A picture of Jones Abiri after he was arrested by Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) in 2016. (DSS/ Sahara Reporters)

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

New York, March 30, 2019–Unidentified men today arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, according to news reports, as well as a local activist with whom CPJ spoke and posts on social media.

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Police arrest journalist David Romero in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 28, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled in January that the Radio Globo and Globo TV director must serve a 10-year sentence for defamation. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)

Radio Globo director Romero in custody as Honduras enforces defamation ruling

Miami, March 29, 2019–Honduran police yesterday raided the Tegucigalpa office of Radio Globo and Globo TV and took the station’s director, David Romero Ellner, into custody to serve a 10-year prison sentence for defamation, according to news reports and local press freedom organization C-Libre. Romero took refuge in the station a few days ago, after…

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Roberto Saviano seen at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on February 12, 2019. Saviano is facing criminal defamation charges issued by Italy's interior minister. (Annegret Hilse/Reuters)

Italy’s Matteo Salvini pursues criminal defamation against journalist Roberto Saviano

Berlin, March 29, 2019 — The Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against freelance investigative journalist and author Roberto Saviano, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists cover the release of five colleagues briefly detained in Caracas in January. The number of arbitrary arrests of local and foreign journalists covering Venezuela's political and economic crisis is increasing. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Venezuela’s intimidation tactics include arbitrary arrests, deportation

When Venezuelan military officials detained American freelancer Cody Weddle on March 11, the experience was both frightening and bizarre. Weddle said that agents put a hood over his head and pressed him to reveal sources he had never spoken with. They suggested the reporter was a member of the CIA and would be charged with…

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A woman carries a flag in front of police during a protest in Algiers on March 29. Amid weeks of unrest, Algerian journalists are staging their own demonstrations over censorship. (Reuters/Ramzi Boudina)

Barred from covering unrest, Algerian journalists hold own protests

In a Q&A with CPJ, Algerian journalist Lynda Abbou explains why protests that have swept the country in recent weeks were a pivotal moment for journalists frustrated at censorship.

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A Tanzanian shoe-shiner conducts his business underneath an election poster for then ruling party presidential candidate, and later president, John Magufuli, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 27, 2015. On March 28, 2019, the East African Court of Justice found that multiple sections of Tanzania's Media Services Act restrict press freedom. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

East African court rules that Tanzania’s Media Services Act violates press freedom

Nairobi, March 28, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a ruling today by the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) that multiple sections of Tanzania’s Media Services Act restrict press freedom and freedom of expression, and called on the Tanzanian government to repeal the act.

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Demonstrators urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights blogger Eman Al Nafjan and activists Loujain al-Hathloul and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris on March 8, 2019. Today, Al Nafjan and two activists were released from prison. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

CPJ welcomes release of Saudi blogger after 10 months, calls for charges to be dropped

New York, March 28, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Saudiwoman’s Weblog founder Eman Al Nafjan, and called on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all other journalists in custody.

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Soldiers of the Mauritanian Army are pictured on an off-road vehicle on November 19, 2018. Two bloggers have been detained in the country on false news charges. (Thomas Samson/AFP)

Mauritania jails bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou on false news charges

New York, March 28, 2019 — Mauritanian authorities should immediately release bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou and stop detaining journalists on false news charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, pictured at an event in Istanbul, in October 2018. A judge dismissed a complaint filed by Albayrak and his brother over a Cumhuriyet reporter's Paradise Papers coverage. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 24, 2019

Court dismisses trial of Paradise Papers reporter Pelin Ünker The trial of Pelin Ünker, a former reporter for the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, who faced charges related to her coverage of the Paradise Papers, was closed on March 28 after the judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired, Medyascope reported. Ünker was accused of…

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Maria Ressa, executive editor of news website Rappler, speaks to the media after posting bail in a cyber-libel case at a court in Manila City, Philippines, on February 14, 2019. Philippine authorities issued arrest warrants for Ressa and several other Rappler executives on March 28 in a separate case. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippines issues arrest warrants against Rappler’s Maria Ressa, other executives

Bangkok, March 28, 2019 – Authorities in the Philippines issued today arrest warrants against news website Rappler editors and executives, including executive editor and founder Maria Ressa, for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media, according to news reports.

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