October 2018

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Radio journalist gunned down in Somalia

October 31, 2018 5:42 PM ET

Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2018--Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate the killing of radio journalist Abdullahi Mire Hashi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two unidentified gunmen shot Abdullahi in the town of Elasha Biyaha, about 17 km from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on October 27,...

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How the Saudis may have spied on Jamal Khashoggi

October 31, 2018 10:33 AM ET

Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi Arabian dissident, can still remember the time Jamal Khashoggi, the storied Saudi journalist, unfollowed him on Twitter. It was in 2015, and Khashoggi had been tapped to head a new TV network called Al-Arab, a partnership between a member of the royal family and...

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Video journalist killed in Maoist rebel attack in Chhattisgarh

October 30, 2018 5:00 PM ET

New Delhi, October 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Chhattisgarh to ensure the safety of media covering elections after a journalist embedded with police was killed in an ambush. Video journalist Achyutananda Sahu, who worked for the government-run broadcaster Doordarshan, was killed in Chhattisgarh today...

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Cameroon detains journalist for a week, fails to disclose charge

October 30, 2018 4:24 PM ET

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 30, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release or disclose charges against Michel Biem Tong, editor of the privately owned Hurinews website, who was detained on October 23 after being summoned to the State Secretariat for Defense in the capital, Yaoundé, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Saudi control of Arab media, lamented by Khashoggi, shapes coverage of his death

October 30, 2018 2:59 PM ET

It is a cruel irony that Jamal Khashoggi's last unpublished column for The Washington Post was a call for press freedom in the Arab world. His homeland, Saudi Arabia, has spent the last three decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that never happens....

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Russia uses 'foreign agents' law to hit independent outlet with massive fine

October 29, 2018 4:08 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an exorbitant fine imposed on the independent news outlet The New Times. A Moscow court on October 26 ordered the outlet to pay 22.3 million rubles (US$338,000) for failing to provide financial information under Russia's "foreign agents" law...

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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2018 11:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant Impunity is entrenched in 14 nations, according to CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index, which ranks states with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of journalists....

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CPJ calls on Trump to dial back rhetoric against media and critics

October 26, 2018 5:17 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2018--Federal authorities today arrested a Florida man, identified as Cesar Sayoc, suspected of mailing 13 bombs addressed to prominent figures and critics of President Donald Trump, two of which were addressed care of CNN at their New York studio....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the migrant caravan in Mexico

October 26, 2018 4:07 PM ET

Thousands of migrants that are part of a caravan that departed San Pedro Sula in Honduras for the U.S. on October 13, 2018, are currently in southern Mexico. As the caravan attempts to cross Mexico, the risk increases for any journalists accompanying it....

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CPJ joins call for Brazilian presidential candidates to condemn threats against journalists

October 26, 2018 3:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined five other rights organizations to call on Brazilian presidential candidates to denounce the threats and violence against journalists covering the electoral campaign, and urge their supports to stop harassing reporters....

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Is there a path to justice in Khashoggi's murder?

October 26, 2018 12:01 AM ET

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee must keep up pressure over Khashoggi

October 25, 2018 3:24 PM ET

CPJ writes to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, requesting that they ensure the Trump administration conducts a quick and thorough investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's killing, as required by the Magnitsky Act, and that they consider holding independent hearings on Saudi Arabia.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 18

October 25, 2018 1:37 PM ET

Court sentences journalists over Özgür Gündem campaignAn Istanbul court on October 24 sentenced three journalists to jail for "insulting the president" in the now shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the daily Evrensel reported....

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Qatar embassy in Swaziland briefly detains two journalists

October 25, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Security staff detained two Times of Swaziland journalists for more than an hour at the Qatar Embassy in Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, on October 5, 2018, according to a statement by the local chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). The journalists were detained after a senior diplomat...

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CNN mail bomb is latest case of attacks and threats against US news rooms

October 24, 2018 6:37 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2018--CNN's New York City studios were evacuated today after an explosive device was delivered to the broadcaster's offices, according to CNN. The device was addressed to John Brennan, a former CIA director and frequent guest on CNN news programs, who is also a national security...

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In India, tax officials raid offices, home of Quint editor-in-chief and Modi critic

October 24, 2018 10:38 AM ET

Officials from India's Income Tax Department on October 11, 2018, raided the home of journalist Raghav Bahl and the offices of The Quint, in Noida, where Bahl is editor-in-chief, and The Newsminute in Bengaluru, a news website that Bahl has a minority stake in, according to media reports. Government...

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The path(s) to justice in Jamal Khashoggi's murder

October 23, 2018 3:41 PM ET

In an emotional address to Turkey's parliament today, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a savage and premeditated act and demanded that Saudi officials be brought to Turkey to stand trial. Most of the information about the investigation that has emerged has come...

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Unarmed man shot trying to storm local TV station in Washington, DC

October 23, 2018 1:03 PM ET

In the afternoon of October 22, 2018, a man tried to force his away into the offices of Fox 5, a local television station in Washington D.C. The station released security camera footage showing the man bashing in two sets of glass doors with his foot, eventually gaining entrance to...

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Nothing to Declare: CPJ's advice for journalists crossing a U.S. border

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has authority to search electronic devices without warrant or probable cause. Civil liberties groups are challenging this power in court, but journalists should be aware that current practice risks exposing contacts, sourcing, and reporting material contained on laptops, phones, and other...

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Nothing to declare:

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

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

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Nothing to declare:

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

CPJ’s slog to improve DHS and CBP policy toward journalists One of the key principles of journalism is protecting the confidentiality of sources. So when CPJ started hearing from journalists who said they were being stopped and questioned about their journalism when they entered the United States, and that...

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Nothing to declare:

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

About This ReportThis report was written by CPJ North America Program Coordinator Alexandra Ellerbeck and CPJ North America Research Assistant Stephanie Sugars, with additional research and reporting by North America Research Associate Avi Asher-Schapiro. CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney C. Radsch wrote the accompanying piece, “CPJ’s slog to improve DHS...

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Nothing to declare: Why U.S. border agency's vast stop and search powers undermine press freedom

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

Secondary screenings of journalists crossing U.S. borders risk undermining press freedom as Custom and Border Protection agents search devices such as laptops or phones without warrant and question journalists about their reporting and contacts. As the government ramps up searches of electronic devices, rights groups mount legal challenges to...

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Saudi attorney general says Khashoggi was killed during fight in consulate

October 19, 2018 7:31 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2018--Saudi state media today reported that the country's attorney general has confirmed prominent journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in the country's Turkey consulate, The Associated Press reported. A statement by the attorney general said that Khashoggi was killed after a fight inside...

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Reliance Group sues India's NDTV for US$1 billion over its reporting on Rafale jet deal

October 19, 2018 4:16 PM ET

New Delhi, October 19, 201-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, owned by businessman Anil Ambani, to end its use of excessive civil defamation cases filed against critical news outlets. Reliance Group yesterday filed a civil defamation case seeking Rs10,000 crore (US$1.35 billion)...

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Efforts to find mastermind in murder of Malta journalist Caruana Galizia stalled

October 19, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Journalists don't typically get murdered in Western European democracies that are members of the European Union. Which is why the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta last year was so shocking, and the lack of progress on finding the mastermind so disturbing....

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CPJ asks Turkey to seek UN inquiry on Khashoggi; Vietnamese blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released from prison; and more in The Torch

October 19, 2018 12:05 AM ET

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Russia's Novaya Gazeta is sent funeral wreath and goat's head in latest threats

October 18, 2018 3:25 PM ET

Kiev, October 18, 2018--Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate threats made against Russia's independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A funeral wreath, a severed goat's head, and threatening notes were sent to the newspaper's Moscow office this week in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 11

October 18, 2018 12:42 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on October 16 asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" warrant for the exiled journalists Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, according to reports. Dündar and Tanır were defendants in the trial against the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, until their cases were separated from the...

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Gunmen in Pakistan kill K2 Times reporter

October 17, 2018 5:54 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to investigate and promptly bring to justice the killers of journalist Sohail Khan. Khan, a reporter for the Urdu daily K2 Times, was shot dead while driving in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, yesterday, according to...

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DRC authorities close two opposition radio stations

October 17, 2018 4:04 PM ET

Goma, October 17, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately reopen two opposition-owned radio stations--Radio Liberté Lisala and Radio Mwana Mboka (Rammbo)--and halt the intimidation of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnam releases from prison CPJ awardee 'Mother Mushroom'

October 17, 2018 9:20 AM ET

Bangkok, October 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed news that Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom," has been freed from prison and allowed to depart with her family on a flight to the United States....

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Newspaper carriers shot at on Nez Perce Indian Reservation

October 15, 2018 4:28 PM ET

An unknown assailant fired multiple shots at Lewiston Tribune newspaper carriers Donna and Dane Correll on October 8, 2018, outside Lapwai, a small city in northwest Idaho that serves at the seat of government of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, the Tribune reported. The shooting occurred as they were...

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Vietnam sentences citizen journalist on second anti-state charge

October 15, 2018 10:58 AM ET

Bangkok, October 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the second prison sentence handed to Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and strongly reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release....

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DRC newspaper editor detained for criminal defamation

October 12, 2018 6:19 PM ET

Goma, October 12, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Sylvanie Kiaku, editor of the privately owned weekly newspaper La Percée, who was arrested on October 10 in the capital, Kinshasa, and drop charges of criminal defamation against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Jamal Khashoggi's whereabouts unknown

October 12, 2018 12:05 AM ET

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 4, 2018

October 11, 2018 1:19 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to over 7 years in jail A court in the eastern Muş city on October 10 sentenced Seda Taşkın, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency (MA), to a total of seven years and six months in prison, her employer reported. Taşkın attended the hearing via...

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Myanmar arrests three journalists from Eleven Media

October 10, 2018 5:29 PM ET

New York, October 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Myanmar authorities to immediately release without charge three journalists from Eleven Media Group arrested today....

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Prominent Syrian writer Yousph arrested in northeastern Syria, held for five days

October 9, 2018 7:25 AM ET

Syrian writer Souleman Yousph, a contributor to several media outlets, including the Assyrian news website Ankawa, the independent Arabic news website Elaph, and the political and cultural online secular magazine Ahewar, was arrested and detained without charge on September 30, 2018, and held for five days. An eyewitness to...

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Bulgarian TV host Viktoria Marinova raped and killed

October 7, 2018 1:00 PM ET

Berlin, October 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Bulgarian authorities to conduct a rigorous, thorough investigation into the killing of Viktoria Marinova, presenter and administrative director for local television channel TVN. Marinova, 30, was found dead yesterday in the Bulgarian town of Ruse, 300 km (185...

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CPJ calls on Saudi Arabia to account for Jamal Khashoggi's whereabouts

October 6, 2018 9:05 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Saudi Arabia to immediately account for the whereabouts of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Multiple news outlets reported today that Turkish authorities,...

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How Brazil's 'ethno-communicators' are helping indigenous people find their voice

October 5, 2018 5:12 PM ET

The people who run Radio Yandê, a Brazilian digital portal dedicated to indigenous issues, have many words to define what they do, but even though the site has stories, video and audio, none of those definitions include the word journalist....

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Hong Kong denies visa renewal for Financial Times editor

October 5, 2018 7:49 AM ET

Taipei, October 5, 2018--Hong Kong's immigration authorities declined to renew the visa of Victor Mallet, Financial Times' Asia news editor and the vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club, according to a statement today from the Financial Times and other media reports. The rejection came after Mallet chaired a talk...

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Peru mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti acquitted of Hugo Bustíos murder

October 4, 2018 9:13 PM ET

Medellín, October 4, 2018--Peru's National Criminal Chamber today acquitted former interior minister and current mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti of murder charges for the 1988 killing of war correspondent Hugo Bustíos, according to news reports. A lawyer for the Bustíos family said they would appeal, the reports said....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 27, 2018

October 4, 2018 3:34 PM ET

Erdoğan in Germany A Turkish man wearing a "freedom for journalists" T-shirt was thrown out of a press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28, video from Euronews and Özgürüz showed. The man was identified as Adil Yiğit, chief editor...

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CPJ Insider: October edition

October 4, 2018 9:20 AM ET

CPJ, Reuters, Amal Clooney address press freedom violations at the U.N. CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon addressed a panel event, entitled "Press Behind Bars," at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 28. The event--which also featured human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and...

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Turkish court upholds life sentences without parole for four journalists

October 3, 2018 3:25 PM ET

Istanbul, October 3, 2018--An Istanbul court of appeals yesterday upheld the sentences of life in prison without parole handed to four prominent Turkish journalists in February, media reported. Mehmet Altan, his brother Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, and Fevzi Yazıcı were convicted of having links to the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah...

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CPJ expresses concern for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

October 3, 2018 11:17 AM ET

Beirut, October 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who has been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 2017, and urges Saudi authorities to immediately disclose his whereabouts. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a former editor-in-chief...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Pegasus spyware used to target journalists, civil society

October 1, 2018 5:34 PM ET

In a report published on September 18, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus, a spyware created for mobile devices, in over 45 countries. Pegasus, which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station, could have been deployed against a range of journalists and civil society actors in Mexico,...

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