November 2018

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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, the current political situation in the U.S., as well as movements linked to race or gender are at higher risk of being attacked online....

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