Police officers are seen in Cotonou, Benin, on March 9, 2018. Beninese authorities recently launched a fake news investigation into Casimir Kpedjo, editor of the privately owned daily Nouvelle Economie. (AFP/Yanick Folly)

Journalist Casimir Kpedjo detained, facing false news accusations in Benin

Goma, Congo, April 30, 2019 — Beninese authorities should drop their investigation into Casimir Kpedjo, editor of the privately owned daily Nouvelle Economie, and allow him to report and publish news without fear of harassment or being jailed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer stands guard at the 100% Noticias offices in Managua, Nicaragua, on December 22, 2018. The trial of journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora was recently delayed without a new date set. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Trial of detained Nicaraguan journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora indefinitely delayed

Miami, April 30, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today renewed its calls for Nicaraguan authorities to immediately released detained journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora. Their trial, which was scheduled to begin yesterday, was instead postponed without a new date set, according to local news reports.

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Priests are seen in the background as security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony's shrine on April 29, 2019, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday killed hundreds. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

Social media still blocked in Sri Lanka following terror attack

Several social media sites remained blocked in Sri Lanka today, according to NetBlocks, an independent, international civil society group that monitors internet censorship. Sri Lankan authorities blocked the sites, along with several messaging apps, throughout the country on April 21, following a terrorist attack that left more than 253 people dead, according to international news…

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks at his daily press briefing at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 12, 2019. During a press briefing on April 23, he criticized a local newspaper, whose editor has since received death threats. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

Editor-in-chief of Mexican newspaper Reforma targeted by death threats following criticism from president

Mexico City, April 29, 2019 — Mexican federal authorities must guarantee the safety of Juan Pardinas, the editor-in-chief of Mexico City newspaper Reforma, who has recently faced harassment and death threats online, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa, in August 2018. Since Abiy's election, conditions for Ethiopia's journalists have improved, but some challenges remain. (AFP/Michael Tewelde)

Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At a public forum that CPJ attended, journalists spoke about positive reforms, but also openly criticized their lack of access to the government. At…

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A man reads a newspaper at a market in Lima, in September 2018. A Peru court has ordered assets for Ojo Público and two journalists to be frozen. (Reuters/Mariana Bazo)

Peruvian judge orders assets freeze for Ojo Público, 2 journalists in defamation case

Bogotá, Colombia, April 29, 2019– A Peruvian court has ordered assets belonging to the independent news website Ojo Público, its executive director Óscar Castilla, and La República investigative reporter Edmundo Cruz, to be frozen while a criminal defamation complaint against them is heard, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on…

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Demonstrators run as Israeli troops fire tear gas canisters in the southern Gaza Strip on April 19, 2019. At least four Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli troops during the protests. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Israeli forces injure four Palestinian journalists covering Gaza protests

On April 19, 2019, at least four Palestinian journalists covering protests in the Gaza Strip were injured by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers, according to local press freedom organizations and social media posts by the journalists and their colleagues.

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Police scuffle with protesters during a yellow vest demonstration in Paris on April 20, 2019. Two journalists were arrested during the protests. (AP/Francisco Seco)

Two journalists arrested covering yellow vest protests in France

On April 20, 2019, video journalists Gaspard Glanz and Alexis Kraland were arrested while covering “yellow vest” anti-government protests in Paris, according to media reports.

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People are seen at the General Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 24, 2018. Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana was detained by Saudi authorities in February. (Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser)

Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana detained by Saudi authorities

New York, April 25, 2019 — Saudi authorities should immediately release Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana as well as the other journalists swept up in their campaign against dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Lawyers and former employees of the Turkish daily, Cumhuriyet, pictured at a press conference in Istanbul on April 22. Six of the former staff handed themselves over to prison authorities today. (CPJ/Özgür Öğret)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 21, 2019

Cumhuriyet staff hand themselves over to prison authorities Six former employees from the daily Cumhuriyet handed themselves into authorities today, after the legal paperwork for their failed appeal was entered into Turkey’s judicial system and warrants were issued for their arrest, according to their lawyer and reports.

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