July 2016

Turkey detains at least 48 journalists in one week

July 29, 2016 1:22 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2016--Turkish authorities should release and drop all charges against 48 journalists police have detained in the last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police have detained at least 48 journalists in the past week as part of a sweeping purge of the media, according...

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Mission Journal: Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code

July 29, 2016 1:20 PM ET

In the small, polished Moroccan capital of Rabat, pictures of King Mohamed VI, who took the throne in 1999, hang in many shops, offices, and hotels. In most of these, he is clean-shaven, smiling, and wearing a suit: a modern monarch. His image is part of the official narrative...

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Turkey shutters more than 100 media outlets as purge continues

July 28, 2016 1:18 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities today to stop its sweeping purge of the media, and to allow all journalists to work freely at this critical time for the country. A decree published yesterday in Turkey's Official Gazette ordered the closure of...

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CPJ concerned about legal harassment of Bahraini journalist

July 28, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Today the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 42 other organizations in a joint statement expressing concern at the Bahraini Public Prosecutor's decision to charge Nazeeha Saeed, an award-winning journalist with Radio Monte Carlo Douliya and France24, with unlawfully working for international media....

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China shuts down internet reporting as Xi's sensitivity begins to resemble lèse-majesté

July 28, 2016 10:58 AM ET

On July 1, popular internet portal Tencent, in its original news reporting section, published an article on a speech that President Xi Jinping gave the same day at a conference celebrating the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. One line of the article read, "Xi...

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Lawyers assault journalists covering trial

July 27, 2016 4:54 PM ET

On July 20, 2016, a group of lawyers chased and beat journalists gathered at a court complex in the southern Indian state of Kerala, injuring three people, according to The Indian Express and other Indian newspapers....

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Nigerian secret police detain publisher

July 27, 2016 2:23 PM ET

Nine armed agents of Nigeria's Department of State Service, an elite police force, arrested Jones Abiri, the publisher of the Weekly Source tabloid newspaper, from his offices in Yenagoa, in the oil-rich southern Nigeria state of Bayelsa, on July 21, 2016, according to news reports. The operatives searched Abiri's office...

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Muckraking Brazilian journalist killed outside his home

July 26, 2016 8:16 PM ET

São Paulo, July 26, 2016--Brazilian authorities should conduct a thorough and timely investigation into the murder of Brazilian journalist João Miranda do Carmo, establish the motive for his killing, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China sentences Hong Kong publisher, editor

July 26, 2016 6:38 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2016-The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the convictions and prison sentences by a mainland Chinese court of Wang Jianmin and Guo Zhongxiao, the publisher and editor, respectively, of two Hong Kong magazines, alongside an editorial assistant and the publisher's wife....

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In South Sudan, editor arrested as harassment of press increases

July 26, 2016 2:20 PM ET

Nairobi, July 26, 2016--South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, a journalist who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on July 23, and take action to stop the harassment of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India refuses to renew visas for three Chinese journalists

July 25, 2016 5:07 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2016--Authorities in India have refused to renew the visas for three journalists from China's state-owned Xinhua news agency. The bureau chief Wu Qiang, who is based in Delhi, and his Mumbai-based colleagues Lu Tang and She Yonggang were ordered to leave the country before their visas...

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Turkey issues at least 42 arrest warrants for journalists

July 25, 2016 1:33 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2016--Turkish authorities should cease using a failed coup attempt as a pretext for purging critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the latest in a series of moves against the media, police have issued arrest warrants for at least 42 journalists, Turkey's official...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 24

July 25, 2016 11:37 AM ET

At least 48 journalists detained in one week Police in Turkey detained at least 48 journalists in the past week, according to the independent news website P24 and the Twitter account of Ben Gazeteciyim, a volunteer association of Turkish journalists formed to show solidarity with their threatened colleagues. At...

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Veracruz journalist under police protection shot dead

July 22, 2016 5:35 PM ET

Mexico City, July 22, 2016--Mexican federal authorities must conduct a credible and thorough investigation into the July 20 killing of Pedro Tamayo Rosas, a Veracruz journalist who was shot while under the protection of state authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Abdelqadir Fassouk second Libyan photojournalist to be killed in a month

July 22, 2016 4:30 PM ET

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Arraed television correspondent and prominent Libyan photojournalist Abdelqadir Fassouk, who was shot yesterday while covering clashes between government-allied forces and the militant group Islamic State, according to his news outlet....

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Pentagon's revised Law of War Manual recognizes role of independent journalists

July 22, 2016 12:01 AM ET

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Pentagon no longer considers journalists operating independently of U.S. military forces as potential spies, terrorists, or saboteurs, according to U.S. military officials who have rewritten the military's Law of War Manual....

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Remembering Pavel Sheremet, IPFA honoree, friend to CPJ, and hard-nosed journalist

July 21, 2016 3:55 PM ET

Pavel Sheremet, who died yesterday when a bomb blew up the car he was driving in Kiev, was a CPJ International Press Freedom awardee in 1998. At the awards ceremony in the glittery Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that November, Sheremet was a no show....

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Journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Ukraine car bombing

July 20, 2016 11:56 AM ET

New York, July 20, 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities must credibly investigate the murder of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and ensure all those responsible are swiftly brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sherement, 44, was killed in Kiev today after an explosive device detonated under the...

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Azerbaijan suspends TV station's license for Turkey coverage

July 19, 2016 3:37 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2016 - Azerbaijani regulators should immediately reverse their decision to suspend the license of broadcaster ANS TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Broadcasting regulators yesterday said they were suspending the station's license to broadcast for one month because of its coverage of events in...

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Indian authorities shut down media outlets in Jammu and Kashmir

July 18, 2016 5:59 PM ET

Washington, July 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to stop harassing and obstructing the media. Several newspapers in the state have been prevented from publishing for three days, while mobile internet services are shut down, and cable...

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South Sudan authorities arrest editor, order Juba Monitor to cease publishing

July 18, 2016 4:58 PM ET

Nairobi, July 18, 2016--Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Taban, editor-in-chief of the independent English-language daily Juba Monitor, has been held without charge since July 16, according to colleagues and media reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 17

July 18, 2016 11:26 AM ET

Police raid and seal Meydan offices Istanbul police raided the offices of the pro-Hizmet daily Meydan at about 5 p.m. yesterday, local press reported. Police searched the offices in the Şirinevler district for three hours and confiscated documents, before sealing the building. The website of Meydan has not been...

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In Turkey, one journalist killed, several newsrooms seized in attempted coup

July 16, 2016 1:35 PM ET

Istanbul, July 16, 2016 - Turkish soldiers shot and killed one journalist and seized control of several newsrooms last night as factions of the Turkish military attempted to topple the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A night of violence, which was...

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Two Congolese journalists held by police for critical reporting on military

July 15, 2016 6:06 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arbitrary detention of two radio journalists in the Ituri district of Oriental Province in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and calls on Congolese officials to release them both immediately....

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CPJ testimony on threats to press freedom at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

July 14, 2016 3:38 PM ET

Today, at a hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney C. Radsch gave testimony on the threats to freedom of expression....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 10

July 14, 2016 8:43 AM ET

Prosecutors interrogate journalist on suspicion of 'insulting the president' Prosecutors in Istanbul yesterday interrogated İhsan Çaralan, a columnist for the socialist daily Evrensel, on charges of "insulting the president" in connection with a May 31 article in the beleaguered, pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, Evrensel reported. Çaralan had symbolically...

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CPJ testifies on Turkey's press freedom record before House Foreign Affairs Committee

July 13, 2016 4:55 PM ET

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova today provided written testimony at a hearing titled "Turkey's Democratic Decline," given before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee....

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Lesotho editor in critical condition after shooting

July 13, 2016 4:12 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2016 - Lesotho authorities should launch a credible investigation into the shooting of veteran editor Lloyd Mutungamiri and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mutungamiri is in critical condition in a hospital in South Africa, his employer told CPJ...

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Thailand harasses critical website ahead of constitutional vote

July 12, 2016 5:56 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2016 - Thai authorities should cease harassing independent news website Prachatai and drop all charges against one of its journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Oaxaca, reporters covering teachers' union protests face violence, threats

July 12, 2016 3:19 PM ET

The atmosphere in Nochixtlán, a small, rural community in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca, was tense on June 20. The day before, members of a dissident teachers' union had clashed with federal and state police while protesting education reform. Shots were fired and, by the end of the day,...

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Kyrgyz Supreme Court leaves Azimjon Askarov in jail

July 12, 2016 1:27 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2016 - Kyrgyz prosecutors should drop all charges against Azimjon Askarov and ensure the journalist's immediate release, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Closure of news outlets signals further erosion of media freedom in the Maldives

July 12, 2016 11:40 AM ET

News outlets in the Maldives are closing down, one after another. The story at each publication is different, sometimes complicated, but the outcome is the same: journalists are facing a tougher time doing their jobs....

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Be prepared: steps to staying safe while covering US political party conventions

July 12, 2016 11:21 AM ET

The U.S. political party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer carry the risk of civil unrest. While protests have long occurred both inside and outside of convention venues, security experts and political commentators have said this year's gatherings have the potential for unrest not seen since in the...

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China's information and internet controls will only tighten under Xu Lin

July 11, 2016 5:33 PM ET

When the new director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, Xu Lin, issued on July 3 a warning that websites not report unverified content drawn from social media without facing possible punishment, it was clear that Beijing would move quickly beyond the Lu Wei era of information control. The...

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CPJ calls on Merkel to use Kyrgyzstan visit to secure Askarov's release

July 8, 2016 3:02 PM ET

CPJ calls on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to use her upcoming visit to Kyrgyzstan to call on officials there to release the imprisoned journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov. The U.N. Human Rights Committee found in April 2016 that Kyrgyzstan is obligated to free Askarov, quash his conviction, and pay him compensation for unjust imprisonment. Chancellor Merkel is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on July 13 and 14.

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to release jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov

July 8, 2016 10:05 AM ET

On July 11, the Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court will hear a petition for the release of Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender who is serving a life sentence in prison. This week, CPJ and Human Rights Watch jointly called on Kyrgyzstan authorities to fully abide by an April 21...

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Liberia forces critical radio station Voice FM to stop broadcasting

July 7, 2016 9:52 AM ET

Nairobi, July 7, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the decision by Liberian authorities to shut down the privately owned station Voice FM and called on the government today to allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately....

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Georgia journalist arrested over open records request related to court

July 6, 2016 5:20 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on prosecutors today to drop all charges against Mark Thomason, the publisher of local weekly newspaper Fannin Focus, in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Thomason, who was arrested June 24, faces felony charges including making a false statement in an open records...

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Newspaper and radio station offices damaged during forced entry linked to ownership dispute

July 6, 2016 2:18 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2016--Argentine authorities should investigate the forced entry and damage caused at the Buenos Aires offices of the newspaper Tiempo Argentino and radio station, Radio América, on July 4, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The newspaper was being run by a journalists' collective after...

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Journalist freed in Turkey, some must-reads for June, RIP Bill Cunningham

July 6, 2016 12:01 PM ET

CPJ Newsletter: July edition CPJ campaigns for Mauritanian blogger CPJ has been working actively, including behind the scenes, to secure the release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, a Mauritanian blogger who has been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 4

July 5, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Arrest warrant issued for TV journalist An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for the Turkish journalist Tarık Toros, according to reports. The pro-government daily, Sabah, reported that Toros was one of more than 30 people against whom arrest warrants were issued as part of a police operation against the...

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Ethiopian police arrest Somaliland journalist

July 1, 2016 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, July 1, 2016 - Ethiopian authorities should immediately release a television journalist from the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, Muktar Nuh Ibrahim, who has been held since June 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gunmen injure Philippines radio journalist and son

July 1, 2016 2:22 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2016-- Philippine authorities should credibly investigate Thursday's shooting of a Filipino journalist and his son outside their home in Surigao City, Mindinao, and bring the gunmen to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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