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Independent journalist detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

July 9, 2018 12:20 PM ET

Bangkok, July 9, 2018--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and stop harassing journalist Le Anh Hung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on July 5 detained Hung, a regular contributor to U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America (VOA) and a prominent independent blogger, on suspicion of "abusing democratic freedoms"...

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Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters under official secrets act

July 9, 2018 7:27 AM ET

Bangkok, July 9, 2018 - A Myanmar court charged today two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, under the Official Secrets Act, the news agency reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the criminal charges and called on authorities to drop the landmark case, which has...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Pakistan's election

July 6, 2018 11:16 AM ET

Pakistan's general elections are scheduled for July 25. Journalists covering the election may face intimidation or physical aggression, especially when covering political rallies and protests, and the possibility of terrorist attacks. In May, the Pakistan-based media watchdog Freedom Network documented 23 violations against the media. Journalists are also at...

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Sri Lankan politicians try to intimidate journalists over New York Times report

July 3, 2018 2:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on opposition politicians in Sri Lanka to stop trying to intimidate local journalists by publicly leveling accusations against them. At a press conference yesterday evening, associates of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused two journalists for The New York...

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CPJ awardee 'Mother Mushroom' faces threats, poor prison conditions

July 3, 2018 12:46 PM ET

Bangkok, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the recent harassment of jailed Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom," and called again for her immediate and unconditional release....

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CPJ calls on Pakistan's PM to protect press freedom ahead of elections

July 2, 2018 10:13 AM ET

CPJ expresses concern that recent events in Pakistan signal that the media is not free to report on the upcoming elections, and urges the government to take necessary measures to guarantee journalists' ability to work without fear of intimidation or reprisal.

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Newspaper reporter gunned down in the Philippines

June 26, 2018 2:45 PM ET

New York, June 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Manuel Lacsamana, a contributor to the local monthly The Media Messenger and chairperson of the Central Luzon Media Association press group, and called on authorities in the Philippines to identify the killers and swiftly bring...

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CPJ calls on Indonesia to investigate death of detained journalist

June 26, 2018 2:07 PM ET

New York, June 26, 2018--Indonesian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Muhammad Yusuf and consider the possibility that he was killed in retribution for his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian authorities must bring killers of Shujaat Bukhari to justice

June 14, 2018 4:34 PM ET

New Delhi, June 14, 2018--Indian authorities must ensure that there is a thorough and credible investigation into the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, founder and editor of the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, and bring the killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari killed in Srinagar

June 14, 2018 11:54 AM ET

New York, June 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the killing of the editor of the English-language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar, Kashmir. Unknown attackers shot Bukhari today at close range in the city's Press Colony, according to news reports....

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