July 2017

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Journalists detained, attacked, and threatened amid unrest in Venezuela

July 31, 2017 6:16 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2017--Venezuelan officials should stop harassing journalists and censoring media outlets amid unrest and violent protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists covering yesterday's vote to elect representatives for a constituent assembly to reform the Venezuelan constitution were arbitrarily detained, attacked,...

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Dubai suspends magazine for one month

July 31, 2017 5:42 PM ET

Beirut, July 31, 2017--Authorities in Dubai should immediately reverse their one-month ban on the print and online editions of the weekly magazine Arabian Business, and should cease censoring the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Israeli soldiers raid Palestinian media company's office

July 31, 2017 4:46 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Israeli soldiers' raid of the office of PalMedia, a production company that provides broadcast services to Al-Quds TV and other broadcasters in the West Bank city of Ramallah....

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Syrian journalist killed near Homs

July 31, 2017 3:11 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2017--The death of Khaled al-Khateb, a Syrian freelance correspondent for the Russian government-funded broadcaster RT's Arabic-language service, in Homs province yesterday is a tragic reminder of the risks journalists face covering Syria's conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2017

July 31, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Court jails two journalists pending trial A court in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on August 2 ordered Furkan Gökşen, a reporter for the local newspaper Detay Haber, and Murat Güreş, a columnist for the local newspaper Ayıntap, jailed pending trial on charges of "violating the secrecy of...

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Myanmar journalist arrested at airport ahead of criminal defamation trial

July 31, 2017 11:21 AM ET

Bangkok, July 31, 2017--Myanmar authorities should drop all charges against Swe Win, the editor of the news website Myanmar Now, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police at Yangon's international airport yesterday arrested the journalist on charges of attempting to flee the country before his trial next month...

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CPJ Highlights: July edition

July 31, 2017 10:12 AM ET

CPJ and Freedom of the Press Foundation launch the "U.S. Press Freedom Tracker" On August 2, CPJ, the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), and 22 partner organizations launched the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a website that documents threats to press freedom in the United States. The U.S. Press Freedom...

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Gabonese radio journalist, union leader convicted of defamation

July 28, 2017 5:49 PM ET

An appeals court in Gabon on July 26, 2017, upheld a lower court's conviction of Gildas Biviga, a journalist for Radio Gabon, on defamation charges, but reduced his sentence to time served and ordered his release, according to media reports....

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Seven Cumhuriyet journalists and managers released pending trial

July 28, 2017 3:45 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2017--Turkish authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all employees and directors of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Istanbul today ordered seven Cumhuriyet employees and managers released pending the conclusion...

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Philippine radio commentator critically wounded in shooting

July 28, 2017 12:17 PM ET

Bangkok, July 28, 2017--Philippine authorities should thoroughly investigate the shooting of radio commentator Julito Orillaneda, which left the journalist seriously wounded, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Morocco deports Spanish journalists

July 27, 2017 6:21 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2017--Moroccan authorities should lift any restriction on the ability of journalists José Luis Navazo and Fernando Sanz to enter the country and should allow journalists to report freely on matters of public interest, including protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists detained covering Maldives protest

July 27, 2017 4:45 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2017--Police in the Maldives should cease detaining journalists covering events of significant public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police yesterday briefly detained seven journalists from the private television channels Sangu TV and Raajje TV as they covered an opposition party protest, according...

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Israeli prime minister threatens to expel Al-Jazeera

July 27, 2017 3:56 PM ET

Beirut, July 27, 2017--Israeli authorities should immediately stop threatening to expel Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Lens in Exile: CPJ Instagram takeover to put focus on photojournalists

July 26, 2017 12:35 PM ET

To highlight the work of journalists living in exile, CPJ is collaborating with a group of photojournalists, who will take over our Instagram account to share their work, often from the very assignments that forced them to flee. As CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program Coordinator and someone with a background...

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Mexican journalist threatened in Michoacán state

July 26, 2017 11:12 AM ET

Mexico City, July 26, 2017--Mexican authorities must undertake a swift and credible investigation into death threats sent to José Maldonado and ensure the journalist's safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian journalists injured covering West Bank protests

July 25, 2017 3:48 PM ET

Beirut, July 25, 2017--Israeli authorities should independently and credibly investigate reports that Israeli security forces injured journalists covering protests in the West Bank last weekend, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least six Palestinian journalists were injured while covering protests in East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron on...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2017

July 25, 2017 12:05 PM ET

Journalists to stand trial on charges of obtaining secret information Hatay's Second Court of Penal Peace yesterday ordered Dihaber journalist Erdoğan Alayumat jailed pending trial on charges "obtaining secret information of the Republic of Turkey with the means of political and military espionage" and ordered Nuri Akman released on...

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Vietnamese blogger sentenced to nine years in prison

July 25, 2017 11:13 AM ET

Bangkok, July 25, 2017--A Vietnamese court today sentenced blogger Tran Thi Nga to nine years in prison and five years' probation on charges of "spreading propaganda against the state," according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the verdict and called on Vietnamese authorities to cease jailing...

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Pakistani security officials assault and briefly detain journalists

July 24, 2017 5:51 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--Pakistani police should launch a thorough investigation into allegations that Federal Investigation Agency officials assaulted and briefly detained journalists in Islamabad last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Newspaper financial director jailed in Azerbaijan

July 24, 2017 3:54 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--An Azerbaijani court's sentencing of Faiq Amirov, financial director of the independent newspaper Azadliq, is a further serious blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Trial of 17 Cumhuriyet newspaper employees begins in Turkey

July 24, 2017 1:44 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--The trial of 17 journalists, managers, and board members of the pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges is a further blow to press freedom in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists receive death threats in Mexican state of Quintana Roo

July 21, 2017 5:34 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2017--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must undertake a swift and credible investigation into threats against two journalists and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 19, banners containing threatening messages, known as "narcomantas," were left in...

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Editor of Morocco news website arrested on way to cover Rif protests

July 21, 2017 4:37 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2017--Moroccan authorities should immediately release Badil Editor-in-Chief Hamid al-Mahdaoui, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested al-Mahdaoui yesterday as he traveled to the Rif area of northern Morocco to cover protests, according to one of the journalist's colleagues and news reports....

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CPJ and rights groups call on President Poroshenko to prioritize Pavel Sheremet murder case

July 20, 2017 6:01 PM ET

CPJ today joined seven other media rights organizations-- all part of the Council of Europe's Platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists--in signing a joint letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The letter calls on the president to ensure an effective investigation into the murder of...

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South Sudan authorities block access to at least four media websites

July 20, 2017 5:42 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2017 -- South Sudanese authorities should immediately unblock the websites of at least four media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists injured as Israeli police break up Jerusalem protest

July 20, 2017 5:24 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2017--Israeli authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests and unrest safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two journalists were injured on July 18 as police broke up protests in Jerusalem, the local press freedom group Palestinian Center for Development and...

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Russian independent journalist Yulia Latynina attacked

July 20, 2017 4:03 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2017 -- Russian authorities should investigate an attack on prominent independent journalist and columnist Yulia Latynina, bring those responsible to justice, and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the early hours yesterday, unknown assailants sprayed a foul-smelling substance through an open...

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Azerbaijan court sentences blogger to three years in jail

July 20, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2017--A Baku court today convicted Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to three years in jail for illegally crossing the state border, international and Azerbaijani media reported. The charges are related to three trips that Lapshin made between April 2011 and June 2016 to the disputed region...

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Q&A: Indian editor explains how threat of legal action is used to silence journalists

July 20, 2017 12:54 PM ET

On July 5, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, editor of the Economic and Political Weekly, and his colleagues Advait Rao Palepu and Shinzani Jain, received a notice from Thaker and co., a law firm representing Adani Power Ltd, that threatened legal action over a story published the month before....

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Russian journalist warned by anonymous text messages to stop reporting

July 18, 2017 5:34 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2017--Russian authorities should investigate threatening messages that business reporter Rinat Sagdiyev said he has received, and ensure the journalist's safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South Sudan detains director of public broadcaster for more than a week

July 18, 2017 3:19 PM ET

Nairobi, July 18, 2017--South Sudanese authorities should immediately release Adil Faris Mayat, the director of the country's public broadcaster, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. National Security Service agents arrested Mayat in Juba on July 10, according to media reports....

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Memory of Mexico's investigative reporter Javier Valdez will live on through his work

July 17, 2017 5:36 PM ET

Two months have passed since Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the Mexican investigative reporter and recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, was murdered. The grief over his killing in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, has left many looking for answers as to why the investigation into his murder appears...

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Nigerian court orders journalist facing false reporting charge to be detained

July 17, 2017 5:01 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Luka Binniyat and release the journalist from jail immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A judge ordered the journalist to be detained on charges of "breach of public peace" and false reporting over an article he wrote...

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Russia-backed separatists holding Ukrainian journalist, accuse him of espionage

July 17, 2017 1:06 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2017--Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's east should immediately release Donetsk-based journalist Stanyslav Aseyev, who has been detained by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Aseyev, who has contributed to the Ukrainian service of the U.S.-government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty under...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2017

July 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

Germany says Turkey offered prisoner swap for jailed journalist German daily Bild cited an unnamed German diplomatic source as saying that Turkey offered to exchange imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel for two former generals who sought asylum in Germany. Germany's foreign ministry rejected the offer, the anonymous source told Bild....

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Online defamation law amendments fall short in Myanmar

July 17, 2017 11:17 AM ET

Bangkok, July 17, 2017--A ministerial proposal to amend Myanmar's 2013 Telecommunications Law falls short of the changes needed to guarantee press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The statute has been repeatedly abused to stifle online speech and jail journalists, CPJ has found....

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Security forces raid Ukrainian media group

July 14, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2017--Ukrainian authorities should cease harassing journalists and employees of the Vesti media company, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. National police and military prosecutors today raided the Kiev office of Media Holding Vesti, which includes Radio Vesti, the daily newspaper Vesti, and the news...

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Israeli army raids Palestinian TV station office in West Bank

July 14, 2017 2:33 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Israeli soldiers' raid of the office of Al-Quds TV and that of its affiliate Ram Sat in the West Bank city of Hebron....

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It's too late for Liu Xiaobo but China could show a little kindness to other jailed journalists

July 14, 2017 2:21 PM ET

I have no pity for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dug himself into a deep public relations hole with the unnecessarily cruel treatment of China's Nobel Laureate and political dissident, who died this week. Liu died of liver cancer in a Chinese hospital, after receiving medical parole in June...

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Turkish media in exile? Think again

July 14, 2017 10:09 AM ET

Freedom is like air or water: something you appreciate only when it's gone. Freedom for Turkish journalists was never as abundant as air or water--but nor was it ever as scarce as it has become in the last year....

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Sudan confiscates, censors newspapers for reporting FIFA suspension

July 13, 2017 4:52 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2017--Sudanese authorities should stop confiscating newspapers and censoring their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent days, the country's security service has confiscated or censored the coverage of at least five newspapers, according to press reports....

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Nigerian police raid offices of daily newspaper The Sun

July 13, 2017 4:48 PM ET

Nigerian police working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria raided the Lagos headquarters of the daily newspaper The Sun, on the morning of June 12, 2017, according to a statement by The Sun....

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A year after attempted coup in Turkey, media landscape purged of critical voices

July 13, 2017 11:30 AM ET

The history of modern Turkish politics is rife with military intervention--the army has toppled elected governments four times since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the modern Turkish state in 1923, and has strong-armed them into submission countless other times. One of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's greatest accomplishments has been returning...

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July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

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July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

Tough reporting earned Sheremet enemies in three countries KIEV — Olena Prytula was sleeping so deeply that her mind would not be fully alerted to the real-life nightmare unfolding outside her door until she came face to face with it....

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Justice denied:

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

Ukraine must prove its commitment to credibly investigating Sheremet’s murder Pavel Sheremet was a journalist of rare caliber, one whose reporting exemplified the best practices in the countries he covered: Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Despite threats and attacks during his career, Sheremet was not afraid to take on authorities....

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July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

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Justice Denied: Ukraine comes up empty in probe of Pavel Sheremet's murder

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

A year after prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, no one has been arrested or prosecuted, even though Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed a swift investigation. Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with...

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Armed men beat Iraqi journalist in Erbil

July 11, 2017 2:58 PM ET

Beirut, July 11, 2017--Authorities in northern Iraq should conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the beating of journalist Ibrahim Abbas and should bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five armed men assaulted Abbas in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil yesterday,...

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Jordan refuses Egyptian journalist entry

July 11, 2017 2:12 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2017--Jordanian authorities should lift any restrictions on Egyptian Journalist Wael Mamdouh's ability to travel to the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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TV journalist detained in Somaliland

July 10, 2017 6:39 PM ET

Nairobi, July 10, 2017--Authorities in Somaliland should immediately release TV journalist Omar Ali Hassan Serbiya, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers arrested Omar when he arrived at Hargeisa on July 8, the administrative capital of the semi-autonomous republic, his employer told CPJ....

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Palestinian security forces arrest TV journalist in West Bank

July 10, 2017 5:10 PM ET

Beirut, July 10, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the arrest of TV journalist Ahmad Fathi al-Khatib. Palestinian intelligence officers arrested al-Khatib, a cameraman for news channel Al-Aqsa TV, from his home in Beitunia, just west of Ramallah, on July 1, according to his employer and news...

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Sudanese journalist fined after reporting on trial

July 10, 2017 4:04 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2017--Sudanese authorities should drop all charges against Al-Taghyeer columnist Amal Habbani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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US Senate report on leaks and national security is deeply flawed

July 10, 2017 12:39 PM ET

Last week, Republicans on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a report on leaks to the media. The report, which was led by Chairman Ron Johnson, asserts that "an avalanche" of leaks under the Trump Administration is harming national security. It lists at least 125...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2017

July 10, 2017 12:08 PM ET

Police detain two journalists Police in the southern Turkish province of Hatay detained Erdoğan Alayumat and Nuri Akman, two correspondents for the pro-Kurdish news website Dihaber last night as they worked, their employer reported today. Police detained them on a complaint that they were "suspicious," according to the report....

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Puntland journalist jailed after criticizing president

July 7, 2017 6:12 PM ET

Nairobi, July 7, 2017--Authorities in Puntland should immediately release journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces in Garowe, the administrative capital of the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, have detained Ahmed, the founder of the news website Puntlandone.com, since July 2, according to media...

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Two journalists killed in Iraq

July 7, 2017 5:58 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2017--Snipers from the Islamic State group today killed Iraqi journalists Sudad Faris and Harb Hazza al-Duleimi as they covered Iraqi soldiers' push to retake a village near Mosul, according to the channel and news reports....

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Algerian journalist jailed pending trial for 'espionage'

July 7, 2017 4:09 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2017--Algerian authorities should immediately release independent journalist and fixer Said Chitour and should drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South African court orders group to cease harassing journalists

July 7, 2017 12:29 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2017--A Johannesburg High Court order forbidding a political organization from gathering outside the home of journalists who have reported on corruption, threatening them, or inciting others to harm them is a welcome victory for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Republicans on Senate committee assert media leaks harm US national security

July 6, 2017 7:28 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a report released today by a group of Senate Republicans arguing that "an avalanche" of media leaks under the Trump Administration is harming national security. The report, which lists at least 125 news articles that allegedly harmed...

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Italian police arrest Ukrainian man accused of killing photojournalist

July 6, 2017 6:55 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2017--Italian authorities should fully investigate and prosecute all those responsible for the 2014 death of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in Ukraine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ asks Confederation of African Football to urge release of jailed Cameroonian journalists

July 6, 2017 5:24 PM ET

Ahmad Ahmad President of the Confederation of African Football 3 Abdel Khalek Sarwat Street, 6th October City 12566, Egypt Via Email: [email protected] Via Facsimile: +20-2/3824 7274 July 6, 2017 Dear Mr. Ahmad, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving press freedom, ask...

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Chinese journalist arrested on charges of revealing state secrets

July 6, 2017 3:34 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2017--Chinese authorities should drop all charges and immediately free Yang Xiuqiong, a contributor to the banned human rights news website 64 Tianwang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenya seeks to restrict political commentary on social media ahead of elections

July 5, 2017 4:27 PM ET

Nairobi, July 5, 2017-- Kenyan authorities should ensure that proposed social media guidelines do not prevent journalists from reporting critically or close the space for public debate ahead of general elections due to take place August 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2017 10:44 AM ET

Turkish president tells German newspaper jailed correspondent is a terrorist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in an interview published yesterday, told the German newspaper Die Zeit that Die Welt Turkey correspondent, Turkish-German dual national Deniz Yücel, is a terrorist because he interviewed a leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party...

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