February 2019

AFP_Nicaragua_02-21-19.jpg

CPJ, RSF call on Nicaragua to release two journalists held on terrorism charges

February 21, 2019 2:46 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of two independent journalists in Nicaragua, and called on Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release them and drop all charges against them....

Read More ›

David Kirkpartrick.jpg

In Egypt, New York Times correspondent expelled, local journalist detained on false news charges

February 21, 2019 2:12 PM ET

Read More ›

AFP_Cumhuriyet_Sign_1.jpg

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 17, 2019

February 21, 2019 12:48 PM ET

Appeals court upholds Cumhuriyet verdict An Istanbul appeals court on February 19 upheld the terrorism-related convictions of staff from the daily Cumhuriyet who were earlier sentenced to five years or less in prison, according to reports. CPJ condemned the decision. The decision means that at least six defendants, including...

Read More ›

Shirwan_Sherwani_Iraq.jpg

Journalist detained for weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused of anti-state acts

February 21, 2019 11:32 AM ET

Beirut, February 21, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prolonged detention without charge of freelance journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani by Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq and called for his immediate release....

Read More ›

CPJ calls on Mauritania government to release blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

February 20, 2019 12:55 PM ET

CPJ calls on Mohamedoun Daddah, Mauritania's ambassador to the United States, to meet to discuss the wrongful imprisonment of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was scheduled to be released in late 2017.

Read More ›

Slovakia statement AFP 000_14K16D.jpg

CPJ and IPI urge Slovak officials to expedite Kuciak case

February 19, 2019 6:01 PM ET

Bratislava, February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute (IPI) called on Slovak authorities to expedite charges against all parties allegedly involved in the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. A delegation from the two groups today met with Ministry of Interior officials and representatives...

Read More ›

RT_UkraineAlert2.19.jpg

Ukrainian court grants prosecutor access to newsmagazine's files, reporter's emails

February 19, 2019 4:42 PM ET

Kiev, February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a ruling by the Pechersk District Court of Kiev granting investigators from Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office access to internal documents of independent newsmagazine Novoye Vremya and email conversations of its reporter Ivan Verstiuk in an attempt to discover a...

Read More ›

AFP_Turkey_02-19-19.jpg

Turkish appeals court upholds prison sentences for Cumhuriyet staff

February 19, 2019 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Istanbul appeals court's decision today to uphold the terrorism-related convictions of the staff of pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet....

Read More ›

RT_Egypt_02-19-19.jpg

Egypt expels New York Times correspondent, detains local journalist on false news charges

February 19, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's detention and expulsion of New York Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick and the ongoing detention of Egyptian journalist Ahmed Gamal Ziada, and calls on Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to travel into the country and report freely....

Read More ›

AF_Basra_02-19_1.jpg

Iraqi militias use threats, violence to keep Basra press in line

February 19, 2019 1:43 PM ET

"You work against us. In your work, you criticize militias. We watched your videos and you talk against us. You will pay the price for it," an anonymous voice said on the other end of the line to freelance reporter Azhar al-Rubaie....

Read More ›

RT_Liberia_02-15-19.jpg

Liberian radio station transmitter attacked twice in 10 days

February 15, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Abidjan, February 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Liberian authorities to ensure that those responsible for two recent attacks on independent broadcaster Roots FM are swiftly arrested and prosecuted....

Read More ›

AFP_Somaliland_02-15-19.jpg

Somaliland court suspends newspaper for one year for publishing 'false news'

February 15, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, February 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed deep concern about a one-year suspension imposed by a Somaliland court on the privately owned Foore newspaper, and called on authorities to drop the charges on appeal....

Read More ›

AFP_Chhattisgarh_1.jpg

Chhattisgarh's plan for journalist safety law could be template for all India

February 15, 2019 12:32 PM ET

Every day for two years, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav must walk the 50 or so yards from his home to the Darbha village police station in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, to sign a register. Just one missed day could immediately land him back in prison as he awaits trial on anti-terror...

Read More ›

AP_NigeriaBlog2.14.jpg

CPJ joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

February 14, 2019 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In early February, Nigeria's federal government denied...

Read More ›

maria torch feb 14.jpg

Philippines' Maria Ressa detained and released over 'political' charge

February 14, 2019 5:11 PM ET

Read More ›

AP_Haiti_02-14-19.jpg

Journalist shot in anti-government demonstrations in Haiti

February 14, 2019 3:29 PM ET

Miami, February 14, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Haitian authorities to investigate the shooting of a reporter during an anti-government demonstration and to ensure the safety of journalists covering ongoing protests....

Read More ›

AP_Mex 2.14.jpg

CPJ welcomes Mexican Supreme Court ruling in Carmen Aristegui case

February 14, 2019 2:50 PM ET

Mexico City, February 14, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a ruling yesterday by the Mexican Supreme Court declaring that the firing of journalist Carmen Aristegui from her morning radio show on broadcaster MVS Noticias in 2015 was illegal. The verdict was first reported on Aristegui's news website, AristeguiNoticias....

Read More ›

AFP_Turkey_02-14_1.jpg

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 10

February 14, 2019 2:41 PM ET

Police detain two journalists in separate raids Police on February 12 detained Salih Turan, a freelance journalist who formerly worked for the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America and the Kurdish service of the Russian-state-funded outlet Sputnik, on accusations of "making propaganda of a [terrorist] organization" on social media...

Read More ›

AP_TurkeyJail_1.jpg

CPJ joins call for Turkey to release jailed journalists

February 14, 2019 9:10 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 47 members of the European Parliament and other press freedom organizations to call on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press and the mass imprisonment of journalists....

Read More ›

RT_StPetersburg_1.jpg

Editor of Russia's Novye Kolyosa due in court after 15 months in custody

February 13, 2019 4:47 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2019--Igor Rudnikov, editor-in-chief and owner of the independent Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, is due to appear in court on extortion charges in St. Petersburg tomorrow, according to local news reports. Rudnikov, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, has been in pre-trial...

Read More ›

AFP_Syria_02-13-19.jpg

Italian photojournalist severely injured covering clashes in eastern Syria

February 13, 2019 12:24 PM ET

Gabriele Micalizzi, an Italian freelance photojournalist, was severely injured by shrapnel while covering clashes between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz on February 11, 2019, according to news reports, the pro-opposition Rojava Information Center, and CNN photographer...

Read More ›

AP_Thailand_02-13-19.jpg

CPJ condemns 15-day ban on Thai TV news station

February 13, 2019 11:43 AM ET

Bangkok, February 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the decision by a Thai media regulator to suspend the broadcasting license of Voice TV for 15 days and called on the country's military government to allow all media to report freely on the nation's politics....

Read More ›

AP_Syria_02-13-19.jpg

Syrian journalist injured in shelling in Idlib province

February 13, 2019 9:26 AM ET

Ahmed al-Khatib, a reporter for the pro-opposition Edlib Media Center, was injured by shrapnel in Idlib province while covering a town's shelling by the Syrian army on February 9, 2019, according to his employer, news reports, the local press freedom group Syrian Journalists' Association, and the journalist, who spoke...

Read More ›

RT_Ressa.jpg

CPJ condemns arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa on cyber libel charge

February 13, 2019 7:49 AM ET

Bangkok, February 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Philippine authorities to immediately release and drop all pending charges against Maria Ressa, executive editor and founder of the critical news website Rappler....

Read More ›

AP_Tut_Court_1.jpg

Tut editor in Belarus court on charge of illegally accessing state media website

February 12, 2019 4:17 PM ET

Kiev, February 12, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Belarusian authorities to end their harassment of Maryna Zolatava, editor-in-chief of the country's largest independent news website, Tut.by. Zolatava appeared in court in Minsk today on charges of illegally accessing part of a state-owned news outlet's website and "official...

Read More ›

AFP_Uganda_02-12-19.jpg

Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges

February 12, 2019 1:13 PM ET

Nairobi, February 12, 2019--Ugandan authorities should withdraw a directive ordering the suspension of the Daily Monitor news website, retract a threat of criminal proceedings against the publication, and refrain from using regulations to retaliate against journalists covering sensitive political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

AP_US Stmt2.12.jpg

CPJ concerned about journalists' safety at Trump's rallies

February 12, 2019 1:02 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the safety of journalists covering President Donald Trump's political rallies after a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) camera operator, Ron Skeans, was assaulted during a rally in El Paso, Texas, last night....

Read More ›

AFP_EU_Meet_1.jpg

Council of Europe report finds journalists face obstruction, violence

February 12, 2019 8:30 AM ET

The Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists today published its annual report, "Democracy at Risk."...

Read More ›

RT_US_Border_1.jpg

Several journalists say US border agents questioned them about migrant coverage

February 11, 2019 11:40 AM ET

New York, February 11, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is harassing journalists or subjecting them to invasive questioning during secondary screening when they cross into the United States....

Read More ›

Pakistan-AP_19040447650084.jpg

Pakistani journalist arrested for critical Twitter posts

February 9, 2019 1:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, a TV host for Din News, a privately-owned Urdu-language news station. Razi was arrested and taken into custody this morning in Lahore, according to...

Read More ›

AFP_Border_1.jpg

Mexico denies entry to at least 2 journalists covering migrant caravan

February 8, 2019 5:45 PM ET

Officials from Mexico's National Institute for Migration denied entry to at least two international journalists who tried to enter the country in January 2019 to cover a migrant caravan in Tijuana....

Read More ›

AFP_Russia_02-08-19.jpg

Russia investigates reporter, seizes property over allegations of "justifying terrorism"

February 8, 2019 3:16 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2019--Russian authorities should immediately drop a criminal investigation launched against reporter Svetlana Prokopyeva and return her personal possessions seized during a raid of her apartment by armed police on February 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

image (1) copy.jpg

CPJ holds presser outside White House, calls on Trump administration to reveal its findings on Khashoggi murder

February 7, 2019 5:35 PM ET

Read More ›

Ghana blog Anas_in_Abuja Rozen 1.30.2019.jpg

Ghana won't have press freedom without accountability

February 7, 2019 1:46 PM ET

Three bullets, fired at close range by two assassins on a black and blue Boxer motorbike on January 16, 2019, killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, according to Sammy Darko, a lawyer working on Divela's case. Darko told CPJ over the phone that bystanders saw it happen. Ghana's media...

Read More ›

AFP_CHP_1.jpg

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 2, 2019

February 7, 2019 1:36 PM ET

Court convicts parliamentary deputy and editor Barış Yarkadaş An Istanbul court on February 7 convicted Barış Yarkadaş, the parliamentary deputy for the main opposition party CHP and former chief editor of the online newspaper Gerçek Gündem, of "violating the secrecy of private life" and handed him a suspended 10-month...

Read More ›

AP_Uganda_02-07-19.jpg

Ugandan authorities arrest BBC journalists investigating black market drug sales

February 7, 2019 12:46 PM ET

Nairobi, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team....

Read More ›

Aasif_Sultan-Muzamil-Mattoo.jpeg

CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to drop charges against journalist

February 7, 2019 11:53 AM ET

New York, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist Aasif Sultan and release him from jail after local news outlets reported that formal charges were filed against him today....

Read More ›

AFP_Afghan2.6.jpg

Two radio journalists shot and killed in northern Afghanistan

February 6, 2019 5:18 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Afghan authorities to promptly investigate and bring to justice those responsible for yesterday's killing of two journalists in Taloqan, the capital city of northern Takhar province....

Read More ›

AFP_Algeria_02-06-19.jpg

Algerian journalist handed six-month suspended prison sentence

February 6, 2019 3:55 PM ET

On December 25, 2018, the Bab al-Oued court in Algiers sentenced Adlène Mellah, founder of online news outlets Dzair Presse and Algerie-Direct, to one year in prison on charges of "incitement of armed assembly" in response to his coverage of a gathering, according to news reports and his lawyer,...

Read More ›

AFP_Serbia_02-06_1.jpg

Serbia's N1TV receives letter threatening to kill staff, blow up office

February 6, 2019 2:43 PM ET

Berlin, February 6, 2019--Serbian authorities should thoroughly investigate a death threat made against staff at the privately owned N1TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The station received a letter on February 4 from someone threatening to kill its journalists and their families, and to blow up its...

Read More ›

AP_Japan_02-06-19.jpg

Japan prevents freelance journalist from traveling to report in Yemen

February 6, 2019 1:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Japanese government to allow freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to leave the country to conduct reporting. Tsuneoka was stopped by immigration officials at Tokyo's Haneda Airport while trying to leave Japan for a reporting trip to Yemen...

Read More ›

AFP_Vietnam-02-06-19.jpg

CPJ calls on Thailand to account for missing Vietnamese blogger

February 6, 2019 12:15 PM ET

Bangkok, February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat, publicly report on that investigation's findings, and take all measures to ensure that the journalist has not been illegally abducted or detained....

Read More ›

AFP_Mediapart_1.jpg

French police attempt to search Mediapart offices over Benalla report

February 4, 2019 1:55 PM ET

Berlin, February 4, 2019--The Paris prosecutor's office should cease its attempts to search the offices of investigative news outlet Mediapart, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Mediapart reported that police and prosecutors attempted to search its office today as part of an investigation into the outlet's reporting on the...

Read More ›

RT_Lebanon-02-04-19.jpg

Unknown assailants attack Lebanese TV station with hand grenade

February 4, 2019 12:28 PM ET

Beirut, February 4, 2019 -- Lebanese authorities should do their utmost to identify and punish those responsible for the February 2 hand grenade attack on independent broadcaster Al-Jadeed TV and ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

AFP_France-02-04-19.jpg

French radio station burned in arson attack, anarchist group claims responsibility

February 4, 2019 10:09 AM ET

The Grenoble office of regional French public radio station France Bleu Isère was partially destroyed in an arson attack on January 28, 2019, according to the broadcaster. On January 30, a local anti-capitalist anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the station reported....

Read More ›

Paul1_CameroonWeb_1.jpg

Cameroon Web reporter attacked with knife outside his home

February 1, 2019 2:57 PM ET

Abidjan, February 1, 2019--Cameroonian authorities should immediately investigate an attack on Paul Chouta, a reporter for the privately owned news website Cameroon Web, and ensure that those who assaulted him are swiftly brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

AFP_India-02-01-19.jpg

Indian TV crew assaulted by Hindu far-right protesters over Sabarimala shrine coverage

February 1, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Two journalists from independent Telugu-language news channel Mojo TV were harassed and assaulted by members of a right-wing group in the city of Hyderabad, India, on January 23, 2019, one of the reporters told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reporter Prathibha Priyadarshani Mukkera and camera person Bhanu Mudhiraj were...

Read More ›

Social Media

View All ›