December 2017

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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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