October 2019

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Indian journalists reported among targets of alleged NSO Group WhatsApp hack

October 31, 2019 2:29 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that several journalists in India have been notified that they were among the targets of suspicious WhatsApp contact that may have been used to install advanced surveillance technology on their phones. Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week...

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro threatens to revoke Globo’s broadcasting license

October 30, 2019 11:46 AM ET

New York, October 30, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to refrain from insulting and threatening media outlets....

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European Parliament must push for safeguards for journalists in ‘e-evidence’ proposal

October 30, 2019 5:34 AM ET

Brussels, October 30, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today that a proposed European Union regulation on law enforcement access to electronic data lacks sufficient safeguards for journalists. The Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders is known as the “e-evidence proposal.”...

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African Union must act on Cameroon’s human rights violations

October 29, 2019 12:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 64 other civil society organizations in calling on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to address serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon, including the jailing of journalists....

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Nigerian journalists charged with criminal defamation, breach of peace

October 29, 2019 12:07 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2019—Authorities should drop all charges against journalists Joe Ogbodu and Prince Amour Udemude, and reform Nigeria’s penal code to ensure that journalism is not criminalized, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bosnian investigative journalist Avdo Avdić receives death threats

October 29, 2019 11:25 AM ET

Berlin, October 29, 2019 -- Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate threats made to journalist Avdo Avdić and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured and detained, broadcasters banned as protests resume in Iraq

October 29, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Beirut, October 29, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned recent attacks on journalists and media outlets in Iraq, and urged authorities to ensure that journalists can cover the ongoing protests in the country safely and without obstruction....

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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2019 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free Published October 29, 2019 Somalia is the world’s worst country for the fifth year in a row when it comes to prosecuting murderers of journalists, CPJ’s 2019 Global Impunity Index found. War and...

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Q&A: Moroccan press freedom advocate and NSO Group spyware target Maati Monjib

October 29, 2019 1:45 AM ET

Pegasus, the cellphone spyware tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group, is one of the most powerful surveillance systems governments can buy, experts say. Researchers who study it have detected “45 countries where Pegasus operators may be conducting surveillance operations,” and detailed its capabilities: whoever tricks the target...

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Members of public assault Israeli journalist Daniel Siryoti in Kiryat Ata

October 28, 2019 3:55 PM ET

New York, October 28, 2019 -- Israeli authorities should investigate the assault on journalist Daniel Siryoti and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan media regulator walks back ban on news anchors expressing personal opinions

October 28, 2019 1:35 PM ET

On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country’s nominally independent media regulator, issued an order posted on its official Twitter account prohibiting news anchors from expressing opinions, stating that anchors hosting news programs “should not appear in talk shows,” and saying that news organizations would...

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Sierra Leone journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo charged with criminal defamation

October 25, 2019 4:23 PM ET

Mahmud Tim Kargbo, a freelance reporter in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained twice in September 2019 after Miatta Samba, an appeals court judge, lodged a complaint with the police against him for a report published September 9, 2019, on his Facebook page and in a WhatsApp group that...

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Palestinian court orders block of dozens of news websites and Facebook pages

October 25, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Beirut, October 25, 2019 -- The Palestinian National Authority should immediately lift a ban on dozens of news websites and Facebook pages, and allow news outlets in the country to publish freely online, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Restrictive terms of Shawkan’s release from Egyptian jail highlighted to UN

October 25, 2019 1:14 PM ET

On October 10, Mahmoud Abu Zeid turned 33. It was the Egyptian photojournalist’s first birthday out of prison since his August 2013 arrest. But in spite of his celebrated freedom in March, the police monitoring conditions of his probation have, in effect, rendered his release obsolete....

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Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin detained following coverage of Hong Kong protests

October 25, 2019 12:24 PM ET

Taipei, October 25, 2019 -- Chinese authorities must immediately release journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Tajik president to ensure journalists can report the news freely and safely

October 25, 2019 11:11 AM ET

CPJ writes to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to express serious concerns regarding threats to journalists, censorship of independent news outlets and the internet, and restrictions on accreditation of journalists in Tajikistan as the country prepares to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in 2020.

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Australian newspapers stand together for press freedom

October 25, 2019 9:30 AM ET

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Nigerian court grants anonymity to witnesses testifying against journalist Agba Jalingo

October 24, 2019 2:00 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a Nigerian court’s decision to grant anonymity to witnesses set to testify against journalist Agba Jalingo and deny the public access to the courtroom during the trial....

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India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter

October 24, 2019 1:30 AM ET

On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the...

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Congolese radio journalist attacked by ruling party supporters at Kinshasa rally

October 23, 2019 5:55 PM ET

On October 5, 2019, Dominique Dinanga, a reporter for the privately owned Top Congo FM radio station, was attacked by supporters of the ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party at a rally in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where former Prime...

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Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

October 23, 2019 4:12 PM ET

Nairobi, October 23, 2019—Authorities in Burundi should immediately release four journalists and a media worker from the privately-owned news outlet Iwacu, whom police detained in the western Bubanza province yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Algeria arrests fifth journalist amid anti-government protests

October 23, 2019 3:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 23, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Algerian authorities to release Bendjama Mustapha, editor-in-chief of Le Provincial, and end the harassment of journalists covering anti-government protests....

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Legal threats prompt journalists to take creative approaches to investigative stories

October 23, 2019 2:30 PM ET

When BuzzFeed News reporters Jane Bradley and Katie J.M. Baker began investigating claims of sexual misconduct by self-help guru Tony Robbins in early 2018, they did what any journalist would do, and reached out to people who might know about the allegations....

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Journalists covering Catalonia demonstrations attacked, harassed by police, protesters

October 23, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Berlin, October 23, 2019 -- Authorities in the Spanish region of Catalonia should ensure the safety of reporters covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Demonstrators set fire to El Mercurio de Valparaíso newspaper office in Chile

October 22, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On October 19, 2019, at around 8 pm, demonstrators broke into the headquarters of Chilean newspaper El Mercurio de Valparaíso and started a fire that damaged the newspaper’s offices and the offices of La Estrella de Valparaíso, a daily owned by the El Mercurio conglomerate, according to news reports...

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Donetsk militants announce 15-year 'sentence' for Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev

October 22, 2019 1:24 PM ET

New York, October 22, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the announcement by Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine that they intend to hold Stanyslav Aseyev, a reporter for the U.S.-backed broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in a penal colony for 15 years, as reported by his...

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US court dismisses suit against former Sri Lankan defense secretary over murder of Sri Lankan journalist Wickramatunga

October 22, 2019 1:07 PM ET

New York, October 22, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by a U.S. District Court’s decision to dismiss a civil lawsuit against former Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa over his alleged involvement in the 2009 killing of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga....

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Nigerian military targeted journalists’ phones, computers with “forensic search” for sources

October 22, 2019 9:21 AM ET

Hamza Idris, an editor with the Nigerian Daily Trust, was at the newspaper’s central office on January 6 when the military arrived looking for him. Soldiers with AK47s walked between the newsroom desks repeating his name, he told CPJ. It was the second raid on the paper that day;...

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Azerbaijani journalist Seymur Hazi detained in run-up to protests

October 21, 2019 3:54 PM ET

New York, October 21, 2019 -- Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release journalist Seymur Hazi, drop any charges against him, and allow him to report freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kazakh journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov jailed on criminal libel charges

October 18, 2019 2:38 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2019 – Kazakhstan authorities should immediately release journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov, drop all charges against him, and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian police raid news outlets and journalists’ homes in October 15 crackdown

October 18, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Vilnius, October 18, 2019 – Russian authorities should stop harassing media outlets and reporters, and allow the press to freely cover opposition political groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ's Butler denied entry to Pakistan to attend a human rights conference

October 18, 2019 10:22 AM ET

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Pakistan denies entry to CPJ's Steven Butler, forces him to return to US

October 17, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2019 -- Last night, Pakistani immigration authorities denied entry to CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, citing a blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior....

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Unidentified gunmen detain Iraqi blogger Shojaa al-Khafaji

October 17, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Beirut, October 17, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi authorities to disclose whether they have custody of Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji and if not, to immediately open an investigation after unidentified armed men took him from his home....

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Algeria detains three journalists who covered protests, alleged corruption

October 17, 2019 1:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2019--Algerian authorities should immediately release journalists Said Boudour, Abdelmoundji Kheladi, and Adel Azeb Chikh from pretrial detention and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call to end impunity in killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

October 16, 2019 11:34 AM ET

Two years after the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and one year after CPJ joined five other organizations in an international press freedom mission to Malta, CPJ and nine other groups once again demanded an end to impunity for the heinous attack and renewed calls to...

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Iranian journalist in exile arrested, gives televised confession in Iran

October 16, 2019 10:32 AM ET

On October 14, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested journalist and activist Roohollah Zam, manager of Amad News, a popular anti-government news channel on the messaging app Telegram, according to a statement by the guard corps that was broadcast on state media....

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Second Syrian Kurdish journalist dies of wounds sustained in Turkish air strike

October 15, 2019 2:20 PM ET

Beirut, October 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the Turkish air strike on a civilian convoy, as reports emerged that a second journalist died yesterday as a result of the attack....

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Egyptian journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah arrested on false news charges, allegedly tortured

October 15, 2019 12:55 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must immediately release imprisoned journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah, drop all charges against her, and investigate allegations that she was physically abused in state custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Unidentified groups attack news outlets amid protests in Ecuador

October 13, 2019 7:10 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned attacks by unidentified individuals on news outlets in Ecuador....

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Syrian Kurdish journalist killed in Turkish airstrike on civilian convoy

October 13, 2019 6:15 PM ET

Beirut, October 13, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Turkish air strike on a civilian convoy that killed journalist Saad Ahmed and injured at least four other reporters....

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Radio Panic FM journalist found dead in Haiti following threats

October 11, 2019 5:18 PM ET

Miami, October 11, 2019—Haitian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of radio journalist Néhémie Joseph and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Physical Safety: War Reporting

Reporting from the front lines of a conflict is one of the most challenging assignments a journalist can undertake. All war correspondents should have hostile environment training, up-to-date medical training, and the correct safety equipment before going on assignment in a conflict zone....

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National Geographic reporter shot in Chihuahua while conducting an interview

October 11, 2019 11:52 AM ET

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Forced out of jobs and sidelined, Bolivia’s independent journalists see their audience slipping away

October 10, 2019 4:15 PM ET

Amalia Pando was once a ubiquitous presence on Bolivian radio and TV, hosting some of the country’s most popular news and political commentary programs. At age 66, she’s still at it, but her audience is a sliver of what it once was....

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Turkey bans critical reports on military operation in Syria, detains 2 journalists

October 10, 2019 1:42 PM ET

Istanbul, October 10, 2019 –Turkish authorities must stop censoring news reports on the country’s military incursion into Syria and detaining or harassing journalists who cover it, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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‘I was the first to lose my freedom’: How police protection impacts Italy’s investigative reporters

October 10, 2019 11:51 AM ET

Explaining the sudden presence of two grim-looking bodyguards in a way that wouldn’t scare her children was never going to be easy for Federica Angeli, a reporter for la Repubblica. So when Angeli returned home with police protection for the first time in July 2013, she tried to turn...

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Authorities and protesters target the press amid protests in Ecuador

October 9, 2019 5:50 PM ET

Miami, October 9, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on both the authorities and demonstrators in Ecuador to stop harassing and attacking journalists covering ongoing protests....

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CPJ calls on Hong Kong chief executive to establish body to probe police violence against journalists

October 9, 2019 4:58 PM ET

CPJ writes to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to urge her to use her authority to take the steps necessary to launch an independent body that can investigate repeated attacks on journalists by Hong Kong police.

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Nigerian police beat two Inspiration FM journalists after covering protest in Uyo

October 9, 2019 2:17 PM ET

Owoidoho Udofia and Okodi Okodi, two journalists with the privately owned Inspiration FM radio station in Akwa-Ibom State, in southern Nigeria, on September 24, 2019, were forced by police to take off their shirts and roll on the ground, and were beaten with sticks after covering a protest in...

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National Geographic reporter wounded in shootout in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez

October 8, 2019 6:03 PM ET

Mexico City, October 8, 2019 – Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the October 4 gun attack on a residence in Ciudad Juárez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, during which a reporter for National Geographic was shot in the leg, the Committee...

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A blogger forced into psychiatric clinic in Uzbekistan

October 8, 2019 4:56 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019 – Uzbekistan authorities must immediately release journalist Nafosat Olloshukurova and allow her to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Telugu journalist Ravi Prakash arrested after refusal to remove online interviews

October 8, 2019 1:53 PM ET

New Delhi, October 8, 2019 -- The government of India’s Telangana state must immediately release Ravi Prakash, founder of independent Telugu news website Tolivelugu, and ensure he is not harassed because of his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins statement of concern over safety of Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell

October 7, 2019 2:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), a Colombian press freedom organization, in issuing a statement on October 4 expressing concern for the safety of journalist Daniel Coronell....

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Unidentified assailants raid 4 broadcasters in Baghdad, assault staffers

October 7, 2019 2:20 PM ET

Beirut, October 7, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should immediately investigate the recent attacks against four broadcasters in Baghdad and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Insider October 2019: Khashoggi’s murder anniversary, Sulzberger’s warning, threats to women journalists unpacked

October 7, 2019 9:12 AM ET

CPJ marks one year since Khashoggi’s murder with court action What did the U.S. government know, and when did it know it? As CPJ enters year two of advocacy to secure justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018,...

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Police attack journalists covering protests in Ecuador

October 4, 2019 1:54 PM ET

Miami, October 4, 2019 -- Ecuadoran authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, and should hold police officers who assault journalists to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian authorities harass journalists reporting on Svetlana Prokopyeva terrorism case

October 4, 2019 1:42 PM ET

Vilnius, October 4, 2019 -- Russian authorities should drop the charges against journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva and stop harassing reporters covering her case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian journalist Hani al-Agha detained by Hamas forces in Gaza since September 25

October 4, 2019 1:35 PM ET

Beirut, October 4, 2019 -- Hamas security forces should immediately release journalist Hani al-Agha and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One week, two journalists shot in Haiti; Egypt press clampdown continues unabated

October 4, 2019 10:15 AM ET

In less than eight days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, two journalists, Edmond Agenor Joseph and Chery Dieu-Nalio of the Associated Press, were shot in separate incidents. Both were clearly identified as members of the press at the time of the shootings. Dieu-Nalio was taken to a local hospital where...

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Iraqi authorities obstruct journalists, cut internet access amid protests

October 4, 2019 8:55 AM ET

Beirut, October 4, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned restrictions on news coverage of protests in Iraq and called on authorities to unblock news and social media websites throughout the country and let the press operate freely....

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In Honduras, attacker holds gun to head of Radio Progreso anchor Sánchez

October 3, 2019 3:11 PM ET

Miami, October 3, 2019 —Honduran authorities must immediately investigate an attack on journalist Sandra Maribel Sánchez and guarantee the safety of the press in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kyrgyzstan reopens investigation into 2007 killing of journalist Alisher Saipov

October 3, 2019 12:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2019 -- Kyrgyzstan should conduct an open and thorough reinvestigation into the killing of journalist Alisher Saipov, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cambodian court delays verdict, orders new investigation of ex-Radio Free Asia reporters

October 3, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Bangkok, October 3, 2019 -- Cambodian authorities should drop all charges against Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and stop their campaign of harassment against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian internet regulator blocks independent Fergana news website

October 2, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Vilnius, October 2, 2019–Russian authorities should immediately reinstate access to the independent news website Fergana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Pang Pui Yin released on bail following arrest by Hong Kong police

October 2, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Taipei, October 2, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should drop all charges against journalist Pang Pui Yin and cease harassing journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Spanish reporter Laila Jiménez assaulted by protesters during Catalonia independence march

October 2, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Berlin, October 2, 2019 -- Local authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate an incident in Barcelona in which journalist Laila Jiménez was assaulted by protesters, and ensure that journalists can safely cover demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Edmond Agenor Joseph shot by police in Haiti while covering protests

October 1, 2019 3:30 PM ET

Miami, October 1, 2019 -- Haitian authorities should conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the shooting of journalist Edmond Agenor Joseph, hold those responsible to account, and ensure the protection of journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Lebanese newspaper Nida al-Watan sued over alleged presidential criticism

October 1, 2019 11:11 AM ET

On September 12, 2019, Lebanese judge Ziad Abu Haidar filed a criminal defamation suit against the Nida al-Watan newspaper as well as its editor-in-chief Beshara Charbel and managing director George Barbari, according to news reports and a report by regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural...

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