A demonstrator is seen in Banjul, Gambia, on January 25, 2020. Two radio stations were recently shut down and their staffers arrested over their coverage of the protests. (AFP/Romain Chanson)

Gambian radio journalists arrested, outlets shut down over protest coverage

Abuja, Nigeria, January 31, 2020 — Gambian authorities should immediately drop the charges against broadcast journalists Pa Modou Bojang and Gibbi Jallow, and permit the Home Digital FM and King FM radio stations to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis is seen in Athens on October 29, 2012. Vaxevanis was recently convicted in a criminal defamation suit. (AP/Eurokinissi)

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis handed suspended prison sentence for tweeting meme

Berlin, January 31, 2020 — Greek authorities should overturn the conviction of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on appeal and reform the country’s outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A federal police motorcycle is seen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 16, 2018. Unidentified individuals recently shot at journalist Carlos Walker's home in Buenos Aires province. (RArgentine Ministry of Security/Handout via Reuters)

Unidentified individuals shoot journalist’s home in Argentina

Miami, January 30, 2020 — Argentinian authorities should conduct a speedy and transparent investigation into the shooting of the home of journalist Carlos Walker, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Four Iwacu journalists, (L to R) Agnes Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Terence Mpozenzi, and the driver Adolphe Masabarakiza, appear at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019. The court today convicted the journalists on state security charges. (AFP/Tchandrou Nitanga)

Burundi court sentences Iwacu journalists to 2.5 years in prison

Nairobi, January 30, 2020 — Burundi authorities should not contest the appeal of four journalists from Iwacu convicted today and should stop filing state security charges against reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A woman poses with a Ukrainian and a Russian passport in the Crimean city of Simferopol on April 7, 2014. Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibragimov was recently barred from entering Crimea and was banned from entering Russia for 34 years. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibragimov banned from entering Russia for 34 years

Vilnius, Lithuania, January 30, 2020 — Russian authorities should immediately lift the ban imposed on journalist Taras Ibragimov and allow him to freely report in Crimea, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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How you helped journalists in 2019

You stood with CPJ in the fight for a free press in 2019 and for that we couldn’t be more grateful. Click on the infographic below to take an in-depth look at some of our impact last year and highlights of our work. (Don’t forget to turn off your ad blocker!)

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Artwork: Jack Forbes

U.S. elections 2020: Journalist safety kit

The United States is scheduled to hold presidential and congressional elections on November 3, 2020. Journalists covering elections and political rallies in the U.S. in recent years have been subjected to online and verbal harassment and even physical assault, CPJ has found.

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CPJ launches safety kit for journalists covering 2020 US elections

New York, January 30, 2020—As news coverage increases of the U.S. 2020 presidential election campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists today released safety resources for the media. The safety kit includes information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for assignments and how to mitigate and prepare for digital, physical, and psychological risk.

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Journalist Sergio Aguayo Quezada is seen in Mexico City on April 5, 2013. Aguayo was recently fined 10 million pesos in a moral damages suit. (AP/Alexandre Meneghini)

Mexican journalist Sergio Aguayo Quezada fined 10 million pesos over corruption report

Mexico City, January 29, 2020 — Mexican authorities should drop the charges against journalist Sergio Aguayo Quezada and reform the country’s outdated libel laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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CPJ calls on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to support press freedom

January 29, 2020 The Honorable Mike PompeoSecretary of StateU.S. Department of State2201 C St NWWashington, D.C., 20520 Sent via email

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