January 2019

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CPJ joins letter expressing concern about proposed cyberspace law in Venezuela

January 18, 2019 12:38 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 30 regional and international rights organizations expressing concern about a proposed law in Venezuela that would expand the powers of the government to control and monitor internet use without institutional checks....

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South Sudanese media regulator bars newspaper from covering Sudan crisis

January 18, 2019 10:05 AM ET

Nairobi, January 18, 2019--South Sudan's state media regulator should immediately lift an order barring a privately-owned newspaper from covering protests in neighboring Sudan and issue a statement guaranteeing the media's right to press freedom and editorial independence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Another delay in justice for Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

January 18, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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For local female journalists in US, rape threats, stalkers, harassment can come with the beat

January 17, 2019 4:33 PM ET

In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn't safe sleeping in her own home. Her TV station, which covers a major American city, hired an off-duty police officer to guard the parking lot when she arrived at work. Even for a journalist covering organized crime,...

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Jordanian journalist imprisoned over article on private hospital

January 17, 2019 4:26 PM ET

Beirut, January 17, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment of Nidal Salameh, a journalist for the website Gerasa News, who was convicted of violating Jordan's Press and Publications Law and the Cybercrime Law....

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CPJ concerned about US detention of Iranian TV journalist

January 17, 2019 4:07 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the detention of Marzieh Hashemi, a TV anchor and documentary filmmaker for the English-language service of Iranian state broadcaster Press TV, and called on the U.S. Department of Justice to disclose the reason for her arrest....

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Sudan responds to anti-Bashir coverage with censorship and arrests

January 17, 2019 3:37 PM ET

"We were all journalists, so we went to work. We wrote about what happened to us that day," Ashraf Abdelaziz, editor-in-chief of the privately owned al-Jarida daily told me over the phone this week, while recounting how he and his colleagues reported on their own arrest while still in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 13, 2019

January 17, 2019 1:18 PM ET

Turkey deports Dutch journalist Authorities on January 17 deported Ans Boersma, a Dutch freelance journalist based in Istanbul, BBC Turkish reported. The journalist was taken into custody the day before, when she tried to renew her residence permit at the Foreigners' Office in Istanbul. She was detained overnight at...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Sophisticated phishing attacks mimic 2FA

January 17, 2019 11:52 AM ET

The cybersecurity research group CERTFA has reported an increase in sophisticated phishing attacks against journalists and human rights defenders. These attacks, which are global, have also targeted individuals who use more robust email providers or two-step verification (2FA) for their email and social media accounts....

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Digital Safety: Using security keys to secure accounts against phishing

Hackers are using more sophisticated methods to target journalists, including those who use two-step authentication (2FA)....

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Investigative journalist Ahmed Divela shot dead in Ghana

January 17, 2019 11:40 AM ET

New York, January 17, 2019--Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Local journalist detained in eastern Libya since December 20

January 16, 2019 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 16, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Libyan National Army to release journalist Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway, who was detained December 20 in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, according to news reports, local press organizations, and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya....

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In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project

January 16, 2019 12:36 PM ET

Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist's dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering the outlet to reveal its sources or pay a fine...

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Hamas forces detain and allegedly assault director of Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate

January 16, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Beirut, January 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention and alleged assault of Louay al-Ghoul, the executive director of the Gaza branch of the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, a journalists' union....

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CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir governor to release journalist Aasif Sultan

January 15, 2019 3:03 PM ET

CPJ calls on the governor of India's Jammu and Kashmir state to release journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been held by state police since August 2018, and drop all legal proceedings against him.

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Honduras court upholds journalist's 10-year prison sentence for defamation

January 15, 2019 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Honduran Supreme Court's decision to uphold a 2016 ruling sentencing journalist David Romero Ellner to 10 years in prison on criminal defamation charges....

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Montenegro jails investigative journalist who reports on organized crime

January 15, 2019 1:43 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019--A Montenegro court today convicted investigative journalist Jovo Martinović of drug trafficking and being a member of a criminal group, and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, regional media reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence and called on authorities to not...

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Russia jails blogger for 10 days after sharing video online

January 15, 2019 1:30 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 - Russian authorities should immediately release blogger Viktor Toroptsev from jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the city of Amursk, in the Far Eastern region of Khabarovsk, handed a 10-day sentence to Toroptsev yesterday, ostensibly for a traffic violation,...

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CPJ joins call for Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media access

January 15, 2019 1:12 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 20 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for authorities in Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media services, commit to maintaining internet access, and encourage accountability from telecommunication and internet service providers to respect human rights....

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Iran jails journalist for six years over critical writing

January 14, 2019 3:58 PM ET

Washington D.C., January 14, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harsh sentence imposed on journalist Hamed Aynehvand and called on Iran to stop persecuting the media for doing their job....

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Journalists verbally harassed by demonstrators in London

January 14, 2019 1:43 PM ET

On January 7, 2019, journalists working near the Parliament building in London were repeatedly verbally harassed by supporters of Brexit, the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, according to news reports and the journalists' posts on social media....

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Conviction obtained in 2002 murder of Indian journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti

January 11, 2019 2:03 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 - India's Central Bureau of Investigation obtained convictions today in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti, editor of the Hindi-language newspaper Poora Sach, according to news reports. The CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana state, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the...

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Radio broadcaster killed under suspicious circumstances in the Philippines

January 11, 2019 8:38 AM ET

Bangkok, January 11, 2018--Philippine authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of Filipino news broadcaster John Michael Decano and bring the assailant to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters' reporters

January 11, 2019 7:39 AM ET

Bangkok, January 11, 2019--A Myanmar court upheld today the conviction of Reuters news agency reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both of whom are serving seven year sentences for violating the Official Secrets Act, Reuters reported....

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Nicaragua starts 2019 with continued press crackdowns

January 11, 2019 12:01 AM ET

On Monday, Gabon's government shut down the nation's internet and broadcasting services following an attempted coup against President Ali Bongo Ondimba. Sudan detained several critical columnists amid protests. In Canada, police blocked media from covering the breakup of an anti-pipeline protest led by indigenous activists. Global press freedom updates...

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In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

January 10, 2019 3:42 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2019--Nigerian authorities should rigorously investigate violence at a political rally in Lagos on January 8, during which at least three journalists were injured by gunfire, and ensure the safety of reporters covering political events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 7, 2019

January 10, 2019 1:57 PM ET

Erdoğan says Turkish media is 'more democratic' In a message to mark Working Journalists' Day--a local press freedom day on January 10--Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "The reforms actualized in the past 16 years have enabled the Turkish press to be richer, diverse, and meet a more democratic...

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Gagging orders, legal action, and communist era laws used to try to 'choke' Polish press

January 10, 2019 12:11 PM ET

Polish security agents enter the house of a prominent TV journalist over accusations that he propagated Nazi propaganda. Police summon a reporter over claims that he breached the privacy of the vice-head of the constitutional court. And Poland's central bank files gagging orders against two papers, demanding they remove...

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Mozambican journalist arrested, held in military prison

January 9, 2019 5:43 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2019--Mozambique's military should immediately release Amade Abubacar, a community radio journalist for the state-owned Rádio e Televisao Comunitária Nacedje de Macomia in northern Cabo Delgado province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian security forces arrested two journalists in West Bank in late December

January 9, 2019 5:20 PM ET

Beirut, January 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrests last month of Palestinian journalists Zaid Abu Ara, a reporter for the London-based Quds Press News Agency, and Motasem Saqf al-Hit, a photographer for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network. Al-Hit has been released,...

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Indian government expels two foreign journalists for visa violations

January 9, 2019 9:35 AM ET

Two foreign journalists were barred from entering India for allegedly violating visa rules in late December 2018 and early January 2019, according to press reports. On December 28, 2018, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that Cathal McNaughton, the chief photographer with Reuters' Delhi office, had been denied reentry...

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In Canada, police block media from covering break up of indigenous pipeline protest

January 8, 2019 5:27 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2019--The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) yesterday blocked reporters from covering a pipeline protest near Houston, British Columbia, where police were due to dismantle camps set up by indigenous activists, according to reports....

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Italian journalists harassed and assaulted by far-right extremists

January 8, 2019 2:51 PM ET

Berlin, January 8, 2019--Italian authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate the harassment and physical assault of two Italian journalists by a group of far-right extremists and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria's military raids Daily Trust offices, arrests editor

January 7, 2019 7:06 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2019­­­--Nigerian authorities should immediately release Uthman Abubakar, an editor of the privately owned Daily Trust, return equipment seized in raids on the paper's offices, and cease the intimidation of news outlets covering the conflict in Nigeria's northeast, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gabon shuts down the internet and broadcasting services following coup attempt

January 7, 2019 4:51 PM ET

Abidjan, January 7, 2019--Gabon's government on Monday morning shut down the internet and broadcasting services following an attempted coup against President Ali Bongo, according to digital rights groups Netblocks, and Internet Without Borders, news reports, and local journalists and civil society organizations with whom the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Unknown assailants ransack broadcaster's office in Gaza

January 7, 2019 2:07 PM ET

Beirut, January 7, 2019 -- The Palestinian authorities in Gaza should immediately investigate the January 4 attack on the headquarters of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)-affiliated Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) in Gaza and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ, international journalists express deep concern over deteriorating press freedom climate in Nicaragua, call for release of detained reporters

January 7, 2019 11:19 AM ET

CPJ and more than 200 international journalists write to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to express deep concern over the recent escalation of aggression against media outlets and journalists covering civil unrest and documenting human rights abuses by police and paramilitary groups.

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Journalists assaulted and news website raided in Lebanon in December

January 7, 2019 11:19 AM ET

Lebanese soldiers assaulted at least four journalists covering a protest in Beirut on December 23, 2018, according to news reports, the journalists' employers, videos and pictures shared on social media by journalists, and the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom....

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Sudan detains several critical columnists amid protests

January 4, 2019 4:46 PM ET

Washington D.C., January 4, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to release at least three journalists who have been detained in recent days after publishing columns in support of ongoing, widespread anti-government protests that have included calls for President Omar al-Bashir to resign....

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CPJ calls on Turkey to ensure Odatv's safety after series of threats

January 4, 2019 3:12 PM ET

Istanbul, January 4, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working for the news website Odatv amid a series of threats directed at the outlet, including published remarks by a civil servant Islamic scholar....

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DRC authorities cut internet and broadcast signals after election

January 3, 2019 3:30 PM ET

New York, January 3, 2019--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately take steps to ensure citizens have access to the internet and news outlets as the country awaits the results of its election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has cut access to internet...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 31, 2018

January 3, 2019 1:48 PM ET

Media watchdog fines and blocks two critical stationsTurkey's official media watchdog RTÜK has fined and censored the critical channels Halk TV and FOX TV Turkey for allegedly "provoking the people into hatred and animosity," reports said....

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Journalist arrested, others beaten during Bangladesh elections

January 2, 2019 5:15 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Hedait Hossain Molla, a reporter who was arrested in Khulna yesterday in relation to his election coverage, according to news reports....

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A letter from CPJ's Washington Advocacy Manager

January 2, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Dear friend of CPJ, Happy New Year from Washington, D.C.! It was only 18 months ago that I joined the Committee to Protect Journalists as its inaugural Washington advocacy manager. My first couple weeks on the job were spent strategizing about how to handle the new political landscape in the...

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A note from CPJ's EU Advocacy Manager

January 2, 2019 5:00 AM ET

Dear All, Happy New Year! Firstly, allow me to wish you the very best for 2019. I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you at the beginning of the year, so we could look back at 2018 and see where we are. Since the summer's newsletter, I wish...

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