Americas / 2014

Critical Brazilian blogger shot to death

December 26, 2014 1:51 PM ET

New York, December 26, 2014--Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate Tuesday's murder of a Brazilian blogger and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra, who wrote a critical blog in Ubatuba, a city on the northern coast of Sao Paulo state,...

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Colombian official convicted of 'psychological torture' of journalist

December 22, 2014 6:05 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, December 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the conviction of a former high-ranking Colombian intelligence official who on December 19 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carrying out a campaign of aggression and death threats against investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, according to news reports....

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CPJ hails approval of broadcast law in Uruguay

December 22, 2014 3:59 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the passage of a new broadcast law in Uruguay today, which has strong guarantees for freedom of expression and forbids censorship. The law, which was introduced in May 2013 by President José Mujica, is aimed at regulating radio and television...

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Television station owner gunned down in Honduras

December 16, 2014 5:23 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of television station owner and news presenter Reynaldo Paz Mayes, who was shot dead in Honduras on Monday, and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice....

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Journalist gunned down in Peru

November 11, 2014 4:29 PM ET

Bogotá, November 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sunday's murder of Peruvian journalist Fernando Raymondi and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and establish a motive. The journalist was investigating a story on local gangs for Peru's leading newsmagazine Caretas, according to news reports....

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CPJ condemns FBI agent posing as AP journalist in criminal investigation

November 7, 2014 5:42 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the revelation that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pretended to be an Associated Press reporter as part of a criminal investigation and calls on authorities to halt use of the tactic....

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CPJ welcomes release of Juliet Michelena Díaz in Cuba

November 7, 2014 4:46 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today in Cuba of Juliet Michelena Díaz, who had been imprisoned since April after photographing a police operation in Havana....

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Obama: Burma must improve its media environment

November 7, 2014 9:39 AM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the recent killing, jailing, and harassment of journalists in Burma. During your upcoming visit to the country on November 11-12, we urge you to impress upon Burmese President Thein Sein that future U.S. engagement will be predicated on a renewed and genuine commitment to press freedom.

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Ecuador court paves way for media regulation under constitution

November 5, 2014 3:17 PM ET

Bogotá, November 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a decision by Ecuador's highest court that has paved the way for a constitutional amendment that would categorize the news media as a "public service" subject to government regulation....

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CPJ calls on authorities to explain no-fly zone in Ferguson

November 3, 2014 4:59 PM ET

New York, November 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a news report that law enforcement authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, sought a no-fly zone during unrest in August with the intent of blocking access for the press....

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Argentine authorities raid news outlet and confiscate materials

October 30, 2014 10:04 AM ET

New York, October 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's raid by Argentine police on the offices of La Brújula 24, a radio station and news website, in which the outlet's journalistic materials were confiscated....

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Governments fall short in efforts to combat impunity in journalists' murders

October 28, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Ninety percent of murderers walk free, threatening press freedom, CPJ report finds New York, October 28, 2014--Despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a...

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Peruvian radio host's wife killed in attack on station

October 20, 2014 3:40 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, October 20, 2014--Peruvian authorities must conduct an efficient and thorough investigation into Friday's attack on a radio station in which assailants killed the wife of a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Paraguayan journalist shot dead on way back from covering story

October 17, 2014 3:31 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, October 17, 2014--Pablo Medina Velázquez, a Paraguayan journalist who wrote about the country's illegal drug trade, was shot dead on Thursday along with his assistant, according to news reports. He is the third journalist murdered for his work in Paraguay this year....

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Honduran court imposes 16 month professional ban on journalist

October 3, 2014 3:11 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision by a Honduran appeals court to forbid journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado from practicing journalism for 16 months as part of a criminal defamation conviction. Alvarado hosts the daily news program "Mi Nación" (My Nation) on Globo TV....

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Gunmen attack journalist's home in Mexico

October 2, 2014 6:04 PM ET

Mexico City, October 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on the home of a Mexican crime and politics beat reporter early Monday morning in Zacatecas state and calls on authorities to bring those responsible to justice....

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Journalists threatened with death in three Colombian states

September 30, 2014 4:59 PM ET

Bogotá, September 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by death threats against numerous journalists in different states in Colombia over the past week and calls on authorities to ensure the journalists' safety. All of the journalists had reported on criminal activities in the region....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2014

September 30, 2014 3:18 PM ET

Prominent support for #RightToReport in the Digital Age More than 2,800 people including prominent journalists Christiane Amanpour, Glenn Greenwald, and Alan Rusbridger have already signed on to CPJ's new campaign Right to Report in the Digital Age....

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2014 International Press Freedom Awards

September 30, 2014 1:22 PM ET

Honoring courage and perseverance Awardees from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa New York, September 30, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous reporting. These journalists have faced imprisonment,...

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CPJ urges US to mitigate threats to journalism, newsgathering

September 22, 2014 3:24 PM ET

Letter to President Barack Obama highlights threats to press freedom in the United States New York, September 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama today, expressing its concern about the effects that intelligence and law enforcement activities have on the free flow of...

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Television program critical of local government in Peru canceled

September 10, 2014 12:56 PM ET

On August 26, 2014, a television news program that was critical of the local government in the Peruvian city of Ayacucho was canceled after threats were made against the company operating the TV station, according to news reports....

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Mexican journalist attacked after receiving threats

September 8, 2014 5:14 PM ET

Mexico City, September 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack on Mexican reporter Karla Janeth Silva, who had reported critically on municipal authorities. Silva was kicked and beaten in her newspaper's office in Guanajuato state, according to news reports....

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Colombian journalist Amalfi Rosales flees after death threats

September 8, 2014 5:07 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, September 8, 2014 -- Colombian journalist Amalfi Rosales has fled her home in northern La Guajira state and is seeking government protection after gunmen fired at her house, and she received death threats, according to news reports. Rosales told the Committee to Protect Journalists the threats began after...

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Right to Report in the Digital Age

September 8, 2014 12:00 PM ET

CPJ launches anti-surveillance campaign New York, September 8, 2014--Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists' ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions...

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CPJ condemns murder of US journalist Steven Sotloff

September 2, 2014 2:32 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2014--The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, according to news reports. Sotloff, who was abducted in Syria in August 2013, would be the second American journalist murdered by Islamic State. In a video...

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James Foley's killers pose many threats to local, international journalists

August 20, 2014 7:38 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned for all journalists, most of them Syrians, still held captive by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State, which has repeatedly kidnapped, killed, and threatened journalists in the territories over which it holds sway. President Barack Obama confirmed...

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Radio station suspended in Venezuela

August 20, 2014 3:22 PM ET

Bogotá, August 20, 2014--Venezuelan telecommunications regulator CONATEL shut down a critical radio station on Tuesday after refusing to renew the station's expired transmission license, according to news reports. The move follows CONATEL's suspension on Friday of a critical radio program on another station....

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CPJ condemns killing of American journalist James Foley

August 19, 2014 8:59 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, who was abducted in Syria in November 2012. In a video posted online, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State claimed to have executed Foley, saying the act was retribution for U.S....

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Television anchor shot dead outside his home in Honduras

August 19, 2014 6:15 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of broadcast journalist Nery Francisco Soto Torres in Honduras on Thursday and calls on authorities to launch a full investigation, determine the motive, and bring those responsible to justice....

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CPJ condemns ongoing harassment, arrests of reporters in Ferguson

August 19, 2014 2:35 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continued harassment and detentions of journalists covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. At least nine journalists have been detained and released without charge since Saturday, according...

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Venezuela suspends critical radio program

August 19, 2014 12:36 PM ET

Bogotá, August 19, 2014--Venezuelan authorities should immediately reverse the suspension of a critical radio program that has been off the air since Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ concerned by arrests, harassment of reporters covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

August 14, 2014 1:17 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the attacks on and brief detentions of journalists covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past week in reaction to the killing of teenager Michael Brown by the police. Two journalists were briefly detained on Wednesday and released...

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Colombian radio director killed after receiving threats

August 13, 2014 4:50 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2014--Colombian authorities should immediately investigate the murder of a journalist on Tuesday and apprehend the killers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Luis Carlos Cervantes Solano had received threats related to his reporting since 2010, according to news reports....

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Mexican reporter shot dead in Oaxaca state

August 13, 2014 4:03 PM ET

Mexico City, August 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder on Monday of Mexican reporter Octavio Rojas Hernández in the state of Oaxaca and calls on authorities to investigate the killing, identify the motive, and bring those responsible to justice....

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CPJ and press freedom organizations to deliver Risen petition to U.S. Justice Department

August 13, 2014 10:30 AM ET

New York, August 13, 2014--A coalition of organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, will hold a news conference on Thursday about efforts by the Obama administration to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to disclose a confidential source. Earlier in the day, a petition with 100,000 signatories--"We Support...

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Mexican radio station director's son killed in attack

August 4, 2014 5:51 PM ET

Mexico City, August 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on Saturday on community radio station director Indalecio Benítez that resulted in the death of his 12-year-old son....

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CPJ calls on Mexican authorities in Sinaloa to repeal restrictive law

August 4, 2014 5:05 PM ET

Mexico City, August 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the state congress in Sinaloa to repeal a law passed on Wednesday that would severely restrict the ability of the press to report on crime scenes and criminal investigations. Local congressmen presented a bill on Friday that would...

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CPJ commends U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring warrant for cellphone searches

June 25, 2014 1:50 PM ET

San Francisco, June 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that held that law enforcement officials need search warrants to search the mobile phones of individuals they arrest. The court found that the data found in cellphones should be protected from routine...

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Radio host gunned down in Paraguay

June 24, 2014 5:21 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2014--Authorities in Paraguay should carry out an efficient investigation into the murder of a radio host and lawyer on Thursday, establish a motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran, Syria, and Somalia top countries that journalists flee

June 18, 2014 12:20 PM ET

CPJ releases annual report on journalists in exile to mark World Refugee Day New York, June 18, 2014--Over the past five years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has supported 404 journalists who have been forced to flee their home countries because of their work, according to a new CPJ report...

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Brazilian authorities must ensure safety of journalists covering World Cup protests

June 12, 2014 4:11 PM ET

New York, June 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about reports that three journalists were injured covering protests against the World Cup in Sao Paulo today. CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis sought treatment at a hospital for an arm injury and CNN correspondent Shasta Darlington and Sistema Brasileiro de...

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CPJ releases security guide in Portuguese ahead of Brazil World Cup

June 9, 2014 10:44 AM ET

Protests and anti-press violence highlight need for journalist safety New York, June 9, 2014--As journalists gather in Brazil to cover the FIFA World Cup, one of the most watched sports events in the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the Portuguese version of its journalist security guide. The guide...

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G-7 acknowledges post-2015 agenda should include governance, human rights

June 5, 2014 3:25 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the declaration today by leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations that democratic governance and human rights should be integral to the post-2015 development agenda.  The United Nations is seeking agreement on a broad set of sustainable development...

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Mexican columnist, abducted, found dead

June 5, 2014 10:18 AM ET

Mexico City, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mexican columnist and government spokesman Jorge Torres Palacios and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Torres' body was found in a bag in an orchard in Guerrero state on...

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US government should withdraw Risen subpoena

June 2, 2014 6:29 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the United States Department of Justice to withdraw a subpoena seeking to force journalist James Risen to give testimony that would reveal a confidential source. The Supreme Court said today it would not consider Risen's appeal of a lower...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014

May 30, 2014 12:29 PM ET

CPJ's Brazil report spurs government meetings on press freedom CPJ board member María Teresa Ronderos and CPJ Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Brasilia this month to launch a new special report, "Halftime for the Brazilian press," and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as other high-level...

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Trinidadian authorities should protect threatened journalist

May 29, 2014 2:32 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Trinidadian authorities to ensure the safety of a local journalist who fled the country after learning of a plot against his life. ...

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CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Paraguayan journalist

May 19, 2014 4:37 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2014--Paraguayan authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a radio journalist who was shot dead on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fausto Gabriel Alcaraz Garay was killed in Pedro Juan Caballero, a city on the border with Brazil, an area...

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Venezuela shuts down radio program indefinitely

May 19, 2014 12:37 PM ET

On May 7, 2014, the Venezuelan telecommunications regulator CONATEL ordered the suspension of "Plomo Parejo," a news and opinion radio program that had been extremely critical of the country's socialist government, according to news reports. ...

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Journalists convicted of criminal defamation in Brazil

May 13, 2014 2:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of two Brazilian journalists on charges of criminal defamation and calls on authorities to reverse the decisions on appeal. ...

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Venezuela violated freedom of speech by refusing to renew TV license, groups assert in court papers

May 12, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Amicus brief filed by CPJ and New York City Bar Association New York, May 12, 2014--Venezuela's May 2007 refusal to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, violated Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and is "a violation of settled inter-American principles of freedom...

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Violence and judicial censorship afflict journalists in Brazil

May 5, 2014 5:36 PM ET

Rousseff administration takes steps, but impunity still haunts the World Cup host Brasilia, May 6, 2014--Brazil is home to a vibrant investigative press, but journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. The media is also subject to legal harassment that drains resources and censors important stories, according to...

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Halftime for the Brazilian press

April 24, 2014 3:24 PM ET

CPJ to release report on press freedom, internet freedom, impunity, and censorship in Brazil New York, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on the press freedom climate in Brazil as the country gears up to host the World Cup this summer, followed by...

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Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

April 24, 2014 1:31 PM ET

Bogotá, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news...

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CPJ condemns jailing of Cuban citizen journalist

April 22, 2014 11:28 AM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Juliet Michelena Díaz, a member of a network of citizen journalists, and calls on Cuban authorities to release her immediately. Michelena was detained on April 7 days after photographing a police operation in Havana, according to news...

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Peruvian journalist loses eye while covering protest

April 14, 2014 10:55 AM ET

Rudy Huallpa Cayo, a journalist with local television station Telecultura 7, lost his left eye after being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest on April 1, 2014, in the province of Melgar, according to news reports.  ...

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Journalist murders silence the press

April 9, 2014 1:56 PM ET

CPJ to launch 2014 Impunity Index New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its 2014 Impunity Index, a global tally of countries with the highest number of unsolved press murders. The index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, shows...

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Costa Rican court strikes down tracking of daily's calls

April 9, 2014 12:26 PM ET

The constitutional chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on March 21, 2014, that the government's secret monitoring of phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation was unconstitutional, according to news reports. ...

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Alabama blogger released after five months in jail

April 8, 2014 2:36 PM ET

Roger Shuler, whose blog, Legal Schnauzer, specializes in allegations of corruption and scandal in Republican circles in Alabama, was released from jail on March 26, 2014, after spending more than five months in prison on contempt of court charges. Shuler was arrested on October 1, 2013, for failing to comply with...

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Peru court gives journalist suspended jail term

April 8, 2014 1:43 PM ET

Peruvian journalist César Quino Escudero was sentenced on March 21, 2014, to a six-month suspended prison sentence for defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. Quino was also fined US$8,400 in damages and sentenced to 120 days of community service.  ...

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CPJ condemns attacks, harassment of Mexican daily

April 3, 2014 6:13 PM ET

New York, April 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack early today on Adrián López Ortiz, general director of the Grupo Noroeste, a media group that owns the daily Noroeste, in the state of Sinaloa. CPJ is also alarmed by a series of threats and harassment against the...

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Venezuelan journalists detained covering protests

March 26, 2014 1:27 PM ET

Two Venezuelan journalists were briefly arrested and interrogated by National Guard troops in late March 2014, according to news reports. ...

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CPJ alarmed by threats against RSF Mexico correspondent

March 13, 2014 4:50 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by threats made against Balbina Flores Martínez, Mexico correspondent for the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders. On Wednesday, Flores received a series of telephone calls in which she was told that someone had been hired to "harm...

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Two journalists killed in two days in Syria

March 10, 2014 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2014--Two journalists were killed over the weekend while covering the conflict in Syria, the deadliest country for the press....

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Journalist sentenced to jail for defamation in Honduras

March 10, 2014 4:18 PM ET

Honduran journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado was convicted on charges of criminal defamation on December 9, 2013, according to local human rights groups. The Supreme Court of Justice sentenced the journalist, who hosts the news program "Mi Nación" on Globo TV, to 16 months in prison on charges of damaging the...

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CPJ welcomes dismissal of charges against Barrett Brown

March 8, 2014 9:53 AM ET

San Francisco, March 8, 2014--Following requests from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, yesterday the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed 11 felony counts against journalist Barrett Brown. The charges related to the reposting of a publicly-available hyperlink containing thousands of documents stolen from intelligence contractor...

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Journalists under fire covering protests in Venezuela

February 20, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, February 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the wave of violence against and harassment and detentions of journalists covering protests in Venezuela in recent days and calls on authorities to ensure the press can work safely. The violations come amid nationwide protests that have left at least...

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Newspaper owner gunned down in Brazil

February 14, 2014 3:31 PM ET

February 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder Thursday night of Brazilian journalist Pedro Palma and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. ...

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Venezuelan authorities take foreign cable station off the air

February 13, 2014 3:34 PM ET

Bogotá, February 13, 2014--Venezuelan authorities took a Colombian news station off the air on Wednesday after the station aired coverage of anti-government protests that have left three people dead and dozens injured, according to the station and news reports....

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Missing Mexican journalist found dead in Veracruz

February 12, 2014 5:07 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz and hold the perpetrators to account. Jiménez was abducted on February 5 and his body was found buried along with two other...

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How the United States' Spying Strengthens China's Hand

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

The scope of the National Security Agency's digital surveillance raises doubts about the U.S. commitment to freedom of expression online. By Joel Simon...

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney...

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The NSA Puts Journalists Under a Cloud of Suspicion

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Governments' capacity to store transactional data and the content of communications poses a unique threat to journalism in the digital age. By Geoffrey King...

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When Journalists Are Killed, Witnesses May Be Next

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Eliminating witnesses has become an all too easy and eff ective method of stymying justice when journalists are assassinated. By Elisabeth Witchel...

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Would-Be Repressors Brandish 'Ethics' as Justification

February 12, 2014 2:23 AM ET

Calls for journalists to exercise a sense of responsibility are very often code for censorship. Yet unethical journalism can also imperil the press. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: Surveillance poses global challenge for free flow of news

February 12, 2014 2:22 AM ET

CPJ's annual assessment of press freedom worldwide New York, February 12, 2014--Digital surveillance, the unchecked murder of journalists, and indirect commercial and political pressures on the media are three of the primary threats to press freedom highlighted in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual assessment, Attacks on the Press, released...

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CPJ Risk List

February 12, 2014 2:20 AM ET

Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction. By Maya Taal...

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Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence

February 12, 2014 2:19 AM ET

Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth...

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Without Stronger Transparency, More Financial Crises Loom

February 12, 2014 2:17 AM ET

The recent financial meltdown should be treated as a lesson on the importance of information transparency and the crucial role of a free press. By Michael J. Casey...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Americas

February 12, 2014 1:58 AM ET

Front-line reports and analytical essays by CPJ experts cover an array of topics of critical importance to journalists. Governments store transactional data and the content of journalists' communications. Media and money engage in a tug of war, with media owners reluctant to draw China's disfavor and advertisers able to wield...

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Gunmen Rule Neza and the Press on Outskirts of Mexico City

February 12, 2014 1:57 AM ET

Politicians say there are no organized crime cartels in the capital's metropolitan area. Journalists know better, but they are afraid to report it. By Mike O'Connor...

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Violence and Judicial Censorship Mar Brazil's Horizon

February 12, 2014 1:56 AM ET

The Brazilian government's concern for the safety of an American journalist stands in contrast to a dismal performance protecting its own reporters. By Carlos Lauría Demonstrators clash with riot policemen during a protest in Rio de Janeiro's on June 17, 2013, against the billions of dollars spent preparing for soccer's...

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One Province Illustrates Colombia's Struggle with Impunity

February 12, 2014 1:55 AM ET

The inability to solve journalist murders in Arauca feeds an atmosphere of hostility and intimidation for the media there. By John Otis Gen. Rodolfo Palomino, Colombian police chief, writes a message for a campaign supporting FARC demobilization in Tame, Arauca province, on September 18, 2013. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez)...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Argentina

February 12, 2014 1:54 AM ET

The long-running feud between the administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and critical news outlets deepened. The Supreme Court ruled that provisions of a 2009 broadcast law that would require some media companies, most notably the critical media conglomerate Grupo Clarín, to divest holdings—in theory, to break up monopolies—were...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Brazil

February 12, 2014 1:53 AM ET

Brazil played an increasingly dominant role in the international arena, but its record on press freedom at home continued to disappoint free-expression advocates. As the deadly violence that surged over the past three years continued, three journalists were murdered in direct retaliation for their work in 2013. Brazil's ranking worsened...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Colombia

February 12, 2014 1:52 AM ET

Journalists reporting on sensitive issues like the country’s decades-long armed conflict, crime, and corruption faced renewed violence and intimidation. A journalist at Colombia’s leading newsmagazine narrowly survived an assassination attempt, while reporters throughout the country were repeatedly threatened, and in some cases forced to flee their homes and the country....

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Cuba

February 12, 2014 1:51 AM ET

To complement gradual economic and political reforms, Cuba made small, but mostly symbolic openings in the press freedom landscape in 2013, and impact for the independent media was minimal. One exception was legislation easing exit visa regulations that was passed in 2012 but implemented in 2013. The law allowed critical...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Ecuador

February 12, 2014 1:50 AM ET

Bolstered by a landslide re-election, President Rafael Correa continued his offensive against Ecuador's critical press. His victory allowed him a significant win: the approval of a communications law that establishes regulation of editorial content and gives authorities the power to impose arbitrary sanctions and censor the press, according to CPJ...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Guatemala

February 12, 2014 1:49 AM ET

Journalists covering sensitive issues like crime and corruption faced a climate of increased intimidation and violence in 2013. One journalist was killed under unclear circumstances. CPJ continues to investigate to determine if the killing was work-related. Another journalist survived an assassination attempt, and the owner, staff, and website of the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Honduras

February 12, 2014 1:48 AM ET

The Honduran press continued to face violence and intimidation as the country struggled with pervasive crime and general lawlessness. Journalists who covered sensitive topics like drug trafficking, government corruption, and land conflicts were threatened and attacked. A prominent radio talk show host, Aníbal Barrow, was abducted from his car and...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Mexico

February 12, 2014 1:47 AM ET

The climate of press freedom in Mexico, despite a new president, remained perilous. Although President Enrique Peña Nieto gave final approval to a measure adopted at the end of Felipe Calderón's term that gives federal authorities broader jurisdiction to investigate crimes against freedom of expression, the special prosecutor's office designated...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Peru

February 12, 2014 1:46 AM ET

The climate of press freedom in Peru remained much the same as 2012, with reporters being targeted with violence and defamation suits for reporting on local corruption. While no journalists were imprisoned, two were convicted on criminal defamation charges and received suspended prison sentences. A bill that eliminated jail terms...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: United States

February 12, 2014 1:45 AM ET

Press freedom in the United States dramatically deteriorated in 2013, a special report by CPJ found. The Obama administration's policy of prosecuting officials who leak classified information to the press intensified with the sentencing of Chelsea Manning (then known as Pvt. Bradley Manning) to 35 years in prison and the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Venezuela

February 12, 2014 1:44 AM ET

A climate of uncertainty and tension surrounded the death of President Hugo Chávez after his tightly guarded struggle with cancer and the election of his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro. Coverage of both events resulted in widespread attacks on and harassment of journalists. The government's campaign against critical broadcaster Globovisión continued...

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Brazilian journalist injured in protest declared brain dead

February 11, 2014 4:18 PM ET

Brazilian cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade was declared brain dead on February 10, 2014, after being injured while covering protests in Rio de Janeiro on February 6, 2014. Authorities identified two individuals believed to be involved in the attack that wounded the journalist, according to news reports....

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ to launch annual global assessment of press freedom

February 10, 2014 12:02 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will launch Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, a yearly assessment of the state of press freedom, on February 12....

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Brazilian journalist in coma after being attacked

February 7, 2014 3:46 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2014--Brazilian authorities must immediately investigate an attack on a journalist who was injured covering a protest in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Santiago Ilídio Andrade is in a coma after being hit in the head with an explosive device,...

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CPJ troubled by report GCHQ targeted journalists

February 7, 2014 3:12 PM ET

San Francisco, February 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a report that a potential operation by the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) involved covert surveillance of reporters' communications. GCHQ sought to use journalists to pass both information and disinformation to intelligence targets, according to...

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CPJ welcomes convictions in Brazilian journalist's murder

February 6, 2014 5:22 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes two convictions on Tuesday in the 2012 murder of Brazilian political journalist and blogger Décio Sá and calls on authorities to ensure everyone involved in the crime is brought to justice. Jhonatan de Sousa Silva, who confessed to being the...

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Press freedom deteriorates in Cyberspace, Egypt, Russia

February 6, 2014 4:48 PM ET

Risk List underlines mass surveillance, fatalities, and censorship New York, February 6, 2014--Mass surveillance programs by the U.S. and U.K., as well as restrictive Internet legislation by various governments and a wave of cyberattacks globally, are among the disturbing developments that have landed cyberspace on the Committee to Protect...

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Mexican crime reporter abducted in Veracruz

February 5, 2014 3:48 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2014--Armed assailants today abducted Mexican crime beat reporter Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz in the town of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the kidnappers to release him immediately....

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Cartoonist sanctioned under Ecuador's communications law

February 3, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Bogotá, February 3, 2014- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision by Ecuador's media oversight agency on Friday to use the country's communications law to sanction the leading local daily El Universo over a critical cartoon. The agency fined the daily and demanded that the cartoonist "correct" the cartoon...

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Costa Rica must investigate tracking of daily's phone calls

January 22, 2014 5:31 PM ET

New York, January 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for a full investigation into reports that Costa Rican officials secretly monitored the phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation....

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CPJ calls on Haitian authorities to act in Dominique murder

January 21, 2014 2:23 PM ET

New York, January 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes new progress in the case of Jean Lépold Dominique, a prominent Haitian radio journalist who was murdered in 2000, and renews its calls to the Haitian authorities to bring all those responsible to justice....

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Journalists silenced as cartels reach outskirts of Mexico City

January 15, 2014 12:25 PM ET

A POSTHUMOUS RELEASE OF MIKE O'CONNOR'S FINAL PIECE FOR CPJ New York, January 15, 2014--Organized crime has taken over Neza, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City, but journalists are not reporting on it because they fear for their lives, the late Mike O'Connor found in his final...

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Three radio journalists threatened in Colombia

January 14, 2014 2:03 PM ET

Bogotá, January 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to ensure the safety of three radio journalists in the southern state of Guaviare who have received death threats in response to their coverage of an upcoming recall vote that could remove the local governor from office....

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Guatemalan government targets elPeriódico editor

January 8, 2014 4:51 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns legal efforts in the past weeks by the president and vice president of Guatemala that are designed to stifle critical reporting by elPeriódico and its editor, José Rubén Zamora Marroquín. Over the course of the past year, the Guatemala City-based...

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