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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, December 2013

December 31, 2013 12:17 PM ET

End-of-year Impact As 2013 draws to a close, CPJ looks back on the highlights of the year, when we stepped in and advocated for journalists and news outlets at risk around the world. Thank you for all you have done to support us, and please continue to join us in our important work....

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Indian journalist arrested in Sri Lanka

December 27, 2013 1:40 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of an Indian journalist and filmmaker who was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday while allegedly filming and photographing a military base....

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Burmese journalist jailed for three months

December 20, 2013 1:38 PM ET

Bangkok, December 20, 2013--A Burmese journalist was sentenced to three months in prison on Tuesday on charges of defamation, trespassing, and "using abusive language," according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the conviction and calls on the court to reverse the verdict on appeal....

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Journalists charged with criminal defamation in Thailand

December 20, 2013 11:16 AM ET

Bangkok, December 20, 2013--The Royal Thai Navy should immediately drop the criminal defamation charges lodged on Wednesday against two journalists in connection with a report on alleged military abuses of ethnic Rohingya people, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Philippines, third journalist killed in two weeks

December 12, 2013 11:18 AM ET

Bangkok, December 12, 2013--A radio reporter was shot dead in the Philippines on Wednesday, marking the third journalist to be killed in the past two weeks in the country. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to uphold the rule of law and bring an end to the killing...

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Indian journalist murdered in Chhattisgarh state

December 10, 2013 3:32 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--Indian authorities must conduct a swift and efficient investigation into the murder of a veteran journalist on Friday, and ensure the perpetrators are held responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Philippines, second journalist killed in a week

December 10, 2013 2:00 PM ET

Bangkok, December 10, 2013--Radio broadcaster Michael Diaz Milo was shot dead on Saturday, marking the second journalist to be killed in a week in the Philippines, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Philippine authorities to identify the perpetrators and swiftly bring them to justice....

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Press stuck in crosshairs of Thai protests

December 9, 2013 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, December 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on both Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government and opposition groups to respect the role of the press in the lead-up to elections scheduled for February 2. Both sides have failed to uphold basic press freedoms as anti-government protests have intensified...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2013

December 5, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Photo credit, Barbara Nitke (CPJ)Journalists honored at CPJ's annual award ceremony Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was among four journalists who received CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Award on November 26. Youssef has used humor to report on and criticize government failures to improve the economy and public services, and...

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Al-Arabiya reporter released from captivity in Philippines

December 4, 2013 4:07 PM ET

New York, December 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of a reporter working for Al-Arabiya news channel who, along with two crewmembers, was abducted by Islamist militants 18 months ago....

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Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan

December 3, 2013 2:57 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which information can be kept secret....

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Radio journalist shot dead in the Philippines

December 2, 2013 3:02 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2013--Philippine authorities must identify the perpetrators behind the fatal shooting of radio journalist Joas Dignos on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Dignos was a local radio commentator, according to news reports....

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Pakistan should support International Day to End Impunity

November 18, 2013 10:53 AM ET

New York, November 18, 2013--As one of the focus countries for implementation of the U.N. Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity, a strong statement on November 23, the International Day to End Impunity, would affirm that the Pakistani government has political will to investigate and punish the murderers of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists stated in a letter to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan.

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Three journalists injured in Karachi bombings

November 15, 2013 3:47 PM ET

At least three journalists were injured during three consecutive explosions in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi on November 13, 2013....

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Four journalists killed, six missing in Philippine storm

November 15, 2013 2:13 PM ET

Bangkok, November 15, 2013--Four journalists were killed and six others reported missing in the typhoon that struck the central Philippines on November 8, according to news reports and local press groups....

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Indian journalist Lingaram Kodopi released on bail

November 14, 2013 2:26 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail today of Lingaram Kodopi, an Indian journalist who has been imprisoned for more than two years, and calls on authorities to drop all charges against him....

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 13, 2013 4:29 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards New York, November 13, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All...

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CPJ petition calls for release of blogger Dieu Cay

November 12, 2013 2:07 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created a petition that calls on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to immediately release unjustly imprisoned blogger Nguyen Van Hai....

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 6, 2013 1:17 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom AwardsNew York, November 6, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All have faced...

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CHOGM leaders should urge media freedom in Sri Lanka

November 5, 2013 2:07 PM ET

Dear Commonwealth Heads of Government: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was set up more than 40 years ago with the aim of working together toward shared goals of democracy, freedom, peace, and the rule of law. In the past, formal meetings and private retreats at the summit have served as a platform for member states to discuss issues that affect all nations, such as apartheid in South Africa and the electoral dispute in Zimbabwe.

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Vietnamese blogger sentenced for Facebook post

October 29, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Bangkok, October 29, 2013--A Vietnamese court today sentenced independent blogger Dinh Nhat Uy to a 15-month suspended prison term and one year of house arrest in connection with his posts on Facebook, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and calls on Vietnamese authorities to...

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In China, journalist held for alleging financial wrongdoing

October 23, 2013 3:01 PM ET

New York, October 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of a Chinese journalist who has been detained since Friday after publishing a series of reports alleging financial misdeeds at a partly state-owned construction equipment company....

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Five journalists injured in bomb attack in Thailand

October 22, 2013 12:22 PM ET

Bangkok, October 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the recent roadside bomb attack that injured five reporters in southern Thailand and calls on both sides of the region's insurgent conflict to refrain from attacks that imperil journalists....

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In Pakistan, one journalist murdered, another attacked

October 15, 2013 2:11 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani Minister of Information Pervaiz Rasheed to follow through on a public commitment he made last week to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate attacks against journalists. Since his statement, one journalist was murdered on Friday and another was...

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TV station attacked in Maldives

October 7, 2013 4:46 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2013--Authorities in the Maldives should conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into an arson attack on the offices of a TV news station in Male, the capital, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese blogger jailed on tax evasion charges

October 4, 2013 11:03 AM ET

Bangkok, October 4, 2013--Vietnamese blogger Le Quoc Quan was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for tax evasion, a charge that government authorities frequently use to stifle critical voices. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the appellate court to reverse the politically motivated ruling and urges Vietnamese authorities to...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2013

September 30, 2013 5:11 PM ET

Press freedom award winners announced Four journalists--Janet Hinostroza (Teleamazonas, Ecuador), Bassem Youssef (Capital Broadcast Center, Egypt), Nedim Şener (Posta, Turkey), and Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay, Vietnam)--will be honored with CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of their courageous reporting in the face of severe reprisal.Upon receiving the...

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Journalists attacked by masked assailants in Cambodia

September 24, 2013 12:17 PM ET

Bangkok, September 24, 2013--At least seven journalists were assaulted by a mob of masked men on Sunday while covering a land rights protest in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, according to journalists and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls for an independent...

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Radio anchor murdered in Philippines

September 19, 2013 11:28 AM ET

Bangkok, September 19, 2013--A radio anchor was shot dead in the central region of Cebu City on Saturday, the latest death in a steady stream of killings of journalists in the Philippines. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Jesus "Jessie"...

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Another arrest in the murder of Nepal's Uma Singh

September 18, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's arrest of an individual suspected to have ordered the 2009 murder of journalist Uma Singh, and calls on authorities to ensure the case is brought to justice....

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Indian TV reporter killed in clashes in Uttar Pradesh

September 10, 2013 11:26 AM ET

New York, September 10, 2013--An Indian journalist was killed late Saturday while covering clashes between Hindus and Muslims that erupted in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, according to news reports....

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Release of Chinese journalist Shi Tao was long overdue

September 9, 2013 3:15 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the early release of journalist Shi Tao, who was first detained in 2004 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 on charges of "leaking state secrets abroad." Shi was released on August 23, according to an announcement on...

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Pakistan Prime Minister should address abuse of journalists

September 6, 2013 1:28 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Pakistani government to ensure that there is a full investigation into the abduction and beating of a journalist for The Friday Times. Ali Chishti, who writes on national security and counter-terrorism, told CPJ and local news outlets that...

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Radio commentator shot dead in Philippines

August 30, 2013 12:26 PM ET

Bangkok, August 30, 2013--A radio commentator was shot dead in Iligan City on Thursday, the fourth journalist to be murdered in the Philippines in the past month. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate the murder of Fernando "Nanding" Solijon and swiftly bring the perpetrators of the...

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Chinese journalist who raised corruption charges jailed

August 29, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 29, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a journalist who has been jailed since Friday, after he accused an official of wrongdoing with posts on his personal microblog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India should investigate journalist murder in Uttar Pradesh

August 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--Indian authorities must investigate the motives behind the murder of a local journalist in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Critical Sri Lankan newspaper editor held at knifepoint

August 26, 2013 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2013--Five unidentified men entered the Colombo home of a Sunday Leader associate editor and writer early Saturday morning, held her at knifepoint, and searched her home, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a thorough and efficient...

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Indian journalist raped while on assignment

August 23, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2013--Indian authorities must conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into the rape of a photographer in Mumbai on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Missing Baluch journalist found dead in Karachi

August 22, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2013-- Authorities in Pakistan should immediately investigate the murder of a Baluch journalist whose body was found in Karachi on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch had been missing since March, according to news reports....

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Magazine editor Narendra Dabholkar shot dead in India

August 20, 2013 1:59 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate today's murder of an editor of a magazine and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Gunmen open fire on office of media group in Pakistan

August 16, 2013 12:33 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the offices of Karachi's Express Media Group early today, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cable, TV outlets shut amid push for statehood in India

August 12, 2013 1:51 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2012--Authorities in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have shut down cable TV service, including news channels, in the city of Darjeeling and surrounding districts amid ongoing protests in the region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls...

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Hong Kong news outlets face litigation over sources

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 9, 2013--The government's anti-corruption agency has demanded two news outlets turn over notes and other material related to interviews they conducted with an oil executive who is under investigation. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Independent Commission Against Corruption to withdraw its requests....

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Thai journalist harassed over Facebook postings

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Bangkok, August 9, 2013--A Thai journalist has been harassed and questioned today in connection with comments he posted to his personal Facebook page in early August that speculated about a possible military coup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thai authorities to drop the criminal...

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Veteran journalist detained, websites shut down in China

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a veteran journalist and government critic being held without charge and reverse their orders to shut down more than 100 websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gunman kills freelance photographer in Philippines

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Bangkok, August 2, 2013--A photographer was fatally shot in his home in southern General Santos City on Thursday, the third journalist to be killed in the Philippines in less than a week. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Mario Sy, identify the...

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Two journalists shot dead in the Philippines

July 31, 2013 1:58 PM ET

Bangkok, July 31, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines must identify the motive behind the murders of two journalists on Tuesday and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Both reporters were columnists for the Aksyon Ngayon weekly tabloid newspaper....

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Obama must urge free press during meeting with Vietnam

July 24, 2013 12:15 PM ET

Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our concern about the deteriorating press and Internet freedom situation in Vietnam ahead of your Thursday meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. We ask that in your discussions you insist on the progress of freedom of expression-related issues as a precondition for broadening Vietnam's diplomatic, economic, and strategic relations with the United States.

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Journalists report being attacked by Bangladeshi MP

July 23, 2013 3:52 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh should immediately investigate the role of a member of parliament in a physical altercation with two journalists on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Decree targets online freedoms in Vietnam

July 22, 2013 11:18 AM ET

Bangkok, July 22, 2013--A new decree aimed at regulating Internet-related information and services in Vietnam represents a significant new danger to online journalists and bloggers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decree was signed into law on July 15 and will be implemented on September 1, according to...

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Police officer accused of threatening Chinese journalist

July 16, 2013 12:09 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 16, 2013--Chinese authorities must conduct an independent and thorough investigation into reports that a plainclothes police officer said to be involved in an auto accident in Kunming City, Yunnan, threatened a television journalist trying to cover the collision, and damaged the news crew's equipment, the Committee to...

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For journalist in Chhattisgarh, justice delayed, denied

July 12, 2013 2:38 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2013--Indian authorities' failure to proceed expeditiously in the prosecution of a freelance journalist is a miscarriage of justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, who has been held for almost two years without bail on anti-state charges, had exposed police wrongdoing in central...

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Chinese journalist released but restrictions remain

July 11, 2013 1:25 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Chinese filmmaker and photographer Du Bin after 37 days of detention but calls on authorities to refrain from pursuing formal charges against him....

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Commonwealth must ensure media access for CHOGM

July 10, 2013 4:21 PM ET

Dear Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about press accreditation procedures for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November. At past meetings, the Commonwealth's Communications and Public Affairs Division has been responsible for issuing permission to journalists to attend the meeting. And, as you know, the visa application process will soon be under way.

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Pakistan should allow access for foreign journalists

July 8, 2013 11:14 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Sharif: We are writing to express our deep concern about the expulsion of at least three foreign journalists from Pakistan. While Pakistan remains a dangerous country for journalists, we are concerned that it is also fast becoming inhospitable to international correspondents.

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Malaysia denies entry to critical journalist

July 5, 2013 1:39 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2013--Malaysian immigration authorities should reverse their decision to deny entry Wednesday to a journalist critical of the provincial Sarawak government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Clare Rewcastle Brown, who is based in the United Kingdom, flew to Kuching in southeast Malaysia but was served...

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Attacks on Hong Kong news outlets must be prosecuted

July 3, 2013 1:27 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Hong Kong authorities to expedite investigations into recent attacks against news outlets known for being critical of China. In the most recent attack targeting Next Media Limited on June 30, three masked men threatened distribution workers with knives,...

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Vietnam intensifies crackdown on bloggers

July 2, 2013 3:25 PM ET

New York, July 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the ongoing investigation into a critical Vietnamese blogger. Dinh Nhat Uy was the third blogger arrested in a month, signaling that the country's crackdown continues to intensify....

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Media ethics code could restrict free press in Sri Lanka

June 19, 2013 3:42 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2013--A draft media code introduced in the Sri Lankan parliament would impose harsh restrictions on journalists' ability to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The code, which is before a parliamentary advisory council for discussion, could be considered for adoption in September, according...

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Prominent Vietnam blogger arrested in Hanoi

June 14, 2013 12:42 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2013--Vietnamese police in Hanoi arrested a blogger on Thursday on accusations of anti-state activity, according to news reports. Pham Viet Dao wrote blogs that were critical of government officials and policies, the reports said. Dao, 61, who also wrote about politically sensitive issues such as...

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Chinese journalist held after publishing book on Tiananmen

June 13, 2013 3:32 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Chinese authorities must immediately release a journalist who has been detained since May 31 following the publication of his book on the Tiananmen massacre, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Du Bin's detention, which was reported by his family members, came a few days before...

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Burma Falters, Backtracks on Press Freedoms

June 12, 2013 4:03 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Burma's media continue to face threats and obstacles to free reporting despite recent reforms, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released today. A new draft publishing bill and the failure to reform existing restrictive laws jeopardize still limited freedoms of expression...

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Indian cameramen attacked covering political clash

June 11, 2013 4:03 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2013--Indian authorities should bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on three cameramen in Kolkata, capital of eastern West Bengal state, on Friday, in which one reporter was almost burned alive, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Justice consistently eludes slain Pakistani journalists

May 30, 2013 2:33 PM ET

May 30, 2013--On the second anniversary of the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to continue investigating and find his killers. An official commission of inquiry concluded in January 2012 that the perpetrators in Shazahd's case were unknown, and there has been...

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Vietnamese blogger detained on anti-state charges

May 30, 2013 10:35 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat on anti-state charges and calls for his immediate release....

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Singapore imposes licensing fees on news websites

May 29, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2013--Singapore's plan to impose licensing fees on news websites will further stifle the press in the city-state's already claustrophobic media atmosphere, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan must determine motive behind killing of reporter

May 28, 2013 12:19 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should identify the motive behind the fatal shooting of a local crime reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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As impunity reigns, Pakistani press threatened from all sides

May 22, 2013 6:35 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--With the release of a new report on widespread impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the incoming government of Pakistan to urgently address the issue of violence against the press by bringing perpetrators of past crimes to justice.  "Pakistan has one of the world's...

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Three newspaper employees stabbed to death in India

May 20, 2013 1:55 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2013--Two unidentified assailants on Sunday stabbed to death three employees of a Bengali-language Indian daily in Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, according to news reports....

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In Pakistan, cases filed against Baluch outlets, journalists

May 17, 2013 3:06 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2013--Pakistani authorities should dismiss separate complaints filed against newspapers and journalists in Baluchistan for publishing statements made by banned militant groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Nepal, press faces litigation for critical coverage of courts

May 16, 2013 11:58 AM ET

New York, May 16, 2013--Judicial authorities in Nepal should stop targeting outlets of the Kathmandu-based Kantipur Publications and dismiss a case filed against the organization and one of its journalists that accuses them of contempt of court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ condemns Pakistan's expulsion of Times reporter

May 10, 2013 5:18 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistan's interim government to reverse its decision to expel New York Times bureau chief Declan Walsh from the country. The order comes on the eve of national elections that will bring about the first successful change...

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Gunman sentenced, masterminds free in Ortega slaying

May 8, 2013 4:49 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--A man who said he was paid the equivalent of US$250 to kill Philippine radio journalist Gerardo Ortega, left, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder, according to news reports and the victim's family. The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined with Ortega...

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Journalists caught in political turmoil in Bangladesh

May 8, 2013 2:33 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--The safety of journalists covering political turmoil in Bangladesh must be respected by all parties, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after at least 11 journalists were reported injured while covering demonstrations by Islamists earlier this week in Dhaka....

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Malaysian sites report disruption of access near elections

May 3, 2013 12:54 PM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2013--Malaysian online news sites say access to their websites is being disrupted in the run-up to the general elections scheduled for Sunday....

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Provincial journalist killed in eastern India

April 29, 2013 4:00 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2013--Part-time reporter Jitendra Singh was killed Saturday in Khunti district, Jharkhand state, according to news reports. Members of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway Maoist faction, claimed responsibility, but the motive is unclear. Singh also ran a construction business....

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CPJ welcomes reversal of Thai documentary ban

April 26, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Bangkok, April 26, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by Thailand's Ministry of Culture to reverse its earlier imposed ban on the locally produced documentary Fah Tam Pan Din Soon (Boundary). "The ministry's reversal of its censorship order against director Nontawat Numbchapol's documentary is a step in the right direction,"...

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Bangladeshi journalists attacked while covering extortion

April 25, 2013 4:23 PM ET

At least five journalists reported being attacked on April 13, 2013, while covering alleged extortion by students at Dhaka University in the capital. News accounts said the students had been extorting money from drivers of vehicles in the surrounding area, but did not offer further details....

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Censors ban political documentary in Thailand

April 25, 2013 12:48 PM ET

Bangkok, April 25, 2013--Thailand's Ministry of Culture has banned the locally produced documentary Fah Tam Pan Din Soon (Boundary) on grounds that it could "mislead and disrupt public order," according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the censorship order and calls on ministry officials to reverse the...

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Radio journalist gunned down in the Philippines

April 22, 2013 1:49 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines should thoroughly investigate today's murder of a radio journalist, identify the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mario Vendiola Baylosis was killed by two unidentified gunmen in the town of Kabasalan in the southern...

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Journalist killed, two injured in Pakistan suicide bombing

April 16, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2013--At least one journalist was killed and two were injured in a suicide bomb attack during a political rally today in Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, according to news reports....

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Bangladesh harasses staff, press affiliated with Amar Desh

April 16, 2013 3:47 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the official harassment of a pro-opposition daily in Dhaka and calls on all parties to ensure a free and vibrant press is allowed to function amid ongoing political turmoil....

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Sri Lankan daily attacked again, twice in two weeks

April 15, 2013 1:49 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2013--Sri Lankan authorities must immediately investigate an attack on the offices of a Tamil-language newspaper and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The offices of Uthayan have been attacked twice in two weeks....

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Editor of pro-opposition daily arrested in Bangladesh

April 12, 2013 5:14 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2013--Amid growing political conflict that threatens even more violence in Bangladesh, an editor of a pro-opposition newspaper in Dhaka has been arrested on accusations of inciting religious tension, according to news reports. The editor faces earlier charges of sedition as well, the reports said....

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UAE may deport refugee Tamil journalist to Sri Lanka

April 10, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by news reports that a Tamil journalist in the United Arab Emirates may be deported to Sri Lanka this week despite her United Nations refugee status, and calls on authorities in the UAE to halt any such...

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Indian journalists attacked while covering hospital violence

April 9, 2013 1:32 PM ET

Several journalists were attacked in an altercation with doctors and medical interns outside the Agartala Government Medical College in the state of Tripura on April 5, 2013, according to news reports. The journalists had arrived on the scene to cover allegations by family members of a patient who the relatives...

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French photographer escapes captors in Afghanistan

April 8, 2013 4:25 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--Pierre Borghi, a French photographer who was abducted in Kabul more than four months ago, has escaped his captors, according to news reports citing the Afghan government. Borghi's disappearance had not been made public in 2012 at the request of the French authorities who were trying...

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Equipment stolen, burned in raid on pro-Baluch paper

April 8, 2013 11:06 AM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the Karachi bureau of the Urdu-language Daily Tawar and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Four bloggers arrested amid crackdown in Bangladesh

April 4, 2013 3:23 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the recent arrests of four Bangladeshi bloggers in Dhaka in connection with their Internet posts that police said hurt the religious beliefs of people....

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Offices of Tamil-language daily attacked in Sri Lanka

April 3, 2013 3:57 PM ET

Six masked assailants on April 3, 2013, attacked the offices of a Tamil-language newspaper in the town of Kilinochchi in the Northern Province, injuring several employees and damaging equipment, according to news reports....

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Chinese editor suspended for op-ed on North Korea ties

April 2, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--An editor for an influential Chinese Communist Party journal said Monday he was suspended after his column appeared in a British publication calling on China to re-evaluate its relations with North Korea, according to news reports....

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Baluch journalist reported missing in Karachi

March 28, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should determine the whereabouts of a Baluch journalist living in Karachi who was last seen on March 24, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist detained briefly in the Maldives

March 27, 2013 1:13 PM ET

Sun Media reported that one of its journalists was briefly detained by police for photographing a government building in Malé, the capital, on March 26, 2013. The media group is based in the Maldives and covers local and world news for online, print, and radio....

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BBC halts service in Sri Lanka after broadcasts disrupted

March 26, 2013 5:13 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--The BBC announced today that it has suspended all radio broadcasts in Sri Lanka following what it called "continued interruption and interference" by a national broadcaster in the country....

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Journalists threatened in sectarian violence in Burma

March 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET

Bangkok, March 25, 2013--Violent mobs have threatened journalists covering communal riots in central Burma and destroyed their reporting materials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to make the security of journalists working in the violence-hit area a top priority....

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Indian reporter who filmed attack on women free on bail

March 25, 2013 12:20 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of Naveen Soorinje, a television reporter jailed for more than four months after documenting a large-scale assault on a group of young women in Karnataka state. CPJ considers the pending criminal charges to be baseless and...

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Pakistan arrests suspect linked to murder of Daniel Pearl

March 18, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--Pakistani authorities announced today that they have apprehended a militant who was allegedly involved in the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, according to news reports."As with every journalist murder, any and all perpetrators in the slaying of Daniel Pearl...

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Cambodia reduces jail term of journalist Sonando

March 14, 2013 4:31 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2013--Mam Sonando, a leading independent journalist in Cambodia, is scheduled to be released from prison later this week after an appeals court reduced his 2012 conviction on inciting rebellion to a lesser charge and cut his initial 20-year jail term....

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In Bangladesh, press attacked with explosives

March 13, 2013 3:31 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate attacks on a journalist's car and a local press club that occurred within a day of each other, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attacks took place amid massive politicized strikes and demonstrations that have swept the country....

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Journalist, family, attacked with acid in India

March 13, 2013 3:14 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--A journalist and his family were attacked with acid Tuesday in India's western state of Maharashtra, allegedly in connection with his reporting on illegal tobacco sales, according to local media....

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Gunmen attack freelance reporter in the Philippines

March 11, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines should bring to justice the perpetrators responsible for a March 6 attack on a freelance journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong journalists beaten in Beijing

March 11, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Hong Kong, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Friday's attack in Beijing on two Hong Kong journalists outside the home of Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo....

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Celebrated China journalist leaves newspaper

March 6, 2013 1:40 PM ET

Veteran investigative journalist Wang Keqin left his job at a prominent Chinese newspaper on February 25, 2013. An Agence France-Presse report citing two journalists who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal said that Wang was pressured into leaving by management at the Economic Observer....

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Sri Lanka seeks to ID sources for Channel 4 film

March 5, 2013 5:09 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry says it wants to identify sources who provided information to the UK-based broadcaster Channel 4 for a new documentary alleging that government forces committed war crimes during the country's long civil conflict, The Divaina, a Sinhala-language daily, reported today. In response,...

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CPJ condemns attack on pregnant Indonesian reporter

March 5, 2013 2:59 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Saturday against a pregnant journalist covering a land dispute in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia. CPJ calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation that leads to the apprehension of all those who participated in the brutal...

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German TV crew attacked while filming in China

March 4, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to bring criminal charges against assailants who attacked a German TV crew in the city of Sanhe, approximately 30 miles east of Beijing....

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Veteran Pakistani journalist gunned down in Baluchistan

March 1, 2013 2:36 PM ET

March 1, 2013, New York--Pakistani authorities should investigate today's murder of a journalist in the country's restive Baluchistan province, determine the motive, and apprehend the perpetrators immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Draft media law a step backward for Burma

March 1, 2013 1:04 PM ET

Bangkok, March 1, 2013--Draft legislation designed to govern the media in Burma threatens to reverse fragile press freedom gains recently achieved under President Thein Sein's democratic reform program, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Attacks against journalists reported in Bangladesh protests

February 28, 2013 2:33 PM ET

News accounts reported that several journalists were injured in February 2013 protests that swept the country following a prison term handed to a senior leader of an Islamist opposition party....

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Court frees Indian journalist held on terrorism charges

February 27, 2013 3:42 PM ET

Police arrested Muthi-Ur-Rahman Siddiqui on August 29, 2012, and accused him of being involved in a terror plot to kill Hindu nationalist leaders and journalists in Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka. Siddiqui worked as a reporter for the Deccan Herald and covered higher education....

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Pakistani reporter gunned down in tribal area

February 27, 2013 1:15 PM ET

New York, February 27, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately launch an investigation into the targeted murder of a veteran journalist who was shot dead today in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Malik Mumtaz had worked for several mainstream news outlets and had recently been...

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Maldives journalists assaulted in political violence

February 25, 2013 5:50 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent string of attacks against journalists in the Maldives and calls on all sides in the political conflict to halt violence against the media....

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: As Leaders Change, China Tightens Control

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

China's new leaders can open a new era for free expression. They have much to do. By Madeline Earp...

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Attacks on the Press: After Afghan Pullout, Will Media Survive?

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The international community, deep in donor fatigue, withdraws media funding. By Bob Dietz...

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Attacks on the Press: Internet Opening Is Shrinking

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam had vibrant blogospheres--until the crackdowns. By Shawn W. Crispin...

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Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: The Year in Photos

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Vietnam

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Vietnam intensified its grip on old and new media through a campaign of censorship, surveillance, and imprisonments. Central Propaganda Department officials held weekly meetings with top newspaper editors, outlining news agendas and identifying banned topics. The list of prohibited topics expanded to include criticism of the government's economic management, land...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Sri Lanka

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Sri Lanka remained a highly restrictive and dangerous nation for the press. Critical or opposition journalists continued to face a climate of intense intimidation. More than 20 journalists have gone into exile in the last five years, one of the highest rates in the world. Work-related murders have declined since...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Philippines

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The Philippines remained one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. At least one journalist, Christopher Guarin, a broadcaster and newspaper publisher, was killed in relation to his work. Four others were killed under unclear circumstances, and at least two more were attacked by unidentified...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Pakistan

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Pakistan remained one of the deadliest nations in the world for the press, a situation that appeared unlikely to change given the government's unwillingness to confront the problem. In March, Pakistan joined with Brazil and India in raising objections to a comprehensive UNESCO proposal to protect the press and combat...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Nepal

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Nepal's ruling coalition failed to meet the Supreme Court's May deadline to complete a constitution, dissolving the legislature amid political rifts that left the republic's leadership in doubt. Nationwide strikes by political activists and ethnic minority groups advocating federalization resulted in journalists' being harassed and attacked for perceived negative coverage....

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Maldives

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Journalists faced numerous attacks during a tumultuous year marked by the ouster of President Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader. Nasheed opponents attacked TV stations and journalists in the capital, Malé, after protests against his government escalated in early year. Nasheed, a former human rights defender and political...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: India

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Violence plagued journalists in northeastern Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, including four attacks on the Arunachal Times. Tongam Rina, a columnist for the paper, survived a shooting that put her in intensive care for a time. The authorities blocked hundreds of websites they claimed incited ethnic and religious protests in...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: China

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

As the leadership handed over power to new Communist Party appointees in a November congress, censors aggressively blocked coverage of dissent, including reports on blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest. Coverage of corruption was tightly controlled in foreign and domestic media. The New York Times and Bloomberg...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Burma

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Burma eased media restrictions in line with its historic transition from military to quasi-civilian rule. At least 12 journalists, including those associated with banned exile media groups, were released in a series of pardons. The government abolished pre-publication censorship--a process that had forced private newspapers to publish in weekly formats--and...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Bangladesh

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Long-standing antagonism between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh National Party—what critics call “zero-sum politics”—set off street violence that threatened the safety of journalists. A constitutional amendment eliminated the creation of caretaker governments to oversee general elections, a step likely to intensify political passions surrounding...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Afghanistan

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

For the first time since 2005, CPJ documented no work-related fatalities in Afghanistan. But the country remained a dangerous place, with many international and domestic journalists telling CPJ that they had received threats during the year. News outlets united to slow the advance of a media bill that, with its...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Asia

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Analyses and data track press conditions throughout the region. Bob Dietz describes the challenges facing Afghan media as international aid declines. Shawn W. Crispin details increasing Internet repression in Southeast Asia. And Madeline Earp highlights China's growing hostility toward the foreign press--even as the nation pursues its own global media...

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Killed in 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: The Power of the Ordinary

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Who is allowed to talk? What are they allowed to say? Award winners seek the answers. By Kristin Jones...

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: Missing

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Police never bothered to look for cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda. It's not unusual. By María Salazar-Ferro...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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Kashmir restricts cable TV, Internet service

February 11, 2013 2:33 PM ET

Authorities in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on February 9, 2013, ordered citizens to remain indoors and restricted mobile Internet service and cable television across several districts in the lead-up to a controversial execution of a militant from the region, according to news reports....

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In India, newspaper employee attacked, editions torched

February 8, 2013 4:02 PM ET

February 8, 2013, New York--Individuals alleged to be part of a right-wing Hindu group attacked an employee of the Mangalore-based Karavali Ale daily on Wednesday, confiscated and torched copies of the paper's editions on Thursday, and threatened news vendors, according to news reports and the head of the media group...

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Vietnamese blogger released from psychiatric institution

February 7, 2013 11:02 AM ET

Vietnamese blogger Le Anh Hung was released on February 5, 2013, about 12 days after he was arrested and held against his will in a psychiatric institution in Hanoi, the national capital, according to news reports....

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Vietnam detains blogger who covered corruption

February 1, 2013 11:26 AM ET

Bangkok, February 1, 2013--In a widening crackdown on online expression, Vietnamese security officials have arrested critical independent blogger Le Anh Hung and are holding him against his will in a psychiatric institution, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on authorities to immediately...

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Numerous Nepali journalists flee after receiving threats

January 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--Authorities in Nepal should ensure the safety of more than 20 journalists who fled the western district of Dailekh on Thursday after receiving death threats from individuals they said were supporters of the ruling Maoist party, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least five...

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Nepalese journalists threatened during Bhattarai visit

January 24, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the threats and acts of intimidation against journalists in Nepal during Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's visit on Wednesday to the western district of Dailekh....

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Thai editor Somyot sentenced to 11 years in prison

January 24, 2013 2:46 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--A Thai court sentenced news editor and political activist Somyot Prueksakakasemsuk to 11 years in prison on Wednesday for two articles the court ruled had insulted the Thai monarch, a criminal offense under the country's strict lѐse majesté law. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the...

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Bangladeshi blogger hospitalized after being stabbed

January 15, 2013 2:14 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate Monday's stabbing of a blogger in Dhaka, determine the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Third journalist reported killed in twin blasts in Quetta

January 11, 2013 3:25 PM ET

Police, emergency workers, and at least three journalists were killed in a bomb blast on January 10, 2012, that occurred 10 minutes after an initial explosion near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, according to news reports and CPJ sources....

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Hong Kong must ensure press can access business data

January 11, 2013 2:13 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2013--Hong Kong's government should withdraw a proposed regulation that would limit journalists' access to information about business leaders, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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At least two journalists killed in Quetta blasts

January 10, 2013 4:51 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2013--At least two journalists were killed and two others seriously injured when a bomb went off near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, as the journalists were reporting on an explosion that was set off there just minutes earlier, according...

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Bloggers imprisoned in mass sentencing in Vietnam

January 9, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Bangkok, January 9, 2013--At least five independent bloggers were sentenced today to harsh jail terms in Vietnam, according to local and international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls on Vietnamese authorities to reverse the charges on appeal and release the bloggers....

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Nepal PM criticizes arrests in Thapa murder

January 8, 2013 4:52 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2013--Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today publicly criticized the arrest of five of his party members who stand accused of the 2004 murder of radio journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests and calls on the prime...

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Indian police to charge broadcaster for rape interview

January 4, 2013 5:35 PM ET

New York January 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in India to refrain from pressing charges against a media group that televised an interview with the companion of the Delhi rape victim who died last week. The December 16 case has garnered global attention....

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Crime reporter assaulted in Malaysia

January 3, 2013 6:07 PM ET

Malaysian crime reporter Ang Kean Siang, a journalist at the local Guang Ming Daily Chinese-language newspaper, was physically attacked on December 30, allegedly by members of a local civilian voluntary patrol unit, after taking pictures of a woman who appeared to have fallen to her death from an apartment building...

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