Asia / 2011

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Mainstream journalists also targeted in China crackdown

March 30, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the dismissal of two Guangzhou-based journalists who advocate for political reform amid tightening restrictions on free expression. While several bloggers and activists have disappeared or been detained in the last month after anonymous calls for demonstrations in...

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Australian editor released on bail, faces trial in Burma

March 29, 2011 12:31 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--Ross Dunkley, founder and editor of the Myanmar Times weekly newspaper, was released on bail from a Burmese prison today, according to international news reports. Dunkley, an Australian citizen arrested February 10 amid tense negotiations over the future of the weekly, had been denied several earlier...

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Online writer indicted, another missing in China

March 28, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Police indicted one online writer on anti-state charges in Sichuan today and another disappeared in Guangzhou on Sunday, according to international news reports. Both cases appear part of the Chinese Communist Party's strenuous efforts to suppress their critics and pre-empt a "Jasmine Revolution" in China, the...

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Chinese democracy activist sentenced for online writing

March 25, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2011--The harsh sentencing of a pro-democracy activist and journalist is yet another example of China's growing intolerance of independent expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Thailand dismisses role in Reuters photographer's death

March 24, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--A Thai police investigation concluded today that government security forces did not kill Reuters photographer Hiro Muramoto, left, during political violence in Bangok on April 10, 2010. But the Committee to Protect Journalists, expressing concerns that the investigation was not transparent, has called for a...

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On notorious anniversary, Philippine journalist shot

March 24, 2011 11:26 AM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--Manila police must thoroughly investigate the murder of radio anchor Maria Len Fores Somera, who was shot today near her home in Malabon City, a suburb of Manila....

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Chinese censors close Tibetan website

March 23, 2011 4:22 PM ET

New York, March 23, 2011--Information authorities in China should restore access to a Tibetan news and blog site whose founder reports has been shuttered without explanation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist abducted, released in Karachi

March 22, 2011 12:50 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2001--The Committee to Protect journalists joins with colleagues in Pakistan in calling for an immediate investigation into Monday's abduction and abuse of senior journalist and vice president of the Karachi Union of Journalists, Mohammad Rafique Baloch....

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Beijing censors AIDS site after claim of cover-up

March 17, 2011 4:12 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2011--Beijing information officials should allow Aizhi, the official website of the AIDS rights group Aizhixing Research Foundation, to resume operations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities ordered the site shut down on Tuesday after it had published an open letter from a retired senior...

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CPJ disturbed by acquittal in Indonesian journalist's death

March 10, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by a provincial court's decision in Indonesia to acquit three accused killers of TV journalist Ridwan Salamun. On Wednesday, a panel of judges in the Tual District Court in Maluku declared the three men not guilty of the reduced...

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