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Two radio journalists shot and killed during live broadcast in the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017 5:52 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2017 -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic should establish a motive in the murder of radio journalists Luis Manuel Medina and Leónidas Martínez and prosecute all those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two radio journalists were shot and killed yesterday during a...

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CPJ Newsletter: March edition

February 29, 2016 12:39 PM ET

Landmark conviction in 2000 attack on Colombian journalist A Colombian court on February 26 convicted a former paramilitary fighter in the kidnapping and torture of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. The fighter, Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, was also ordered to pay a fine of...

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Dominican Republic court partially strikes down criminal libel laws

February 25, 2016 11:52 AM ET

New York, February 25, 2016 -- A recent decision by the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court to strike down laws providing for criminal penalties for defamation is a step forward in the fight to eliminate criminal defamation laws in the Americas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ called on...

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CPJ urges OAS not to weaken human rights system

March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Dear OAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs: Ahead of the assembly of the Organization of American States on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to oppose any attempts to debilitate the regional human rights system. The failure of member states to preserve the autonomy and independence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its special rapporteur on freedom of expression would make citizens throughout the hemisphere more vulnerable to human rights violations and represent a blow to democracy in the Americas.

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Dominican Republic: Journalist given six months in jail

January 31, 2012 3:26 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2012--The six-month jail sentence of Dominican journalist Johnny Alberto Salazar, who was convicted of defaming a local lawyer on January 18, should be revoked on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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For journalists, coverage of political unrest proves deadly

December 20, 2011 12:01 AM ET

Journalists die at high rates while covering protests in the Arab world and elsewhere. Photographers and freelancers appear vulnerable. Pakistan is again the deadliest nation. A CPJ special report...

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Critical journalist murdered in Dominican Republic

August 3, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2011--The body of José Agustín Silvestre, a critical Dominican journalist who ran a magazine and hosted a television program, was found Tuesday morning shortly after he was seized by gunmen in the southeastern city of La Romana, according to local press reports. ...

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Dominican police, firing pellets, wound reporter

February 2, 2011 1:55 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2011--Dominican police wounded journalist Francisco Frías Morel on Friday as he was covering a funeral procession for a youth killed in a police shooting in the northeastern city of Nagua, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on local authorities...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Americas Developments

February 10, 2009 12:52 AM ET

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Cameraman who covered crime shot dead

August 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: New York, August 8, 2008—Unidentified individuals shot and killed Dominican journalist Normando García Thursday evening in the city of Santiago, 102 miles (163 kilometers) north of the capital, Santo Domingo. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether García’s murder is linked to his journalistic work. At around...

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