June 2017

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Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba

June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--Cuban authorities should immediately release independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern province of Guantánamo, according to his...

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Gambia's Daily Observer newspaper closed for two weeks

June 23, 2017 4:44 PM ET

Police and officials from the Gambia Revenue Agency (GRA) on June 14, 2017, shut down the Daily Observer newspaper and forced all staff from the publication to leave the office, saying the publication owed 17 million dalasi (U.S.$371,415) in unpaid taxes, Daily Observer Managing Director Pa Modou Mbowe told...

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Angolan journalists charged with crimes against state

June 23, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--Angolan authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Bras Lourenco, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gulf countries order Qatar to close Al-Jazeera and other outlets

June 23, 2017 2:10 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--A group of Arab countries today issued Qatar a list of demands, including that the Gulf nation close media outlets that it funds, among them the broadcasters Al-Jazeera and Arabi 21, and the websites Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. The demands are a prerequisite...

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Indian state assembly sentences two editors to prison for defamation

June 23, 2017 1:53 PM ET

New Delhi, June 23, 2017--The elected assembly of India's Karnataka state should revoke one-year jail sentences it imposed on two editors in Bangalore, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ partners with Facebook on Journalist Safety Initiative

June 23, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Facebook has become integral to the work of journalists around the world. Yet journalists' use of the largest social network can put them and their sources at risk if they don't know how to keep safe on the platform....

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Kenyan reporter detained for two days on bribery allegation

June 22, 2017 5:44 PM ET

Police in Nairobi on June 18 arrested Sunday Nation journalist Walter Menya on charges of soliciting a bribe of 55,000 Kenyan shillings (U.S.$531) to "write a damaging story in The Nation newspaper," according to a police statement. The amount he was alleged to have accepted was later changed to...

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News crews attacked in two separate incidents in Pakistan

June 21, 2017 6:50 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2017--Pakistani authorities should ensure the safety of journalists and investigate two separate incidents in which members of the press were attacked and had equipment damaged, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Newspaper editor interrogated in Uganda

June 21, 2017 4:54 PM ET

Nairobi, June 21, 2017--Ugandan authorities should cease investigation and intimidation of privately-owned daily newspaper Red Pepper editor Ben Byarabaha and four other publications, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guatemalan TV journalist survives gunshot to head

June 21, 2017 3:37 PM ET

Two unidentified gunmen on June 14, 2017, shot Carlos Danilo Rodríguez Ixtecox, the owner and director of the local TV channel Multiviral Canal 19, in a small grocery store his family owns in Puerto Barrios, on Guatemala's Caribbean coast....

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Palestinian Authority censors at least 11 news websites

June 21, 2017 1:02 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2017--The Palestinian Authority should cease blocking access to news websites in the West Bank, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Palestinian Authority's attorney general, Ahmad Barrak, on June 15 ordered internet service providers to block access to at least 11 news websites, according...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 18, 2017

June 21, 2017 11:09 AM ET

Prosecutor asks to reopen investigation into journalist for interview Public prosecutor Umut Tepe petitioned a Turkish court to allow him to reopen his investigation into jailed Cumhuriyet reporter Ahmet Şık on charges of producing propaganda for a terrorist organization, Cumhuriyet reported yesterday. Tepe had previously dropped charges against the...

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Spyware targeted Mexican journalists and activists

June 20, 2017 6:17 PM ET

Mexico City, June 20, 2017--Attempts to spy on Mexican journalists and human rights activists by infiltrating their mobile devices with spyware threaten press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A report released in Mexico City yesterday by the press freedom group Article 19 and...

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Sudan confiscates copies of daily newspaper Akhir Lahza

June 20, 2017 6:06 PM ET

On June 17, 2017, Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services summoned Akhir Lahza's editor-in-chief Saleh Abdelazim to its offices in Khartoum and told him that copies of the daily Arabic-language newspaper would be confiscated indefinitely, according to the newspaper's managing editor Luay Abdelrahman and news reports....

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Iraqi fixer and French journalist killed in Mosul

June 20, 2017 5:54 PM ET

Beirut, June 20, 2017--French cameraman Stephan Villeneuve and Iraqi fixer Bakhtiyar Haddad were killed in an explosion that also injured French journalists Veronique Robert and Samuel Forey as they covered Iraqi soldiers' efforts to retake control of the old city of Mosul yesterday, according to news reports and the...

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Azerbaijan sentences journalist to seven years in prison

June 20, 2017 5:09 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release Fikret Faramazoglu, chief editor of the news website Journalistic Research Center, from prison and investigate the journalist's claims that he was severely beaten in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Faramazoglu was sentenced on June 14 to seven...

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Dutch journalists abducted in Colombia

June 20, 2017 12:01 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of two Dutch journalists who were abducted while reporting from a lawless region of northeastern Colombia....

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Editor of Moroccan news website harassed

June 20, 2017 10:50 AM ET

New York, June 20, 2017--Moroccan authorities should cease harassing Hamid al-Mahdaoui, the editor of the news website Badil, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit has filed a criminal defamation complaint against al-Mahdaoui, and the editor says he was questioned for six hours last...

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Three journalists charged with defamation in Myanmar

June 19, 2017 12:55 PM ET

Bangkok, June 19, 2017--Authorities in Myanmar should immediately drop all criminal proceedings against three journalists charged with defamation and should strike all criminal defamation laws from the books, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Court begins hearing colonel's defamation suit against TV journalists

June 16, 2017 6:12 PM ET

Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) Col. Nizar Bou Nasreddine on July 9, 2016, filed a lawsuit against Youmna Fawaz, a journalist for the Lebanese broadcaster Al-Jadeed, Tahseen Khayat, Al-Jadeed's owner, and Al-Jadeed editor Mariam Bassam over the station's broadcast in June and July 2016 of a report alleging corruption...

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Tanzania imposes two-year publishing ban on newspaper

June 16, 2017 5:31 PM ET

Nairobi, June 16, 2017--Tanzania should immediately revoke a publishing ban on Mawio, a privately owned weekly newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Moroccan website director held in solitary confinement pending trial

June 16, 2017 1:39 PM ET

Moroccan security forces on June 6, 2017, arrested Mohamed al-Asrihi, a video journalist and the director of the opposition news website Rif24, from the home of activist Mohsen Athari in the northern town of Trogout, where he was hiding, according to news reports and a statement from Rif24....

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Journalist missing in eastern Ukraine

June 16, 2017 12:53 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2017--Authorities in eastern Ukraine should do everything possible to locate freelance journalist Stanyslav Aseyev, who has been missing from his home in the city of Donetsk since June 3, according to news reports and his employer....

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Saudi journalist imprisoned for 'slandering ruler,' communicating with TV stations

June 16, 2017 11:37 AM ET

The Specialized Court of Appeals in Riyadh in April 2017 upheld a Riyadh criminal court's conviction of Saudi journalist Nadhir al-Majid on charges of "slandering the ruler" and sending electronic messages to TV channels and human rights organizations, according to Agence France Presse and the Gulf Center for Human...

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Venezuela Country Safety Page

June 15, 2017 6:25 PM ET

As the political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate, journalists covering protests have been routinely targeted, harassed, attacked, and detained. To provide concrete safety information for local and international journalists covering the unrest, CPJ's Emergencies Response Team is issuing periodic updates on the political situation, protests, and climate for...

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Pakistani journalist murdered in Haripur

June 15, 2017 4:33 PM ET

June 15, 2017, New York--Pakistani authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate the murder of Bakhsheesh Elahi and swiftly bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Elahi, the Haripur bureau chief for the daily newspaper K2, was fatally shot in Haripur, about 80km (50...

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Australian reporter hit by bullet in Philippine city siege

June 15, 2017 11:36 AM ET

An Australian reporter was hit in the neck by a bullet on June 15, 2017, while covering fighting between Philippine security forces militants in the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao, according to news reports and the journalist's posts to Twitter....

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Hamas detains Palestinian journalist in Gaza

June 14, 2017 4:21 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2017---Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip should immediately release Fouad Jaradeh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Jaradeh, a reporter for Palestine TV, the official Palestinian Authority broadcaster based in the West Bank, was detained June 8 in Gaza City by authorities from the...

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Pakistani journalist threatened, hit by car

June 13, 2017 4:02 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2017--Pakistani police and prosecutors should credibly investigate death threats and a possible attempt on the life of Express Tribune journalist Rana Tanveer and should bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egyptian human rights group reports 64 websites blocked

June 13, 2017 1:08 PM ET

Egyptian authorities blocked access to at least 64 websites, including dozens of news websites, between May 24 and June 12, 2017, according to Egyptian human rights group the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and news reports. The number was substantially higher than the 21 websites security officials...

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How surveillance, trolls, and fear of arrest affect Egypt's journalists

June 12, 2017 11:06 AM ET

As Egypt's crackdown on the press extends to social media and other communication platforms, many journalists say phishing attempts, trolling, software to monitor social media posts, and a draft law that would require registration for social media users are making them think twice before covering sensitive issues....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 11, 2017

June 12, 2017 10:51 AM ET

Twelve witnesses against journalist say testimony extracted under torture Twelve out of 13 witnesses prosecutors called yesterday to testify that Nedim Türfent, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), was a member of a terrorist organization recanted their written testimony, saying police extracted it under...

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Turkey releases French photographer Mathias Depardon

June 9, 2017 2:54 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2017--Turkish authorities should allow French photographer Mathias Depardon to live and work freely in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Depardon's lawyer, Emine Şeker, told CPJ that the photographer was deported to France today....

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Kyrgyzstan investigates journalist for incitement after he criticizes ethnic slurs

June 9, 2017 2:35 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2017--Kyrgyz authorities should drop a criminal investigation into independent journalist Ulugbek Babakulov, allow him to work freely, and cease blocking access to a news website that published his writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officials are investigating Babakulov on suspicion of "inciting...

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CPJ urges Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to implement Special Rapporteur's recommendations

June 9, 2017 11:27 AM ET

CPJ urges Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to implement UN Special Rapporteur on free expression David Kaye's recommendations.

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Kenyan journalist threatened and assaulted

June 8, 2017 6:11 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2017--Kenyan authorities should credibly investigate and swiftly bring to justice those responsible for attacking and threatening Emmanuel Namisi, a broadcast journalist for the Royal Media group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came the day after the United Arab Emirates used the threat...

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Nigerian publisher shot, second journalist badly beaten

June 7, 2017 5:02 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--Nigerian authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those behind the beating of journalist Charles Otu and the shooting of publisher Samuel Nweze, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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UAE threatens 15 years in prison for expressions of 'sympathy' with Qatar

June 7, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should clearly and immediately repudiate Emirati Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi's threats to imprison and fine anyone who criticizes the United Arab Emirates' stance toward Qatar or who expresses any "sympathy" for Qatar, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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CPJ joins call for Georgia to investigate case of exiled journalist forcibly taken back to Azerbaijan

June 7, 2017 3:01 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 22 international rights organizations in calling on Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to ensure that the case of Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist living in exile in Tbilisi who is now in custody in the country's capital, Baku, is fully investigated. CPJ documented...

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Saudi Arabia orders Al-Jazeera bureau closed

June 7, 2017 12:21 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--The Saudi Ministry of Media should immediately reverse its order to close the office of Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and allow the satellite channel and all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Saudi government on June 5 revoked the...

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Óscar Martínez: Trust and safety for journalists and sources is vital in El Salvador

June 7, 2017 10:10 AM ET

Óscar Martínez knows first-hand the dangers of reporting on crime and gang violence. The co-founder of Sala Negra (Black Room)--an investigative reporting project run by the El Salvadoran new outlet El Faro--says he and his colleagues have been threatened and harassed for their hard-hitting coverage. But, Martínez says, their...

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India's Central Bureau of Investigation raids broadcaster NDTV

June 6, 2017 6:05 PM ET

Officers of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on June 5, 2017, searched the New Delhi home of Prannoy Roy, the co-founder and executive chair of NDTV New Delhi Television, one of India's oldest private media companies, and three other premises in the cities of Mussoorie and Dehradun, CBI...

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Jordan revokes Al-Jazeera license amid Qatar tensions

June 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2017--Jordan's Ministry of Information today revoked the license for Qatar broadcaster Al-Jazeera and said it will close the broadcaster's Jordanian office. In an announcement reported by the state-run Petra News Agency, the ministry said its actions came after "reviewing the crisis" between Qatar and neighboring...

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Bahrain orders independent outlet Al-Wasat to cease publication

June 5, 2017 5:19 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2017--Bahraini authorities should revoke an order barring the independent news outlet Al-Wasat from publishing and stop harassing the newspaper and its journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Ministry of Information Affairs yesterday ordered Al-Wasat to cease publishing in print and online indefinitely,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 4, 2017

June 5, 2017 1:19 PM ET

News websites blocked for 25th, 44th time, respectively The Turkish telecommunications regulator BTK blocked access to the website of the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi--for the 25th time--and to the leftist news website sendika.org--for the 44th time, the press freedom collective Ben Gazeteciyim ("I am a journalist") reported yesterday....

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Released recording highlights polarized atmosphere for Brazil's political reporters

June 5, 2017 12:18 PM ET

The release of a private conversation between a well-known journalist and his source has shaken the journalistic community in Brazil and highlighted the increasingly polarized and uneasy terrain in which political reporters work....

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Editor and columnist detained on criminal defamation charges in Myanmar

June 5, 2017 11:21 AM ET

Bangkok, June 5, 2017--Authorities in Myanmar should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against Kyaw Min Swe, editor of The Voice newspaper, and Ko Kyaw Zwa Naing, a columnist at the newspaper who writes under the pen name British Ko Ko Maung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police...

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Myanmar: One year under Suu Kyi, press freedom lags behind democratic progress

June 5, 2017 11:11 AM ET

When Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her long-persecuted National League for Democracy party won elected office in November 2015, bringing an end to nearly five decades of authoritarian military rule, many local journalists saw the democratic result as a de facto win for press freedom....

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Venezuelan court fines news website $500,000 for 'moral damage' to politician

June 2, 2017 5:01 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 2, 2017--A Venezuelan court's ruling ordering a news website to pay the equivalent of nearly half a million U.S. dollars in damages for republishing an article about a politician threatens press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Court fines Benin media regulator for wrongfully closing broadcaster

June 2, 2017 4:07 PM ET

A court in Benin on May 22, 2017, ordered the reopening of Sikka TV, which the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC by its French acronym), the state's broadcast regulator, had ordered closed in November 2016, according to media reports. The court also ordered HAAC to pay 50 million...

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For Mosul journalists, no work or safety in post-Islamic State Iraq

June 1, 2017 5:41 PM ET

For nearly three years, Mosul journalist Mohammad Talal al-Nuaimi lived in constant fear of being discovered and killed. The seizure of Mosul by the militant group Islamic State, or IS, in early June 2014 and the subsequent targeting of local journalists had forced him into hiding. He was unable...

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Morocco deports Algerian journalist

June 1, 2017 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Moroccan authorities should lift any restrictions on Algerian journalist Djamel Alilat's ability to enter Morocco following his May 30 deportation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Alilat as he left a protest he was covering in northern Morocco two days prior, according...

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Reporter threatened and has part of ear cut off in Mexico's Quintana Roo state

June 1, 2017 5:12 PM ET

Mexico City, June 1, 2017--Authorities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo must undertake a swift investigation into the attack on journalist Carlos Barrios, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An unidentified man threatened Barrios, who reports for the news website Aspectos, and cut off part of his...

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Kyrgyz journalist receives death threats

June 1, 2017 4:57 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should ensure the safety of independent journalist Ulugbek Babakulov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Babakulov, who has been the target of intense criticism from lawmakers and pro-government media since he criticized nationalist social media posts in an article last week,...

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Somaliland journalist held without charge for asking question at press conference

June 1, 2017 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland should immediately release Mohamed Adan Dirir, the editor of the online news portal Horseed Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mohamed has been jailed without charge since Somaliland Health Minister Saleban Isee ordered police to arrest him...

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CPJ Highlights: May edition

June 1, 2017 3:44 PM ET

Days after Mexican president pledges to combat impunity, local journalist killed On May 4, a CPJ delegation visited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as part of a mission to launch a special report, "No Excuse," which calls on the government to do more to bring those who murder journalists to...

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Iraqi journalist killed in suicide bombing

June 1, 2017 12:46 PM ET

Beirut, June 1, 2017--Suhaib al-Heeti, a reporter for the independent Asia Satellite Channel in Iraq's western Anbar province, was killed on May 30 in a suicide attack in the northern Anbar city of Heet, according to news reports, his employer, and the Iraq Observatory for Press Freedoms. He was...

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