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A Myanmar court upholds the conviction of Reuters news agency reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Investigative journalist Ahmed Divela shot dead in Ghana. In Romania, the EU GDPR privacy law is being used to try to muzzle investigative outlet, Rise Project.
Global press freedom updates:
- CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour gave remarks last week at a bipartisan event at the Capitol marking 100 days since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder
- Montenegro hands a jail sentence to investigative journalist Jovo Martinović.
- CPJ published a Safety Advisory on an increase in sophisticated phishing attacks that mimic two-step verification
- In a letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik, CPJ called for the release of journalist Aasif Sultan, who is being held by Jammu and Kashmir state police
- Journalist in Iran given six-year sentence in connection to his critical reporting
- CPJ joined rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media services
- Russian blogger handed a 10-day sentence after sharing a video on YouTube
- Hamas forces detained and allegedly assaulted director of Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate
- Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country
As elections in Nigeria approach, CPJ has documented increasing threats to journalists in the country. Three journalists in Nigeria were injured by stray gunfire while covering a political rally last week. News outlets in Nigeria covering the conflict in Nigeria's northeast have also faced threats. The Daily Trust was raided last week by authorities, who seized equipment and detained an editor and reporter.
For journalists looking for tips on covering political events and demonstrations, CPJ's Emergencies Team has a safety kit online with tips on physical, digital, and psychosocial safety.
What we are reading:
- The Thrill (and the Heavy Emotional Burden) of Blazing a Trail for Black Women Journalists--Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Longreads
- How Slovakians Beat the Oligarchs--Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books
- #MeToo in China: Female Journalists Confront Sexual Harassment--Alison Zhao, Women's Media Center
- The Perugia Principles for Journalists Working with Whistleblowers in the Digital Age--Julie Posetti, Dr. Suelette Dreyfus, and Naomi Colvin, "Blueprint for Free Speech" report
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