USA / 2010

CPJ urges U.S. not to prosecute Assange

December 17, 2010 5:33 PM ET

Dear President Obama and Attorney General Holder: We write because of deep concern about reports that you are considering the prosecution of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for publishing classified cables and other documents. Based on everything we know about these events, we urge you to avoid such action. Our concern flows not from an embrace of Assange's motives and objectives. Indeed, we wish that he would fully disclose his sources of financing and support. But the Constitution protects the right to publish information of important interest to the public. That right has been upheld through decades of American jurisprudence and has served the people well.

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Journalists arrested at U.S. 'School of the Americas' protest

November 23, 2010 2:52 PM ET

New York, November 23, 2010--Two journalists from the Moscow-based broadcast outlet Russia Today were arrested on November 20 while covering a protest against the U.S. military training center formerly known as the "School of the Americas" at Fort Benning, Georgia. On-air correspondent Kaelyn Forde and cameraman Jon Conway, both...

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U.S. Senate candidate's security guards handcuff editor

October 18, 2010 4:35 PM ET

Private security personnel working for Joe Miller, Alaska's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, detained and handcuffed a local editor on October 17, 2010, when he persisted in questioning Miller at a town hall event....

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Cleric's threat forces Seattle cartoonist into hiding

September 30, 2010 4:34 PM ET

Molly Norris, a political cartoonist for Seattle Weekly, went into hiding in September 2010 because of threats made after her tongue-in-cheek call for an "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," according to Seattle Weekly. The call was included in a cartoon Norris drew to protest a decision by the cable television network...

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CPJ urges Clinton to reconsider Morris visa denial

July 13, 2010 2:03 PM ET

Dear Secretary Clinton: We are writing to express our deep concern about the U.S. State Department’s denial of a visa that would enable prominent Colombian journalist Hollman Morris to participate in a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. The denial, based on a “terrorist activities” provision of the Patriot Act, is unsupported by any available evidence and may be based on misleading or inaccurate information provided by Colombian authorities.

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CPJ mourns death of Cameroon’s Pius Njawé

July 13, 2010 10:08 AM ET

New York, July 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists extends its deep condolences to the family and colleagues of Pius Njawé, a pioneering Cameroonian journalist and a press freedom advocate, who was killed in a car accident in the United States on Monday....

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U.S. photographer harassed covering Gulf oil spill

July 7, 2010 1:55 PM ET

On July 2, 2010, photographer Lance Rosenfeld was detained by police and released only after authorities reviewed his images and collected his personal identification information, which they then shared with BP, the company responsible for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rosenfeld was on assignment for the non-profit media...

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Freed Sri Lankan journalist Tissainayagam arrives in U.S.

June 19, 2010 6:55 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalist welcomes the arrival in the United States of Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who arrived at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Saturday morning. He was met there by friends. According to CPJ representative Kamel Labidi, who was on hand to meet...

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Ethiopia expels American journalist reporting in rebel area

June 18, 2010 5:26 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2010—Authorities in Ethiopia expelled an American journalist on Thursday who had been reporting near a rebel area in the east of the Horn of Africa country, according to local journalists....

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Eritrean journalist attacked at public seminar in Houston

May 27, 2010 6:23 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for a thorough investigation into a May 9 attack on an Eritrean expatriate journalist by supporters of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at a public event in eastern Texas. The event was advertised locally in printed fliers, and on the pro-government Dehai.org Web...

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