Asia / 2010

Chinese reporter dies 10 days after being beaten

December 28, 2010 1:19 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2010--The death of Sun Hongjie, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post, must be fully investigated by regional authorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and by central authorities in Beijing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sun died in a hospital in...

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CPJ skeptical of official line on Chinese reporter's beating

December 22, 2010 3:04 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the vicious beating of reporter Sun Hongjie and doubts official reports that the attack occurred because of an online dispute with a social media acquaintance. Sun, a reporter for the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post (known locally at the Beijiang Morning...

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Indonesian editor dead under suspicious circumstances

December 17, 2010 2:25 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with Indonesian journalist groups in calling for a full and vigorous investigation into the death of an editor on Kisar, one of the eastern Maluku Islands. Alfrets Mirulewan, chief editor of the Pelangi Weekly, was found with bruises on much...

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News of Nobel ceremony censored in China

December 10, 2010 2:11 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Chinese authorities' censorship of news reports covering today's ceremony in Oslo awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo....

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Reuters: Thailand says troops may have killed journalist

December 10, 2010 1:28 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--Investigators in Thailand now believe that troops may have been responsible for the shooting death of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, at left, on April 10, according to a leaked preliminary state probe by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Reuters reported from Bangkok today.Thai government investigators said...

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Pakistani journalist gunned down at his home in Sindh

December 6, 2010 3:43 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2010--Authorities in Sindh province must fully investigate Sunday's shooting death of Pakistani journalist Mehmood Chandio, president of the Mirpurkhas press club and bureau chief for the Sindhi-language television Awaz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists killed near Pakistan-Afghanistan border

December 6, 2010 3:34 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2010--At least two journalists were among approximately 50 people killed in a double suicide attack today in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal district, according to international news reports....

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Cambodia must ensure release of Japanese photographer

December 6, 2010 1:44 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government of Cambodia to ensure the release of Japanese photographer Go Takayama. According to the English-language Phnom Penh Post and the online magazine for the National Press Photographers Association, Takayama was arrested on November 23 after photographing a married couple...

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CPJ concerned by threats reported by Nepalese journalist

December 1, 2010 5:14 PM ET

New York, December 1, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by a violent attack and continuing threats against Nepalese journalist Shreedeep Rayamajhi in connection with his online reporting....

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Journalist found dead in Baluchistan

November 22, 2010 5:21 PM ET

New York, November 22, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of Pakistani journalist Lala Hameed Baloch. His body was found with gunshot wounds on Thursday outside of Turbat, in western Pakistan's Baluchistan province....

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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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Police arrest Thai Web editor on anti-crown charge

September 24, 2010 2:41 PM ET

Bangkok, September 24, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest today of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, editor of the popular Thailand news website Prachatai, on charges of insulting the royal family. ...

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Three journalists freed in Afghanistan

September 24, 2010 2:14 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of three journalists detained in Afghanistan over the past week. ...

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Two Afghan journalists seized by ISAF

September 22, 2010 2:40 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention of two Afghan journalists seized by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in early-morning raids at their homes this week....

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Second journalist killed in a week in Pakistan's northwest

September 20, 2010 4:34 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2010--Authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa must thoroughly investigate Thursday's murder of Mujeebur Rehman Siddique, the second killing of a journalist in the province in one week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist killed in Afghan-Pakistan border area

September 14, 2010 5:02 PM ET

New York, September 14, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an immediate investigation into today's shooting death of Misri Khan, president of the Hangu Union of Journalists in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly known as the North West Frontier Province)....

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Thailand pressures FCCT to cancel press conference

September 13, 2010 5:05 PM ET

Bangkok, September 13, 2010--The Thai government acted inappropriately in pressuring the Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) to cancel a press conference that would have criticized Vietnam, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India restricts reporters in Jammu-Kashmir

September 13, 2010 4:45 PM ET

New York, September 13, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the provincial government of Jammu and Kashmir to allow journalists to cover the widespread civil unrest in the troubled region....

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CPJ urges Indonesia to reverse Playboy editor's conviction

September 9, 2010 4:33 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2010---The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about an Indonesian Supreme Court ruling against Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-dormant Playboy Indonesia. Arnada faces up to two years in jail after prosecutors said recently that they would enforce a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that...

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Abducted British journalist freed in Pakistan

September 9, 2010 3:25 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release of British journalist Asad Qureshi from captivity in Pakistan. He was held for more than five months in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan....

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Men in police uniforms abduct and beat Pakistani journalist

September 8, 2010 12:58 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Pakistani government to thoroughly investigate the kidnapping and beating of Umar Cheema, a correspondent of the English-language daily The News in Islamabad. Men in police uniforms seized Cheema while he was driving in a suburb of Islamabad on Saturday, according to...

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TV anchor stabbed to death outside his Kabul home

September 7, 2010 6:25 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2010--A well-known TV anchor was found stabbed to death outside his home in Kabul on Sunday, according to international news reports. Sayed Hamid Noori worked for the state network Radio Television Afghanistan and was active in the National Union of Afghan Journalists. In 2004, he served as...

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Journalist, media worker dead in Quetta attack

September 7, 2010 5:38 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the deaths of a cameraman and media support worker who suffered fatal injuries during violence on Friday in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. ...

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Kidnapped Japanese freelancer released in Afghanistan

September 7, 2010 4:29 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the weekend release of Japanese freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka, who spent more than five months in captivity in Afghanistan. Tsuneoka's kidnappers released him to the Japanese Embassy on Saturday night and he returned to Japan on Monday, according to...

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Malaysia power firm can't take joke, prosecutes blogger

September 2, 2010 2:15 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Kuala Lumpur to drop a criminal charge against blogger Irwan Abdul Rahman. He was charged today with "intent to hurt" in connection with a satirical entry on his blog, nose4news, that made fun of Malaysia's state-run...

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Indonesian TV journalist killed covering clashes

August 24, 2010 3:59 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on police in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku today to thoroughly investigate Saturday's death of journalist Ridwan Salamun, who was killed while covering violent clashes between local villagers. ...

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CPJ meets Philippine officials, urges anti-impunity policies

August 24, 2010 10:45 AM ET

Manila, August 24, 2010--Nine months after the killing of 32 journalists and media workers in the southern Philippines, a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met today with justice officials in Manila and called on the government of President Benigno Aquino to address pervasive impunity in the recurring murders...

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Editor, journalist jailed for contempt in Bangladesh

August 20, 2010 2:21 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2010--Bangladesh's Supreme Court should review and overturn jail terms and fines it gave to three journalists from a pro-opposition daily Thursday for contempt of court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Trial date set in Philippines massacre of 57

August 17, 2010 1:27 PM ET

Manila, August 17, 2010--The opening trial date for 17 men accused of murder and other crimes in the killing of 57 people--32 of them journalists or media workers--in southern Philippines in November 2009 has been set for September 1. Quezon City Regional Trial Court Justice Jocelyn Solis-Reyes set the date in...

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CPJ, partner groups urge UNESCO to pull Obiang prize

August 12, 2010 9:19 AM ET

New York, August 12, 2010--The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang prize at its next session in October 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists and 95 partner groups said in a letter to UNESCO Executive Board members today....

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Pakistani TV stations remain off the air during floods

August 10, 2010 6:14 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2010--Pakistan's major news broadcasters ARY TV and GEO TV are off the air in Karachi and Sindh province for a third day since supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari have reportedly severed cable connections of the distributors that carry them. Demonstrations at the...

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Amid massive flooding, Pakistan shuts down two stations

August 9, 2010 4:26 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the Pakistani government to allow GEO TV and ARY News stations back on the air. The shutdown, coupled with demonstrations by government supporters outside the cable companies’ facilities Saturday night came soon after the stations aired news about a...

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Police give conflicting statements in Philippine killing

August 3, 2010 4:26 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2010—Conflicting public statements by the police in Bicol province in the Philippines have complicated the investigation into the death of part-time radio reporter Miguel Belen, who was shot on July 9, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police should publicly clarify their findings, CPJ said....

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China sets prison terms for 3 Uighur Web managers

August 2, 2010 3:43 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2010—Three Uighur-language website managers were sentenced Friday to prison terms of three to 10 years after being found guilty under broad charges of “endangering state security.” The men had been jailed after ethnic rioting in July 2009 in Urumqi, capital of the far-western, predominantly Muslim, Xinjiang...

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Indonesian reporter dies; had received death threats

July 30, 2010 2:43 PM ET

New York, July 30, 2010—An Indonesian search team this morning recovered the body of reporter Ardiansyah Matra’is in a river in the small town of Merauke, on the southern tip of Papua province, according to news reports and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AIJ). ...

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Voice of Asia Network torched in Sri Lanka

July 30, 2010 12:04 PM ET

New York, July 30, 2010—Two employees were injured in an arson attack today on the offices of the Voice of Asia Network in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, according to international and local media reports. The fire destroyed the studios of the group’s Siyatha TV station, but the...

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Afghan MP’s television station pulled off the air

July 29, 2010 4:29 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Afghan government to allow privately owned Emroaz TV back on the air, after its owner said it was shut down under pressure from Iran. According to local and international media reports, the station went dark on Tuesday...

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Suspicion surrounds Indonesian reporter’s death

July 27, 2010 4:19 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Indonesia in calling for a swift, thorough investigation into the death of Muhammad Syaifullah, the Borneo bureau chief for Kompas, Indonesia’s largest daily newspaper....

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Six injured in Pakistan attack believed to target journalist

July 26, 2010 5:03 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2010—At least six women and children were seriously injured late today after a group of unidentified attackers threw grenades and opened fire on a home connected to television correspondent Zafarullah Bonari, according to Pakistani journalists. ...

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China sentences Uighur journalist to 15 years

July 26, 2010 2:53 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2010—The 15-year jail sentence imposed by a Chinese court on Uighur journalist and website manager Gheyrat Niyaz is unjustly harsh and should be overturned immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The fact that Niyaz was convicted under sweeping “endangering state security” charges is an indicator...

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Third media owner in six months gunned down in Nepal

July 23, 2010 5:03 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by Thursday’s killing of Devi Prasad Dhital, the chairman of Nepal’s broadcaster Radio Tulsipur FM. His is the third murder of a Nepalese media owner in a less than six months....

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Sri Lankan journalist’s disappearance remains unexplained

July 23, 2010 3:32 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2010—Six months after the unexplained disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda, the government has refused to offer any assistance or provide answers to his wife, Sandhya. The government’s attitude is a clear indicator of the anti-media polices of President Mahindra Rajapaksa, the...

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Uighur journalist goes on trial in China a year after unrest

July 22, 2010 2:29 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Chinese government to dismiss charges against Gheyret Niyaz, a Uighur journalist and website manager, and release him from prison. According to the Uyghur American Association (UAA), Niyazi will be tried in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on July 28....

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Indian journalist dies of injuries nine days after bombing

July 21, 2010 3:20 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in India to express our support and condolences to the family of Vijay Pratap Singh, the 36-year-old senior correspondent of the daily Indian Express, who died Tuesday from injuries he received in a bombing on July 12....

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India must stop restricting journalists in Kashmir

July 9, 2010 2:46 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2010—National authorities in India must immediately address complaints from local journalists in Indian-controlled Kashmir who say they are being stopped from covering the government crackdown on protests that have killed 15 people....

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Concern over missing Nepal radio reporter

July 1, 2010 10:06 AM ET

New York, July 1, 2010—Authorities in Nepal should act urgently to ensure the safety of radio reporter Keshav Bohara, who was abducted on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Fiji’s repressive media decree takes effect

June 28, 2010 4:15 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2010—A new Fijian media decree that formalizes repressive government control of the media could force the outspoken Fiji Times to close within three months, according to international news reports....

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Third Philippine journalist killed in one week

June 21, 2010 12:25 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2010—Newspaper reporter Nestor Bedolido was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman on Saturday evening in Digos City, Davao del Sur province, in the southern Philippines, according to local and international news reports. He is the third journalist to be murdered over the past week in...

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Another radio journalist killed in the Philippines

June 16, 2010 3:26 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2010--Philippine radio commentator Joselito Agustin was fatally shot by two motorcycle riding assailants while heading home from work late Tuesday evening near Baccara town in the northern Philippines, according to local and international news reports. The murder occurred just one day after the murder of radio...

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Radio broadcaster shot dead in the Philippines

June 15, 2010 3:16 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2010—Mindanao police must thoroughly pursue their investigation into Monday’s murder of broadcast journalist Desidario Camangyan and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ seeks justice in murders of Philippine journalists

June 9, 2010 12:12 PM ET

Dear President-elect Aquino: With your recent election to office, we are looking forward to engaging with your administration on press freedom-related issues in the years ahead. It is our particular hope that you will translate your strong electoral mandate into a firm commitment to end the culture of impunity that has resulted in the extraordinarily high number of media killings in the Philippines.

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CPJ calls for Thailand to investigate journalist killings

June 7, 2010 10:14 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Abhisit: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns recent violence against journalists in Thailand, including the shooting deaths of two foreign reporters killed while covering news events. We call on your government to launch independent probes into recent attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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In Bangladesh, newspaper shut down, editor arrested

June 2, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2010—The Bangladeshi government must fully explain the circumstances that led police to close the Bengali-language, pro-opposition daily Amar Desh based in the capital, Dhaka. Police cited supposed publishing irregularities when they arrested acting editor Mahmudur Rahman early today, news reports said, but the shutdown appears to...

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Israeli forces detain journalists aboard humanitarian flotilla

June 1, 2010 5:55 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2010--Israel should immediately release the journalists it detained along with hundreds of peace activists on Monday after Israeli forces stormed a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. According to international news reports and CPJ interviews, Israeli...

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Violent protests outside media outlets in Karachi

May 26, 2010 4:25 PM ET

Members of the Sindh National Party (SNP) violently demonstrated outside the offices of the Jang Group of Newspapers and Geo TV in Karachi, the financial capital of Pakistan on May 23, 2010, according to local news reports....

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CPJ seeks investigation into Thai violence against media

May 20, 2010 5:59 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2010—As details of violence emerge, the Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Thai government today to investigate the deaths of two journalists who were killed while covering the violence that has wracked Bangkok and other parts of Thailand for three months. It is the government’s duty to instruct military...

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Italian journalist killed as conditions deteriorate in Thailand

May 19, 2010 3:42 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2010—Freelance Italian photojournalist Fabio Polenghi was killed and three international journalists were among dozens of people injured today during clashes in Bangkok, according to international news reports. The fighting followed a military operation to clear an area occupied for six weeks by anti-government protesters. Demonstrators attacked and threatened...

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Italian journalist killed in Bangkok unrest

May 19, 2010 12:41 PM ET

Following news that Italian freelance photojournalist Fabio Polenghi was fatally shot, and at least two other international journalists wounded today as security forces stormed a makeshift camp of “Red Shirt” protesters in Bangkok, we issued this statement:...

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Sudan shutters opposition paper, arrests three journalists

May 17, 2010 5:22 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Sudanese government’s decision to shut down opposition daily Rai al-Shaab and to arrest three of its journalists....

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Three journalists shot and wounded in Thai demonstrations

May 14, 2010 3:50 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the deteriorating security situation for reporters in Thailand as government forces and anti-government protesters exchange fire in the national capital. Three journalists were shot and injured on Friday when security forces and protesters exchanged fire that resulted in at...

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In Pakistan, Sindh journalist’s body found

May 12, 2010 4:04 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in calling for a thorough investigation into the killing of Sindh-based journalist Ghulam Rasool Birhamani. His body was found Monday morning, outside the village of Wahi Pandhi in Sindh province. Both organizations...

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Video of abducted journalist in Pakistan seeks swap

May 11, 2010 4:48 PM ET

New York, May 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by new demands made by a militant group calling itself the Asian Tigers, the captors of freelance journalist Asad Qureshi, left, who has been held in Pakistan since March 26. In a video sent to the Rome-based news...

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In Pakistan, abducted journalist’s fellow hostage executed

May 3, 2010 2:41 PM ET

New York, May 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after a militant group executed a former Pakistani intelligence official who was abducted along with documentary filmmaker Asad Qureshi.   ...

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Pardon of Sri Lankan journalist welcome, details needed

May 3, 2010 2:14 PM ET

New York, May 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by news reports today that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a pardon to Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, left. CPJ is waiting for official clarification, however, concerning several important details. ...

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CPJ welcomes Tissainayagam pardon

May 3, 2010 10:52 AM ET

In response to news reports today that Sri Lanka will offer a full pardon to journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, we issued this statement....

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Cambodian journalist released from prison in amnesty

April 27, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the April 13 release from prison of Hang Chakra, editor and publisher of the opposition-aligned Khmer Machas Srok daily newspaper in Cambodia....

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Another Pakistani TV journalist dies in suicide bombing

April 19, 2010 4:35 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by the death of Azamat Ali Bangash, a correspondent for Saama TV. According to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Bangash was killed in an April 17 suicide bombing while covering food distribution in a refugee camp near...

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Concern as some charges dropped in Philippines killings

April 19, 2010 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the Philippine government’s decision to drop murder charges against Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle, Akmad Ampatuan, former mayor of Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao. The move,...

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One cameraman dead, several injured in Quetta bombing

April 16, 2010 3:02 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2010--At least one Pakistani journalist was killed and others were injured in a suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta today, according to international news reports. Details are still emerging, and some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, but Pakistani colleagues tell CPJ that...

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In Afghanistan, concern about journalists held by Taliban

April 14, 2010 5:31 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the new demands made by a Taliban group that is holding captive two French television journalists, Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, translator Mohammed Reza, and the group's driver. They were taken in Kapisa province, northeast of...

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Reuters cameraman killed in Thai political violence

April 12, 2010 1:45 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened and outraged by the fatal shooting of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto during armed exchanges between government soldiers and antigovernment protestors on Saturday. Muramoto, left, a Japanese national, was shot in the chest while filming an early-afternoon confrontation and...

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Emergency censorship deepens unrest in Thailand

April 9, 2010 3:37 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010—The Thai government should restore access to news outlets censored after a state of emergency was declared Wednesday in response to antigovernment protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists reporting on the unrest are increasingly vulnerable to physical assault as clashes between protesters...

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Documentary filmmaker missing in Pakistan

April 8, 2010 1:43 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2010—Reports that freelance documentary filmmaker Asad Qureshi has gone missing on a reporting trip in a tribal area of Pakistan are deeply concerning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Fiji’s draft media decree threatens long-term restrictions

April 7, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2010—Fiji’s military regime should withdraw a draft decree that would regulate media ownership and news content, while authorizing the imposition of fines and prison terms for violations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China site under attack

April 2, 2010 4:27 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—The denial of service attack on the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) Web site is contributing to an atmosphere in which journalists feel their communication is not secure and their reporting is under threat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Japanese journalist reported kidnapped in Afghanistan

April 2, 2010 4:09 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after a Japanese official said freelance Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka had apparently been kidnapped in northern Afghanistan. ...

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Journalists report Yahoo e-mail accounts hacked in China

March 31, 2010 3:51 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2010—News reports that the Yahoo e-mail accounts of reporters and others in China and Taiwan have been compromised are a reminder that journalists must be vigilant when communicating over the Internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ called on Internet companies to reassess their...

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CPJ asks Philippines to investigate threats against journalist

March 30, 2010 4:58 PM ET

Dear President Arroyo and Chief Justice Puno: We are greatly concerned by the apparent lack of an effective government response to threats made against Marites Danguilan Vitug, one of the Philippines’ senior and most eminent journalists. Vitug said she believes your intervention will serve as a deterrent to whoever is trying to intimidate her, and, hopefully, to those who try to intimidate other journalists in the future.

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In Thailand, grenades hit two state television stations

March 29, 2010 1:52 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns and calls for a thorough investigation into grenade attacks launched against two state-owned television news stations in Thailand. The attacks—one against army-run Channel 5, the other against the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT)—took place Saturday night in the capital,...

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Three journalists injured in Pakistan bomb blast

March 26, 2010 4:49 PM ET

A bomb explosion injured three local journalists who were accompanying a convoy of security forces in the Lower Dir district of northwestern Pakistan on February 3, 2010, according to a statement by the Karachi-based Pakistan Press Foundation and international news reports....

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New York Times to pay damages to Singapore’s leaders

March 26, 2010 3:34 PM ET

The New York Times Co. apologized on March 24, 2010, to Singapore’s prime minister and his two predecessors for a February 15 article that described the island nation’s leaders as a political dynasty, according to international news reports. The company and the article’s author, Philip Bowring, agreed to pay damages of...

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Protesters hurl stones, injure four at Sirasa TV

March 25, 2010 11:13 AM ET

Staffers at Sirasa TV confirmed media reports that about 200 people gathered outside the in-town office of the independent broadcaster and threw stones, breaking windows and injuring staffers on March 22, 2010. Some in the crowd carried posters in Sinhala and English protesting the station’s plan to broadcast a concert...

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Journalist’s house and car vandalized in Pakistan

March 25, 2010 11:07 AM ET

Three unidentified men attacked the residence of an investigative reporter for the private news channel DawnNews TV, in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, on January 19, 2010 according to local news reports....

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Philippine editor Vitug receives series of death threats

March 23, 2010 2:19 PM ET

New York, March 23, 2010—The Philippine government must vigorously pursue its investigation into a series of death threats received by Marites Dañguilan Vitug, editor-in-chief of the online news outlet Newsbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes Google stand on censorship

March 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after Google announced it had stopped censoring its search engine in China:...

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Chinese official urges political education for journalists

March 11, 2010 4:03 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2010—A state official responsible for media regulation said Wednesday the government should require Chinese journalists to obtain official training to report the news, according to local and international news reports. Domestic journalists already need government-issued identity cards to work in China.  ...

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Sri Lankan attorney general assures exiled journalists

March 10, 2010 12:51 PM ET

Colombo, March 10, 2010—In a meeting with a CPJ delegation today, Sri Lankan Attorney General Mohan Peiris said he was prepared to offer protection to any of the nation’s journalists who return to the country from exile....

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Second Nepali media owner murdered in a month

March 3, 2010 2:46 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2010—Police in Nepal must immediately investigate Monday’s fatal shooting of publisher and business owner Arun Singhaniya, the second murder of a media executive in the country in a month, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Afghan government curtails reporting on insurgent attacks

March 2, 2010 3:57 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2010—The Afghan government should allow full coverage of terrorist attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, following reports that intelligence officials had privately issued a ban on live coverage to news outlets on Monday....

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CPJ calls for UK to investigate Munadi death in rescue

March 1, 2010 10:03 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Brown: We last wrote to you on November 5 to urge you to authorize the Ministry of Defence to carry out an investigation into the September 9, 2009, military operation that rescued British-Irish journalist and New York Times correspondent Stephen Farrell and unfortunately led to the death of his Afghan colleague, Sultan Munadi. In our November 5 letter, we offered our condolences on the loss of British Parachute Regiment Cpl. John Harrison, but also pointed out that many questions about the operation remain unanswered. Among them is whether Munadi’s rescue was a central objective, what circumstances existed when he was killed, and why his remains were left behind after British forces withdrew.

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No sign of Sri Lankan journalist Eknelygoda one month on

February 24, 2010 3:15 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2010—One month after the disappearance of her husband Prageeth Eknelygoda, the journalist’s wife, Sandhya Eknelygoda , told CPJ that she has not been able to get police or other government officials to actively investigate the case....

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TV journalist shot dead in Pakistan

February 19, 2010 12:15 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2010—Authorities in Pakistan should move swiftly to investigate Wednesday’s shooting murder of journalist Ashiq Ali Mangi in the southern province of Sind, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Preface

February 16, 2010 12:58 AM ET

By Fareed Zakaria Toward the end of his 118-day ordeal inside Tehran’s Evin prison, Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari had a bizarre exchange with his interrogator. Bahari had been held in solitary confinement since his arrest after Iran’s disputed presidential election in June; he had been subjected to near-daily beatings...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Introduction

February 16, 2010 12:58 AM ET

By Joel Simon Does “name and shame” still work in the Internet age? After all, the massacre of 31 journalists and media workers in the Philippines pushed the 2009 media death toll to the highest level ever recorded by CPJ. The number of journalists in prison also rose, fueled by...

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As fighting surges, so does danger to press

February 16, 2010 12:55 AM ET

By Bob Dietz As the United States redeploys forces to Afghanistan, and the Pakistani military moves into the country’s tribal areas, the media face enormous challenges in covering a multifaceted conflict straddling two volatile countries. Pakistani reporters cannot move freely in areas controlled by militants. International reporters in Afghanistan,...

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Makings of a massacre: Impunity fostered Philippine killings

February 16, 2010 12:53 AM ET

By Shawn W. Crispin Before Henry Araneta and his colleagues set off on the morning of November 23, 2009, on what would be their last assignment, the DZRH reporter sent his wife a text message: There could be trouble....

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Afghanistan

February 16, 2010 12:52 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Government tries to curb reporting on Election Day violence. • Abductions target foreign reporters, endangering local journalists, too. Key Statistic 20: Years that Parwez Kambakhsh would have spent in jail on an unjust charge. He was freed in August. Deepening violence, flawed elections,...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Burma

February 16, 2010 12:45 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Some political prisoners freed, but eight journalists still held.• Government censors all print publications, controls broadcasters. Key Statistic 1st: Ranking on CPJ's Worst Countries to Be a Blogger. Throughout the year, Burma's ruling junta emphasized its plans to move toward multiparty democracy after decades of...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: China

February 16, 2010 12:44 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• More access for foreign reporters, tighter rules for local assistants.• As online use grows, government censors sites, jails critics. Key Statistic 24: Journalists jailed as of December 1, 2009. While China’s ruling communist party celebrated 60 years in power in 2009, its critics commemorated...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Nepal

February 16, 2010 12:24 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Government fails to investigate press freedom abuses. • Reporter slain after covering Maoist land seizures. Key Statistic 8th: Ranking on CPJ Impunity Index, making it one of world’s worst for press. Nepal’s news media entered 2009 in a state of crisis. Attacks on the...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: North Korea

February 16, 2010 12:21 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Two U.S. journalists held for five months after crossing border. • Citizen reporters begin to smuggle news out of the country. Key Statistic 1st: Ranking on CPJ’s list of Most Censored Nations. During a diplomatic standoff that lasted almost five months, two American journalists from San...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Pakistan

February 16, 2010 12:20 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Press has very limited access during two military offensives.• Reporters face attacks, threats from all sides. Four are killed. Key Statistic 6: Homes of journalists destroyed by militants in retaliatory attacks. As Pakistan’s military launched two major offensives within its borders, officials pressured news media to...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Philippines

February 16, 2010 12:19 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Maguindanao massacre underscores deep-seated climate of impunity.• Local and international groups mobilize to offer aid, seek justice. Key Statistic 29: Journalists slain in a politically motivated ambush, the single deadliest event ever recorded by CPJ. In the deadliest event for the press ever recorded...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Sri Lanka

February 16, 2010 12:15 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Editor murdered, broadcaster bombed, reporters assaulted.• Columnist convicted of terrorism for his writing. Key Statistic 0: Number of convictions in 10 journalist murders since 1992. On May 19, the government formally declared a victory in its 26-year civil war with the secessionist Liberation Tigers...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Thailand

February 16, 2010 12:13 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Amid partisan conflict, media owner is target of failed assassination.• Heavily used lese majeste laws criminalize criticism of royal family. Key Statistic 2,000: Web sites blocked by government for violating lese majeste laws. Thai media were caught in the middle of a political conflict...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Vietnam

February 16, 2010 12:06 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Bloggers face regular harassment and detention.• Government conducts extensive online censorship. Key Statistic 300: Number of cybercafés outfitted with software tracking visits to banned Web sites. While maintaining its tight grip on traditional news media, the government intensified its already significant controls over the Internet...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Asia Developments

February 16, 2010 12:02 AM ET

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Amid crackdown, two blogs shuttered in Vietnam

February 12, 2010 2:26 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Vietnamese government’s apparent shutdown of two politically oriented blogs, Blogosin and Bauxite Vietnam. The sites, both of which published critical perspectives on sensitive government issues, had been the targets of ongoing hacking, The Associated Press and the Agence France-Presse...

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Two journalists missing in Sri Lanka

February 11, 2010 5:13 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the disappearance of two journalists in Sri Lanka. Chandana Sirimalwatte, chief editor of the Sri Lankan weekly newspaper Lanka, was detained by police around noon on January 30, according to his wife, Hemali Abeyratne, and staffers at the...

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CPJ calls for an end to impunity following Nepalese murder

February 10, 2010 2:09 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with its colleague in the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in demanding an end to the impunity surrounding attacks on journalists in Nepal. The FNJ made the demands today in Kathmandu during a protest rally that came two days after the shooting death of...

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CPJ welcomes indictment of 200 in Maguindanao slaying

February 9, 2010 2:32 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2010—An indictment in the Philippines of nearly 200 people in the November 23 killings of 57 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, is a welcome first step toward achieving justice in this terribly slaying, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ hopes that this...

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Journalists injured in Pakistan bombings

February 5, 2010 10:05 AM ET

Following reports today of a double-bombing in Karachi targeting Shiite worshipers in a bus riding to a religious festival and later at a hospital, we issued this statement......

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Burmese government jails another DVB journalist

February 1, 2010 1:34 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2010—The Burmese government should cease its campaign of intimidation and harassment against the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an exile-run television news provider, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese writer jailed for spreading ‘propaganda’

January 29, 2010 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a jail sentence given to a Vietnamese journalist on charges that she spread anti-state propaganda and called today for her immediate release....

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Conviction welcomed in 2005 murder case

January 29, 2010 2:49 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after a Philippine court sentenced Muhammad Maulana to life in prison for the murder of journalist Edgar Amoro. Amoro witnessed the killing of his fellow Pagadian City-based broadcaster, Edgar Damalerio, in May 2002. In December 2005, a police officer, Guillermo Wapile, was sentenced to...

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Harsh jail term for Burmese journalist

January 29, 2010 1:52 PM ET

We issued this statement today, after a special court in Burma handed down a 13-year sentence to journalist Ngwe Soe Lin, also known as Tun Kyaw, who reported for the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma Wednesday. He had been held since June 2009......

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Journalists in Sri Lanka face intimidation, censorship

January 29, 2010 1:36 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that journalists in Sri Lanka have been subjected to government intimidation, arrests, censorship, and harassment in the aftermath of this week’s presidential election. ...

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Sri Lankan Web sites blocked amid election

January 26, 2010 12:26 PM ET

We issued this statement today after journalists in Sri Lanka told CPJ that access to several independent Web sites had been blocked as the country finished voting in presidential elections......

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As Sri Lanka election nears, pro-opposition writer vanishes

January 25, 2010 2:04 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the reported disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a political reporter for the Sri Lankan news Web site Lanka eNews....

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Authorities assault, fire on journalists in Kashmir

January 22, 2010 3:38 PM ET

Local news reports said a photojournalist was shot and five other journalists assaulted in the aftermath of a 22-hour battle between militants and local authorities in Srinagar, summer capital of the troubled north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on January 7, 2010....

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January 22, 2010 3:04 PM ET

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In China, new Gmail attacks are latest in a long series

January 19, 2010 4:31 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2010—Foreign correspondents in Beijing told the Committee to Protect Journalists that they are aware of recent hacker attacks on colleagues’ Gmail accounts, and said they have long assumed that their e-mail is monitored and vulnerable to attack. ...

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China hackers hit media companies and activists online

January 13, 2010 5:23 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after Google said Tuesday it had uncovered evidence of cyber attackers from China targeting its own and other companies’ infrastructures, as well as individual Gmail accounts. CPJ welcomed Google’s statement that it was no longer willing to censor its Chinese...

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Journalists under threat as Sri Lanka elections near

January 13, 2010 3:34 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2010—As Sri Lanka’s media comes under increasing partisan pressure, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides contesting the January 26 general elections to respect the role of journalists in covering the campaign and voting process. CPJ notes with concern today’s assault on the BBC’s...

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Casualties of foreign journalists mount in Afghanistan

January 11, 2010 3:02 PM ET

New York January 11, 2010—The death of U.K.-based Sunday Mirror reporter Rupert Hamer, who was killed in an explosion outside a village in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, is an indicator of the rising danger for journalists in Afghanistan. The explosion also wounded Hamer’s colleague photographer Philip Coburn and took the life of...

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CPJ calls for full pardon of Tissainayagam in Sri Lanka

January 11, 2010 12:42 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2010 — The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam on Monday in Colombo, but calls on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to use his constitutional power to extend a full pardon and erase the 20 year sentence of...

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Radio journalist survives shooting in Philippines

January 8, 2010 3:17 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2010—Philippine authorities must quickly investigate the shooting of radio broadcaster Eugene Paet, an anchorman for Radio DWRS in Vigan city in Ilocos Sur province. According to local and international media reports, Paet, 47, was shot in the stomach by two gunmen on a motorcycle as he...

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Tibetan filmmaker denied appeal to 6-year sentence

January 7, 2010 4:37 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Xining provincial court in Qinghai province to allow imprisoned Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen to appeal a six-year prison sentence he was given last week....

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Burmese journalist handed 20-year prison sentence

January 7, 2010 2:37 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harsh sentencing of Hla Hla Win, a broadcast journalist with the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on December 30 for violating the vague and draconian Electronic Act. ...

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Five missing, apparently kidnapped in Afghanistan

January 4, 2010 3:25 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of two French journalists and their three Afghan colleagues, all apparently kidnapped while on assignment in the eastern province of Kapisa for France 3 public television station. The Afghan government reported them kidnapped on December 30....

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