July 2018

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In Belarus, critical blogger Sergey Petrukhin faces new charges

July 31, 2018 4:41 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2018--Belarusian authorities should end their harassment of independent blogger Sergey Petrukhin and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court today charged Petrukhin with disobedience of an official order, according to the independent Belarusian Association of...

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Somali cameraperson shot dead in Mogadishu

July 31, 2018 3:15 PM ET

Nairobi, July 31, 2018--Authorities in Somalia should rigorously investigate the killing of Abdirizak Kasim Iman, a cameraperson for the privately owned SBS TV, who was shot dead in Mogadishu on the afternoon of July 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Insider: August edition

July 31, 2018 1:18 PM ET

Four journalists, one media worker killed in shooting in Annapolis On June 28, a gunman shot five people to death in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Police arrested Jarrod Ramos, an individual described as having a long-standing grudge against the paper, and charged him with...

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Malaysia withdraws sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

July 31, 2018 11:53 AM ET

New York, July 31, 2018--A Kuala Lumpur court yesterday dropped nine sedition charges against Malaysia's political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, according to news reports. If convicted, Zunar, who was honored with CPJ's 2015 International Press Freedom Award, could have been jailed for up to 43 years....

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CPJ condemns pre-election news censorship in Cambodia

July 30, 2018 12:13 PM ET

Bangkok, July 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Cambodian government's move to block news websites ahead of yesterday's national elections and called for an end to the state's censorship and harassment of the media....

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Yemeni journalist assaulted near Aden

July 27, 2018 5:44 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2018--Yemeni authorities should credibly investigate the attack on Mazen al-Shaabi, a reporter for United Arab Emirates-funded Sharjah TV, and ensure that journalists operating in areas under their control can work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Al-Shaabi was attacked by unknown...

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Chilean reporter could face jail time on criminal defamation charges

July 27, 2018 5:05 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2018--Chilean authorities should immediately drop all criminal proceedings against a journalist charged with defamation, and lawmakers should act swiftly to repeal all criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, could face up to three years in...

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Nigerian musician Davido's security punches reporter

July 27, 2018 3:09 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2018-- Nigerian musician Davido should hold accountable those responsible for the assault of Adekanmbi Damilola, CEO of the online entertainment news platform NoStoryTV, by a member of his private security team and ensure journalists can safely cover his events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Israeli security forces arrest prominent Palestinian writer in West Bank

July 27, 2018 12:33 PM ET

Beirut, July 27, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest and detention without charge of Lama Khater, a Palestinian blogger and contributing opinion writer to several media outlets, including Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, and the Arab online women's publication Meem Magazine....

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Egypt extends detention of five journalists

July 26, 2018 2:59 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 26, 2018-- Egyptian national security prosecutors in the past two weeks prolonged the detention of at least five journalists, according to Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate, the local press freedom group Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), and news reports. Authorities accuse the journalists, who had been...

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China sentences political cartoonist to 6 years and 6 months in prison

July 26, 2018 2:16 PM ET

Hanoi, July 26, 2018--A Sichuan province court on July 13 sentenced Chinese freelance political cartoonist Jiang Yefei to prison for six years and six months on charges of "inciting subversion of state power," and "illegally crossing a national border," during a secret trial, according to the U.S. Congress-funded Radio...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2018

July 26, 2018 1:57 PM ET

Journalist arraigned An Istanbul court on July 19 arraigned Mustafa Gökkılıç, a former reporter for the now-closed liberal daily Radikal, on charges of having ties to the Gülen movement, which the government considers a terrorist organization, according to the state news agency Anatolia....

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Guatemalan minister uses law preventing violence against women to silence critical journalist

July 25, 2018 5:55 PM ET

A Guatemalan judge on July 17, 2018, approved a court order allowing a government official to sue journalist José Rubén Zamora for psychological violence and discrimination, and barring Zamora from writing about the official under a law created to prevent violence against women, according to a CPJ phone interview...

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Mexican journalist and media owner killed in Quintana Roo

July 25, 2018 5:37 PM ET

Mexico City, July 25, 2018--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must undertake a swift, credible, and exhaustive investigation into the murder of journalist and media owner Rubén Pat Cauich. Pat was shot to death by an unknown attacker on July 24 in a bar in the...

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CPJ calls on EU's Mogherini to assist scores of journalists trapped in southern Syria

July 25, 2018 3:12 PM ET

CPJ writes to EU's Mogherini to request assistance with the protection of scores of journalists who remain in southern Syria at grave risk. The more than 60 journalists are in danger of arrest and torture because of their work.

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Palestinian security forces arrest Palestinian photojournalist in West Bank

July 25, 2018 1:12 PM ET

Beirut, July 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Huthifa Abu Jamous, a Palestinian photojournalist and opinion writer for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network....

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Ghanaian journalist beaten by police

July 25, 2018 11:43 AM ET

Latif Iddrisu, a Ghanaian broadcast journalist for the privately owned JoyFM radio station and JoyNews television channel, was beaten by a group of police officers at the criminal investigation department (CID) headquarters in the country's capital, Accra, on March 27, 2018, the journalist told CPJ during a May 5...

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Bangladeshi editor injured in attack outside courtroom

July 24, 2018 5:35 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned Sunday's attack on editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia, a city in Bangladesh, and urged the authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice....

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Palestinian photojournalist shot covering Gaza protests

July 24, 2018 2:53 PM ET

Zaki Yahya Awadallah, a freelance photojournalist, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of the southern Gazan city of Rafah on July 20, 2018, according to news reports, the Palestinian press freedom group Palestinian Center for Development and Media...

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Afghan AFP driver killed in suicide attack while traveling to work

July 23, 2018 3:52 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which at least one media worker was killed....

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Radio broadcaster killed in the Philippines

July 23, 2018 11:36 AM ET

Bangkok, July 23, 2018--A Filipino radio reporter was shot multiple times and died from his injuries on July 20 in the town of Daraga, in the country's central Albay province, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing and called on Philippine authorities to...

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In Ethiopia, driver for news crew dies from injuries after attack

July 23, 2018 10:58 AM ET

Nairobi, July 23, 2017--Authorities in Ethiopia should investigate an attack on a news crew from the state-owned Dire Dawa Mass Media Agency that led to the death of the crew's driver, Suleiman Mahamed, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guinean journalist detained on defamation charges

July 22, 2018 4:27 PM ET

Guinean authorities arrested journalist Saliou Diallo in the country's capital, Conakry, on June 19, 2018, and detained him in the city's central prison on defamation charges, according to his lawyer, Moussa Diallo, who is unrelated to the journalist....

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Silence from judiciary over media attacks increases self-censorship, Pakistan's journalists say

July 20, 2018 1:11 PM ET

When it comes to the military and the judiciary, Pakistan's journalists are "between a rock and a hard place," Zohra Yusuf, of the independent non-profit Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told CPJ. In recent months the judiciary, which has a history of siding with Pakistan's powerful military, has remained...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2018

July 19, 2018 4:20 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court today found Canan Coşkun, a court reporter with the daily Cumhuriyet, guilty of "making targets of those assigned to combat terrorism" and sentenced her to two years and three months in prison, her employer reported. She is not in government custody, the report...

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Colombian journalists receive series of threats over 72 hours

July 18, 2018 6:06 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2018--Colombian authorities should immediately investigate a series of threats against journalists and news outlets in recent days, ensure the journalists' safety, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syrian reporter killed in clashes in Quneitra province

July 18, 2018 2:34 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of reporter Mustafa Salamah in Syria and urged all parties in the country's ongoing conflict to allow journalists to work freely and safely. Salamah, who worked for the pro-Bashar al-Assad government satellite channel Sama TV, died...

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Nigerian Broadcasting Commission closes Ekiti state radio and TV

July 18, 2018 12:10 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2018--The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the federal government-run broadcast regulator, should immediately permit the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 14, police acting on the order of the NBC evacuated the state government-owned radio...

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Belarus sentences critical journalist to four years in a low-security prison colony

July 17, 2018 4:55 PM ET

Kiev, July 17, 2018--A Minsk court today found Belarusian journalist Dzmitry Halko guilty of assaulting a police officer, sentenced him to four years' labor at a low-security prison colony, and ordered him to pay restitution of 850 Belarusian rubles (US$430) to the officer, according to Halko's wife, Julia Garkusha,...

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Israel bans Hamas-affiliated Palestinian station Al-Quds TV

July 17, 2018 4:24 PM ET

Beirut, July 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged the Israeli authorities to lift a ban on the Palestinian broadcaster Al-Quds TV....

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CPJ calls for Peru to stop harassing news outlets over investigative reporting

July 17, 2018 3:02 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Peruvian authorities to end their harassment of two news outlets. A government body issued summonses to the directors of news website IDL-Reporteros and the TV program "Panorama," and the public prosecutor and police went to the offices...

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Pakistani police arrest, beat Norwegian TV reporter covering political rally

July 17, 2018 2:35 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to allow journalists to carry out their work without fear of reprisal. Journalist Kadafi Zaman, a reporter for Norway's TV 2, told CPJ he was arrested and beaten by police while covering a political rally...

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CPJ welcomes district court's reversal in L.A. Times prior restraint case

July 17, 2018 1:47 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2018 -- U.S. District Judge John F. Walter today vacated a temporary restraining order that he had issued three days earlier prohibiting the Los Angeles Times from publishing details of a sealed plea agreement that had mistakenly been made public. The decision came in the...

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Vietnam suspends local news website on accusation of false news

July 17, 2018 12:10 PM ET

Bangkok, July 17, 2018 - Vietnamese authorities yesterday suspended and fined local news website Tuoi Tre Online on accusations that it published false information, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to immediately and unconditionally lift the ban....

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Palestinian photojournalist jailed in 2015 dies in Syrian government custody

July 16, 2018 6:17 PM ET

Beirut, July 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Syrian authorities to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death of Niraz Saeed, a Palestinian-Syrian photojournalist who died in state custody. The news of his death comes as dozens of journalists trapped in southwest Syria have...

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Offices of local news outlet shot at in southern Brazil

July 16, 2018 5:48 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, July 16, 2018--Brazilian authorities should immediately investigate a July 12 attack on the offices of local news website VipSocial in the southern state of Santa Catarina and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian investigative agency questions Kashmiri journalist over interview with separatist leader

July 16, 2018 4:36 PM ET

New Delhi, 16 July, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) to respect press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir and stop harassing Kashmiri reporter Auqib Javeed and the local daily Greater Kashmir....

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World Cup harassment highlights issues female sports journalists face on daily basis

July 13, 2018 11:20 AM ET

With the World Cup final just a few days away, female sports journalists say the experiences of at least four reporters who were grabbed, groped, or sexually harassed on air while covering the tournament in Russia have highlighted the harassment they face....

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Lebanon charges journalists with defamation, false news

July 12, 2018 4:13 PM ET

Beirut's Publication Court, headed by Judge Raffoul Bustani, on July 5, 2018, convicted and fined five Lebanese journalists for offenses including criminal defamation and spreading false news, according to news reports and the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom. The court, which deals with...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2018

July 12, 2018 2:31 PM ET

Journalist released Authorities in the eastern city of Elazığ on July 9 released from custody journalist Şerife Oruç, who is on trial for terrorism-related charges, the news website Gazete Karınca reported. Her trial is ongoing....

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The U-turn:

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

Correa’s critics disadvantaged online, especially on Twitter Long before other world leaders took to Twitter, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa was using social media and other digital tools to air grievances and abuse his adversaries. After joining Twitter in July 2011 (with a tweet about a boring meeting), Correa quickly...

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The U-turn:

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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The U-turn:

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

CPJ’s work in Ecuador Over the last 10 years, CPJ has viewed the situation in Ecuador as a priority in Latin America and documented the deteriorating press freedom environment under former President Rafael Correa through special reports, articles, and reporting trips to the country. In a 2011 report, “Confrontation,...

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The U-turn: Moreno steers Ecuador away from Correa's media repression

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

The administration of President Lenín Moreno has dramatically diverged from that of his predecessor, Rafael Correa, who was severely critical of the Ecuadoran press and passed one of the most restrictive media laws in the region. Nonetheless, journalists say they will be wary until Moreno fulfills his promises to...

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Non-white journalists describe risks and repercussions of covering protests in the US

July 11, 2018 5:10 PM ET

"I was just another in a sea of black faces on the other side of a police line," said Christian Gooden, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer who was hit by pepper spray while covering a protest on September 29, last year. Gooden said that he turned his head when...

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Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years after alleging official corruption

July 11, 2018 12:33 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2018--A Tajik court today found independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov guilty of embezzling and misusing state fund and false reporting to police and sentenced him to 12 years in a high-security prison, according to media reports and the journalist's friends with whom CPJ spoke. The Committee...

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Chinese police arrest critical blogger Chen Jieren

July 11, 2018 10:32 AM ET

Taipei, July 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to immediately release Chen Jieren, an independent blogger who frequently published articles critical of the Communist Party officials on his blog, Jieren Guancha (Jieren Watch)....

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Houthis detain at least three more journalists in late June and early July

July 10, 2018 5:51 PM ET

The Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, detained at least three current and former Yemeni journalists--Iyad al-Wasmani, Abdulsalam al-Doaiss, and Abed al-Jaradi--between June 27 and July 7, 2018, according to news reports and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate....

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At least 70 Syrian journalists trapped in southwestern Syria

July 10, 2018 5:40 PM ET

Beirut, July 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about dozens of Syrian journalists and media workers trapped in the southwestern Syrian provinces of Daraa and Quneitra....

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Azerbaijani journalist detained, whereabouts unknown

July 10, 2018 5:11 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2018--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release independent journalist Afgan Sadygov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police first detained Sadygov, the founder and chief editor of now-defunct independent news website Azel, on July 6, according to his wife Sevinch Sadygova, who spoke to CPJ today....

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CPJ calls on Egyptian authorities to release journalists held on false news charges

July 10, 2018 11:31 AM ET

Washington, D.C., July 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to drop the charges against a group of journalists held in pretrial detention for false news and release the journalists immediately....

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With Zack Stoner's killing, Chicago loses vital voice covering overlooked community

July 10, 2018 11:11 AM ET

I weighed the possibility of being killed for writing this. Seriously. I know that shedding light on or speaking about particular persons and issues can increase the likelihood of being murdered, especially in Chicago. To some this may seem like hyperbole or another introduction to a hit-piece on the...

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Independent journalist detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

July 9, 2018 12:20 PM ET

Bangkok, July 9, 2018--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and stop harassing journalist Le Anh Hung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on July 5 detained Hung, a regular contributor to U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America (VOA) and a prominent independent blogger, on suspicion of "abusing democratic freedoms"...

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Nicaragua's press defiant in the face of arson attacks and mob violence

July 9, 2018 10:32 AM ET

At the temporary office of Radio Darío in the Nicaraguan city of León, reporters have set up two emergency escape routes: a trap door that opens into the dining room of the house next door and a ladder leading to the roof....

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Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters under official secrets act

July 9, 2018 7:27 AM ET

Bangkok, July 9, 2018 - A Myanmar court charged today two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, under the Official Secrets Act, the news agency reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the criminal charges and called on authorities to drop the landmark case, which has...

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Belarusian journalist to go on trial

July 6, 2018 5:33 PM ET

Kiev, July 6, 2018--Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Dzmitry Halko and drop all the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Halko, also known as Dmitry Galko, is scheduled to be tried by a Minsk court on July 10 on charges of assaulting a police...

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Turkish court hands heavy sentences to Zaman journalists

July 6, 2018 3:38 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2018--Turkish authorities should drop all charges against six journalists who worked for the now-shuttered Zaman daily newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were found guilty today by a court in Istanbul and handed heavy prison sentences, BBC Türkçe and the daily...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Pakistan's election

July 6, 2018 11:16 AM ET

Pakistan's general elections are scheduled for July 25. Journalists covering the election may face intimidation or physical aggression, especially when covering political rallies and protests, and the possibility of terrorist attacks. In May, the Pakistan-based media watchdog Freedom Network documented 23 violations against the media. Journalists are also at...

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Syrian militia detains reporter in western Idlib

July 5, 2018 4:55 PM ET

Members of the militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on June 24, 2018, detained Syrian journalist Mohammed Fadl al-Janoudi (also known as Mohammad al-Shami), a correspondent for the pro-opposition Qasioun News Agency in western Idlib and northern Lattakia, at his home in a displaced persons camp in the town of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2018 4:29 PM ET

Journalists released An Istanbul court on June 27 released Mehmet Altan from Istanbul's Silvri prison pending an appeal of his conviction and life sentence, according to agency reports....

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Free Syrian Army group detains 3 journalists in northern Syria

July 5, 2018 3:22 PM ET

Members of the Northern Brigade of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on June 22, 2018, detained Kaniwar Khalef and Essam al-Abbas, camerapersons for the Dubai-based news agency Arab 24, and Hassan Khalef, their camera assistant, in northeastern Syria near the village of Chath, according to the Syrian Journalists...

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Mexican journalist killed in Quintana Roo

July 5, 2018 2:53 PM ET

Mexico City, July 5, 2018--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must immediately undertake a swift and credible investigation into the shooting death of journalist José Guadalupe Chan Dzib and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chan Dzib was shot and...

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Mission Journal: Duterte leads tri-pronged attack on press amid condemnation of controversial policies

July 5, 2018 2:10 PM ET

Pia Randa is in Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's crosshairs. At presidential press conferences, Duterte has repeatedly singled out the reporter by name and referred to Rappler, the news site where she works, as "fake news" and her reporting as "corrupt" and "biased" against his administration....

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Russian Duma committee OKs legislation to label individual journalists 'foreign agents'

July 3, 2018 5:53 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to refrain from labeling individual bloggers and journalists as foreign agents. The State Duma's information and communication committee today approved legislation that would allow authorities to label private persons as foreign agents if they work...

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Moroccan court sentences two journalists to several years in prison

July 3, 2018 4:49 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--Moroccan authorities should immediately release journalists Mohamed al-Asrihi and Hamid al-Mahdaoui and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Casablanca Court of Appeals sentenced al-Asrihi on June 26 to five years in prison and a fine of 2,000 Moroccan...

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Republic of Congo releases Bemba after nearly 18 months without charge

July 3, 2018 4:24 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release after nearly 18 months in prison without charge of Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, in Brazzaville. CPJ urged authorities in the Republic of Congo not to pursue further legal action...

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Sri Lankan politicians try to intimidate journalists over New York Times report

July 3, 2018 2:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on opposition politicians in Sri Lanka to stop trying to intimidate local journalists by publicly leveling accusations against them. At a press conference yesterday evening, associates of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused two journalists for The New York...

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CPJ awardee 'Mother Mushroom' faces threats, poor prison conditions

July 3, 2018 12:46 PM ET

Bangkok, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the recent harassment of jailed Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom," and called again for her immediate and unconditional release....

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CPJ calls on Pakistan's PM to protect press freedom ahead of elections

July 2, 2018 10:13 AM ET

CPJ expresses concern that recent events in Pakistan signal that the media is not free to report on the upcoming elections, and urges the government to take necessary measures to guarantee journalists' ability to work without fear of intimidation or reprisal.

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