A computer in an internet cafe in Cairo displays an error message in this December 2, 2008, file photo. (Reuters/Amr Dalsh)

Egypt should stop blocking access to rights organizations’ websites

Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 – Egyptian authorities should immediately stop blocking access to the website of the international press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its French acronym) and the Egyptian group the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Internet users in Egypt have been…

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Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga run away from police during clashes in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, August 12, 2017. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Kenyan journalists harassed, detained reporting on election violence

Nairobi, August 17, 2017–Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of August 8’s disputed elections and should reform Kenya’s Firearms Act to lower the barriers on journalists’ ability to wear protective gear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, shown here watching a parade before a Formula 1 race in Baku, June 25, 2017, has maintained strict control over the media over the course of his 14-year rule. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Azerbaijani news agency’s office raided

New York, August 17, 2017–Azerbaijani authorities should stop harassing Turan, the country’s only independent news agency, and should allow it to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police present arms in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, June 16, 2017. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Police detain Kashmiri journalist for recording video

Police in Jammu and Kashmir on August 9, 2017, detained and harassed Idrees Bukhtiyar, an intern reporter for the Hyderabad-based TV news channel MunsifTV, Bukhtiyar told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Children play in an inflatable castle in the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria, June 26, 2017. (Reuters/Bassem Khabieh)

Court sentences two Syrian journalists for blasphemy, shutters magazine

The Court of First Instance of the Second Criminal Court of the Syrian city of Douma, which is under the control of the rebel group the Army of Islam, on July 11, 2017, sentenced Shawkat Gharz al-Din, a journalist for Rising for Freedom, and Laila Safadi, the editor of the magazine, to two months in…

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A woman is reflected as she passes the BBC's broadcasting house in London, July 19, 2017. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

Iran bars BBC staff and contributors from selling property

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2017–Iranian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning 152 journalists and media workers with the BBC’s Persian service from buying or selling assets, cease harassing BBC journalists, and lift their ban on the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Protesters fill Beijing's Tiananmen Square, May 17, 1989. Yang Tongyan has spent a total of 22 years in prison, including for an earlier conviction for opposing the violent dispersal of the protest.

Jailed Chinese journalist suffering from brain tumor

Taipei, August 15, 2017–Chinese authorities should immediately release imprisoned journalist Yang Tongyan from prison and allow him to seek medical care wherever he chooses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their position in Avdiyivka, eastern Ukraine, February 9, 2017. Ukraine expelled Russian journalist Tamara Nersesyan, accusing her of inflaming the conflict in eastern Ukraine, today. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)

Ukraine expels Russian journalist

New York, August 15, 2017–Ukrainian security and immigration authorities should remove all restrictions on Russian journalist Tamara Nersesyan’s ability to report from Ukraine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Ukrainian National Security Service (SBU) last night detained Nersesyan, a special correspondent for the Russian state broadcaster VGTRK, and deported her to Russia.

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A screen shot of Ahmed al-Basheer's program shows him reacting to legal threats from Iraqi regulators.

Iraqi regulator threatens TV satirist with legal action

New York, August 14, 2017–Iraqi authorities should stop threatening the pro-Kurdish broadcaster NRT and political satirist Ahmed al-Basheer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a letter NRT received August 10, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission inquired whether the broadcaster’s Arabic-language channel would continue airing al-Basheer’s program and threatened to pursue “legal action”…

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Security forces in Misiones, Argentina, display seized packets of Marijuana, August 25, 2009. (Reuters/Handout)

Radio journalist shot four times in northern Argentina

Unidentified gunman shot a local radio host in the Argentine province of Misiones, on July 26, 2017, according to press reports and Argentine journalists.

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