People ride past the India Gate in New Delhi, India September 1, 2017. Chhattisgarh regional police said they searched Vinod Verma's New Delhi home and allegedly found over 500 CD copies of a sex tape Verma used to extort and blackmail a government minister. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Indian police arrest journalist on charges of alleged extortion and blackmail

Indian regional police arrested freelance journalist Vinod Verma on October 27, 2017, on claims that he used a sex tape to extort and blackmail a minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Chhattisgarh region– claims the journalist denies, according to news reports.

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Impunity in the murders of journalists creates intractable cycle

Somalia tops CPJ’s 10th annual Global Impunity Index New York, October 31, 2017–A lack of justice in the murders of journalists can perpetuate a cycle of violence and impunity lasting a decade or more, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2017 Global Impunity Index released today. The 10th annual report highlights countries where journalists…

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A Kurdish flag is waved during a rally in support of the Iraqi Kurdish leader in Erbil on October 30, 2017. Amid unrest in the region, Kurdish news outlets are attacked and harassed. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Kurdish journalist killed, others attacked amid post referendum tensions

New York, October 30, 2017– CPJ today condemned attacks against the Kurdish media in Iraq and called on all parties to refrain from targeting the press as political and military tensions escalate over a Kurdish independence bid. In recent days, attackers stabbed to death a journalist, a mob attacked two TV crews, and Iraq’s media…

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Lawmakers attend a regular session of the lower house of parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday, June 19, 2017. Myanmar authorities on October 27 detained two foreign reporters, along with their interpreter and driver, after the journalists flew a drone near the country's parliament building. (AP/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar charges reporters with illegally importing drone

Bangkok, October 30, 2017–Myanmar authorities charged two foreign reporters on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT, along with their interpreter and driver, of allegedly violating import-export laws after the journalists flew a drone near the country’s parliament building, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Myanmar authorities to immediately release…

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Pakistani investigative reporter Ahmed Noorani lies in a hospital bed in Islamabad, Pakistan, on October 27, 2017. Assailants on motorcycles attacked the outspoken Pakistani journalist in the capital, Islamabad, leaving him badly injured. (AP/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistani journalist attacked in Islamabad; three attacks on media groups in Balochistan

New York, October 27, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of multiple attacks against journalist and news organizations in the country this week. Journalist Ahmed Noorani was badly beaten in Islamabad, and three different attacks were reported in the southwestern Balochistan province amid…

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A Paraguay flag is waved during the 2017 Dakar rally in Asuncion. A draft law in Paraguay is proposing strict social media regulations. (Reuters/Jorge Adorno)

CPJ calls on Paraguay to reject social media regulations

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 20 international and local rights organizations sent a letter to Paraguayan lawmakers on October 25, calling on them to reject a proposed law regulating anonymous online posts during elections.

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Women browse graphic novels at a comic festival in Algiers in October 2017. The co-founder of an Algerian news outlet says access to his news website is blocked. (AFP/Ryad Kramdi)

Access blocked to Algerian news website

Access to the Algerian news website Tout Sur l’Algérie (TSA) (All about Algeria) has been inaccessible on the country’s state-owned internet service provider since October 5, 2017, according to news reports and a statement by the website’s directors.

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CPJ to release annual Global Impunity Index October 31

New York, October 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists will publish its annual list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free on October 31, 2017. Launch of the report, “Getting Away With Murder – 2017 Global Impunity Index,” will mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists…

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Shots fired at local broadcaster in Mexican state of Quintana Roo

Mexico City, October 26, 2017–Two unidentified assailants shot at the building of local broadcaster Canal 10, in Cancún, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on October 24, 2017, injuring an employee of the broadcaster.

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Chadian journalist imprisoned after report on airline’s alleged weapons smuggling

New York, October 26, 2017–Chadian authorities should immediately release from detention and drop all charges against Juda Allahondoum, publisher of the weekly Le Visionnaire newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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