2017

  

CPJ Highlights: October edition

CPJ publishes report on press freedom in Cameroon On September 20, CPJ published a special report, called “Journalists Not Terrorists,” on Cameroon’s use of a broadly worded anti-terror law to arrest and threaten journalists. The legislation was put in place in 2014 as part of an effort to counter attacks by the extremist group Boko…

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Members of the Kurdish Security Forces, Asayish, distribute food for prisoners inside Derick central prison, in the east of Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli on September 10, 2015. Asyish is holding Zagros TV reporter Barzan Liani at Navkour Jail in the village of Qamishli. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

Kurdish security forces detain local reporter, whereabouts unknown

New York, September 29, 2017-Kurdish security forces in northern Syria should immediately release Ibrahim Ali al-Suleiman, a local reporter for the independent Euphrates Post, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of Asayish, the security force for the defacto authorities of the Rojava region in northern Syria, on September 15 detained al-Suleiman at his…

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Several Indian journalists receive death threats

New Delhi, September 29, 2017–Authorities in India must move quickly to identify those responsible for sending at least five threats to kill journalists for critical coverage of the government and take steps to ensure the journalists’ security, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Passengers store their electronic items in their suitcases and bags when arriving at the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport on Thursday, March 29, 2017. Moroccan authorities detained British reporter Saeed Kamali Dehghan on September 27, and then expelled him from Morocco. (AP/ Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Moroccan authorities detain, expel British journalist

New York, September 29, 2017–Moroccan authorities should lift any restriction on journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan’s ability to travel to the country, and allow all journalists to report freely on matters of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes policemen on September 27 detained Dehghan while he was reporting on the anti-corruption Al-Hirak…

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Draft legislation on access to information in Canada, proposed by Member of Parliament Scott Brison, second from left, is inadequate, a group of press freedom organizations said in a letter to Brison today. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Canada’s proposed reform of access to information is inadequate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with a coalition of more than 30 international and Canadian civil society organizations, sent a letter on September 28 to Canadian Member of Parliament Scott Brison, the president of the Treasury Board of Canada, calling for proposed access to information legislation to be replaced with a more robust reform.

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A Chinese police officer stands watch near the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on March 5, 2010. Beijing municipal police reportedly detained the journalist Ding Lingjie in the eastern Shandong province on September 22, 2017. (AP/Andy Wong)

Chinese journalist Ding Lingjie reportedly jailed

Taipei, September 27, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to immediately release journalist Ding Lingjie from state custody. Ding, an editor for the human rights news website Minsheng Guancha (Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch), disappeared from her relative’s apartment in city of Zibo in the eastern Shandong province on September 22, according…

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A Jordanian Bedouin honor guard stands guard after the ceremony of reopening the Martyrs' Memorial and Museum in Amman, Jordan on December 12, 2016. The head of a Jordanian trade regulatory body on publicly accused a regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ), of failing to properly register as a non-profit organization. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

Press freedom group harassed in Jordan

The head of a Jordanian trade regulatory body on September 10, 2017, publically accused a regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ), of failing to properly register as a non-profit organization, and referred the case to Jordan’s attorney general who can then begin legal processes against the group that could…

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Boryspil airport in Kiev in June 2017. An Uzbek journalist living in exile, who was detained at a Kiev airport on September 20, could face extradition. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Uzbek journalist detained in Ukraine at risk of extradition

New York, September 27, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to release Uzbek journalist Narzullo Okhunjonov. The journalist could face extradition to Uzbekistan, his lawyer, Aleksei Fyodorov, said.

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A policeman tries to enter through one of the gates in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple complex in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala, February 20, 2012. A local newspaper filed a complaint with the Thiruvananthapuram rural district police after policeman allegedly attacked one of its journalists. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

Indian police beat up local journalist after unflattering article

New Delhi, September 26, 2017–Authorities in India must thoroughly investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators behind an attack on journalist Sanjeev Gopalan in the southern Kerala state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Somaliland police ride horses during independence celebrations in Hargeisa in 2013. Authorities in the region are detaining a journalist on false news accusations. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somaliland journalist detained on false news accusation

Nairobi, September 27, 2017–Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Adan Dirir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested the Somali journalist on September 16 on allegations of incitement and publishing false news, local journalist groups told CPJ.

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