June 2018

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Ethiopian photojournalist shares experiences of going into exile

June 20, 2018 6:18 PM ET

For World Refugee Day, exiled Ethiopian photojournalist Aziza Mohamed spoke with CPJ Journalist Assistance Program Coordinator Nicole Schilit about her experience of being a refugee and eventually being resettled in the U.S. [This transcript of Aziza's comments has been edited for length and clarity.]...

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Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

June 20, 2018 5:33 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 18 other organizations call for the release of journalist Jones Abiri, who has been held by Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) for nearly two years, and the DSS to be held accountable for its attacks against journalists in Nigeria.

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CPJ calls on Turkey's presidential candidates to prioritize press freedom

June 20, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 18 other international press freedom and freedom of expression organizations in calling on to the future leader of Turkey to prioritize press freedom and safety of journalists in the country....

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Imprisoned Russian editor wounded, hospitalized

June 19, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately release jailed journalist Aleksandr Valov and ensure that he receives necessary medical care, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The editor-in-chief and founder of local news website BlogSochi, who has been in detention since January on extortion charges, was hospitalized...

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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian freelance photojournalist in the West Bank

June 19, 2018 12:16 PM ET

Beirut, June 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to release Palestinian freelance photojournalist Bilal Hamid al-Taweel or disclose charges against him. Israeli security forces arrested al-Taweel at his home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on June 11, according to news reports...

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Sudanese authorities prevent papers from distributing, question reporters

June 18, 2018 6:02 PM ET

Washington D.C., June 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to stop harassing the press by censoring news outlets, questioning journalists, and revoking reporters' accreditation....

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Ugandan president, officials verbally attack and threaten media

June 18, 2018 3:15 PM ET

Nairobi, June 18, 2018--Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should stop making statements that denigrate and threaten the press, and ensure that his government does not take actions that conflate journalism with terrorism or national security threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Armed attackers rob, threaten Nicaraguan reporter in his home

June 15, 2018 6:00 PM ET

Two armed men broke into the home of newspaper reporter Josué Garay in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua early on June 10, 2018, beat him and stole his phone and identification documents, the journalist told CPJ by phone. Garay told CPJ he believes the attack was an attempt to...

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Palestinian security forces assault journalists at West Bank protest

June 15, 2018 4:22 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2018--The Palestinian Authority should investigate claims that its security forces assaulted and harassed journalists covering a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Security forces assaulted at least five journalists and confiscated equipment during the unrest on June 13, according to news reports and...

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Indian authorities must bring killers of Shujaat Bukhari to justice

June 14, 2018 4:34 PM ET

New Delhi, June 14, 2018--Indian authorities must ensure that there is a thorough and credible investigation into the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, founder and editor of the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, and bring the killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 10

June 14, 2018 1:40 PM ET

Journalist arrested A court on June 11 ordered Berzan Güneş, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency, to be arrested pending trial, his employer reported. The indictment accused Güneş of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organisation" and presented as evidence the journalist's social media posts, going back to...

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Police search for missing journalist in Serbia

June 14, 2018 12:25 PM ET

Berlin, June 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Vojvodina, the northern province of Serbia, to take all necessary measures to locate Stefan Cvetković, a prominent freelance journalist who went missing last night, according to local news reports....

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Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari killed in Srinagar

June 14, 2018 11:54 AM ET

New York, June 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the killing of the editor of the English-language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar, Kashmir. Unknown attackers shot Bukhari today at close range in the city's Press Colony, according to news reports....

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Taiwanese lawmakers propose criminalizing spread of fake news

June 13, 2018 12:22 PM ET

Taipei, June 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Taiwan's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, to reject a proposed amendment that would make spreading fake news punishable by imprisonment or a fine....

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Tanzania forces forums, blogs, and streaming websites to comply with draconian regulations

June 12, 2018 5:48 PM ET

Nairobi, June 12, 2018-- Authorities in Tanzania should immediately rescind regulations that force online forums, blogs, and streaming websites to register with the government--a process that requires them to pay large entry fees and comply with draconian regulations--and withdraw threats of legal action for noncompliance, the Committee to Protect...

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Journalist dies soon after release from Houthi detention

June 12, 2018 12:33 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the UN Security Council to investigate the case of a Yemeni journalist who died from torture while detained by Houthi rebels, according to Nabil Alosaidi, co-chair of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate....

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New cybersecurity law threatens press freedom in Vietnam

June 12, 2018 10:43 AM ET

Bangkok, June 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a new cybersecurity law that was passed today by Vietnam's National Assembly as a clear threat to press freedom and called on the Vietnamese government immediately to repeal it....

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HuffPost journalist and colleagues receive online threats

June 12, 2018 10:20 AM ET

At least 11 journalists at HuffPost, their families and others were harassed and threatened online in late May and early June 2018, Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief at HuffPost, told CPJ. The harassment came after the outlet published a piece written by reporter Luke O'Brien that identified the person...

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Belarus moves to prosecute 'fake news,' control the Internet

June 8, 2018 5:03 PM ET

Kiev, June 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Belarusian parliament to reject proposed laws that could further censor the media in the country. The Prosecutor General's Office is drafting a bill on "fake news," and the lower house of parliament separately is considering amendments to...

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Palestinian journalist shot while covering Gaza protests

June 8, 2018 3:24 PM ET

Beirut, June 8, 2018--Mohammed al-Baba, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalia, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, reports shared by news outlets on social...

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights orders Colombia to investigate journalist's murder

June 8, 2018 2:54 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an historic ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that ordered the Colombian government to uphold its responsibility to investigate the 1998 murder of radio journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal....

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CPJ: Data seizure from New York Times reporter sets dangerous precedent

June 8, 2018 11:20 AM ET

New York, June 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the seizure of phone and email records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins by the United States Justice Department in the first known incident that federal prosecutors have gone after a journalist's data under President...

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Sudanese authorities prevent distribution of Al-Jarida newspaper

June 7, 2018 4:15 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2018 -- Sudanese authorities should allow the privately owned Al-Jarida newspaper to be distributed freely and cease its ongoing campaign against critical journalists in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Agents from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) held up distribution...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 4, 2018

June 7, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Cartoonist arrested for "insulting the president," paroled Turkish authorities on June 5 released on parole Nuri Kurtcebe, a veteran political cartoonist, who was sent to prison on June 3 after a high court rejected his appeal, according to the daily Evrensel and Kurtcebe's lawyer, Erdem Akyüz, who spoke to...

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Journalist's car set on fire in Romania

June 7, 2018 2:31 PM ET

Berlin, June 5, 2018--The car of Dragoş Boţa, the editor-in-chief of local news website Pressalert, was set on fire by unknown assailants the night of June 2, 2018, in Romania's southwestern city of Timişoara, the Romanian news agency Mediafax reported. No one was injured, according to the report....

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CPJ Insider: June edition

June 7, 2018 1:35 PM ET

CPJ calls on reporters to share stories of being stopped at U.S. border CPJ has issued a call to journalists to share any difficulties they have had while crossing the U.S. border. We partnered with Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, in this project and have created a page on our...

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Newspaper publisher gunned down in the Philippines

June 7, 2018 1:06 PM ET

Bangkok, June 7, 2018--A Filipino journalist was shot and killed today in Panabo City, in the southern province of Davao del Norte, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the killing and called on authorities to swiftly identify and bring to justice the assailant....

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CPJ calls on Malaysia's Mahathir to prioritize press freedom

June 7, 2018 11:32 AM ET

CPJ calls on newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to prioritize the promotion and protection of press freedom, and to immediately take action to repeal the recently enacted "fake news" law and other restrictive legislation.

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With elections looming in Pakistan, two journalists attacked

June 6, 2018 5:03 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the abduction of journalist Gul Bukhari and the attack against journalist Asad Kharal in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday and urged Pakistani authorities to promptly investigate the incidents and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Palestinian security forces detain journalist in West Bank

June 6, 2018 2:59 PM ET

Beirut, June 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Palestinian authorities to release Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated news website Quds News Network, or disclose charges against him....

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'I don't feel safe now': Journalists in Ukraine anxious after Babchenko operation

June 6, 2018 12:01 PM ET

In the week since the Ukrainian security service, the SBU, staged the assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, little if any dust stirred up by the elaborate and controversial operation--ostensibly carried out to foil a Russian plot to kill him--has settled....

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Pakistan army spokesperson accuses journalists of anti-state activity on social media

June 5, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned comments from Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies, who accused journalists of sharing anti-state remarks on social media....

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Reporters assaulted by paramilitary officers in India

June 5, 2018 1:10 PM ET

New Delhi, June 5, 2018--Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir state should identify and punish the officers who assaulted freelance reporter Muheet ul Islam, and allow journalists to do their jobs without fear of retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Ghana, investigative film crew faces death threats, harassment

June 4, 2018 5:57 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ghanaian member of parliament Kennedy Agyapong to stop threatening investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and those perceived as close to his undercover investigative film, "Number 12," about corruption and football in Ghana....

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Independent music journalist Zachary Stoner killed in Chicago

June 4, 2018 5:08 PM ET

Chicago, June 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of independent music journalist Zachary Stoner, who was shot to death in the early hours of May 30 in Chicago, Illinois. Stoner published videos to his YouTube channel zacktv1, which focused on community life and hip hop...

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Russian court sentences Ukrainian journalist to 12 years for espionage

June 4, 2018 12:58 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Moscow city court sentenced Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, to 12 years in a high-security prison on espionage charges today, Russian and Ukrainian...

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CPJ condemns election news restrictions in Cambodia

June 4, 2018 11:43 AM ET

Hong Kong, June 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today proposed restrictions on news coverage of upcoming elections in Cambodia and called on the country's authorities to allow the media to report freely without fear of reprisal....

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Iraqi security forces harass local reporter

June 1, 2018 5:42 PM ET

Beirut, June 1, 2018--Iraqi authorities should stop harassing Hossam al-Kaabi, an Iraqi correspondent for the Sulaymaniyah-based independent broadcaster NRT Arabic, and allow him to work without fear of government retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian Supreme Court upholds travel ban on Norwegian journalist

June 1, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Russia's Supreme Court on May 25, 2018, upheld a December 4, 2017, decision of a Moscow city court to bar Norwegian journalist Thomas Nilsen from traveling to Russia for five years, according to media reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory - FIFA World Cup

June 1, 2018 3:53 PM ET

The FIFA World Cup will take place June 14 to July 15 at 12 venues in 11 different cities across Russia. Under FIFA rules, it will be difficult for the Russian authorities to bar individual reporters or deny visas for specific media, but those who do cover the tournament...

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Somaliland arrests journalists, bans TV stations

June 1, 2018 12:04 PM ET

Nairobi, June 1, 2018--Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should desist from detaining and harassing journalists covering a conflict with Puntland and lift an operations ban on two television stations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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