Election posters in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on January 29, 2020. Several journalists were attacked and harassed while covering polling in the city on February 1. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

Journalists covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh attacked, harassed

New York, February 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that several journalists were attacked, threatened, or had equipment taken while covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on February 1.

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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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A man listens to a portable radio in Kano, northern Nigeria in 2015. Police in Nigeria's Adamawa State are investigating after a radio journalist was attacked and killed on January 15. (AP/Ben Curtis)

Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria journalist dies after attack

Abuja, January 23, 2020—Authorities in Nigeria should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of Maxwell Nashan, a reporter and newscaster with the government-owned Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), and determine whether his journalism was the motive for the attack, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Lebanese riot police guard a road leading to the parliament during clashes with anti-government protesters in downtown Beirut on January 22, 2020. Journalists covering the unrest are advised to take safety precautions. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Lebanon

Protests in Lebanon have become more violent in recent weeks, with approximately 500 protesters and members of the security forces injured, according to reports. Lebanese authorities have used water cannon, batons, rubber bullets and, on occasion, fired teargas directly at protesters, according to reports. Protesters have thrown projectiles including molotov cocktails, stones and fireworks, directed…

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The Doha skyline, pictured in May 2019. The Qatari Emir this month approved a law on 'false news' that carries a potential five-year prison sentence. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

Qatar changes penal code to include ‘false news’ law

New York, January 21, 2020—Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani amended Article 136 of the country’s penal code to make the publication or sharing of “false news” punishable by up to five years in prison or a 100,000 Qatari riyal fine (US$27,473), according to the Beirut-based Gulf Center for Human Rights. Details of the law,…

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Chilean newspapers are sold in Santiago, on October 20, 2019. Masked attackers in January broke into the offices of Chilean paper El Mercurio de Antofagasta, damaged equipment and set fires. (AFP/Martin Bernetti)

Masked attackers ransack Chilean newspaper, break equipment and set fires

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 several offices, stealing equipment, and setting…

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A checkpoint controlled by the community police in Cheran, Michoacán state, in December 2019. The body of journalist who was reported missing in the Mexican state was found in January. (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Missing radio anchor found dead in Mexico’s Michoacán state

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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Sudanese protesters wait at a railway station in Khartoum on December 19, 2019 ahead of celebrations of the one-year anniversary of a protest movement that ousted the president. The transitional government in January suspended four news outlets over alleged links to the previous regime. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

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

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 of a wider effort to seize…

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Iraqi demonstrators gather in Basra on January 10. Gunmen killed two journalists from the Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV, who were covering the protests. (Reuters/Essam al-Sudani)

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

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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Journalists in Sindh province pictured at a protest in 2019. Police on December 24 arrested Daily Jurat reporter Ajeeb Lakho. (Ejaz Korai)

Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province arrest Daily Jurat reporter Ajeeb Lakho

Washington, D.C., December 26, 2019—Police in Sukkur, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, should immediately release Ajeeb Lakho and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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