A screenshot from the livestream Sergey Petrukhin filmed as police questioned and then detained the blogger outside his apartment building.

In Belarus, critical blogger Sergey Petrukhin faces new charges

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 Journalists.

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Somali police at a ceremony in Mogadishu on December 20, 2017, to mark the 74th anniversary of the formation of the police force. Abdirizak Kasim Iman, a cameraperson for the privately owned SBS TV, was shot dead in Mogadishu on the afternoon of July 26, 2018, according to news reports. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somali cameraperson shot dead in Mogadishu

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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A resident lays an American flag at a memorial outside the Capital Gazette offices. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

CPJ Insider: August edition

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 five counts of first-degree murder. Days…

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Political cartoonist Zunar, pictured in his Kuala Lumpur office in 2015. A court in Malaysia dropped nine sedition charges against Zunar. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Malaysia withdraws sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

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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An official on July 29 counts ballots at a polling station in Phom Penh after polls have closed in Cambodia's general election. Cambodia's government blocked news websites ahead of the national election, according to reports. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

CPJ condemns pre-election news censorship in Cambodia

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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A general view of Aden, Yemen on February 16, 2018. Violence, famine and disease have ravished the country of some 28 million, which was already the Arab world's poorest before the conflict began. Yemeni journalist Mazen al-Shaabi was attacked by unknown gunmen while driving home the evening of July 23, according to reports. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)

Yemeni journalist assaulted near Aden

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 assailants the evening of July 23…

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Newspapers are seen lying on the pavement in Santiago, Chile, on March 5, 2018. A Chilean journalist is facing jail time on criminal defamation charges if convicted in a court date set for August 2018. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

Chilean reporter could face jail time on criminal defamation charges

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 prison if convicted next month.

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Singer and producer David Adeleke, known as Davido (center) leaves the stage after performing during a political rally in Lagos, Nigeria on January 30, 2015. A member of Davido's private security team assaulted Adekanmbi Damilola, CEO of the online entertainment news platform NoStoryTV, during a concert on July 21, 2018, according to reports. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigerian musician Davido’s security punches reporter

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 today.

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A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli soldier as the Israeli army removes containers used as a school, near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on July 11, 2018. Israeli security forces arrested prominent Palestinian writer in Hebron on July 24. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Israeli security forces arrest prominent Palestinian writer in West Bank

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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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi gives a speech in capital Cairo on July 24, 2018. Egypt ordered five more journalists detained in the last two weeks of July 2018. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Egypt extends detention of five journalists

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 arrested separately beginning in March, of…

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