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Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, were briefly detained in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on November 7 by immigration and security officials. Quintal and Mumo were reporting on the press freedom situation in Tanzania, which has deteriorated significantly in the past year. CPJ is grateful for the journalists, media and press freedom organizations, and government officials who spoke out about their detention. Quintal and Mumo have now safely left Tanzania.
Global press freedom updates
- CPJ calls on White House to restore credentials of CNN correspondent, stop denigrating media
- CPJ calls on Cameroon to release and drop charges against Mimi Mefo
- Hungarian authorities bring criminal charges against prominent investigative journalist
- Local reporter covering corruption abducted and beaten to death in Jharkhand, India
- Libyan authorities charge journalist with defamation, publishing state secrets
- The Washington Post announces the launch of its Press Freedom Partnership with CPJ, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Reporters Without Borders
- Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country
Amid a challenging time for press freedom around the world, CPJ will honor four exceptional journalists for their courage at the 2018 International Press Freedom Awards on November 20 in New York City. CPJ will also present the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award to Rappler editor Maria Ressa.
The event is due to be livestreamed at our Facebook page and we encourage readers to engage with us on Twitter and Facebook using #IPFA to let these amazing journalists know how much their work is appreciated.
What we are reading
- In online ruse, fake journalists tried to hack Saudi critic -- Raphael Satter, The Associated Press
- Targeting the messenger: Journalists on the frontline of protests -- Mapping Media Freedom
- Fake news network vs bots: the online war around Khashoggi killing -- Jack Stubbs, Katie Paul, Tuqa Khalid, Reuters
- Why Turkey can't be trusted to investigate the Khashoggi murder -- CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, Columbia Journalism Review
- Caruana Galizia one year on: momentum is key -- CPJ EU Representative and Advocacy Manager Tom Gibson, EU Observer