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Chinese journalist Huang Qi is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on January 22, 2015. Today, Huang was sentenced to 12 years in prison. (AFP/Fred Dufour)

Chinese court sentences journalist Huang Qi to 12 years in prison

Taipei, July 29, 2019 — The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court today sentenced Huang Qi, publisher of the human rights news website 64 Tianwang, to 12 years in prison on charges of “deliberately leaking state secrets,” and “illegally providing state secrets to foreign countries,” according to a statement published on the court’s website.

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CPJ calls for President Lopez Obrador to strengthen press freedom in Mexico

CPJ and the Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales call for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to strengthen press freedom in Mexico following the June 18 Mexico Press Freedom Summit.

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A police officer is seen in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on February 1, 2018. Two Cambodian journalists were recently arrested and face incitement charges for live-streaming a protest. (AP/Heng Sinith)

Journalists charged with incitement for live-streaming land protest in Cambodia

Bangkok, July 26, 2019 — Cambodia should drop incitement charges against two local journalists and stop using legal threats to intimidate and harass reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police are seen in Gatumba, Burundi, on January 31, 2017. The BBC recently shut its office in Burundi more than one year after its broadcasts had been banned. (AFP/Onesphore Nibigira)

Banned from broadcasting since 2018, BBC closes bureau in Burundi

On July 16, 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation said it had closed its bureau in Burundi, more than one year after its transmissions had been banned in the country, according to a report by the broadcaster and a BBC statement sent to CPJ.

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Members of National Youth Service Corp carry the body of their colleague, the reporter Precious Owolabi, in Abuja on July 23. Owolabi was shot while covering protests in the Nigeria capital. (AFP/Kola Sulaimon)

Channels TV reporter dies from injuries after shooting at Nigeria protest

New York, July 25, 2019–Nigerian authorities should immediately investigate the death of Precious Owolabi, a reporter for the privately owned Channels TV, who was shot during a protest in Abuja on July 22, and ensure those responsible are held to account.

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Demonstrators are seen in Basra, Iraq, on July 19, 2019. During the protest, demonstrators assaulted journalist Ayman al-Sheikh. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

Iraqi reporter assaulted while covering protest in Basra

On July 19, 2019, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a group of protesters assaulted Ayman al-Sheikh, a correspondent for the private Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sharqiyya, according to news reports and local press freedom group Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq.

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Police officers detain an opposition supporter as journalists take pictures during a protest against presidential election results in Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 10, 2019. The blocking of news websites during the leadership transition suggests that recent moves to control the internet are about censorship, not security. (Reuters/Pavel Mikheyev)

Kazakhstan’s move to control internet prompts censorship, surveillance concerns

A state-controlled internet service provider in Kazakhstan is requiring at least some of its subscribers to submit to having their internet traffic intercepted when they use specific websites–including social media sites, email and messaging services, and Google News, according to research published this week by Censored Planet, a project at the University of Michigan.

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A journalist is grabbed by a police officer during protests Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 23, 2019. At least four journalists were injured during the protest, and one was allegedly groped by a demonstrator. (AFP/Norberto Duarte)

Journalists shot with rubber bullets, groped while covering Paraguay protest

Miami, July 25, 2019 — Paraguay authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks against journalists at a protest in Asunción and take measures to ensure that journalists can cover protests without being injured or assaulted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 12, 2019. A group of journalists were recently attacked at a press conference in Almaty. (Reuters/Pavel Mikheyev)

Demonstrators attack reporters, damage equipment at press conference in Kazakhstan

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019 — Kazakhstan authorities should immediately investigate the attack on journalists at a press conference in Almaty and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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