April 2018

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CPJ joins call for Russia to revoke order banning Telegram

April 30, 2018 3:58 PM ET

A coalition of 26 international human rights, media and internet freedom organizations, including CPJ, today called on Russian authorities to revoke a court order that blocks access to the Telegram messaging app....

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In Afghanistan, at least 10 journalists killed in one day in bombings and shooting

April 30, 2018 2:12 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned multiple attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 10 journalists in one of the deadliest days CPJ has recorded for the country's press....

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Malaysia issues first 'fake news' conviction

April 30, 2018 12:28 PM ET

Bangkok, April 30, 2018--In a verdict with grave implications for press freedom, a Malaysian court today handed down the nation's first conviction under its recently enacted "fake news" law, according to press reports....

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CPJ Insider: May 2018 edition

April 30, 2018 11:34 AM ET

CPJ in Pakistan: 'People don't know where the lines are that they can't cross' In February, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler traveled to Pakistan with CPJ Multimedia Producer Mustafa Hameed to speak to journalists and press freedom advocates about the climate for media freedom in Pakistan. They traveled to...

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At least 8 journalists killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

April 30, 2018 7:27 AM ET

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned today's double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which at least 25 people were killed, including at least eight journalists, according to media reports. The second blast, about 30 minutes after the first, appeared targeted at journalists...

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Seven Palestinian journalists injured as Gaza protests continue

April 27, 2018 4:45 PM ET

At least seven Palestinian journalists were injured while covering protests in the Gaza Strip on April 27, 2018, as the Israel Defense Forces used tear gas and fired live rounds to try to disperse protesters, according to the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate, news reports, and three local journalists--Moneeb Saada, Saud...

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Brazilian reporter charged with 'promoting terrorism' after reporting on the militant group Islamic State

April 27, 2018 12:43 PM ET

São Paulo, April 27, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian authorities to drop anti-state charges against Felipe de Oliveira Araújo Rodrigues, a Rio de Janeiro-based journalist who infiltrated a Brazilian group of supporters of the Islamic State militant group in 2016 to report on their activities....

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Indian freelancer receives graphic threats following false accusations against her

April 26, 2018 4:29 PM ET

New Delhi, April 26, 2018--Indian authorities must immediately conduct a swift and thorough investigation into threats against the investigative freelance journalist Rana Ayyub, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ayyub began receiving an onslaught of anonymous, graphic threats via social media after a parody Twitter account on April...

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In Afghanistan, Kabul News journalist shot dead on way to work

April 26, 2018 3:09 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Afghan authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdul Manan Arghand and to ensure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2018

April 26, 2018 12:21 PM ET

Cumhuriyet trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 25 convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists and newspaper staff on probation and banned them from traveling until the appeals process has ended, according to...

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Publications in Mexico City, Guerrero state robbed

April 26, 2018 12:06 PM ET

Mexico City, April 26, 2018--Mexican authorities must conduct credible investigations into two recent burglaries, one at the Mexico City-based investigative magazine and website Proceso and another at the news website Quadratín in Guerrero state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey convicts Cumhuriyet journalists on terrorism charges

April 25, 2018 5:32 PM ET

Istanbul, April 25, 2018--An Istanbul court today convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet of aiding terrorist organizations and sentenced them to jail terms ranging between three and seven years, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists on probation and banned them from traveling until the...

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Second Palestinian journalist dies from injuries sustained covering Gaza protests

April 25, 2018 1:05 PM ET

Washington D.C., April 25, 2018--Ahmed Abu Hussein, a Palestinian photographer for the Gaza-based Voice of the People Radio, died today from bullet wounds to his abdomen sustained on April 13 while he was covering protests in the northern Gazan city of Jabalia, according to news reports citing Gazan Health...

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CPJ welcomes outcome in trial over killing of journalist Kim Wall

April 25, 2018 10:51 AM ET

New York, April 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the outcome of a trial in Copenhagen at which Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen was convicted of killing freelance journalist Kim Wall on his submarine in August 2017. Madsen received the maximum sentence of life in prison, according to...

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Journalist killed while covering protests in eastern Nicaragua

April 24, 2018 5:34 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2018--Nicaraguan authorities should investigate journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona's death and ensure that reporters can do their work without fear of violence or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gahona, the director of the local, independent television program El Meridiano, was fatally shot on...

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Reporter arrested covering Memphis protest held in US immigration detention

April 24, 2018 5:27 PM ET

Manuel Duran, the founder of Spanish-language news site Memphis Noticias, was arrested on April 3, 2018, while reporting on a protest against immigration detention in Memphis, Tennessee. Although the charges against Duran were dropped, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transferred the reporter to a facility in Louisiana two days...

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Brazilian radio host shot in drive-by attack

April 24, 2018 4:07 PM ET

São Paulo, April 24, 2018--Brazilian authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the drive-by shooting of radio host Hamilton Alves in Rondônia state and bring his attackers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexico must identify mastermind in murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas

April 24, 2018 1:19 PM ET

Mexico City, April 24, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the arrest of a suspect in the murder case of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas. At a press conference today, police named the alleged accomplice to the 2017 murder as 26-year-old Heriberto 'N', alias "El Koala," and said...

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Local editor beaten in Yekaterinburg, Russia

April 23, 2018 3:06 PM ET

Unknown assailants on April 12, 2018 attacked Dmitry Polyanin, editor-in-chief of the regional pro-government newspaper Oblastnaya Gazeta, which had recently published articles about irregularities in the local housing market and related violence, according to the paper and media reports....

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CPJ welcomes Council of Europe's appointment of Omtzigt as special rapporteur on Malta case

April 23, 2018 1:39 PM ET

Brussels, April 23, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the appointment of Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt as the special rapporteur of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The rapporteur will monitor the ongoing murder investigation in Malta, examine...

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In Nicaragua, TV channels blocked, journalists injured while covering pension protests

April 20, 2018 5:29 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2018--At least nine journalists have been injured and at least five independent television channels have been blocked in Nicaragua, as escalating protests against pension reform since April 18 have left at least three people dead, according to news reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Nicaragua

April 20, 2018 4:10 PM ET

Demonstrations began in Nicaragua on April 18, as thousands of civilians in several cities protested changes to the country's social security system, according to reports. At least three people, including a protester and a police officer, were killed in clashes, The Associated Press reported....

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Four Palestinian journalists injured covering Gaza protests

April 20, 2018 2:59 PM ET

At least four Palestinian journalists were injured while covering mass protests in the Gaza Strip on April 20, 2018, according to news reports, local journalists, and the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate....

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Prosecution witness: Myanmar police planned 'trap' for Reuters reporter

April 20, 2018 11:12 AM ET

New York, April 20, 2018--A prosecution witness in the case against two imprisoned Reuters journalists in Myanmar today testified that a police chief ordered officers to trap one of the reporters by handing him "secret documents" during a meeting, according to Reuters and other news reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 16, 2018

April 19, 2018 5:51 PM ET

Journalists in prison An Istanbul court on April 17 arraigned Adil Demirci, a Turkish-German dual national and reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), on charges of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," according to the German news agency Deutsche...

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In India, gasoline-filled bottle thrown at journalist's home

April 19, 2018 4:17 PM ET

New Delhi, April 19, 2018--Authorities in India's northeast Meghalaya state must identify and bring to justice those who attacked the house of Patricia Mukhim, editor of the local Shillong Times newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two unidentified persons on April 17 threw a gasoline bomb at...

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Israel must review IDF policy on protests, journalists after Gaza killing

April 19, 2018 11:39 AM ET

CPJ calls on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to review military policy on mass protests and the press and to ensure that the shooting of journalists covering demonstrations in the Gaza Strip is quickly and thoroughly investigated. The killing of Palestinian photojournalist and camera operator Yaser Murtaja and other evidence suggest that authorities are trying to suppress media coverage of the protests.

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Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia

April 18, 2018 5:49 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Brazil's 'Let her do her job' campaign demands respect for female sports reporters

April 18, 2018 5:49 PM ET

On March 25, not long before two of the biggest soccer matches of the season were about to kick off in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a previously unknown group posted a video online that was of relevance to everyone involved in the game. The group had no...

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Palestinian security forces arrest journalist in the West Bank

April 18, 2018 4:06 PM ET

Beirut, April 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Hazem Naser, a Palestinian cameraperson and video editor for An-Najah Broadcasting Channel (NBC)....

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CPJ calls for justice for Ecuadoran reporting team killed in Colombia

April 17, 2018 5:03 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 17, 2018--Authorities in Ecuador and Colombia must conduct a transparent investigation into the kidnapping and killing of an Ecuadoran reporting team in Colombia and ensure all those responsible face justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls for investigation into death of Russian journalist Maksim Borodin

April 16, 2018 6:01 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2018--Russian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Maksim Borodin and consider the possibility that he was killed in retribution for his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ concerned with developments in trial against Angolan journalists

April 16, 2018 5:33 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption news website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenco, a correspondent for the newspaper O Crime, behind closed doors instead...

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Three Russian journalists injured by gunfire in eastern Ghouta, Syria

April 13, 2018 6:13 PM ET

Three journalists were injured when a bus carrying Russian media came under fire from unknown assailants in the Syrian city of Douma, 16 kilometers (10 miles) away from Damascus, in the eastern Ghouta region on April 11, 2018, according to news reports and the journalists' employers....

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Kazakhstan police raid newsrooms, detain journalists, seize equipment

April 13, 2018 6:00 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2018--Kazakh authorities should stop harassing journalists with the independent news outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and dismiss criminal defamation suits against the two outlets and their journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One journalist killed and three injured in Yemen missile attack

April 13, 2018 5:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a missile attack that killed a journalist and injured three others in Yemen today. Abdullah al-Qadry, a photographer and camera operator for the privately owned station Belqees TV, died from injuries while covering clashes in Bayda province, according to...

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For third week, Palestinian journalists injured by gunfire covering Gaza protests

April 13, 2018 4:05 PM ET

At least two Palestinian journalists were injured while covering mass protests on the Gaza border on April 13, 2018, according to the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PJS), the journalists' employers, and news reports....

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Two journalists, driver killed after being kidnapped in northern Ecuador

April 12, 2018 6:08 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of three members of an Ecuadoran reporting team who were kidnapped on March 26 in northern Ecuador near the Colombian border and called for the perpetrators to face justice. President Lenín Moreno confirmed today that...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 9, 2018

April 12, 2018 5:06 PM ET

Journalists Imprisoned An Istanbul court on April 6 arraigned İhsan Yaşar and İhsak Kabul, the publisher and responsible news editor respectively for the recently seized pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, on charges of "being members of a [terrorist] organization" and "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the daily Evrensel reported....

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Dominican Republic convicts man over 2011 murder of journalist

April 11, 2018 6:55 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2018--A Dominican Republic court yesterday sentenced Matías Avelino Castro to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2011 murder of journalist José Agustín Silvestre, according to reports. The court convicted Avelino Castro, whom police had identified as the alleged mastermind of the killing,...

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Liberia should reform libel laws in wake of $1.8 million civil lawsuit against Front Page Africa

April 11, 2018 5:46 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa, a privately owned Liberian newspaper that has long been the subject of complaints and harassment for its critical reporting on successive governments....

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Ex-politician threatens two Brazilian radio reporters

April 11, 2018 2:56 PM ET

A former city council president in the northeastern Brazilian town of Patos threatened two local radio show hosts, Jozivan Antero and Abrantes Júnior, on March 15, 2018, days after they reported on accusations of alleged corruption during their two shows, according to the news website Central Vale Notícia....

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Two journalists assaulted in West Bengal state, India

April 11, 2018 12:55 PM ET

New Delhi, April 11, 2018--Authorities in West Bengal state must identify and bring to justice those who assaulted Biplab Mondal, a photojournalist with the Times of India Kolkata city bureau, and Manas Chattopadhyay, a reporter with the regional ETV Bharat television channel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists covering unrest in the DRC face arrests, assault, and internet shutdowns

April 10, 2018 6:16 PM ET

On New Year's Eve, as the world prepared to ring in 2018, Congolese journalist Edmon Izula was being repeatedly hit with a rifle and threatened at gunpoint by a member of the state security forces. Iluza was one of at least three journalists harassed by authorities that day, in...

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Weight of legal cases and threats leave India's journalists feeling exposed and alone

April 10, 2018 10:00 AM ET

The media is in the worst state India has ever seen. That is how several journalists described the current climate in dozens of conversations with CPJ during a trip to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi earlier this year. While the threats they outlined--political pressure, self-censorship, defamation suits, and attacks--are not...

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Freedom of speech is guaranteed Aliyev says as Azerbaijan blocks news websites

April 9, 2018 3:59 PM ET

President Ilham Aliyev claims that in Azerbaijan the internet is free and press freedom is guaranteed. But ahead of the April 11 snap elections, authorities have systematically silenced critical voices online through amending laws and blocking news websites, and hackers have attacked independent news outlets....

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CPJ calls on Israel to hold killers of Yaser Murtaja to account

April 9, 2018 3:09 PM ET

Beirut, April 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned comments by Israel's defense minister over the weekend that appear to justify the killing of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja in Gaza, and called on authorities to hold to account anyone who shot journalists with live ammunition. Murtaja died on...

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Egypt arrests 3 local journalists in 24 hours

April 6, 2018 5:03 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release three journalists who have been taken into police custody or disclose their whereabouts and accusations against them....

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China arrests journalist for 'spreading rumors' after he reported on Yili Group

April 6, 2018 3:54 PM ET

Taipei, April 6, 2018--Chinese authorities should immediately release from custody journalist Zou Guangxiang and stop harassing the media for doing its job, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Czech investigative journalists say police repeatedly questioned them

April 6, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Brussels, April 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Czech authorities to ensure that journalists can work without interference. Three Czech investigative journalists issued a joint statement on April 3 that said police tried to intimidate them by repeatedly bringing them in for questioning over their reporting...

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Azerbaijan goes to the polls amid muzzled media and blocked websites

April 6, 2018 12:02 PM ET

When it comes to silencing critics, Azerbaijani authorities have been industrious and methodical. Ahead of snap presidential elections scheduled for April 11, potential opposition candidates have been either jailed or barred from running, and the political landscape has been cleansed of virtually all formal avenues of expressing dissent....

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A small thing you can do to help #FreeAustinTice

April 6, 2018 10:15 AM ET

In August 2012, freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared while reporting in Syria. A brief video made public a few weeks later showed Tice as a captive. He has not been heard from since....

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Syrian journalist attacked covering arrival of Ghouta evacuees in Hama

April 6, 2018 10:01 AM ET

Two members of the Turkish-funded militant group Ahrar al-Sham on March 31, 2018, attacked Syrian photographer and cameraperson Mohammed Hussein Obeid, also known as Abu Fahd al-Shami, while he was covering the arrival of refugee convoys from eastern Ghouta to the northwestern Hama province, according to the Syrian Journalists...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 2, 2018

April 5, 2018 4:54 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court convicted in a retrial Hasan Cemal, a veteran journalist and a columnist for the news website T24, on charges of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," and issued a suspended sentence of 18 months and 22 days, according to an April 3 report from...

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CPJ calls on Niger to stop persecuting journalist Baba Alpha

April 5, 2018 2:41 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2018--Nigerien authorities should reverse the expulsion of journalist Baba Alpha and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. After jailing him for a year, authorities on April 3 released Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Gaza protests

April 5, 2018 11:25 AM ET

Unrest continues in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians take part in weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border. Violence has erupted repeatedly and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has fired on demonstrators and used tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes, according to news reports and the IDF. More than...

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DRC journalist Eliezer Ntambwe detained without charge

April 4, 2018 5:25 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release Eliezer Ntambwe, a journalist and presenter at the privately owned news outlet and YouTube channel Tokomi Wapi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egypt raids independent website, arrests editor over election coverage

April 4, 2018 4:53 PM ET

Washington D.C, April 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the retaliatory measures taken by Egyptian authorities against the independent news website Masr al-Arabia for its coverage of last week's presidential elections and calls on the authorities to release the website's editor....

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Prosecutor in Ukraine flouts court, refuses to return journalist's passport

April 4, 2018 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian prosecutors to return the passport of Fikret Huseynli, a Dutch national of Azerbaijani origin, and to respect a district court's April 2 ruling that the journalist should not be extradited to Azerbaijan or have his movements...

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Dominican journalist threatened over reports on murder of fellow journalist

April 4, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Dominican Republic to investigate threats made against Alicia Ortega, an investigative reporter with the national news channel Noticias SIN, and to take all necessary steps to ensure the journalist's safety....

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In Montenegro, car bomb explodes outside journalist's home

April 4, 2018 1:34 PM ET

Brussels, April 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Montenegrin authorities to ensure the safety of prominent investigative journalist Saed Sadikovic after a car bomb exploded outside his home in the northern town of Bijelo Polje on April 1....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Security in Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG)

April 4, 2018 11:35 AM ET

At least 15 journalists were assaulted and seven detained while covering widespread protests across Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq between March 25 and March 27, according to CPJ research and local press freedom and human rights groups. The wave of detentions and assaults has sparked fear among local journalists and press...

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CPJ calls for full access to Geo TV to be restored

April 3, 2018 4:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April, 3, 2018--CPJ today expressed concern over reports that the privately owned Pakistani television channel Geo TV is not accessible throughout parts of the country including Karachi, Lahore, and Multan, despite government assertions that authorities have taken no steps to block it....

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Rappler fights to survive amid rising threats to journalists in the Philippines

April 3, 2018 12:42 PM ET

On January 15, the Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that online news group Rappler had violated laws barring foreign ownership and control of local media, and moved to revoke its registration....

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Chinese journalist released from prison

April 3, 2018 11:25 AM ET

Chinese authorities released freelance journalist Qi Chonghuai from prison in Shandong province on February 13, 2018, after he served over 10 years, according to Radio Free Asia....

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CPJ Insider: April 2018 edition

April 3, 2018 9:40 AM ET

"CPJ Insider," which was recently renamed from "CPJ Highlights," is CPJ's monthly newsletter that brings you behind-the-scenes updates on CPJ's work around the world....

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Turkey issues new arrest warrant for Can Dündar, asks Interpol to do same

April 2, 2018 1:22 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to drop the politically motivated case against the exiled independent journalist Can Dündar, and allow him to do his work without fear of reprisal....

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Palestinian journalists injured covering mass protest in Gaza Strip

April 2, 2018 12:52 PM ET

Beirut, April 2, 2018 -- Israeli authorities should independently and credibly investigate reports that Israeli security forces injured journalists covering protests in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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