Asia / 2009

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Canadian journalist’s death is 17th in Afghanistan since 9/11

December 31, 2009 12:05 PM ET

New York, December 31, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalist extends condolences to the family and colleagues of Canadian journalist Michelle Lang, who died Wednesday while embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan.Lang was working for the Calgary Herald and Canwest News Service when she was killed along with four Canadian soldiers while...

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Pakistani Press Club in Peshawar hit by suicide bomber

December 22, 2009 3:02 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2009—A suicide bomber detonated an explosive today on the grounds of the Press Club building in Peshawar, in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan. Local and international media report that three, possibly four, people were killed, though none of the approximately 30 journalists waiting for...

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CPJ condemns attack on Peshawar Press Club

December 22, 2009 10:19 AM ET

Responding to reports of an apparent suicide bombing at the Press Club building in Peshawar, located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, the we issued the following statement......

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Rebecca MacKinnon, Ahmed Rashid, and María Teresa Ronderos join CPJ board

December 21, 2009 11:49 AM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists announced the addition of three leading journalists to its board of directors today: Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and scholar, and María Teresa Ronderos of Semana.com....

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Journalists kidnapped, released in Afghanistan

December 16, 2009 5:26 PM ET

Three journalists, all on assignment for The Guardian, were kidnapped in December 2009 and released after six days, according to the paper. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi, ad two unnamed Afghan journalists had been planning to interview militants in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar province near the border with Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province...

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CPJ renews call for release of Sri Lankan journalist Tissa

December 10, 2009 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2009—On the 100th day after the sentencing of journalist J. S. Tissainayagam, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to use his constitutional powers to release him from the 20-year prison sentence that was given to him on August 31....

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Journalist survives vicious attack in Nepal

December 9, 2009 4:49 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2009—Police in Nepal should thoroughly investigate reports that journalist Tika Bista was brutally attacked on Tuesday in reprisal for her work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins Global Day of Solidarity with Philippine journalists

December 9, 2009 4:12 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins in the call to journalists across the world to join the Global Day of Solidarity today to demand justice for the journalists slaughtered in Maguindanao province of the Philippines on November 23....

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Pakistan's media environment deteriorating

December 1, 2009 1:37 PM ET

We released this statement after Dawn newspaper columnist Kamran Shafi said today that his house had been sprayed with machine gun fire on the night of November 27, in Rawalpindi......

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Maguindanao death toll worst for press in recent history

November 25, 2009 1:46 PM ET

New York, November 25, 2009—A brutal election-related massacre in the Philippine province of Maguindanao on Monday appears to be single deadliest event for the press since 1992, when CPJ began keeping detailed records on journalist deaths....

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