USA / 2014

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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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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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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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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CPJ urges US to mitigate threats to journalism, newsgathering

September 22, 2014 12:19 PM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern about the effects of intelligence and law enforcement activities undertaken by agencies, over which your administration has oversight, on the free flow of news and other information in the public interest.

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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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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, August 2014

August 28, 2014 5:30 PM ET

US-Africa Leaders Summit President Barack Obama hosted the first US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. this month. The discussion focused on trade and investment, but CPJ helped put press freedom on the agenda. At a time of unprecedented growth and change in Africa, journalists are under increasing pressure, with spikes...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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