February 2018

Benin suspends local paper for insulting president

February 20, 2018 5:29 PM ET

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), ordered the privately owned daily L'Audace Info on February 8, 2018 to suspend indefinitely its print and online editions after it allegedly insulted the president, the paper's editor, Romuald Alingo, told CPJ....

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Egyptian journalist detained, disappears in state custody

February 20, 2018 4:06 PM ET

New York, February 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention and subsequent disappearance of Egyptian journalist Moataz Wadnan, and today called on the country's authorities to make public what they know about his whereabouts....

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Tweaking a global source of news

February 20, 2018 3:42 PM ET

The only way Abdalaziz Alhamza and his fellow citizen journalists could get out news from the Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria to a global audience was by posting materials on Facebook and YouTube. "They were the only way to spread news since many militias and governments prevented most,...

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Changes to Jordan's hate speech law could further stifle press freedom

February 20, 2018 12:29 PM ET

Recently proposed amendments to Jordan's 2015 cybercrime law, including a vague and broad definition of hate speech, will further stifle press freedom on the pretext of protecting the country's citizens, and could result in further self-censorship, several Jordanian journalists told CPJ....

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Dangers from inside the newsroom

February 16, 2018 6:49 PM ET

By Christiane Amanpour/chief international correspondent for CNN and CPJ senior advisor In November, I stood before top news media executives in the United States and called on them to stamp out sexual harassment in their organizations. "The floodgates are open," I told the audience at the annual International Press...

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Turkey sentences 4 journalists to life in prison, releases and indicts another

February 16, 2018 4:04 PM ET

Istanbul, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Turkish court's decision to sentence four journalists to life in prison without parole, and called on Turkish authorities to release them without delay. In a separate case, Turkey must scrap charges against another journalist who was today released from...

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Israeli troops arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank

February 16, 2018 2:34 PM ET

Beirut, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the arrest of Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh. Israeli security forces arrested Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, at his home in the southern West Bank town of Sa'ir, on February 15, according to news...

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Indian authorities say jailed photographer Kamran Yousuf not 'real journalist'

February 16, 2018 1:21 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to immediately drop charges against photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and release him....

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CPJ calls on Ethiopia to drop case against Zone 9 blogger

February 16, 2018 12:57 PM ET

Nairobi, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger Atnafu Berhane. Prosecutors told a court on February 14 they planned to drop the charge today, but the process was delayed by a paperwork error, Atnafu told...

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Attacker tries to stab Honduran journalist during live broadcast

February 16, 2018 12:03 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2018--Honduran authorities should take swift action to identify and bring to justice the man who attempted to stab television reporter César Omar Silva during a live broadcast, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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The president's phantom threats

February 15, 2018 4:01 PM ET

During his tumultuous campaign, Donald Trump declared war on the press, pledging to "open up our libel laws" and impose fines on critical journalists if elected. Within a month of taking office, he vowed to go after leakers, comparing them to Nazis, and urged then-FBI director James Comey to...

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Week after raid, office of Ukraine's Vesti remains blocked

February 15, 2018 3:30 PM ET

Kiev, February 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Ukrainian authorities to ensure that journalists at Media Holding Vesti are able to access their office and continue their work without fear of retaliation. Journalists at Media Holding Vesti remain blocked from their newsroom in central Kiev one week after...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12, 2018

February 15, 2018 3:05 PM ET

Journalist released, said he was sexually abused in custody Turkish authorities on February 14 released from prison photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan after an Istanbul court decided he should be tried without arrest, the online newspaper Artı Gerçek reported....

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Ugandan journalist seized in Kampala following investigative report

February 14, 2018 4:22 PM ET

Nairobi, February 14, 2018--Ugandan authorities must make every effort to secure the safe release of Charles Etukuri, an investigative journalist for the state-owned New Vision newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five unidentified men dressed in military camouflage seized Etukuri outside the newspaper's office in Kampala yesterday,...

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Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye released from prison

February 14, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news that Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye are free from prison after each served nearly seven years....

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ECOWAS court rules Gambia violated rights of journalists

February 14, 2018 3:14 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed today by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition, and false news....

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CPJ joins call for Uzbekistan to investigate claims jailed journalists were tortured

February 14, 2018 1:48 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on Uzbek authorities to conduct an investigation into allegations of torture and ill-treatment of jailed journalists Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov. The coalition, led by Human Rights...

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Moroccan court convicts local publisher of criminal defamation

February 14, 2018 1:05 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--Moroccan authorities should drop all charges against Akhbar al-Youm columnist and publisher Taoufik Bouachrine on appeal, and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kyrgyz journalist charged, put under travel ban following investigative report

February 13, 2018 3:51 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2018--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova, lift her travel ban, and allow her to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladesh's press say they are losing the courage to report amid threats from all sides

February 13, 2018 11:35 AM ET

Nazmul Huda pointed his TV camera at garment workers demonstrating for higher wages in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, and at the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at them. It took a while for police to notice the ETV reporter, and they were furious. After all,...

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Threats, arrests, and access denied as Myanmar backtracks on press freedom

February 12, 2018 2:07 PM ET

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Esther Htusan is no longer safe to report from her home country, Myanmar. The Associated Press reporter fled the country late last year after being threatened for her critical reporting on various topics that authorities deem sensitive, from the ethnic Rohingya refugee exodus, the military's controversial...

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Airstrike injures Syrian media activist in northwestern Syria

February 9, 2018 4:54 PM ET

Walid al-Rashed, a media activist for the Syrian pro-opposition Ma'arra Media Center, was seriously injured during an airstrike on February 7, 2018, in the northwestern Syrian city of Ma'arra al-Numan, 21 miles south of Idlib, according to news reports, the Syrian Journalists Association, and his employer....

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Somali journalist arrested, held without charge

February 9, 2018 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, February 09, 2018--Somali authorities should immediately release Sabir Abdulkadir Warsame, a broadcast journalist with the privately owned Somali Cable TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sabir was arrested by regional security forces in the semi-autonomous state of Jubbaland on February 8 and has been held without...

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Ukrainian law enforcement raid Vesti offices in Kiev

February 9, 2018 12:42 PM ET

Kiev, February 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Ukrainian law enforcement raid at the Kiev offices of Media Holding Vesti, which includes Radio Vesti, the daily newspaper Vesti, and the news website Vesti-ukr. More than a dozen masked officers ripped open doors with crowbars, seized property, and...

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Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega refuses to sign false confession in exchange for prison release

February 9, 2018 11:58 AM ET

New York, February 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government's attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who has spent almost seven years in jail for his work, was one...

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Mexican blogger and satirist killed in Guerrero state

February 8, 2018 5:23 PM ET

Mexico City, February 8, 2018--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero must undertake an exhaustive investigation into the murder of Pamika Montenegro, a journalist, satirist and social media commentator, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two unidentified assailants on February 5 shot Montenegro dead in the restaurant...

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CPJ calls on Honduras to reject law regulating online speech

February 8, 2018 4:26 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 50 international and local digital rights organizations and media outlets, joined calls on Honduran lawmakers this week to reject a proposed law that would regulate online speech....

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Saudi journalist jailed for five years for insulting royal court

February 8, 2018 3:26 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2018--A specialized criminal court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Watan columnist Saleh al-Shehi to five years in prison for "insulting the royal court," and imposed a five-year travel ban that will go into effect on his release, according to a report published today in the privately-owned...

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Reporters beaten, robbed while investigating allegations of pollution

February 8, 2018 2:32 PM ET

A group of men on January 25, 2018, assaulted and robbed two television journalists while they were reporting on allegations of industrial pollution in Hebei province's Quzhou county, approximately 260 miles southwest of Beijing, according to news reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5, 2018

February 8, 2018 2:05 PM ET

Journalists detained Istanbul police on February 1 detained Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), according to his employer's tweet. A local court ordered Kayar to be held in custody pending investigation, on February 6, ETHA reported without providing further details....

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Journalist, radio worker found dead in Guatemala

February 7, 2018 5:56 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2017--Guatemalan authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the murders of a newspaper journalist and radio station worker, establish motives, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Weinstein-BlackCube surveillance claim exposes aggressive tactics to kill a story

February 7, 2018 2:26 PM ET

Those with deep pockets can go to great lengths to push back against journalism they find objectionable. Billionaire Peter Thiel deployed a team of lawyers in a move that bankrupted the news site Gawker in 2016--and last month President Donald Trump's lawyers tried to block the publication of an...

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Venezuela's anti-hate law provides Maduro with another tool to intimidate the press

February 6, 2018 5:15 PM ET

In what journalists fear could be a taste of things to come, Venezuela's new anti-hate law was enforced for the first time against a news organization on January 30, when Yndira Lugo, the editor of Diario Región, was called before government agents for questioning....

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Iraqi authorities arrest Samir Obeid at Baghdad checkpoint

February 6, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Beirut, February 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of Iraqi freelance journalist and political commentator Samir Obeid and called on Iraqi authorities to release him immediately....

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Egyptian public must be able to access all news sites

February 6, 2018 4:02 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to ensure that the public has easy access to a full range of news and information sources in the lead-up to presidential elections scheduled for next month....

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CPJ urges U.S. immigration authorities to grant parole to Emilio Gutiérrez Soto

February 6, 2018 9:15 AM ET

CPJ calls on U.S. immigration authorities to grant parole to Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son, Oscar, on humanitarian or significant public benefit grounds.

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Amid political turmoil in Maldives, press comes under attack

February 5, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Maldivian authorities to stop threatening and harassing news outlets and allow them to operate freely. An opposition-aligned TV station and independent news website have come under threat of closure and cyberattack, respectively, amid an escalating political crisis....

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Sudan detains local journalist, confiscates newspapers following reporting on protests

February 2, 2018 4:23 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2018--Sudanese authorities should immediately release al-Jarida reporter Ahmed Jadein, cease confiscating newspapers, and allow journalists to report on matters of public interest without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Colombia sentences gunman for 2015 murder of local radio journalist

February 2, 2018 3:53 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2018--The sentencing of the gunman responsible for the 2015 murder of Colombian radio journalist Luis Antonio Peralta Cuéllar and his wife Sofía Quintero is a welcome step toward justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Florencia, the capital of the southwestern...

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Kenyan government ignores court order over broadcasting ban

February 2, 2018 2:01 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Kenyan government to obey a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on four privately owned television stations. A high court yesterday ordered the government to lift the ban on Citizen TV, Inooro TV, NTV, and KTN...

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As peace talks resume South Sudan continues its assault on press freedom

February 2, 2018 11:32 AM ET

A ceasefire agreement signed on December 21 between the South Sudanese government and opposition forces has revived a 2015 peace process and brought hope that the conflict will not persist into its fifth year. The agreement includes obligations to "ensure protection of media" and "[c]ease all forms of harassment...

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Editor flees Ukraine after receiving death threats

February 1, 2018 5:34 PM ET

Kiev, February 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Ukrainian authorities to investigate death threats made against Igor Guzhva, editor-in-chief of the Kiev-based news website Strana. Guzhva fled to Austria after receiving death threats, and amid "unprecedented pressure from the [Ukrainian] authorities," according to a statement from...

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Belarus cuts access to independent news website Charter97

February 1, 2018 5:27 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2018-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Belarusian Ministry of Information to unblock access to the independent news website Charter 97. Natalya Radina, the site's editor-in-chief, told CPJ today that access to the site has been blocked in Belarus since January 24,...

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Russian journalist questioned, apartment searched, equipment seized

February 1, 2018 3:58 PM ET

Kiev, February 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to return all confiscated property to independent journalist Pavel Nikulin, and stop harassing him in retaliation for his reporting. The Federal Security Service (FSB) yesterday morning raided Nikulin's Moscow apartment, and brought the journalist to agency...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 29

February 1, 2018 1:13 PM ET

Journalists arrested Police on the night of January 23 detained İshak Karakaş, chief editor and columnist for the online newspapers Halkın Nabzı and Artı Gerçek, at his Istanbul home as part of a sweeping crackdown on people who have criticized Turkey's military intervention in Syria, the daily Evrensel reported....

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CPJ Highlights: February edition

February 1, 2018 8:45 AM ET

CPJ leads first-ever press freedom mission to the U.S. In January, CPJ and IFEX led an international mission of global press freedom groups to the United States. Representatives of CPJ, IFEX, Article 19, International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, and Index on Censorship traveled to Texas and Missouri, where they...

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