September 2018

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Journalist dies in Puntland of injuries sustained in knife attack

September 21, 2018 2:13 PM ET

Nairobi, September 21, 2018--Police in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in Somalia, should rigorously investigate the killing of Abdirisak Said Osman, a reporter and photographer with the privately owned radio station Codka Nabada, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests

September 21, 2018 12:34 PM ET

Nairobi, September 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure internet is available, including during times of unrest when access to information provided by journalists is crucial. Mobile internet was unavailable in the capital Addis Ababa, from September 17 to the morning of September 19...

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CPJ urges Bangladesh's president to return Digital Security Act to Parliament for revision

September 21, 2018 10:50 AM ET

The CPJ expresses concern about the Digital Security Act that was passed on September 18 by the Parliament of Bangladesh, and urges President Abdul Hamid to return it to Parliament for review. CPJ is concerned that the legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.

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Malian radio station suspended for 11 days for alleged incitement to revolt

September 20, 2018 6:14 PM ET

Bamako's governor, Colonel Déberekoua Soara, indefinitely suspended Renouveau FM, a privately owned radio station in Bamako, Mali's capital, on August 1. The station was accused by Soara of alleged incitement to hatred and revolt on a popular current affairs show, the broadcaster's director, Sidi Mohamed Dicko, told CPJ. The...

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Ugandan police arrest at least 8 journalists covering opposition MP Bobi Wine

September 20, 2018 4:18 PM ET

Nairobi, September 20, 2018--Police in Uganda detained at least eight journalists covering the return of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from the U.S, according to media reports and local journalists. The arrests are the latest incident of Ugandan security personnel assaulting, harassing, or arresting journalists...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 14, 2018

September 20, 2018 12:13 PM ET

Court finds journalists guilty of making propaganda for terrorists A court on September 19 found the directors of the shuttered socialist television channel Hayatın Sesi TV guilty of making propaganda for terrorist organisations, the daily Evrensel reported....

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Freelance reporter covering environmental activist's murder trial threatened in Honduras

September 19, 2018 6:30 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Honduran authorities to investigate threats against freelance journalist Nina Lakhani--who is in Honduras to cover the high-profile trial of eight men charged in the 2016 murder of indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres--and to ensure journalists are able...

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Vietnam jails journalist for four years over coverage of evictions

September 19, 2018 1:46 PM ET

Bangkok, September 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the sentencing of Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and called for his immediate and unconditional release. A court in the northern province of Bac Ninh sentenced Duong on September 17 to four years in prison for disturbing public...

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Italian police search journalist's home, seize electronic devices

September 19, 2018 12:55 PM ET

Berlin, September 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Italian prosecutor's order to search the home of Salvo Palazzolo, a journalist for the daily newspaper La Repubblica, and seize the journalist's electronic devices. On September 13, Italian police in Palermo, Sicily, seized Palazzolo's mobile phone, tablet computer,...

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Saudi airstrike hits Yemeni radio station

September 17, 2018 5:10 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition's airstrike on a Yemeni radio station yesterday. The airstrike against the Ansar Allah-controlled Al-Maraweah Radio Broadcasting Center, located in Al-Maraweah District in Hodeida Governorate, killed three employees as well as a civilian in...

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Abuja court dismisses case against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

September 17, 2018 2:36 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2018--An Abuja magistrate's court today struck out a case against Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Weekly Source, Samuel Ogala, a lawyer who represents Abiri, told CPJ. The court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over the state where the alleged wrongdoing...

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DRC journalist jailed for criminal defamation

September 14, 2018 3:10 PM ET

Goma, September 14, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Tharcisse Zongia, editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Grognon, who was jailed on September 6 in Kinshasa for criminal defamation, and take action to abolish the country's criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Bulgarian police detain two investigative reporters

September 14, 2018 2:05 PM ET

Bulgarian police on September 13, 2018 detained Attila Biro, editor of the Romanian investigative site Rise Project, and Dimitar Stoyanov, from Bivol, a Bulgarian investigative news website, according to reports. The investigative journalists were detained near Radomir, a town about 35 km west of the capital, Sofia, Bivol reported....

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Iraqi authorities shut down internet, detain and assault journalists amid protests

September 14, 2018 10:57 AM ET

Between July 14 and September 6, 2018, at least seven Iraqi journalists were assaulted or detained while covering protests over government corruption and the lack of basic services in several cities across Iraq, and the offices of two local media outlets were set on fire, according to news reports,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 10, 2018

September 13, 2018 2:07 PM ET

Turkey detains Austrian writer Austrian citizen Max Zirngast, a contributor to several magazines and a student of political science, according to the OSCE, was detained by anti-terrorism police in Ankara, Turkey's capital, on September 11, Deutsche Welle reported. Deutsche Welle quoted a tweet of German magazine re:volt--one of his...

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CPJ joins call for Sweden to uphold human rights in EU regulation on surveillance equipment exports

September 13, 2018 11:23 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists wrote to Annika Ben David, Sweden's ambassador-at-large for human rights, as part of a coalition of eight other civil society organizations....

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CPJ calls on EU to keep up pressure on Hungary amid press freedom concerns

September 12, 2018 12:04 PM ET

Brussels, September 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the vote by members of the European Parliament in favor of a resolution against Hungary for breaching EU values, and called on the bloc to keep up pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government....

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Acts of Intimidation:

September 12, 2018 12:00 AM ET

Divided and alone, Pakistan’s press finds safety in numbers To compensate for the unwillingness or inability of government institutions to create a safe atmosphere for the press or tackle the ongoing issue of impunity in the murder of journalists, several independent organizations, including the Freedom Network, Media Matters for...

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Acts of Intimidation:

September 12, 2018 12:00 AM ET

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

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Acts of Intimidation:

September 12, 2018 12:00 AM ET

About This Report This report was written by CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. CPJ’s multimedia producer Mustafa Hameed contributed research and reporting, and produced the accompanying documentary “Acts of Intimidation.” CPJ traveled to Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, and Okara in February 2018, to meet with journalists, editors, and...

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Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, journalists' fear and censorship grow even as fatal violence declines

September 12, 2018 12:00 AM ET

As killings of journalists in Pakistan decline so too does press freedom, as the country’s powerful military quietly, but effectively, restricts reporting by barring access, encouraging self-censorship through direct and indirect acts of intimidation, and even allegedly instigating violence against reporters. Journalists who push back or are overly critical...

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Thai authorities shut down foreign press club event on Myanmar

September 11, 2018 12:50 PM ET

Bangkok, September 11, 2018--Thai authorities on Monday shut down a panel discussion at Bangkok's Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, marking the sixth such event the country's ruling military junta has canceled since seizing power in a May 2014 coup....

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Undiscoverable: How Al-Jazeera's Snapchat channel disappeared from three Gulf nations

September 10, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Search for "Al-Jazeera" on Snapchat, and the first result that comes up is a ubiquitous publisher channel in the app's famed vertical layout. That is, unless you are in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or Bahrain. Users in these counties are instead offered a list of stores...

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Physical safety: Natural disasters and extreme weather

The dynamics of a natural disaster or extreme weather event are fluid and threats can materialize quickly. Journalists should research potential threats associated with the event they are covering and prepare accordingly....

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Digital safety

Journalists should be aware of the dangers of digital attacks, including through hacking, phishing, and surveillance, and should take steps to protect themselves, their sources, and their work....

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Psychological safety

Journalists are as vulnerable to psychological trauma as they are to physical and digital threats. Approaching these threats holistically and preparing accordingly not only enhances your overall safety, but helps to protect your colleagues and sources....

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Physical safety: Terrorist attacks

The dynamics of a terrorist attack are fluid and threats can materialize quickly--from explosions and gunmen to knife attacks, vehicular attacks, or sieges....

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Physical safety: Civil disorder

Reporting on crowd violence or mobs can be dangerous, and every year journalists are injured covering such stories....

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Basic preparedness: Risk assessment

Decisions journalists make in the field have direct bearing on their safety and that of others. The risks inherent in covering war, political unrest, and crime can never be eliminated, but careful planning and risk assessment can mitigate the dangers....

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Egypt sentences photojournalist Shawkan to five years

September 8, 2018 7:58 AM ET

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Egyptian court's sentencing of photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as "Shawkan," to five years in prison, and called on authorities to release him immediately and remove any restriction on his release on appeal....

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Venezuelan freelance photographer detained, sent to military prison

September 7, 2018 5:55 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2018--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against freelance photographer Jesus Medina Ezaine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the capital Caracas on August 31 ordered Medina to military prison; he was detained August 29 after working on a...

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China arrests Uighur editor, newspaper directors for being 'two-faced'

September 7, 2018 12:15 PM ET

Taipei, September 7, 2018--Chinese authorities should immediately release Ilham Weli, Xinjiang Daily's deputy editor-in-chief, Memtimin Obul and Juret Haji, directors at the newspaper, and Mirkamil Ablimit, the head of the newspaper's subsidiary Xinjiang Farmer's Daily, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists in Yemen under attack from all sides as rival forces crack down on critics

September 7, 2018 12:11 PM ET

In its report released late last month, the U.N. Human Rights Council found that all groups involved in the Yemen conflict--from the government-controlled south, with its militias propped up by the UAE-led coalition and loyal to the secessionist Southern Transitional Council, and areas held by the rebel Ansar Allah...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 3, 2018

September 6, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Journalists in court The prosecutor in the trial of imprisoned journalist Nazlı Ilıcak, who is charged with "revealing information regarding state security that is supposed to be secret for espionage proposes," asked the 26th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes for a life sentence, the daily Evrensel reported on September...

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Uzbekistan arrests at least four bloggers over posts on religious issues

September 6, 2018 1:09 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Uzbek authorities to end their harassment of bloggers covering religious issues, and to release at least four individuals arrested for their writing. Police in several Uzbek cities made arrests between August 28 and September 4, according to...

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Newspaper journalist assaulted and briefly abducted in Kenya

September 6, 2018 12:27 PM ET

Nairobi, September 6, 2018--Authorities in Kenya should carry out a thorough investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the September 3 assault and abduction of Daily Nation journalist Barrack Oduor and the death of his source, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Burundi, three journalists attacked and prevented from covering protest

September 6, 2018 12:00 PM ET

Police on August 27 allegedly attacked three journalists with the privately owned station Radio Culture and prevented them from reporting on a land dispute in Ngagara, a neighborhood in the capital, Bujumbura, according to two of the journalists and a Facebook post by SOS Médias Burundi, a collective of...

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Syrian military intelligence arrests Syrian Kurdish journalist at checkpoint

September 5, 2018 3:45 PM ET

Beirut, September 5, 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to immediately release Omar Kalo, a news anchor for the Iraqi Kurdish satellite news broadcaster Rudaw....

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Two TOLO News journalists killed in Afghanistan double bombing

September 5, 2018 3:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 5, 2018--At least two journalists were killed today in a double bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to news reports. TOLO News published that its reporter Samim Faramarz and cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi were killed by the second blast while covering the first, which occurred at...

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CPJ Insider: September 2018 edition

September 5, 2018 12:59 PM ET

The Boston Globe receives threats after its call for defending a free press In August, The Boston Globe invited newspapers from all over the country to stand up for journalists and the media with editorials. Hundreds of news organizations participated in the initiative, for which CPJ provided a backgrounder on...

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Benin newspaper suspended over its critical reporting of the president

September 5, 2018 10:35 AM ET

Goma, September 5, 2018--Authorities in Benin should immediately reverse an order to suspend indefinitely the privately owned daily, La Nouvelle Tribune, and allow it to continue operating without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Mexico to fund journalist protection mechanism

September 4, 2018 6:01 PM ET

CPJ is deeply concerned about the imminent gap in financing that threatens the operation of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, and urges the Mexican federal government to take immediate action to guarantee continued and sufficient funding. The institution provides protective measures to over 700 journalists and human rights defenders.

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Ukraine court grants prosecutors access to investigative reporter's phone records

September 4, 2018 1:02 PM ET

New York, September 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a Ukrainian court's decision to grant the country's prosecutor general's office permission to access the phone records of Natalie Sedletska, a reporter, editor, and television presenter for Schemes, an investigative journalism project of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio...

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CPJ condemns conviction in Myanmar of Reuters's Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

September 3, 2018 12:17 AM ET

Bangkok, September 3, 2018--A Myanmar court today sentenced two Reuters news agency reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years each in prison for violating the Official Secrets Act, Reuters reported....

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CPJ calls on Indian police to release journalist in Kashmir

September 1, 2018 12:23 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the ongoing detention and interrogation of Kashmir-based journalist Aasif Sultan, who police picked up at his home in Srinagar on August 27, according to news reports....

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