June 2019

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Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel and 'offensive communication'

June 14, 2019 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, June 14, 2019 -- Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately owned news website The Drone Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police attack journalists with batons, tear gas amid protests

June 14, 2019 3:41 PM ET

Taipei, June 14, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should immediately and thoroughly investigate police use of tear gas on journalists and allegations that officers hit and pushed journalists with batons during protests on June 12, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist Libardo Montenegro killed in Nariño, Colombia

June 14, 2019 3:41 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 14, 2019--Colombian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of radio journalist Libardo Montenegro and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey charges Bloomberg reporters with undermining the economy

June 14, 2019 2:38 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2019 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the decision by Turkey's judiciary to charge two Bloomberg reporters over their coverage of the Turkish economy....

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Editor Abdulmumin Gadzhiev detained in Russia on terrorism charges

June 14, 2019 1:44 PM ET

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2019--Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan should immediately drop the charges against Makhachkala-based journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev and release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists released in Nicaragua and Russia; Mexican journalist killed, another kidnapped

June 14, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Radio Sans Fin host Pétion Rospide killed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

June 13, 2019 5:40 PM ET

Miami, June 13, 2019 -- Haitian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of journalist Pétion Rospide and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uttar Pradesh police arrest third Nation Live journalist on accusations of 'defaming' chief minister

June 13, 2019 3:55 PM ET

New Delhi, June 13, 2019--Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should immediately intervene and instruct state police to cease arresting journalists under defamation accusations after news reports of a new arrest earlier this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran charges Telegram news channel Gam reporters over labor coverage

June 13, 2019 3:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately release three reporters for Gam (Step), a Telegram app news channel covering labor issues, and drop all charges against them and one other reporter for the channel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 9, 2019

June 13, 2019 2:19 PM ET

Journalist in jail for insulting presidentOn June 13, Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, started an 11-month and 20-day prison sentence for "insulting the president," according to his column published the same day. The column featured an update from the newspaper that said that...

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Romanian investigative journalist Diana Oncioiu receives anonymous death threat

June 13, 2019 2:04 PM ET

Berlin, June 13, 2019 -- Romanian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the death threat against investigative journalist Diana Oncioiu and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the European Games in Belarus

June 13, 2019 12:45 PM ET

The second European Games is scheduled to take place in Minsk, Belarus, from June 21 to June 30. Local and international journalists covering the Games should be aware of media regulations, the potential for data theft, and the risk of a digital security breach....

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Mexican reporter Norma Sarabia killed in Tabasco; another journalist kidnapped in Veracruz

June 12, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Mexico City, June 12, 2019--Mexican authorities must immediately and transparently investigate the killing of reporter Norma Sarabia and do everything in their power to ensure the safe recovery of journalist Marcos Miranda Cogco, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Austrian politician Strache sues German newspapers over 'Ibiza video'

June 12, 2019 1:38 PM ET

Berlin, June 12, 2019 -- German authorities should reject criminal complaints filed by former Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache against news outlets that published a video that led to his resignation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Algerian state broadcaster suspends two journalists amid reporters' sit-ins

June 12, 2019 10:16 AM ET

In April and May 2019, Algeria's Public Establishment of Television, the state broadcaster, suspended at least two television journalists who sought to cover protests in the country, according to journalists who spoke to CPJ and news reports....

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CPJ welcomes release of Nicaraguan journalists Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda

June 11, 2019 12:46 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2019---The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda Ubau, the director and news director of independent digital and cable news channel 100% Noticias; the two journalists had been imprisoned since a police raid on their Managua newsroom on...

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CPJ joins call for UN to continue scrutinizing human rights situation in Eritrea

June 11, 2019 11:15 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organizations today sent a letter to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to continue to scrutinize the human rights situation in Eritrea. The letter was sent ahead of the 41st session of the Human Rights...

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Police arrest journalists for airing 'defamatory content' against Uttar Pradesh chief minister

June 9, 2019 12:55 PM ET

New Delhi, June 9, 2019 -- Authorities in Uttar Pradesh must immediately release Nation Live journalists Anuj Shukla and Ishita Singh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Liberian authorities to ensure access to internet and social media services

June 7, 2019 5:27 PM ET

Abidjan, June 7, 2019--Starting this morning, social media services including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp were disrupted throughout Liberia, according to data from the internet advocacy group NetBlocks and local journalists who spoke with the Committee to Protect Journalists. NetBlocks also reported disruptions to the Associated Press website...

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Police detain, allegedly beat Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov

June 7, 2019 1:40 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2019 -- Russian authorities should immediately drop all charges against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, release him, and investigate allegations that he was beaten in police custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police open criminal investigation into Indian journalist Vishweshwar Bhat

June 7, 2019 11:40 AM ET

On May 26, 2019, Bengaluru police opened a criminal investigation into Vishweshwar Bhat, the editor-in-chief of privately owned Kannada-language newspaper Vishwavani, after a complaint was filed against him by a member of the state's ruling Janata Dal (Secular) party, according to Indian news portal The News Minute....

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CPJ calls on Yemeni government to ensure that the rights of all journalists are respected

June 7, 2019 11:35 AM ET

CPJ thanks Yemeni Ambassador Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak for his May 2019 letter expressing concern for the welfare of journalists in areas under Houthi control, and calls on the Yemeni government to ensure that the rights of all journalists in the country are respected.

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Croatian journalist Danijel Majić assaulted, harassed in Austria

June 7, 2019 11:17 AM ET

Danijel Majić, a Croatian journalist working for German daily Frankfurter Rundschau, said he was physically and verbally assaulted by a Croatian TV presenter and members of the crowd in the Austrian city of Bleiburg on May 18, 2019, according to Majić's newspaper. A Croatian publication later published photographs of...

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Venezuela's Supreme Court orders La Patilla to pay US$5m in damages to Cabello

June 7, 2019 10:27 AM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Venezuelan Supreme Court's decision to order the independent news site La Patilla to pay US$5 million damages to a former vice-president as part of a civil defamation lawsuit, according to news reports....

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German draft legislation would enable intelligence agencies to spy on journalists

June 7, 2019 8:30 AM ET

Berlin, June 7, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the German Ministry of the Interior to drop draft legislation that would make it easier for intelligence services to surveil journalists and their sources....

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Troubling police raids on Australian journalists

June 7, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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South African court rules Malema, EFF violated Electoral Code of Conduct in Karima Brown doxxing incident

June 6, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Johannesburg, June 6, 2019--The Johannesburg High Court ruled today that opposition politician Julius Malema and his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, had breached the country's Electoral Code of Conduct by doxxing veteran journalist Karima Brown, according to a copy of the judgment seen by the Committee to Protect...

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Nigerian journalist Kofi Bartels says police beat him, threatened him with sexual assault

June 6, 2019 3:50 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for allegedly assaulting and threatening journalist Kofi Bartels, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Presidential hopeful Soro should drop complaint against Ivory Coast journalist

June 6, 2019 3:14 PM ET

Abidjan, June 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ivory Coast politician Guillaume Soro to withdraw a criminal complaint against Sidi Tehra, director of the privately owned weekly L'Essor Ivoirien, and champion the reform of the country's penal code to ensure that journalists are not imprisoned for...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 2:01 PM ET

German journalist accused of insulting president A prosecutor in Ankara has started an investigation into German journalist Süheyla Kaplan who is accused of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and terrorism propaganda, Deutsche Welle reported. Evidence cited against the journalist includes a political cartoon of the Turkey's president that she...

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Kurdish security forces detain reporter Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir in northern Syria

June 6, 2019 1:28 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2019 -- Kurdish security forces in the northern Syrian city of al-Hasakah should immediately release journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hamas attorney general calls for Gaza ban of pro-Fatah weekly

June 5, 2019 3:01 PM ET

Beirut, June 5, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the attorney general in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to drop his recommendation that a court ban distribution of the pro-Fatah daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida....

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Journalists assaulted, news vehicle burned at Kenyan high school

June 5, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Nairobi, June 5, 2019 -- Kenyan authorities should thoroughly investigate the attack on a Kenya Television Network news team at a Machakos county high school and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters, seize documents over Afghanistan reports

June 5, 2019 12:29 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the Australian Federal Police raid on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Sydney today and called on authorities to immediately return any documents or other property seized. In a statement, police said the raid was related...

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Russian video blogger Vadim Kharchenko attacked, injured in Krasnodar

June 4, 2019 5:57 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2019--Russian authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the brutal attack on video blogger Vadim Kharchenko in the southwestern city of Krasnodar and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Insider: June edition

June 4, 2019 4:31 PM ET

In Congress, bipartisan condolences for Khashoggi fiancée and calls for action For a moment, polarized politics took a back seat. Democratic and Republican congressional leaders gathered at an evening reception and lined up to offer condolences to Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who...

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Indian journalist Pratap Patra attacked over sand mining investigation

June 4, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New Delhi, June 4, 2019 -- Indian authorities should swiftly investigate the attack on journalist Pratap Patra and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Polish court bans reporter Anna Wilk from journalism for 3 years in criminal libel suit

June 4, 2019 12:30 PM ET

Berlin, June 4, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction and sentence of journalist Anna Wilk in a criminal libel lawsuit in which she was sentenced on first instance for a fine and a three-year ban on practicing journalism....

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Australian police raid home of Sunday Telegraph journalist Annika Smethurst

June 4, 2019 11:55 AM ET

New York, June 4, 2019--Australian Federal Police today raided the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, a politics editor for the Sunday Telegraph, and searched her property, computer, and cellphone, according to news reports. In a statement, police said the search warrant was part of an investigation into the alleged...

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CPJ joins call for UN Security Council to act on Cameroon crisis

June 3, 2019 6:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and eight other civil society organizations sent a letter to members of the United Nations Security Council about the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Cameroon. The letter was sent ahead of the U.N. Regional Office for Central Africa briefing to the Security...

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Revolutionary court in Iran sentences journalist Masoud Kazemi to 4.5 years in prison

June 3, 2019 3:37 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the sentencing today of Masoud Kazemi, the editor-in-chief of the monthly Sedaye Parsi political magazine. Judge Mohammad Moghiseh of Tehran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Branch 28 court found Kazemi guilty on national security charges of spreading misinformation...

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Bulgarian reporter Hristo Geshov says he was briefly abducted; news outlets attack him

June 3, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Bulgarian freelance investigative journalist Hristo Geshov said he received threats and at least two news outlets published articles attacking him and shared explicit videos and photos of him after he reported on an allegedly illegal water supply and sewage system at the Chiflika resort complex in Troyan, central...

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Harsh conditions for Askarov, the Kyrgyz journalist UN says should be freed

June 3, 2019 10:00 AM ET

On a recent morning in Bazar-Korgon, southern Kyrgyzstan, Khadicha Askarova was giving hasty instructions to her daughter about what needed to be packed. They were about to set off: first for the capital Bishkek, some 600km from where they live, and then another 70km to a prison colony where...

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