April 2019

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Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana detained by Saudi authorities

April 25, 2019 4:10 PM ET

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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, week of April 21, 2019

April 25, 2019 3:24 PM ET

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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Myanmar military sues The Irrawaddy for criminal defamation over conflict coverage

April 25, 2019 11:32 AM ET

Bangkok, April 25, 2019 -- Myanmar's military should drop its criminal defamation case against independent news outlet The Irrawaddy over its coverage of the conflict in the country's Rakhine state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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#WeStandWithLyra

April 25, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Cuban police detain and beat journalist Roberto Jesús Quiñones in Guantánamo

April 24, 2019 6:13 PM ET

Miami, April 24, 2019--Cuban authorities should immediately release journalist Roberto Jesús Quiñones, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippine news and human rights organizations accused of 'plot' against Duterte

April 24, 2019 2:31 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Philippines President Roderigo Duterte providing information to The Manila Times, a local daily, alleging that media and legal groups orchestrated a "plot" to discredit and oust him....

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Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

April 22, 2019 11:31 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment today after the Myanmar Supreme Court upheld Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's convictions. Reuters reported that the Supreme Court justice said the appeal was rejected and did not elaborate further....

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In Peru, journalist Gustavo Gorriti, other media blamed for ex-president's suicide

April 22, 2019 6:11 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2019 - Peruvian authorities should immediately take action to ensure the safety of journalists at news website IDL-Reporteros, and officials should refrain from making inflammatory statements blaming the outlet and its director, Gustavo Gorriti, for the suicide last week of former President Alan García, the...

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Turkey can jail Cumhuriyet staff 'at any minute,' lawyers say

April 22, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Istanbul, April 22, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities to not take eight former employees from the daily Cumhuriyet into custody until the Supreme Court has heard their colleagues' appeal. At a press conference in Istanbul today, lawyers representing the employees said they would ask authorities...

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Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during riot in Northern Ireland

April 19, 2019 9:47 AM ET

New York, April 19, 2019 - Freelance journalist Lyra McKee was fatally injured late last night during riots and a police operation in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, according to multiple news reports....

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'You cannot muzzle the media'

April 19, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Supreme Court could limit FOIA, curtail investigative reporting

April 18, 2019 3:32 PM ET

It's been over eight years since Jonathan Ellis, an investigative reporter at the Argus Leader, filed what he thought was a routine Freedom of Information Act request. He wanted five years of reimbursement data from the Agriculture Department (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--a program that helps people with...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 14, 2019

April 18, 2019 2:56 PM ET

Sözcü journalists on trial At a hearing for journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü, in Istanbul, on April 18, the prosecutor asked that seven staff members be found guilty for "willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure," the news website Diken reported. The...

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Romanian investigative journalist Emilia Șercan receives death threats

April 18, 2019 1:44 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2019 -- Romanian authorities should conduct a swift investigation into the death threats levied against investigative journalist Emilia Șercan and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Saudi Arabia detains 3 more bloggers

April 18, 2019 1:21 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2019 -- Saudi authorities must immediately stop persecuting journalists and release those swept up in their recent detention campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two sentenced to death for 2018 killing of Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand

April 17, 2019 4:22 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Afghan government to deliver justice through a fair and transparent process after two suspects were sentenced to death for the killing of Kabul News journalist Abdul Manan Arghand....

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Journalists injured by police during protest in Bulgaria

April 17, 2019 3:27 PM ET

On April 12, 2019, at least two journalists were injured while covering clashes between police and protesters in Gabrovo, a town in central Bulgaria, according to local media reports....

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Bahraini journalist Ibrahim al-Sheikh believed to be detained on false news charges

April 17, 2019 2:40 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2019 -- Bahraini authorities must immediately clarify whether they are detaining Akhbar al-Khaleej columnist Ibrahim al-Sheikh and, if so, release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured while covering protests in northwestern Iraq

April 17, 2019 12:33 PM ET

Two journalists covering demonstrations in northwestern Iraq suffered injuries on March 22, 2019, when they were struck by a vehicle carrying the provincial governor, according to an account by one of the journalists, and local press freedom groups....

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Finnish journalist Johanna Vehkoo fined for criminal defamation

April 17, 2019 8:43 AM ET

Berlin, April 17, 2019 -- Finnish authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against investigative journalist Johanna Vehkoo on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Brazilian court orders online magazine Crusoé to remove article about judge

April 16, 2019 6:15 PM ET

Sao Paulo, April 16, 2019--Brazil's Supreme Court should revoke a decision to censure and fine an online magazine and refrain from censoring media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Algeria expels AFP bureau chief Aymeric Vincenot after accreditation expires

April 16, 2019 1:10 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the expulsion of Aymeric Vincenot, the Agence France-Presse bureau chief in Algiers, and called on the Algerian government to facilitate press accreditation for foreign journalists....

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Cuban police detain journalist Augusto César San Martín, confiscate equipment and impose fines

April 16, 2019 8:42 AM ET

On April 9, 2019, at around 7:00 a.m., authorities raided the Havana home of Augusto César San Martín, a reporter for the independent news website CubaNet and a member of the Association for Press Freedom, an organization that promotes press freedom in Cuba, according to CubaNet, news reports, and...

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Tandav News editor Giri investigated under Nepal's cybercrime act

April 15, 2019 5:29 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Nepal to not pursue charges under the country's cybercrime act against Arjun Giri, the editor of the weekly Tandav News, who was briefly detained today....

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Civil case filed in US over murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

April 15, 2019 3:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2019 -- Today, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, unsealed a civil lawsuit against former Sri Lankan Defense Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a dual U.S.-Sri Lankan citizen, seeking damages for his alleged involvement in the...

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Journalists injured during anti-government protest in Albania

April 15, 2019 2:28 PM ET

On April 13, 2019, Albanian police fired tear gas into a crowd during a demonstration in the capital, Tirana, affecting several journalists, according to news reports and video footage of the protest....

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'You cannot muzzle the media': Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

April 15, 2019 11:59 AM ET

When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo,...

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Why the prosecution of Julian Assange is troubling for press freedom

April 12, 2019 5:58 PM ET

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police yesterday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange--a development press freedom advocates had long feared....

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U.S. prosecution of Assange has potential implications for press freedom

April 12, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Australian journalists could be jailed for allegedly violating court's gag order

April 11, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about summons issued by the Victoria state supreme court in Australia to 23 journalists and 13 news organizations to appear on April 15 and face possible prison sentences or fines. The journalists and outlets allegedly...

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Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov blocked from leaving the country

April 11, 2019 3:00 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019 -- Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift travel restrictions on blogger Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ troubled by prosecution of Julian Assange

April 11, 2019 2:28 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it was deeply concerned by the U.S. prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Authorities in the United Kingdom arrested Assange this morning at the Ecuadoran Embassy as part of an extradition agreement with the U.S., according to a...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 7, 2019

April 11, 2019 1:05 PM ET

14 trials in one week for Özgür Gündem publisher Over the course of one week, Turkish courts agreed to proceed with 14 cases involving Ziya Çiçekçi, a former publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) reported. All but one of the cases involve...

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Offices of independent Belarusian TV station Belsat raided in slander case

April 11, 2019 12:25 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019 -- Belarusian authorities should immediately drop their criminal slander investigation of independent online television station Belsat and allow the broadcaster's reporters and staff to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist Amade Abubacar

April 11, 2019 10:36 AM ET

Johannesburg, April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other civil society groups today issued a joint statement urging Mozambican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release community radio journalist Amade Abubacar, who has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest on January 5....

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Indian court gags news outlets from reporting 'derogatory' information about candidate

April 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

A Bengaluru court on March 30, 2019, issued a gag order to 44 Indian news outlets as well as Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo, barring the outlets and platforms from publishing "defamatory and derogatory" content about Tejasvi Surya, a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to independent...

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Comoros authorities detain journalist, censor newspapers amid political crisis

April 10, 2019 2:08 PM ET

Nairobi, April 10, 2019 -- Authorities in the Comoros should stop detaining journalists and censoring the press in the wake of the disputed March 24 presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes Sacramento police commitments to new journalist protection protocols

April 10, 2019 12:45 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes commitments made by Daniel Hahn, the chief of police of Sacramento, California, to make changes to the way the department treats journalists during protests....

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At least 10 Palestinian journalists injured by Israeli soldiers while covering Gaza protests since late March

April 9, 2019 3:35 PM ET

At least 10 Palestinian journalists were injured by gunfire, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip from March 22 to April 5, 2019, according to the journalists, news reports, and local press freedom groups....

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Nazarbayev's long rule leaves toxic legacy for Kazakhstan's media

April 9, 2019 2:38 PM ET

In 2011, I observed an astonishing spectacle in the Respublika newspaper offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan's financial capital. Journalists were putting a modern-day twist on samizdat, a practice in the Soviet Union whereby dissidents laboriously copied illicit material to circumvent censorship....

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Proposed media regulator provokes strong criticism in Pakistan

April 8, 2019 5:48 PM ET

Pakistani journalists are a fractious lot. The unions have split into competing factions. TV networks snap at each other on air. So it takes something really threatening to prompt journalists to come to a common point of view. That's happened as the government's latest plan to create a new...

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At least four more journalists arrested in Saudi crackdown

April 8, 2019 3:50 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2019 -- Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately release journalists Thumar al-Marzouqi, Bader al-Ibrahim, Mohammed al-Sadiq, and Abdullah al-Duhailan and stop their brazen campaign against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Morocco hands local journalists suspended prison sentences, expels Dutch journalist

April 8, 2019 2:54 PM ET

On January 2, 2018, a court in Rabat, Morocco's capital, charged four local journalists with disclosing unpublished information concerning a parliamentary commission of inquiry, according to one of the journalists, Mohammed Ahdad, who spoke with CPJ. On March 27, 2019, the court gave each journalist a six-month suspended prison...

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Italian journalist assaulted, robbed while reporting in park

April 8, 2019 8:38 AM ET

On April 2, 2019, Valentino Gonzato, an Italian reporter with the daily newspaper Il Giornale di Vicenza, was assaulted by a group of seven people while reporting in Fornaci Park in Vicenza, a city in Northern Italy, according to his employer....

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Journalist Luis Carlos Díaz released from detention, banned from leaving Venezuela

April 5, 2019 4:14 PM ET

Venezuelan authorities released radio journalist Luis Carlos Díaz on March 12, 2019, after detaining him for more than 24 hours, according to news reports....

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CPJ welcomes convictions in murder of Serbian journalist Slavko Ćuruvija

April 5, 2019 2:08 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2019--A Belgrade court today convicted four former Serbian state security officers of the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, owner of the mass-circulation Dnevni Telegraf, Serbia's first private daily, and the weekly magazine Evropljanin, independent regional news website Balkan Insight reported. Ćuruvija, 51, was shot...

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Treason trial of Russian state media journalist begins in Ukraine

April 5, 2019 1:29 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2019 -- The trial of Kirill Vyshynsky, Kiev bureau chief of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, started yesterday in the Podil district court in Kiev, according to Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform. The court heard the prosecutor's indictment and will convene again on...

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What we need to know about CBP's searches of journalists at San Diego

April 5, 2019 1:05 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the Customs and Border Protection Agency inappropriately targeted and questioned journalists and activists. The investigation, announced by CBP on March 6, came after NBC 7 obtained documents showing that the border agency compiled a list of individuals, including at least...

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#WhereIsAzory?

April 5, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Russian draft legislation would ban distribution of foreign print media without government permission

April 4, 2019 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Russian parliament to drop legislative amendments that would ban the distribution of foreign print media in the country without government permission....

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Uncertainty and risk for journalists stranded at Venezuelan border

April 4, 2019 4:07 PM ET

As Venezuela's political crisis deepens, and the country closes its border with Colombia following violent clashes in late February, CPJ's emergencies director, María Salazar Ferro traveled to the Colombian border city Cúcuta, with Luisa Isaza, head of protection for the Colombian press freedom group FLIP, and CPJ's Andes correspondent,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 31, 2019

April 4, 2019 1:31 PM ET

Eight sentenced over Özgür Gündem campaign An Istanbul court on April 3 sentenced seven guest editors who took part in a solidarity campaign with the now shuttered daily, Özgür Gündem, the television and news website Medyascope reported....

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Tunisian Reuters and TRT journalists detained, expelled during Algeria protests

April 4, 2019 12:35 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention and expulsion of two Tunisian journalists from Algeria and called on Algerian authorities to allow the foreign press to freely cover demonstrations in the country....

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Venezuelan police detain reporter Danilo Gil while covering protests, charge him with resisting authority

April 4, 2019 11:30 AM ET

On March 30, 2019, police from Lagunillas, a municipality in Zulia state, beat and detained journalist Danilo Alberto Gil, a reporter for Venezuelan news outlet NotiRedVe--which operates on Twitter and Facebook--at around 9:30 a.m., while he was covering an opposition protest in the town of Ciudad Ojeda, according to...

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Armed men raid Somalia's Universal TV, fire guns in station

April 3, 2019 2:11 PM ET

Nairobi, April 3, 2019--Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate an attack on the privately-owned station Universal TV and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Italy's migrant beat beset with smear campaigns, harassment

April 2, 2019 5:19 PM ET

When Annalisa Camilli spent eight days on an Open Arms ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean, she knew her reporting for the Italian news magazine Internazionale may attract trolls. Camilli has covered the migrant beat for years and this was her second trip with the non-profit rescue operation....

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In Egypt, 'freedom' ends daily at 6pm for Shawkan and Abdelfattah

April 2, 2019 4:27 PM ET

Relief over the release of Egyptian journalists Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, and Alaa Abdelfattah from prison last month has been clouded by the conditions of their freedom. "I am happy to see your joy over my release, but I am unfortunately not free," Abdelfattah wrote to his...

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Politician attacks journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 2, 2019 1:17 PM ET

Berlin, April 2, 2019 - Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina should quickly and thoroughly investigate the attack and harassment of journalist Adi Kebo by Sarajevo politician Huso Ćesir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Calls for Slovakia's new president to respect press freedom

April 2, 2019 12:27 PM ET

CPJ and a coalition of eight other international press freedom groups today called on the newly elected president of Slovakia to respect press freedom and ensure the safety of journalists....

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Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

April 2, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, April 2, 2019 -- Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, and allow journalists in the country to contribute to the two organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Singapore 'fake news' legislation endangers press freedom

April 2, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, April 2, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on the Singapore parliament to reject legislation that would force online platforms to take down or amend news or information authorities deem as false....

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Mexican reporter Omar Camacho found dead in Sinaloa state

April 2, 2019 9:14 AM ET

Mexico City, April 2, 2019 -- Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a swift, credible, and exhaustive investigation into the death of reporter Omar Iván Camacho Mascareño, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Infographic: Journalists named in Guardian report on torture in Saudi jails

April 1, 2019 3:14 PM ET

Individuals detained under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's crackdown on dissent, including at least four journalists, are being abused and tortured in Saudi prisons, according to medical assessments prepared for King Salman and leaked to The Guardian....

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