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Taiwanese lawmakers propose criminalizing spread of fake news

June 13, 2018 12:22 PM ET

Taipei, June 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Taiwan's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, to reject a proposed amendment that would make spreading fake news punishable by imprisonment or a fine....

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New cybersecurity law threatens press freedom in Vietnam

June 12, 2018 10:43 AM ET

Bangkok, June 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a new cybersecurity law that was passed today by Vietnam's National Assembly as a clear threat to press freedom and called on the Vietnamese government immediately to repeal it....

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Newspaper publisher gunned down in the Philippines

June 7, 2018 1:06 PM ET

Bangkok, June 7, 2018--A Filipino journalist was shot and killed today in Panabo City, in the southern province of Davao del Norte, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the killing and called on authorities to swiftly identify and bring to justice the assailant....

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CPJ calls on Malaysia's Mahathir to prioritize press freedom

June 7, 2018 11:32 AM ET

CPJ calls on newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to prioritize the promotion and protection of press freedom, and to immediately take action to repeal the recently enacted "fake news" law and other restrictive legislation.

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With elections looming in Pakistan, two journalists attacked

June 6, 2018 5:03 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the abduction of journalist Gul Bukhari and the attack against journalist Asad Kharal in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday and urged Pakistani authorities to promptly investigate the incidents and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Pakistan army spokesperson accuses journalists of anti-state activity on social media

June 5, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned comments from Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies, who accused journalists of sharing anti-state remarks on social media....

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Reporters assaulted by paramilitary officers in India

June 5, 2018 1:10 PM ET

New Delhi, June 5, 2018--Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir state should identify and punish the officers who assaulted freelance reporter Muheet ul Islam, and allow journalists to do their jobs without fear of retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ condemns election news restrictions in Cambodia

June 4, 2018 11:43 AM ET

Hong Kong, June 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today proposed restrictions on news coverage of upcoming elections in Cambodia and called on the country's authorities to allow the media to report freely without fear of reprisal....

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Indian court forbids screening of investigative documentary

May 25, 2018 3:31 PM ET

New Delhi, May 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Delhi High Court's decision to bar the release of the second part of an investigative documentary about news outlets allegedly being willing to accept money in exchange for favorable coverage. The court yesterday issued an...

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World Health Organization blocks Taiwanese outlets from attending annual assembly

May 25, 2018 1:46 PM ET

Taipei, May 25, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the World Health Organization's decision to deny Taiwanese media outlets press accreditation to its annual decision-making function, the World Health Assembly, which started on May 21....

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