March 2017

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Belarus police raid offices of TV station Belsat, detain cameraman

March 31, 2017 3:17 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2017--Belarusian authorities should cease harassing Belsat TV and all news media in an effort to censor coverage of opposition protests and should immediately release all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police today raided two of the channel's offices...

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UPDATE: In Turkey, authorities rule to free journalists, then reverse decision

March 31, 2017 12:40 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2017-- Istanbul's 25th Court for Serious Crimes ordered the release pending trial of at least 19 journalists jailed in the aftermath of the July 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, but the decision was reversed after an appeal by the chief prosecutor, and none of...

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As Egypt-U.S. relationship moves forward, jailed Egyptian journalists left behind

March 30, 2017 5:57 PM ET

Among the things Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to discuss during their April 3 meeting in Washington is Egypt's fight against terrorism. Egypt's government has broadly interpreted this fight to include jailing dozens of journalists, including photographer Abdelrahman Yaqot, who a few...

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Mexican newspaper editor shot and wounded in Veracruz

March 29, 2017 4:19 PM ET

Mexico City, March 29, 2017--Mexican authorities should credibly and thoroughly investigate today's shooting of veteran journalist Armando Arrieta Granados, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Arrieta, the editorial director of the daily Veracruz newspaper La Opinión, was shot and gravely wounded as he returned to his residence in the...

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At least eight journalists still jailed for reporting on Belarus protests

March 28, 2017 6:28 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately release all journalists jailed covering protests and should cease obstructing reporters in an effort to keep news of the protests out of media reports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian editor, social media moderator detained

March 28, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Security forces arrested Morad Saghafi from his home in Tehran on March 16, 2017, according to the official ILNA news agency, but to date have not made public any charges against him or the reason for his arrest. Saghafi is the editor of Goftegoo Magazine, which focuses on culture and...

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Colombian columnist threatened at gunpoint after reporting on corruption

March 28, 2017 3:51 PM ET

On March 23, 2017, a man arrived at the home of Colombian columnist, anticorruption activist, and law student Daniel Silva Orrego, threatened him with a gun, and told him to stop his investigations into corruption, according to the journalist and news reports....

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In pivotal election year Kyrgyz media face verbal assaults from president and legal action

March 28, 2017 1:57 PM ET

In Kyrgyzstan, once Central Asia's most liberal country, President Almazbek Atambayev is tightening his grip on critical voices, including independent journalists and foreign media....

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Journalists detained covering Russia protests

March 27, 2017 4:03 PM ET

New York, March 27, 2017--Russian security forces should cease harassing and obstructing journalists covering protests and other events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Russian media reported that at least 11 journalists were detained yesterday while reporting on nationwide protests. All have since been released....

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TV news channel suspended in Thailand

March 27, 2017 11:36 AM ET

Bangkok, March 27, 2017--Thai media regulators should immediately reverse their suspension of the operating license of Voice TV and should allow the media to broadcast and publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Media regulators today suspended the channel's operating license for seven days....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 26, 2017

March 27, 2017 10:23 AM ET

Istanbul court orders release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists Istanbul's 25th Court for Serious Crimes today ordered the release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists imprisoned in direct relation for their work following the July 2016 failed military coup, according to news reports. The court did...

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Nigerian blogger, publisher jailed on defamation charges

March 24, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 24, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two have been held in a maximum security prison for more than a week as they await trial on charges of defamation and...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Belarus

March 24, 2017 3:53 PM ET

Beginning in early February, there have been nationwide demonstrations in Belarus to protest the introduction of a new tax on the unemployed. More than 150 protesters have been arrested, dozens have been fined or sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for participating in the protests, and at least...

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Police search Brazilian blogger's devices in morning raid

March 24, 2017 12:57 PM ET

São Paulo, March 24, 2017--A police search of Brazilian blogger Carlos Eduardo Cairo Guimarães' residence and electronic devices to uncover the sources for a story he had published was an alarming violation of journalists' right to protect their sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican journalist shot dead in Chihuahua

March 23, 2017 2:53 PM ET

New York, March 23, 2017--Miroslava Breach Velducea, a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, was murdered this morning in the eponymous state capital....

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Two bloggers detained for 'propagandizing against the state' in Vietnam

March 23, 2017 12:16 PM ET

Bangkok, March 23, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release bloggers Phan Kim Khanh and Bui Hieu Vo....

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CPJ joins call for Belarus president to stop harassment of journalists, protesters

March 23, 2017 11:56 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 48 rights organizations, sent a letter on March 22 to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, condemning the detention and harassment of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and members of the country's opposition party....

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Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests

March 23, 2017 10:13 AM ET

New York, March 23, 2017 - Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists prosecuted for covering a wave of nationwide protests and should cease interfering with journalists doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces have detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32...

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Former AFP photographer arrested in Bahrain airport

March 22, 2017 6:19 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2017--Bahraini authorities should immediately release Mohammed al-Shaikh, a photographer who worked for Agence France-Presse, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Al-Shaikh was arrested at Bahrain International Airport in the capital, Manama, yesterday and was transferred to the country's Criminal Investigation Unit, according to Bahraini...

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Security forces beat journalists covering Ramallah protest

March 20, 2017 5:01 PM ET

Palestinian Authority security forces attacked journalists from media outlets including the Jordanian broadcaster Roya TV, the Palestinian broadcaster Watan TV, and the news website Palestine Today as they covered a March 12, 2017, protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to news reports....

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Mexican journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera murdered in Veracruz

March 20, 2017 1:44 PM ET

Mexico City, March 20, 2017--Mexican authorities should undertake a credible and thorough investigation into the murder of journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Monlui was shot to death yesterday morning in the municipality of Yanga, in the eastern state of Veracruz, as he left...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2017

March 20, 2017 9:37 AM ET

Security forces detain reporter in southeastern Turkey Security forces in the southeastern province of Mardin today detained Dihaber reporter Murat Verim, the news agency reported. Dihaber said the arrest was part of an ongoing terrorism investigation....

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Canadian reporter faces charges after covering protests

March 17, 2017 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2017--Canadian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Justin Brake, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Brake is scheduled to appear in court on April 11 to answer charges of criminal mischief and contempt of court in connection with his reporting on a...

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Police prevent journalists from attending press conference in Kashmir

March 17, 2017 2:49 PM ET

Washington D.C., March 17, 2017--Police in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir should allow journalists to work without harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, and should take disciplinary action against officers filmed attacking journalists yesterday....

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Libyan TV channel attacked, burned

March 17, 2017 2:34 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2017--Armed men attacked the Tripoli office of the Libyan TV channel Al-Nabaa and set the building on fire, according to journalists for the station, news reports, and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, an advocacy group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called...

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UK's proposed Espionage Act will treat journalists like spies

March 17, 2017 11:41 AM ET

Journalists in Britain are becoming increasingly alarmed by the government's apparent determination to prevent them from fulfilling their mission to hold power to account. The latest manifestation of this assault on civil liberties is the so-called Espionage Act. If passed by parliament, it could lead to journalists who obtain...

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CPJ joins call to renew mandate of Iran human rights rapporteur

March 16, 2017 10:39 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 human rights groups calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A vote on the resolution is...

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Journalist arrested in Moscow on Belarusian extradition request

March 15, 2017 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2017--Russian authorities should immediately release Yuriy Baranchik, chief analytical editor of the pro-Kremlin Russian news agency Regnum, and allow him to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian journalists arrested ahead of elections

March 15, 2017 9:19 AM ET

New York, March 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately release Ehsan Mazandarani, Hengameh Shahidi, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests come ahead of presidential elections scheduled for May....

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

March 14, 2017 6:09 PM ET

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 12

March 14, 2017 12:41 PM ET

Editor sentenced to nine years in prison The 7th Court for Serious Crimes in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır yesterday sentenced Aydın Atar, former news editor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat, to nine years, four months, and 15 days in prison on charges of "propagandizing...

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Local official hits journalist with car

March 14, 2017 10:36 AM ET

An employee with the economic council of the municipal government of the central Mexican city of Guanajuato, on March 7, 2017, swerved his car to hit Gilberto Israel Navarro Basaldúa, a journalist for the newspaper Am Express, the journalist alleged....

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Brazilian reporter's car set on fire

March 14, 2017 8:35 AM ET

Someone set veteran Brazilian political reporter Rodrigo Lima's car on fire outside his office at the daily newspaper Diario da Região on March 3, 2017, according to the journalist, witnesses, and video of the incident. The reporter, who has worked at the newspaper for 17 years, told the Committee to...

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Syrian journalist killed by airstrike in Daraa

March 13, 2017 3:18 PM ET

Washington, D.C, March 13, 2017--Yesterday's death of freelance journalist Mohamed Abazied in an airstrike on the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa highlights the dangers that journalists and all civilians face in Syria's long-running conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Abazied was killed while reporting on Russian and...

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Newspaper columnist murdered in the Philippines

March 13, 2017 12:50 PM ET

Bangkok, March 13, 2017--Philippine police and prosecutors should credibly investigate today's murder of newspaper columnist Joaquin Briones and should swiftly bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopian journalist released from prison

March 13, 2017 12:43 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2017--Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia's state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri....

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CPJ calls on Homeland Security secretary to reject password proposal

March 10, 2017 12:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's suggestion to a committee hearing that the U.S. could request social media profile and password information as a condition to entering the country. Such requirements would have an impact on journalists by undermining their ability...

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Indian court orders website to take down two articles on lawmaker

March 9, 2017 1:39 PM ET

A city civil court in the southern Indian city of Bangalore on March 2, 2017, ordered the news website The Wire to take down two articles critical of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of India's upper house of parliament, according to one of the website's founding editor and news reports....

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Journalist severely beaten, hospitalized in Albania

March 9, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2017--Albanian authorities should thoroughly investigate yesterday's attack on investigative journalist Elvi Fundo and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two unidentified assailants beat Fundo, who runs the news website Citynews.al and Radio Best, with crowbars near a train station...

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Russian security services detain journalists in border city, order them to leave

March 7, 2017 4:34 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2017--Russian security services should stop harassing and obstructing journalists and should allow them to work unimpeded, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security services have detained at least three journalists who had traveled to report from the northwestern city of Svetogorsk, on Russia's border...

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Iranian editor held months without access to lawyer

March 7, 2017 1:02 PM ET

Iranian security forces raided the home of Tahereh Riahi, social affairs editor at Iran's government-funded Borna News Agency, and detained her on December 27, 2016, according to media reports and human rights groups. Two months after her arrest, the journalist was still held in Evin Prison near Tehran....

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Libyan authorities in Tobruk knock radio station off the air

March 6, 2017 6:08 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2017--Libyan authorities in Tobruk should immediately allow privately-owned Al-Wasat radio to resume broadcasting and should allow all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ex-police commander jailed for 30 years for murder of Oaxaca journalist

March 6, 2017 6:06 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2017--A court in the Mexican state Oaxaca convicted Jorge Armando Santiago Martínez of murdering Marcos Hernández Bautista, a reporter for the daily Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the March 3 conviction and called on authorities to prosecute all involved...

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CPJ safety advisory: use of chemical agents in the Mosul offensive

March 6, 2017 2:42 PM ET

A dozen civilians, including women and children, have been treated for suspected exposure to a blistering chemical agent following an Islamic State (IS) attack on East Mosul, Iraq, last week, according to news reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said over...

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Chad journalists in hiding after threats

March 6, 2017 2:03 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 6, 2017--Chadian domestic intelligence officers should cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two journalists have gone into hiding following harassment from National Security Agency (ANS) officers in recent weeks, and another was detained and forced to...

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Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe

March 6, 2017 1:39 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2017--Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5

March 6, 2017 10:17 AM ET

Erdoğan says jailed Die Welt correspondent 'German agent,' Kurdish separatist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 3 said that Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt and a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey jailed in Turkey since February 14, was a "German agent"...

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Mexican journalist shot dead in Guerrero state

March 3, 2017 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2017--Mexican authorities must conduct a credible and rigorous investigation into the killing of Cecilio Pineda Brito, a journalist who contributed to several outlets and published crime stories on social media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The 38-year-old reporter was shot dead yesterday in the...

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Azerbaijani blogger sentenced to prison for alleging abuse

March 3, 2017 4:33 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release blogger and press freedom advocate Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Baku today sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison on defamation charges for alleging that police beat him, according to his lawyer and...

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Brazilian photographers shot covering police action

March 2, 2017 10:57 AM ET

Two Brazilian photographers were shot while covering a February 23, 2017, confrontation between police and civilians in a region of São Paulo notorious for its high concentration of drug sales and use, according to the photographers and the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI)....

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Coalition calls for charges to be dropped against Standing Rock journalists

March 2, 2017 8:19 AM ET

CPJ and a coalition of other organizations request that the Morton County State's Attorney's Office drop the charges against journalists arrested during protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline or justify the arrests of reporters in the course of their work.

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Egyptian parliamentary leaders file criminal complaint against editor

March 1, 2017 5:25 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2017--Egyptian lawmakers should immediately withdraw their criminal complaint against Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Al-Maqal newspaper, and should stop harassing and threatening journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent Cuban journalist detained, accused of fomenting enemy propaganda

March 1, 2017 12:44 PM ET

Independent Cuban journalist Henry Constantín Ferreiro was arrested February 20, 2017 and detained for about 36 hours while traveling to cover a meeting between Cuban dissidents and the head of the Organization of American States (OAS), according to press reports. The editor of digital magazine La Hora de Cuba said...

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CPJ requests information on jailed Cameroonian journalists

March 1, 2017 9:12 AM ET

March 1, 2017 Issa Tchiroma Bakary Minister of Communication Hotel de Ville Yaoundé Via fax: +237 222 23 30 22; Your Excellency, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy organization, are concerned about compounding reports of measures to restrict the media in Cameroon, and request...

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