August 2019

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Pakistani news program cancelled amid defamation suits from prime minister

August 21, 2019 4:20 PM ET

On August 6, 2019, Pakistani broadcaster Channel 24 HD cancelled the “Najam Sethi Show,” a news and political commentary program, after the broadcaster’s management received a phone call from an unidentified individual demanding the show be dropped, according to Najam Sethi, the show’s host, who spoke with CPJ on...

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At least 7 journalists arrested throughout Turkey

August 21, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 21, 2019 – Turkish authorities must immediately release the seven journalists who were detained by police since August 19, as well as all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian photojournalist Forough Alaei detained for 5 days over soccer stadium coverage

August 20, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On August 12, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested freelance photojournalist Forough Alaei and five women’s rights activists, accusing them of attempting to illegally enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, according to a report by the BBC’s Persian service. The six were released on bail on August...

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Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

August 20, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Nairobi, August 20, 2019--Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guardian columnist Owen Jones assaulted in London

August 19, 2019 12:00 PM ET

On August 17, 2019, a group of men physically attacked Owen Jones, a columnist for the U.K. daily newspaper The Guardian, his employer reported....

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At least 2 journalists detained amid tensions in Jammu and Kashmir

August 16, 2019 3:44 PM ET

New Delhi, August 16, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian government to immediately stop its harassment of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir and to allow them to work freely. Authorities have detained at least two journalists in the past week amid tensions and the communications...

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Basra police raids home, seeks arrest of Iraqi reporter Hassan Sabah

August 16, 2019 1:13 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the issuing of an arrest warrant and a raid on the home of Hassan Sabah, a reporter for the Iraqi news broadcaster INEWS, in Basra, and called on Iraqi authorities to allow journalists to work freely and without...

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CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists

August 16, 2019 12:32 PM ET

CPJ writes to the executive secretary and heads of state of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit, urging them to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists in SADC.

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Journalists arrested in Venezuela, Ethiopia, Senegal, Somaliland, Cameroon, Iran

August 16, 2019 8:43 AM ET

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CPJ, partner organizations call on Sacramento Police Department to fulfill commitment to respect the rights of journalists covering protests

August 15, 2019 5:44 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists along with partner organizations write to Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn to urge the Sacramento Police Department to fulfill its commitment to respect the rights of journalists covering protests in the city.

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Chile accused of spying on investigative journalist Mauricio Weibel

August 15, 2019 2:08 PM ET

Miami, August 15, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today over reports that Chile’s army allegedly ordered a surveillance operation against the investigative journalist Mauricio Weibel Barahona in 2016, when he was researching claims of misconduct in the armed forces....

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More online news blocked as Algeria protests near 6 month mark

August 14, 2019 4:30 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2019—Access to at least five independent local news websites has been interrupted in Algeria as protesters demand political reform for the fifth consecutive month....

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Somaliland police arrest Eryal TV journalists filming corruption story

August 14, 2019 4:09 PM ET

On July 30, 2019, police in the breakaway region of Somaliland arrested four journalists from privately owned Eryal TV, according to statements issued by the press rights group Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) and the non-governmental organization Human Rights Centre-Somaliland....

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Hong Kong protesters assault journalist from China’s Global Times

August 14, 2019 12:12 PM ET

Taipei, August 14, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an assault on a Chinese reporter covering pro-democracy protests at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday....

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Journalist Luckson Saint-Vil survives shooting attack in southern Haiti

August 13, 2019 4:31 PM ET

Miami, August 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a shooting attack on Haitian journalist Luckson Saint-Vil in southern Haiti last week, and urged Haitian authorities to investigate threats against Saint-Vil and identify and prosecute the attackers....

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Cameroon’s military detains pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi

August 13, 2019 4:13 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2019--Cameroonian authorities should immediately release without charge pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Wazizi 11 days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without access to his lawyer or family in...

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Iran detains freelance photographer and culture reporter Nooshin Jafari

August 12, 2019 4:56 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 12, 2019--Iranian authorities arrested Nooshin Jafari, a photojournalist and culture reporter, outside her home in Tehran on August 3 as she was on her way to work. Jafari, a cinema and theater photographer who reports on culture for several Iranian magazines, was taken to an unknown location,...

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Venezuelan authorities detain Wilmer Quintana for Facebook posts under anti-hate law

August 12, 2019 4:43 PM ET

Miami, August 12, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at the use of Venezuela’s Anti-Hate Law for Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence to jail journalist Wilmer Quintana García. Quintana was arrested for several posts published on his personal Facebook page alleging corruption in the provision of public services...

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CPJ calls on Tanzania’s Magufuli to drop Kabendera charges, investigate Gwanda case

August 12, 2019 2:18 PM ET

CPJ writes to Tanzanian President John Magufuli to urge his government to drop charges against freelance journalist Erick Kabendera and provide a public accounting of the fate of missing journalist Azory Gwanda.

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CPJ Insider: August 2019 edition

August 12, 2019 11:40 AM ET

CPJ awardee Zaffar Abbas: The Pakistani government has decided ‘to kill journalism’ Pressure campaigns by press freedom groups are a vital line of defense against a rapidly deteriorating environment for independent media in Pakistan under Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Zaffar Abbas, the editor of Dawn and CPJ’s 2019 Gwen...

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South Sudan detains Al-Watan editor for over 3 weeks

August 9, 2019 5:11 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2019—Authorities in South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan, and halt its harassment of his publication, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Senegalese authorities arrest critical journalist Adama Gaye

August 9, 2019 5:10 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2019--Authorities in Senegal should immediately release and drop all charges against journalist Adama Gaye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on authorities in Shenzhen, China to release labor journalists

August 9, 2019 1:57 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to authorities in Shenzhen, China, calling on them to release Yang Zhengjun, Wei Zhili, and Ke Chengbing--editors for the labor news outlet ILabour.net--and cease all legal proceedings against them.

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CPJ, RCFP file lawsuit seeking documents in leak investigation

August 9, 2019 12:53 PM ET

Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) filed a lawsuit against the United States government seeking to obtain documents concerning steps taken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate leakers and to identify journalists’ sources....

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Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest

August 9, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely....

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In Yemen, gunmen abduct former journalist Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi

August 9, 2019 11:56 AM ET

Gunmen in civilian clothing abducted Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi from his house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 27, 2019, according to a statement from the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and the Saudi network Al-Arabiya....

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American journalist shot, critically wounded in Philippines

August 9, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, August 9, 2019 – An American journalist working in the Philippines was shot and critically wounded on August 6 while retrieving his daughter from school in the northern province of Ifugao, according to his outlet and other press reports....

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Deadly week in Mexico: Three journalists killed

August 9, 2019 12:05 AM ET

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In Kashmir, obstruction, confiscated equipment, and hand-carrying stories and photos on flash drive

August 8, 2019 5:20 PM ET

“You are from the press, you are not allowed,” a local Kashmiri news editor says Indian security forces told him yesterday at one of the dozens of checkpoints set up across the region....

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Cuba sentences journalist Roberto Quiñones to one-year prison term

August 8, 2019 4:38 PM ET

Miami, August 8, 2019--A municipal court of the Cuban city of Guantánamo yesterday sentenced Roberto Jesús Quiñones, a contributor to the news website CubaNet, to one year in prison on charges of “resistance” and “disobedience,” according to advocacy group Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and of the Press...

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Ukraine court orders Hromadske TV to pay costs in case over C14 tweet

August 8, 2019 2:17 PM ET

On August 6, 2019, the Kiev Commercial Court ruled that a tweet posted by the independent news outlet Hromadske TV in May 2018 had harmed the reputation of C14, a Ukrainian nationalist group, according to Hromadske TV and other outlets....

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Moscow police detain, assault journalists covering protests

August 8, 2019 10:21 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2019--Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after the detention of several journalists and the use of force by police against the media during demonstrations in Moscow on July 27 and August 3....

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Third journalist killed in Mexico in less than a week

August 6, 2019 6:13 PM ET

Mexico City, August 6, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexico’s federal government to swiftly and concretely address its press freedom crisis after a third journalist was killed in a week in Mexico. Jorge Celestino Ruiz Vázquez, a reporter for the newspaper El Gráfico, was shot dead on...

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Turkish court orders service providers to block access to news sites

August 6, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Istanbul, August 6, 2019--An Ankara court on July 16 ordered Turkish internet service providers to block access in Turkey to 136 web addresses, independent news website Bianet reported today. The blocked addresses include the websites of news outlets Bianet, ETHA news agency, Halkın Sesi TV, Özgür Gelecek, osp.org, geziyisavunuyoruz.org,...

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Israeli forces injure 3 journalists at West Bank and Gaza protests

August 6, 2019 3:21 PM ET

At least three journalists covering protests in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on August 2, 2019 were injured as Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and rubber bullets, and, in one case, allegedly assaulted a photojournalist working for the Associated Press, according to the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, news reports,...

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Sudan detains Sadiq al-Rizaigi, Al-Sayha editor-in-chief and journalists’ union head, for 5 days

August 6, 2019 10:15 AM ET

Sudanese authorities detained Sadiq al-Rizaigi, the editor-in-chief of privately owned newspaper Al-Sayha and head of the Sudanese Journalists’ Union, on July 24, 2019, according to AFP and Sudanese broadcaster Radio Dabanga. He was held without charge until he was released on July 29, according to the Sudan Tribune and...

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Video journalist injured by tear gas canister at Hong Kong protest

August 5, 2019 3:53 PM ET

Taipei, August 5, 2019—Hong Kong authorities should investigate reports that police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward journalists and ensure that the media can cover protests without fear of injury or arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir

August 5, 2019 3:15 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at reports of a communication blackout and the arrest of a journalist in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state amid an escalating political crisis....

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Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

August 5, 2019 1:22 PM ET

Nairobi, August 05, 2019—Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket, according to a copy of the charge sheet. When he was detained on July 29, the Dar es Salaam police chief said at a press conference...

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Nicaragua: A crackdown in four parts

August 5, 2019 11:11 AM ET

When protests erupted in Nicaragua in April last year, it was clear from the beginning that the country's media landscape would be a battleground. One day into the unrest, the government ordered cable providers to cut the signals of at least five TV channels. By the end of the...

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Two Guerrero state journalists killed in one week in Mexico

August 2, 2019 4:40 PM ET

Mexico City, August 2, 2019—Mexican authorities must immediately investigate the killing of Guerrero state journalists Rogelio Barragán Pérez, founder of the news website Guerrero Al Instante, and Edgar Alberto Nava López, founder of the news website La Verdad de Zihuatanejo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian journalist Mikhail Romanov found guilty of ‘abuse of freedom of information’ and ‘false’ news

August 2, 2019 4:22 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2019--Journalist Mikhail Romanov, a correspondent with the weekly Yakutsk Vecherniy, was found guilty on July 25 by the city court of Yakutsk, in eastern Russia, on charges of “abuse of freedom of information by publishing false information that poses a threat to the public,” according...

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Deyda Hydara’s daughter: ‘I am still crying’ for murdered Gambian journalist

August 2, 2019 4:16 PM ET

At Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on July 22, army officer Lieutenant Malick Jatta named former President Yahya Jammeh as the mastermind behind the murder of prominent editor Deyda Hydara on December 16 , 2004. He said Jammeh had given the direct order to assassinate Hydara, an...

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CPJ joins call for U.N. Human Rights Council to extend mandate of Burundi Commission of Inquiry

August 2, 2019 11:35 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 other civil society organizations in calling on member and observer states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to extend for a year the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi....

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Chinese court sentences journalist Huang Qi to 12 years in prison

August 2, 2019 9:16 AM ET

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Chihuahua daily El Monitor de Parral suspends print edition after firebombing

August 1, 2019 6:07 PM ET

Mexico City, August 1, 2019 -- Mexican authorities must immediately investigate an attack on the newspaper El Monitor de Parral in the northern state of Chihuahua and provide its employees with adequate protection, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Assailants disrupt Ukrinform press conference, attack staff in Kiev

August 1, 2019 4:31 PM ET

On July 30, 2019, a group of men disrupted a press conference at the Kiev offices of Ukrinform, according to the state-run news agency and Ukrainskaya Pravda....

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Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detains Syrian reporter Jumaa Haj Hamdou in Aleppo

August 1, 2019 12:53 PM ET

In the afternoon of July 24, 2019, at least 10 members of the Al-Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detained Jumaa Haj Hamdou, a reporter for the Syrian pro-civil rights opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl, at his home in Abian, a village in western Aleppo governorate under control of the...

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