Asia / 2010

Singapore gives jail time to writer critical of death penalty

November 16, 2010 4:46 PM ET

New York, November 16, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Singapore High Court's sentencing of British author Alan Shadrake to prison over his book criticizing the nation's judiciary....

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Japanese journalist held by Burmese government

November 8, 2010 3:26 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2010--Burma must immediately release Toru Yamaji, a reporter with Tokyo-based APF news agency, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yamaji, 49, was detained Sunday in Myawaddy, on the country's eastern border with Thailand while trying to cover the country's first elections in two decades, according to international media reports,...

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Another blogger arrested in Vietnam crackdown

October 28, 2010 3:09 PM ET

Bangkok, October 28, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and detention of Vietnamese blogger Le Nguyen Huong Tra. Her arrest is the latest episode in a mounting crackdown on bloggers leading up to a crucial Communist Party congress scheduled for January 2011....

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Journalists in Pakistan remain under threat

October 25, 2010 3:58 PM ET

New York, October 25, 2010--Pakistan must take immediate steps to rein in police and government agencies that threaten reporters. Two cases in recent days--those of journalists Hafiz Imran and Umar Cheema--demonstrate how reporting on stories that are critical of the authorities can bring officials' wrath down on reporters....

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A wave of media suppression in Vietnam

October 22, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, October 22, 2010--CPJ is concerned by Vietnamese authorities' recent crackdown against several bloggers and one print journalist....

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Burmese editor sentenced to 13 years in prison

October 22, 2010 12:27 PM ET

Bangkok, October 22, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 13-year prison sentence handed down last week by a Burmese court to Nyi Nyi Tun, editor of the Kandarawaddy news publication....

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China seeks to block news of Liu's Nobel

October 8, 2010 3:52 PM ET

New York, October 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Chinese government to end its pointless attempts to block the news by blacking out domestic and foreign media coverage of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's announcement awarding jailed human rights activist Liu Xiaobo the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. According...

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CPJ asks Indonesian president to intervene in Playboy case

September 30, 2010 1:04 PM ET

Dear President Yudhoyono: We are greatly concerned about the case of Erwin Arnada, the editor of Indonesia's defunct version of Playboy magazine, who was sentenced to two years in prison for indecency by the Supreme Court. The court tried the case on an appeal from the attorney general's office in July 2009 and some time after that sentenced Arnada to two years in prison for public indecency for publishing purportedly indecent pictures in a 2006 issue of the magazine. The magazine closed in mid-2007 after printing 10 issues.

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Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges

September 27, 2010 3:38 PM ET

Bangkok, September 27, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, a contributor to the popular news site Malaysiakini and author of a new collection of political cartoons. ...

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Burma's exile media hit by cyber-attacks

September 27, 2010 2:00 PM ET

Bangkok, September 27, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by cyber-attacks against three exile-run Burma news outlets, Irrawaddy, Mizzima News, and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have shut Irrawaddy's main website while temporarily blocking access to Mizzima's site....

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