November 2017

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 26, 2017

November 30, 2017 3:47 PM ET

Journalists prosecuted An Istanbul court on November 25 charged freelance photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan with being member of and making propaganda for a "terrorist organization," the daily Evrensel reported....

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Vietnam upholds blogger Mother Mushroom's 10-year jail sentence

November 30, 2017 12:14 PM ET

Bangkok, November 30, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Vietnamese appeals court's decision today to uphold a 10-year prison sentence against blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, widely known as "Me Nam" or "Mother Mushroom."...

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CPJ joins coalition to establish sports and human rights center

November 30, 2017 10:12 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of international sport organizations, civil society, and governments that are establishing an independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights. In a statement published today, the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, which CPJ is part of, outlined its commitment to...

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Icebox containing two heads found outside broadcaster in Mexico

November 29, 2017 2:23 PM ET

Mexico City, November 29, 201--An icebox containing two unidentified severed heads and a threatening message was discovered yesterday evening outside the offices of the news broadcaster Televisa in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to Reuters report....

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Vietnamese blogger sentenced to 7 years for anti-state "propaganda"

November 28, 2017 12:12 PM ET

Bangkok, November 28, 2017--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the blogger Nguyen Van Hoa who was sentenced on Monday to seven years in prison on charges of disseminating "propaganda against the state," the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan arrests journalist whose rental car was rigged with bomb

November 27, 2017 6:09 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2017-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani security forces to immediately release journalist Khalil Afridi, who police are holding without charge in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Authorities detained the correspondent for the Khyber News TV channel on November 24 after an explosive...

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Uganda detains newspaper editors, directors, holds them without charge

November 22, 2017 2:47 PM ET

Nairobi, November 22, 2017--Ugandan authorities should immediately release eight employees of the national newspaper Red Pepper who are being held in government detention without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Investigative journalist shot dead at paramilitary base in India

November 22, 2017 2:28 PM ET

New Delhi, November 22, 2017--Indian authorities must thoroughly investigate the shooting yesterday of Sudip Dutta Bhaumik, an investigative reporter at the Bengali-language daily Syandan Patrika, and ensure those responsible are held accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ urges Algeria's Prime Minister to release freelance journalist and fixer Said Chitour

November 22, 2017 2:07 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia urging him to ask that his government drop the charges against and immediately release freelance journalist and fixer Said Chitour.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 19, 2017

November 22, 2017 1:02 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Ankara court on November 22 sentenced Ayşenur Parıldak, a former court reporter for the shuttered daily Zaman, seven years and six months in prison for "being a member of an armed terrorist organization," the online newspaper Diken reported....

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Ukraine arrests suspect in 2004 murder of Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov

November 21, 2017 12:56 PM ET

Ukraine's state intelligence agency announced on November 18 that it had detained a man wanted by Interpol for the high-profile murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov in Russia 13 years ago. Russia's Interior Ministry on November 20 named the suspect as Magomed Dukuzov and said that Ukrainian authorities had...

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Mauritanian authorities change legal code, could retry Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

November 20, 2017 4:40 PM ET

New York, November 20, 2017--Mauritanian authorities on November 16 approved an amendment to the country's penal code that could allow courts to retroactively retry freelance blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was convicted of blasphemy in 2014, and potentially re-sentence him to death, the state-owned news agency AMI and...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's election ruling

November 20, 2017 2:58 PM ET

Journalists covering the result of Kenya's contested elections should be aware of the risk of unrest and violent protests. The Supreme Court on November 20 upheld incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta's victory over opposition candidate Raila Odinga in last month's repeat election, according to The New York Times. Odinga said he...

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Guatemalan journalist imprisoned after covering protests

November 17, 2017 4:10 PM ET

New York, November 17, 2017--Guatemalan authorities should immediately release community reporter Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 12, 2017

November 16, 2017 4:28 PM ET

Journalists released A Turkish court on November 9 released from prison Mehmet Çağrı, chief editor for the local radio station Dersim Munzur, during his first trial hearing in the southeastern city of Tunceli, which is also known as by the Kurdish name of Dersim, the daily Evrensel reported....

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Two former Radio Free Asia journalists detained in Cambodia

November 16, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Bangkok, November 16, 2017--Two former reporters with the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia were detained in Cambodia on November 14 on suspicion of illegally producing and disseminating news, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Cambodian authorities to immediately release the pair and drop...

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Pakistani authorities jail journalist following reports on land disputes

November 15, 2017 4:24 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistaniauthorities to release local journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza and drop all charges against him....

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Russia's RT network says it complied with US order to register as foreign agent

November 13, 2017 12:03 PM ET

New York, November 13, 2017--The Russian government-funded international news network RT, formerly Russia Today, said that it complied today with a U.S. Department of Justice order for it to register as a foreign agent. Ordering foreign outlets to register could set a troubling precedent, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Journalists jailed for two months in Myanmar over drone use

November 10, 2017 10:28 AM ET

Bangkok, November 10, 2017--A Myanmar court today sentenced two foreign journalists who were on assignment for Turkey's state broadcaster, along with their interpreter and driver, to two months in prison on charges of filming with a drone without official permission, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 5, 2017

November 9, 2017 5:42 PM ET

Journalists arrested A Turkish court on November 9 arrested Nuh Gönültaş, a columnist for the shuttered daily Bugün, Behram Kılıç, a sports reporter for the now-shuttered daily Zaman, and Mehmet Gündem, who formerly worked for Zaman and pro-government outlets including the state-run broadcaster TRT, according to the English-language news...

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Venezuela's new "anti-hate" law seeks to silence media

November 9, 2017 3:55 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2017-Venezuela's constituent assembly yesterday unanimously passed a law that mandates punishment including a prison sentence of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate or violence on the radio, television or via social media. The new law, the Anti-Hate Law for Tolerance and Peaceful...

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CPJ calls on Iraqi authorities to release journalist Samir Obeid

November 9, 2017 2:45 PM ET

Beirut, November 9, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi authorities to release freelance journalist and political commentator Samir Obeid immediately....

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CPJ calls on UN to support resolution on human rights in Iran

November 7, 2017 4:35 PM ET

CPJ, along with over 30 Iranian and international human rights organizations, has called on the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a proposed resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran next week....

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Gunmen, suicide bombers attack Kabul TV station

November 7, 2017 3:56 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attack on a television station today in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen and suicide bombers this morning attacked Shamshad TV, a leading Pashto-language station, killing one security guard and injuring at least 20 people including television staffers, Shamshad TV's...

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Venezuelan photographer goes missing following threats

November 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, November 6, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Venezuelan authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of Jesús Medina Ezaine, a Venezuelan freelance photographer who went missing on November 4....

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Russian editor arrested, allegedly injured in custody; newspaper raided

November 3, 2017 5:32 PM ET

New York, November 3, 2017--The editor-in-chief and owner of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, Igor Rudnikov, was allegedly beaten while in custody of Russia's security service (FSB) and faces criminal prosecution, according to media reports and a staff member who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity for...

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CPJ joins vigil calling for justice in Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder

November 2, 2017 4:38 PM ET

Today, on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, CPJ joined with other international press freedom groups to condemn the murder last month of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist from Malta....

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Correa's legacy leaves a long road to recovery for Ecuador's journalists

November 2, 2017 1:56 PM ET

Since taking office in May, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno has pledged to end a decade-long battle between the government and the media. But several reporters and editors with whom CPJ spoke said that the anti-press campaign carried out by Moreno's predecessor, former President Rafael Correa, has caused lasting damage...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2017

November 2, 2017 1:35 PM ET

Journalists detained: Turkish police on November 1 briefly detained technology journalist Serdar Kuzuloğlu in Istanbul, the daily Hürriyet reported....

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CPJ Highlights: November edition

November 2, 2017 10:37 AM ET

Speaking out against threats to press freedom in the US Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, who body slammed a Guardian reporter during his election campaign this year, agreed to meet with CPJ in October. But the meeting--scheduled to last for half an hour--lasted only seven minutes. CPJ barely had enough time...

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