July 2019

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Yemeni journalist Yahya al-Sawari arrested, held without charge in unknown location

July 15, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2019 -- Yemeni and Saudi authorities must disclose freelance journalist Yahya al-Sawari's whereabouts and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kurdish intelligence officers detain photojournalist in Iraqi Kurdistan

July 15, 2019 3:00 PM ET

On July 9, 2019, in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish security forces detained and questioned freelance photojournalist Zmnako Ismael for more than an hour while he was covering the funeral of Diyar Gharib Mohammed, a senior leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party militant group, according to...

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Radio anchor Eduardo Dizon shot and killed in the Philippines

July 15, 2019 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, July 15, 2019 -- Philippine authorities should conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the killing of radio broadcaster Eduardo Dizon, determine if it was connected to his journalism, and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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'It should not be accepted as normal': Female journalists on harassment, intimidation in the Netherlands

July 15, 2019 10:30 AM ET

The Netherlands is generally considered to have a positive press freedom reputation, but when the independent Dutch Association of Journalists released the findings of its survey of over 350 female journalists in May, over half said they had been subjected to intimidation or violence in their work and around...

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Hyderabad police detain Mojo TV's Revathi Pogadadanda

July 12, 2019 2:36 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 12, 2019--Hyderabad police should immediately release journalist Revathi Pogadadanda, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pogadadanda, the founder and former CEO of independent news channel Mojo TV, was forcibly taken to a police station this morning, according to news reports....

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Azory Gwanda "disappeared and died," says Tanzanian foreign minister

July 12, 2019 12:01 AM ET

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CPJ joins letter urging MTN Group to end participation in internet shutdowns in Sudan

July 11, 2019 2:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday joined 22 other organizations in signing a joint letter to executives at South African telecommunications company MTN Group, calling on them to end their roles in Sudan's internet shutdowns....

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Vice Media compelled to give chat logs to Canadian police

July 11, 2019 1:30 PM ET

On July 4, 2019, Vice Media exhausted its legal options to resist a demand from Canadian authorities to turn over chat logs between one of its reporters, Ben Makuch, and his source, Farah Shirdon, a Somali-Canadian man who allegedly joined the Islamic State militant group, and gave the logs...

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Hong Kong Journalists Association finds government has done little to safeguard press freedom

July 11, 2019 11:55 AM ET

The Hong Kong Journalists Association annual report, released on July 7, shows a deterioration of press freedom in the special administrative region as China toughens its "one country" policy....

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In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

July 10, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Nairobi, July 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead....

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Syrian security forces arrest pro-Assad reporter Rabea Kalawandi

July 10, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Beirut, July 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Syrian journalist Rabea Kalawandi, a reporter for Iranian state-run broadcaster Al-Alam TV, and called on Syrian authorities to reveal the reason for his arrest or release him immediately....

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AFP freelance journalist Hamza Turkia shot while covering clashes in Libya

July 10, 2019 12:15 PM ET

On June 19, 2019, an unidentified individual shot Hamza Turkia, a freelance photographer and videographer at the time working for French news agency Agence France-Presse, in the hand and leg while the journalist was covering clashes between forces allied with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord and the...

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Former official assaults Indian journalist, family in Gujarat

July 10, 2019 11:20 AM ET

On July 6, 2019, three men assaulted Harshad Ahir, Valsad bureau chief of privately owned daily Gujarat Mitra, and his wife and infant child at their home in Gujarat's Valsad district, in western India, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via phone, and news reports....

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In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press

July 9, 2019 3:42 PM ET

On June 22, Ethiopia was plunged into an internet blackout following what the government described as a failed attempted coup in the Amhara region. In the aftermath at least two journalists were detained under the country's repressive anti-terror law, part of an uptick in arrests that CPJ has noted...

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Indian investigative agency questions Greater Kashmir editor Fayaz Kaloo for 6 days

July 9, 2019 3:28 PM ET

New Delhi, July 9, 2019--Indian authorities should stop harassing journalists and employees of the Greater Kashmir newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fayaz Kaloo, the editor-in-chief of the privately owned newspaper--one of the leading dailies in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state--was questioned for nearly a week by...

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Report by Turkish pro-government think tank criticizes foreign outlets, journalists

July 9, 2019 3:20 PM ET

On July 5, 2019, Turkey's Foundation for Political, Economic, and Social Research, an Ankara-based think tank, released a report that described some foreign media outlets operating in Turkey and their correspondents as "anti-government" and "pro-terrorism."...

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UK should not deny media access based on propaganda label

July 9, 2019 2:21 PM ET

CPJ writes to U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to express concern at his government's decision to deny accreditation to Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik based on a determination that the outlets are a form of propaganda. The move empowers autocratic governments around the world who use a similar rationale to justify the repression of critical journalism.

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TV news channels blocked in Pakistan after airing opposition speeches

July 9, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 -- Pakistan authorities should immediately unblock broadcasts of privately owned news channels Capital TV, 24 News HD, and Abtak News 247, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Anarchist group ransacks office of Greek newspaper

July 9, 2019 12:05 PM ET

Berlin, July 9, 2019 -- Greek authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the ransacking of the offices of Greek weekly newspaper Athens Voice and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two Ghanaian journalists arrested and interrogated, one allegedly tortured in custody

July 9, 2019 9:55 AM ET

New York, July 9, 2019 -- Ghana's Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice should immediately launch an independent investigation into the arrests of Modern Ghana editor Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri and reporter Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum and security forces' alleged torture of Abugri, and hold those responsible to account, the...

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Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar conditionally released, barred from leaving country

July 8, 2019 5:45 PM ET

Miami, July 8, 2019--Venezuelan online and radio journalist Braulio Jatar was formally released from house arrest today after receiving official notification from a criminal court in his home state of Nueva Esparta, according to local media and a statement Jatar gave to media outlets, which was posted on the...

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CPJ Insider: July edition

July 8, 2019 9:19 AM ET

CPJ summit spotlights journalist murders, press freedom climate in Mexico CPJ held a summit on press freedom in Mexico on June 18 with an array of local partners that engaged more than 400 journalists, activists, and government officials in frank conversations about how to tackle an epidemic of journalist murders...

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Albania's journalists tread fine line when covering organized crime, politics

July 5, 2019 10:00 AM ET

The intersection of organized crime, corruption and politics in Albania is impacting the country's press. During a joint mission by a coalition of press freedom organizations to Tirana in June, CPJ Europe Correspondent Attila Mong spoke with journalists about challenges including threats, attacks, political interference, and legal harassment....

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Two journalists arrested, internet shut down amid disputed election in Mauritania

July 3, 2019 4:00 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2019 -- Mauritanian authorities should immediately release journalists Seydi Moussa Camara and Ahmedou Ould al-Wadea, restore internet access throughout the country, and allow journalists to report on the results of the country's presidential elections without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burkina Faso parliament passes legal revisions criminalizing false news, reporting on terrorism

July 3, 2019 10:30 AM ET

New York, July 3, 2019 -- Burkina Faso authorities should prevent the enactment of revisions of the penal code that criminalize false news and reporting on terrorism or security operations, and ensure laws do not permit jail time for reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Press freedom summit urges Mexico to reform journalist protections

July 2, 2019 6:21 PM ET

On June 18, more than 400 people converged in Mexico City for CPJ's Mexico Press Freedom Summit. Energized by a sense that the country is at a point of profound political change under the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the conference delved into the threats for Mexican...

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Several foreign news outlets required to register as foreign agents in US

July 2, 2019 3:30 PM ET

Since 2017, U.S. legislators and the Department of Justice have required multiple foreign-funded news organizations to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), a law designed to compel transparency from agents of foreign entities operating inside the United States, according to news reports, public records, and letters from...

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Pro-democracy underground station Citizens' Radio vandalized in Hong Kong

July 2, 2019 12:30 PM ET

Taipei, July 2, 2019 -- Authorities in Hong Kong should swiftly investigate the vandalism of the Citizens' Radio office and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Armed men raid offices of Iraqi broadcaster and newspaper following corruption investigation

July 2, 2019 11:50 AM ET

Beirut, July 2, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should investigate the armed raid against the Baghdad offices of Al-Journal and 7C TV and determine if the perpetrators were acting on behalf of a member of parliament, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Brazilian journalist's home attacked with home-made bomb

July 2, 2019 8:50 AM ET

In the early morning of June 23, 2019, a small improvised bomb exploded at the home of Brazilian radio reporter Francisco José Jorge de Sousa in Ipu, Ceará state, the journalist told CPJ via phone. No one was injured in the explosion, de Sousa said....

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CPJ joins letter to EU's Mogherini urging release of Kyrgyz journalist Askarov

July 1, 2019 3:30 PM ET

CPJ joined seven other human rights and freedom of expression groups in writing a letter, made public today, calling on the government of Kyrgyzstan to release journalist and rights advocate Azimjon Askarov....

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Discredited, threatened, attacked: challenges of covering South Africa's election in the digital age

July 1, 2019 3:10 PM ET

In the lead up to South Africa's elections in May, the Electoral Commission of South Africa accredited CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal as an international observer, monitoring press freedom. Quintal found that unlike 1994--when she covered the violence of the country's first democratic elections--journalists in 2019 cited online...

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Tajik authorities revoke press accreditation of RFE/RL reporter Barotali Nazarov

July 1, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 1, 2019 -- Tajikistan authorities should immediately reinstate video journalist Barotali Nazarov's press accreditation and cease using accreditations as a means of censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Moroccan independent journalists describe climate of pervasive surveillance, harassment

July 1, 2019 12:00 PM ET

In March 2015, Hicham Mansouri emailed an anti-malware company, suspicious of possible signs that someone was able to access his device remotely, without permission. He remembers exchanging a few messages with the software company, but the correspondence was interrupted after a few days, when around 10 police officers in...

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