October 2016

Montreal police spied on La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé

October 31, 2016 6:24 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2016--Montreal police have been tracking an iPhone belonging to La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé since the beginning of the year, the journalist's paper reported today. Canadian courts authorized 24 warrants to surveil Lagacé's phone, according to court documents obtained by the French-language Montreal daily. The warrants...

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Turkey closes 15 media outlets, raids newspaper office, detains at least 12

October 31, 2016 1:48 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2016 -- The Turkish government should immediately reverse an emergency decree closing at least 15 news agencies, newspapers, and magazines and should immediately release all journalists imprisoned on bogus charges for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 30

October 31, 2016 11:28 AM ET

Social media websites, WhatsApp blocked as police detain opposition leaders Turkey last night blocked access to social media websites and the text-messaging application WhatsApp as police arrested members of parliament for the opposition HDP party, including the party's co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yuksekdag, according to press reports....

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Journalists covering Venezuela tension face violence, obstruction

October 27, 2016 5:46 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, October 27, 2016--Journalists trying to cover rising political tensions in Venezuela have been obstructed and have come under attack, including by Venezuelan security forces and immigration officials, according to press freedom groups and news reports....

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Hong Kong journalist attacked by protesters

October 27, 2016 2:28 PM ET

On October 26, 2016, a Hong Kong journalist was attacked by a group of protesters while covering a rally outside of the Legislative Council building....

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Getting Away With Murder

October 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant Published October 27, 2016. Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ...

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Mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi

October 25, 2016 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, October 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm about the deteriorating situation for the media in Burundi. In the past three days alone, the Interior Ministry closed the country's journalists' union and security forces detained reporters on assignment....

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Ethiopia's state of emergency cuts lines of communication and puts bloggers at risk of arrest

October 24, 2016 5:52 PM ET

On October 4, I heard that my friend Natnael Feleke had not returned home even though it was approaching midnight in Ethiopia. Family and friends were discussing where to search for the blogger, who had only been released 11 months earlier from the notorious Kilinto prison, where he was...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 23

October 24, 2016 10:22 AM ET

EU Parliament urges Turkey to release journalists The European Parliament urged Turkey to release all journalists jailed without proof of their alleged involvement in the failed July 15 military coup, Hürriyet Daily News reported, based on the text of the resolution....

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Iraqi journalist killed in Kirkuk fighting

October 21, 2016 4:24 PM ET

New York, October 21, 2016 - An Iraqi journalist was killed today covering fighting between militants from the Islamic State group and Kurdish security forces, according to news reports. The killing came as at least seven journalists were injured in the past two days while covering the joint offensive...

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Nigeria religious police assault journalists

October 21, 2016 4:09 PM ET

Four representatives of the Kano State Hisbah Board, a local security agency set up to enforce its interpretation of Sharia law, on August 27, 2016, assaulted two journalists from private broadcaster Express Radio, according to news reports. The religious police were angry that Express Radio correspondent Abdullahi Isa brought two...

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Liberian newspaper publisher arrested over civil libel case

October 21, 2016 11:30 AM ET

Philipbert Browne, the publisher of Liberia's Hot Pepper newspaper, was arrested at his office and jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison in the Liberian capital on October 7, 2016, for libel on the orders of a Civil Law Court over a story in his paper titled, "During Ebola Time: 'I...

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Al-Jazeera crew detained for 2 days in Somalia

October 21, 2016 10:45 AM ET

A crew from international broadcaster Al-Jazeera were detained on October 18, 2016, shortly after returning to Mogadishu from assignment, and released on October 20....

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U.S. documentary filmmakers face prison for filming protest

October 20, 2016 6:22 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2016--Prosecutors in the U.S. states of North Dakota and Washington should drop all charges against three independent documentary filmmakers arrested while filming environmental activists interfering with oil pipelines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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How influence of Russian media risks making Serbia a Moscow bureau

October 20, 2016 2:45 PM ET

For a couple of days last month, uninformed tourists visiting Serbia could easily have believed that the country is a Russian outpost. With large photos of Vladimir Putin on their covers, Serbian tabloids--by far the biggest source of print information in the country--were engaged in a discussion over whether...

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CPJ, 25 other organizations call on Turkey to revoke state of emergency

October 19, 2016 2:02 PM ET

A coalition of 26 international media freedom and human rights advocacy groups, including CPJ, today called on Turkey to lift emergency measures that have resulted in the stifling of criticism and dissent; the detention of large numbers of individuals, including more than 100 journalists; and the removal of fair...

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Cuban journalists detained while covering hurricane damage

October 18, 2016 1:59 PM ET

Cuban state security officers on October 11 briefly detained Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, one of Cuba's most prominent independent journalists, along with five of her colleagues from Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood News) and two freelancers working with them, while the team attempted to report on storm damage caused by Hurricane Matthew...

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Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist banned from travel

October 18, 2016 11:47 AM ET

Bangkok, October 18, 2016--Malaysian authorities should immediately lift all restrictions on cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque's freedom of movement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday prevented the cartoonist, better known as Zunar, from leaving the country, according to news reports....

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Somalia closes newspaper, arrests editor

October 17, 2016 2:19 PM ET

Nairobi, October 17, 2016 -- Somali authorities should immediately release the editor of Xog Ogaal newspaper and allow the newspaper to resume publishing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from Somalia's National Intelligence Agency raided the newspaper's office and arrested its editor on October 15, according to press...

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Radio journalist killed in Afghanistan

October 17, 2016 2:16 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2016 -- Afghan authorities should credibly investigate yesterday's fatal shooting of a radio journalist in Qalat and swiftly bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

October 17, 2016 12:38 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was...

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Pro-government group harasses journalists in Malaysia

October 17, 2016 12:06 PM ET

Bangkok, October 17, 2016 - Malaysian authorities should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for harassing three journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of a pro-government group threatened journalists covering a confrontation between a group associated with the ruling party and a rival group on October...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 16

October 17, 2016 9:32 AM ET

Man accused of shooting at award-winning editor freed pending trial A court in Istanbul today ordered Murat Şahin--the man accused of attempting to shoot former Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dündar during a break in Dündar's trial on May 6--released pending the conclusion of his trial, Hürriyet Daily News reported....

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In India, online campaign seeks to free press from risk of criminal defamation

October 14, 2016 2:45 PM ET

An online campaign to decriminalize defamation in India is being led by a member of the country's main opposition party. "Criminal defamation can lead to people being put in jail for something they have said publicly. This law needs to be replaced by a modern, progressive law," reads the...

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CPJ calls on Thailand to not censor news during royal transition

October 14, 2016 10:10 AM ET

New York, October 14, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military government to lift a blanket censorship order on television news broadcasters imposed in the wake of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death yesterday....

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CPJ calls on Burundi to release Radio Maria reporter

October 13, 2016 4:37 PM ET

Nairobi, October 13, 2016--Burundi's national intelligence service should immediately release radio journalist Salvador Nahimana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Nahimana, a reporter for the Burundian branch of Radio Maria, a global station that broadcasts news and missionary statements, on October 2, and transferred him to the...

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Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

October 13, 2016 1:34 PM ET

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction and good governance. This is why journalists on this...

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CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

October 13, 2016 12:30 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2016--The chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization: Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200...

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US journalist Lindsey Snell released from Turkish prison

October 12, 2016 5:49 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Lindsey Snell, a U.S. freelance journalist who Turkish security forces detained on August 7 as she crossed into the country from Syria. CPJ confirmed her release with Snell's lawyers....

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Pakistan imposes travel ban on columnist Cyril Almeida

October 11, 2016 3:55 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2016 -- Pakistan should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on columnist Cyril Almeida of the independent daily newspaper Dawn....

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Prominent blogger 'Mother Mushroom' detained in Vietnam

October 11, 2016 11:59 AM ET

Bangkok, October 11, 2016--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against prominent independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Quynh, popularly known by her pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), was arrested yesterday while trying to visit an imprisoned political activist in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 10

October 11, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Two columnists freed from jail on appeal Lale Kemal, a columnist who wrote for the dailies Taraf and Zaman, and Nuriye Akman, a columnist for Zaman, were released from prison yesterday on appeal, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported....

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Azerbaijani TV journalists receive death threats

October 6, 2016 5:00 PM ET

Two contributors to the Azerbaijani broadcaster Meydan TV, which has broadcast from Berlin since 2014 out of concern for the safety of its staff, received death threats on October 4, 2016, according to press reports....

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In Nepal, critical editor flees and journal's funding is blocked

October 6, 2016 1:15 PM ET

[email protected] founder @kundadixit gives video message: Censorship allows despots to win elections, they coopt journalists. #IJAsia16 pic.twitter.com/Uo558PQX5i— GIJN (@gijn) September 24, 2016 Kunda Dixit cut his once mop-like white hair, grew a beard, and quietly went into hiding, eventually fleeing Nepal for the safety of the U.S. to avoid arrest....

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Blogger's prison sentence reduced, news site shuttered in Vietnam

October 6, 2016 12:50 PM ET

Bangkok, October 5, 2016 - A Vietnamese appeals court yesterday reduced from four to three years a prison sentence given earlier this year to independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Gia on anti-state charges related to his critical journalism, according to news reports....

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Liberia journalist detained for republishing story about president of Equatorial Guinea

October 6, 2016 9:43 AM ET

Plainclothes police officers on September 15, 2016, detained Festus Poquie, a journalist with Liberia's New Democrat newspaper, from his office and took him to the Liberia National Police headquarters in the capital Monrovia, where he was detained and interrogated for several hours....

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Ukrainian journalist detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage

October 4, 2016 5:44 PM ET

New York, October 4, 2016 - Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, is being held on accusations of espionage....

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Soldiers assault Indonesian journalist

October 4, 2016 12:04 PM ET

Bangkok, October 4, 2016 - Indonesian military officials should take swift disciplinary action against soldiers responsible for assaulting a television journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Soldiers assaulted and threatened Indonesian TV reporter Sony Misdananto while he covered a religious celebration, according to news reports....

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Retrial of Azimjon Askarov to begin in Kyrgyzstan

October 3, 2016 5:47 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2016--Kyrgyz authorities should fully abide by the United Nations Human Rights Committee's calls to immediately release Azimjon Askarov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police arrest prominent Ethiopian blogger

October 3, 2016 1:39 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2016 - Ethiopian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Seyoum Teshome, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Teshome on October 1, according to press accounts and opposition activists....

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Kashmir newspaper ordered to suspend printing

October 3, 2016 12:56 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2016 - Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir should immediately reverse an order to suspend publication of the Kashmir Reader newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrived at the daily newspaper's office with an order to stop publishing yesterday....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 2

October 3, 2016 9:48 AM ET

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for Facebook posts The Mersin Court of Penal Peace last night arraigned Cemil Uğur, a reporter for the left-wing Evrensel newspaper, on charges of "being member of a [terrorist] organization," and "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," his employer reported. Police held Uğur for 16...

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Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans killed in Libya

October 2, 2016 4:40 PM ET

New York, October 2, 2016 - Dutch freelance photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was killed today in the Libyan city of Sirte while covering clashes between Islamic State fighters and forces loyal to the Libyan Army, according to Dutch and Libyan news outlets....

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