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Blog   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese jailed blogger moved to distant province, wages hunger strike

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2010. (AP/Hoang Hai/Vietnam News Agency)

On May 7, my uncle, imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, was unexpectedly moved from the Xuyen Moc prison camp situated near our family in Ho Chi Minh City to another detention facility about 1,500 kilometers away known as Camp No. 6 in central Nghe An province. His family was not informed in advance about the transfer and we only learned about it from the relative of a fellow prisoner of conscience being held at the same prison.

The next day, we traveled to Xuyen Moc prison to inquire about the move with authorities, who only confirmed the information and gave us the new detention camp's address. They said his transfer was in accordance with an order issued on May 5 by the General Bureau of Criminal Judgments Enforcement and Justice Assistance (General Bureau 8) under the Ministry of Public Security. They would not, however, provide us with an explanation for the reason behind his sudden transfer.

June 21, 2016 10:53 AM ET

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Blog   |   Afghanistan

By now, Afghan authorities should know media are not the enemy

Police and firefighters are seen at the site of a suicide blast in Kabul on June 20, 2016. Several journalists were obstructed from reporting at the scene. (Reuters/Mirwais Harooni)

Several journalists in Kabul--the exact number is unclear--were beaten, harassed, and kept from working by security forces when they rushed to cover a suicide bombing on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded more than eight. In an email message, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), an organization with which we work closely, said when the correspondents and camera crews arrived near the site of the explosion, they were stopped by the police, and some of them beaten. AJSC identified Mohammad Ghazi Rasouli, a television correspondent; reporter Tawfik Khoja Siddiqui; and a journalist who works for a Turkish news agency ANP as among those harassed.

Alerts   |   China

Two Chinese writers sentenced for 'subversion'

New York, June 16, 2016 - Chinese authorities should release Lü Gengsong and Chen Shuqing and drop all charges against them stemming from their writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two were individually sentenced to more than a decade in prison on "subversion" charges today, according to press reports.

June 17, 2016 2:54 PM ET

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh arrests suspect in attack on publisher, jails second publisher

Demonstrators hold pictures of those killed by violent extremists in Dhaka, June 15, 2016. (AP)

New York, June 16, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes reports of the arrest of a suspected member of a banned Islamist group accused of participating in an October 2015 attack on a publishing house. The arrest of Mohammed Sumon Hossain came amid a broader sweep of thousands of suspected criminals across Bangladesh, according to press reports.

June 16, 2016 2:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan journalist Freddy Gamage back in hospital, still under threat

Back on June 3, we called for "a thorough investigation into an attack" on Freddy Gamage, a muckraking editor and blogger for Meepura.com (and in Sinhala). At the time, the government promised on its official website that it "would never again allow media suppression, which prevailed during the past, to reoccur." Prime Mister Ranil Wickremesinghe personally and quickly condemned the June 2 assault, according to press reports.

June 14, 2016 12:58 PM ET

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Blog   |   Bangladesh

Bangladesh should take urgent steps to protect freedom of expression

The U.N. Human Rights Council will convene in Geneva for its next session today. Ahead of this meeting, international groups working on press freedom and freedom of expression, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, made a joint submission to the council calling for urgent and concrete steps to reverse the deteriorating climate for free expression in Bangladesh.

June 13, 2016 7:01 AM ET

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Statements   |   Afghanistan

Two NPR journalists killed in Afghanistan

New York, June 5, 2016 - Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna and American photographer David Gilkey were killed today while traveling in a military convoy in southern Afghanistan, according to their employer, U.S. public broadcaster NPR. The two were traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah, in Helmand province, when the convoy came under attack.

June 5, 2016 7:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

Masked men attack muckraking Sri Lankan editor

New York, June 3, 2016 -- Sri Lankan authorities should ensure a thorough investigation into an attack on the editor of the Sinhala-language Meepura newspaper Thursday and hold the perpetrators responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

June 3, 2016 3:39 PM ET

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Blog   |   China

In China, more journalists--even former ones--vulnerable to government wrath

A picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind People's Liberation Army soldiers in Beijing on August 22, 2015. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Most of the journalists imprisoned in China reported or commented on issues that the Chinese government finds threatening to its rule. They were likely aware that their work could invoke the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party at any time, but still choose to go ahead for the sake of truth and the public interest. Other journalists choose to stay away from the political red lines, writing and speaking within the realm of what is believed to be allowed--and they have generally been spared persecution. However, such certainty has increasingly eroded. Since Xi Jinping assumed the presidency in 2013, more and more journalists are vulnerable.

Statements   |   Philippines

President-elect sends wrong signal on impunity in the Philippines

Bangkok, June 1, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's comments during a press conference justifying the killing of journalists. Duterte made the remarks in response to a reporter's question on Tuesday about how his government would handle cases of media murders, according to news reports.

June 1, 2016 10:53 AM ET

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