March 2019

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Journalist Hiram Moreno survives gun attack in Oaxaca, Mexico

March 22, 2019 5:44 PM ET

Mexico City, March 22, 2019 -- Authorities must immediately investigate an attack on Mexican journalist Hiram Moreno and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Moreno, the editor of news website Evidencias, survived a shooting in Salina Cruz, a town in Oaxaca state, on March 20,...

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Zambia suspends independent TV broadcaster for 30 days

March 22, 2019 3:50 PM ET

Cape Town, March 22, 2019 -- Zambia's minister of information and broadcasting should grant an appeal requested by the privately owned Prime TV broadcaster and allow the station back on air after the country's media regulator suspended its license for 30 days for alleged unprofessionalism, the Committee to Protect...

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India elections 2019: Journalists safety kit

March 22, 2019 1:28 PM ET

India is scheduled to hold national and provincial elections from April 11 to May 19, 2019. As the country celebrates over 70 years of democracy, journalists are under pressure from attacks, harassment, cyber bullying, and government restrictions. At least five journalists were killed in relation to their work in...

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British journalist in Albania targeted in smear campaign

March 22, 2019 8:27 AM ET

British freelance journalist and blogger Alice Taylor, who writes for various international publications and for the Albania-focused news website Exit, has been targeted in a smear campaign by pro-government news outlets in Albania and had her residency permit renewal denied, the journalist told CPJ....

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Internet blackouts in Venezuela, and fighting for justice in the Maldives

March 22, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Zimbabwe must release filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele

March 21, 2019 5:02 PM ET

New York, March 21--State security today arrested documentary filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele and charged him with "possession of offensive weapons at public gatherings," under Section 43 of Zimbabwe's Criminal Law Code, according to his lawyers and news reports. Security officers found a used tear gas canister in the journalist's car...

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists are victim of political tension

March 21, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Mission journal: Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan are under pressure from authorities in the autonomous northern Iraqi region, with news outlets shuttered and critical reporters arrested. With government formation talks underway, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado travels to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok to hear from...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 17, 2019

March 21, 2019 3:08 PM ET

Evrensel journalist acquitted over Paradise Papers charge An Istanbul court on March 19 acquitted Çağrı Sarı, the former responsible news editor for the leftist daily Evrensel, of insult and libel, her employer reported. The case focused on Evrensel's coverage of the Paradise Papers in April, which alleged that President...

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Labor rights website editor Wei Zhili arrested in China; another is missing

March 21, 2019 1:47 PM ET

Taipei, March 21, 2019 -- Chinese authorities should immediately release ILabour.net editor Wei Zhili and ensure that editors and reporters will not be arrested for reporting on workers' rights....

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Bolsonaro is making Brazilian journalists' jobs more difficult

March 21, 2019 1:20 PM ET

First as a candidate and now in his first months as president, Jair Bolsonaro has made his disdain for the media crystal clear. Ministers, supporters, and his family members have followed his lead by no longer offering interviews, attacking and blocking critical reporters on social media, and calling them...

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Ghanaian police beat, arrest journalist Malik Sullemana

March 21, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Dakar, Senegal, March 21, 2019 -- Authorities in Ghana should hold to account the police officers responsible for beating journalist Malik Sullemana, ensure a thorough investigation into their actions, and protect the safety of the press during interactions with police, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who disappeared in Thailand, imprisoned in Vietnam

March 21, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, March 21, 2019 -- Vietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release detained blogger Truong Duy Nhat and allow him to travel freely outside of the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Widow of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez targeted by spyware

March 20, 2019 5:42 PM ET

Mexico City, March 20, 2019--Griselda Triana, the widow of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, was targeted by spyware identified as Pegasus in 2017 in an apparent spying attempt, according to a new report released today by Canadian research group Citizen Lab....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

March 20, 2019 2:31 PM ET

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of March 14 and 15 in the Sofala province of Mozambique. The storm continued inland, causing flooding across Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. The port city of Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, has been flattened and the humanitarian crisis...

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Radio reporter Santiago Barroso shot dead in Mexico's Sonora state

March 19, 2019 7:04 PM ET

Mexico City, March 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Mexican authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of radio journalist Santiago Barroso and bring the perpetrators to justice. The reporter was shot dead at his home in San Luis Río Colorado, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora,...

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Hamas detains at least 3 Palestinian journalists after Gaza cost-of-living protests

March 19, 2019 4:13 PM ET

Beirut, March 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the detention of at least three Gazan journalists and called on authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to release them immediately....

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Maldives commission renews hope of justice for Rilwan and Rasheed

March 18, 2019 6:00 PM ET

Mission Journal: With a new presidential commission investigating the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla and the murder of Yameen Rasheed, CPJ's Asia program research associate Aliya Iftikhar travels to Malé in late February to speak with the bloggers' families about their pursuit of justice, and with authorities about the...

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CPJ and others request meeting with Sacramento police over treatment of journalists at protest

March 18, 2019 4:59 PM ET

In a letter to Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn, CPJ and several other rights organizations express concern about police conduct toward journalists covering protests on March 4, and request a meeting.

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TV journalist Leonardo Gabriel Hernández shot dead in Honduras

March 18, 2019 4:35 PM ET

Miami, March 18, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Honduran authorities to immediately undertake a credible and rigorous investigation into the killing of journalist Leonardo Gabriel Hernández....

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Maduro's internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

March 18, 2019 3:14 PM ET

One of the world's biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming....

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Afghan journalist killed; Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility

March 18, 2019 1:40 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the killing of Afghan journalist Sultan Mahmoud Khairkhwah and calls on authorities to investigate his killing and improve the safety of journalists in the country....

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German freelancer Billy Six freed, leaves Venezuela after 4 months in prison

March 18, 2019 10:37 AM ET

New York, March 18, 2019 -- German freelance reporter Billy Six returned to Germany yesterday after spending almost four months in detention in Venezuela, according to news reports....

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Polish reporter Tomasz Surdel assaulted in Venezuela

March 15, 2019 4:34 PM ET

Miami, March 15, 2019 -- Venezuelan authorities should conduct an urgent and thorough investigation into the violent assault of reporter Tomasz Surdel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Saudi Arabia arrests journalist on unknown charges

March 15, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Kazakhstan journalist fined after covering protests

March 14, 2019 4:13 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2019 -- Kazakhstan authorities should not contest journalist Saniya Toiken's appeal of a fine imposed in response to her coverage of protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Congolese journalist jailed for one year for insulting governor

March 14, 2019 2:55 PM ET

Cape Town, March 14, 2019 -- Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not oppose journalist Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe's appeal of a year-long prison sentence for insulting a provincial governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Joint letter urges congressional action on Jamal Khashoggi case

March 14, 2019 2:39 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 10 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) leadership urging congressional action in the pursuit of justice for murdered Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi....

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CPJ joins calls to end social media block in Chad

March 14, 2019 2:33 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists this week joined at least 79 rights organizations to urge African Union and United Nations experts to take action to end the government of Chad's nearly year-long block on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The letters, addressed respectively to the African...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 10, 2019

March 14, 2019 2:04 PM ET

Court convicts Gün Printing House owner and staff An Istanbul court on March 11 convicted seven employees of the Gün Printing House, including the owner, Kasım Zengin, of anti-state charges and sentenced them to prison, the pro-Kurdish Mezopatamya News Agency reported. The court acquitted 15 other employees who were...

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Saudi Arabia jails another journalist, tries women who criticized driving ban

March 13, 2019 12:39 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2019--Saudi authorities must immediately release all journalists from jail and end its censorship of those critical of the kingdom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists in Nigeria detained, harassed, and assaulted while covering state elections

March 13, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 13, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the detention, harassment, and assault of journalists nationwide during the March 9 gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian authorities should allow Jay FM in Jos, Plateau state, to broadcast

March 12, 2019 5:05 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2019--Nigerian authorities should lift the ban on Jay FM radio station in the city of Jos in Plateau state and stop trying to intimidate its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on US Customs and Border Protection agency to reschedule meeting

March 12, 2019 1:55 PM ET

CPJ calls on Andrew Meehan, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, to reschedule the meeting as soon as possible on the treatment of journalists at U.S. borders

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Afghan journalist wounded in assassination attempt

March 12, 2019 1:16 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Afghan authorities to swiftly investigate the attempted assassination of journalist Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi in Helmand province today and bring the perpetrators to justice....

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How many journalists are jailed in China? Censorship means we don't know

March 12, 2019 1:14 PM ET

Reporting on China's harassment of journalists has never been easy. Lately it's been getting much harder, which suggests that conditions for the press could be worsening. At least 47 journalists were jailed in China at the time of CPJ's 2018 prison census and I am investigating at least a...

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Polish ruling party president files criminal libel complaint against independent daily

March 12, 2019 11:19 AM ET

On February 20, 2019, Jaroslaw Kaczyński, the leader of Poland's ruling PiS party, filed a criminal libel complaint at the Warsaw public prosecutor's office against Wojciech Czuchnowski and Iwona Szpala, investigative journalists at the country's biggest independent daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, according to their employer....

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Venezuelan intelligence agents detain critical journalist

March 12, 2019 10:09 AM ET

Miami, March 12, 2019 -- Venezuelan authorities should immediately release radio journalist Luis Carlos Díaz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian court issues fine, threatens jail time over opinion piece

March 11, 2019 4:48 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned a fine imposed by the Meghalaya state High Court on the publisher and editor of Meghalaya-based daily The Shillong Times....

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Indian government threatens to invoke Official Secrets Act against news outlets

March 11, 2019 2:29 PM ET

The government of Narendra Modi, through Attorney General K K Venugopal, on March 6, 2019, threatened to invoke the Official Secrets Act against daily newspaper The Hindu and news agency Asian News International (ANI) for critical reporting on a fighter jet deal in which the government has been accused...

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South African journalist doxxed by Economic Freedom Fighters leader, threatened

March 8, 2019 4:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran South African journalist Karima Brown--allegedly by supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)--after her phone number was published on Twitter by EFF leader Julius Malema. CPJ also called for the...

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Ukraine bars Austrian reporter from entering for one year

March 8, 2019 3:36 PM ET

Kiev, March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukraine to reverse its decision to ban Christian Wehrschütz, a veteran reporter for the state-run Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, from entering the country for one year....

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Ukrainian officials assault investigative reporter and cameraman

March 8, 2019 2:57 PM ET

Kiev, March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to swiftly investigate an assault on reporter Katerina Kaplyuk and cameraman Boris Trotsenko, who work for the investigative news show "Schemes," a project of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Ukrainian Service, and to ensure their attackers...

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Sudanese journalist detained in undisclosed location for weeks without charges

March 8, 2019 2:28 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2019 -- Sudanese authorities must immediately release journalist Osman Mirghani from detention or clarify his whereabouts and the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists detained, attacked in Ethiopia

March 8, 2019 10:45 AM ET

Two journalists with the privately owned online news outlet Mereja TV were briefly detained by regional police and then attacked by a mob in Legetafo, a town in Ethiopia's Oromia region, on February 23, 2019, Mereja TV CEO Elias Kifle told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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US border agency cancels meeting with press freedom groups

March 8, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2019 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today canceled a meeting with a coalition of press freedom groups--including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the ACOS Alliance--one day after it postponed the long-scheduled...

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Photographer detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities

March 8, 2019 8:36 AM ET

Beirut, March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the prolonged detention of Mustafa al-Kharouf, a photographer for the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency, and called for Israeli authorities to either clarify the reasons for his detention and deportation order or release him immediately....

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This week in press freedom: Egyptian photojournalist free after over 5 years in prison

March 8, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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On International Women's Day, CPJ highlights jailed female journalists

March 7, 2019 6:15 PM ET

On International Women's Day, CPJ has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ's prison census are women. At least one of those--Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan--was...

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Russia advances legislation on 'fake news' and 'disrespecting authorities'

March 7, 2019 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalist today called on Russia to drop proposed legislation advanced in the country's parliament that would allow courts to jail and fine people who use the internet to spread "fake news" or disrespect government officials and state symbols, including President Vladimir...

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Journalist arrested, charged under cybercrime law in Nigeria

March 7, 2019 3:56 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 3, 2019

March 7, 2019 12:57 PM ET

Journalist and former CHP politician sentenced An Istanbul court on March 1 convicted Eren Erdem, the former chief editor for the defunct daily Karşı and a former parliamentary deputy in the main opposition party CHP, of "knowingly and willingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being involved in the organization's hierarchical...

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CPJ Insider: March 2019 edition

March 7, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Venezuela's press freedom crisis heats up CPJ's Central and South America program and Emergencies Response Team have been in overdrive amid an intensifying press crackdown in Venezuela, which reached a new level when the Maduro government briefly detained Univision reporter and anchor Jorge Ramos and his crew on February...

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Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detain U.S. freelancer, Venezuelan fixer

March 6, 2019 5:06 PM ET

Miami, March 6, 2019--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release a U.S. freelance journalist and a Venezuelan fixer who were detained after counterintelligence agents raided their homes this morning in Caracas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat

March 6, 2019 3:08 PM ET

When President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would ever consider jailing a journalist, Barr paused for about eight seconds, then said he could "conceive of a situation" where a journalist is jailed as a "last resort."...

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan finally free after over 5 years in jail

March 4, 2019 2:10 AM ET

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2019--Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was today released from prison after spending over five years in detention on anti-state charges, according to a post from his Twitter account. According to news reports, Shawkan said he was officially approved for release on...

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Tanzania imposes 7-day publication ban on The Citizen

March 1, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2019--Authorities in Tanzania should lift a seven-day publication ban on the privately owned newspaper The Citizen and allow journalists to report on matters of public interest freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Services Department, which oversees newspaper licenses, temporarily suspended the publication...

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Caracas press crackdown goes from bad to worse

March 1, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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