November 2016

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Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira charged with 'abetting terrorism'

November 30, 2016 6:09 PM ET

Nairobi, November 30, 2016--Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Biira on November 27 after she reported on a deadly battle between police and a traditional monarch's...

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Cartel plots to shoot at offices of Mexico's Zeta magazine

November 30, 2016 10:28 AM ET

November 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities today to ensure the safety of journalists working at the Tijuana-based weekly Zeta. The Mexican magazine is currently under police protection after authorities learned of a plot by a cartel to attack the office....

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China detains publisher of human rights news website

November 29, 2016 5:32 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2016--Chinese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Huang Qi, publisher of the human rights news website 64 Tianwang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in China's southwest Sichuan Province detained Huang last night, amid an intensified crackdown on online journalists and bloggers who report...

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Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein jailed in Panama for criminal defamation

November 29, 2016 3:48 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2016--Authorities in Panama should immediately release Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, who has been detained since November 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ornstein, a Panama-based journalist who runs the news website Bananama Republic, was arrested in relation to a 2012 criminal defamation conviction...

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CPJ Highlights: December edition

November 29, 2016 3:45 PM ET

Today is #GivingTuesday! Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on how CPJ upholds press freedom around the world, visit our website at cpj.org....

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Mozambican journalist detained for 34 days

November 29, 2016 12:54 PM ET

Police arrested Arcénio Sebastião Macuene, a Mozambican freelance journalist, on October 8, 2016, and held him on charges of defaming a police official until press freedom advocates paid his bail on November 11, Mozambican journalists and press freedom advocates told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Editor of human rights news website detained in China

November 28, 2016 5:18 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2016 - Chinese authorities should immediately release Liu Feiyue, the editor and founder of the human rights news website Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, known in China as Minsheng Guancha, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Liu's arrest occurred amid increasing efforts by China to...

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'People talk as they please' Sisi says in comments on Egypt's press freedom record

November 28, 2016 3:06 PM ET

In Egypt last week a journalist was barred from travel without official explanation, a reporter was accused of criminal defamation over a 2015 investigation on child prostitution, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi defended Egypt's freedom of expression record. An appeal date was also set for the Journalists' Syndicate leaders...

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Tajikistan suspends accreditation of six radio journalists

November 28, 2016 2:53 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2016―Tajik authorities should immediately reinstate the accreditation of six radio journalists suspended following a broadcaster's refusal to remove a story from its website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 27

November 28, 2016 12:04 PM ET

Wire reporter releasedPolice in southeastern Mardin province today released Fethi Balaman, the leftist daily newspaper Evrensel reported. Police on November 29 detained the former reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency, which the government on October 31 ordered closed by emergency decree. [December 1, 2016]...

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Malaysia intensifies harassment of award-winning cartoonist

November 28, 2016 11:22 AM ET

Bangkok, November 28, 2016―Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against award-winning cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, and cease harassing him for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambian journalist sentenced to two years in prison

November 23, 2016 2:06 PM ET

A Gambian court on November 8, 2016, convicted Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, an exiled radio journalist and manager of community station Taranga FM, of three counts of sedition and spreading false news, according to media reports. The court, convicting the journalist in absentia, sentenced Ceesay to two years in prison and...

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Hunger-striking journalist injured in prison uprising

November 21, 2016 11:56 AM ET

News of the hospitalization of an imprisoned photojournalist after security forces cracked down on an uprising in Borg al-Arab prison tops the list of attacks on the press last week in Egypt. Also last week: Two leaders of the Journalists' Syndicate were sentenced to two years in prison each...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 20

November 21, 2016 10:11 AM ET

After six months, wire reporter released pending trial Hakkari's Second Court for Serious Crimes today ordered Şermin Soydan, a reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency, released on probation the leftist newspaper Evrensel reported....

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Leaders of Egypt's Journalists Syndicate sentenced to 2 years in jail

November 19, 2016 7:52 AM ET

New York, November 19, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the conviction of three leaders of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate today on charges of harboring a fugitive. A Cairo court sentenced Yehia Qallash, the chairman of the syndicate, and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim to...

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Gambian journalist, broadcast executive held without charge

November 18, 2016 5:32 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, November 18, 2016--Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests came in the run-up to presidential elections...

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CPJ writes to Pence, seeks meeting with Trump Administration

November 17, 2016 12:57 PM ET

CPJ writes to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence to seek a meeting to discuss our concerns and recommendations for guaranteeing First Amendment values under the Trump Administration.

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Ethiopian newspaper editor, bloggers caught in worsening crackdown

November 16, 2016 11:54 PM ET

Nairobi, November 17, 2016--Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, Ethiopian authorities have jailed a newspaper editor and detained two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, which has faced continuous...

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Gabon newspaper raided, deputy editor alleges torture

November 16, 2016 2:13 PM ET

On November 3, 2016, officers from Gabon's domestic intelligence agency, the Directorate of Documentation and Immigration (DGDI, by its French acronym), armed with semi-automatic weapons, raided the office of the weekly newspaper Echos du Nord in the capital, Libreville, and arrested nine journalists and four other staff members, according to...

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Judge orders journalist's arrest for publishing confidential documents

November 15, 2016 5:31 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2016--An Ecuadoran judge last night approved an arrest warrant for journalist Fernando Villavicencio on charges of distributing emails sent by public officials, according to the journalist's lawyer. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities to revoke the warrant....

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In China, foreign correspondents continue to face harassment, restrictions

November 15, 2016 5:00 PM ET

Conditions for foreign correspondents in China remain difficult, with journalists reporting cases of harassment, surveillance, and restrictions on where they can work, according to findings by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China....

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Two Myanmar journalists arrested on criminal defamation charges

November 14, 2016 6:28 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Myanmar authorities to release Than Htut Aung, chief executive of Eleven Media Group, and Wai Phyo, chief editor of the group's publication Daily Eleven. The journalists were detained November 11 and are being held in pretrial detention...

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Journalists detained during Egypt's day of protests

November 14, 2016 3:42 PM ET

Four journalists were detained November 11 amid a heavy deployment of security forces in Egypt's cities in response to calls for nationwide protests over economic reforms. The protests were fewer and smaller than anticipated, but journalists were still harassed and, in some cases, arrested, according to local and international...

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Indian journalist murdered in Bihar

November 14, 2016 3:29 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2016--Authorities in India's Bihar state should credibly investigate and swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of journalist Dharmendra Singh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Three men on November 12 shot Singh, a reporter for the national, Hindi-language newspaper Dainik Bhaskar,...

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Sri Lankan government blocks Tamil website

November 14, 2016 10:55 AM ET

Sri Lankan regulators blocked access to a Tamil-language news website on October 26, 2016, over allegations that the website carried false information and incited ethnic hatred, according to news reports and the website's editor, who is based overseas and who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. The...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 13

November 14, 2016 10:53 AM ET

Two years in prison for newspaper editor Diyarbakır's Fourth Court for Serious Crimes yesterday sentenced İsmail Çoban, responsible news editor of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat to two years and four months in prison for "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish...

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CPJ calls on Mauritania to release blogger who faces death penalty

November 11, 2016 9:10 PM ET

In a joint letter, CPJ calls on Mauritania's President to help secure the release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, also known as Mohamed Ould M'Kaitir. Mauritania's Supreme Court is due to review Mohamed's case on November 15. The blogger faces the death penalty.

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Journalist attacked at U.S. protest

November 11, 2016 4:07 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2016--Four masked men attacked freelance photojournalist Kyle Ludowitz yesterday as he photographed protesters looting and vandalizing businesses in the U.S. city of Oakland, California, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Ludowitz was treated for a broken cheekbone following the incident, he said....

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Chechen court to hear reporter's appeal of conviction on retaliatory charges

November 11, 2016 1:54 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2016--Chechen authorities should drop all charges against Zhalaudi Geriyev, a contributor to the independent regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel, and unconditionally release the journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Chechen Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Geriyev's appeal on November 15, according to...

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South Sudan station Eye Radio forced to cease broadcasting

November 11, 2016 1:40 PM ET

Nairobi, November 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on South Sudanese authorities to allow the independent station Eye Radio to resume broadcasting....

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CPJ Highlights: November edition

November 11, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Note to our readers: CPJ plans to intensify our documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, following the election on November 8, 2016, of Donald Trump as president. During his campaign, Trump verbally attacked journalists, restricted access, threatened lawsuits, and promised to make legal action against the media...

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Brazilian journalist convicted of criminal defamation for environmental reporting

November 10, 2016 3:38 PM ET

A Salvador court sentenced Brazilian journalist Aguirre Talento to six months and six days in jail for criminal defamation on October 31, 2016, reduced to community service and a fine, according to the journalist and his lawyer. The case was the second of three separate defamation cases filed the same...

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Activists harass and attack photojournalist in Uttar Pradesh

November 10, 2016 12:04 PM ET

Hindu activists in Vrindavan, in India's Uttar Pradesh state, assaulted Sarvesh, a freelance photographer who goes only by one name, during a protest outside a meeting of atheists, on October 14, 2016....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Mosul

November 9, 2016 4:00 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has a new Emergencies Response Team. The ERT will be posting updates on safety for journalists as we think necessary. This is the first one....

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For Zambia's press, election year brings assaults and shut down orders

November 8, 2016 4:31 PM ET

Zambia's press has come under sustained assault in this election year, with station licenses suspended, journalists harassed or arrested for critical coverage, and one of the country's largest privately owned papers, The Post, being provisionally liquidated in a move that its editors say is politically motivated....

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In Egypt, censorship, an arrest, and court hearings for journalists

November 7, 2016 2:22 PM ET

Restrictions against the press continue in Egypt, with ongoing trials of journalists, some of whom have been in detention for more than three years, allegations that a TV station was ordered to drop a planned broadcast of an interview with a former official, and a reporter detained while trying...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 6

November 7, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Opposition newspaper CEO detained Police at Istanbul's Atatürk airport detained Akın Atalay, CEO of the embattled opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, as he disembarked from his flight from Berlin today, Turkey's official Anadolu News Agency reported. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office for Press Crimes had issued a warrant for his arrest...

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Independent Malaysian news website faces threats, harassment

November 7, 2016 12:45 PM ET

Bangkok, November 8, 2016 - Malaysia's government should cease harassing independent news site Malaysiakini, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the website, and a government-linked pressure group has threatened to "tear down" the website's office....

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Proposed changes to Mexico's right to reply would increase burden on media

November 4, 2016 3:23 PM ET

Mexico City, November 4, 2016­--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today over proposed changes to Mexico's media regulations that could force the press to publish or broadcast more replies to news stories. The changes are due to be voted on by the country's Supreme Court November 7....

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TV reporter killed in Afghanistan

November 4, 2016 2:34 PM ET

New York, November 4, 2016--Naimatullah Zaheer, a reporter with the Afghan private television station Ariana News, was killed by roadside bomb today in the southern province of Helmand....

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Blogger detained amid escalating crackdown in Vietnam

November 4, 2016 1:51 PM ET

Bangkok, November 4, 2016--Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Ho Van Hai, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Ho Chi Minh City's Thu Duc district arrested Hai, a medical doctor popularly known by his Facebook moniker 'Ho Hai', on November 2, according to news reports....

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Indian news channel suspended for 24 hours

November 4, 2016 1:09 PM ET

The Indian government on November 4, 2016, ordered NDTV India, a Hindi-language news channel, to stop broadcasting from November 9-10, after a committee in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting found that the channel had revealed "strategically-sensitive information" while covering an attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot...

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Myanmar obstructs reporters from covering crisis in Rakhine State

November 3, 2016 3:40 PM ET

Bangkok, November 3, 2016--Security officials in Myanmar should stop obstructing and harassing journalists attempting to report on the conflict in the country's northern Rakhine State, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The censorship comes amid widespread allegations of military abuses, including allegations of sexual violence, perpetrated as part of...

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'It's worse this time,' says photographer shot by police during latest Kashmir unrest

November 2, 2016 1:44 PM ET

For four months, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has been under a curfew imposed after protests broke out when Burhan Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a pro-independence militant organization that advocates for Kashmir's independence from India, was killed in clashes with the Indian army. Journalists have...

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