August 2018

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Media worker killed, telecom connections destroyed in Afghanistan

August 13, 2018 4:56 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2018-- Mohammad Dawood, a media technician for the state-run broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan, was killed on August 10 during an attack by the Taliban on Tape-e-Television, an area of Ghazni city where many local media antennas are located, the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) reported....

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Syrian journalist killed in airstrike in western Aleppo province

August 13, 2018 1:02 PM ET

Beirut, August 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Syrian cameraperson and photojournalist Ahmed Azize and urged all parties in the ongoing Syrian conflict to guarantee the safety of civilians, including journalists....

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How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman, tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see his tweet, you are probably not in Turkey because it is among the over 1.5 million tweets belonging to journalists...

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Gujarat police beat up photojournalist, charge him with looting and rioting

August 9, 2018 4:15 PM ET

New Delhi, August 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a brutal attack on photojournalist Pravin Indrekar by police in the Indian state of Gujarat, and called on the state authorities to withdraw charges of looting and rioting that police filed against him....

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CPJ calls on Maldives to drop fine against opposition-aligned Raajje TV

August 9, 2018 3:39 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Maldives authorities to withdraw fines against and stop targeting the opposition-aligned broadcaster Raajje TV. The Maldives Broadcasting Commission yesterday fined Raajje TV 2 million Maldivian rufiyaa (US$130,000)-- the largest amount it can impose-- for airing a politician's...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2018

August 9, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Journalist arrested Authorities in the southeastern city of Mardin on August 8 took Uğur Akgül, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), into custody to serve his prison sentence of two years and six months after a court rejected his appeal, according to the pro-Kurdish...

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Cameroon community radio destroyed in alleged arson attack

August 9, 2018 12:39 PM ET

Johannesburg, August 9, 2018--Cameroonian authorities should speedily investigate an alleged arson attack on community radio station Sky FM in the volatile Northwest region and ensure those responsible are prosecuted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican federal authorities interview reporter as potential trial witness

August 9, 2018 10:50 AM ET

The office of Mexico's Federal Attorney General (PGR) on July 11, 2018, sent an email to the news website Quadratin summoning one of its reporters, Jorge Octavio Vargas Sandoval, for an interview at its regional office in Chilpancingo on July 16 in regards to an article he wrote, according...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Unite the Right rally and counter-protests in Washington, D.C.

August 9, 2018 8:14 AM ET

Hundreds of protesters are expected to join a "white civil rights rally" in Washington, D.C., on August 11 and 12 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which became violent and resulted in the death of one woman. A coalition of local...

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Belarus police raid independent media offices, detain journalists

August 8, 2018 4:25 PM ET

Kiev, August 8, 2018--Belarusian authorities should immediately release detained journalists and stop harassing independent media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the Minsk offices of at least three independent Belarusian news outlets and detained at least 17 journalists yesterday and today, accusing them of unlawfully...

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Ugandan journalist attacked twice while covering parliamentary elections

August 8, 2018 2:11 PM ET

Nairobi, August 8, 2018--Authorities in Uganda should rigorously investigate two attacks on journalist Damba Wiziri that occurred while he was covering a recent national parliamentary election in Sheema Municipality, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Maldives president's off-hand comment on missing journalist Rilwan highlights need for fresh investigation

August 7, 2018 5:35 PM ET

Four years to the day that Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla was last seen by his family, President Abdulla Yameen Abdulla Gayoom declared the Maldives journalist dead....

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Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank

August 7, 2018 5:06 PM ET

Beirut, August 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of at least seven Palestinian journalists in the West Bank since July 30 and called on Israeli authorities to immediately disclose charges against them or set them free....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Bangladesh

August 7, 2018 3:46 PM ET

On July 29, two students were killed, and 12 others injured when a bus plowed into a passengers waiting at a stop in Dhaka. Since then, daily demonstrations that started in Dhaka have spread throughout Bangladesh. Thousands of students have demonstrated on the streets of Dhaka at major traffic...

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In Nicaragua, Ortega's control over the media slips even as a government crackdown intensifies

August 7, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Nicaragua's four-month-old popular uprising has not only weakened President Daniel Ortega's grip on power: it has eroded his government's control over the news....

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Bangladesh orders Shahidul Alam held 7 days; more than a dozen journalists attacked

August 6, 2018 5:42 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately halt widespread attacks on journalists covering ongoing student protests in Dhaka and to release photographer Shahidul Alam from jail....

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Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam detained after post about Dhaka protests

August 5, 2018 6:18 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2018--A group of men who said they were from the detective branch of Dhaka police today took Shahidul Alam, a photographer, commentator, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia organization Drik and Pathshala Media Institute, from his home, hours after he posted a video to...

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Kenyan parliamentarians harass journalists following corruption allegations

August 3, 2018 4:28 PM ET

Nairobi, August 3, 2018--Parliamentarians in Kenya should stop harassing journalists and allow them to report on the legislature without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Maldives acquits two men accused of abducting missing reporter Rilwan

August 3, 2018 1:38 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2018--A Maldives criminal court yesterday acquitted two men accused of abducting Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a reporter for the news website Minivan News, who has been missing since August 2014, according to news reports. The court found Alif Rauf and Mohamed Nooradeen not guilty of forcing...

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Jones Abiri finally in court; Nigeria must release him

August 2, 2018 6:42 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release without delay Jones Abiri, publisher and editor in chief of the Weekly Source newspaper, and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nigeria's state security service, known as the DSS, arrested Abiri on July 21, 2016,...

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Journalist detained by Houthis at Yemen checkpoint

August 2, 2018 3:30 PM ET

Yemeni journalist Eissa Abad was stopped at a checkpoint controlled by the Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, in the town of Rahda, on July 22, 2018, and detained, according to reports. The journalist was stopped while on the way to Aden, where he was due to...

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Hong Kong Journalists Association finds press freedom further restricted by 'one country' principle

August 2, 2018 12:32 PM ET

In its annual report, released July 29, the Hong Kong Journalists Association found that press freedom has gone backward as the administrative region seeks to implement legislation to criminalize critical opinions toward China's "one country" policy and Beijing....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2018

August 2, 2018 12:14 PM ET

Journalist threatened Hale Gönültaş, a reporter for the news website Gazete Duvar, received a death threat on July 30, three days after the publication of her feature on the Islamic State militant group selling Yezidi women as slaves, her employer reported. Gönültaş's report stated that at least one Yezidi...

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Journalists in Bangladesh attacked and beaten covering local election

August 1, 2018 6:12 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned violence against journalists covering local elections in the Bangladesh city of Sylhet, and called on authorities to identify and hold the attackers to account. At least four journalists were beaten, allegedly by police and supporters of the ruling...

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Journalist abducted in Libya found bound and shot dead

August 1, 2018 5:53 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Musa Abdul Kareem in Sabha, and urged the authorities responsible for the city to immediately investigate the circumstances of his death. Abdul Kareem, a local reporter and photojournalist, was abducted on July 31,...

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Killing of 3 Russian investigative journalists in Central African Republic must be probed

August 1, 2018 5:17 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Central African Republic, Russia, and the U.N. to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists killed while on assignment in CAR....

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Congolese police detain journalists, seize equipment at Kinshasa TV studio

August 1, 2018 3:49 PM ET

Goma, August, 1, 2018--Congolese police raided the privately owned television production studio Kin Lartus, detained at least 10 of the studio's journalists, and seized equipment, according to Kin Lartus journalists and a local, independent press freedom group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged authorities to return confiscated materials...

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Journalists covering alleged illegal sand mining attacked in India's Punjab state

August 1, 2018 3:13 PM ET

New Delhi, August 1, 2018--The Punjab state government must ensure a thorough and credible investigation into an attack on News18 Punjab journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Filipino journalists beaten, arrested while covering labor strike

August 1, 2018 10:38 AM ET

Bangkok, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the detention of five Filipino journalists and the attack on at least one reporter by police and private security guards in Bulacan province's Meycauayan City and called for an independent investigation that brings the perpetrators to justice....

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