September 2019

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One year without justice for Washington Post columnist Khashoggi

September 30, 2019 5:33 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today reiterated its demand to the U.S. and U.N. for transparency and justice for Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and said that it was dismayed by the lack of accountability in the journalist’s murder....

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Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdown

September 30, 2019 4:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalists Alaa Abdelfattah, Nasser Abdelhafez, Engi Abdel Wahab, and all others who have been imprisoned for their reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid Mayan radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a in eastern Guatemala

September 30, 2019 3:25 PM ET

Amsterdam, September 30, 2019 -- Guatemalan authorities should refrain from conducting raids on news outlets and allow the Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a radio station to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, projectiles at journalists covering protests

September 30, 2019 11:24 AM ET

Taipei, September 30, 2019 -- The Hong Kong police force should stop firing pepper spray and projectiles at journalists covering protests in the city, and should hold those responsible for such actions to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kashmiri media on the brink of extinction

September 27, 2019 3:17 PM ET

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Algerian authorities arrest freelance journalist Sofiane Merakchi

September 27, 2019 3:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2019 -- Algerian authorities should immediately release journalist Sofiane Merakchi and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ asks DC District Court to force release of intelligence community Khashoggi files

September 27, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday asking the court to release documents regarding Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, which the U.S. government claimed in court documents are exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests....

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Journalists fined, one jailed over criminal defamation complaint in Chad

September 25, 2019 4:25 PM ET

Dakar, September 25, 2019 -- Authorities in Chad should not challenge the appeals of journalists Martin Inoua Doulguet and Abdramane Boukar Koyon, and should take immediate action to repeal legislation that criminalizes acts of journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Brazilian outlet AzMina faces criminal complaints, online harassment over abortion article

September 25, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, September 25, 2019 -- Brazilian authorities should investigate harassment against AzMina magazine and its journalists, and should refrain from prosecuting the outlet or its journalists for their reporting on abortion, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Unidentified men assault journalist from pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong

September 25, 2019 10:38 AM ET

Taipei, September 25, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the recent assault of an Apple Daily reporter and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police attack Indonesian journalists covering protest in South Sulawesi

September 25, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, September 25, 2019 -- Indonesian authorities should carry out a thorough investigation into the police assaults of reporters covering protests in Makassar and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ issues letter of support for fallen journalists memorial

September 24, 2019 3:18 PM ET

September 24, 2019 Mr. Peter MayChairmanNational Capital Memorial Advisory Commission1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Room 220Washington, D.C. 20242...

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Haitian senator opens fire, injuring AP photographer Chery Dieu-Nalio

September 24, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Miami, September 24, 2019 -- Haitian authorities should immediately undertake a swift and credible investigation into the shooting of journalist Chery Dieu-Nalio and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kashmir’s news media faces existential crisis amid restrictions, arrests

September 24, 2019 12:54 PM ET

On August 5, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir after stripping the state of its limited autonomous status under the Indian constitution. A month later as the restrictions continued, CPJ India Correspondent Kunal Majumder traveled to Srinagar, Kashmir’s...

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Egypt authorities arrest 3 journalists, block websites amid anti-government protests

September 23, 2019 3:59 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must release any journalists arrested covering protests and stop restricting access to news and social media websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Croatian journalist detained and fined for satirical tweet

September 23, 2019 2:10 PM ET

On September 16, 2019, Croatian police arrested Gordan Duhaček, a reporter working for news website Index.hr, as he was about to leave the country at Zagreb airport, and detained him until a court hearing the following day, according to a report by his employer and the journalist, who spoke...

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CPJ calls on Thai prime minister to restore press freedom

September 23, 2019 12:29 PM ET

CPJ wrote to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, urging him to restore freedom the press in Thailand.

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Bolivia’s forest fires expose risks for environmental reporters

September 23, 2019 11:44 AM ET

When Pablo Ortiz, a veteran reporter for El Deber, the main daily in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, set off to cover massive forest fires, he didn’t realize how dangerous the assignment would be....

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CPJ joins call to UN rights council for end to press crackdown in Turkey

September 20, 2019 1:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 12 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations calling on the member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge Turkey to end its repressive policies against independent reporting and free speech....

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A concerning plan to establish media courts in Pakistan

September 20, 2019 12:05 AM ET

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CPJ joins call for new Council of Europe head to prioritize press freedom

September 19, 2019 3:09 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 21 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations in sending an open letter to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric yesterday, calling on her to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists among the council’s 47 member...

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Uttar Pradesh police arrest, investigate multiple journalists since August 31

September 18, 2019 1:55 PM ET

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, have arrested, investigated, and filed complaints against journalists in several separate incidents since August 31, 2019, according to news reports and the journalists, who spoke to CPJ....

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CPJ concerned about Pakistan media court initiative

September 18, 2019 11:13 AM ET

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019 -- Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved an initiative to establish specialized courts aimed at resolving media-related issues, the government announced yesterday, according to news reports. The proposal drew swift condemnation on social media from human rights and press freedom organizations....

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Somaliland authorities block HadhwanaagNews website, arrest 2 employees

September 18, 2019 8:49 AM ET

Nairobi, September 18, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately release two HadhwanaagNews employees and unblock the outlet’s website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on UN Secretary-General Guterres to push for release of Azimjon Askarov in Kyrgyzstan

September 17, 2019 1:21 PM ET

CPJ writes to UN Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to call on the government of Kyrgyzstan to release unjustly imprisoned journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov.

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Bolivian court restricts publication of poll showing tight re-election race for President Morales

September 17, 2019 1:12 PM ET

Bogotá, September 17, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal to restrict the dissemination of a public opinion poll, and urged authorities to allow journalists to report freely on elections....

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Q&A: OONI Explorer team unlock the web’s untold censorship stories

September 17, 2019 1:04 PM ET

The internet is not one network, but thousands of interconnected networks. How can anyone know how they are controlled without inspecting them all? In 2012, the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) set out to do just that. A program run by the Seattle-headquartered Tor Project, OONI created OONI...

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Uzbek blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov sentenced to 10 days in prison for Facebook post

September 16, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019 -- Authorities in Uzbekistan must immediately release blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Man convicted of murdering Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze appeals life sentence

September 16, 2019 1:46 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the appeal of Aleksei Pukach, a man convicted of murdering Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze. The appeal hearings began in Ukraine’s Supreme Court on September 4 and will resume on October 9, according to news...

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Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

September 16, 2019 1:06 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Tanzania’s use of false news and journalist accreditation laws to arrest Sebastian Atilio....

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Russian police raid home of journalist Aleksandr Nikishin

September 13, 2019 2:09 PM ET

Vilnius, September 13, 2019 -- Russian authorities should stop harassing journalist Aleksandr Nikishin and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Press freedom situation in Turkey remains highly restrictive, despite some room for very cautious optimism, joint mission finds

September 13, 2019 10:28 AM ET

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined an international press freedom mission to Turkey that met with journalists, civil society, diplomats, the judiciary, and government officials. The visiting delegation voiced concern about the continued crackdown on journalists in the country and the need for the authorities to protect...

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Censorship 2.0: #MostCensored countries use digital and traditional tactics to silence media

September 13, 2019 10:28 AM ET

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Moroccan authorities arrest journalist Hajar Raissouni

September 12, 2019 4:28 PM ET

Moroccan security forces arrested Hajar Raissouni, a reporter for independent news website Akhbar al-Youm, on August 31, 2019, as she was leaving her doctor’s office with her fiancé in Rabat, according to her employer and Huffington Post Maghreb. Akhbar al-Youm reported that plainclothes agents also arrested her fiancé, the...

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Five staffers of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper released from jail

September 12, 2019 3:34 PM ET

Istanbul, September 12, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a decision by the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals to overturn a verdict by a lower court and release five former staffers of the Cumhuriyet newspaper who have been imprisoned since April....

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Turkish courts open new judicial year with fines, jail sentences for journalists

September 12, 2019 3:18 PM ET

Turkish courts opened their new judicial year on September 2, 2019, with delayed sentences of jailtime, fines, and mandatory library time for journalists, according to news reports....

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‘Project Miroslava’ finds flaws in Mexico’s investigation of journalist murder

September 12, 2019 1:17 PM ET

An in-depth investigation into the March 23, 2017 killing of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea found grave omissions, flaws and irregularities in authorities’ investigation of the murder....

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Syrian reporter Ahmed Rahal abducted by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Idlib

September 12, 2019 12:41 PM ET

Beirut, September 12, 2019 -- The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham should immediately release Syrian reporter Ahmed Rahal and stop detaining journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Italian photojournalist Claudio Lattanzio’s car destroyed in arson attack

September 12, 2019 10:18 AM ET

On August 15, 2019, in Sulmona, central Italy, unidentified individuals burned the car of Claudio Lattanzio, a photojournalist for local daily Il Centro and collaborator with Italian news agency Ansa, according to a report by the daily....

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In new Cuban internet measures, journalists see a trap

September 12, 2019 7:21 AM ET

International media announced the dawn of legal private Wi-Fi in Cuba this July. But a decree published the same month signals that content controls are expanding alongside access, local journalists and bloggers told CPJ....

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El Salvador bans 2 investigative outlets from press conferences at presidential residence

September 11, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Amsterdam, September 11, 2019 -- Salvadoran authorities should stop blocking investigative digital outlets El Faro and Revista Factum from attending press conferences at the Presidential House, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent Tajik news agency Asia Plus kicked offline

September 10, 2019 4:56 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 10, 2019--Websites and email addresses belonging to embattled independent news agency Asia Plus in Tajikistan have been down since August 19, according to the agency and Radio Ozodi, the Tajik-language service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)....

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Egyptian security forces arrest son of al-Mashhad editor Magdi Shandi

September 10, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 10, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must immediately release Omar Shandi and stop harassing the families of critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Spanish reporter Ferran Barber detained for weeks without charge, deported from Iraqi Kurdistan

September 10, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Beirut, September 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Iraqi Kurdistan authorities’ detention and deportation of Spanish freelance journalist Ferran Barber and urged the authorities to allow local and foreign journalists to do their jobs freely....

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Nicaraguan customs authorities target 2 newspapers with ink, paper seizures

September 10, 2019 1:30 PM ET

Amsterdam, September 10, 2019 -- Nicaraguan authorities should immediately release newsprint and ink supplies belonging to newspapers La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan without charge since August 21

September 10, 2019 1:14 PM ET

On August 21, 2019, in Topzawa, Iraqi Kurdistan, Asayish security forces affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) arrested Roj News journalist Bryar Muhamad Mustafa, according to a report by his employer and a statement by the Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy, a local press freedom...

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CPJ Insider: September 2019 edition

September 10, 2019 9:54 AM ET

Putting First Amendment values in the spotlight CPJ has partnered with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times to produce LA Press Freedom Week, five days of programming that will engage the public and the journalistic community in and around Los Angeles in a conversation about today’s...

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Infographic: 10 Most Censored Countries

September 10, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Video: 10 Most Censored Countries

September 10, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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10 Most Censored Countries

September 10, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Police hold 2 journalists for 13 days without charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 9, 2019 4:06 PM ET

On August 27, 2019, police in Bata, in central Equatorial Guinea, arrested and detained presenter Milanio Ncogo and reporter Ruben Dario Bacale, both employees of the privately owned broadcaster Asonga TV, and held them without charge until September 8, according to Ncogo, who spoke to CPJ over messaging app....

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Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices, arrest owner Mohamed Osman Mireh

September 9, 2019 1:43 PM ET

Nairobi, September 9, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately free Mohamed Osman Mireh and allow Horyaal 24 TV to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Montenegro authorities should not contest journalist Jovo Martinović’s appeal

September 9, 2019 11:22 AM ET

Berlin, September 9, 2019 -- A court in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, on September 12 will begin hearing investigative reporter Jovo Martinović’s appeal of his January conviction on charges of drug trafficking and criminal association, for which he was sentenced for 18 months in prison, according to a statement...

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Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

September 9, 2019 11:19 AM ET

“Ever since I started working as a journalist nine years ago, I have been under constant pressure from my family, my tribe, and my community to give up journalism. Friends have been asked by security forces to sever ties with me,” said freelance journalist Guhdar Zebari, when he met...

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Hong Kong police hit journalists covering protests with tear gas and pepper spray

September 9, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Taipei, September 9, 2019 -- Hong Kong police must cease their unprovoked use of tear gas and pepper spray against journalists covering protests in the city, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran sentences conservative columnist Hossein Ghadyani to 6 months in prison for Instagram post

September 6, 2019 1:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 6, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should release journalist Hossein Ghadyani from prison and stop jailing and harassing government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo charged with treason

September 5, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Abuja, September 5, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against publisher Agba Jalingo, release him from detention, and stop using the country’s state security laws to harass government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

September 5, 2019 4:28 PM ET

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit the Bahamas on September 1, 2019. The scale of the devastation only became fully clear September 4-5, with the country’s Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands being severely impacted, according to news reports....

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CPJ survey finds 70% of female journalists in U.S., Canada have experienced safety issues or threats

September 5, 2019 12:00 PM ET

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Cablemar TV reporter Aguilar shot dead in Copán, Honduras

September 4, 2019 4:48 PM ET

Amsterdam, September 4, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Edgar Joel Aguilar, a reporter and presenter for Cablemar TV, and urged the Honduran authorities to conduct a rigorous investigation and bring those responsible to justice....

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Israeli military court sentences Palestinian journalist to 4 months detention without charge

September 4, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Beirut, September 4, 2019 -- Israeli authorities should publicly file charges against Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani barred from leaving India

September 4, 2019 11:50 AM ET

New Delhi, September 4, 2019 -- Indian authorities should allow journalist Gowhar Geelani to travel freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins letter to Pope Francis urging focus on human rights during Mozambique visit

September 4, 2019 9:50 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 14 other human rights and freedom of expression organizations sent an open letter to Pope Francis yesterday, on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique, urging the pontiff to publicly support the protection and promotion of human rights as the country prepares...

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Physical safety: Mitigating sexual violence

Sexual violence can take many forms, including sexual and physical assaults. Any individual can be the subject of sexual misconduct, but journalists are often at risk from a range of people, including sources and members of the public, while they are reporting. That risk is heightened for female or...

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Digital Safety: DIY Guides

Strong digital security is crucial for journalists, but dedicated training may be expensive or inaccessible. Luckily, there is a wealth of information online....

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Digital Safety: Remove personal data from the internet

Journalists have long faced threats in reprisal for their work, and in the internet era, attackers can leverage information published on social media and professional websites to hack, abuse, shame, or defame their target....

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Physical safety: Solo reporting

Solo work is becoming more common, especially for broadcast and video journalists. However, working alone can make journalists vulnerable to physical assault. For assignments in locations such as neighborhoods with high crime rates, protests, or remote areas, it is advisable that journalists do not work alone....

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Psychological safety: Online harassment and how to protect your mental health

Journalists are frequently at risk of being harassed online in an attempt by hostile actors to intimidate or force them into silence. The harassment, most commonly directed at female journalists, often includes threats of violence against the journalist and their family and friends....

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Why newsrooms need a solution to end online harassment of reporters

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Stef Schrader was on vacation in Germany last year when spam messages started to flood her inbox. Seeing random emails from Macy’s—and job alerts for the position of “Chief Idiot”—she realized someone had signed her work email up to dozens of email lists....

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Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

In June 2016, an attacker was terrorizing women on a jogging path in Edmonton, Canada. A video journalist at a large Canadian broadcaster was assigned to cover the story on the night shift. Multiple sexual assaults had been reported and the man was still at-large....

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‘The threats follow us home’: Survey details risks for female journalists in U.S., Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Ask any female journalist about harassment or safety while on assignment and they’ll likely have a story to tell....

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Iraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al-Hurrah over corruption report

September 3, 2019 3:26 PM ET

Beirut, September 3, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee to reverse its three-month suspension of the U.S. government-funded Iraqi broadcaster Al-Hurra....

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Honduras to drop criminal defamation from new penal code

September 3, 2019 3:10 PM ET

Miami, September 3, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement by the Honduran National Congress that the country will decriminalize defamation and slander....

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Maldives journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla killed by Al-Qaeda group in 2014, commission finds

September 3, 2019 1:25 PM ET

New Delhi, September 3, 2019 -- Maldivian authorities should prosecute those responsible for the 2014 killing of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, including the planners of the attack as well as any government officials who interfered in the investigation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Singapore prime minister threatens to sue The Online Citizen for libel

September 3, 2019 10:30 AM ET

Bangkok, September 3, 2019 -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong should drop his legal threat against news website The Online Citizen and cease his government’s long-running legal harassment of independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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