August 2017

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Cameroon arrests journalists on terror charges

August 31, 2017 7:01 PM ET

Police arrested Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, the political editor of The Sun, and Amos Fofung, a bureau chief at The Guardian Post, on February 9, 2017, in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking Southwest region, according to media reports. Their arrest came a few hours after police detained a third Cameroonian,...

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NRT office in Iraqi Kurdistan attacked

August 31, 2017 6:48 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2017--The Kurdistan Regional Government should immediately investigate today's attack on independent broadcaster NRT in Dohuk, northern Iraq, and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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India issues sweeping rule on internet shut-offs

August 31, 2017 3:22 PM ET

New Delhi, August 31, 2017--Indian authorities should stop arbitrarily blocking the internet, and refrain from issuing regulations that give legal backing to frequent internet shutdowns in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cambodia accuses American journalist of espionage

August 31, 2017 2:40 PM ET

Cambodia's Ministry of Interior said on August 28, 2017 that it has opened an investigation into accusations spread in local pro-government media that American freelance journalist Geoffrey Cain is involved in a conspiracy to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's elected administration, according to local language news reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 27, 2017

August 31, 2017 12:14 PM ET

Turkish authorities confiscate columnist's passport Turkish police confiscated Aslı Erdoğan's passport as the former advisory board member of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and frequent columnist was on her way to Germany to accept an award for her work, according to a report yesterday on the online news...

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Ukraine's security service deports Russian journalist

August 30, 2017 6:01 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2017-- Russian journalist Anna Kurbatova was today grabbed on the street in the center of Kiev by unknown people and later deported, according to her employer Russian state television's Channel One. Ukraine's security service (SBU) said authorities have banned the journalist from entering Ukraine for...

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CPJ calls on Iran to release two detained journalists

August 30, 2017 5:30 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately release Sasan Aghaei and Yaghma Fashkhami, two journalists detained in Tehran, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kurdish authorities temporarily block regional broadcaster

August 30, 2017 4:06 PM ET

Beirut, August 30, 2017--The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq should allow the independent media outlet Nalia Radio and Television (NRT) to resume broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican journalist severely injured in Puebla state

August 29, 2017 4:28 PM ET

Unknown assailants on August 15, 2017, attacked reporter Fredy Morales Salas at his home in the Venustiano Carranza district in the Mexican state of Puebla, some 80 miles (130km) from the country's capitol, according to local journalists, officials and news reports....

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Congolese authorities question radio journalist over broadcast on new tax

August 29, 2017 4:17 PM ET

National intelligence services and police issued summonses to Israel Ntumba, a reporter for the Congolese broadcaster, Kasai Horizontal Radio et Television (KHRT), over an August 5, 2017 broadcast on a new motorcycle tax in Kananga, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the station's program director, Honi Tshibola and...

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US freelancer Christopher Allen killed while reporting in South Sudan

August 29, 2017 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, August 29, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by reports that a South Sudanese army spokesman today denied that U.S. freelance reporter and photographer Christopher Allen, who was killed covering conflict there on August 26, was deserving of civilian status. CPJ called for an independent investigation...

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Ukraine bars Spanish journalists over coverage of conflict in east

August 29, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2017--The Security Service of Ukraine today said that it barred the Spanish freelance journalists Antonio Pampliega and Ángel Sastre from entering the country for three years over their reporting on the conflict in the east, according to news reports....

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Two Salvadoran news websites threatened for their reporting

August 28, 2017 5:55 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2017--Salvadoran authorities must conduct a swift and credible investigation of escalating online and physical threats against journalists at two digital news outlets and enact sufficient measures to ensure the journalists' safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egyptian crime reporter disappears on way home from work

August 28, 2017 5:50 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2017-- The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the disappearance of Egyptian journalist Abdulla Rashad, and today called on authorities to disclose whether they have him in custody and why. Rashad, who reports on crime for al-Bawaba News, was last seen leaving the news...

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Hong Kong journalists denied entry to Macau

August 28, 2017 5:45 PM ET

Taipei, August 28, 2017--Local authorities in Macau should allow all journalists, including those based in Hong Kong, to enter and report freely from the territory, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured in northern India after mob turns violent

August 28, 2017 5:28 PM ET

New Delhi, August 28, 2017--As local authorities in India's northern state of Haryana, investigate widespread rioting on August 25 that left at least 28 dead and over 250 injured, they must include attacks on journalists and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At...

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Congolese radio journalist arrested at protest is beaten in custody

August 25, 2017 6:29 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2017--Congolese authorities should immediately drop all charges against Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, a reporter for the independent broadcaster Radio Television KADEKAS, and investigate claims that the journalist was assaulted in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukrainian journalist in custody on anti-state charges

August 25, 2017 6:06 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2017--Ukrainian authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Vasily Muravitsky and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Muravitsky, a reporter and columnist based in Zhytomyr, has been detained since August 1 on anti-state charges brought by the Security Service of Ukraine...

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Mexican reporter shot and killed in Veracruz state

August 25, 2017 6:02 PM ET

Mexico City, August 25, 2017- Mexican authorities must conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of reporter Cándido Ríos Vázquez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Knife-wielding assailants attack crime reporter in southwestern Colombia

August 25, 2017 5:19 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2017--Colombian authorities should undertake a swift and credible investigation into an attack yesterday against crime reporter Mauricio Cardoso in the southwestern state of Caquetá, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Life Time editor detained without trial on terror charges in Cameroon

August 24, 2017 6:00 PM ET

Authorities arrested Tim Finnian, editor of the weekly Cameroonian newspaper, Life Time, on January 26, 2017, over a report that he published alleging that two English-speaking youths had died in police custody, according to a journalist familiar with the case and reports....

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Unidentified armed group abducts local journalist in Yemen

August 24, 2017 5:47 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of freelance journalist Abdel-Raheem Mohsin who was abducted on August 22 in southwestern Yemen near the city of Taiz....

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Chinese authorities briefly detain Globe and Mail journalist in Xinjiang

August 24, 2017 3:56 PM ET

Taipei, August 24, 2017--Chinese authorities should end their harassment of international journalists and let all media operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police yesterday briefly detained the Asia correspondent for Canada's Globe and Mail in Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region....

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Azerbaijan detains head of Turan news agency

August 24, 2017 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Azerbaijani authorities today to immediately release Mehman Aliyev, head of the country's only independent news agency, Turan. Azerbaijan's Tax Ministry today ordered Aliyev to be detained as part of an investigation launched against Turan last week into allegations...

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Journalist for Syrian Media Organization killed in roadside bombing

August 24, 2017 1:51 PM ET

Beirut, August 23, 2017--The regional director of the rebel-affiliated Syrian Media Organization was killed August 21 in a roadside bombing in the southwestern province of Daraa, according to the group's executive director Abu al-Majd al-Zoabi....

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Cambodia threatens to shutter newspaper on tax evasion accusation

August 24, 2017 11:39 AM ET

Bangkok, August 24, 2017--Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen should revoke his threat to forcibly close The Cambodia Daily newspaper and stop using unproven tax evasion allegations to pressure and threaten the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese police harass and briefly detain VOA journalist

August 23, 2017 4:40 PM ET

Taipei, August 22, 2017--Chinese authorities should launch a credible, independent investigation into allegations that local police harassed and briefly detained a journalist in the northern city of Tianjin last week, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Shifting security situation in Iraq

August 23, 2017 2:40 PM ET

Threats to journalists in Iraq have changed after government forces regained control over the city of Mosul and significantly reduced the territory controlled by the militant group Islamic State. CPJ's Emergencies Response Team (ERT) has issued the following advisory for journalists who plan to continue working in Iraq....

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Kim Wall's death in Denmark calls attention to risks reporters take daily

August 23, 2017 9:36 AM ET

New York, August 23, 2017--Danish police today confirmed that a body found off Copenhagen is that of Kim Wall, the Swedish freelance journalist who went missing earlier this month while reporting on an amateur-built submarine, according to media reports....

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Sudanese journalist fined over column criticizing police

August 22, 2017 5:59 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2017--Sudanese authorities yesterday fined Suheir Abdelrahim, a columnist for the daily Al-Tayyar, for a column criticizing the police, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence and called on authorities not to contest the journalist's appeal....

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Egyptian journalist arrested months after acquittal on terrorism charges

August 22, 2017 12:31 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2017--Egyptian authorities should immediately release Hany Salah el-Deen, the former managing editor at the pro-government news website Youm Sabea, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroonian police detain freelance documentary maker on terrorism charges

August 21, 2017 12:43 PM ET

Police arrested Hans Achomba, a Cameroonian freelance journalist and documentary film-maker, in Bamenda on January 23, 2017, according to his wife, Lilian Shiya....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 10:46 AM ET

New decree used to shutter three pro-Kurdish outlets The Turkey government shuttered three more pro-Kurdish media outlets yesterday, using a new decree issued under the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed attempted coup last year, the daily Cumhuriyet reported. Decree 693 was used to shutter...

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CPJ calls on Israel to reverse decision over Al-Jazeera reporter's press card

August 18, 2017 4:43 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists requests that at a hearing scheduled for August 21, the Government Press Office reverses its decision to revoke the press card of Elias Karram, an Israeli journalist and Al-Jazeera Jerusalem correspondent.

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Egypt should stop blocking access to rights organizations' websites

August 18, 2017 12:52 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 - Egyptian authorities should immediately stop blocking access to the website of the international press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its French acronym) and the Egyptian group the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan journalists harassed, detained reporting on election violence

August 17, 2017 5:39 PM ET

Nairobi, August 17, 2017--Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of August 8's disputed elections and should reform Kenya's Firearms Act to lower the barriers on journalists' ability to wear protective gear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijani news agency's office raided

August 17, 2017 3:14 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should stop harassing Turan, the country's only independent news agency, and should allow it to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Pakistan, press safety hubs provide support and training for journalists at risk

August 17, 2017 12:36 PM ET

When a criminal gang sent threatening messages to Ghulam Mustafa, the reporter said his only option was to stop working for the Pakistani station Geo News. Mustafa acknowledges that laying low for nearly three years was the right decision to ensure his safety, but he said, "Professionally, it was...

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Police detain Kashmiri journalist for recording video

August 16, 2017 3:05 PM ET

Police in Jammu and Kashmir on August 9, 2017, detained and harassed Idrees Bukhtiyar, an intern reporter for the Hyderabad-based TV news channel MunsifTV, Bukhtiyar told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Court sentences two Syrian journalists for blasphemy, shutters magazine

August 16, 2017 12:30 PM ET

The Court of First Instance of the Second Criminal Court of the Syrian city of Douma, which is under the control of the rebel group the Army of Islam, on July 11, 2017, sentenced Shawkat Gharz al-Din, a journalist for Rising for Freedom, and Laila Safadi, the editor of...

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Iran bars BBC staff and contributors from selling property

August 15, 2017 4:24 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning 152 journalists and media workers with the BBC's Persian service from buying or selling assets, cease harassing BBC journalists, and lift their ban on the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jailed Chinese journalist suffering from brain tumor

August 15, 2017 3:57 PM ET

Taipei, August 15, 2017--Chinese authorities should immediately release imprisoned journalist Yang Tongyan from prison and allow him to seek medical care wherever he chooses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukraine expels Russian journalist

August 15, 2017 3:19 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2017--Ukrainian security and immigration authorities should remove all restrictions on Russian journalist Tamara Nersesyan's ability to report from Ukraine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Ukrainian National Security Service (SBU) last night detained Nersesyan, a special correspondent for the Russian state broadcaster VGTRK,...

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Ukrainian press union president threatened after criticizing raid on news website

August 14, 2017 5:48 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harassment of journalists in Ukraine and called on authorities to ensure the press can report freely, after the country's National Security Service raided the offices of a news website and a member of parliament criticized Sergiy Tomilenko,...

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Iraqi regulator threatens TV satirist with legal action

August 14, 2017 4:58 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2017--Iraqi authorities should stop threatening the pro-Kurdish broadcaster NRT and political satirist Ahmed al-Basheer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a letter NRT received August 10, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission inquired whether the broadcaster's Arabic-language channel would continue airing al-Basheer's program...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 12:10 PM ET

Court jails journalist pending trial for social media activity A court in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province ordered Mehmet Sıddık Damar, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), jailed pending trial on charges of "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization" in his social media posts, the news...

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CPJ calls for rigorous investigation into disappearance of journalist in Denmark

August 12, 2017 3:17 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Danish authorities to mount a rigorous, thorough investigation into the disappearance of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who was reported missing yesterday while reporting on an amateur-built submarine that sank off the coast of Copenhagen, according to...

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Radio journalist shot four times in northern Argentina

August 11, 2017 4:15 PM ET

Unidentified gunman shot a local radio host in the Argentine province of Misiones, on July 26, 2017, according to press reports and Argentine journalists....

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Turkey arrests at least nine journalists

August 11, 2017 3:30 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2017--Turkish authorities should immediately free nine journalists police arrested yesterday on terrorism charges, and should release the dozens of journalists it has for months jailed on bogus similar charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained the nine after the Istanbul Chief Public...

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CPJ requests meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States

August 11, 2017 3:13 PM ET

CPJ requests a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to the United States to discuss the Israeli government's threats to close Al-Jazeera's bureau and other threats to press freedom in the country.

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Indian court issues injunction against publishing book about guru

August 11, 2017 12:55 PM ET

New Delhi, August 11, 2017--An Indian court's preliminary injunction preventing the publication and sale of a biography of a spiritual guru while it considers whether the book defames the guru is a blow to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong charges reporter with contempt for covering 2014 protest

August 10, 2017 3:58 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2017--Authorities in Hong Kong should immediately drop all charges against reporter Mak Ying-sheung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian security forces arrest five journalists in West Bank

August 10, 2017 3:34 PM ET

Beirut, August 10, 2017--Palestinian security forces should immediately release five journalists arrested in the West Bank yesterday and should cease arresting journalists on spurious charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid Congolese radio station for report on new tax

August 10, 2017 10:00 AM ET

New York, August 10, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should thoroughly and credibly investigate an August 5 police raid on Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), return all seized equipment, ensure the protection of journalist José Mbuyi, and hold all those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect...

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Journalist detained without charge in Puntland

August 9, 2017 5:52 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2017--Authorities in Puntland should unconditionally and immediately release journalist Omar Saeed Mohammed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Omar, who works for the news website Horseed Media and the privately owned Somali Cable TV channel, on August 6, 2017, in Garowe, the administrative...

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Spain should release journalist arrested on Turkish warrant

August 9, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2017--Spanish authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Hamza Yalçın, a writer for the monthly, leftist, Turkish magazine Odak Dergisi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Yalçın, a citizen of Turkey and Sweden, at Barcelona's El Prat airport on August 3 and now...

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CPJ urges Chinese President Xi Jinping to release jailed journalist Huang Qi

August 9, 2017 1:02 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Chinese President Xi Jinping to express deep concern about the deteriorating health condition of journalist Huang Qi, who is imprisoned in Mianyang City, Sichuan, and to urge his release.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2017

August 9, 2017 11:23 AM ET

Police detain journalist Police detained Berivan Altan, a reporter for the news website Dihaber, at checkpoint in the southeastern province of Mersin last night because there was a warrant for her arrest, the website reported today. At the time of publication, Altan was at Mersin Courthouse waiting for a...

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Egypt censors Al-Mesryoon newspaper, harasses editors

August 8, 2017 5:28 PM ET

New York, August 8, 2017--Egyptian authorities should stop censoring Al-Mesryoon newspaper and harassing its journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities banned this week's edition of the newspaper and summoned Al-Mesryoon Editor-in-Chief Gamal Sultan and Managing Editor Mahmoud Sultan for interrogation, according to Gamal Sultan and news...

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Jordan blocks access to LGBTQ online magazine

August 8, 2017 3:27 PM ET

Beirut, August 8, 2017--Jordanian authorities should immediately stop blocking access to the online magazine My.Kali, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Q&A: Impunity and journalist safety are priority says new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

August 8, 2017 12:12 PM ET

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media plays a vital role that is valued by journalists and media freedom groups for its ability to speak out in defense of press freedom in participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....

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Thai columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk charged with two cases of sedition

August 8, 2017 12:01 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2017--Thai authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Pravit Rojanaphruk, a columnist at the news website Khaosod English, and allow the journalist to work freely and without further harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uzbek journalist at risk of deportation allegedly tortured in Russia

August 7, 2017 7:18 PM ET

New York, August 7, 2017--Russian authorities should credibly investigate allegations that bailiffs tortured Uzbek journalist Khudoberdi Nurmatov, and should not deport him to Uzbekistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Moscow is scheduled to hear the journalist's appeal of the order to deport him tomorrow,...

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Amid tensions ahead of Kenyan vote, journalists face violence and threats

August 7, 2017 12:52 PM ET

When a fight broke out during a political rally for Kenya's Orange Democratic Movement in Kakamega county on May 4, Shaban Makokha was taking pictures for his newspaper, the Daily Nation. Makokha told CPJ that when police arrived to break up the fight, they demanded that he stop taking...

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Reporter shot and killed in the Philippines

August 7, 2017 12:31 PM ET

Bangkok, August 7, 2017--A Filipino journalist was shot and killed today while riding a motorcycle in the town of President Quirino, on the southern island of Mindanao, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the killing and called on Philippine authorities to identify the assailants and swiftly...

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Israel should abandon plans to close, censor Al-Jazeera

August 6, 2017 10:50 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2017--Israeli authorities should abandon efforts to close Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera's offices, revoke its journalists' credentials, and censor its transmissions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Communications Minister Ayoub Kara today repeated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allegations that the station supports terrorism, and said the...

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Trump administration says it is pursuing 3 times as many leak investigations as predecessor

August 4, 2017 2:04 PM ET

New York, August 4, 2017--Relaxing U.S. government guidelines to make it easier for investigators to subpoena journalists and their records would have a chilling effect on press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news conference today that U.S. President Donald...

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China sentences journalist Lu Yuyu to four years in prison

August 4, 2017 12:36 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2017--A Chinese court's sentencing of journalist Lu Yuyu to four years in prison is a further heavy blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists detained, harassed, beaten covering Congo protests

August 3, 2017 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should cease harassing and detaining journalists and should allow them to cover protests and other events of public interest without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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French journalist jailed in Turkey pending terrorism trial

August 3, 2017 2:24 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2017--Turkish authorities should immediately release French freelance journalist Loup Bureau, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Turkey's southeastern Şırnak province yesterday ordered the journalist jailed pending trial on terrorism charges, according to press reports....

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Pravit Rojanaphruk, CPJ honoree, accused of sedition in Thailand

August 3, 2017 12:28 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2017--Authorities in Thailand should cease harassing Pravit Rojanaphruk and should drop any criminal proceedings against him for his writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pravit, a columnist at Khaosod English who will be honored with CPJ's International Press Freedom Award this year, told...

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Yemeni journalists injured in airstrike

August 3, 2017 11:14 AM ET

Shawqi Hussein, a reporter for the broadcaster Al-Maseerah, and cameraman Kamal al-Kabsi were injured in an airstrike on July 30, 2017, in the Shabwa province town of Bayhan, Yahya al-Kabsi, a graphic designer in Al-Maseerah's Beirut office, told CPJ....

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Q&A: Somali editor says efforts to make media law less restrictive don't go far enough

August 2, 2017 2:17 PM ET

On July 13, Somalia's Cabinet approved proposed changes to the country's national media law as part of a review to overhaul the regulatory framework under which journalists currently work. But Somali journalists and local media rights groups have criticized the government for not doing enough to provide journalists with...

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Four Lebanese TV journalists fined for defamation and false news

August 2, 2017 1:25 PM ET

Beirut's Publication Court, headed by Judge Roukoz Rizk, on July 17, 2017, fined Mariam al-Bassam, head of News and Political Programs at the Lebanese broadcaster Al-Jadeed, Riyad Kobaissi, the head of the station's investigative unit, Rami al-Amine, a reporter for the station, and Layal Mousa, an assistant reporter at the...

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Colombian documentary filmmaker repeatedly threatened with death

August 1, 2017 5:44 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2016--Colombian authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate threats against documentary filmmaker and activist Bladimir Sánchez Espitia and should ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sánchez told CPJ a man with a gun came looking for him in the early hours of...

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Bangladeshi journalist arrested for reporting death of goat

August 1, 2017 5:27 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2017--Bangladeshi authorities should drop all charges against Abdul Latif Morol and should release him without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Dumaria, roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of Dhaka, yesterday arrested the journalist on defamation charges after he wrote on...

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