March 2020

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Indian Supreme Court denies government request for prior censorship of COVID-19 news

March 31, 2020 5:41 PM ET

New Delhi, March 31, 2020 – The Indian government should stop trying to censor news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran bans printing of all newspapers, citing spread of coronavirus

March 31, 2020 4:50 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 31, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Iranian authorities’ decision to suspend all newspaper printing and distribution in the country, where newsgathering and distribution is already tightly restricted....

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Kyrgyz president must release journalist Azimjon Askarov amid COVID-19 epidemic

March 31, 2020 4:49 PM ET

CPJ today joined eight other human rights and press freedom organizations to call for the immediate release of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov, who has been serving a life sentence in retaliation for his reporting since June 2010....

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Nigeria imposes harsh restrictions for journalist movement and access, citing coronavirus

March 31, 2020 4:09 PM ET

Abuja, March 31, 2020 -- Authorities in Nigeria must ensure that measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic do not prevent journalists from covering the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Reporter Bárbara Figueroa Rosa on covering Puerto Rico’s coronavirus outbreak

March 31, 2020 3:52 PM ET

In the three years since Hurricane Maria hit the island, Puerto Rico has experienced a financial, political, and public health crisis, but reporter Bárbara Figueroa Rosa told CPJ that these events “have no comparison” to the impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on the U.S. territory....

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Belarusian journalist Siarhei Satsuk detained on bribery charges after publishing COVID-19 report

March 31, 2020 2:55 PM ET

Vilnius, Lithuania, March 31, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Siarhei Satsuk and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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For Russia's Igor Rudnikov, coronavirus makes fight with Kaliningrad even tougher

March 31, 2020 2:30 PM ET

Igor Rudnikov is the editor-in-chief of the independent Novye Kolyosa newspaper, based in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad. In 2017, agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Rudnikov over his paper’s reporting, as CPJ documented at the time....

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Myanmar editor faces life in prison for publishing interview with insurgent group

March 31, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Bangkok, March 31, 2020 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately release journalist Ko Nay Lin and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Reporter denied access to Florida governor’s briefing on COVID-19

March 30, 2020 4:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2020 -- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should allow reporters to safely cover his news briefings, and not penalize journalists who seek to follow public health guidance on social distancing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Exiled Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch goes missing in Sweden

March 30, 2020 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2020 -- Swedish authorities should make every effort to locate missing journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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March 30, 2020 12:01 AM ET

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Journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni imprisoned in Algeria

March 27, 2020 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 27, 2020 -- Algerian authorities should drop all charges against journalist Khaled Drareni and release him from prison immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Governments around the world crack down on journalists covering COVID-19

March 27, 2020 10:13 AM ET

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Philippines COVID-19 state of emergency includes prison time for spreading ‘false news’

March 27, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Bangkok, March 27, 2020 -- The Philippine Congress should repeal a recently enacted regulation that imposes criminal penalties for spreading ‘false news’ about the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Trust deficit: Guatemala's new president must overcome skepticism to improve press freedom

March 27, 2020 10:00 AM ET

With a new president in office, Guatemala has the opportunity to reverse years of declining press freedom after the country’s journalists endured obstruction, legal harassment, orchestrated online attacks, and threats of violence. To win back trust, the administration will need to make a strong commitment to transparency and provide enough...

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Trust deficit: 'The goal was to silence me'

March 27, 2020 9:59 AM ET

Prensa Comunitaria knows first-hand the risks of covering environmental issues and powerful economic interests. In August 2017, authorities in the eastern Izabal department issued arrest warrants for seven individuals, including two of the news website’s indigenous journalists: Carlos Choc and Jerson Xitumul Morales....

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Journalist Adnan Rashidi tortured, robbed in Iraqi Kurdistan

March 26, 2020 3:00 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2020 -- Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the torture and robbery of journalist Adnan Rashidi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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New CPJ, Internet Society fact sheet on why journalists need encryption

March 26, 2020 3:00 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Internet Society today released a joint fact sheet that explains the importance of encryption to press freedom and the free flow of information....

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Q&A: RAI journalist Stefania Battistini on covering Italy’s coronavirus outbreak

March 26, 2020 1:23 PM ET

Stefania Battistini, an experienced reporter for Italian public broadcaster RAI, has covered terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and Syria’s civil war for the channel’s news program. Now, she is confronting the biggest challenge of her career: the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging Lombardy, northern Italy, one of the hardest-hit regions in...

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Iraqi security forces seize journalist’s belongings for allegedly violating COVID-19 curfew

March 26, 2020 1:10 PM ET

On March 24, 2020, Iraqi National Security Forces officers stopped Azad Shakur, a reporter for the Iraqi Kurdish broadcaster Gali Kurdistan, and seized his belongings for allegedly violating a lockdown imposed to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to Shakur, who spoke to CPJ in a phone...

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Expert Bill Marczak: What journalists should know about coronavirus cellphone tracking

March 26, 2020 1:00 PM ET

Governments all over the world have been considering cellphone surveillance to help track and contain the spread of the coronavirus....

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Egypt expels Guardian reporter Ruth Michaelson over COVID-19 coverage

March 26, 2020 12:05 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2020 -- In response to Egypt’s expulsion of Ruth Michaelson, a reporter for The Guardian, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement:...

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Brazil restricts access to government information amid COVID-19 emergency

March 26, 2020 12:00 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, March 26, 2020 -- Brazilian authorities should not use the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to restrict access to government information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ launches resources on COVID-19’s impact on journalist safety, press freedom

March 26, 2020 11:17 AM ET

New York, March 26, 2020--As the coronavirus pandemic spreads globally and journalists scramble to safely cover the news, the Committee to Protect Journalists is offering resources to reporters, interviewing journalists on the front line, and documenting press freedom violations related to coverage of COVID-19....

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Thailand declares state of emergency, imposes press restrictions

March 26, 2020 9:50 AM ET

Bangkok, March 26, 2020 -- Thailand should uphold press freedom and refrain from harassing and restricting reporters while emergency rule is imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Ariful Islam freed after arrest, beating, and conviction in Bangladesh

March 25, 2020 1:50 PM ET

In the evening of March 13, 2020, men in paramilitary uniforms accompanied by local administrative officials in Kurigram District, in northern Bangladesh, raided the home of Ariful Islam, the area’s correspondent for the English-language Dhaka Tribune daily, and arrested him after allegedly finding illegal drugs in the house, according...

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Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Yemen suspend newspaper production, citing COVID-19 fears

March 25, 2020 1:30 PM ET

Beginning on March 17, 2020, authorities in Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Yemen issued decrees suspending newspaper printing and distribution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports and government statements....

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Turkey indicts 20 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi killing

March 25, 2020 12:30 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement that Turkish officials have indicted 20 Saudi nationals on charges of murder and incitement linked to the 2018 killing of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and issued the following statement:...

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli: ‘Azerbaijani prisoners are facing death under coronavirus quarantine’

March 24, 2020 4:48 PM ET

Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison on March 17, 2020, after nearly three years in jail, and flown to Berlin, where he was reunited with his wife and daughter. He served half of his six-year sentence on charges that Azerbaijani authorities brought in retaliation for his investigative...

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Journalists assaulted by police amid coronavirus lockdown in India

March 24, 2020 4:30 PM ET

New Delhi, March 24, 2020 – Authorities in India must stop assaulting journalists and allow them to do their work freely and without restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni arrested in Niger over COVID-19 report

March 24, 2020 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2020 -- Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni and halt legal proceedings against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian media regulator orders 2 outlets to take down COVID-19 reports

March 24, 2020 1:00 PM ET

Vilnius, Lithuania, March 24, 2020 -- Russian authorities should stop censoring news outlets reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak and allow journalists to report freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Proposed Hungarian laws could imprison journalists covering coronavirus response

March 24, 2020 10:30 AM ET

Berlin, March 24, 2020 -- Hungarian lawmakers should not pass amendments to the country's criminal code that threaten journalists with prison sentences for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Wife of imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov calls for his release as COVID-19 hits Kyrgyzstan

March 23, 2020 3:15 PM ET

On March 11, Khadicha Askarova, the wife of imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, wrote a letter to Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov pleading for the journalist’s release....

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CPJ joins call for transparency in Olympics and other sport events amid COVID-19

March 23, 2020 2:51 PM ET

The Sport and Rights Alliance, a coalition of non-governmental organizations co-founded by the Committee to Protect Journalists, issued a statement on March 20 calling on global sports organizations to maintain high standards of transparency and press accessibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic as assessments are made around sporting events, including...

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Q&A: Covering the coronavirus outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community

March 23, 2020 1:15 PM ET

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Laura E. Adkins edited opinion pieces for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a syndicated nonprofit wire service that runs articles in Jewish publications. But as the virus has taken root in a number of Jewish communities in the United States and around the world, Adkins, who...

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Venezuelan journalist arrested by special forces following coronavirus coverage

March 22, 2020 4:21 PM ET

Miami, March 22, 2020 — Venezuelan authorities must immediately release journalist Darvinson Rojas and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus outbreak in the country without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Beijing dismisses Chinese news assistants working for U.S. bureaus

March 20, 2020 4:09 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2020 -- The Chinese government should immediately reverse the dismissals of Chinese employees working for U.S. news organizations in Beijing, and stop creating obstacles to news gathering by foreign outlets in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gaza police assault journalist Yasser Abu Athara while covering COVID-19 protest

March 20, 2020 1:05 PM ET

On March 15, 2020, Hamas-controlled security forces in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah assaulted Yasser Abu Athara, a camera operator for the Kan’an News Agency news website, while he was covering a protest against local authorities’ decision to turn two schools into quarantine centers for people infected...

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Iran covers up crucial information and threatens journalists

March 20, 2020 12:53 PM ET

In recent months, the stability of the Iranian government has been threatened by widespread protests in late 2019 and the shooting down of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft in January 2020 amid heightened tensions with the U.S. The latest threat is the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Iran harder than...

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COVID-19 reporting curtailed as China revokes press credentials of US reporters at 3 outlets

March 20, 2020 11:00 AM ET

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South Africa enacts regulations criminalizing ‘disinformation’ on coronavirus outbreak

March 19, 2020 6:47 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over newly passed regulations in South Africa that criminalize disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and could potentially prompt other countries to adopt more repressive rules and censorship against the press....

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Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha charged with slander over 2012 interview

March 19, 2020 2:24 PM ET

On March 14, 2020, Amman Public Prosecutor Hassan al-Sarhan ordered the arrest of freelance Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha on charges of slander and undermining the government, briefly held her in custody, and then released her on bail and told her to return the next day, according to a...

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Honduran government declares state of emergency, suspends right to free expression

March 18, 2020 2:00 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2020 -- Honduran authorities must immediately lift newly imposed restrictions on free expression and let members of the press cover the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists and a driver arrested, held without charge in Ethiopia

March 18, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, March 18, 2020 -- Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalists Dessu Dulla and Wako Nole and media worker Ismael Abdulrzaq, and let them work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan authorities arrest, threaten journalists reporting on COVID-19

March 18, 2020 11:35 AM ET

On March 13, 2020, police in the Venezuelan city of Los Teques arrested Jesús Enrique Torres and Jesús Manuel Castillo, hosts of a news program on local privately owned radio broadcaster La Cima, after they posted a video to Facebook, where they sometimes publish their reporting, about alleged coronavirus...

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Journalist Slavi Angelov assaulted in Bulgaria

March 18, 2020 11:00 AM ET

Berlin, March 18, 2020 -- Bulgarian authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the assault of journalist Slavi Angelov and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China expels at least 13 US journalists in retaliatory move

March 18, 2020 10:55 AM ET

Taipei, March 18, 2020 -- Chinese authorities should immediately suspend efforts to expel American journalists, cease retaliatory measures against U.S. media operations, and resolve differences with the United States through negotiations rather than attacks on the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Liberian journalists harassed, arrested by security forces

March 18, 2020 10:20 AM ET

Since February 13, 2020, Liberian security forces have harassed, assaulted, or detained at least four journalists during the course of their work, according to the journalists, who spoke with CPJ, and a petition from the Press Union of Liberia, an independent media workers’ advocacy group....

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli released from prison in Azerbaijan

March 17, 2020 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed relief that Azerbaijani investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison, and called for Azerbaijan authorities to release all other journalists held for their work....

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China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

March 17, 2020 2:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020 -- In response to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs notice that it will revoke the press credentials of U.S. citizens working as journalists for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post whose visas expire by the end of...

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Unknown gunmen abduct Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi in Baghdad

March 17, 2020 2:24 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2020--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the abduction of Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi and urged Iraqi authorities to ensure his safety and to immediately open a transparent investigation and hold those responsible to account....

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Myanmar military sues Irrawaddy editor Ye Ni over Rakhine conflict report

March 17, 2020 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, March 17, 2020 -- The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Canadian police to allow journalists to freely cover matters of public interest

March 16, 2020 4:33 PM ET

CPJ writes to the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to express concern at the treatment of journalists covering protests against the construction of a gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory, and to urge that the RCMP allow them to do their job and report freely on matters of public interest.

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Chechen blogger and government critic Tumso Abdurakhmanov: ‘I am constantly at risk’

March 16, 2020 10:14 AM ET

Tumso Abdurakhmanov, a prominent blogger critical of the Chechen authorities, survived a violent assault in his home in Swedish town of Gävle on February 26, 2020. Two Russian nationals have been arrested in connection with the attack, according to a report by Agence France-Presse. CPJ documented the incident and...

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CPJ joins calls on Turkey to lift ad ban on Evrensel daily

March 16, 2020 9:55 AM ET

CPJ joined the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, the Journalists Union of Turkey, the European Federation of Journalists, and 20 other Turkish and international groups in a joint letter today calling for Turkey’s Press Ad Agency, the state regulator of government advertisements in print media, to lift its...

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CPJ’s latest safety advice for covering the COVID-19 pandemic

March 13, 2020 3:13 PM ET

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Pakistan broadcast regulator cuts distribution of Geo News after CEO’s arrest

March 13, 2020 2:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 -- Pakistan authorities should immediately lift restrictions placed on Geo News and allow it to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist missing in Bangladesh following defamation suit

March 13, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 -- Bangladesh authorities should spare no effort to locate missing journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, and should not allow a criminal defamation case to proceed against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Liberian journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi arrested over Facebook posts

March 12, 2020 4:00 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2020 -- Liberian authorities should drop the police investigation into journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi’s work and allow him to cover the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Q&A: Citizen Lab documents Chinese censorship of coronavirus keywords

March 12, 2020 1:32 PM ET

Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan who was reprimanded for warning colleagues of a new coronavirus earlier this year, used the messaging app WeChat to share his concerns on December 30, 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal....

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CPJ demands Pakistan release Jang Media Group CEO Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

March 12, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 12, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should immediately release Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the CEO, owner, and editor-in-chief of the Jang Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukrainian investigative outlet Slidstvo.Info faces potential investigation for its reporting

March 11, 2020 4:05 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2020 -- Ukrainian authorities should not conduct a criminal investigation into Slidstvo.Info, and should allow its journalists to work freely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio Tongu broadcaster suspended, director arrested in Ghana

March 11, 2020 12:05 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 11, 2020 -- Ghanaian authorities should lift the suspension on broadcaster Radio Tongu and drop the police investigation against journalist Bestway Zottor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nicaraguan journalist Emiliano Chamorro faces police harassment and surveillance

March 11, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Beginning in 2019, Nicaraguan National Police officers have surveilled and harassed Emiliano Chamorro, director of the digital news outlet El Portavoz Ciudadano and a former reporter at the daily La Prensa, and his family, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview....

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EU online terrorist content legislation risks undermining press freedom

March 11, 2020 6:46 AM ET

Brussels, March 11, 2020—The European Parliament should strengthen protections for journalism in draft legislation on terrorist content online, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bomb explodes at offices of Cyprus Times

March 10, 2020 2:15 PM ET

Berlin, March 10, 2020 -- Authorities in Cyprus must quickly and thoroughly investigate the bomb attack at the offices of the Cyprus Times’ parent company, determine whether it was tied to the outlet’s journalism, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police attack and detain journalists covering protester vigils

March 10, 2020 11:45 AM ET

On February 9, 2020, police officers arrested two journalists in Tseung Kwan O New Town, in eastern Hong Kong, while they were covering a vigil for Chow Tsz-lok, a university student who died in November 2019, according to news reports....

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Myanmar army files criminal defamation complaint against Reuters over Rohingya killing report

March 10, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Bangkok, March 10, 2020 -- The Myanmar army should drop its criminal defamation complaint against the Reuters news agency and should stop using legal threats to intimidate the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey arrests 4 more journalists for covering intelligence officer death

March 9, 2020 4:25 PM ET

Istanbul, March 9, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should immediately release Barış Pehlivan, Murat Ağırel, Ferhat Çelik, and Aydın Keser, and all other journalists in custody for their reporting, and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ demands Algeria release journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni

March 9, 2020 12:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2020 -- Algerian authorities should immediately release journalist and press freedom advocate Khaled Drareni, a correspondent for global press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who has been in custody since March 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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UK report shows surveillance efforts involving journalists

March 9, 2020 12:35 PM ET

Bristol, U.K., March 9, 2020 -- Authorities in the United Kingdom should refrain from surveilling members of the press and should provide more transparency about surveillance efforts involving journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese blogger who was abducted in Thailand sentenced to 10 years in prison

March 9, 2020 9:35 AM ET

Bangkok, March 9, 2020 -- Vietnamese authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Truong Duy Nhat and should release him immediately from prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guatemalan journalist Bryan Guerra shot dead in Chiquimula

March 6, 2020 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2020 -- Guatemalan authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Bryan Guerra, determine if it was related to his journalism, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria’s Premium Times faces cyberattacks, intimidation of journalists after publishing leaked documents

March 6, 2020 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2020 -- Nigerian authorities should ensure that Premium Times employees are able to work in safety and without interference or intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India temporarily bans 2 news channels over coverage of Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 2:25 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- The Indian government should immediately lift the 48-hour ban imposed on Malayalam-language news channels Asianet News and MediaOne TV, and must stop arbitrarily censoring coverage of sensitive topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian reporter M. Karthi attacked, threatened in Tamil Nadu

March 6, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- Indian authorities must swiftly and transparently investigate an attack on journalist M. Karthi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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U.S. imposes visa limits on 5 Chinese state media outlets

March 6, 2020 12:22 PM ET

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Journalists harassed, attacked while covering Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 11:40 AM ET

More than a dozen journalists were harassed or physically attacked while covering riots that broke out in northeast Delhi in late February 2020, according to news reports and journalists and their colleagues, who spoke to CPJ....

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Journalist Adalbert Hiol jailed since November in Cameroon

March 5, 2020 4:25 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2020 -- Authorities in Cameroon should not contest journalist Adalbert Hiol’s appeal of a false news and defamation conviction and should let his newspaper publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Government supporters attack journalists covering funeral in Nicaragua

March 5, 2020 1:45 PM ET

Amsterdam, March 5, 2020 -- Nicaraguan authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks on reporters covering the funeral of writer and poet Ernesto Cardenal and ensure the safety of journalists who report on events of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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AFP photographer Ahmad al-Rubaye shot with pellets while covering protests in Baghdad

March 5, 2020 8:50 AM ET

On February 21, 2020, Iraqi riot police in Baghdad’s Al-Kilani Square shot Ahmad al-Rubaye, an Iraqi photographer for the French news agency Agence France-Presse, with rubber pellets that hit his back, legs, and right shoulder, according to news reports, a statement by the local press freedom group Journalistic Freedoms...

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Ugandan journalist Moses Bwayo charged with illegal assembly, held in prison

March 4, 2020 3:53 PM ET

Nairobi, March 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Uganda to drop all charges and to immediately release freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Moses Bwayo, to return his equipment undamaged, and to allow him to continue his work without intimidation....

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Turkey detains 2 Odatv journalists for naming intelligence officer killed in Libya

March 4, 2020 2:45 PM ET

Istanbul, March 4, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should immediately release journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Hülya Kılınç and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Anti-refugee protesters attack journalists in Greece

March 3, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Berlin, March 3, 2020 -- Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate attacks on reporters covering refugee movements and ensure the safety of journalists who report on events of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists covering refugee movements in Turkey detained, jailed

March 2, 2020 4:19 PM ET

Istanbul, March 2, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should allow journalists to cover refugee movements and other important events of public interest without fear that they will be detained or imprisoned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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US to limit visas at Chinese state media outlets, forcing dozens to leave

March 2, 2020 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 -- The U.S. government should immediately suspend efforts to effectively expel dozens of Chinese journalists and put a halt to mutual retaliation over media operations, which threatens to undermine the free flow of information as the COVID-19 epidemic spreads throughout the world, the Committee...

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Pakistan government suspends advertising in 2 independent media groups

March 2, 2020 1:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should grant government advertising to outlets without regard for their editorial stances, and should lift the suspension of advertising in the Dawn and Jang media groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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To cement internet control, Iran helps journalists get online

March 2, 2020 1:21 PM ET

In early 2020, a journalist in Iran received a form from Iran’s National E-commerce Union, a nominally independent group that is close to the government, requesting their name, the news website they work for, and their IP address. “With all due respect,” it read, “provide the following information to...

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China uses visa process to intimidate foreign press, FCCC survey finds

March 2, 2020 11:42 AM ET

Conditions for foreign correspondents in China deteriorated in 2019, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) annual survey found. The report, published today, noted that for a second year none of the respondents gave a positive response when asked if conditions had improved....

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