August 2016

International journalists denied entry to Venezuela before September 1 protest

August 31, 2016 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2016--Authorities in Venezuela denied entry to at least six journalists, including CPJ Andes correspondent John Otis, who were traveling to the country to cover a protest tomorrow demanding a recall referendum on President Nicolás Maduro. Authorities said the journalists did not have the proper documentation to...

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Criticism and jokes off limits ahead of G20 summit in Hangzhou, China

August 31, 2016 5:02 PM ET

The city of Yuyao, in China's Zhejiang province, is 70 miles away from Hangzhou, where leaders of the world's 20 leading economies will gather September 4 and 5 for the annual G20 summit. Nonetheless, on August 26, democracy activist You Jingyou and his wife were subject to extra security...

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Journalists attacked by protesters as curfew lifts in Kashmir

August 31, 2016 2:48 PM ET

New Delhi, August 31, 2016--Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir must take stronger measures to ensure the safety of journalists, and should investigate two separate attacks against staff at the Kashmir Observer on August 29, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mission Journal: Gag orders make Jordan's journalists skeptical of reform

August 31, 2016 12:52 PM ET

Sitting uncomfortably in her chair because of a soccer injury, the Jordanian radio host Diala Dabbas said, "I know we are banned from talking about the king, his family, and the divine, but now I am also afraid to talk about anyone else who could be considered a 'religious...

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Newspaper offices shot at and vandalized in Venezuela

August 31, 2016 11:47 AM ET

New York, August 31, 2016--Authorities should investigate incidents of vandalism of Venezuelan newspaper offices and do everything in their power to ensure that journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzania bans two radio stations

August 31, 2016 11:47 AM ET

Nairobi, August 31, 2016 - Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Head of public broadcaster attacked, threatened in Kosovo

August 30, 2016 5:31 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack late on August 28 on Mentor Shala, the director of Radio Television of Kosovo, or RTK, and calls on authorities to protect him in light of continuing threats to his life. A radical activist group claimed responsibility...

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Turkish prosecutors issue 35 arrest warrants for journalists

August 30, 2016 1:15 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors should cancel orders for the detention of 35 journalists, and authorities should unconditionally release all journalists already jailed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police today detained at least nine of the journalists on the list, according to press reports....

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Journalists caught in crosshairs amid protests and unrest in Zimbabwe

August 29, 2016 6:00 PM ET

A photograph of freelance journalist Lucy Yasini trying to ward off an attack by police while covering a protest in Harare was circulated on social media last week. A day later, a photograph was shared of two reporters, Obey Manayiti and Robert Tapfumaneyi, in the back of a police...

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Turkish police raid newspaper office, detain at least 23 employees

August 29, 2016 1:02 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately release 23 employees of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat detained yesterday in a police raid of the newspaper's office, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundian intelligence service detains journalist one week without charge

August 29, 2016 11:43 AM ET

Burundian authorities detained Gisa Steve Irakoze, a reporter for the independent Radio Buja FM on August 18, 2016, and released him without charge a week later, rights groups and the National Union of Journalists in Burundi reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 28

August 29, 2016 10:30 AM ET

Government revokes press credentials for 115 journalists Turkey's General Directorate for Press, Broadcasting, and Information (BYEGM, by its Turkish acronym) -- the bureau within the prime minister's office responsible for accrediting journalists -- today revoked the credentials of 115 journalists, Turkey's official Anatolia News Agency reported. The government alleged...

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August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Appendix: Journalists murdered in India Cases of journalists murdered in direct retaliation for their work between 1992 and July 2016. A full list of journalists killed in relation to their work, alongside cases that CPJ is investigating, can be found here. Details of CPJ's methodology for killed cases can be...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Pursuit of truth comes at heavy price for India’s Right to Information activists By Aayush Soni Ever since India’s Right to Information Act was passed in 2005, it has empowered citizens to challenge the opaqueness of state and federal government decision-making. Activists across India have used the act to expose...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

The mysterious death of Akshay Singh By Sumit Galhotra “After his death, I am left alone with the responsibility of taking care of my family,” Pakshi Singh said during a phone call. Nearly a year after losing her brother, the investigative journalist Akshay Singh, she was still unable to speak....

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August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

In search of justice for Umesh Rajput By Sumit Galhotra and Raksha Kumar Parmeshwar Rajput walked exhausted into his lawyer’s office in Bilaspur, weighed down by a black bag filled with court documents, police records, and newspaper clippings about his brother’s death, after the six-hour train and motorbike journey he...

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August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Jagendra Singh: discredited after death By Sumit Galhotra and Raksha Kumar Covered in burns and writhing in pain, Jagendra Singh cries out, “They could have arrested me. Why did they have to beat me and set me on fire?” In the video, filmed at a hospital in Lucknow where Jagendra...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Impunity and lack of solidarity expose India’s journalists to attack By Sumit Galhotra Corruption scandals make for attention-grabbing headlines, but when journalists who expose wrongdoing are killed, their murder is often the end of the story. For eight years India has been a fixture on the Committee to Protect Journalists’...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Foreword: Journalism as well as journalists in danger from failure to stand up for India’s press P. Sainath This report by the Committee to Protect Journalists does more than tell us that reporting in India can be a dangerous business. Rural and small-town journalists are at greater risk of being...

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Dangerous pursuit: In India, journalists who cover corruption may pay with their lives

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

In the 27 cases of journalists murdered for their work in India since CPJ began keeping records in 1992, there have been no convictions. More than half of those killed reported regularly on corruption. The cases of Jagendra Singh, Umesh Rajput, and Akshay Singh, who died between 2011 and 2015,...

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Pakistani law could enable sweeping internet censorship

August 26, 2016 11:57 AM ET

Bangkok, August 26, 2016 - Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain should veto a bill that could allow for sweeping censorship of the internet and the prosecution of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's National Assembly approved the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 last week and sent...

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Apple vulnerability is surprising, but journalists should stick with iPhones

August 25, 2016 5:57 PM ET

A rare and serious vulnerability in Apple's iOS operating system has been discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, which today published a report detailing its findings. It is the first known remote iOS vulnerability of its kind. Disturbingly, the company behind malware designed to exploit...

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Honduran reporter convicted of criminal defamation

August 25, 2016 2:54 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, August 25, 2016 - Honduran prosecutors should cease pursuing criminal defamation charges against journalists, and lawmakers should swiftly repeal laws allowing for such prosecutions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente...

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CPJ urges Egypt to release journalists ahead of Eid al-Adha holiday

August 25, 2016 12:59 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Egyptian media reports that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi might release a number of imprisoned journalists ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which this year falls on September 11. Award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as Shawkan, is...

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Zambia suspends licenses of three broadcasters

August 24, 2016 4:44 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2016 - Zambian regulators should immediately reinstate the broadcasting licenses of three media outlets it revoked, and police should drop all charges against four media workers arrested when police sealed the offices of the country's largest privately owned television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Newspaper journalist murdered in India

August 24, 2016 3:29 PM ET

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Proposed cyber-security bill threatens media freedom in Bangladesh

August 24, 2016 3:20 PM ET

Bangkok, August 24, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Bangladesh's legislature to scrap proposed cyber-security legislation that would impose severe penalties for disseminating online material deemed to be anti-state or a threat to national security or public order. The Digital Security Act 2016 was approved on August 22...

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Iraqi media technician and journalist killed in separate attacks

August 24, 2016 1:58 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2016 - Media technician Ali Ghani was killed in an attack by mortar fire while reporting in Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, August 20. Correspondent Hussein al-Fares was wounded in the same attack, according to Al-Ahad TV, which employed both men. Al-Ahad...

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CPJ joins call for Sultan of Oman to end persecution of Azamn journalists

August 24, 2016 9:00 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today sent a letter to Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, to draw his attention to the prosecution of three journalists from the independent daily newspaper, Azamn....

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Turkish court arraigns newspaper editors, columnist on terrorism charges

August 23, 2016 12:48 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2016 - Turkish authorities should immediately drop all charges against two newspaper editors and a columnist jailed on terrorism charges and release them without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican reporter wounded in Veracruz shooting

August 22, 2016 5:28 PM ET

Mexico City, August 22, 2016 - Authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz should credibly investigate a shooting attack against freelance journalist Lucia López Castillo and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. López Castillo was shot last night in front of her...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 21

August 22, 2016 10:09 AM ET

Kurdish wire reporter, newspaper employee arraigned on terrorism charges A court in Turkey's eastern Van Province today arraigned Erdem Mühirci, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), and ordered him jailed, pending trial, on charges of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and "recruiting members for...

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Gunmen shoot at car carrying Mozambican journalists

August 19, 2016 12:35 PM ET

Gunmen shot at a car carrying three Mozambican reporters on assignment in Mozambique's western Manica province on August 12, 2016. One journalist was injured by shards of glass, according to a report from the country's official news agency....

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Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources

August 18, 2016 4:36 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, August 18, 2016 -- The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information...

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Thailand pressures two broadcast journalists off the air

August 18, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Bangkok, August 18, 2016--Two television reporters in Thailand have been suspended for a 10-day period under pressure from military authorities and state media regulators over their critical news coverage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thailand's ruling military regime to cease its systematic...

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Ethiopian police detain journalists reporting on drought, escort them back to capital

August 17, 2016 2:45 PM ET

Ethiopian police on August 8, 2016, detained three journalists reporting on the effects of a severe drought in the country before escorting them back to Addis Ababa with a warning not to work outside the capital, the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Ethiopia said in a statement....

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Turkish newspaper closed, journalists detained in police raid

August 16, 2016 2:21 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately drop all charges against the country's oldest pro-Kurdish daily newspaper, Özgür Gündem, and its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Following a court order shuttering the newspaper, police in Istanbul today raided Özgür Gündem's office and detained at least...

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Threats push Sierra Leonean community radio journalist into hiding

August 15, 2016 4:16 PM ET

Sahr Amadu Komba, manager of the local radio station Eastern Radio 96.5 FM in the diamond mining town of Koidu, in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono District, went into hiding from July 27-31, 2016, out of fear of arrest on allegations of inciting the public to protest the government's response to...

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As Beijing tightens grip on Hong Kong media, mainland journalists suffer

August 15, 2016 10:55 AM ET

On August 1, prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who had been detained incommunicado for over a year, reemerged--with an unusual twist on an old script. Wang gave a TV interview in which she renounced her legal work and accused foreign forces of using her to "attack" and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 14

August 15, 2016 10:18 AM ET

Released journalists describe beatings in custody, headline 'Resistance continues' Journalists from the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency and broadcaster IMC TV released yesterday alleged that police beat and mistreated them in custody, Özgür Gündem reported on its website, which continues to publish despite a...

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Bangladesh journalists could face 14 years in prison for refuting rumor

August 12, 2016 4:53 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2016 -- Bangladeshi authorities should drop all criminal proceedings against three journalists from the news website banglamail24, release them immediately, and restore press credentials to nine of their colleagues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The three journalists could face a maximum sentence of 14...

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Egyptian press freedom advocate faces life in prison

August 12, 2016 12:14 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately drop all charges against award-winning human rights defender Gamal Eid, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Among the accusations prosecutors have leveled against the veteran free expression advocate is the false claim that CPJ paid him to defame Egypt internationally....

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Indian journalist, magazine face criminal complaint for investigative report

August 11, 2016 12:33 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2016 - Indian authorities should shelve a criminal complaint against the weekly Indian magazine Outlook, its leadership, and freelance journalist Neha Dixit, and ensure the safety of the journalist and Outlook's staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Projectile hits bus carrying journalists in Rio de Janeiro

August 11, 2016 12:28 PM ET

A bus transporting journalists and volunteers between Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro was hit by a projectile on August 9, 2016. Two of the bus windows were smashed, and at least two people on board were injured by flying glass, organizers said in a statement....

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Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

August 10, 2016 6:22 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2016--A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propagating against the state," according to his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, and news reports....

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Third journalist from Azamn newspaper arrested in Oman

August 10, 2016 5:22 PM ET

Omani authorities arrested a third journalist from the independent newspaper Azamn on August 9, 2016, and ordered the paper to cease publishing, according to human rights groups and local news reports....

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New Maldives criminal defamation law threatens press freedom

August 10, 2016 5:03 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2016--Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom should veto a criminal defamation law the parliament passed yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The legislation threatens to stifle criticism and investigative reporting....

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Libyan journalist abducted, threatened

August 10, 2016 10:42 AM ET

An unidentified group of armed men abducted Aboubaker Al-Bizanti, a producer for Art Media Solutions (AMS), which produces local news coverage for the broadcaster Libya Al-Ahrar TV and other television stations, the night of August 7, 2016, and released him the following day, according to the journalist, his colleagues, and...

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Ecuador reprimands journalist, TV station for investigative reports

August 9, 2016 5:28 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2016 - The Ecuadoran communications regulator should rescind all measures against the broadcaster Teleamazonas and journalist Janet Hinostroza, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Regulators yesterday sanctioned the station and the journalist for "media lynching" in relation to investigative reports into the government's purchase...

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At least two journalists killed in Pakistan blast

August 8, 2016 5:18 PM ET

Washington, August 8, 2016 -- At least two journalists were among at least 70 people killed in a massive bomb blast at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, today, according to press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the attack....

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines draft law would allow prison for defamation online

August 8, 2016 4:17 PM ET

New York, August 8, 2016--Lawmakers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines should amend or scrap a draft cybercrime law that would allow for prison sentences of up to two years for defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Legislators are expected to consider the draft on Thursday, an...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 7, 2016

August 8, 2016 11:41 AM ET

Police detain 42 employees of state broadcaster The official Anatolia News Agency reported today that police detained 42 employees of state broadcaster TRT on suspicion of affiliation with the Hizment movement, which the Turkish government alleges orchestrated a July 15 failed military coup. Anatolia did not named the detainees...

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Burundi journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for two weeks

August 5, 2016 3:51 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the welfare of Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana. The journalist's news outlet says he has not been seen or heard from since July 22. Bigirimana, a reporter with the independent weekly newspaper Iwacu, formerly with the pro-government...

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Oman detains second journalist from Azamn newspaper

August 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2016--Omani authorities this week arrested a second journalist from the Azamn newspaper. Zaher al-Abri, an editor, was detained without formal explanation in Muscat on August 3, according to his colleague and a local human rights group. He was arrested the day after speaking with CPJ about...

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Proposed law on contempt of court threatens press freedom in Singapore

August 5, 2016 1:59 PM ET

Bangkok, August 5, 2016 - Singaporean lawmakers should scrap proposed legislation on what constitutes contempt of court in news reporting and public commentary, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft law's penalties for violations, including possible prison terms for criticizing the judiciary, threaten to entrench more self-censorship...

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Bolivian president's criminal defamation suit threatens press freedom

August 4, 2016 5:51 PM ET

New York, August 4, 2016 - Bolivian President Evo Morales should immediately drop a criminal defamation suit against a journalist that could have a chilling effect on press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Bolivian criminal court justice René Delgado announced yesterday that he...

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Philippine leader blows hot and cold on press freedom

August 4, 2016 11:51 AM ET

Newly installed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent mixed messages on his commitment to upholding press freedom and combating impunity in media murders, a mix of hope and fear that has broadly defined the first months of his leadership. Uncertainty about Duterte's stance on the media's watchdog role comes...

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IOC offers some protection but press at Rio Games should be wary of security risks

August 3, 2016 3:48 PM ET

When the Rio Olympics open on Friday, the thousands of journalists covering it will have the added security of knowing a formal mechanism has been put in place to let them report any press freedom violations that take place during the Games. The creation of the reporting mechanism follows...

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Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

August 3, 2016 1:44 PM ET

On July 23, I gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. My talk, entitled "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?" described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only...

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Omani journalist jailed over article on judiciary

August 2, 2016 5:18 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2016 - An Omani journalist has been jailed for nearly a week under investigation of multiple charges after the daily newspaper Azamn published an article questioning the independence of the judiciary, according to his outlet and human rights groups....

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Photographer arrested while covering a protest in Libya

August 2, 2016 2:10 PM ET

Washington, August 2, 2016--Libyan authorities should immediately charge or release photographer and cameraman Saliem Alshebl, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alshebl, who works for the Libya satellite channel, which is allied with the National Accord government, was arrested July 29 while covering an anti-government protest at Tripoli's...

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CPJ Newsletter: ECOSOC accepts our application, we announce IPFA winners, and more!

August 2, 2016 1:05 PM ET

August edition Pentagon updates Law of War Manual to recognize journalists' role in covering conflict Frank Smyth, CPJ's security consultant, was stunned when he read the newly released Law of War Manual from the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2015. The manual included language that allowed journalists to be...

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Egyptian photojournalist sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison

August 1, 2016 4:20 PM ET

A Cairo criminal court on July 18, 2016, sentenced Egyptian freelance photojournalist Belal Darder Mohamed to 15 years in prison in absentia on charges of participating in an unlicensed protest and membership in a terrorist organization, according to press reports. The charges were in connection with his work documenting a...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 31

August 1, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Court indicts 12 media workers on terrorism charges An Istanbul court last night indicted 12 journalists on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization -- the Hizmet movement, which the Turkish government classes as a terrorist group and alleges orchestrated a failed military coup on July 15...

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