November 2019

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Assyrian journalist detained in Iraq for 13 days after reporting trip to Syria

November 13, 2019 2:54 PM ET

Kurdish Asayish security forces detained William Bnyameen Adam, an Assyrian journalist, for 13 days after the contributor to the California-based broadcaster Assyrian National Broadcasting (ANB) returned from a two-week assignment in northern Syria, the journalist told CPJ. The journalist said that security forces confiscated his equipment, beat him, and...

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Iranian court sentences 2 journalists to jail on propaganda charges

November 12, 2019 3:34 PM ET

In October 2019, the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Pouria Alami, a political columnist and satirist with the reformist Shargh Daily, to one year in prison and Tahereh Riahi, the former social affairs editor of the government-funded Borna News Agency, to two and a half years in prison, according to...

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Syrian photojournalist al-Yousef killed as forces shell southern Idlib

November 11, 2019 12:42 PM ET

Beirut, November 11, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Syrian journalist Abdul Hameed al-Yousef and urged all sides in the Syrian conflict to guarantee the safety of civilians, including journalists....

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Bolivian news outlets attacked, threatened amid unrest as Morales resigns

November 11, 2019 12:12 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2019—Several news outlets in Bolivia were attacked or threatened and at least four had to temporarily cease broadcasting over the weekend, following weeks of uncertainty and protests over contested October 20 elections that led yesterday to President Evo Morales announcing his resignation....

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Radio journalist Dindo Generoso shot and killed in the Philippines

November 11, 2019 10:58 AM ET

Bangkok, November 11, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of radio reporter Dindo Generoso in the central Philippines, and called on Philippine authorities to identify the motive behind the killing and bring all of the perpetrators swiftly to justice....

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Attackers burn boat journalist uses to report in Colombia’s remote regions

November 8, 2019 6:42 PM ET

Bogotá, November 8, 2019—Colombian authorities should immediately investigate an arson attack against a journalist in northern Colombia and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering unrest in Hong Kong

November 8, 2019 4:09 PM ET

Police and protesters continue to clash in Hong Kong, especially on the weekends. Incidents in recent months that CPJ is aware of include journalists hit by pepper spray, tear gas, or projectiles fired from crowd-control weapons; police briefly detaining journalists; and demonstrators attacking journalists whom they believed were affiliated...

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Protect yourself against NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware

November 8, 2019 9:00 AM ET

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Indian government threatens to cancel journalist Aatish Taseer’s overseas citizenship

November 7, 2019 1:50 PM ET

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 -- The Indian government must cease making threats to revoke the overseas citizenship of journalist Aatish Taseer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Laws, cheap web filters arm Russia to block news, says Censored Planet

November 7, 2019 11:36 AM ET

When Daniil Kislov tried to view the website of Fergana from his computer in Moscow on November 1, his browser showed him the now-familiar notification that the independent news outlet he directs had been blocked by order of Roskomnadzor, the national agency that regulates the internet in Russia, he...

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CPJ deepens database of attacks on the press

November 7, 2019 11:10 AM ET

He couldn’t have known it at the time, but when a Moroccan court sentenced editor Mohammed al-Herd on August 4, 2003, to three years in prison, he was emblematic of a new trend, one that would accelerate and continue to the present day....

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Congolese journalist detained for five days over defamation complaint

November 6, 2019 3:56 PM ET

On October 21, 2019, police arrested Achiko Ngaya, editor of the privately owned newspaper Les Nouvelles du Soir, in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ngaya told CPJ. The journalist said he was detained for five days and charged with criminal defamation....

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Radio host Buenaventura Calderón shot dead in Honduras

November 6, 2019 3:22 PM ET

Amsterdam, November 6, 2019 -- Honduran authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Buenaventura Calderón, determine if the attack was related to his reporting, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

November 6, 2019 11:30 AM ET

Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources....

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Arson attack damages indigenous newspaper office in Canada

November 6, 2019 11:28 AM ET

New York, November 6, 2019 -- Authorities in the Six Nations Territory in Canada should conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into an arson attack on the offices of the Turtle Island News newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bolivian camera operator injured by explosive amid post-election protests

November 5, 2019 3:50 PM ET

On October 31, 2019, Bolivian camera operator Daynor Flores Quispe was injured in an explosion while covering a protest in La Paz, the capital, according to news reports....

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CPJ Insider, November: Face-to-face with Pakistani border control and a northern Syria crisis

November 5, 2019 8:18 AM ET

On a strange ‘stop list,’ CPJ staffer is refused entry to Pakistan The man at the Lahore airport customs point looked puzzled. Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, was holding a U.S. passport with a valid, newly issued visa to enter Pakistan. But the computer showed he was on a...

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CPJ calls for modification of Dutch terrorism bill to protect press freedom

November 4, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Berlin, November 4, 2019 -- Dutch lawmakers should amend a bill that could expose journalists to jail time for reporting from terrorist-controlled areas without government permission, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, arrest 2 journalists covering protests

November 4, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Taipei, November 4, 2019 -- Police in Hong Kong must stop attacking and harassing journalists and ensure the safety of reporters covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist Benjie Caballero shot in the Philippines

November 4, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 -- Philippine authorities should conduct a fast and thorough investigation into the shooting of journalist Benjie Caballero, determine if the attack was connected to his reporting, and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Three journalists beaten by Sierra Leone presidential bodyguards in September

November 1, 2019 1:41 PM ET

On September 8, 2019, bodyguards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio attacked three journalists who were covering a football match in Freetown, the capital, according to the journalists, who spoke to CPJ, and news reports....

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Indian police accuse publisher of treason in 25-year-old case

November 1, 2019 1:24 PM ET

New Delhi, November 1, 2019 -- Karnataka police must immediately release Indian publisher Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian journalist Bassam Moheisen detained by Hamas forces in Gaza since October 23

November 1, 2019 11:14 AM ET

Beirut, November 1, 2019 -- Hamas security forces should immediately release journalist Bassam Mohammad Moheisen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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The worst countries in the world at prosecuting journalist murderers

November 1, 2019 9:30 AM ET

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