May 2017

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At least two media workers killed, nine injured in Kabul bombing

May 31, 2017 2:50 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2017--At least two media workers were killed and nine others were injured in a massive bomb attack in central Kabul, Afghanistan that also partially destroyed the office of a television station, according to media reports....

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Exiled journalist abducted in Georgia to face prosecution in Azerbaijan

May 30, 2017 5:58 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Afgan Mukhtarli and allow him to return to neighboring Georgia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing from their home in Tbilisi, Georgia, last night, is being held at a detention center...

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Two journalists killed, two injured in Yemeni city of Taiz

May 30, 2017 4:48 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2017--The deaths of two journalists and the serious injury of two others in the Yemeni city of Taiz late last week are a grim reminder of the risks journalists face reporting on the two-year-old conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call for Egypt to stop blocking access to news websites

May 30, 2017 2:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 20 human rights and press freedom organizations in calling on Egyptian authorities to stop blocking access to Mada Masr and the 22 other news websites. The letter, sent May 26, says the blocking of the sites violates international standards....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 28, 2017

May 30, 2017 12:51 PM ET

Chair and editor of shuttered news agency arrested Police in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır on the night of May 31 arrested Zekeriya Güzüpek, the former chair of the board of the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), and Mehmet Ali Ertaş, a former Kurdish-language editor at the...

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Journalist abducted, seriously injured in Myanmar

May 30, 2017 11:52 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2017--A reporter was abducted, dragged into a waiting vehicle, and then critically wounded in an auto accident on May 26, near the town of Loikaw, in Myanmar's southeastern Kayah State, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on security forces to identify...

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Journalists arrested at Bangkok airport for carrying safety equipment

May 30, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2017--Thai authorities should drop all charges against two journalists arrested at Bangkok's main airport today for carrying protective gear and should amend laws to allow journalists to carry potentially lifesaving, protective equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Pakistani security forces harass journalist, despite court order

May 26, 2017 4:02 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2017--Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency should stop harassing Taha Siddiqui, Pakistan bureau chief for World Is One News, a New Delhi-based news website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials from the FIA last night delivered a summons ordering the journalist to appear today for...

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Egypt blocks access to 21 news websites

May 26, 2017 11:57 AM ET

New York, May 26, 2017--Egyptian authorities should immediately stop blocking access to news websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Egyptian government on May 24 ordered internet service providers to block access to 21 news websites, alleging that they supported terrorism or reported "false news," the government's...

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Turkey must release French photographer Mathias Depardon

May 25, 2017 5:45 PM ET

Istanbul, May 25, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to immediately free Istanbul-based French photographer Mathias Depardon, who has been held in isolation and without charge in southeast Turkey since May 8, according to media reports....

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain block Qatari news websites

May 25, 2017 5:17 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2017-- Authorities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain should cease blocking access to news websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities in the allied kingdoms yesterday blocked access to at least eight Qatari-funded news websites, including those of regional broadcaster...

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Editor shot dead in Russia's Siberia

May 25, 2017 5:10 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2017--Russian authorities must bring to justice those responsible for the killing of Dmitry Popkov, chief editor of independent local newspaper Ton-M in Siberia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Popkov's body was found with five bullet wounds in his backyard late last night in the...

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US congressional candidate in Montana charged with assaulting reporter

May 25, 2017 7:17 AM ET

May 25, 2017 -- The alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by a candidate competing in today's special congressional election in Montana sends an unacceptable signal that physical assault is an appropriate response to unwanted questioning by a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kurdish authorities detain journalist who reported on theft verdict

May 24, 2017 6:55 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--Authorities in northern Iraq should immediately release Aram Bakhtiar, a journalist for the independent broadcaster NRT, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kurdish security forces arrested Bakhtiar on May 22 on accusations of defaming a judge, NRT deputy newsroom manager Soran Rashid told CPJ....

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Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 30 days in prison

May 24, 2017 2:09 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Nijat Amiraslanov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the northwestern Azerbaijani city of Gazakh yesterday sentenced the journalist to 30 days in prison on charges of resisting police....

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Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

May 24, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--The Ethiopian Federal High Court's conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian authorities demolish radio station office

May 23, 2017 2:01 PM ET

Uyo, Nigeria, May 23, 2017--Nigerian authorities' demolition of the office of radio Breeze 99.9 FM is a shocking affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State authorities in Nassarawa, roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital Abuja, on May 20 demolished the radio...

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Mexican journalist abducted in Michoacán state

May 22, 2017 3:56 PM ET

Mexico City, May 22, 2017--Mexican authorities must undertake every effort to secure the safe release of journalist Salvador Adame Pardo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gunmen abducted Adame, director of the television station 6TV, on May 18 from the central Mexican town of Nueva Italia....

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Police beat Indian journalists protesting assault

May 22, 2017 1:56 PM ET

New Delhi, May 22, 2017--Police officials should identify and discipline the officers who assaulted dozens of journalists in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata today, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Journalists at the scene said police assaulted dozens of reporters covering a protest, then forcibly cleared a demonstration...

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Mexican journalists robbed

May 22, 2017 1:46 PM ET

Unidentified gunmen in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on May 13, 2017, robbed seven journalists and threatened to kill them, according to press reports and other journalists who spoke with the victims....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017 10:51 AM ET

Two journalists arraigned, finance manager released A court in Istanbul arraigned Gökmen Ulu and Mediha Olgun, journalists for the secularist, nationalist daily Sözcü, one of the last remaining widely circulated newspapers to be consistently critical of the government, on charges of "committing a crime in the name of a...

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How US Espionage Act can be used against journalists covering leaks

May 20, 2017 8:30 AM ET

Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joked about Trump using a saber on the press and U.S. Senator Jim Risch told CNN the press should be questioning the Washington Post about its sources. Then, on May 16, The New York Times reported that President Donald...

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TV cameraman wounded in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

May 19, 2017 5:32 PM ET

Davit Atoyan, a cameraman for the independent Armenian television station Shant, was wounded in both legs on May 10, 2017 in Nagorno-Karabakh, when the Azerbaijani military opened fire on a vehicle he was in, according to media reports and his employer....

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Egyptian journalist sentenced to 15 years in prison for role in Al-Jazeera documentary

May 19, 2017 4:26 PM ET

Egyptian police arrested Khaled Abdel Wahab Radwan from his home on March 7, 2014, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and news reports....

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Bangladeshi embassies told to monitor journalists traveling abroad

May 19, 2017 3:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 19, 2017--The Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry should immediately and publicly rescind its instructions to the country's embassies to monitor journalists traveling abroad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian blogger still in prison, one month after granted bail

May 19, 2017 3:26 PM ET

Uyo, Nigeria, May 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, in accordance with two court orders granting her bail, and prosecutors should drop all criminal charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Omololu-Olunloyo, who runs the blog HNN Africa, has been jailed for 69 days...

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Mexican journalist flees state after receiving threats

May 19, 2017 2:56 PM ET

Independent journalist Fabián García Castrejón fled the western Mexican state of Nayarit on May 15, 2017, after someone painted threats on the wall of his home, according to the journalist, officials, and media reports....

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Cambodian minister threatens to close media outlets that defy sweeping election rules

May 19, 2017 1:34 PM ET

Bangkok, May 19, 2017--Cambodian authorities should allow media outlets to cover local elections freely and without fear of closure for running afoul of overly broad guidelines restricting election coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith last week threatened to shutter media outlets...

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AP photographer shot covering West Bank protest

May 18, 2017 7:40 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Israeli authorities to apprehend and try the man who shot Associated Press photographer Majdi Mohammed in the hand and killed a Palestinian protester near the northern West Bank city of Nablus today....

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Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder

May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports....

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Iraqi authorities shutter TV channel's Ramadi bureau

May 18, 2017 6:02 PM ET

Washington D.C., May 18, 2017--Authorities in Iraq's western Al-Anbar Province should rescind their order closing the Ramadi office of satellite news channel Dijlah TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Council of Al-Anbar Province on May 16 ordered the bureau closed, days after the Jordan-based channel aired...

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Kurdish security forces detain TV journalist in Syria

May 17, 2017 4:06 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--Kurdish security forces in northern Syria should immediately release Zagros TV journalist Barzan Hussein Liani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of the Asayish, the security force for the de facto government of the Rojava region in northern Syria, on May 13 detained...

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At least six killed in attack on Afghanistan television station

May 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns today's attack on a state television station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The four-hour attack on the Jalalabad office of National Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA) killed at least six people and injured at least 18 others, according to media reports....

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Ukraine bans Russian media outlets, websites

May 17, 2017 10:47 AM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should immediately reverse his order obstructing at least 19 Russian media companies, four popular Russian websites, and banning at least 13 journalists from entering the country for a year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decree, published on the...

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

May 15, 2017 6:24 PM ET

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a...

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Tunisian security forces interrogate news website cofounder

May 15, 2017 5:29 PM ET

Officers from the Tunisian National Guard's Central Investigation Brigade interrogated Sami Ben Gharbia, the cofounder of the independent news website Nawaat, for six hours on May 3, 2017, demanding that he reveal the sources of an April 24 article about a draft economic and financial reconciliation law, Ben Gharbia...

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Iran targets Telegram app as it seeks to control news ahead of May election

May 15, 2017 5:26 PM ET

Iran has a history of cracking down on the independent press ahead of elections, with authorities arresting journalists and forcing reformist outlets to shut down. As Iranians prepare to vote in presidential and city council elections on May 19, authorities have turned their attention to Telegram, arresting several channel...

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Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

May 15, 2017 4:31 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2017--The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce,...

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Journalist and press freedom defender stabbed in Kazakhstan

May 15, 2017 2:49 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2017--Kazakh authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate yesterday's stabbing of journalist and press freedom defender Ramazan Yesergepov and should bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesergepov, who spent three years in prison for his work as an editor and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2017

May 15, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Police search homes of opposition newspaper owner, staff Police searched the homes of the owner and three employees of the daily newspaper Sözcü, one of the last remaining large media outlets that opposes the government, the newspaper reported today....

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German reporter denied Bahrain visa to cover FIFA congress

May 10, 2017 6:17 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2017--Bahraini immigration authorities should grant freelance journalist Robert Kempe a visa and ensure that journalists are able to cover international events in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kempe told CPJ that Bahrain denied him a visa to cover FIFA's 2017 Congress,...

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India's Supreme Court bans reporting judge's statements

May 10, 2017 1:24 PM ET

New Delhi, May 10, 2017--An Indian Supreme Court order banning news media from quoting a judge who accused other senior judges of corruption is a troubling blow to freedom of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist arrested in West Virginia while questioning cabinet official

May 10, 2017 11:16 AM ET

New York, May 10, 2017--The arrest of a journalist in the U.S. state of West Virginia while asking a question of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price yesterday is an affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukraine expels Russian journalists trying to cover Eurovision contest

May 10, 2017 10:34 AM ET

Ukraine's state border service blocked Maria Remizova and Elena Boduen, correspondents of the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Ramil Sitdikov, a photojournalist of the Moscow-based pro-Kremlin broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today), from entering the country, according to reports. The journalists were traveling to Ukraine to cover the Eurovision song...

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Attackers beat TV journalist at his home in India's Andhra Pradesh state

May 8, 2017 3:13 PM ET

New Delhi, May 8, 2017--Authorities in India must investigate and bring to justice those responsible for an attack on freelance journalist Rama Reddy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Reddy, a TV reporter, was attacked in apparent retaliation for his reporting on illegal sand mining, according to a report...

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In Egypt retrial, 2 journalists acquitted, 3 others' sentences reduced

May 8, 2017 2:20 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the verdict by the Giza Criminal Court acquitting Egyptian journalists Hany Salah-el-Deen and Mosad Al-Barbary, and called on authorities to immediately free Abdullah al-Fakharany, Samhi Mustafa, and Mohamed al-Adly, whose sentences were reduced to five years from 25 years....

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More than 100 journalists face threats or injury covering Venezuela protests

May 8, 2017 1:37 PM ET

More than 100 journalists and media workers have been threatened, harassed, detained, injured, or otherwise obstructed from doing their work in Venezuela since mass protests erupted against the government of President Nicolás Maduro there at the beginning of April 2017, according to media reports, the affected journalists, and Venezuelan press...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 7

May 8, 2017 12:24 PM ET

Editor detained at courthouse Police in Istanbul's Çağlayan Courthouse today detained Çağlar Özbilgin, an editor for the leftist news website sendika.org, his employer reported. Özbilgin was there to attend a hearing of his trial on charges of "insulting the president," but police detained him for a separate criminal investigation...

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Expanded surveillance powers could threaten work of journalists in UK

May 5, 2017 12:08 PM ET

Brussels, May 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that the U.K. government wants to push telecommunication companies to introduce real-time surveillance and the removal of encryption. On Thursday, The Register published leaked draft regulations detailing how telecommunications operators would be required to grant real-time...

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Mexican president pledges to prioritize journalist safety and combat impunity

May 4, 2017 7:01 PM ET

Mexico City, May 4, 2017-- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today pledged to prioritize combating impunity in the murders of journalists for the remainder of his term, which ends next year. He said the safety and protection of journalists would also be a priority....

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Bahrain denies accreditation to journalists

May 4, 2017 1:39 PM ET

Bahrain has over the past year refused to grant accreditation to several of its own citizens who report for foreign and independent media, including those working for The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, France 24, and Monte Carlo Doualiya. It has on multiple occasions not granted media visas to foreign...

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China's latest internet controls to stifle free expression

May 3, 2017 5:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns China's move on Tuesday to impose yet more stringent controls on the media and free expression by requiring strict licensing requirements for virtually all forms of news distribution....

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Israeli police attack journalists covering protest

May 3, 2017 2:54 PM ET

Israeli security forces knocked down reporters and trampled at least one journalist while dispersing a peaceful protest in Jerusalem on April 29, 2017, according to video, photographs, and journalists who were present....

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Radio Free Asia journalist flees Cambodia under legal threat

May 3, 2017 11:07 AM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2017--Cambodian authorities should immediately drop all charges against Radio Free Asia journalist Huot Vuthy, also known as Chun Chanboth, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Thailand bans foreign correspondents club event, citing 'national security'

May 3, 2017 10:56 AM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2017--Thailand's ruling military junta banned a panel discussion event scheduled for today by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, marking the latest act of harassment against the club under military rule....

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Two media workers detained in Venezuela

May 2, 2017 6:22 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 2, 2017--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release Marcos Vergara and Deivis Valera, production assistants for the online media platform VivoPlay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two were taken into the custody of the Venezuelan National Guard while covering a protest last night, according to...

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Indian police assault journalist

May 2, 2017 5:02 PM ET

New Delhi, May 2, 2017--Indian authorities should identify and discipline New Delhi police officers who assaulted journalist Meghnad Bose yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

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

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Federal efforts to protect journalists fall short The Mexican government has responded to the crisis by creating a special federal prosecutor to investigate attacks against the press and a safety mechanism to help at-risk reporters. But journalists with whom CPJ spoke say the measures don’t go far enough....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz: A barbaric silencing Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz was not a journalist who went looking for danger. But living and working in a small town in Veracruz state—mired by gang warfare, human trafficking, and a lucrative trade in kidnap for ransom—meant he covered stories that...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Marcos Hernández Bautista: the rebel reporter Marcos Hernández Bautista usually brushed off death threats. But in January 2016, the reporter who regularly covered government corruption in towns near the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, received several menacing phone calls that seemed more serious and left him fearing...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Moisés Sánchez: Justice blocked by delays, errors As he was dragged from his home and into a waiting car, José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo pleaded with his attackers, “Please don’t hurt my family.” His wife, who at the time was embracing her two young grandsons, could only gaze in horror as...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Fighting impunity should be priority for Mexican government By Carlos Lauría Violence tied to drug trafficking and organized crime has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press. Since 2010, CPJ has documented more than 50 cases of journalists and media workers killed or...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Covering corruption in Mexico means living with impunity By Adela Navarro Bello It is a feeling of frustration that stays with you. Current affairs in Mexico today are dominated by two prevalent issues: corruption and impunity. Every story, breaking news or media report originates from these two issues. And to...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

About This Report This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program....

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No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Despite authorities appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes against freedom of expression and establishing a protection mechanism for journalists, a lack of political will to...

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With press freedom under attack worldwide, US is setting wrong example

May 2, 2017 1:41 PM ET

For decades if not longer, repressive leaders around the world have defended restrictions on freedom of the press by citing examples of Western governments failing to live by their own professed standards....

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Bahraini journalists harassed, banned from travel

May 1, 2017 2:54 PM ET

New York, May 1, 2017--Bahraini prosecutors and security officials should cease harassing journalists and should lift travel bans imposed on two reporters in the past week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Prosecutors summoned three journalists for questioning in the week before the U.N. Human Rights Commission conducted its...

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Families of jailed journalists in Egypt await outcome of latest trials

May 1, 2017 11:46 AM ET

Every two weeks Mohamed al-Fakharany prepares to visit his brother, Abdullah al-Fakharany, in prison. He packs food, clothes, books, and, most importantly, written responses to his older brother's letters. Mohamed al-Fakharany, who told CPJ that he has never missed a visit, was only 11 when his brother-- the executive...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 30, 2017

May 1, 2017 10:24 AM ET

Court overturns reporter's terrorism conviction The Fourth Court of Appeals in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır today overturned its previous conviction of Bertitan Canözer, a former reporter for the shuttered JİNHA news agency, on charges of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization," the news website Gazete Sujin reported....

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