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    Alerts   |   Vietnam

    Two journalists arrested while covering ecological disaster in Vietnam

    Bangkok, May 4, 2015 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two journalists amid a wider crackdown on dissent in Vietnam.

    May 4, 2016 11:01 AM ET

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    Alerts   |   Nepal

    CPJ concerned by climate for free expression in Nepal

    New York, May 3, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is alarmed by Nepal's decision to expel Canadian social media user Robert Penner. Immigration authorities revoked Penner's visa because of his social media posts, which are frequently critical of the government, according to press reports.

    May 3, 2016 5:06 PM ET

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    Blog   |   Japan

    Abe administration throttles media independence, journalists and UN say

    Reporters surround Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. Journalists say control of the media has been tightened since he came to power. (AFP/Jiji Press)

    Late in 2015, the Japanese government asked David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to reschedule a visit planned for December. At the time, some news outlets speculated that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under criticism for rising threats to free expression, was trying to avoid U.N. scrutiny.

    Blog   |   China

    Foreign press in China say travel to Tibet remains restricted

    While foreign media outlets were granted some limited access to the Tibet Autonomous Region in 2015, China still rejected roughly three-quarters of the reporters who sought permission to visit last year, according to a new survey by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC).

    April 27, 2016 12:11 PM ET

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    Attacks on the Press   |   China

    Males Preferred

    In October 2015, when I solicited Chinese readers' views on gender issues in journalism, one comment spoke volumes about the state of the debate in China: "Women can take advantage of their looks and feminine traits to attract well-known and powerful men to accept their interviews."

    Alerts   |   Nepal

    In Nepal, critical journalist Kanak Mani Dixit detained in corruption case

    New York, April 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Nepal to immediately release Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of the independent regional news magazine Himal Southasian. The journalist, who has reported critically on the country's civil war, has been harassed and detained previously by authorities.

    April 25, 2016 6:06 PM ET

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    Alerts   |   China

    Chinese journalist sentenced to nearly 5 years for 'provoking trouble'

    New York, April 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the sentencing of Chinese journalist Wang Jing to four years and 10 months in prison on the charge of causing disorder.

    April 25, 2016 5:26 PM ET

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    Statements   |   Bangladesh

    CPJ condemns murder of Bangladeshi LGBT journalist

    Police try to control a crowd that gathered outside the Dhaka apartment where gay rights journalist Xulhaz Mannan was stabbed. (AP/A.M.Ahad)

    New York, April 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder today of Bangladeshi journalist Xulhaz Mannan. The senior editor at gay rights magazine Roopbaan, who also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, was stabbed to death at his home in Dhaka alongside a friend, according to reports. A third person, described in some reports as a security guard, was injured, reports said. The attack follows the murders of four secular bloggers and a publisher by Islamic extremists in 2015, according to CPJ research.

    April 25, 2016 2:47 PM ET

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    Blog

    CPJ joins call for World Bank to adopt human rights policy

    The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined Social Justice Connection and other press freedom and human rights groups in calling on the World Bank to adopt a human rights policy at its annual spring meeting in Washington D.C. In a letter to the president of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, the groups urged the bank to consider human rights and freedom of expression in the drafting of its social protection policy, which is due to be completed this summer.

    April 18, 2016 1:59 PM ET

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    Case   |   Maldives

    Journalist for Maldivian television station to stand trial

    On April 12, 2016, Adam Zareer, a videographer for the pro-opposition Maldivian television station Raajje TV was served a summons to appear in court on April 24 on charges of obstructing police duties while reporting on an anti-government demonstration in March 2015, according to the Maldives Independent and a fellow Raajje TV journalist writing on Twitter. Zareer, who was covering the demonstration, was arrested at the March 25 protest and placed in a five-day remand, according to CPJ research. He was not immediately charged.

    April 13, 2016 2:31 PM ET

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