October 2017


Indian police arrest journalist on charges of alleged extortion and blackmail

October 31, 2017 3:01 PM ET

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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Getting Away with Murder

October 31, 2017 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2017 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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Kurdish journalist killed, others attacked amid post referendum tensions

October 30, 2017 5:55 PM ET

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...

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Myanmar charges reporters with illegally importing drone

October 30, 2017 12:16 PM ET

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...

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

October 27, 2017 5:56 PM ET

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...

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CPJ calls on Paraguay to reject social media regulations

October 27, 2017 4:00 PM ET

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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Access blocked to Algerian news website

October 27, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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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Shots fired at local broadcaster in Mexican state of Quintana Roo

October 26, 2017 4:28 PM ET

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

October 26, 2017 12:43 PM ET

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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Indian regional police harass Australian Broadcasting Corporation crew

October 26, 2017 12:36 PM ET

New Delhi, October 26, 2017--Indian regional police on August 27, 2017 harassed an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) crew, and compelled the journalists to delete some of their video footage, according to the channel's economics correspondent Stephen Long, who was part of the crew....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's repeat election and unrest

October 25, 2017 5:12 PM ET

The risk of unrest and violent protests in Kenya has increased after the country's electoral commission announced that repeat elections will be held on October 26. The order came after Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the result of an election in August that kept President Uhuru Kenyatta in power....

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China must allow all media outlets to cover events of public interest

October 25, 2017 12:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 25, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the decision by Chinese authorities to bar at least five prominent news organizations from attending today's press conference introducing the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, as described by press reports and a statement on Twitter by...

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St. Louis probe into police handling of protests must take press freedom into account

October 24, 2017 6:08 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other organizations write to the mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, to express concern about police conduct toward reporters covering protests and urge that any investigation into law enforcement actions encompass press freedom.

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CPJ joins UN discussion on journalist safety and impunity

October 24, 2017 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other rights groups, including Article 19, today took part in a side panel at the U.N. in New York, on journalist safety and impunity....

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Indian court bars The Wire from publishing stories on businessman Jay Shah

October 24, 2017 4:30 PM ET

New Delhi, October 24, 2017-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by India's judiciary to proceed with a criminal defamation complaint against The Wire and issue an injunction preventing the news website from reporting about Jay Shah, the son of the ruling BJP party's president Amit...

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Maldives repeatedly slaps Raajje TV with huge fines under defamation law

October 24, 2017 4:00 PM ET

One of the largest TV stations in the Maldives, Raajje TV, says authorities are using newly recriminalized defamation law to try to shut it down by levying exorbitant fines....

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Sudan jails al-Tayar journalist over article alleging corruption in president's family

October 23, 2017 3:27 PM ET

New York, October 23, 2017--Sudanese authorities should immediately release al-Tayar Editor-in-Chief Osman Mirgani from prison and drop all charges against him and al-Tayar columnist Mohamed Zine al-Abidine, the Committee to Protect journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 22, 2017

October 23, 2017 11:15 AM ET

Two journalists held on terror charges An Istanbul court yesterday ordered two journalists from the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA) to be jailed pending trial, alongside 10 other people including politicians and lawyers, their employer reported today....

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CPJ calls on Russian authorities to condemn stabbing attack on Ekho Moskvy journalist

October 23, 2017 11:07 AM ET

New York, October 23, 2017--An unidentified assailant today broke into the Moscow office of Ekho Moskvy and stabbed Tatyana Felgengauer in the throat, the outlet's editor-in-chief, Alexey Venediktov, wrote on Twitter. Felgengauer, the deputy editor-in-chief and an anchor at the independent radio station, was hospitalized, according to media reports....

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Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

October 19, 2017 1:27 PM ET

Beirut, October 19, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday....

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Ecuadoran TV journalist receives death threats

October 18, 2017 3:33 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ecuadoran authorities to ensure the safety of television journalist Janet Hinostroza....

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Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

October 17, 2017 7:00 PM ET

The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania's five privately owned news stations to shut down for "failing to fulfil their financial agreements" with the country's broadcast regulator, local media reported....

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Car bombing kills Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

October 16, 2017 5:59 PM ET

New York, October 16, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Malta to swiftly ensure justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent blogger killed today. The car that Caruana Galizia was driving exploded near to her house in Bidnija, in the north of the island, media reported....

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Two Kurdish reporters killed on duty by car bombings in eastern Syria

October 16, 2017 5:37 PM ET

Beirut, October 16, 2017--Kurdish journalists Dilshan Ibash and Hawker Faisal Mohammed died from injuries sustained during October 12 suicide car bomb attacks that occurred in the eastern Syrian village of Abu Fas, where the two reporters were covering civilian displacement, according to their employer, Hawar News Agency, and the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 15, 2017

October 16, 2017 12:54 PM ET

Police conduct house raids, arrest at least 7 journalists Turkish police detained at least seven journalists from leftist and pro-Kurdish media outlets during house raids that took place yesterday in Istanbul and today in Ankara, according to the independent news site Bianet....

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US withdrawal from UNESCO is blow for press freedom

October 13, 2017 1:44 PM ET

The U.S. government's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has a mandate to promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image [and] to foster free, independent, and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online," will make the world less...

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Three Cameroonian journalists charged with criminal defamation

October 12, 2017 5:49 PM ET

Cotonou, October 12, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately halt the prosecution of three journalists after a judge on October 9 changed the charges against them mid-trial....

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Two-fold risk for Serbia's women journalists as attackers target their work and gender

October 12, 2017 12:06 PM ET

"In the past five years I was publically called many things. I was an old hag, a sterile, cheap Soros' prostitute, a hooker, not f***ed enough, in need of a good prick, and destroyer of the Serbian Orthodox Church," said Tatjana Vojtehovski, a Serbian television journalist with a large...

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CPJ meeting with Gianforte is disappointingly brief

October 12, 2017 11:51 AM ET

When Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte agreed to donate $50,000 to CPJ as part of his settlement with Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, whom he body slammed during a congressional race in May, I reached out to set up a meeting to see if Gianforte was serious about his hope that...

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CPJ urges Congressman Greg Gianforte to champion the protection of journalists in the U.S. and around the world

October 12, 2017 11:49 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) urging him to champion the protection of journalists and press freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

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Press at risk as EU-based companies export surveillance software to hostile regimes

October 10, 2017 6:02 PM ET

In August, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told the daily newspaper Information that the government had authorized sales of online surveillance software to several Middle Eastern countries. While acknowledging the potential for human rights violations that could result from the use of these tools, the minister said that Denmark...

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Somaliland court jails journalist for 18 months

October 10, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, October 10, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the conviction and sentencing of Somaliland journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir during a one-day trial held without the journalist's lawyer....

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Turkey convicts Wall Street Journal reporter of terrorism

October 10, 2017 4:01 PM ET

New York, October 10, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the conviction today of Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak, and called on Turkish authorities to stop their relentless crackdown on the press. As the Journal reported, a court in the southeastern city of Cizre convicted Albayrak in absentia...

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Ecuador's Moreno opens new era in relations with media

October 10, 2017 1:55 PM ET

Less than a month after taking office, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno engineered a ceasefire in the decade-long battle between the government and the nation's independent news media by inviting a group of radio, TV, and newspaper editors to the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito....

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Two journalists charged with incitement in Cambodia

October 10, 2017 12:57 PM ET

Bangkok, October 10, 2017-- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the legal harassment of Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, two journalists who worked for the shuttered Cambodia Daily, and calls on Cambodian authorities to drop all charges against the pair....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Two media workers released from state custody, trial ongoing A Turkish court yesterday released Şirin Çoban and İlker İlkan, two employees of the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, from state custody during their first trial hearing, according to the online newspaper Gazete Karınca. The trial is ongoing....

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Mexican journalist found dead with bullet wounds in San Luis Potosí

October 6, 2017 5:29 PM ET

Mexico City, October 6, 2017--Authorities in Mexico must undertake a swift and credible investigation into the murder of photographer Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cartoonist detained in Equatorial Guinea for weeks without charge

October 6, 2017 5:09 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2017--Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should immediately release cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, whom they have held without charge for weeks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uzbek journalist goes missing, turns up in court trial

October 5, 2017 5:52 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the Uzbek authorities to immediately release journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who went missing on September 27 and has since been secretly tried in a criminal court in Tashkent, the capital....

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Local photographer abducted from home in central Mexico

October 5, 2017 5:21 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2017--Armed men dressed as police officers this morning abducted local photographer Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro from his home in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, according to media reports. The state's general prosecutor said in a statement that the prosecutor's office is investigating,...

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Pakistani journalist faces terrorism and defamation charges for article critical of regional government

October 4, 2017 6:17 PM ET

New York, October 4, 2017--Authorities in Pakistan should drop charges against journalist Shabbir Siham, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan region summoned Siham for a hearing on October 7 on accusations of fabrication and extorting a regional minister in violation of...

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US Treasury Department decision risks future of two Panama newspapers

October 4, 2017 5:38 PM ET

La Estrella de Panamá has kept Panama's citizens informed since 1849. Now, as the country prepares for elections next year, the existence of the major newspaper, along with that of its sister title, El Siglo, may depend on the U.S. Treasury Department....

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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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Venezuelan security forces detain Dutch freelancer

October 4, 2017 10:09 AM ET

Venezuelan security forces on September 21, 2017, detained Dutch freelance journalist Bram Ebus for 18 hours while he was on a reporting trip in the country's southern mining district in Bolívar state, according to Carlos Correa, the director of Caracas free speech organization Espacio Público....

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Zimbabwe arrests NewsDay journalist over story on first lady's underwear donation

October 3, 2017 12:59 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him. Nyangani was arrested yesterday and charged with criminal nuisance for reporting that First Lady Grace Mugabe had donated used underwear to supporters...

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CPJ urges Jordan to drop charges against regional press freedom group

October 3, 2017 11:44 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Jordan's Attorney General Judge Mohamed Said al-Sharaideh to urge him to drop an investigation into the regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists.

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Kurdish military forces expel Al-Ahad TV reporter from Kirkuk province

October 2, 2017 6:21 PM ET

Beirut, October 2, 2017--Kurdish regional authorities in northern Iraq should immediately allow Al-Ahad TV correspondent Saif Rida to safely return to Kirkuk province and resume his work as a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 1, 2017

October 2, 2017 11:32 AM ET

Turkish court banned coverage of alleged police beating incident A local Turkish court yesterday moved to ban news coverage of a story about two policemen allegedly beating a woman on the street in the southern coastal city of Alanya, the online newspaper Diken reported....

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