November 2018

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Canada's Supreme Court rules against Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch

November 30, 2018 2:33 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2018--The Canadian Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch should hand over his communications with a source. In a 9-0 decision, the court dismissed an appeal from Vice Media Canada Inc. and Makuch that challenged a Royal Canadian...

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Seeking #JusticeForJamal because journalism matters

November 30, 2018 9:35 AM ET

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CPJ alarmed by detention of German freelance reporter in Venezuela

November 29, 2018 2:17 PM ET

Miami, November 29, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention in Venezuela of German freelance journalist Billy Six. Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detained Six in the northwestern state of Falcón on November 17, according to his parents and news reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week beginning November 25, 2018

November 29, 2018 1:27 PM ET

Court upholds Özgür Gündem sentences A local appeals court in Istanbul on November 29 upheld the earlier prison sentences handed to five of the participants of a solidarity campaign with the daily Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported....

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Philippines piles on legal threats against critical news site Rappler

November 29, 2018 9:19 AM ET

Bangkok, November 29, 2018--Philippine prosecutors have in recent days filed five separate tax cases against critical news site Rappler, including criminal charges that may allow for the arrest of the site's founder and editor Maria Ressa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the escalated campaign...

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China detains award-winning photographer in Xinjiang

November 28, 2018 11:46 AM ET

Washington, D.C., November 28, 2018--Police in Xinjiang detained Lu Guang, an award-winning, New York-resident, freelance photographer whose work has focused on environmental and social issues in China, in early November, according to media reports. Lu's family lost contact with him on November 3 and later confirmed his arrest with...

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CPJ, RSF call on Philippines to end its persecution of Rappler and Maria Ressa

November 26, 2018 4:55 PM ET

CPJ and RSF call on the Philippine prosecutor general to end the legal harassment of Rappler and the website's founder and executive editor, Maria Ressa.

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Lebanese authorities detain Syrian reporter who reports on refugees

November 26, 2018 3:57 PM ET

Beirut, November 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment without charge of Abdel Hafez al-Houlani, a correspondent for the Syrian pro-opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl in the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal, and called on Lebanese authorities to immediately disclose charges against him or set him...

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Unknown gunmen kill prominent Syrian radio host and a photographer in northwestern Syria

November 26, 2018 2:15 PM ET

Beirut, November 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the assassination of prominent radio host Raed Fares and photographer Hamoud al-Jnaid and urged local authorities in the northwestern Syrian city of Kafranbel to investigate the murder and bring those responsible to justice....

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Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

November 26, 2018 11:47 AM ET

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned to the city-state's Cantonment Complex at 3pm that day, where...

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One year after disappearance, CPJ calls for credible investigation into Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda's fate

November 21, 2018 2:37 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2018--One year after freelance journalist Azory Gwanda disappeared in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists reiterated its call for a credible investigation and public accounting of his fate....

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US has filed secret charges against Julian Assange, reports say

November 16, 2018 4:14 PM ET

New York, November 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is closely monitoring news reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly filed charges against the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange....

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CPJ raises mistreatment of Africa team with Tanzania's president

November 16, 2018 11:40 AM ET

CPJ writes to President John Magufuli to express concern about the treatment of two members of our Africa program team who were detained by Tanzanian officials on November 7.

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Five courageous journalists to be honored at CPJ's 2018 International Press Freedom Awards

November 16, 2018 12:00 AM ET

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 8, 2018

November 15, 2018 12:40 PM ET

Court sentences former Zaman journalist A court in Uşak on November 14 convicted Ali Ünal, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, of "founding and leading an armed terrorist organization" and sentenced him to 19 years and six months in prison, the news website Diken reported. The court...

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Kashmiri journalists face multiple restrictions, attacks in October

November 14, 2018 5:30 PM ET

Journalists in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir faced numerous incidents of restrictions and attacks between October 8 and October 30, 2018. During this period, journalists attempted to cover urban local elections in the state, as well as events surrounding the killing of militant commander Manan Wani by the security forces....

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Panic buttons, cameras, and a gun under the desk: Local newsrooms update security in wake of Capital Gazette attack

November 14, 2018 10:58 AM ET

The Capital Gazette shootings in Annapolis in June, in which a gunman killed five staff, forced many newsrooms across the U.S. to reassess the security of their offices. While journalists acknowledged that threats come with the job, the shooting comes in a year of increased hostility toward the press,...

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Angela Quintal recounts CPJ's ordeal in Tanzania

November 13, 2018 3:22 PM ET

Johannesburg, November 13, 2018--"We drove down a dirt road and entered the premises of what appeared to be a safe house, through a large gate. Several men in plain clothes stood in the front yard. At least one appeared to be armed with a rifle. Their animosity was palpable......

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CPJ outraged at Tanzania's treatment of its Africa program team

November 12, 2018 6:21 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed indignation at statements from Tanzanian authorities and South Africa's foreign minister justifying the detention of CPJ's Africa team in Dar es Salaam on November 7. Officials from both countries falsely claimed CPJ's Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan...

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Damascus journalist has a million stories but none she can safely report

November 12, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Joudy Boulos has a million stories she wants to write. But as a Syrian freelance journalist living in Damascus, her ability to report is severely limited by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is so dangerous that "Joudy Boulos" is a pseudonym the journalist sometimes uses when...

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CPJ condemns Philippines' threat to indict critical site Rappler on tax evasion charges

November 12, 2018 9:25 AM ET

Bangkok, November 12, 2018--The Philippine authorities said on Friday they had grounds to indict news site Rappler, known for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, and its founder Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned...

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Two CPJ staff briefly detained in Tanzania

November 9, 2018 12:05 AM ET

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CPJ calls on Cameroon to release and drop charges against Mimi Mefo

November 8, 2018 5:31 PM ET

Abidjan, November 8, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release and drop all charges against Mimi Mefo, the head of English news and a presenter for the privately owned Equinoxe television and radio station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mefo, who also runs Mimi Mefo Info, her own...

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Libyan authorities charge journalist with defamation, publishing state secrets

November 8, 2018 2:20 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Libyan city of Ajilat to end their persecution of freelance journalist Mukhtar al-Halak, who is due in court on November 12 on charges of criminal defamation and publishing state security secrets....

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CPJ calls on White House to restore credentials of CNN correspondent, stop denigrating media

November 8, 2018 2:17 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the White House to restore the credentials of Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent. The White House last night suspended Acosta's credentials after a heated exchange with President Donald Trump during a press conference earlier in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 1, 2018

November 8, 2018 12:47 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on November 5 convicted Yasir Kaya, a sports journalist formerly with Fenerbahçe TV or FBTV, of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and sentenced him to six years and three months in prison, according to reports. Kaya remained free pending appeal, according...

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Detained CPJ staffers released in Tanzania

November 8, 2018 8:09 AM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, from detention in Tanzania and called for Tanzanian authorities to halt their ongoing crackdown against a free press....

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CPJ calls on Tanzania authorities to release staff Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo

November 7, 2018 3:31 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2018--Authorities in Tanzania should immediately release Angela Quintal, Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, and return their passports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hungarian authorities bring criminal charges against prominent investigative journalist

November 7, 2018 10:49 AM ET

Berlin, November 7, 2018--Hungarian authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against prominent investigative reporter András Dezső and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Insider: November 2018 edition

November 7, 2018 9:44 AM ET

The fight for justice in Jamal Khashoggi's murder It took the Saudi royal family more than two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared to admit that he had been killed in the country's consulate in Istanbul. Saudi officials said the murder was a rogue act, but, according to The New York...

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Germany should use UN Security Council role to promote press freedom

November 6, 2018 3:05 PM ET

CPJ calls on Chancellor Angela Merkel to use Germany's position on the U.N. Security Council to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists. The country should extend its legacy of speaking up when journalists are under attack.

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Two journalists shot, injured covering effects of Turkish shelling in Syria

November 5, 2018 2:21 PM ET

Two reporters for the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), Gulistan Mohammad and Ibrahim al-Ahmed, were injured by Turkish gunfire while covering the effects of Turkey's shelling of the northern Syrian city of Tell Abbyad on the Turkey-Syria border on November 2, 2018, according to news reports, the journalists' employer, footage provided...

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Cameroon authorities summon journalist Mimi Mefo

November 2, 2018 5:26 PM ET

New York, November 2, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should halt their intimidation of journalist Mimi Mefo and ensure that she can work safely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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At least 324 journalists have been murdered in the past decade

November 2, 2018 12:35 AM ET

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CPJ calls on UN to investigate murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi consulate

November 1, 2018 6:20 PM ET

CPJ calls on U.N. Secretary General António Guterres to request that the United Nations launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Local reporter covering corruption is abducted and beaten to death in Jharkhand, India

November 1, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New Delhi, November 1, 2018--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of reporter Chandan Tiwari and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Tiwari, a reporter for the Hindi daily Aj, was abducted on October 29, and found badly beaten the following day, according...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2018

November 1, 2018 12:37 PM ET

Journalist freed pending trial An Istanbul court on October 31, ordered Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), to be freed pending trial, the independent news website Bianet reported. Kayar, who is charged with "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," was released under...

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Digital safety: Protecting against online harassment

Journalists are frequently at risk of being targeted online for their work. Media workers who cover issues such as the alt-right, politics and contentious elections, as well as movements linked to race or gender are at higher risk of being attacked online....

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