May 2018

CPJ calls on Poroshenko to hold press conference on staged murder

May 31, 2018 6:16 PM ET

CPJ calls on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to hold a press conference as soon as possible to address the many outstanding questions about the staging of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko's murder.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 28, 2018

May 31, 2018 2:38 PM ET

Journalist detained Istanbul police on May 28 detained an editor for the leftist news website Sendika, Ali Ergin Demirhan, at the website's office on suspicion of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," in relation to the journalist's work, his employer reported....

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Palestinian journalist assaulted while covering pro-Gaza protests in Haifa

May 31, 2018 10:22 AM ET

An Israeli police officer assaulted Palestinian reporter Nahed Dirbas, a journalist for the London-based news website Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, while she was covering a protest against Israeli actions in Gaza in the Israeli city of Haifa on May 18, 2018, according to news reports, her employer, and the regional press...

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The many questions about Arkady Babchenko's staged murder in Ukraine

May 30, 2018 7:38 PM ET

Minutes after news broke that prominent Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had been murdered in Ukraine, social media exploded with messages mourning the loss of a bright, sometimes-too-outspoken journalist. Friends and colleagues wrote moving obituaries, and groups including CPJ condemned the killing. Impromptu memorials in both Kiev and Moscow sprouted,...

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Mexican journalist found dead in Tamaulipas state

May 30, 2018 5:58 PM ET

Mexico City, May 30, 2018--Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas must undertake a swift and credible investigation into the death of Héctor González Antonio, a correspondent for the national newspaper Excelsior and the television broadcaster Imagen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Lebanese intelligence service arrests Syrian reporter near Lebanon-Syria border

May 30, 2018 5:36 PM ET

Beirut, May 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Abdel Hafez al-Houlani, a reporter for the Syrian pro-opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl....

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Kenyan authorities arrest blogger after posts on alleged official corruption

May 30, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was arrested on May 14, 2018, on allegations of publishing "alarming" content about senior civil servants, according to court documents seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was released on May 17 following the intervention of the director of public prosecutions, the blogger and...

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Civilians attack, set fire to pro-government radio station in Nicaragua

May 30, 2018 4:03 PM ET

Bogotá, May 30, 2018--Nicaraguan authorities should investigate an attack on a pro-government radio station in Managua, the capital, hold the perpetrators to account, and ensure that journalists covering ongoing unrest in the country can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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UPDATE: Russian journalist Babchenko's assassination was staged

May 29, 2018 5:47 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2018-- Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital yesterday, has appeared alive at a televised news conference in Kiev. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said the agency faked Babchenko's death to catch those who...

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By suing WikiLeaks, DNC could endanger principles of press freedom

May 29, 2018 10:53 AM ET

In 1993, WILK radio host Frederick Vopper broadcast a conversation intercepted by an illegal wiretap and sent anonymously to the Pennsylvania radio station, in which two teachers union officials discussed violent negotiating tactics. The officials sued Vopper, arguing that he should be liable for the illegal wiretap that captured...

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Radio host in northeastern Brazil subject to series of threats

May 25, 2018 3:53 PM ET

Brazilian community radio presenter José Ilton dos Santos told the Committee to Protect Journalists that to date in 2018 he has faced a failed kidnapping attempt in which the assailant threatened to kill him as well as two other threats, the most recent coming on April 13, 2018. Dos...

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Indian court forbids screening of investigative documentary

May 25, 2018 3:31 PM ET

New Delhi, May 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Delhi High Court's decision to bar the release of the second part of an investigative documentary about news outlets allegedly being willing to accept money in exchange for favorable coverage. The court yesterday issued an...

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Two Syrian journalists detained, assaulted northwest of Aleppo

May 25, 2018 2:06 PM ET

Members of the General Public Security, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) security force, on May 15, 2018, assaulted and detained Wael Adel and Omar Hafez, a correspondent and cameraperson, respectively, for the Turkey-based, pro-opposition Syria TV, according to their employer, news reports, the Syrian Journalists Association, and the regional...

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World Health Organization blocks Taiwanese outlets from attending annual assembly

May 25, 2018 1:46 PM ET

Taipei, May 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the World Health Organization's decision to deny Taiwanese media outlets press accreditation to its annual decision-making function, the World Health Assembly, which started on May 21....

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Venezuela opens investigation into independent newspaper

May 24, 2018 5:37 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2018--The Venezuelan government should halt its investigation of a leading independent newspaper's website and allow it to publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukraine extends ban on Russian news agencies, journalists

May 24, 2018 5:17 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2018--Ukrainian authorities today published a presidential decree that extends for three years sanctions imposed in 2017 against Russian state-funded news outlets and their journalists, as well as other foreign entities and individuals, and added the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti-Ukraine to the sanctions list,...

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CPJ welcomes introduction of UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

May 24, 2018 5:11 PM ET

May 24, 2018, London--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the U.K.'s decision to pass into law legislation that addresses human rights abuses. The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which yesterday received Royal Assent to be passed into law, includes a "Magnitsky amendment" that empowers the U.K. to apply...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 21, 2018

May 24, 2018 4:45 PM ET

Turkey will continue to block Wikipedia During a May 18 press conference, Turkish Transportation, Maritime Affairs, and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said that Wikipedia will remain blocked in the country because the website portrays Turkey as a supporter of the Islamic State militant group, the daily Cumhuriyet reported....

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Court in Algeria sentences blogger to 10 years in prison

May 24, 2018 4:26 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2018--In a one-day trial today, a criminal court in Béjaïa sentenced Algerian blogger Marzoug Touati to 10 years in prison and fined him 50,000 Algerian dinar (US$427) for communicating with a foreign entity and inciting civil disobedience, Touati's lawyer, Salah Dabouz, told CPJ. The conviction...

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Federal authorities in Mexico open investigation into journalist killed in Tabasco state

May 24, 2018 12:12 PM ET

Mexico City, May 24, 2018--Federal authorities in Mexico have opened an investigation into the killing of radio and television journalist Juan Carlos Huerta, who was shot dead near his home in the Tabasco state capital, Villahermosa, on May 15....

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May 24, 2018 12:00 AM ET

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On the table

May 24, 2018 12:00 AM ET

Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 on a platform of pledges to roll back the repressive policies of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who decimated Iran’s once vibrant media. Rouhani, seeking...

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On the table

May 24, 2018 12:00 AM ET

About This ReportThis report was written by CPJ Iran Consultant Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani, based in Seattle, Washington. CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour contributed reporting and research....

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On the table: Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran

May 24, 2018 12:00 AM ET

President Hassan Rouhani sought re-election on the promise of a more open Iran. But little has changed for the press, as hardliners in the judiciary and other powerful institutions jail journalists, block websites, and maintain a climate of fear with harassment and surveillance. The current international focus on Iran...

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Egyptian authorities detain blogger Wael Abbas

May 23, 2018 4:06 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2018--Egyptian authorities should release immediately Wael Abbas, a blogger who has documented Egyptian police abuse, and end their senseless campaign against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police at dawn today detained Abbas at his Cairo home and took him to an...

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Military court in Egypt sentences journalist to 10 years in jail

May 22, 2018 4:07 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the sentencing today of Egyptian freelancer Ismail Alexandrani. A military court in Cairo found Alexandrani guilty of being a member of a banned organization and spreading false news, and sentenced the journalist to 10 years in prison, according...

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Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

May 22, 2018 4:04 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed yesterday's ruling by Lesotho's Constitutional Court that criminal defamation is unconstitutional, calling it a significant step toward safeguarding press freedom in the country....

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Saudi blogger Eman Al Nafjan detained

May 22, 2018 3:59 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention of Eman Al Nafjan, a Saudi blogger who writes about women's issues, and urges the country's authorities to confirm her whereabouts and release her immediately....

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Eight South Korean journalists denied entry into North Korea

May 22, 2018 3:20 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on North Korea to allow journalists access to cover the dismantling of a nuclear test site in the country....

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In India, Kashmiri photojournalist faces harassment, threats

May 22, 2018 1:58 PM ET

Masrat Zahra, a Kashmiri freelance photographer, told CPJ that she faced online harassment and threats after a photograph of her, captioned with the word "mukhbir"--meaning "spy" or "army informer"--was circulated on social media around May 16, 2018....

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Pakistani authorities disrupt distribution of Dawn newspaper

May 22, 2018 11:38 AM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--Pakistani authorities should immediately halt any restrictions on the distribution of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Distribution of the newspaper has been disrupted in many parts of the country in recent weeks, Dawn editor Zaffar Abbas told CPJ....

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Fiji charges newspaper, journalists with sedition

May 21, 2018 2:33 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Fiji authorities to drop sedition charges against the weekly Fiji Times, three newspaper executives, and an opinion columnist. A High Court judge tomorrow will make a final ruling in the case after a panel of three High...

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CPJ joins calls for Kazakhstan to revise false news law and drop charges against critical media

May 18, 2018 5:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 25 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kazakh authorities to drop criminal defamation cases against media outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and revise the law on dissemination of "false information" often used to silence critical media outlets...

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CPJ welcomes positive development in Kyrgyzstan, calls for Askarov's release

May 18, 2018 4:48 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's decision to drop defamation charges he pressed last year against independent news website Zanoza and its journalists Naryn Idinov and Dina Maslova, and urged the country's new administration to release Azimjon Askarov, a...

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Unknown gunmen kill Syrian journalist in eastern Daraa

May 18, 2018 4:35 PM ET

Beirut, May 18, 2018--Two unknown gunmen killed Ibrahim al-Munjar, a correspondent for the Syrian news website Sy24 in the southern Syrian province of Daraa. Al-Munjar was killed in the city of Saida on May 17, according to his employer, news reports, and the Syrian Journalists Association....

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Two Chinese journalists attacked in Henan Province

May 18, 2018 2:39 PM ET

Assailants on May 13, 2018, attacked Hu Xiaoli and Yu Tao, the host and cameraperson, respectively, of a local television show, "Xiaoli's Here to Help," as they were filming for a story about a real estate dispute in Henan province's Kaifeng City, according to the state-owned news website China...

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Puntland authorities detain journalist without charge

May 18, 2018 12:31 PM ET

Nairobi, May 18, 2018--Authorities in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in Somalia, should immediately release journalist Ibrahim Obo Daud, also known as Suldan Godogodo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ibrahim was arrested on May 4 in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland, according to Media Association of Puntland...

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Greater transparency welcome but social media sites should allow independent audits of content takedowns

May 18, 2018 11:18 AM ET

In recent days, some of the world's largest tech companies released new transparency reports, opened up their content moderation guidelines, and adopted approaches to fighting pernicious content as they tried to head off government regulation amid concerns about "fake news," harassment, terrorism and other ills proliferating on their platforms....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2018

May 17, 2018 3:40 PM ET

Journalists imprisoned Turkish authorities in the western province of Edirne on May 11 transferred Kemal Sancılı, the publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, to Istanbul's Silivri Prison, two days after he was detained on suspicion of terrorism-related activities, according to a report from the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency....

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Covering LGBTQ issues brings risk of threats and retaliation for journalists and their sources

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM ET

To mark the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, CPJ spoke with journalists and news outlets based in Argentina, Iran, Indonesia, the U.S., Uganda, and Russia, about the challenges they face reporting on LGBTQ issues....

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Slovak police seize Czech investigative reporter's phone

May 16, 2018 2:41 PM ET

Berlin, May 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Slovak authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources. Slovak police in Bratislava yesterday seized the mobile phone of Czech investigative reporter Pavla Holcova while questioning her for their investigation into the murder of her colleague, Slovak journalist...

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Chinese police detain Hong Kong journalist

May 16, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Taipei, May 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to stop harassing and detaining journalists and to explain why they detained and injured a cameraperson reporting on a human rights lawyer's court hearing....

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CPJ joins calls for Congress to make human rights a focus of Uzbek president's US visit

May 16, 2018 10:04 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on U.S. Congress to require lasting human rights protection in Uzbekistan during President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's first official visit to the U.S. on May 16 and 17....

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Ukraine authorities search Russian news agency, detain director

May 15, 2018 6:11 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Ukraine Security Service's (SBU) search of the Kiev office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti and detention of the office director, Kirill Vyshynsky....

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Hong Kong journalist beaten covering 10-year anniversary of Sichuan earthquake

May 15, 2018 10:29 AM ET

Taipei, May 15, 2018--Chinese authorities must investigate and bring to justice those responsible for an attack on i-Cable TV reporter Chan Ho-fai in Sichuan Province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist detained, threatened in Turkmenistan

May 15, 2018 10:19 AM ET

Turkmen police detained Ashgabat-based journalist Soltan Achilova on May 9, 2018, according to her employer, the Turkmen service of the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), locally known as Azatlyk....

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Investigative reporter attacked in Bulgaria

May 14, 2018 5:19 PM ET

Berlin, May 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into an attack on investigative journalist Hristo Geshov, who was beaten on May 10 outside his home in the northwestern town of Cherven Bryag, and guarantee his safety....

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Seven Palestinian journalists injured by gunfire in Gaza protests

May 14, 2018 4:33 PM ET

Beirut, May 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the use of gunfire by Israeli forces against journalists covering protests today in the Gaza Strip. At least seven Palestinian journalists have been injured by Israeli gunfire while covering today's demonstrations, according to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), reports shared...

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Palestinian journalist shot while covering Gaza protests

May 11, 2018 4:24 PM ET

Beirut, May 11, 2018--Motasem Ahmed Dalloul, a reporter for the pro-Palestinian Middle East Monitor and manager of the news website Days of Palestine, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of Gaza City today, according to his employer and...

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In Ukraine, journalists harassed, 1 attacked while filming investigative report

May 10, 2018 5:34 PM ET

Vladislav Pleshakov, a journalist from the privately owned television channel 1+1, was assaulted in an upscale neighborhood near Kiev on April 21, 2018, while filming for an investigative report about real estate allegedly owned by Ukraine's finance minister, Oleksandr Danyliuk, according to the Kiev-based media monitoring organization Detector Media,...

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Pakistani journalist appeals 22-year sentence on terrorism, defamation charges

May 10, 2018 5:26 PM ET

Washington D.C., May 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to withdraw all charges against journalist Shabbir Siham, who is appealing a sentence of 22 years in prison and a 500,000 rupee (US$4,300) fine by an anti-terrorism court in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 7, 2018

May 10, 2018 4:44 PM ET

Journalists arrested On May 3, authorities in the southern city of Mersin transferred İsmail Çoban, former news editor for the shuttered Kurdish language daily Azadiya Welat, to the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, where he will remain in custody pending trial, according to reports....

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Gambia declares criminal defamation unconstitutional, keeps some laws on sedition, false news

May 10, 2018 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Gambian Supreme Court's decision yesterday to declare criminal defamation unconstitutional, but is dismayed that segments of the country's criminal code on sedition and false news were upheld....

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CPJ joins call for Tanzanian government to respect human rights

May 10, 2018 3:25 PM ET

CPJ, along with 64 other non-governmental organizations, today wrote to Tanzanian President John Magufuli to express concern about a worrying decline in the respect of human rights, including freedom of expression....

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People need to know why our journalists were arrested in Myanmar, Reuters tells CPJ

May 10, 2018 12:14 PM ET

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent nearly five months in detention in Myanmar, on charges of violating a colonial-era Official Secrets Act. At the time of their arrest in Yangon on December 12, the reporters were investigating a mass killing of Rohingya men by Buddhist...

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Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

May 10, 2018 11:40 AM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom....

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Syrian militia detains photographer in western Idlib

May 9, 2018 6:24 PM ET

The Syrian militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detained Ahmad al-Akhras, a photographer for the pro-opposition Syrian news website Sy24 and correspondent for the opposition-affiliated Syrian Revolutionary Media Office in Idlib, on April 28, 2018, near the northwestern Syrian city of Darkush, according to news reports, the regional press freedom...

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Make solving journalist murders a priority, CPJ tells US Helsinki Commission

May 9, 2018 3:33 PM ET

"Being a reporter in much of the world is dangerous work. Being an investigative reporter can be deadly," CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney told the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Commission, at a briefing in Washington, D.C. today....

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Police in China arrest farmer over article alleging corruption at Yili Group

May 9, 2018 11:13 AM ET

Taipei, May 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to immediately release Guo Yuzhen, a dairy farmer in Shanxi province whom police detained after she wrote an article alleging that one of the country's largest dairy producers exploited farmers....

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Investigative journalist shot, injured in Montenegro

May 9, 2018 10:57 AM ET

Berlin, May 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Montenegrin authorities to guarantee the safety of Olivera Lakić, an investigative journalist with the local daily Vijesti, who was shot outside her apartment building in the capital Podgorica yesterday evening, the regional news website Balkan Insight reported....

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CPJ alarmed by Egypt's detention of video blogger Shadi Abu Zaid

May 8, 2018 1:47 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention of Shadi Abu Zaid, a video blogger who produces and anchors his own satirical news show....

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Independent journalists in Hungary brace for tough times in next Orbán term

May 7, 2018 6:00 PM ET

As Hungary's new Parliament holds its first session, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is due to form his third consecutive government after a landslide re-election a month ago, journalists critical of his power will closely monitor his words for hints of what awaits them in the next four years....

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Burundi media regulator suspends BBC and VOA, warns other broadcasters

May 7, 2018 5:37 PM ET

Nairobi, May 7, 2018--Authorities in Burundi should immediately lift a six-month licensing suspension imposed on radio broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Burundi's National Communication Council (CNC), the media industry regulator, on May 4 accused the...

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Cameroon military court orders radio journalist to be held for at least 6 months

May 7, 2018 3:22 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2018--Cameroonian authorities must immediately release broadcaster Akumbom Elvis McCarthy from detention and ensure that the country's military courts are not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uzbekistan releases remaining jailed journalists

May 7, 2018 1:19 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from custody today of Uzbek journalists Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov, who had been on trial in Tashkent since March 5, 2018. With the pair's release, there are no journalists behind bars in Uzbekistan for the first...

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Five Palestinian journalists injured in week 6 of Gaza protests

May 4, 2018 3:36 PM ET

At least five Palestinian journalists were injured on May 4, 2018, covering protests in the Gaza Strip, as the Israel Defense Forces used tear gas and fired live rounds to disperse demonstrators, according to news reports, social media posts by local journalists, and two local reporters -- Moneeb Saada...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 30, 2018

May 3, 2018 1:45 PM ET

Feza Media Group trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 30 convicted 10 people affiliated with the shuttered Feza Media Group, best known as the publisher of the daily Zaman, on terrorism-related charges, CNNTurk and the media news website P24 reported. All of the defendants were acquitted...

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CPJ expresses concerns to Ethiopia's PM about lack of media freedom in the country

May 3, 2018 10:55 AM ET

CPJ writes to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urging him to call for reforms that will encourage a diverse and free press in Ethiopia and uphold the public's access to information.

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Joint report on press freedom in US details worsening media environment

May 3, 2018 12:00 AM ET

Journalists and news organizations in the U.S. face a range of intensifying challenges that threaten their right to freedom of the press, according to a report launched today by international press freedom and free expression advocacy groups to mark World Press Freedom Day....

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CPJ urges Malta's PM to drop lawsuit against the late Daphne Caruana Galizia

May 2, 2018 3:39 PM ET

CPJ calls on Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat, to drop his libel lawsuit against murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in which her family are now the defendants.

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Israel shutters Palestinian youth media office in East Jerusalem, citing terrorism

May 2, 2018 12:12 PM ET

Beirut, May 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the recent closure of the East Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Elia Youth Media Foundation by Israeli forces and called on authorities to allow the group to work freely....

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Mumbai court sentences crime boss, 8 others to life in jail for journalist murder

May 2, 2018 11:29 AM ET

New Delhi, May 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a Mumbai court's convictions today of nine people, including the mastermind of the murder of investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey nearly seven years ago. A court that hears organized crime cases found crime boss Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, alias Chhota Rajan,...

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Radio reporter killed in the Philippines

May 2, 2018 11:13 AM ET

Bangkok, May 2, 2018--A Filipino journalist died today of injuries sustained in a shooting attack on April 30 in Dumaguete City in the island nation's central region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the shooting and called on authorities to identify those responsible and swiftly...

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CPJ joins call for Equatorial Guinea to renew cartoonist's passport

May 1, 2018 3:22 PM ET

CPJ, along with eight other human rights organizations, today urged the government of Equatorial Guinea to renew without further delay the passport of acclaimed cartoonist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé....

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Thai magazine editor freed after seven years in prison

May 1, 2018 1:11 PM ET

News editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was released from Bangkok Remand Prison in the Thai capital on April 30, 2018 after serving a sentence for lèse majesté, according to news reports. Reports said that Somyot was greeted by a small group of family and supporters and appeared to be in good...

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Death threat drives Colombian cartoonist Matador offline

May 1, 2018 1:05 PM ET

During his 15-year career satirizing public figures, Colombia's best-known editorial cartoonist has made numerous enemies. In his drawings for the Bogotá daily El Tiempo, Julio César González, better known by his pen name, Matador, targets politicians of all stripes....

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