A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the Constituent Assembly election in Caracas on July 30. Journalists covering the vote and unrest in Venezuela have been arbitrarily detained, attacked, and threatened. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Journalists detained, attacked, and threatened amid unrest in Venezuela

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, and threatened.

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In this May 22, 2015, file photo, the flag of the United Arab Emirates flies over a boat in the Dubai Marina. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Dubai suspends magazine for one month

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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A Palestinian protester runs from Israeli military machinery in the West Bank village of Khobar, near Ramallah, July 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Israeli soldiers raid Palestinian media company’s office

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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A damaged building is seen in Raqqa, Syria, July 28, 2017. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

Syrian journalist killed near Homs

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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Press freedom advocates chant hold a banner saying "To hell with despotism, long live freedom" outside an Istanbul courthouse where journalists from Cumhuriyet newspaper stood trial, July 28, 2017. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2017

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 an investigation,” the leftist daily newspaper…

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A man in Thae Chaung, Myanmar uses the internet in this February 25, 2015, file photo. (Reuters/Minzayar Minzayar)

Myanmar journalist arrested at airport ahead of criminal defamation trial

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 on criminal defamation charges, news reports…

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CPJ Highlights: July edition

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 Tracker is the first centralized…

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Gabonese radio journalist, union leader convicted of defamation

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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Journalists and press freedom advocates read Cumhuriyet newspaper at a protest demanding the release of 17 employees and directors of the newspaper outside their trial in Istanbul, July 28, 2017. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Seven Cumhuriyet journalists and managers released pending trial

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 of their trial, according to press…

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In this November 23, 2015, file photo, relatives of journalists killed march in Manila to commemorate their deaths and to demand justice. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)

Philippine radio commentator critically wounded in shooting

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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