2020

  

CPJ to release annual Global Impunity Index

New York, October 19, 2020–The Committee to Protect Journalists will publish its annual list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free on October 28, 2020. The launch of the report, “Getting Away with Murder: CPJ’s 2020 Global Impunity Index” will mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against…

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Swedish authorities charge documentary filmmakers Henrik Evertsson and Linus Andersson for MS Estonia film

Berlin, October 19, 2020 — Swedish authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against Swedish documentary filmmakers Henrik Evertsson and Linus Andersson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 30 prosecutors in Sweden charged Evertsson, a journalist, and Andersson, a cameraman, with violating the burial site of MS Estonia, a ferry ship which sunk…

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Ahead of elections, Tanzania’s regulator is used as a cudgel against the media

On August 27, the second day of mainland Tanzania’s official campaign period leading up to October 28 elections, authorities ordered privately owned broadcasters Clouds TV and Clouds FM to replace their regular programming with an hours-long apology until midnight and then halt programming altogether for a week.   The over-the-top display of repentance was dictated by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), on the…

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Ghana journalist David Tamakloe arrested on false news charge

Abuja, October 16, 2020–Authorities in Ghana should immediately drop all charges against journalist David Tamakloe and halt intimidation of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 7, at around 5:30 pm, a group of plain-clothed police officers arrested Tamakloe, the editor in chief of the privately owned Whatsup Newswebsite, on the street…

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CPJ joins statement demanding justice for Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 18 other international press freedom and human rights organizations in a statement calling on Maltese authorities to conduct a thorough and effective criminal investigation into the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and to ensure those responsible are held to account. The statement expressed concern that, on the…

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Foreign reporters describe safety concerns covering US elections and protests

Covering elections as a foreign correspondent in the United States has traditionally meant press conferences, long days at political rallies, and road trips through rural America. This year, however, amid the spread of COVID-19, curtailed campaigns, civil unrest, visa issues, and an unpredictable political environment, the elections beat has been particularly challenging for foreign reporters….

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CPJ joins letter calling on Guinea government not to disrupt internet access

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 35 other press freedom and human rights organizations in a letter calling on authorities in Guinea to maintain the stability and openness of all digital communication channels before, during, and after the presidential election scheduled for October 18. The letter emphasized the importance of the internet and other…

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Thailand issues emergency decree, nationwide restrictions on press

Bangkok, October 15, 2020 — The Thai government should immediately drop its emergency decree restricting the ability of the press to cover protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At 4 a.m. today, the Thai government issued a decree limiting public assembly and instituting a nationwide ban on publishing and broadcasting news that could…

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Journalists and media offices threatened, attacked in Kyrgyzstan as post-election unrest continues

New York, October 15, 2020 – Kyrgyz authorities should immediately arrest and prosecute those responsible for threatening and attacking journalists covering post-election unrest in the country, and implement measures to protect members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In Kyrgyzstan, a number of attacks on journalists and threats to media outlets…

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CPJ, partners warn of Turkey’s compromised institutions in press freedom mission

Turkey’s press freedom situation is continuing to deteriorate as judicial independence shrinks and the government’s grasp on the internet tightens, a delegation featuring the Committee to Protect Journalists and 10 other international press freedom and human rights organizations said in a statement and a press conference today. From October 6-9, 2020, the delegation met with…

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