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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Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom," (center, in white) with a group of supporters upon her arrival at the airport in Houston, Texas, on Thursday. (Danlambao News)

Vietnamese blogger and 2018 International Press Freedom Awardee Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom," was released from prison on Wednesday. And CPJ joined partner organizations at the United Nations Thursday in urging Turkey to ask U.N. Secretary General António Guterres to establish an investigation into the possible extrajudicial execution of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Watch the full press conference here.

Global press freedom updates

  • Russia's Novaya Gazeta is sent funeral wreath and goat's head in latest threats
  • Gunmen in Pakistan kill K2 Times reporter
  • Vietnam sentences citizen journalist on second anti-state charge
  • Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country
  • DRC newspaper editor detained for criminal defamation. Separately, authorities in the country's northwest closed two opposition radio stations


A memorial for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on October 16, 2018, to mark the first anniversary of her assassination, on the road where her car exploded. (CPJ/Courtney Radsch)

  • CPJ joined an international freedom of expression mission to Malta to mark the first anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The group met with government officials, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and asked him to establish a judicial public inquiry into whether Caruana Galizia's murder could have been prevented, and to take steps to ensure that such an attack cannot happen again.
  • On Saturday, CPJ will join the fourth annual Foley Freedom Run in New York in memory of U.S. journalist James Foley. Register here to join CPJ staff and friends.

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