Asia / 2011

CPJ supports Pakistani journalists facing threats

December 29, 2011 12:27 PM ET

New York, December 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists admires and supports the decision of Pakistani journalists Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin to make public the threats that have driven them at times to live outside their country in recent months. Sethi and Mohsin are returning to their home...

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Chinese writer-dissident given nine years for online posts

December 23, 2011 12:52 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2011 --- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns China's harsh sentencing of online journalist and activist Chen Wei, who was handed a nine-year prison term on Friday for "inciting subversion."...

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Indian court orders Internet sites to remove content

December 22, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2011--An Indian court has ordered 22 Internet sites to remove content it said promoted hatred and communal disharmony, according to news reports. ...

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In Indonesia, journalist's home targeted, child dies

December 16, 2011 2:11 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2011--Indonesian authorities should conduct a full investigation into Sunday's attack on the home of a journalist who reported on local corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist's one-month-old child died soon after the attack....

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Chinese journalist released early from prison

December 14, 2011 2:02 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of jailed Chinese journalist Huang Jinqiu. The journalist was freed on October 20, but delayed the announcement until Tuesday because authorities had told him not to seek publicity at the time, according to news reports....

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Pakistan should release investigation into 2006 death

December 6, 2011 4:46 PM ET

Dear President Zardari: This week marks the six-year anniversary of the abduction of journalist Hayatullah Khan. We join his family in asking your government to release the report on the investigation into his death that was prepared by High Court Justice Mohammed Reza Khan in September 2006 under the orders of former President Pervez Musharraf.

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Fiji's journalists should not be censored

December 6, 2011 12:20 PM ET

Dear Commodore Bainimarama: Five years after the military coup that brought you to power in Fiji, we note with concern the letter to you by Human Rights Watch and other organizations that was issued Friday. We would like to underscore their points on press freedom restrictions in Fiji.

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CPJ calls on Pakistan to unblock BBC World News

November 30, 2011 2:38 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2011--The All Pakistan Cable Operators Association must immediately unblock the BBC World News television channel in Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Operators began censoring the channel Tuesday in response to a documentary they considered "anti-Pakistan," and threatened to pull other foreign news...

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Planners conference must strengthen Afghan media

November 29, 2011 5:55 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2011--When delegates from more than 100 countries and international aid organizations meet in Bonn on December 5 at an international conference on Afghanistan's future, they must alter their tactics and aim more to support the professionalization and safety training of the country's emerging press corps, the...

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Journalists assaulted in Indian-controlled Kashmir

November 29, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an investigation into the November 25 attack on four journalists reporting on a protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir....

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Pakistani journalist shot, critically injured during riot

November 28, 2011 3:47 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--Authorities in Karachi should take stronger measures to protect reporters covering violent incidents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a journalist was critically injured in crossfire on Sunday....

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In Philippines, gunmen shoot radio journalist

November 28, 2011 2:10 PM ET

Bangkok, November 28, 2011--A Philippine radio journalist who reported critically on local corruption and drug trafficking was shot and seriously wounded on November 24, a day after the International Day to End Impunity was commemorated....

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News editor threatened in Pakistan

November 23, 2011 8:24 AM ET

New York, November 23, 2011--An editor of a Pakistani newspaper received threatening telephone calls and was followed by men he believed were government agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladeshi editor rearrested on same day he's released

November 10, 2011 4:14 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--A Bangladeshi editor was rearrested on the same day he was released on bail, as he was leaving the gate of the prison, news reports said. Police detained Ekramul Haque, editor of Sheershanews website and Sheersha Kagoj weekly, on extortion charges on July 31. On October 25, the...

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Sri Lankan government to impose guidelines on media

November 10, 2011 1:37 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Sri Lankan government's announcement of an upcoming set of guidelines and code of conduct for journalists and media organizations, and believes these regulations will only increase the government's control of the media.The announcement, which appeared Thursday...

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In Pakistan, missing journalist found dead

November 7, 2011 3:45 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday morning in Khuzdar, 186 miles (300 kilometers) south of the city of Quetta, local and international news reports said. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his...

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Sri Lankan government blocks websites

November 7, 2011 11:22 AM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by reports that access to at least five Sri Lankan websites has been blocked by the country's government....

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Tibetan writers imprisoned in China

October 31, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of two Tibetan writers, one of whom was sentenced after a year of detention without trial, according to reports....

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Thailand tries to censor site devoted to flood news

October 25, 2011 2:22 PM ET

Bangkok, October 25, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government has tried to censor the citizen-journalist website Thaiflood, which has provided crucial news and information about massive flooding that has inundated one-third of the country's provinces. At least...

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In Sri Lanka, anti-government website blocked

October 19, 2011 2:21 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that access to anti-government news website Lanka eNews has been blocked inside Sri Lanka, according to the site's exiled editor and users inside the country. All three language versions of the site, English, Sinhala, and Tamil, have...

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Broadcaster gunned down in the Philippines

October 19, 2011 1:35 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--A radio commentator and anti-mining tribal activist who was scheduled to launch a new radio station program in a few days was gunned down in the southern Philippines on October 14, news reports said. ...

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Blogger released in mass amnesty in Burma

October 12, 2011 9:57 AM ET

Bangkok, October 12, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Burmese blogger and comedian Maung Thura, but reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of at least 13 other journalists on CPJ's imprisoned list....

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Pakistani journalist killed in Lahore

October 7, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2011--A Lahore-based editor for a political news website was found dead early this morning, according to Pakistani news reports and the journalist's brother....

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Newspaper editor gunned down in the Philippines

October 7, 2011 2:13 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the fatal shooting of newspaper editor Johnson Pascual and calls on Philippine authorities to investigate the case and prosecute the perpetrators....

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In Vietnam, crackdown on journalists in past six months

October 3, 2011 9:40 AM ET

New York, October 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent crackdown on freedom of expression in Vietnam and calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release all of the journalists detained in the country....

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Thai journalist dies from bomb blast injuries

September 26, 2011 3:09 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--The Thai government must bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 16 bomb attacks that killed a journalist and five other people in the country's insurgency-plagued southern region, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Philippine journalist's daughter kidnapped

September 23, 2011 2:28 PM ET

Bangkok, September 23, 2011--Philippine authorities should launch an investigation into the abduction of radio commentator Louie Larroza's daughter, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Larroza told reporters the kidnapping was a "warning" for his radio broadcasts, news reports said. The journalist's daughter, unharmed, was freed eight hours later....

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Iranian journalist dies in Afghanistan

September 22, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2011--Farhad Taqaddosi, a cameraman for Iran's Press TV, died in a Kabul hospital on Tuesday of injuries he sustained in the Taliban's September 13 attack on prominent international buildings in Kabul, the station reported....

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In India, freelancer charged with antistate activities

September 21, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2011--An Indian journalist who covered police violence in the state of Chhattisgarh was recently arrested on antistate charges that human rights groups say are retaliatory, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese journalist who probed cooking oil scandal is killed

September 20, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday's fatal stabbing of a TV journalist and calls on Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into possible journalism-related motives....

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CPJ welcomes Malaysian reform vow

September 16, 2011 12:37 PM ET

Bangkok, September 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's vow to abolish the Printing Presses and Publishing Act, and urges his administration to follow through with additional press freedom-related reforms.On Thursday, during an Independence Day national address, Najib vowed to dismantle two harsh security-related...

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In Nepal, killers of journalists could go free

September 15, 2011 3:27 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Bhattarai: We are alarmed by recent reports regarding the planned amnesty of criminal cases pending from past political violence in Nepal and are writing to express our concern that people convicted of killing journalists could go free based on political decisions made by your government.

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Burmese journalist given additional 10-year sentence

September 15, 2011 1:11 PM ET

Bangkok, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 10-year jail sentence handed down to Burmese journalist Sithu Zeya, a photographer with the Norway-based, exile-run Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and calls on the government to reverse the ruling and stop its retaliation against exile-affiliated journalists....

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ISAF takes responsibility for Afghan journalist's death

September 8, 2011 5:21 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2011--The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said today that one of its soldiers was responsible for the July 28 death of a local journalist working for the BBC Afghanistan service and the Pajhwok Afghan News agency. The ISAF soldier, an American, told authorities that...

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AU must act after journalist is killed in Somalia

September 5, 2011 10:13 AM ET

New York, September 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the African Union to ensure the safety of civilians operating in Somalia after witnesses reported that AU forces fired on a Malaysian humanitarian convoy in Mogadishu on Friday, killing one journalist and injuring another. Calling the shootings "deeply...

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Chinese microblog suspends accounts for false rumors

August 29, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2011--A Chinese microblog's announcement that it suspended two accounts for spreading rumors may be an attempt to rein in online news reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippine radio commentator fatally shot

August 24, 2011 2:44 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--Police in Negros Occidental province must thoroughly investigate Monday's murder of radio commentator Niel Jimena, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is investigating the killing to determine whether it was work-related....

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Indian forces assault, detain photojournalists in Kashmir

August 23, 2011 10:42 AM ET

Two photojournalists said they were beaten by police and detained for several hours while they were covering a protest that escalated into a violent clash between youth and government forces in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on August 19, 2011, international news reports said....

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Pakistan news crew attacked at midday in central Peshawar

August 22, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2011--A midday attack on three Khyber TV personnel in central Peshawar underscores the vulnerability of Pakistan journalists as the country's security situation grows more precarious, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese journalists punished for citing historian

August 19, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2011--The demotion of a magazine president and suspension of an editor for an interview deemed critical of a Communist Party legend are the latest punitive steps taken by authorities against mainstream journalists in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan, another still missing

August 15, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Alarm continues to mount for the safety of Pakistani journalists with the assassination of a reporter on Sunday in restive Baluchistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Also, a senior reporter remains missing in Waziristan, after being abducted on August 11....

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China should allow open reporting of environmental threat

August 15, 2011 3:06 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Information authorities in China should cease censorship of environmental protests in Liaoning province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Journalist abducted in Pakistan tribal area

August 12, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--Concern is mounting for the safety of journalist Rahmatullah Darpakhel, who was seized by a group of armed men in North Waziristan on Tuesday and remains missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nepali journalist assaulted, in critical condition

August 12, 2011 3:12 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today about a brutal attack on journalist Kishor Budhathoki in eastern Nepal on Thursday night. Budhathoki is vice president of the local chapter of press freedom watchdog the Federation of Nepali Journalists and also reports for sister papers The...

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Criminal group threatens crime reporter in Bangladesh

August 10, 2011 3:11 PM ET

A telephone caller claiming to represent a wanted criminal overseas threatened to kill a senior crime reporter in July 2011 for writing about the drug trade, local news reports and a human rights advocate said. ...

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Chinese TV producer suspended for crash reportage

August 2, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2011--The suspension of a state television producer for his coverage of last week's fatal train crash sends a disturbing message to Chinese media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Information authorities intensified media restrictions at the end of last week in an effort to restrain the unusually...

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New attempts to rein in train crash coverage in China

August 1, 2011 4:46 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2011--Chinese propaganda authorities renewed their orders to media groups late Friday not to report on last week's train crash or its aftermath after their initial bans on coverage were widely disregarded, according to international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that popular outcry...

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Sri Lanka must investigate reported attack on journalist

July 29, 2011 4:44 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2011-- Authorities in Sri Lanka should immediately investigate a reported brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, said the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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China obstructs train disaster reporting

July 25, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2011--Information authorities should allow open reporting on Saturday's high-speed rail crash in Zhejiang province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Newspaper's investigative unit shuttered in China

July 19, 2011 3:40 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2011--Reports that the Beijing-based China Economic Times has closed its investigative news unit are a concerning sign that pressure is mounting on hard-hitting media outlets in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Journalists detained, released in Vietnam clampdown

July 11, 2011 2:31 PM ET

Bangkok, July 11, 2011--Authorities must stop harassing journalists reporting on public demonstrations in Vietnam, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Sunday, police detained and interrogated three reporters who were covering anti-China protests in Hanoi where around a dozen demonstrators were arrested.    ...

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Media targeted in Thai political transition

July 7, 2011 1:38 PM ET

Bangkok, July 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the raid and seizure of broadcasting equipment by police at six community radio stations in Thailand's northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province. The raids were staged two days after caretaker Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government lost to the opposition Peua Thai party...

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Tibetan magazine editor given four-year jail term

July 6, 2011 5:33 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2011--The closed-door sentencing of a Tibetan magazine editor jailed without charge for over a year is another disturbing indicator of the lack of due process allowed to ethnic minority journalists in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan must explain ISI's role in murder

July 5, 2011 1:19 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Pakistan's president must clarify the role of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence Directorate following U.S. allegations that the agency ordered the killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad, as reported in The New York Times today, said the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Australian editor convicted, released in Burma

July 1, 2011 2:57 PM ET

Bangkok, July 1, 2011--Ross Dunkley, founder and editor of the Myanmar Times newspaper, was convicted of assault and set free for time already spent in detention by a Burmese court on Thursday. ...

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France 3 television crew released after 547 days

June 29, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2011--Eighteen months after their abduction in Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of France 3 television crew members Hervé Ghesquière, Stéphane Taponier, and Reza Din....

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French journalists released in Afghanistan

June 29, 2011 2:03 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes reports from the French government that journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their interpreter Reza Din have been released after more than 18 months in captivity. CPJ is seeking further news about the group's fixer and driver, known as...

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Arrests in Mumbai killing; accused mastermind at large

June 27, 2011 2:21 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news today that police in Mumbai have arrested seven suspects in the June 11 slaying of veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey. But CPJ is concerned that the alleged mastermind remains at large and that police have not identified a motive...

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CPJ welcomes release of Hu Jia

June 26, 2011 7:20 PM ET

New York, June 26, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Hu Jia, the journalist and activist who was unjustly jailed in December 2007. He was freed after serving his three-and-a-half-year sentence on charges of inciting subversion....

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Playboy Indonesia editor acquitted of indecency

June 23, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York,  June 23, 2011--Jailed Indonesian publisher Erwin Arnada was acquitted by the Supreme Court Wednesday of the public indecency charges against him, according to local and international media reports. Arnada was also the editor of the now-dormant Playboy Indonesia, which had appeared for six issues on Indonesia's newsstands...

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Amid jail releases, Chinese journalist's sentence extended

June 23, 2011 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Authorities in Shandong should overturn a second prison sentence handed down to freelance journalist Qi Chonghuai just days before the end of his term, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two of three Chinese journalists scheduled for release this month are out of jail. Artist...

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China releases artist Ai Weiwei, questions remain

June 22, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2011--Artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei's release from prison leaves questions unanswered about his illegal detention and other missing activists and journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The whereabouts of Ai's associate, freelance journalist Wen Tao, missing since April 3 and presumed detained, is still...

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Pakistan reporter beaten for reporting on earlier attack

June 20, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Waqar Kiani, a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police uniforms, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five days after Kiani, 32, had...

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Tamil journalist bound, shot, during Sri Lankan civil war

June 20, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Video footage of a Tamil journalist apparently executed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war underscores the need for an urgent international inquiry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Wounded Pakistani journalist succumbs to burn injuries

June 17, 2011 4:23 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in mourning the death of of reporter Shafiullah Khan, who died Friday of injuries he had sustained in a June 11 suicide bombing in Peshawar, the administrative center for Pakistan's strife-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas...

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Corrective: Journalist reported killed in Peshawar is alive

June 15, 2011 4:43 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Pakistani journalist Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday. CPJ erroneously reported on Monday that Khan had died in the attack....

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Two sentenced in Nepal journalist's murder

June 14, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed today the conviction of two suspects in the 2009 murder of journalist Uma Singh, but called for a continued investigation into the remaining suspects in the attack. A court in Dhanusa district sentenced Lalita Singh and Nemlal Paswan to life...

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Second Philippine journalist killed from same radio station

June 13, 2011 6:13 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2011 -- Romeo Olea, a provincial radio commentator in the Philippines, was shot dead on his way to work Monday morning. Local and international media reports, quoting police sources, say Olea was shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle to work in Iriga City...

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Two journalists dead and five injured in Pakistan

June 13, 2011 5:42 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in this Peshawar bombing. CPJ erroneously reported in this alert that Khan had died in the attack.New York, June 13, 2011--CPJ calls on Pakistan media organizations to review their security and journalist safety training procedures to address the mounting number of...

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Mumbai crime reporter killed in broad daylight

June 13, 2011 2:52 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2011--Jyotirmoy Dey, a senior journalist and special investigations editor at Mumbai's afternoon daily Midday, was killed last week, in broad daylight. His murder must be fully investigated as soon as possible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday....

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Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

June 10, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2011--Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues told CPJ. The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday...

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Sri Lankan journalist missing for 500 days

June 8, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2011--It has been exactly 500 days since Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda disappeared. He has not been seen by his wife Sandhya Eknelygoda or by the couple's two teenage sons, Sanjay and Harith, since he left for work around 7:30 a.m., on the morning of January...

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In Afghanistan, religious threat to media intensifies

June 7, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect journalists is disturbed by the June 1 declaration by Afghanistan's Ulema Shurab, or the Council of Religious Scholars, criticizing two media outlets, Hasht-e-Subh Daily newspaper and Tolo Television, for what it reportedly called "immorality" and "animosity against Islam," according to Afghan...

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Nepal journalist's killers sentenced to life

June 6, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the life imprisonment of the two men who murdered journalist Birendra Shah. CPJ also calls for the arrest of three local Maoists accused of masterminding the 2007 killing....

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China must allow free reporting in Inner Mongolia

June 1, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--Authorities in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region must allow journalists to report on protests that have been ongoing for more than a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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CPJ presses Pakistan to uphold impunity pledge

June 1, 2011 1:42 PM ET

Dear President Zardari: I am sure you are just as horrified and concerned as I am about the deaths of journalists Saleem Shahzad on Sunday evening outside of Islamabad and Nasrullah Afridi in Peshawar on May 10.

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Prominent journalist dies in targeted killing in Pakistan

May 31, 2011 5:38 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed and angered by the targeted killing of senior Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistan bureau chief of the Asia Times online website. Shahzad, considered an expert on Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, disappeared on Sunday night as he was...

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In China, journalist sanctioned while activist disappears

May 23, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2011--The recent sidelining of an outspoken journalist in Guangzhou and the disappearance on Friday of a Beijing lawyer and activist known for his blog writings are the latest signs of China's deteriorating press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian reporter arrested for story on weapons storage

May 20, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in India in condemning the arrest of Tarakant Dwivedi, who writes under the pen name Akela, under India's Official Secrets Act. According to local media reports, Dwivedi was arrested Tuesday by the Government Railway Police and charged...

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Provincial Philippines broadcaster receives death threat

May 20, 2011 3:15 PM ET

New York May 20, 2011--The Committee to protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a Philippines provincial radio announcer, Jun Albino of Magnum Music and News Radio 99.9 FM in Cagayan de Oro City, has received a text-message death threat. ...

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Media memorializing Sichuan earthquake censored

May 13, 2011 4:13 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Amid a harsh media crackdown, Chinese authorities censored discussion of the May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake anniversary that referenced independent investigations into the damage, according to international news reports. CPJ interviewed filmmaker Alison Klayman about activists imprisoned for documenting official negligence which contributed to the destruction,...

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Philippine court bids to gag massacre trial scrutiny

May 12, 2011 4:09 PM ET

Bangkok, May 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by an appeals court resolution in the Philippines that threatens to curb outside scrutiny of legal proceedings against suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, in which 32 journalists and media practitioners were systematically shot and murdered. ...

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A week after Pakistan justice pledge, journalist murdered

May 10, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2011--The death of a journalist apparently targeted by militants in Pakistan today highlights the country's entrenched climate of impunity for anti-press attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari told a CPJ delegation on World Press Freedom Day that he would pursue...

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Pakistan must allow live foreign broadcasts

May 9, 2011 4:51 PM ET

Karachi, May 8, 2011--Pakistan's decision tonight to not allow foreign broadcasters to continue to do live transmissions from Abbottabad must be rescinded immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today from Karachi. "It is reckless for Pakistan to interfere with the flow of information from the site of what...

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Two Chinese journalists missing, feared detained

May 4, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2011--Chinese authorities should clarify the whereabouts of two Chinese journalists who reported on detained artist and social commentator Ai Weiwei, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Amid a crackdown, editor detained in Thailand

May 3, 2011 4:00 PM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and detention on lese majeste charges of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a political activist and editor-in-chief of the Thailand-based Voice of Taksin and Red Power news magazines. ...

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Pakistan vows to pursue justice in journalist murders

May 3, 2011 12:17 PM ET

Islamabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2011--Pakistan's president committed to pursue justice for journalists killed in the line of duty, pledging to take steps to reverse the country's rising record of impunity. A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met with President Asif Ali Zardari today to discuss the growing...

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Online commentator receives harsh sentence in Vietnam

April 29, 2011 4:43 PM ET

Bangkok, April 29, 2011--Vietnamese authorities should release democracy activist and online commentator Vi Duc Hoi, who was given a five-year prison term Tuesday for critical essays posted on the Internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  ...

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Sri Lankan authorities ban Lanka eNews

April 28, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2011--Sri Lankan authorities should immediately rescind the temporary suspension of pro-opposition news website Lanka eNews, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The ban is the latest in a series of attacks against the website....

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Thai officials close 13 radio stations, detain staff

April 27, 2011 3:18 PM ET

Bangkok, April 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the closure by government authorities of at least 13 community radio stations in Thailand and calls on the government to cease its campaign of harassment against opposition-aligned media immediately....

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Another Lanka eNews journalist arrested

April 25, 2011 2:06 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2011--Police arrested a journalist with the independent Sri Lankan news website Lanka eNews today, according to local news reports. CPJ has called on the United Nations and the international diplomatic community this year to respond to a series of uninvestigated attacks targeting the outspoken site. ...

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Another journalist targeted in Karachi as violence surges

April 21, 2011 2:56 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2011--An outburst of violence took the lives of at least 20 people in a bomb blast and targeted attacks in Karachi on Wednesday and Thursday. The huge port city of more than 13 million people is caught in a gangland-style turf war made worse by...

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Ahead of election, cyber-attacks cripple online media

April 19, 2011 4:23 PM ET

Bangkok, April 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by cyber-attacks against three news and commentary sites that preceded Saturday's important election in Malaysia's Sarawak state, on the island of Borneo. The country's main news portal Malaysiakini,  Sarawak Report, and the Malay and English versions of the opposition Harakahdaily...

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Court acquits man charged in 2006 murder of radio anchor

April 18, 2011 6:46 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the acquittal of a former police officer charged with the five-year-old murder of local Philippine radio anchor Fernando Batul....

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Arrests made in Pakistani journalist's January murder

April 8, 2011 3:16 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes movement in the case of the murder of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, and calls for a full prosecution to break a longstanding pattern of impunity in journalist murders in Pakistan. Police arrested five men they say...

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U.S. should press China on rights crackdown, Ai detention

April 7, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2011--With China in the midst of a sweeping crackdown on public dissent, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should follow the example of Britain and Germany and call for the immediate release of detained artist and social critic Ai Weiwei and other detained journalists and dissidents,...

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European Parliament must speak out on China abuses

April 6, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on members of the European Parliament to strongly criticize the Chinese government's apparent detention of artist and social activist Ai Weiwei. The European Parliament is convening an emergency debate Thursday on Ai's disappearance, which may be the latest unlawful detention...

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Journalist gunned down in Karachi

April 4, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--Amid ongoing violence, police in Karachi should thoroughly investigate the motive behind the shooting death of crime reporter Zaman Ibrahim on Saturday night....

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China crackdown widens: Outspoken artist feared detained

April 4, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--The disappearance of internationally renowned artist and commentator Ai Weiwei is a disturbing indicator of the extent of the government's onslaught against its critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Diplomatic corps must act to free ailing Sri Lankan journalist

March 31, 2011 4:56 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the international diplomatic community in Colombo to help secure the release of Lanka eNews website News Editor Bennet Rupasinghe. According to colleagues in Colombo and international news reports, Rupasinghe was arrested by police after responding to a summons. He...

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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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Uighur website editor sentenced in secret in China

March 10, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The secret sentencing of a Uighur website editor emerged this week, eight months after he was tried along with other journalists and dissidents charged in the 2009 unrest in northwestern Xinjiang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Accused Maguindanao mastermind may go free

March 8, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is worried that a special five-judge panel named by the Philippines Court of Appeal in Manila will free the suspected mastermind behind the Maguindanao massacre, or release him on a technicality. Lawyers for Zaldy Ampatuan, the former governor of the...

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Media rights groups to U.N.: Intervene in Sri Lanka case

March 8, 2011 10:07 AM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--Five prominent media rights organizations sent a letter on Monday to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the U.N. to intervene in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the Sri Lankan columnist and cartoonist for the Lanka eNews website, who disappeared on January 24, 2010. Since...

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CPJ calls on China to stop inhibiting international press

March 7, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists rejects statements by a Chinese government official that international reporters are not being detained, attacked, and harassed in China. CPJ calls on the police to end their anti-media attempts to stop foreign journalists from reporting on possible anti-government demonstrations in what...

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China threatens foreign journalists for 'illegal' reporting

March 3, 2011 2:23 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--Police threats to revoke foreign journalists' visas and require advance permission for newsgathering are disturbing new efforts to restrict reporting on protests in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Journalist stabbed, hospitalized in Indonesia

March 3, 2011 12:16 PM ET

Bangkok, March 3, 2011--The stabbing of Banjir Ambarita, a freelance reporter who frequently contributes to Indonesia's English-language daily the Jakarta Globe, appears to be related to his reporting linking police to a prisoner sex abuse scandal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Foreign journalists detained in China's 'Jasmine' protests

February 28, 2011 6:02 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2011--Chinese security officials' concerted attack on the foreign press in a busy commercial street near Tiananmen Square in Beijing Sunday is a return to the restrictions international reporters faced before they were eased in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Concerns of Thai whitewash in killing of Reuters' Muramoto

February 28, 2011 4:23 PM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by inconsistencies in Thailand's official investigation into the killing of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, who was killed by gunfire while covering clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces last April 10 in Bangkok.Thailand's Department of Special Investigation told reporters today that its...

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China detains, censors bloggers on 'Jasmine Revolution'

February 25, 2011 4:48 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2011--China's censors tightened Internet controls and security officials harassed and detained writers and activists in the wake of an online appeal for a "Jasmine Revolution" in China, according to international human rights groups and news reports. The apparent crackdown came in advance of two top...

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New Zealand quake crushes TV station, newspaper

February 24, 2011 2:06 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists sends its condolences to the families and friends of New Zealand killed or missing following Tuesday's earthquake....

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Cambodia orders popular blog blocked

February 23, 2011 3:07 PM ET

Bangkok, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Cambodian authorities have ordered local Internet service providers to block a number of websites, including the popular KI Media news aggregator and commentary blog, considered critical of the government....

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan's violent Baluchistan

February 22, 2011 2:57 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in calling for an investigation into the  drive-by shooting death of Abdost Rind, a 27-year-old part-time journalist in the Turbat area of Baluchistan province in Pakistan's southwest on February 18....

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Asia Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:53 AM ET

Partisan Journalism and the Cycle of Repression by Bob Dietz and Shawn W. Crispin Lal Wickramatunga's family and publishing house, Leader Publications, have paid dearly in Sri Lanka's highly charged political climate. While Leader's newspapers, including the weekly Sunday Leader, are widely known for tough, independent reporting, they have...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Afghanistan

February 15, 2011 12:50 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Two killed, but press fatalities don't rise in proportion to overall dangers. • Kidnappings an ongoing hazard; two French journalists held captive. Key Statistic 13: Foreign journalists killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion. Journalists faced numerous challenges from a multifaceted war,...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Burma

February 15, 2011 12:43 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Junta bars foreign reporters, censors speech prior to national election. • Aung San Suu Kyi freed, but government still jails journalists, critics. Key Statistic 13: Journalists imprisoned as of December 1, the fourth‐highest figure in the world. After nearly five decades of uninterrupted...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: China

February 15, 2011 12:41 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Cracking down on ethnic press, authorities jail Uighur, Tibetan journalists. • Talk of media reform and press rights generates no official changes. Key Statistic 34: Journalists imprisoned on December 1, tied with Iran for the highest figure in the world. Operating under the...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Indonesia

February 15, 2011 12:32 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Nation slides backward on press freedom; censorship threats emerge. • Three reporters murdered and magazine attacked, all with impunity. Key Statistic 2: Years' imprisonment given to Playboy Indonesia editor in a politicized prosecution. Indonesia slipped backward on press freedom as President Susilo Bambang...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Nepal

February 15, 2011 12:23 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Three media owners slain. Kantipur group faces threats, obstruction. • Maoist cadres burn copies of two Kathmandu newspapers. Key Statistic 7th: Ranking on CPJ's Impunity Index, reflecting one of the world's worst records in solving press murders. The repeated failure to elect a...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Pakistan

February 15, 2011 12:21 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Suicide bombings take devastating toll on media, killing, injuring dozens. • Journalists face threats from all sides, notably Taliban and the ISI. Key Statistic 8: Journalists killed in relation to their work in 2010, the highest figure in the world. Pakistan was the...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Philippines

February 15, 2011 12:20 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Flawed procedures, witness intimidation, bribes mar Maguindanao prosecution. • Aquino pledges reform, but two more journalists are murdered for their work. Key Statistic 3rd: Ranking on CPJ's Impunity Index, reflecting one of the world's worst records in solving press murders. Trial proceedings began...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Sri Lanka

February 15, 2011 12:14 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Anti-government cartoonist missing; police make no evident effort to find him. • Government readies plan for a strict media regulatory agency. Key Statistic 19: Journalists in exile, having fled violence, imprisonment, and intimidation. In his Independence Day speech on February 4, Sri Lankan...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Thailand

February 15, 2011 12:14 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Using emergency decree, government blocks access to thousands of websites. • CPJ faults government, protesters for lethal violence against media. Key Statistic 2: Journalists killed during violent clashes between security forces and protesters in Bangkok. Armed clashes between anti-government protesters and state security...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Vietnam

February 15, 2011 12:04 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • In run-up to Communist Party Congress, authorities clamp down on Internet. • Critical blogs targeted in hacking attacks; government complicity seen. Key Statistic 5: Online journalists imprisoned on December 1, reflecting crackdown on Internet commentary. Vietnam targeted online journalists in a clampdown on...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Asia Developments

February 15, 2011 12:01 AM ET

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Australian publisher detained in Burma

February 14, 2011 12:55 PM ET

Bangkok, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that authorities have detained Ross Dunkley, editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of the Myanmar Times newspaper, on immigration-related charges in Burma.  ...

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Burmese video journalist given 13 years in jail

February 11, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--Burma's new government under Prime Minister Thein Sein must put an end to the former military junta's despicable policy of imprisoning independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The most recent case to come to light is the 13-year sentencing of Maung Maung Zeya...

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Police in India must drop charges against Tehelka reporter

February 7, 2011 4:20 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2011--Authorities in Karnataka state should drop charges against Tehelka magazine correspondent K.K. Shahina that appear intended to discredit her reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police visited her residence in Kerala state twice in January and left notices for her to appear for questioning,...

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United Nations must intervene to protect Sri Lanka's media

January 31, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon must press the United Nations to address the string of uninvestigated and unprosecuted attacks on journalists and media houses under the government of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ responded after an early Monday morning...

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Vietnamese journalist succumbs to burn injuries

January 31, 2011 12:42 PM ET

Bangkok, January 31, 2011--The death of a Vietnamese journalist who was brutally attacked last week underscores the urgency for authorities to investigate the case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Le Hoang Hung, a reporter with the Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, succumbed to severe injuries in a Ho Chi Minh City...

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Veteran Chinese columnist dismissed for critical articles

January 28, 2011 3:44 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2011--The Chinese government is stepping up pressure on media outlets in order to silence outspoken journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Guangzhou-based Southern Media Group forced veteran columnist and editor Zhang Ping to resign Thursday following pressure from information authorities due to his...

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Indian journalist shot and killed in Chhattisgarh state

January 28, 2011 3:42 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2011--Police in India's central Chhattisgarh state must investigate Sunday's shooting murder of Umesh Rajput, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two masked gunmen shot Rajput, a reporter with the Hindi-language daily Nai Dunia, late Sunday night outside his residence near Raipur district, according to local...

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Singapore forces popular site to register as political group

January 26, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2011--In a concerning move against political commentary in advance of upcoming general elections, the government of Singapore has ordered a journalistic website to register as a political association, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Online Citizen says it has complied with the order, and has announced...

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Philippine broadcaster gunned down after morning show

January 24, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--Police in southern Palawan province must thoroughly investigate the motives behind today's murder of Philippine radio broadcaster Gerardo Ortega, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Cambodia suppresses question on '97 grenade attack

January 24, 2011 1:30 PM ET

Bangkok, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Cambodian officials deleted digital recordings and confiscated recording equipment from a number of journalists who covered a January 21 government press conference in Phnom Penh....

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Vietnamese journalist critically injured in fiery attack

January 21, 2011 1:11 PM ET

Bangkok, January 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about a Wednesday morning attack on Vietnamese reporter Le Hoang Hung, who was doused with chemicals and set on fire by an unknown assailant while sleeping in his house in Tan An town, according to local and international press...

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Photojournalists face deportation in Thailand

January 21, 2011 11:17 AM ET

Bangkok, January 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the charges and threatened deportation of Thailand-based freelance photojournalists John Sanlin, a Burmese passport holder, and Pascal Schatterman, a Belgian national....

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Prominent Afghan reporter attacked with acid

January 19, 2011 2:19 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about the acid attack on Afghan journalist and author Razaq Mamoon, which left him disfigured. Local and international media reports say Mamoon was attacked as he was walking outside his apartment in Kabul on Tuesday evening....

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Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar gunned down in Karachi

January 13, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was shot and killed in Karachi this evening, shortly after covering gang violence in the city, according to several Pakistani journalists. At least two assailants intercepted Babar's car at 9:20 p.m., shooting him multiple times in the head and neck,...

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Concern as Vietnam plays 'national security' censorship card

January 13, 2011 3:58 PM ET

Bangkok, January 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about a new executive decree issued on January 6 in Vietnam that will give authorities greater powers to penalize journalists, editors, and bloggers who report on issues deemed as sensitive to national security. The new media regulations were issued amid a...

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Jailed Chinese journalist, freed on medical parole, dies

January 13, 2011 10:58 AM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death on December 31 of Zhang Jianhong, the founder of Aiqinghai (Aegean Sea), a popular website closed by the Chinese government in 2006, according to several human rights groups. Zhang had been sentenced to six years in prison by...

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CPJ concerned for safety of Pakistan's Sherry Rehman

January 12, 2011 10:11 AM ET

New York, January 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about public threats made against journalist and National Assembly member Sherry Rehman. The government has stepped up protection for Rehman after she supported a bill in the National Assembly that would amend Pakistan's blasphemy law. The changes include...

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CPJ asks Obama to raise jailed Chinese journalists with Hu

January 11, 2011 4:46 PM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you in advance of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States in January to urge you to raise press freedom issues during your talks. We ask that you make clear the depth of U.S. concern that China is the world's leading jailer of journalists.

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Death of local reporter in Pakistan must be fully investigated

January 11, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in calling for a full investigation into the killing of Ilyas Nizzar, who was found dead in Pidarak, in the volatile Baluchistan province, in Pakistan's southwest, on January 5. Nizzar, a general assignment reporter...

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