January 2020

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Lebanese authorities detain US freelancer Nicholas Frakes for 2 days

January 21, 2020 1:50 PM ET

At about 8:30 p.m. on January 19, 2020, Lebanese security forces arrested Nicholas Frakes, a U.S. national and freelance reporter, while he was covering protests in downtown Beirut, according to news reports and a friend of the journalist, who spoke to CPJ....

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Far-right demonstrators assault reporter Thomas Jacobi in Greece

January 21, 2020 1:35 PM ET

Berlin, January 21, 2020 – Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate an attack on reporter Thomas Jacobi by protesters in Athens and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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FAC, CPJ ask San Francisco mayor to protect journalist freedoms

January 21, 2020 1:09 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and the free speech non-profit First Amendment Coalition today sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor London Breed requesting a meeting about steps the city can take to ensure press freedom....

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Journalists beaten, detained while covering protests in cities across India

January 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Beginning in December 2019, hundreds of thousands of people across India protested against new laws that they allege discriminate against Muslims in the country, according to news reports. Demonstrators and police attacked journalists covering the protests, and authorities detained reporters covering them, according to news reports and journalists who...

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CPJ, 57 news organizations ask Senate to rethink press restrictions during impeachment

January 17, 2020 4:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and at 57 other news organizations yesterday sent a letter to Senate authorities asking them to reconsider press restrictions during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump....

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Proposed impeachment press restrictions | Two Iraqi journalists killed in protest

January 17, 2020 8:30 AM ET

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Journalists assaulted, detained while covering protests in Beirut

January 16, 2020 3:50 PM ET

Beirut, January 16, 2020 -- Lebanese authorities should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering protests in Beirut by both police and demonstrators, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Lawyer Mishi Choudhury on what India shutdowns ruling means for journalists

January 16, 2020 3:46 PM ET

On January 14, the Jammu and Kashmir administration partially restored mobile internet in a handful of districts, according to news reports. The administration, which is directly controlled by the Indian government, had imposed a complete communication ban in the restive region after withdrawing its special status under the Indian...

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Masked attackers ransack Chilean newspaper, break equipment and set fires

January 16, 2020 3:04 PM ET

Miami, January 16, 2020—Chilean authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the daily newspaper El Mercurio de Antofagasta and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Masked men broke into the newspaper’s headquarters in Antofagasta, a city in northern Chile, on January 13, damaging...

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Police raid Cairo offices of Turkish Anadolu News Agency, arrest at least 4

January 15, 2020 12:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2020 -- Egyptian authorities yesterday arrested at least four people at the Anadolu News Agency office in Cairo on allegations of spreading false news and operating without a license, according to a report by the agency and other news reports....

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In the UK, ‘Megxit’ and Downing Street briefing change put focus on press access

January 14, 2020 5:20 PM ET

Journalists and press associations in the United Kingdom this week debated issues of access and what constitutes “credible media,” as royal correspondents scrutinized the fall out from “Megxit”—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plan to step back from royal duties and the pool system of news coverage—and the Society...

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Ugandan police harass and detain journalists covering opposition politician Bobi Wine

January 14, 2020 3:25 PM ET

Nairobi, January 14, 2020 -- Ugandan police should drop all charges against journalist Willy Tamale and cease harassing reporters for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Patricia Kayuni assaulted while covering protest in Malawi

January 14, 2020 12:05 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2019 -- Malawian authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the assault of journalist Patricia Kayuni and ensure that those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Missing radio anchor found dead in Mexico’s Michoacán state

January 13, 2020 6:36 PM ET

Mexico City, January 13, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Mexican authorities to open a credible and transparent investigation into the death of reporter Fidel Ávila Góme, whose body was found on January 7 near the state borders of Michoacán and Guerrero....

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Sudan suspends four news outlets over alleged financial link to Bashir regime

January 13, 2020 5:46 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2020—Sudanese authorities should end their suspension of the newspapers El Ray El Aam and El Sudani and the TV channels Ashorooq and Teiba, and work toward institutionalizing press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sudanese authorities suspended the four news outlets as part...

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Colombian magazine Semana alleges military spied on its journalists

January 13, 2020 3:00 PM ET

Bogotá, January 13, 2020 – Colombian authorities must undertake an in-depth and transparent investigation into allegations that the military illegally spied on journalists, and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Montenegro reporters Živković and Raičević charged with criminal incitement

January 13, 2020 12:52 PM ET

Berlin, January 13, 2020 -- Montenegrin authorities should immediately drop charges against Dražen Živković and Gojko Raičević and cease pursuing criminal cases against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Malawi detains, charges 3 journalists seeking to cover EU delegation’s return

January 10, 2020 5:57 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2020 -- Malawian authorities should drop the prosecution of three journalists who wanted to cover the return to the country on January 8 of a European Union electoral observer mission, but were instead detained for two hours at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, the capital,...

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Journalists threatened, assaulted while covering local politician in Sierra Leone

January 10, 2020 4:21 PM ET

Abuja, January 10, 2020 -- Authorities in Sierra Leone should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering local politics, and should ensure that reporters can do their jobs safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police beat, detain journalists covering protests in São Paulo

January 10, 2020 4:05 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, January 10, 2020 -- Brazilian authorities must promptly investigate alleged police harassment and attacks against journalists covering protests in São Paulo, and ensure that reporters can safely cover demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gunmen open fire on car, kill 2 Dijlah TV journalists at Iraq protest

January 10, 2020 3:16 PM ET

Beirut, January 10, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of two journalists working for the Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV, and urged Iraqi authorities to immediately open an investigation and hold those responsible to account....

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India should restore internet in Kashmir as court orders shutdown review

January 10, 2020 1:50 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2020--The Indian Supreme Court ordered a review of the legal process used to implement the ongoing shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir today. The ruling affirmed that freedom of speech “using the medium of internet is constitutionally protected."...

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In wake of Soleimani’s killing, journalists at risk in Iraq

January 10, 2020 9:00 AM ET

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Serbian journalist denied entry to United Arab Emirates

January 10, 2020 8:30 AM ET

On December 17, 2019, authorities at Abu Dhabi International Airport denied entry to Stevan Dojčinović, a Serbian national and editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an investigative news outlet, according to Dojčinović, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and news reports....

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Investigative journalist Bolot Temirov assaulted in Kyrgyzstan

January 9, 2020 4:10 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2020 -- Kyrgyzstan authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the assault of journalist Bolot Temirov and ensure that reporters can cover corruption allegations without fearing for their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzanian authorities ban online TV station, fine 2 others

January 8, 2020 12:57 PM ET

On September 27, 2019, Tanzania’s broadcasting regulator suspended the privately owned internet-based broadcaster Kwanza Online TV for six months and fined two other online stations, Watetezi TV and Ayo TV, according to statements by Kwanza Online TV and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, a network of local nongovernmental...

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‘I feel like a weight has been lifted’ freelance journalist Santosh Yadav says as Chhattisgarh court ends four-year legal nightmare

January 8, 2020 11:54 AM ET

On January 2, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav got his life back when the National Investigation Agency court in Jagdalpur acquitted him of charges of helping Maoists militants. The ruling marked the end of a legal nightmare that lasted over four years for Yadav, who says that he was threatened...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Iraq Safety Advisory

January 7, 2020 5:30 PM ET

In wake of the January 3, 2020, U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, pro-Iranian militias have warned that “all retaliation options are on the table,” as reported by The Independent. According to CPJ research, pro-Iran militias, including those known as...

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Venezuelan photojournalist Jesús Medina released after 16 months in prison

January 7, 2020 1:10 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Venezuelan freelance photojournalist Jesús Medina after more than 16 months of arbitrary detention, and called for Venezuelan authorities to drop all charges against him....

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Chadian journalist detained since December 26 over defamation complaint

January 6, 2020 3:52 PM ET

Vancouver, Canada, January 6, 2020 -- Authorities in Chad should release journalist Ali Hamata Achène, and stop pursuing criminal defamation and retaliatory cases against reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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For journalists with health issues from covering 9/11, support is available

January 6, 2020 2:27 PM ET

Like the first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, thoughts of personal safety were far from the minds of the journalists who covered the largest terror attack on U.S. soil....

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Montenegro journalist Anđela Đikanović charged with incitement over retracted report

January 6, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Berlin, January 6, 2020 -- Montenegrin authorities should immediately release journalist Anđela Đikanović and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladesh blocks Sweden-based news website Netra News

January 3, 2020 3:11 PM ET

Beginning on December 28, 2019, Bangladeshi authorities have blocked domestic connections to Netra News, a recently launched news website based in Sweden, according to a report by Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and Netra News editor-in-chief Tasneem Khalil, who wrote to CPJ via email....

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Thai court sentences journalist Suchanee Cloitre to 2 years in jail for defamation

January 3, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Bangkok, January 3, 2020 -- Thai authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Suchanee Cloitre, and should stop charging reporters with criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists

January 3, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Nairobi, January 3, 2020—Burundi’s public prosecutor on December 30 asked for a 15-year prison term for four journalists for privately owned online news outlet Iwacu and their driver who are charged with undermining state security, according to Iwacu and other news reports. The prosecutor is also seeking to have...

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