June 2016

Police raid, close independent radio station in Puntland

June 30, 2016 1:30 PM ET

Nairobi, June 30 2016 -- Authorities in the Puntland region of Somalia should immediately reopen an independent radio station closed in a police raid and ensure its journalists' safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey releases journalist, press freedom advocate

June 30, 2016 1:11 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Şebnem Korur Fincancı, an academic, columnist, and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and called on Turkish authorities to...

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Egypt expels prominent TV host Liliane Daoud

June 28, 2016 6:28 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the expulsion of TV host Liliane Daoud by authorities in Egypt late on Monday....

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Zambian editors arrested trying to enter newspaper's offices amid tax dispute

June 28, 2016 5:34 PM ET

Nairobi, June 28, 2016--The editor-in-chief of independent Zambian newspaper The Post was arrested trying to enter his newspaper's offices today, after authorities closed it in a dispute over allegedly unpaid taxes. Fred M'membe, his wife Mutinta, and his deputy managing editor Joseph Mwenda, were released on bail, but face charges...

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Two Chinese journalists detained for 'picking quarrels and provoking trouble'

June 28, 2016 4:55 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the detention of Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, who systematically document protests on social media websites....

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Mongolian election unlikely to advance press freedom

June 28, 2016 11:18 AM ET

During a visit to Mongolia this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the country as "an oasis of democracy." Mongolia, sandwiched between powerful autocratic neighbors Russia and China, underwent democratic transition in 1990 when it broke away from Soviet rule, and has since held several elections characterized...

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TV station staff who produce satirical news shows arrested in Algeria

June 27, 2016 8:16 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of two senior staff at a privately owned television station in Algeria on June 24. Mahdi bin Issa, the manager of KBC, and Riyadh Hartouf, a producer, face charges of falsifying permits and complicity in abuse...

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Radio journalist murdered in Guatemala

June 27, 2016 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2016 -- Guatemalan authorities should conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the murder of the director of a radio station and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Fresh threats to journalists from Islamic State group

June 27, 2016 5:56 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2016 - Threats made against journalists in a video purportedly showing militants from the Islamic State group murdering five Syrians accused of working with media and nongovernmental organizations underscore the need to protect Syrian and Iraqi journalists fleeing the conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 26

June 27, 2016 10:11 AM ET

Columnist freed pending trial Istanbul's 14th Court of Serious Crimes today ordered Cumhuriyet columnist Ahmet Nesin released, pending trial, the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem reported. Police on June 20 arrested Nesin, Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey representative for the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and Şebnem Korur Fincancı,...

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South African reporters attacked covering protests, broadcaster suspends journalists

June 24, 2016 5:30 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by media reports that South Africa's public broadcaster suspended three journalists for opposing an editorial decision not to cover a protest. CPJ also calls for credible investigations into reports that police assaulted journalists covering unrest....

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Iran suspends license of reformist newspaper

June 24, 2016 4:47 PM ET

An Iranian court prosecutor suspended the Iranian reformist newspaper Ghanoon's license following a legal complaint from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IGRC), the newspaper announced on June 20, 2016....

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Mexican reporter killed covering protests

June 21, 2016 3:00 PM ET

Oaxaca, Mexico, June 21, 2016 -- Mexican federal authorities should thoroughly investigate the case of a journalist killed on Sunday in the southern state of Oaxaca while covering protests, establish a motive, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese jailed blogger moved to distant province, wages hunger strike

June 21, 2016 10:53 AM ET

On May 7, my uncle, imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, was unexpectedly moved from the Xuyen Moc prison camp situated near our family in Ho Chi Minh City to another detention facility about 1,500 kilometers away known as Camp No. 6 in central Nghe An province. His...

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Brazilian newspaper faces judicial harassment

June 20, 2016 6:36 PM ET

São Paulo, June 20, 2016--A series of court cases filed against journalists and employees at the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo constitute judicial harassment and should be dropped immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Judicial officials in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná have filed 46 individual civil...

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By now, Afghan authorities should know media are not the enemy

June 20, 2016 2:59 PM ET

Several journalists in Kabul--the exact number is unclear--were beaten, harassed, and kept from working by security forces when they rushed to cover a suicide bombing on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded more than eight. In an email message, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), an organization with...

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Reporters Without Borders representative, two others jailed in Turkey

June 20, 2016 2:59 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2016--Authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against two human rights defenders and a journalist arrested in Istanbul, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Istanbul today ordered Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 19

June 20, 2016 11:22 AM ET

Court indicts TV journalist on terrorism charges for tweets The Bakırköy Second Court of Serious Crimes in Istanbul indicted Hamza Aktan, news editor at the pro-Kurdish television station IMC TV, on charges of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization" in connection with nine posts he made to Twitter from...

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Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home

June 17, 2016 4:09 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2016 - Independent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that destroyed their house in the Syrian city of Aleppo late Thursday night, according to media reports. Eissa is reported to be in critical condition....

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Two Chinese writers sentenced for 'subversion'

June 17, 2016 2:54 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2016 - Chinese authorities should release Lü Gengsong and Chen Shuqing and drop all charges against them stemming from their writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two were individually sentenced to more than a decade in prison on "subversion" charges today, according to...

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Bolivian officials threaten journalists with jail

June 16, 2016 5:33 PM ET

Bogotá, June 16, 2016 - Enraged over press coverage of a government influence-peddling scandal that helped crush President Evo Morales's reelection hopes, high-ranking Bolivian officials are lashing out at the country's independent media and demanding that journalists be sent to prison....

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Journalist Jay Torres murdered in Garland, Texas

June 16, 2016 4:38 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2016--The Committee to Protect journalists is alarmed by the killing of Texas journalist Jacinto Hernández Torres, whose body was found on Monday night in Garland, a northeast suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The journalist, who went by the name Jay Torres, was a...

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Bangladesh arrests suspect in attack on publisher, jails second publisher

June 16, 2016 2:24 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes reports of the arrest of a suspected member of a banned Islamist group accused of participating in an October 2015 attack on a publishing house. The arrest of Mohammed Sumon Hossain came amid a broader sweep of...

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World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

June 16, 2016 9:49 AM ET

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home....

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Sri Lankan journalist Freddy Gamage back in hospital, still under threat

June 14, 2016 12:58 PM ET

Back on June 3, we called for "a thorough investigation into an attack" on Freddy Gamage, a muckraking editor and blogger for Meepura.com (and in Sinhala). At the time, the government promised on its official website that it "would never again allow media suppression, which prevailed during the past, to...

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Syrian journalist in Turkey survives second assassination attempt

June 13, 2016 1:53 PM ET

Beirut, June 13, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attempted assassination of Syrian journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa. Sunday's attack on the journalist was the second in three months....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 12

June 13, 2016 12:06 PM ET

Constitutional Court rejects journalist's appeal Turkey's Constitutional Court today ruled that journalist Mehmet Baransu's constitutional right to freedom of expression and the constitution's guarantees of press freedom were not contravened in the journalist's March 2015 arrest in connection with in an alleged, elaborate conspiracy codenamed "Sledgehammer." The same court...

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Bangladesh should take urgent steps to protect freedom of expression

June 13, 2016 7:01 AM ET

The U.N. Human Rights Council will convene in Geneva for its next session today. Ahead of this meeting, international groups working on press freedom and freedom of expression, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, made a joint submission to the council calling for urgent and concrete steps to reverse the...

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In Mexico, covering state elections brings risk of threats and violence

June 10, 2016 5:27 PM ET

As the June 5 elections approached, the anonymous phone calls to Mexican journalist Pedro Canché became more frequent and more ominous. "The Caribbean is a big sea, you'll never be found," one said. "I hope you've written a will," said another. A third caller told Canché, "Remember what happened...

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Infographic: Islamic State's assault on the press

June 8, 2016 9:55 AM ET

When Mosul fell to Islamic State on June, 10, 2014, it sparked one of the biggest attacks on press freedom in recent times. Newspapers were shuttered, TV channels were ransacked, radio stations disappeared from the airwaves, and dozens of journalists vanished. Within days, the militants had a monopoly on information...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 5

June 7, 2016 9:41 AM ET

Provincial officials ask journalists to submit to prior censorship: report Top officials in southeastern Turkey's Gaziantep province, near the Syrian border, on June 1 convened local journalists to ask them not to report on "the bad things happening in the city," and to submit their stories to a group...

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Journalist shot and killed in Mogadishu

June 6, 2016 2:43 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2016--Somali authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing on Sunday of journalist Sagal Salad Osman and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two NPR journalists killed in Afghanistan

June 5, 2016 7:15 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2016 - Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna and American photographer David Gilkey were killed today while traveling in a military convoy in southern Afghanistan, according to their employer, U.S. public broadcaster NPR. The two were traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah, in Helmand province, when...

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Journalists attacked, equipment stolen during protests in Caracas

June 3, 2016 6:03 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2016--Several journalists were attacked and some had equipment stolen while covering protests in Caracas Thursday, according to news outlets and a local freedom of expression group. Some of the journalists who were attacked said that the Venezuelan National Guard did not intervene to prevent the...

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Masked men attack muckraking Sri Lankan editor

June 3, 2016 3:39 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2016 -- Sri Lankan authorities should ensure a thorough investigation into an attack on the editor of the Sinhala-language Meepura newspaper Thursday and hold the perpetrators responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Court orders Brazilian blogger to delete posts

June 3, 2016 2:49 PM ET

Two judges in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná ordered blogger Marcelo Auler to remove 10 articles from his website on the grounds that they offend police officers taking part in a federal investigation into corruption, Auler told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Criminal defamation suits in Peru and Chile could have chilling effect

June 3, 2016 2:20 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2016 -- Two criminal defamation suits filed against journalists by the president of Chile and a Peruvian governor could have a chilling effect on the press in both South American countries, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists released from prison, CPJ launches SecureDrop--and we throw a party!

June 3, 2016 10:29 AM ET

CPJ Newsletter: June edition Khadija Ismayilova thanks CPJ, says she will fight for her cause Khadija's first photo after jail pic.twitter.com/sj358k5WdU -- Khadija Ismayilova (@Khadija_Ismayil) May 25, 2016 CPJ Europe and Central Asia Senior Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov spoke to investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova a few hours after her release...

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Ukraine bars 17 Russian journalists from entering country

June 2, 2016 12:24 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Ukraine's decision to bar 17 Russian journalists from entering the country until December 31, 2017....

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In China, more journalists--even former ones--vulnerable to government wrath

June 1, 2016 2:12 PM ET

Most of the journalists imprisoned in China reported or commented on issues that the Chinese government finds threatening to its rule. They were likely aware that their work could invoke the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party at any time, but still choose to go ahead for the sake...

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President-elect sends wrong signal on impunity in the Philippines

June 1, 2016 10:53 AM ET

Bangkok, June 1, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's comments during a press conference justifying the killing of journalists. Duterte made the remarks in response to a reporter's question on Tuesday about how his government would handle cases of media murders, according to...

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