December 2017

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At least one journalist killed in Kabul attack

December 28, 2017 12:04 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned an attack today on a Shiite cultural center and office of the news agency Afghan Voice, in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least one journalist was killed and four media workers were injured in the attack, which killed more than 40...

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In Houthi-controlled Yemen, silence, exile, or detention; at least 13 journalists held

December 28, 2017 9:45 AM ET

Torture. Denial of medical care. Repeated interrogations and accusations of collaborating with enemies: Yemeni journalist Youssef Ajlan's story of his detention, which lasted over a year, hews closely to those of many journalists imprisoned for their work....

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End of the print run for Venezuela's regional press as supplies dry up for critical outlets

December 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET

The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s when the newspaper was founded in Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. But now El Carabobeño's modern printing press could be added to the exhibit....

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In China, hospital security guards beat reporter investigating claims of misconduct

December 22, 2017 10:34 AM ET

Several security staff allegedly beat Shaanxi Broadcasting Corporation reporter Wang Yi, when he went to a public hospital in Shaanxi province on December 4, 2017 to report on claims of misconduct, according to news reports....

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Guards beat two journalists during South Korean president's state visit to China

December 22, 2017 9:49 AM ET

A group of Chinese security guards assaulted two South Korean journalists who were covering South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to a business fair in Beijing, on December 14, 2017, according to news reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 17, 2017

December 21, 2017 5:43 PM ET

Journalists sentenced A court in Turkey's southeastern Hakkâri region on December 15 sentenced Nedim Türfent, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), to eight years and nine months in prison for "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," the independent news website Bianet reported....

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Local journalist shot in southern Russia

December 21, 2017 1:34 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2017--Russian authorities should investigate today's violent attack on independent journalist Vyacheslav Prudnikov, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Prudnikov, who contributes to the independent regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel from the town of Krasny Sulin in Russia's southern Rostov region,...

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DRC radio journalist detained over defamation claim

December 21, 2017 12:39 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release broadcast journalist Benjamin Mutiya, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The national security service (ANR) arrested Mutiya, a reporter at the community station Radio Télévision Communautaire de Walikale (RTCWA), in Walikale, on December 14,...

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Ahmed Abba to be freed after Cameroonian court reduces sentence on appeal

December 21, 2017 8:28 AM ET

Durban, South Africa, December 21, 2017 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by a Cameroonian military appeal court that should result in Radio France Internationale radio journalist Ahmed Abba's immediate release from prison....

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Islamic State recedes but threats to journalists in Iraq and Syria remain

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

After three years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, the militant group Islamic State has been forced out of large swathes of territory. But local journalists and press freedom groups with whom CPJ spoke said that the defeat of Islamic State doesn't necessarily mean that journalists will be any...

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In absence of fresh military conflict, journalist killings decline again

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

At least 42 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2017, representing the second consecutive decline from record highs early this decade. Fewer journalists died covering Middle East conflicts and the number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting eased, except in Mexico. A CPJ special report...

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Broadcaster NRT closed, KNN journalists assaulted amid protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

December 20, 2017 2:41 PM ET

Beirut, December 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the closure of an independent television broadcaster by the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, and attacks on journalists covering anti-austerity protests held yesterday in the same region....

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Somaliland journalists detained, accused of "false news"

December 20, 2017 2:25 PM ET

Nairobi, December 20, 2017 - Somaliland authorities should immediately release Ahmed Sa'ed and Abdirahman Mohamed Ege, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on December 18 arrested the Somali journalists on allegations of publishing false news about the mayor of Berbera, a port city in the semi-autonomous region...

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Somaliland journalist detained without charge over false news claim

December 20, 2017 1:43 PM ET

Police in Gabiley arrested Abdirisak Dayib Ali on December 5, 2017 for allegedly publishing a false report on the news website Gabiley News earlier that month, according to his lawyer, Guleid Ahmed Jama, and Mohamud Abdi Jama, chair of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA)....

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Colombian mayor threatens, shoots at local journalist

December 19, 2017 5:18 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, December 19, 2017 - Colombian authorities should immediately suspend the mayor of a town in northern Colombia, and undertake a swift and credible investigation into reports that he threatened and shot at a local radio journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Finnish police search journalist's home following article on intelligence monitoring

December 19, 2017 12:17 PM ET

Brussels, December 19, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Finnish authorities not to take action that could limit the flow of information to the public. Finnish police on December 17 searched the Helsinki home of journalist Laura Halminen, who had recently co-authored an article about a classified...

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Iraq's Al-Anbar Governor orders TV station to close

December 18, 2017 4:00 PM ET

Beirut, December 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi regional authorities to reverse their decision to close the independent TV satellite channel Al-Sharqiya's Al-Anbar offices, and allow the channel to operate freely in the area....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11, 2017

December 14, 2017 12:26 PM ET

Media workers released An Istanbul court on December 8 ordered three employees from the advertisement department of the now shuttered daily Zaman--Hüseyin Belli, Onur Kutlu and İsmail Küçük--to be freed pending trial, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported. The three are part of a trial that started in...

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Journalists assaulted covering protests in Jerusalem

December 13, 2017 5:39 PM ET

At least 13 journalists were injured while covering protests and violence that broke out in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem over U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on December 7, 2017 that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to local and regional press freedom...

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Tajik journalist arrested after alleging official corruption

December 13, 2017 12:39 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2017--Tajik authorities should immediately release journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Guatemala's attorney general to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales

December 13, 2017 11:57 AM ET

CPJ calls on Guatemala's attorney general to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales, a journalist currently detained in the province of Izabal.

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Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar

December 13, 2017 10:32 AM ET

Bangkok, December 13, 2017--Two Reuters reporters were arrested on Tuesday evening by police in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon, Reuters and other news outlets reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the reporters' immediate and unconditional release....

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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French documentary filmmaker arrested in Kashmir

December 12, 2017 5:41 PM ET

New Delhi, December 12, 2017-- Authorities in India's Jammu and Kashmir state must immediately release French documentary filmmaker Comiti Paul Edwards from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests over Trump's Jerusalem announcement

December 11, 2017 1:35 PM ET

Protests and violence have broken out in several cities over President Donald Trump's announcement on December 7 that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to reports. As well as unrest in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, protesters demonstrated in Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, and...

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Cameroon detains U.S.-Cameroonian writer over critical commentary

December 8, 2017 4:32 PM ET

Lomé, Togo, December 8, 2017--Cameroonian authorities detained Patrice Nganang, a Cameroonian-American academic and columnist, as he attempted to fly to Zimbabwe from Douala on December 6, according to his lawyer and media reports. The lawyer, Emmanuel Simh, told CPJ that Nganang is being held in Yaoundé on accusations of...

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Bangladesh's defamation law is 'avenue to misuse power,' local journalists say

December 8, 2017 1:07 PM ET

It started with a Facebook post about a goat and ended in a day in jail for Bangladeshi journalist Abdul Latif Morol, when a fellow journalist filed a defamation complaint against him....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 3, 2017

December 7, 2017 1:27 PM ET

Journalists released An Istanbul court on December 6 released freelance journalist Tunca Öğreten and daily Birgün accountant Mahir Kanaat, pending the outcome of their trial, the independent news website Bianet reported....

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Journalist shot dead in India's Uttar Pradesh state

December 7, 2017 1:21 PM ET

New Delhi, December 6, 2017--Authorities in India's Uttar Pradesh state must identify the motive in the shooting death of Naveen Gupta, a stringer for the Hindi-language Hindustan newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants on November 30 shot Gupta dead in the town of Bilhaur in Uttar...

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Mauritania's president must ensure blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed regains his freedom

December 6, 2017 5:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other organizations write to the president of Mauritania urging him to ensure that blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed regains his freedom.

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Sudan targets newspapers, journalists with confiscations and draconian legislation

December 6, 2017 3:47 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2017--Sudanese authorities should stop confiscating newspapers and drop draft laws that would further curtail press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Highlights: Year-End Edition

December 6, 2017 12:47 PM ET

There is no way to sugar coat it--this has been a terrible year for press freedom around the world. A record number of journalists are in jail. Violence remains stubbornly high. Political leaders who should be defending press freedom--including U.S. President Donald Trump--are instead vilifying journalists and undermining the role...

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Yemeni TV guards injured, others taken hostage by Houthi forces

December 6, 2017 11:15 AM ET

New York, December 4, 2017 -- Gunmen from the Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, on December 2 stormed the Sanaa headquarters of the television channel Yemen Today and detained the channel's employees, according to news reports. Mohammed Ghobari, a Reuters correspondent in Sanaa, told CPJ that...

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Russia designates nine U.S.-funded news outlets as foreign agents

December 5, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2017--Russia's Justice Ministry announced today that it has designated nine U.S. government-funded press outlets as "foreign agents," under a newly expanded law, according to reports. The ministry named the outlets as the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven of its affiliates, and Voice...

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Malta arrests 10 suspects over murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

December 4, 2017 2:20 PM ET

Brussels, December 4, 2017--Maltese police, armed forces, and security services today arrested 10 suspects in connection with the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced. Caruana Galizia was killed on October 16 when her car was blown up. In Malta, police have 48 hours to...

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