February 2017

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Russian security forces raid journalist Zoya Svetova's home

February 28, 2017 4:00 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2017--Russian authorities should cease harassing journalists and allow them to work unimpeded, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces today searched the Moscow home of prominent journalist and human rights defender Zoya Svetova, according to press reports and Svetova's lawyers....

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Fox TV-Turkey taken off the air in Azerbaijan

February 28, 2017 3:20 PM ET

Broadcasts of Turkish broadcaster Fox TV-Turkey ceased in Azerbaijan late the night of February 22, 2017, hours after a presenter mocked President Ilham Aliyev's appointment of his wife as the country's first vice-president, Azerbaijani and Turkish media reported....

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Delhi police, student activists beat journalists

February 28, 2017 3:13 PM ET

Police and student activists beat at least eight journalists covering fighting between rival student groups at Delhi University's Ramjas College on February 22, 2017, according to media reports and journalists speaking to the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Defamation suit in Thailand restricts BBC reporter's freedom of movement

February 28, 2017 1:48 PM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2017--A court in Thailand has seized the passport of BBC reporter Jonathan Head in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Thai lawyer over a news report on alleged fraud committed on the tourist island of Phuket. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the restrictions...

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Die Welt Turkey correspondent jailed pending trial

February 28, 2017 12:46 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2017--Turkish prosecutors should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace last night ordered the journalist, a dual citizen of Turkey and Germany...

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Algerian journalist faces treason charges

February 27, 2017 5:18 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2017--Algerian authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges against Marzoug Touati, an editor of the news website Al-Hogra, and release him without condition or delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Algerian security forces arrested Touati from his home in the coastal city of...

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CPJ Highlights: February edition

February 27, 2017 3:49 PM ET

Press freedom in the US--and what CPJ's doing about it CPJ continues to advocate for journalists and press freedom in the United States. In a February 25 op-ed published in The New York Times titled "Trump is damaging press freedom in the U.S. and abroad," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26

February 27, 2017 9:47 AM ET

Shots fired at newspaper office, no one injured An unknown assailant in a moving taxi fired two shots from a handgun at the building housing the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in Istanbul this morning, Cumhuriyet reported. A police investigation is in progress, the report said....

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Iraqi Kurdish journalist killed by roadside bomb in Mosul

February 25, 2017 1:53 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2017--Iraqi Kurdish reporter Shifa Zikri Ibrahim, known professionally as Shifa Gardi, was killed today by a roadside bomb while covering the Iraqi Army's offensive against the Islamic State group in western Mosul for the Kurdish TV station Rudaw, the network said. A cameraman for the network,...

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Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

February 24, 2017 3:52 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as "a gaggle" by President Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump...

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In China, sources face harassment, jail for speaking to foreign media

February 24, 2017 12:58 PM ET

Zhang Lifan is a Beijing-based historian specializing in modern Chinese history. He is also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government who is interviewed regularly by the foreign press--even when it leads to harassment from officials. Last month alone, he was quoted in a New York Times article about...

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Sri Lankan military intelligence officers suspected in journalist's murder

February 23, 2017 4:04 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2017--Sri Lankan authorities should fully investigate the 2009 murder of an editor and bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five military intelligence officers were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, the editor-in-chief of the...

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Hong Kong daily Sing Pao says its journalists and website are under attack

February 22, 2017 6:32 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Hong Kong authorities to investigate the harassment of journalists at the daily Sing Pao. Sing Pao Media Enterprises, which owns the paper, released a statement yesterday saying that staff have been followed and harassed, and that the...

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Three Somaliland journalists detained in one week

February 22, 2017 2:36 PM ET

Somaliland security forces on February 20, 2017, arrested Mohamed Baashe Hassan, a journalist for the independent broadcaster Star TV, in Hargeisa, the capital of the semi-autonomous region....

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Togolese journalist beaten, victim of hit-and-run

February 22, 2017 2:15 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, February 22, 2017--Togolese authorities should ensure the safety of a journalist beaten by security forces and should fully and credibly investigate that assault, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Robert Avotor, a journalist for the biweekly newspaper l'Alternative, told CPJ that a vehicle intentionally hit him on...

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Ivory Coast detains six journalists for reporting on mutiny

February 21, 2017 1:00 PM ET

Police in the Ivory Coast on February 12, 2017, detained Vamara Coulibaly, the publisher of the independent Soir Info and L'Inter newspapers; Hamadou Ziao, editor-in-chief of L'Inter; Jean Bédel Gnago, a journalist with Soir info; Bamba Franck Mamadou, the publisher of the pro-opposition newspaper Notre Voie; Yacouba Gbané, the...

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Ex-police official admits role in Filipino radio journalist's murder

February 21, 2017 10:34 AM ET

Bangkok, February 21, 2017--Former Philippine policeman Arturo Lascanas in a news conference yesterday acknowledged his role in the September 2003 assassination of radio journalist Juan "Jun" Pala, a crime he claimed was ordered and paid for by then Davao City mayor, now President Rodrigo Duterte....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 19

February 21, 2017 9:56 AM ET

Detention of Die Welt Turkey correspondent complicates relations with Germany The detention of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, has complicated relations with German officials, the socialist daily Evrensel, the German news website Handelsbatt Global, and the pro-Turkish-government Daily Sabah reported. According to a February...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

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

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

What is CPJ doing about the risks? This report shows how the world has become more dangerous for journalists. Given the proliferation of violent non-state actors; the shrinking rule of law in some places and resurgent authoritarianism in others; and reduced foreign news coverage by media in favor of reliance...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Only universal technical security will keep journalists safe By Tom Lowenthal, CPJ Staff Technologist Journalism is an information field — its practice is based on communication with sources, compiling and analyzing information and data, and then publishing and sharing the results. Like most members of modern society, journalists rely on...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

About This Report...

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The Best Defense: Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward reliance on freelancers. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches...

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Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters

February 17, 2017 4:18 PM ET

For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of...

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Ecuadoran TV journalist receives mail bomb

February 17, 2017 2:45 PM ET

New York, February 17, 2017--The Ecuadoran National Police should swiftly bring to justice whoever sent award-winning TV journalist Janet Hinostroza a makeshift explosive device, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attempted attack took place days before general elections scheduled for February 19....

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'I wanted to stay and fight for my beliefs' says jailed Vietnamese blogger forced into exile

February 17, 2017 12:22 PM ET

Vietnamese journalist and religious activist Dang Xuan Dieu was granted early release January 12 from a 13-year prison sentence on anti-state charges filed over his critical reporting. As with recent early releases of other jailed Vietnamese journalists, Dieu was forced to immediately board a plane and go into exile...

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Crimean journalist faces trial on separatism charges

February 16, 2017 4:09 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2017--Authorities in Crimea should immediately drop all charges against Mykola (Nikolai) Semena and allow the journalist to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A preliminary hearing in Semena's trial on charges of separatism is scheduled for tomorrow, according to his employer....

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CPJ calls for OSCE to swiftly fill press freedom representative vacancy

February 16, 2017 10:04 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to swiftly appoint a new representative on Freedom of the Media. The incumbent representative, Dunja Mijatović, has been an outspoken defender of...

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Venezuela suspends CNN en Español broadcasts

February 15, 2017 5:59 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2017--Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel today ordered transmissions of CNN en Español to be suspended in the country, according to reports. A statement from the regulator said that Conatel was initiating administrative proceedings against the Spanish-language channel of CNN, which it said distorted the truth...

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Two radio journalists shot and killed during live broadcast in the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017 5:52 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2017 -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic should establish a motive in the murder of radio journalists Luis Manuel Medina and Leónidas Martínez and prosecute all those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two radio journalists were shot and killed yesterday during a...

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O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo ordered to remove reports about Brazil's First Lady

February 15, 2017 3:58 PM ET

São Paulo, February 15, 2017--A judge ordered two of Brazil's biggest national dailies, Folha de S.Paulo and O Globo, to remove stories from their websites about a court case of a hacker convicted of attempted blackmail of Brazil's first lady, Marcela Temer, according to reports in both papers....

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Mob attacks Lebanese TV station

February 15, 2017 3:11 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2017--Lebanese authorities should immediately investigate yesterday's attack on the independent TV channel Al-Jadeed, bring those responsible to justice, and take steps to ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist who alleged corruption beaten in India

February 15, 2017 2:23 PM ET

A group of assailants in the southeastern Indian town of Chirala on February 5, 2017, beat M Nagarjuna Reddy, a reporter with the Telugu-language monthly magazine Basa, according to his employer, press reports, video, and a memorandum the journalist filed with the Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission in Hyderabad, the...

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CPJ calls on Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to safeguard journalists

February 15, 2017 1:50 PM ET

CPJ writes to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to seek ways to work with his new administration to improve the climate for the media in Somalia, and in particular to ensure that those who murder journalists are brought to swift and fair justice.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

February 14, 2017 10:31 AM ET

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea...

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CPJ calls on Venezuela to stop obstructing the foreign press

February 13, 2017 7:09 PM ET

São Paulo, February 13, 2017--Two Brazilian journalists investigating a continent-wide corruption ring were detained over the weekend in Venezuela, according to press reports. Separately, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced at a rally that he wanted CNN out of the country and accused the network of spreading "fake news," other outlets...

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Editor arrested in Kazakhstan

February 13, 2017 4:31 PM ET

--> New York, February 13, 2017--Kazakh authorities should immediately release Zhanbolat Mamay, editor of the independent newspaper Sayasi kalam/Tribuna, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mamay, an outspoken government critic, in the capital Almaty on February 10, on suspicion of money laundering, Kazakh and regional media...

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Cameraman murdered in Pakistan

February 13, 2017 3:58 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2017 - Pakistani authorities should bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Taimoor Khan, a cameraman for the private TV channel Samaa TV, who was fatally shot last night while covering the aftermath of an attack on a police vehicle, according to...

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TV reporters attacked while covering Indonesia protest

February 13, 2017 9:51 AM ET

Bangkok, February 13, 2017--Indonesian authorities should identify and bring to justice those responsible for assaulting two journalists with broadcaster Metro TV at a February 11 demonstration in the capital Jakarta, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Court freezes Maltese blogger's bank accounts on libel accusations

February 10, 2017 2:37 PM ET

A court in Malta on February 8, 2017, ordered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia's bank accounts frozen after two government officials filed a libel case against her and demanded 47,000 euros in damages....

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Reporter survives shooting in Uruguay

February 10, 2017 12:32 PM ET

Two unidentified men riding a motorcycle on February 7, 2017, shot at Isabel Prieto Fernández, a reporter with the Uruguayan weekly Caras y Caretas, as she was driving to her home in Montevideo from the beachside town of El Pinar, according to press reports....

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Assailants try to cut out Peruvian journalist's tongue

February 8, 2017 3:48 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2017--Peruvian authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for a brutal attack against broadcast journalist Marco Bonifacio Sánchez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unidentified assailants tried to cut off the journalist's tongue as he walked home in the northern Peruvian town of...

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Ukraine police see journalism as motive in Pavel Sheremet's murder

February 8, 2017 12:48 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2017--Ukrainian investigators' announcement today that they consider Pavel Sheremet's journalism as the most likely motive in his July 2016 murder is a welcome step toward bringing his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told journalists in...

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Shots fired at Colombian journalist

February 7, 2017 1:39 PM ET

Unidentified men riding a motorcycle on January 27, 2017, fired gunshots at Edwin Montiel, news director of the radio station Frontera Stereo, in the northern Colombian city of Maicao, according to news reports. Montiel, who often reports on criminal gangs and smuggling in Maicao, a town located near the Venezuelan...

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Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies....

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Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

February 6, 2017 9:09 AM ET

German court upholds partial ban on poem satirizing Erdoğan A court in the German city of Hamburg today upheld a previous court's ban on comedian Jan Böhmermann's reciting 18 of 24 verses of a poem satirizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the comedian recited on television last year,...

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Surveillance of journalists and court orders puts Canada's press freedom at risk

February 3, 2017 4:47 PM ET

On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source. The hearing comes ahead of a day of action being planned in Canada for February 25, when press freedom...

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British photographer wounded in eastern Ukraine

February 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2017--British freelance photographer Christopher Nunn was injured last night while covering shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdiivka, according to press reports. "I am alive," the photographer wrote on Twitter after the incident. His translator Vladimir Subotovsky told CPJ today that Nunn was in stable condition...

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Bangladeshi journalist fatally shot covering street battles

February 3, 2017 12:56 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2017--Bangladeshi authorities should vigorously investigate and bring to justice those responsible for killing Abdul Hakim Shimul, a journalist for the daily Samakal newspaper, who died today from gunshot wounds sustained while covering political unrest yesterday, according to news reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: US executive order on immigration

February 3, 2017 12:41 PM ET

On Friday January 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order making significant changes to the country's immigration system. In the week since the order was issued, there has been great uncertainty about how to interpret the changes and how these are being implemented by the U.S. agencies...

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CPJ concerned about proposed media controls in Thailand

February 3, 2017 11:27 AM ET

CPJ urges Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to reject new legislation increasing government control over the media, and to repeal previous decrees expanding state control of the media.

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BBC journalist questioned by US border agents, devices searched

February 1, 2017 7:09 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2017--Customs and Border Protection officers should respect the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when subjecting international reporters to screening on their arrival to the U.S., the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ seeks meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow

February 1, 2017 10:54 AM ET

CPJ seeks a meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow to discuss ways in which he can improve the climate for media freedom in Gambia after 22 years of Yahya Jammeh's policies.

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Journalist injured in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine

February 1, 2017 10:16 AM ET

At least one journalist was injured in renewed fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on January 31, according to his employer....

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