September 2016

Kazakh journalists face years in prison on retaliatory charges

September 30, 2016 3:28 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2016-- Kazakh authorities should immediately drop all charges against Seytkazy Matayev, head of the Kazakh Journalists' Union and chair of the National Press Club of Kazakhstan, and his son Aset Matayev, director of the independent news agency KazTag, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A...

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Newspaper supplement alleging corruption confiscated

September 30, 2016 3:10 PM ET

A group of unidentified men on September 27 confiscated a special supplement of one of Rio de Janeiro's biggest tabloids, Extra, that reported on a corruption investigation into a candidate in municipal elections, the newspaper reported....

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Ghana police threaten social media blackout during polls

September 30, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Ghanaian Police Inspector General John Kudalor on May 26, 2016, told reporters in the capital Accra that police were considering blocking Facebook, Twitter and all other social media during general elections scheduled to be held in December 7, according to media reports....

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Four journalists arrested in Egypt

September 30, 2016 12:51 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2016 - Egyptian authorities should immediately drop all charges against four journalists arrested in Cairo this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The three journalists still in detention told their lawyer security forces had beaten and electrocuted them during interrogation....

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Critical Brazilian journalist injured in shooting

September 30, 2016 10:53 AM ET

São Paulo, September 30, 2016-- Evaldo Oliveira, who owns and writes for the small newspaper Voz das Cidades, was rushed to the hospital on September 26 after being shot by an unidentified assailant, according to news reports and local sources. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian authorities...

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Turkey closes at least 20 TV, radio stations

September 29, 2016 5:53 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately reverse an order to close at least 20 television and radio stations and allow them to continue broadcasting without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government used emergency powers to order the stations closed last night, and police...

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CPJ urges Pakistani officials to rescue Jang executive, keep other journalists safe

September 29, 2016 4:54 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2016-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the kidnapping of Abid Abdullah, executive director of the Jang media group, and called on Pakistani authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who the kidnappers explicitly threatened....

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Nigeria detains 13 journalists, bloggers, and media workers

September 29, 2016 2:21 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, September 29, 2016 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately release at least 11 journalists, bloggers, and media support staff detained in recent days across the country and stop harassing the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ghana detains writer for allegations regarding president

September 29, 2016 1:17 PM ET

Officers of the Bureau of National Investigation, Ghana's national security agency, arrested Ghanaian-Lebanese columnist and author Fadi Dabbousi on September 23, 2016, upon his arrival from Lebanon at Kotoka International Airport, according to news reports....

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CPJ welcomes UN Human Rights resolution on releasing jailed journalists, right to encryption

September 29, 2016 11:23 AM ET

Washington, September 29, 2016--The United Nations Human Rights Council's annual resolution on journalist safety for the first time urges all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists. The resolution, co-sponsored by 87 countries and adopted today in Geneva, raises new concerns about mounting attacks on journalists during elections and calls for...

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Journalist held without charge in Somaliland

September 28, 2016 2:22 PM ET

Nairobi, September 28, 2016--Authorities in Somaliland should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Ahmed Mouse Sakaaro, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Somaliland police arrested Sakaaro in the eastern town of Buroa on September 25, according to local journalists and a statement by a local human rights body....

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

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

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Staying connected in an offline world By Alexandra Ellerbeck For Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, founder of Periodismo de Barrio, internet access in poorly connected Cuba comes at a premium. “Our reporters have less than 10 hours a month of internet access,” she told CPJ during the Latin American Studies Association conference...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Cuba’s evolving news agenda At the Argos Theatre in Havana, Yenys Laura Prieto Velazco purchased a ticket for Diez Millones, a popular play about a Cuban family torn apart by the ideological fanaticism of the Cuban revolution and by the father’s departure to the U.S. during the 1980 Mariel boatlift....

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Executive Summary: Cuba’s media vitally transformed but cautious approach is slowing progress By Carlos Lauría A lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of independent reporters who are critical of, yet still support socialist ideas have vitally transformed Cuba’s...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Foreword: Contemplating a free press in Cuba By Ernesto Londoño A free press, at its best, is the conscience of a nation, an indispensable arbiter of truth and righteousness. When it is doing its job well, a free press unearths unpleasant truths, holds people in power accountable and champions marginalized...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

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Connecting Cuba: More space for criticism but restrictions slow press freedom progress

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Cuba’s press, emboldened by President Raúl Castro’s call for reforms in 2010, are finding more space for critical comment, but harassment and intimidation from authorities, a legal limbo caused by outdated and restrictive press laws, and limited and expensive access to the internet is slowing the island nation’s progress toward...

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Russian journalist to be tried for alleging election irregularities

September 27, 2016 10:10 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2016―Russian authorities should drop all charges against investigative journalist Denis Korotkov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Korotkov, a correspondent for the independent news website Fontanka, is scheduled to appear before a Saint Petersburg court tomorrow, in connection with his alleging irregularities in Russia's September...

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Somali journalist Abdiaziz Ali killed in Mogadishu

September 27, 2016 5:27 PM ET

Nairobi, September 27, 2016 -- Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate this evening's fatal shooting of radio journalist Abdiaziz Ali and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian investigative journalist Grigory Pasko assaulted in Siberia

September 27, 2016 4:36 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2016--Authorities in Russia's southern Siberian republic of Altai should credibly investigate yesterday's assault on investigative journalist and journalism trainer Grigory Pasko and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes new probe into murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

September 27, 2016 3:24 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2016--Sri Lankan police today exhumed the body of slain journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga as part of a new investigation into his death in 2009, according to news reports. A Sri Lankan judge this month granted permission for the police to exhume the editor's body due to contradictory...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 25

September 27, 2016 10:11 AM ET

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for having app on phone A court in the southern Turkish city of Isparta on September 24 arraigned Ramazan Alkan, a reporter for the pro-government, Islamist daily Yeni Akit on terrorism charges for having an app on his phone authorities believe followers of exiled...

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Taiwanese journalists barred from UN aviation agency assembly

September 26, 2016 4:38 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2016 - The International Civil Aviation Organization should allow journalists to cover its events regardless of where they are from or where their employers are located, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The UN agency, which is responsible for setting global safety standards, yesterday refused...

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Oman sentences three journalists to prison

September 26, 2016 4:16 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2016 - An Omani court today sentenced three journalists from the independent newspaper Azamn to prison and ordered the newspaper closed after it published allegations of judicial corruption, according to human rights groups and news reports....

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Jordanian commentator Nahed Hattar shot to death in Jordan

September 25, 2016 10:26 AM ET

Washington, September 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's assassination of controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman court, where he was facing charges of "insulting religion" in connection with a cartoon he shared on Facebook, according to news reports. Relatives at the scene apprehended his killer, the...

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Appeals court upholds anti-state prison sentences for Vietnamese bloggers

September 23, 2016 11:25 AM ET

Bangkok, September 23, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned a Vietnamese appellate court ruling yesterday to uphold the convictions on anti-state charges of two independent bloggers....

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Two journalists arrested in Iran

September 22, 2016 5:57 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2016 - Iranian authorities should immediately release two reformist journalists arrested in recent days and stop jailing the media for doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At the time of his arrest, pro-government media described Sadra Mohaqeq, the editor of the...

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Online journalist flees Russia following threats

September 21, 2016 4:23 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2016--Russian authorities should credibly investigate threats against independent online journalist Aleksandr Sotnik and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sotnik yesterday announced that he had fled Russia following threats connected to his critical reporting on Kremlin policies....

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CPJ Newsletter: Exhibit of jailed photographer's work moves to Photoville, journalist released from jail, and we join our partners at the UN

September 21, 2016 3:21 PM ET

October edition Next stop for exhibit of Shawkan's work: Photoville In mid-September, CPJ partnered with the Bronx Documentary Center to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan, a freelance journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013. Many of Shawkan's photos--from protests and...

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How Nigeria's cybercrime law is being used to try to muzzle the press

September 21, 2016 12:35 PM ET

Since Nigeria's cybercrime act was voted into law in May 2015 authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against at least five bloggers who criticized politicians and businessmen online and through social media....

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Mexican journalist dies from injuries after being shot in Puebla state

September 20, 2016 5:24 PM ET

Mexico City, September 20, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities in the central Mexican state of Puebla today to conduct a full and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Aurelio Cabrera Campos, the founder and editorial director of a weekly news magazine, El Gráfico de la Sierra....

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In Brazil, journalists face injury from violent protests and accusations of bias

September 20, 2016 4:16 PM ET

Felipe Souza was covering an anti-government protest in São Paulo earlier this month when a line of riot police advanced toward him....

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TV journalists beaten, threatened covering protest

September 20, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Protesters in Bangalore, the capital of India's Karnataka state, on September 12, 2016, assaulted Rohini Swamy, deputy editor of the English-language news channel India Today TV, and Madhu Y, a cameraman for the channel, as the two covered demonstrations against a Supreme Court order to divert some water from...

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Nigerian secret police arrest online journalist

September 19, 2016 3:59 PM ET

Three operatives of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police, on September 6 arrested Emenike Iroegbu, who runs the news website Abia Facts, from his home in Uyo, the capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on suspicion of libelling the governor of neighboring Abia state, according to news...

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CPJ joins call for Montenegro to free imprisoned journalist Jovo Martinović

September 19, 2016 11:51 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with the Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, today wrote a joint letter to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović protesting the 11-month pretrial detention of freelance journalist Jovo Martinović, who has been accused of participating in a drug trafficking ring--an accusation he...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 18

September 19, 2016 10:26 AM ET

Taraf chief editor detained hours after release Hours after his release from prison, the writer and journalist Ahmet Altan was detained again. Altan turned himself in late last night and was arrested after hearing that he was wanted by authorities, according to reports. According to a report in the...

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Chinese police detain, assault Hong Kong journalists for covering protest

September 15, 2016 6:15 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2016 - Chinese authorities should launch a credible, independent investigation into allegations police assaulted journalists and allow reporters to do their work, including covering protests, without restriction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in China's southern Guangdong province last night assaulted and detained...

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South Sudan authorities order independent newspaper to close

September 15, 2016 4:50 PM ET

Nairobi, September 15, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately reopen the Nation Mirror. Security services ordered the independent daily to close yesterday, according to news reports....

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Draft regulatory bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

September 15, 2016 11:44 AM ET

Bangkok, September 15, 2016 - Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Steering Assembly should scrap proposed legislation that would create a new national media regulator, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft bill, the latest in a raft of military-imposed measures that restrict press freedom, is now being considered...

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CPJ testifies on Turkey's press freedom record after failed coup attempt

September 14, 2016 3:59 PM ET

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova today testified before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, at the hearing, "Turkey after the July Coup Attempt."...

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Why proposed bill could mean the end of independent journalism in Iran

September 12, 2016 4:45 PM ET

The Iranian government will address the United Nation's General Assembly this month for the last time before President Hassan Rouhani seeks re-election next year. The international appearance would be a good chance for Rouhani's administration to discuss its record in office....

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Arrest warrant for muckraking U.S. journalist

September 12, 2016 3:26 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2016 -- Prosecutors in the U.S. state of North Dakota should immediately drop all criminal charges against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Goodman, who hosts the global news program Democracy Now!, faces criminal trespass charges in connection with her...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 11

September 12, 2016 11:30 AM ET

Eid holiday leaves detained writers in legal limbo, lawyers say Veysel Ok and Ergin Cinmen, lawyers for Mehmet and Ahmet Altan, two prominent writers detained four days ago, yesterday made a joint statement saying that because of the Eid holiday they could not find the responsible prosecutor or a...

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Ethiopian journalist Yusuf Getachew released from jail

September 10, 2016 12:32 PM ET

New York, September 10, 2016--Ethiopian authorities today released Yusuf Getachew, editor-in-chief of Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), who has been imprisoned since his arrest in July 2012, a relative of the journalist told CPJ. Yusuf was freed on the day that several prisoners were released as part of a presidential...

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Police raid newspaper after critical documentary airs in Maldives

September 9, 2016 1:47 PM ET

Bangkok, September 9, 2016 - Authorities in the Maldives should cease harassing the Maldives Independent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the daily newspaper's office hours after the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera aired a documentary produced by the paper's former editor alleging high-level corruption in the Maldives....

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Police attempt to remove Paraguayan journalist's security detail

September 8, 2016 1:26 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Cándido Figueredo following an attempt by Paraguayan police to withdraw his security detail....

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Venezuelan journalist arrested after reporting on protest

September 7, 2016 2:35 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, September 7, 2016--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release online and radio journalist Braulio Jatar Alonso, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Domestic intelligence officers detained Jatar on September 3, a day after he reported on an anti-government protest....

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Journalist detained over criminal defamation complaint in Bangladesh

September 6, 2016 1:48 PM ET

Bangkok, September 6, 2016--Bangladeshi journalist Siddiqur Rahman Khan has been detained since September 1 after a criminal defamation complaint was filed against him under Article 57 of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Khan's immediate release and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 4

September 6, 2016 12:43 PM ET

Police raid Kurdish magazine office Police raided Istanbul office of the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgür Halk today, the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reported. DİHA reported that the raid, which was in progress at the time of publication, was related to the magazine's feature commemorating August 15, the date the...

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Award-winning editor's wife banned from leaving Turkey, passport confiscated

September 3, 2016 11:14 AM ET

New York, September 3, 2016--Turkish authorities should cease preventing Dilek Dündar, wife of exiled Turkish journalist Can Dündar, from leaving the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Can Dündar told CPJ that security officers at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport this morning confiscated his wife's passport and prevented her from...

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Change to Mexican law leaves critical journalists at risk of steep fines

September 2, 2016 2:56 PM ET

Sergio Aguayo, one of Mexico's most prominent political commentators, said he was taken by surprise when he heard he was being sued for "moral damages." The plaintiff, Humberto Moreira, is a former governor who faced allegations that he severely mishandled the state's finances, was involved in graft and corruption,...

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Freelance journalist Lindsey Snell detained in Turkey after leaving Syria

September 1, 2016 6:23 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities today to release Lindsey Snell, an American freelance journalist who has been detained since August 7 after traveling to Turkey from Syria, where she said she had been filming....

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Chinese journalist beaten in detention, lawyer says

September 1, 2016 5:32 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2016 - Chinese authorities should credibly investigate allegations that prison guards beat online journalist Lu Yuyu in custody and ensure that he gets proper medical treatment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

September edition IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments...

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