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Philippines piles on legal threats against critical news site Rappler

November 29, 2018 9:19 AM ET

Bangkok, November 29, 2018--Philippine prosecutors have in recent days filed five separate tax cases against critical news site Rappler, including criminal charges that may allow for the arrest of the site's founder and editor Maria Ressa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the escalated campaign...

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China detains award-winning photographer in Xinjiang

November 28, 2018 11:46 AM ET

Washington, D.C., November 28, 2018--Police in Xinjiang detained Lu Guang, an award-winning, New York-resident, freelance photographer whose work has focused on environmental and social issues in China, in early November, according to media reports. Lu's family lost contact with him on November 3 and later confirmed his arrest with...

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CPJ, RSF call on Philippines to end its persecution of Rappler and Maria Ressa

November 26, 2018 4:55 PM ET

CPJ and RSF call on the Philippine prosecutor general to end the legal harassment of Rappler and the website's founder and executive editor, Maria Ressa.

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Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

November 26, 2018 11:47 AM ET

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned to the city-state's Cantonment Complex at 3pm that day, where...

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Kashmiri journalists face multiple restrictions, attacks in October

November 14, 2018 5:30 PM ET

Journalists in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir faced numerous incidents of restrictions and attacks between October 8 and October 30, 2018. During this period, journalists attempted to cover urban local elections in the state, as well as events surrounding the killing of militant commander Manan Wani by the security forces....

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CPJ condemns Philippines' threat to indict critical site Rappler on tax evasion charges

November 12, 2018 9:25 AM ET

Bangkok, November 12, 2018--The Philippine authorities said on Friday they had grounds to indict news site Rappler, known for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, and its founder Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned...

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Local reporter covering corruption is abducted and beaten to death in Jharkhand, India

November 1, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New Delhi, November 1, 2018--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of reporter Chandan Tiwari and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Tiwari, a reporter for the Hindi daily Aj, was abducted on October 29, and found badly beaten the following day, according...

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Video journalist killed in Maoist rebel attack in Chhattisgarh

October 30, 2018 5:00 PM ET

New Delhi, October 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Chhattisgarh to ensure the safety of media covering elections after a journalist embedded with police was killed in an ambush. Video journalist Achyutananda Sahu, who worked for the government-run broadcaster Doordarshan, was killed in Chhattisgarh today...

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In India, tax officials raid offices, home of Quint editor-in-chief and Modi critic

October 24, 2018 10:38 AM ET

Officials from India's Income Tax Department on October 11, 2018, raided the home of journalist Raghav Bahl and the offices of The Quint, in Noida, where Bahl is editor-in-chief, and The Newsminute in Bengaluru, a news website that Bahl has a minority stake in, according to media reports. Government...

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Reliance Group sues India's NDTV for US$1 billion over its reporting on Rafale jet deal

October 19, 2018 4:16 PM ET

New Delhi, October 19, 201-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, owned by businessman Anil Ambani, to end its use of excessive civil defamation cases filed against critical news outlets. Reliance Group yesterday filed a civil defamation case seeking Rs10,000 crore (US$1.35 billion)...

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