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Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to request information about the U.S. bombing of Iraqi state television facilities in Baghdad earlier this week. We are concerned that the Pentagon may have violated international humanitarian law in targeting these facilities. During the early morning hours of March 26, 2003 (Baghdad time),…

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CPJ sends letter to Secretary Rumsfeld

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is encouraged that the administration is making efforts to accommodate journalists who are seeking to cover a possible U.S. military action in the Gulf. We welcome the Pentagon’s plan to embed as many as 500 journalists with U.S. forces as a positive step that will improve…

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Prominent Journalists Urge Action to Free Jailed Colleague in Eritrea

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today delivered more than 600 petitions to the Eritrean ambassador to the United States. The petitions, signed by prominent U.S. journalists who attended the CPJ benefit dinner in November, urge Eritrea’s president Isaias Afewerki to immediately and unconditionally release Eritrean editor Fesshaye Yohannes,…

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Journalist’s phone records stolen

New York, November 5, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned that New York Post columnist and Red Herring magazine contributing editor Chris Byron’s phone records have been illegally obtained by individuals seeking access to his journalistic sources. In an October 19 article, the New York Post first reported that Byron’s phone records had…

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CPJ sends letter to Pentagon about detained journalist

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express concern about the reported detention without charge of Sami Muhieddine Muhammad al-Haj, a 33-year-old assistant cameraman for the Qatar-based satellite television network Al-Jazeera.

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U.S. PUBLISHER AND EDITOR CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL DEFAMATION

New York, July 18, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly condemns yesterday’s verdict convicting a Kansas-based free-circulation monthly, its publisher, and its editor of criminal defamation. Jurors found publisher David W. Carson and editor Ed Powers of The New Observer, as well as Observer Publications Inc., guilty on seven counts of criminal defamation.

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IN U.S. SENATE TESTIMONY, CPJ CALLS FOR U.S. BAN ON RECRUITING JOURNALISTS AS SPIES

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2002—In Senate testimony today, a CPJ representative argued that the U.S. government should never recruit journalists as spies, and that U.S. intelligence operatives should never pose as journalists. Appearing before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, CPJ Washington representative Frank Smyth underscored the need…

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U.S. judge quashes subpoena against Mexican reporter; other subpoenas still pending

New York, April 2, 2002—CPJ welcomes the recent decision of a U.S. district judge to quash a subpoena served on Dolia Estévez, the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Mexican daily El Financiero. Estévez had been ordered to hand over material related to a 1999 news article about the Hank family of Mexico, which has been…

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Journalists subpoenaed over reporting on Mexican drug trade

New York, February 20, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed at subpoenas recently served to several Mexican and American journalists. All of them were ordered to hand over material related to 1999 news articles about the Hank family of Mexico, which has been linked to drug trafficking activities. On February 22, a U.S.…

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CPJ asks Pentagon to explain Al-Jazeera bombing

New York, January 31, 2002—In a letter sent today to U.S. defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, CPJ requested information about the circumstances behind the U.S. bombing of the Kabul office of the Al-Jazeera satellite television channel in mid-November. During the early morning hours of November 13, 2001, U.S. aircraft dropped two 500-pound bombs on the…

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