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South African journalist doxxed by Economic Freedom Fighters leader, threatened

March 8, 2019 4:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran South African journalist Karima Brown--allegedly by supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)--after her phone number was published on Twitter by EFF leader Julius Malema. CPJ also called for the...

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South Africa elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

February 27, 2019 10:00 AM ET

South Africa, one of the media freedom beacons in sub-Saharan Africa, will hold national and provincial elections on May 8. As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, the press in South Africa faces old and new challenges, including physical harassment and cyber bullying. The press freedom environment, including...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

March 7, 2018 4:47 PM ET

From imprisonment, sexual violence, cyber harassment, and even death, CPJ has documented threats faced by women journalists across the globe....

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South African court orders group to cease harassing journalists

July 7, 2017 12:29 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2017--A Johannesburg High Court order forbidding a political organization from gathering outside the home of journalists who have reported on corruption, threatening them, or inciting others to harm them is a welcome victory for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

January 17, 2017 4:54 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria....

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South African reporters attacked covering protests, broadcaster suspends journalists

June 24, 2016 5:30 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by media reports that South Africa's public broadcaster suspended three journalists for opposing an editorial decision not to cover a protest. CPJ also calls for credible investigations into reports that police assaulted journalists covering unrest....

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Journalists released from prison, CPJ launches SecureDrop--and we throw a party!

June 3, 2016 10:29 AM ET

CPJ Newsletter: June edition Khadija Ismayilova thanks CPJ, says she will fight for her cause Khadija's first photo after jail pic.twitter.com/sj358k5WdU -- Khadija Ismayilova (@Khadija_Ismayil) May 25, 2016 CPJ Europe and Central Asia Senior Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov spoke to investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova a few hours after her release...

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CPJ urges South Africa to revise cybercrime bill that limits press freedom

December 10, 2015 4:53 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the South African government to revise provisions in the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that would limit journalists' ability to work. Under the bill, journalists and members of the public could be prosecuted for possessing or disclosing state information,...

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Journalist attacked after covering protest in South Africa

July 30, 2015 1:29 PM ET

Luvuyo Mehlwana, a reporter for the Daily Sun, one of the highest-circulated daily newspapers in South Africa, told CPJ he was kicked and beaten after covering a protest in the Northern Areas of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth on July 27, 2015....

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Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

May 19, 2015 12:01 AM ET

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around...

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