August 2018

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Ghanaian journalist abducted and beaten over critical story on opposition politician

August 31, 2018 5:19 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2018--Ghanaian authorities should thoroughly investigate and bring to justice all those responsible for an attack on Jerry Azanduna, a reporter with the government-funded Ghana News Agency (GNA), and ensure his belongings are returned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pune police raid Hyderabad journalists' homes, seize electronic devices

August 31, 2018 3:14 PM ET

New Delhi, August 31, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns police raids on the homes of Hyderabad-based journalists KV Kurmanath and Kranti Tekula, and calls on authorities to immediately return their electronic devices, which include reporting material....

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Iran orders at least 7 journalists jailed and flogged over Dervish protest coverage

August 31, 2018 2:01 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harsh sentences Iranian authorities imposed on at least seven journalists over their coverage of protests by a religious order....

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CPJ demands release of journalists arrested over documents in Northern Ireland

August 31, 2018 12:21 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on police in the United Kingdom to immediately release producer Trevor Birney and journalist Barry McCaffrey, who were arrested on suspicion of stealing confidential documents today, according to the Belfast Telegraph and other news reports....

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Mexican cameraman killed in Quintana Roo

August 30, 2018 7:23 PM ET

Mexico City, August 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Mexican authorities to undertake an immediate and credible investigation into the killing of Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares, a cameraman for a local television broadcaster based in Cancún, in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Rodríguez Valladares was shot...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 27, 2018

August 30, 2018 3:18 PM ET

Police assault reporters in Istanbul Turkish police violently attacked several reporters trying to cover a weekly silent protest, known as the Saturday Mothers, in Istanbul's Galatasaray Square on August 25, the New York Times reported. The reporters, alongside activists participating in the protest, were attacked by the police during...

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Nicaragua convicts two men in journalist's killing in trial criticized as unfair

August 29, 2018 6:27 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, August 29, 2018--A Nicaraguan court on August 27 found two men guilty in the shooting death of journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona in a trial that the journalist's widow, defense lawyers, and human rights groups characterized as flawed. CPJ today called on authorities to conduct a transparent investigation...

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In India, party activists beat TV journalists during live broadcast of show

August 29, 2018 2:18 PM ET

New Delhi, August 29, 2018--A group of people suspected of being supporters of the far-right Shiv Sena political party attacked several journalists including the producer, Rahul Zori, during a live broadcast of a show for the privately owned broadcaster TV9 Marathi. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on...

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Bosnian Serb reporter hospitalized after attack by masked assailants

August 28, 2018 2:38 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2018--Reporter Vladimir Kovacevic of the independent Bosnian Serb television station BNTV was badly beaten on August 26 after reporting on an anti-government protest in Banja Luka, the de facto capital of the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BNTV reported....

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Nigeria's Fresh FM radio station partially demolished following critical reporting

August 27, 2018 5:56 PM ET

Fresh FM, a privately owned radio station based in Ibadan city, in Nigeria's southwestern Oyo state, was partially demolished by bulldozer during the early hours of August 19, 2018, upon the order of the Oyo state government, Samson Akindele, head of news for Fresh FM, and David Ajiboye, station...

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Ugandan police arrest and detain radio presenter overnight

August 27, 2018 2:50 PM ET

Ugandan police on August 17, 2018 detained Samuel Kyambadde, a political show host and news presenter with the privately owned Metro FM, on allegations that he incited violence during his program, Kyambadde told CPJ on August 22. The journalist was released on bond the following day and is required...

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Nicaraguan government launches campaign of harassment against Channel 10

August 24, 2018 4:23 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, August 24, 2018--The Nicaraguan government has launched a campaign of harassment against the independent TV station Channel 10, which has criticized President Daniel Ortega for ordering deadly attacks on anti-government protesters over the past four months, according to news reports....

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In Mauritania, 2 journalists jailed for a week on criminal defamation complaint

August 24, 2018 1:26 PM ET

The editor-chief and the publisher, respectively, of two independent Mauritanian news websites were arrested on August 8, 2018, and held for a week on criminal defamation charges, according to news reports. They were released on bail August 15, according to the reports....

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Ugandan security forces attack and detain journalists covering protests

August 23, 2018 2:27 PM ET

Nairobi, August 23, 2018--Security forces beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on August 20, and confiscated or damaged their equipment. CPJ today condemned the attacks and called on Ugandan authorities to hold those responsible to account....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2018

August 23, 2018 10:06 AM ET

An Istanbul court on August 20 lifted the foreign travel ban on Meşale Tolu, a translator and editor for the leftist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), the daily Cumhuriyet reported....

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Ukrainian reporter held by Moscow-backed separatists forced to confess in Russia state TV interview

August 22, 2018 4:33 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Russian state-run TV channel Rossiya 24's broadcast of an interview with Stanislav Aseyev, a Ukrainian reporter held for more than a year by Russia-backed separatists, in which he falsely confessed to spying for Ukraine. CPJ also reiterates its call...

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China refuses to renew BuzzFeed reporter's visa

August 22, 2018 12:31 PM ET

Taipei, August 22, 2018--The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to renew the visa of BuzzFeed's China bureau chief, Megha Rajagopalan, according to a tweet from Rajagopalan and news reports....

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Egypt extends detention period for four journalists held as part of mass trial

August 21, 2018 5:16 PM ET

New York, August 21, 2018-- Egyptian national security prosecutors ordered four more journalists to be detained as part of a case in which more than a dozen journalists, along with academics and activists, are charged with belonging to a banned group and with spreading false news. The Committee to...

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Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter in West Bank

August 21, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Beirut, August 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about Israel's arrest and ongoing detention of Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority's official broadcaster Palestine TV....

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Tanzania police detain journalist overnight on allegations of unlawful assembly

August 21, 2018 3:21 PM ET

Nairobi, August 21, 2018--Police in Tanzania should drop allegations of illegal assembly against Sitta Tumma, a journalist who was arrested on August 8 and detained overnight, and investigate allegations that he was assaulted by security personnel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cambodian journalists released on bail but espionage charges remain

August 21, 2018 12:27 PM ET

Bangkok, August 21, 2018--Two former Radio Free Asia journalists were granted bail in Cambodia today by Phnom Penh's Municipal Court, according to news reports. Uon Chhin, a videographer, and Yeang Sothearin, previously a news editor at the U.S. Congress-funded station, were arrested on November 14, 2017 and held in...

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New Nepali criminal code threatens press freedom

August 20, 2018 4:21 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 20, 2018--Nepal's government must repeal or amend the new criminal code that came into effect on August 17 to remove provisions that severely threaten press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese videographer beaten and harassed in prison

August 20, 2018 11:56 AM ET

Bangkok, August 20, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the recent abuse of imprisoned Vietnamese videographer Nguyen Van Hoa, and called on Vietnamese authorities to stop beating and harassing jailed journalists....

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Two Congolese journalists arrested for investigating land dispute

August 17, 2018 5:12 PM ET

Two journalists, Yolande Kusaya and Cédrick Kidimbu, with the privately owned Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV) were arrested in Nsele municipality of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on July 17, 2018, and detained for four days at the prosecutor's office in Kinkole, a suburb northeast...

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CPJ joins call for UN Human Rights Council to address crackdown in Tanzania

August 17, 2018 4:22 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society groups yesterday wrote to the member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to address the deteriorating situation for human rights, including freedom of the press, in Tanzania during the upcoming 39th session of...

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Google complicity in Chinese censorship could endanger press freedom elsewhere

August 17, 2018 1:45 PM ET

In 2010, after four years of offering Chinese users a heavily censored version of its search engine, Google decided it would no longer block search results at the request of the Chinese state. "Our objection is to those forces of totalitarianism," Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, told The New York...

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Reporter threatened, home attacked in southern Brazil

August 17, 2018 1:24 PM ET

São Paulo, August 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack on Brazilian reporter Adenilson Miguel and called on police in the country's Minas Gerais state to ensure Miguel's safety and identify those responsible and bring them to justice....

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Ugandan security personnel arrest, assault journalists covering electoral unrest

August 17, 2018 11:58 AM ET

Nairobi, August 17, 2018-- Authorities in Uganda should immediately drop charges of incitement and malicious damage to property against two journalists and investigate allegations that security personnel on August 13 and August 14 assaulted members of the press reporting on political unrest in northern Uganda's Arua District, the Committee...

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Four Palestinian journalists injured by gunfire and shrapnel covering Gaza protests

August 17, 2018 11:15 AM ET

At least four Palestinian journalists were injured by gunfire and shrapnel while covering protests in the Gaza Strip between July 27 and August 10, 2018, according to news reports, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, reports, pictures, and videos shared on social media, and Gazan photojournalist Moneeb...

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Nigerian journalist jailed for refusing to reveal source

August 16, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2018--Nigerian police should immediately release journalist Samuel Ogundipe, drop all charges against him, and cease efforts to pressure him to reveal any journalistic sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2018

August 16, 2018 5:45 PM ET

Capital Markets Board issues warning on coverage of financial markets The Turkish Capital Markets Board (SPK) said in a statement that Article 107 of the Law no. 6362 on "market fraud" will be used against those who "spread fabricated, false and fallacious news about the economy," independent news website...

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CPJ welcomes repeal of Malaysia's "fake news" law

August 16, 2018 10:53 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018--The Malaysian parliament today repealed a law imposing criminal penalties for "fake news" that had been enacted earlier this year by the previous government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to news reports....

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Mastermind convicted in 1999 murder of Colombian journalist Jaime Garzón

August 15, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, August 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the conviction and sentencing of the organizer of the 1999 murder of Colombian journalist, comedian, and peace activist Jaime Garzón, and expressed disappointment that the court did not consider Garzon's work as a journalist in its decision....

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CPJ welcomes release of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

August 15, 2018 5:02 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today after over two years in detention of Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source newspaper. CPJ urges Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Abiri and ensure those responsible for his over two years...

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Lesotho authorities accuse MoAfrika FM of incitement for critical reports

August 15, 2018 3:40 PM ET

Nairobi, August 15, 2018-- Authorities in Lesotho should immediately withdraw a baseless complaint of incitement against the privately owned MoAfrika FM radio station and cease trying to intimidate critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mozambican government imposes crippling fees on independent media

August 15, 2018 1:29 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2018--Authorities in Mozambique should immediately reverse plans to impose prohibitively high financial charges that unduly target independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A July 23, 2018, government decree outlined massive hikes in registration fees to be paid to the government-run Gabinete de...

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CPJ's backgrounder on US press freedom

August 15, 2018 12:43 PM ET

In recent weeks CPJ has noticed an uptick in interest from editorial boards of U.S. publications on issues related to press freedom in the United States. In light of this, the following data and reporting may be helpful. CPJ systematically tracks the killing and imprisonment of journalists around the...

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Voice of America staff briefly detained in China

August 14, 2018 4:50 PM ET

Voice of America Mandarin Service correspondent Yibing Feng and his Chinese assistant, Allen Ai, were detained for about six hours on August 13, 2018, by security personnel after they tried to conduct an interview in Jinan, Shandong Province....

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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 Daud Anwari, 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)...

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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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