April 2017

Azerbaijan government seeks order to permanently block news websites

April 28, 2017 5:49 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2017--The Azerbaijani government should immediately stop trying to permanently block access to five independent media outlets' websites and should instead lift a decree that has rendered them currently inaccessible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the capital Baku yesterday began hearing...

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At least two journalists injured as protesters storm Macedonian parliament

April 28, 2017 5:10 PM ET

Brussels, April 28, 2017--Macedonian police and prosecutors should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for injuring at least two journalists and assaulting at least four others in last night's storming of the parliament building, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nationalist demonstrators, many of them wearing masks and...

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CPJ Highlights: April edition

April 28, 2017 4:28 PM ET

CPJ releases Attacks on the Press CPJ launched the 2017 edition of our annual publication Attacks on the Press at two events on April 25. The book, "The New Face of Censorship," explores the evolution of censorship tactics into sophisticated tools used to control the flow of information around the...

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Iran frees Issa Saharkhiz then sentences him to one year in jail

April 28, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who was sentenced yesterday to one year in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The sentence was handed down the day after Saharkhiz was released from jail on a separate charge,...

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Quebec police say they monitored journalist's phone records

April 28, 2017 1:12 PM ET

The chief of police for the central Canadian province of Quebec on April 10, 2017, acknowledged that provincial police had in 2012 monitored the phone records of Nicolas Saillant, a journalist with the newspaper Le Journal de Québec....

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Noose left at U.S. newspaper's office door

April 28, 2017 12:20 PM ET

On April 21, 2017, someone left a noose on the doorstep of The Sacramento Valley Mirror, a semiweekly newspaper in Willows, California, newspaper staff told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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An investigative journalist and a blogger attacked in Russia

April 27, 2017 3:56 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2017--Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate two attacks against journalists yesterday and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jammu and Kashmir state government censors 22 social media services

April 26, 2017 5:14 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2017--Indian officials in the state of Jammu and Kashmir should immediately revoke a one-month ban on access to social media services, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The order, announced today, directed all internet service providers to block users' access to 22 platforms, including...

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Venezuela regulator takes two international news stations off air

April 26, 2017 3:07 PM ET

Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel ordered two international news broadcasters-- El Tiempo from Colombia, and Todo Noticias from Argentina-- off the air on April 19, 2017, the broadcasters reported....

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Egyptian video journalist jailed pending trial for purported leaks

April 25, 2017 5:45 PM ET

Ahmed Farouk was arrested at Cairo International Airport on October 31, 2016, when he tried to board a flight to Guangzhou, China, the Swiss Organization for the Protection of Human Rights reported....

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Zambian journalist released from prison

April 25, 2017 3:07 PM ET

Johannesburg, April 25, 2017--The unconditional release of Zambian journalist Chanda Chimba is a welcome end to the injustice he has suffered, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chimba, who has advanced prostate cancer, was released on April 21 following a pardon on humanitarian grounds from Zambian President Edgar Lungu,...

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Attacks on the Press 2017

April 25, 2017 9:00 AM ET

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Fighting for the Truth

April 25, 2017 8:21 AM ET

Journalists have a huge amount of work to do By Christiane Amanpour Never in a million years did I expect to find myself appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home. Despite the hostile rhetoric of the U.S. presidential campaign, I hoped that after becoming president-elect, Donald...

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Being a Target

April 25, 2017 8:20 AM ET

A reporter learns how to dodge terrorist threats to get the story By Rukmini Callimachi The convoy of cars flying al-Qaeda's black flag swept across northern Mali in 2012. Within weeks, it felt like a curtain had been drawn....

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Zone of Silence

April 25, 2017 8:19 AM ET

The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered By Robert Mahoney Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog "Mukto-Mona," or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life....

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Eluding the Censors

April 25, 2017 8:18 AM ET

For all its faults, Facebook is a lifeline for journalists in less developed countries By Karen Coates Squeezed between China and Vietnam, Phongsali is the northernmost province of Laos, a land of mountains, valleys and isolated villages that is home to more than 15 ethnic groups. As recently as a...

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Right Is Might

April 25, 2017 8:17 AM ET

We have the laws and institutions to fight attempts at information control By David Kaye Yevgeny Zamyatin's strikingly original 1920s Russian novel We gets read far less than its canonical English-language descendants, Brave New World and 1984. Yet George Orwell knew of and clearly drew from Zamyatin's book in creating...

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Fiscal Blackmail

April 25, 2017 8:16 AM ET

The Kenyan government withdraws advertising when newspapers step out of line By Alan Rusbridger In some parts of the world, it is still possible to silence a journalist with a sharp blow to the side of the head. But as newspapers the world over struggle with the financial disruption of...

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Supervised Access

April 25, 2017 8:15 AM ET

North Korea masks deep censorship by admitting foreign reporters By Jessica Jerreat North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's absolute grip on the flow of public information and deadly approach to dissent have made the country one of the most brutally censored in the world....

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Connecting Cuba

April 25, 2017 8:14 AM ET

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow the island nation's progress By Carlos Lauría Cuba's media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of independent reporters who...

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Self-Restraint vs. Self-Censorship

April 25, 2017 8:13 AM ET

How much should journalists hold back when covering terrorism in Europe? By Jean-Paul Marthoz European journalists are on edge. Since the brutal execution of eight colleagues at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, they have become acutely aware that they are in the firing line of...

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Edited by Drug Lords

April 25, 2017 8:12 AM ET

Mexican journalists navigate threats and censorship by cartels By Elisabeth Malkin Adrián López Ortiz, the general director of Grupo Noroeste, a media group that owns the newspaper Noroeste in the northwestern Mexican city of Culiacán, was driving home from the airport in April 2014 when an SUV intercepted him. Two...

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Willing Accomplice

April 25, 2017 8:11 AM ET

Collusion by the Turkish media compounds the country's crisis By Andrew Finkel Turkey's bloody, failed military coup on July 15, 2016, and the ruthless crackdown that followed are testament to the country's escalating crisis of democracy. Though the crisis had been developing for years, with journalists and independent media outlets...

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Chinese Import

April 25, 2017 8:10 AM ET

Russia tries to emulate Beijing's model of information control By Emily Parker Russia has embarked on an ambitious social experiment. Just a few years ago, Russians had a mostly free internet. Now Moscow is looking toward Beijing, trying to imitate the Chinese model of internet control. Yet the Kremlin will...

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Discredited

April 25, 2017 8:09 AM ET

Journalists' online activity could hurt their financial standing under a new Chinese plan By Yaqiu Wang In what would be a uniquely daunting form of censorship, the Chinese government is making plans to link journalists' financial credibility to their online posts....

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Disrupting the Debate

April 25, 2017 8:08 AM ET

Governments use copyright laws and Twitter bots to curb criticism on social media By Alexandra Ellerbeck On July 10, 2016, Ecuadoran journalist Bernardo Abad tweeted that the former vice-president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, had not paid income taxes for the year before. A week later, Abad received a message from...

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Case in Point

April 25, 2017 8:07 AM ET

A journalist details one fight over records requests in the United States By Michael Pell In December 2010, Robin Gordon faced an ultimatum. She had found that a debt collection company had purchased a $291 tax lien on an apartment she owned in Atlanta, Georgia, after her mortgage company failed...

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Thwarting Freedom of Information

April 25, 2017 8:06 AM ET

Agencies exploit every loophole to evade disclosure requirements By Jason Leopold On December 13, 2016, I filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI seeking a wide range of documents about a series of highly controversial decisions the bureau made in the weeks leading up to the U.S....

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What Is the Worst-Case Scenario?

April 25, 2017 8:05 AM ET

American journalists grapple with the Trump presidency By Alan Huffman The word "unprecedented" is often used to describe Donald Trump's antipathy toward the American media, as it is of many of his other approaches to governance....

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A Loyal Press

April 25, 2017 8:04 AM ET

Independence means isolation for journalists in Sisi's Egypt By Ursula Lindsey When President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office in Egypt in 2014, after leading the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, he promised to restore peace and prosperity through strong leadership....

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From Fledgling to Failed

April 25, 2017 8:03 AM ET

Even as the country collapses, South Sudan's government will brook no criticism By Jacey Fortin JUBA, South Sudan - The shooting began around 5:15 on a Friday afternoon. Dozens of journalists had gathered in the pressroom at the Presidential Palace--a walled compound also known as "J1"--in the capital city. Following...

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Where I've Never Set Foot

April 25, 2017 8:02 AM ET

Barred from Syria, a journalist must make sense of what she's told By Alessandria Masi The morning after the attack, my deputy editor and I lit cigarettes as we squatted on the green couch in our closet-size Beirut office, hanging out the window and talking about what we thought had...

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Introduction: The New Face of Censorship

April 25, 2017 8:01 AM ET

Governments and non-state actors find innovative ways to suppress the media By Joel Simon In the days when news was printed on paper, censorship was a crude practice involving government officials with black pens, the seizure of printing presses and raids on newsrooms. The complexity and centralization of broadcasting also...

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In Cameroon, Ahmed Abba sentenced to 10 years in jail

April 24, 2017 6:23 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to make a payment of 55 million Central African francs (US$91,133) Abba's lawyer Clément Nakong, told CPJ. Abba, who...

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Collapse of state institutions leaves Yemeni journalists vulnerable

April 24, 2017 5:40 PM ET

A journalist dies mysteriously in Yemen after receiving threats because of his work, and the resulting autopsy raises more questions than answers. A columnist in the same country is sentenced to death on espionage charges in an opaque trial....

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Ecuador fines seven news outlets for not reproducing Argentine newspaper story

April 24, 2017 4:55 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 24, 2017--Ecuadoran authorities should immediately annul fines imposed on seven media outlets for declining to reproduce a story published in an Argentine newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two photographers arrested for photographing Brazil protest

April 24, 2017 4:38 PM ET

Police on April 17, 2017, arrested two Brazilian photographers who were taking photographs of a barricade of burning tires in the Jardins neighborhood of São Paulo and accused them of starting the fire, according to one of the photographers and the police report, which CPJ has reviewed....

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Blogger stabbed to death in Maldives

April 24, 2017 1:26 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2017--Authorities in the Maldives should swiftly identify and bring to justice those responsible for the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rasheed died after he was found with multiple stab wounds in the stairway of his apartment building yesterday,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2017

April 24, 2017 10:50 AM ET

German magazine correspondent denied credentials for 'insulting president' Turkish authorities denied Raphael Geiger, the Turkey, Greece, and Middle East correspondent for the German magazine Stern, an extension of his press credentials, saying he had insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish service of Deutsche Welle reported on April...

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Journalists detained in wake of Turkey referendum

April 21, 2017 12:04 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to stop jailing journalists and suppressing dissent in the wake of a referendum to change Turkey's system of governance from parliamentary to presidential. In the past week, police arrested at least three journalists and raided...

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Somaliland editor detained after trading himself for colleague's freedom

April 20, 2017 6:31 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2017--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Ibrahim Osman Ahmed, editor of Hangool News, who has been held without charge since April 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ibrahim is in custody in Hargeisa Central Police Station after handing himself over to police to secure the...

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Cameroonian military court convicts journalist Ahmed Abba of terrorism charges

April 20, 2017 3:57 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts," according to his lawyer and RFI. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cameroonian...

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Russian journalist dies after severe beating

April 20, 2017 3:50 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2017-- Russian federal authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Nikolai Andrushchenko, co-founder of the weekly newspaper Novy Peterburg, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, known for his reporting on corruption and police brutality, died in...

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Newsmagazine publisher stabbed to death in Myanmar

April 20, 2017 12:20 PM ET

Bangkok, April 20, 2017--Authorities in Myanmar should swiftly identify and bring to justice the killer of newsmagazine publisher Wai Yan Heinn, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist was found dead on April 16 with 15 stab wounds to his chest and abdomen at his Yangon-based office,...

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Proposed German legislation threatens broad internet censorship

April 20, 2017 9:53 AM ET

The German cabinet on April 5 approved a "Draft Law to Improve Law Enforcement in Social Networks" (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz), ostensibly aimed at combatting disinformation and hate speech, that raises concerns about restrictions on free expression and the privatization of censorship. The law would compel social media companies to remove content...

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In Macedonia, anti-press rhetoric leaves journalists feeling vulnerable

April 19, 2017 4:05 PM ET

As the political crisis in Macedonia, triggered by allegations of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies, deepens the environment is increasingly unsafe for journalists who report critically on the ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) and its leader, Nikola Gruevski....

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Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta receives white powder in mail

April 19, 2017 1:11 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2017--The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta received an envelope containing an unidentified white powder this morning, the newspaper reported. The envelope's only return address was "Grozny," the capital of Chechnya, where preachers and political officials have recently threatened the newspaper for reporting on the alleged...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 16, 2017

April 19, 2017 10:56 AM ET

Wire reporter jailed The Supreme Court of Appeals on April 14 upheld the Second Mardin Court for Serious Crimes' November 2016 sentence of two years and four months in prison against Meltem Oktay on charges of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization," the news website Dihaber reported yesterday....

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CPJ joins Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists and their sources

April 18, 2017 5:40 PM ET

Over the past several months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over U.S. border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at U.S. borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry to the...

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Journalist facing charges in Ecuador files for asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017 4:52 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said the journalist, who fled...

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CPJ calls on Maldives to drop case against Raajje TV journalist

April 18, 2017 4:34 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Maldives' prosecutor general to drop the legal case against Raajje TV journalist Mohamed Wisam, who was acquitted last month of obstructing police at an anti-government protest in 2015. The prosecutor general lodged an appeal with the high...

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Mexican crime reporter murdered

April 17, 2017 5:13 PM ET

Mexico City, April 17, 2017--Mexican authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate the murder of crime reporter Maximino Rodríguez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants shot and killed Rodríguez on April 14 in the northern Mexican city of La Paz, according to his employer....

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Russian journalist flees Moscow following threats

April 17, 2017 2:48 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2017--Russian authorities should immediately and thoroughly investigate threats made against Elena Milashina, an investigative journalist for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and a former correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ said today. In an April 15 interview with The Washington Post, Milashina...

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Chechen official and preachers threaten Novaya Gazeta journalists

April 14, 2017 3:41 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2017--Russian authorities should investigate threats preachers and an adviser to the Chechen president made against the staff of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and should ensure the journalists' safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police

April 14, 2017 3:36 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2017 -- Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da'ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists in Kosovo receive death threats

April 13, 2017 5:03 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2017--Police in Kosovo should thoroughly and swiftly investigate death threats against Arbana Xharra and Musa Mustafa and ensure the safety of the two investigative journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan journalist abducted, assaulted

April 13, 2017 12:52 PM ET

Unknown assailants on April 8, 2017, abducted and assaulted Gertrude Uwitware, a health reporter for the private Ugandan broadcaster NTV, from the streets of Kampala, according to the journalist and her employer....

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Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

April 12, 2017 4:09 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists for covering protests and should allow the news media to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Protests in Venezuela

April 12, 2017 3:12 PM ET

Venezuelan opposition supporters have been protesting against the government of President Nicolás Maduro since the Supreme Court ruled to strip the National Assembly of its lawmaking powers at the end of March. This is the longest sustained wave of anti-government demonstrations since 2014....

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Journalists covering Venezuela protests harassed, attacked, and news websites blocked

April 12, 2017 10:36 AM ET

New York, April 12, 2017--Venezuelan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several reporters have been detained, injured, or had equipment seized while covering ongoing protests over a Supreme Court ruling to strip the opposition-led National Assembly of its lawmaking...

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Egypt's state of emergency may act to further silence press

April 11, 2017 5:54 PM ET

Hours after two bombs ripped through packed Palm Sunday services in Coptic Churches in Alexandria and Tanta on April 9, killing nearly 50 people, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency. The measure is in many ways an extension of what has already been in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 9, 2017

April 11, 2017 10:03 AM ET

Erdoğan vows jailed Die Welt correspondent will never return to Germany Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last night vowed that Die Welt Turkey correspondent Deniz Yücel, a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey would never be allowed to return to Germany so long as he was president, the online...

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Journalist beaten by Kenyan police, told he 'cannot fight them with a pen'

April 10, 2017 12:22 PM ET

Kenyan police on March 22 threatened and assaulted Isaiah Gwengi, a correspondent for The Standard daily newspaper, according to the journalist and media reports....

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French outlets Mediapart, Le Canard enchaîné receive threatening letters

April 7, 2017 6:06 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned threats made against the Paris-based investigative news website Mediapart and satirical weekly Le Canard enchaîné (The Chained Duck), and called on French authorities to promptly bring the perpetrators to justice....

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In Brazil, attacker fires at political blogger's car

April 6, 2017 2:27 PM ET

Political blogger Márcio Prado was at his home in Rio Grande da Serra, one of the municipalities that ring Brazil's biggest city São Paulo, in the early hours of April 1, 2017, when he heard gunshots, he told CPJ in a telephone interview. The blogger said he went downstairs to...

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Ethiopia Supreme Court says two Zone 9 bloggers should face incitement charges

April 6, 2017 12:08 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2017--Ethiopia's Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence through their writing. If convicted of the charge, Atnaf Berhane and Natnail Feleke would face a maximum prison...

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In Brazil, outdated defamation laws and costly court cases used to pressure critics

April 6, 2017 11:28 AM ET

Brazilian journalist Erik Silva never imagined that printing information from a municipal government website would see him accused of defamation and lead to a drawn-out court case. But almost a year after writing about the size of salary earned by a municipal accountant in Corumbá, a city of just under...

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CPJ Highlights: March edition

April 5, 2017 12:29 PM ET

Standing in solidarity with the U.S. press In recent months, CPJ has documented charges brought against at least 10 journalists who were covering protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and Lee County, Iowa. We have consistently called on authorities to drop the charges against the journalists, most...

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AFP photographer repeatedly harassed by Libyan security forces

April 4, 2017 4:46 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2017--Security forces in Benghazi should stop harassing AFP photojournalist Abdullah Doma and ensure that he can work safely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces in the eastern Libyan city have twice detained Doma in the last week,...

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Indian journalist charged under Official Secrets Act

April 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

New Delhi, April 3, 2017--Authorities in India should immediately drop all charges against Poonam Agrawal, a journalist for the English-language news website The Quint, the Committee to Protect journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 10:59 AM ET

Cumhuriyet journalists respond to indictment Cumhuriyet journalists Kadri Gürsel and Murat Sabuncu, who were listed in an indictment against the Turkish daily earlier this week, reacted to the accusations presented to the court, online newspaper Demokrat Haber and Cumhuriyet reported yesterday....

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