Bank to adopt human rights policy

April 18, 2016 1:59 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined Social Justice Connection and other press freedom and human rights groups in calling on the World Bank to adopt a human rights policy at its annual spring meeting in Washington D.C. In a letter to the president of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim,...

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Kenyan journalist held overnight at police station

April 18, 2016 1:48 PM ET

David Odongo, a journalist with the privately owned weekly Nairobian newspaper was summoned to Nairobi's Embakasi police station for questioning the evening of April 15, 2016, according to the Kenya Union of Journalists and news reports. Not long after he arrived, the union and news reports said, police arrested him...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 17

April 18, 2016 9:08 AM ET

Trial resumes for journalists facing multiple life sentences The trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor and Ankara bureau chief, respectively, of Cumhuriyet newspaper resumed behind closed doors in Istanbul today. The court today denied prosecutors' request to combine the case with another case targeting alleged supporters of...

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Journalists injured, harassed covering protests in Egypt

April 15, 2016 4:10 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2016 -- Egyptian police should cease harassing journalists and ensure they can do their jobs safely, including at demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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News website Inkyfada hit with cyberattack after Panama Papers report

April 15, 2016 2:16 PM ET

The independent Tunisian news website Inkyfada was hit with a cyberattack on April 4, 2016, hours after publishing a Panama Papers report that mentioned Tunisian politician Mohsen Marzouk, according to statements published by Inkyfada on its Facebook page. During the attack Inkyfada's website was hacked and its content manipulated, with...

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'Erdoğan is killing journalism,' says Today's Zaman editor forced out after takeover

April 14, 2016 5:27 PM ET

Since the Turkish daily Zaman and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman were taken over by court-appointed trustees last month, over accusations of terrorist propaganda, the papers' journalists have witnessed riot police fill their newsrooms, the arrests of colleagues, and the loss, through resignations and dismissals, of fellow journalists....

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EU rulings on whistleblowers and right-to-be-forgotten laws puts press freedom at risk

April 14, 2016 3:43 PM ET

European journalists were reminded today that their freedom to report is not only determined by national laws, but increasingly by European institutions. Today, after years of political battle, the European Parliament adopted the Passenger Name Record directive, the Data Protection Package, and the Trade Secrets Protection Act. The stakes...

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Journalist for Maldivian television station to stand trial

April 13, 2016 2:31 PM ET

On April 12, 2016, Adam Zareer, a videographer for the pro-opposition Maldivian television station Raajje TV was served a summons to appear in court on April 24 on charges of obstructing police duties while reporting on an anti-government demonstration in March 2015, according to the Maldives Independent and a fellow...

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Syrian journalist killed in Turkey

April 12, 2016 4:33 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2016--Syrian journalist Zaher al-Shurqat died today after being shot Sunday in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep, according to news reports. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, making this the fourth Syrian journalist it claims to have targeted for murder in Turkey in six months....

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Kidnapping for profit or propaganda: How hostage risk for journalists is on the rise

April 12, 2016 3:24 PM ET

From Central America to North Africa, kidnappings are on the rise and journalists are among the groups at risk of being abducted. Adding to the challenges of dealing with a hostage situation is a lack of solid information about kidnappings worldwide, or a united international response in dealing with the...

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Police detain Mexican journalists covering protest

April 12, 2016 3:07 PM ET

Police on April 6, 2016, briefly detained two journalists covering a protest at the seat of government for the Múgica municipality in the central Mexican state of Michoacán....

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Journalists for opposition TV station face charges in Maldives

April 11, 2016 6:20 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2016--Maldivian prosecutors should drop charges against journalists and an executive from a pro-opposition television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The charges come amid a mounting crackdown on press freedom in the country....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 10

April 11, 2016 8:57 AM ET

Merkel approves prosecution of German comic for insulting Erdoğan German Chancellor Angela Merkel today told reporters the German government would allow prosecutors to act on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's request that television satirist Jan Böhmermann be prosecuted for a profane poem about Erdoğan he read on the March...

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Brazilian journalist injured in shooting

April 8, 2016 4:21 PM ET

São Paulo, April 8, 2016--Brazilian authorities should thoroughly investigate the shooting of journalist Ivan Pereira Costa, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pereira was hospitalized after a shooting attack on Monday in the small Amazonian...

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Court upholds criminal defamation conviction of Brazilian radio host

April 7, 2016 12:29 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disappointed by the decision issued by a Brazilian court last week to uphold the criminal defamation conviction of radio journalist Fabiano Gomes da Silva....

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Secular blogger hacked and shot to death in Bangladesh

April 7, 2016 12:02 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2016--Unidentified assailants attacked blogger Nazimuddin Samad with sharp weapons and then fatally shot him in Dhaka Wednesday night, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Bangladeshi government to determine the motive for the killing, and to take immediate steps to bring...

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Djibouti expels BBC journalists ahead of elections

April 6, 2016 2:18 PM ET

Nairobi, April 6, 2016-Djibouti should ensure that journalists can report on presidential elections without harassment or fear of expulsion, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, condemning Djiboutian authorities' recent expulsion of a team of BBC journalists from the country....

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Egyptian editor, press freedom advocate faces arrest

April 5, 2016 2:02 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2016 - Egyptian prosecutors should immediately drop criminal charges against editor and press freedom advocate Khaled El-Balshy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Foreign press in China face fewer visa delays but obstacles remain, FCCC finds

April 4, 2016 3:38 PM ET

The results of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China's annual survey, released at the end of March, are a mixed bag. While problems raised in previous surveys, such as renewing visas, have eased, the responses show challenges remain for the international press....

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Canadian court sets troubling precedent for press freedom

April 4, 2016 3:17 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2016 - A Canadian court's decision compelling a journalist to hand over private communications he had with a source sets a negative precedent for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 3

April 4, 2016 9:53 AM ET

Trial of 46 journalists, media workers resumes The trial of 46 journalists and media workers arrested in December 2011 resumed in Istanbul today. CPJ attended the trial as an observer....

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CPJ turns 35, jailed journalists walk free, reporters on trial in Turkey, and more

April 2, 2016 12:00 PM ET

CPJ Newsletter: April edition Four imprisoned journalists freed in Azerbaijan The president of Azerbaijan in March issued a decree pardoning 148 people, including three imprisoned journalists--Hilal Mamedov, Tofiq Yaqublu, and Parviz Hashimli....

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In Pakistan, continued risk of violence means press takes every threat seriously

April 1, 2016 2:44 PM ET

"Everyone will get their turn in this war, especially the slave Pakistani media," warned Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban on Twitter this week. "We are just waiting for the appropriate time."...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 27

April 1, 2016 9:35 AM ET

Erdoğan, in Washington, says not at war with press; bodyguards insult, harass journalists Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visiting Washington, on Thursday told the American television station CNN that he and his government were "not at war with the press," in remarks broadcast after his security detail harassed, insulted,...

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