March 2018


Mexican reporter killed in Veracruz state

March 23, 2018 6:46 PM ET

Chihuahua City, March 23, 2018--Authorities in Mexico's Veracruz state must undertake a credible and exhaustive investigation into the murder of journalist Leobardo Vázquez Atzin, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Vázquez was shot to death the evening of March 21 by unknown assailants in the restaurant he owned...

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Quebec court orders Radio-Canada reporter to reveal her sources

March 23, 2018 5:39 PM ET

New York, March 23, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Quebec Superior Court ruling that ordered a journalist to reveal her sources. The court ruled yesterday that Marie-Maude Denis, an investigative journalist for the French-language public broadcaster Radio-Canada, must reveal her sources in an ongoing court case in...

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In DRC at least six journalists detained during anti-government protests

March 23, 2018 3:21 PM ET

Congolese security forces on November 30, 2017, detained at least six local journalists and confiscated their equipment as they tried to cover countrywide protests over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to hold elections, according...

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CPJ joins call for EU diplomats to monitor Maltese trial into Caruana Galizia killing

March 23, 2018 12:14 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with seven other press freedom organizations, today sent a joint letter urging EU diplomats in Malta to monitor the ongoing trial of three suspects arrested in relation to the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2018

March 22, 2018 4:41 PM ET

Media sales Doğan Holding, one of Turkey's largest conglomerates, on March 21 announced that it would sell its media assets to the pro-government Demirören Holding, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls on European Council and European Commission to raise press freedom with Turkey

March 22, 2018 4:11 PM ET

CPJ calls on the presidents of the European Council and European Commission to request the release of Turkish journalists as a matter of priority during a scheduled meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Varna, Bulgari.

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DRC authorities cut access to internet and SMS ahead of protests

March 22, 2018 1:34 PM ET

On December 30, 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Telecommunications Minister, Emery Okundji, ordered the country's telecommunications providers to shut internet and SMS services across the country, according to a media report and the local press freedom group L'Observatoire de la liberté de la Presse en Afrique, (the Observatory...

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Landmine kills Syrian photographer in northwestern Syria

March 20, 2018 2:09 PM ET

Beirut, March 20, 2018--Kamel abu al-Walid, a photographer for the Turkish-backed pro-opposition Jarabulus Media Office, died from injuries sustained in a March 19 landmine explosion in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, according to his employer, the Syrian Journalist Association, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights....

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Censorship, surveillance, and harassment: China cracks down on critics

March 20, 2018 11:39 AM ET

Hours after the Chinese Communist Party proposed a constitutional change last month to lift presidential term limits, any words or phrases that remotely suggested President Xi Jingping was seeking a life term were blocked from social media. Censors targeted everything from "Emperor Xi," "The Emperor's Dream," and "Dream of...

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CPJ expresses concerns with the U.S. CLOUD Act

March 20, 2018 11:00 AM ET

New York, March 20, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its concerns with the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act and its potential to expose journalists to targeting by foreign governments. The CLOUD Act would make it easier for some foreign governments to obtain data from...

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DRC security forces harass journalists covering Kabila protests

March 19, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31, 2017, harassed at least three journalists who were reporting on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to...

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In Maldives, at least three journalists detained over protest coverage

March 16, 2018 4:47 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital, Malé....

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Chinese authorities briefly detain RFI correspondent in Beijing

March 16, 2018 10:55 AM ET

Police in Beijing detained French journalist Heike Schmidt, the China correspondent for the French Foreign Ministry-funded outlet, Radio France Internationale, for about an hour on March 9, 2018, and confiscated her tape recorder, according to the journalist's outlet....

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After murders of Kuciak and Caruana Galizia, investigative journalists band together for justice

March 15, 2018 5:42 PM ET

The assassinations of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October and of Ján Kuciak in Slovakia last month have elicited an outpouring of support from journalists determined to honor the memory of their colleagues by fighting back with the weapon they wield best: journalism....

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YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia

March 15, 2018 3:43 PM ET

With claims to more than one billion users consuming content in 76 languages, Google's YouTube has become a core part of most media outlets' dissemination strategy. And although there are 88 localized versions of the service, remains the largest and most influential platform for reaching a global audience....

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Journalists covering protests in US risk getting caught up in police kettling tactic

March 15, 2018 3:18 PM ET

On September 17 last year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk was covering protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing in 2011 of man named Anthony Lamar Smith. At about 11 p.m., officers formed a line across Washington Avenue near Tucker Boulevard in downtown...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 2:09 PM ET

Supreme Court says Can Dündar should face retrial Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals on March 9 ruled that Can Dündar, former chief editor of the daily, Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the paper's Ankara representative, should face a retrial on charges of "obtaining secret information with means of espionage," Euronews...

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Journalists covering US white supremacists must weigh risks to selves and families

March 15, 2018 11:04 AM ET

Michael Edison Hayden was one of the first foreign journalists on the ground after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015-- the "ground was still shaking" when he arrived, he said. He's reported from the disputed territory between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, and gone door-to-door in Phoenix, searching for a...

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Airstrike kills Syrian photographer in eastern Ghouta

March 14, 2018 4:18 PM ET

Beirut, March 14, 2018--Bashar al-Attar, a photographer for the pro-opposition Arbin Unified Media Office, died from injuries sustained in a March 12 airstrike in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area of Syria, outside of Damascus, according to his employer and the Syrian Journalists Association....

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to end restrictive media practices

March 14, 2018 3:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 28 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kyrgyz authorities to drop defamation lawsuits and to end the practice of using disproportionate fines, travel bans and other harsh penalties to punish critical media outlets and journalists....

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At least two journalists injured as police in India break up rally

March 14, 2018 1:31 PM ET

New Delhi, March 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in northeast India to investigate the beating of at least two journalists by police who broke up a student rally on March 10....

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India releases photojournalist Kamran Yousuf on bail

March 13, 2018 3:47 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and calls on Indian authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Yousuf was granted bail by a National Investigative Agency (NIA) special court in Delhi on Monday and...

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Mission Journal: In Poland, some journalists fear worst is yet to come

March 12, 2018 6:00 PM ET

Entering the historic site of the Gdansk shipyard, one cannot miss the wooden boards hanging over the famous gate No. 2. Handwritten in 1980, they display the list of demands of the strikers led by Lech Walesa, the founder of Solidarity, the independent trade union movement that pushed for...

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Chilean police accused of spying on journalists

March 12, 2018 5:06 PM ET

Bogotá, March 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its concern about reports that Chilean police spied on reporters as part of an intelligence operation in the southern La Araucanía region....

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Pakistan releases journalist on bail

March 12, 2018 1:41 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza and calls on Pakistani authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Authorities released Raza from prison on March 10 after an Anti-Terrorism Court in Punjab province...

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Censorship tightens in Egypt as el-Sisi prepares for re-election bid

March 12, 2018 10:34 AM ET

Ahead of elections in Egypt later this month, in which President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is seeking a second term, the authoritarian leader's government has further clamped down on press freedom, issuing warnings to the media and arresting critical journalists on "false news" charges. Even satirical TV shows have not...

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South Sudan suspends broadcast of UN-backed radio station

March 9, 2018 5:40 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2018--South Sudanese authorities should allow the UN-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, according to a copy...

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Ethiopia arrests critical blogger Seyoum Teshome

March 9, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Nairobi, March 9, 2018--Ethiopian authorities should immediately release Seyoum Teshome, who publishes the Ethiothinktank blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces yesterday arrested Seyoum at his home near the Woliso campus of Ambo University, where he lectures, according to witnesses who spoke with Voice of America...

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Three journalists arrested, equipment seized in Mali

March 9, 2018 9:51 AM ET

Malian police on February 22, 2018, arrested three journalists from the privately owned MaliActu news website, and seized equipment from the news website's office in the capital, Bamako, according to Sega Diarrah, the outlet's Paris-based owner, and local media reports. Officers did not have a warrant, according to reports....

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Journalist faces extradition from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, fears for his safety

March 8, 2018 5:55 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2018--Ukrainian authorities should allow Fikret Huseynli (Huseinli), a journalist of Azerbaijani origin and a Dutch national, to leave the country safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants on March 5 attacked Huseynli, a correspondent for the independent online television channel Turan, at...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5, 2018

March 8, 2018 5:20 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court today sentenced at least 22 journalists to prison on terrorism-related charges, according to news reports....

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Turkey sentences at least 22 journalists on terrorism-related charges

March 8, 2018 4:42 PM ET

Istanbul, March 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Turkish court's decision today to sentence at least 22 journalists to prison on terrorism-related charges, and called on Turkish authorities to release them without delay....

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Indian court delays photojournalist's bail hearing

March 8, 2018 12:51 PM ET

New Delhi, March 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities to grant photojournalist Kamran Yousuf bail. The bail decision was expected March 7, according to news reports, but has not been handed down yet. Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir region, who contributes...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

March 7, 2018 4:47 PM ET

From imprisonment, sexual violence, cyber harassment, and even death, CPJ has documented threats faced by women journalists across the globe....

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Syrian journalist assaulted by gunmen in northwestern Syria

March 7, 2018 3:46 PM ET

Eight unidentified gunmen on March 1, 2018, assaulted Mohamed Abdulqader Sbeh, a reporter for the independent news website Madar Today, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, according to the Syrian Journalist Association and the journalist's employer....

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Equatorial Guinea releases from prison journalist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé

March 7, 2018 12:31 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed news that Equatoguinean cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé is free from prison after serving more than five months in a Malabo jail on false charges of money laundering and counterfeiting....

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Sri Lanka's telecom authority blocks social media sites, messaging apps

March 7, 2018 11:44 AM ET

New Delhi, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sri Lankan authorities to restore access to social media and messaging applications. Citing Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senartne, Reuters reported that the government today asked service providers to block the networks amid anti-Muslim riots and violence. Sri Lanka...

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CPJ Highlights: March 2018 edition

March 7, 2018 9:26 AM ET

CPJ's global campaign to free the press CPJ believes all journalists should be able to report freely, without any fear of harassment or retaliation. But each day, all over the world, reporters, photographers, editors, and bloggers are imprisoned for their work. In December, CPJ published its annual prison census, which...

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Nigerian journalist Tony Ezimakor released; colleague remains behind bars

March 6, 2018 7:06 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release today of Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, who was held by Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) since February 28. Ezimakor was released unconditionally from DSS custody in Abuja around 10:30...

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Armed attackers set fire to Yemen media foundation printing press

March 6, 2018 5:36 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2018 - Yemeni authorities in Aden should investigate an attack on a media foundation's office and ensure that journalists working in areas under their control can operate freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Armed men raided the offices of al-Shomou Foundation...

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Nigeria's intelligence agency detains journalist to force him to reveal sources

March 6, 2018 4:59 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after distributing this alert, CPJ learned that Ezimakor was freed just prior to publication. CPJ issued a separate statement concerning his release. Lomé, March 6, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release immediately Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, and stop trying...

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CPJ joins call for European Commission to fight impunity in journalist killings

March 6, 2018 1:41 PM ET

In a joint letter today, addressed to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, 17 international media freedom organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, called on the Commission to ensure thorough, effective investigations into the murders of investigative journalists Ján Kuciak in Slovakia and Daphne Caruana Galizia in...

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In Ukraine, at least two journalists injured at Kiev protest

March 5, 2018 3:16 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to investigate claims that police attacked journalists covering a protest in Kiev, and to ensure the safety of the press. At least two journalists were injured in Kiev on March 3 when police dispersed a...

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Vietnamese journalist threatened with prison goes into hiding

March 5, 2018 11:22 AM ET

Bangkok, March 5, 2018--Vietnamese authorities should stop threatening and drop any pending charges against journalist Pham Doan Trang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today....

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Uzbekistan releases world's longest-jailed journalist, but two more face trial

March 2, 2018 5:12 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today confirmed that Yusuf Ruzimuradov, the longest-imprisoned journalist worldwide, was freed in Uzbekistan in late February. CPJ called on authorities to take further steps to improve the climate for the media by dropping charges against two independent journalists who are...

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In Egypt, police arrest two journalists for 'filming without a license'

March 2, 2018 3:31 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to release reporter Mai El-Sabagh and cameraman Ahmad Mustafa, of the local news website Raseef22, who were arrested in Alexandria on February 28....

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CPJ urges Angola's president to champion press freedom

March 2, 2018 11:40 AM ET

CPJ urges Angola's President Joao Lourenco to champion the protection of journalists and news outlets, repeal criminal defamation and insult laws, and for the State to drop criminal charges against journalists who were targeted in retaliation for their work.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26, 2018

March 1, 2018 2:36 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court on February 28 sentenced Ahmet Altan, the former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf, to five years and 11 months in prison for "insulting the [Turkish] president," and "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the online newspaper Diken reported....

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Iran arrests two journalists covering crackdown on religious protests

March 1, 2018 9:35 AM ET

New York, March 1, 2018--Iranian security forces on February 19 arrested Reza Entessari and Kasra Nouri, reporters with the Sufi news website Majzooban-e-Noor, while they were covering the violent dispersal of religious protests in Tehran, according to their employer and the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran...

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