Asia

2018


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News fixer deported from Thailand to Cambodia on 'false news' accusation

December 13, 2018 12:55 PM ET

Bangkok, December 13, 2018--A Cambodian news fixer who helped to produce a documentary on sex trafficking for Russian government-funded international news network Russia Today, or RT, was deported yesterday from Thailand to Cambodia on accusations of abetting the production of false news, according to news reports....

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Philippines piles on legal threats against critical news site Rappler

November 29, 2018 9:19 AM ET

Bangkok, November 29, 2018--Philippine prosecutors have in recent days filed five separate tax cases against critical news site Rappler, including criminal charges that may allow for the arrest of the site's founder and editor Maria Ressa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the escalated campaign...

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China detains award-winning photographer in Xinjiang

November 28, 2018 11:46 AM ET

Washington, D.C., November 28, 2018--Police in Xinjiang detained Lu Guang, an award-winning, New York-resident, freelance photographer whose work has focused on environmental and social issues in China, in early November, according to media reports. Lu's family lost contact with him on November 3 and later confirmed his arrest with...

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CPJ, RSF call on Philippines to end its persecution of Rappler and Maria Ressa

November 26, 2018 4:55 PM ET

CPJ and RSF call on the Philippine prosecutor general to end the legal harassment of Rappler and the website's founder and executive editor, Maria Ressa.

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Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

November 26, 2018 11:47 AM ET

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned to the city-state's Cantonment Complex at 3pm that day, where...

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Kashmiri journalists face multiple restrictions, attacks in October

November 14, 2018 5:30 PM ET

Journalists in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir faced numerous incidents of restrictions and attacks between October 8 and October 30, 2018. During this period, journalists attempted to cover urban local elections in the state, as well as events surrounding the killing of militant commander Manan Wani by the security forces....

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CPJ condemns Philippines' threat to indict critical site Rappler on tax evasion charges

November 12, 2018 9:25 AM ET

Bangkok, November 12, 2018--The Philippine authorities said on Friday they had grounds to indict news site Rappler, known for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, and its founder Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned...

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Local reporter covering corruption is abducted and beaten to death in Jharkhand, India

November 1, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New Delhi, November 1, 2018--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of reporter Chandan Tiwari and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Tiwari, a reporter for the Hindi daily Aj, was abducted on October 29, and found badly beaten the following day, according...

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Video journalist killed in Maoist rebel attack in Chhattisgarh

October 30, 2018 5:00 PM ET

New Delhi, October 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Chhattisgarh to ensure the safety of media covering elections after a journalist embedded with police was killed in an ambush. Video journalist Achyutananda Sahu, who worked for the government-run broadcaster Doordarshan, was killed in Chhattisgarh today...

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In India, tax officials raid offices, home of Quint editor-in-chief and Modi critic

October 24, 2018 10:38 AM ET

Officials from India's Income Tax Department on October 11, 2018, raided the home of journalist Raghav Bahl and the offices of The Quint, in Noida, where Bahl is editor-in-chief, and The Newsminute in Bengaluru, a news website that Bahl has a minority stake in, according to media reports. Government...

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Reliance Group sues India's NDTV for US$1 billion over its reporting on Rafale jet deal

October 19, 2018 4:16 PM ET

New Delhi, October 19, 201-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, owned by businessman Anil Ambani, to end its use of excessive civil defamation cases filed against critical news outlets. Reliance Group yesterday filed a civil defamation case seeking Rs10,000 crore (US$1.35 billion)...

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Gunmen in Pakistan kill K2 Times reporter

October 17, 2018 5:54 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to investigate and promptly bring to justice the killers of journalist Sohail Khan. Khan, a reporter for the Urdu daily K2 Times, was shot dead while driving in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, yesterday, according to...

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Vietnam sentences citizen journalist on second anti-state charge

October 15, 2018 10:58 AM ET

Bangkok, October 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the second prison sentence handed to Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and strongly reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release....

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Myanmar arrests three journalists from Eleven Media

October 10, 2018 5:29 PM ET

New York, October 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Myanmar authorities to immediately release without charge three journalists from Eleven Media Group arrested today....

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Hong Kong denies visa renewal for Financial Times editor

October 5, 2018 7:49 AM ET

Taipei, October 5, 2018--Hong Kong's immigration authorities declined to renew the visa of Victor Mallet, Financial Times' Asia news editor and the vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club, according to a statement today from the Financial Times and other media reports. The rejection came after Mallet chaired a talk...

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CPJ urges Bangladesh's president to return Digital Security Act to Parliament for revision

September 21, 2018 10:50 AM ET

The CPJ expresses concern about the Digital Security Act that was passed on September 18 by the Parliament of Bangladesh, and urges President Abdul Hamid to return it to Parliament for review. CPJ is concerned that the legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.

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Vietnam jails journalist for four years over coverage of evictions

September 19, 2018 1:46 PM ET

Bangkok, September 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the sentencing of Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and called for his immediate and unconditional release. A court in the northern province of Bac Ninh sentenced Duong on September 17 to four years in prison for disturbing public...

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Thai authorities shut down foreign press club event on Myanmar

September 11, 2018 12:50 PM ET

Bangkok, September 11, 2018--Thai authorities on Monday shut down a panel discussion at Bangkok's Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, marking the sixth such event the country's ruling military junta has canceled since seizing power in a May 2014 coup....

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China arrests Uighur editor, newspaper directors for being 'two-faced'

September 7, 2018 12:15 PM ET

Taipei, September 7, 2018--Chinese authorities should immediately release Ilham Weli, Xinjiang Daily's deputy editor-in-chief, Memtimin Obul and Juret Haji, directors at the newspaper, and Mirkamil Ablimit, the head of the newspaper's subsidiary Xinjiang Farmer's Daily, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two TOLO News journalists killed in Afghanistan double bombing

September 5, 2018 3:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 5, 2018--At least two journalists were killed today in a double bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to news reports. TOLO News published that its reporter Samim Faramarz and cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi were killed by the second blast while covering the first, which occurred at...

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CPJ condemns conviction in Myanmar of Reuters's Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

September 3, 2018 12:17 AM ET

Bangkok, September 3, 2018--A Myanmar court today sentenced two Reuters news agency reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years each in prison for violating the Official Secrets Act, Reuters reported....

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CPJ calls on Indian police to release journalist in Kashmir

September 1, 2018 12:23 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the ongoing detention and interrogation of Kashmir-based journalist Aasif Sultan, who police picked up at his home in Srinagar on August 27, according to news reports....

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Pune police raid Hyderabad journalists' homes, seize electronic devices

August 31, 2018 3:14 PM ET

New Delhi, August 31, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns police raids on the homes of Hyderabad-based journalists KV Kurmanath and Kranti Tekula, and calls on authorities to immediately return their electronic devices, which include reporting material....

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In India, party activists beat TV journalists during live broadcast of show

August 29, 2018 2:18 PM ET

New Delhi, August 29, 2018--A group of people suspected of being supporters of the far-right Shiv Sena political party attacked several journalists including the producer, Rahul Zori, during a live broadcast of a show for the privately owned broadcaster TV9 Marathi. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on...

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China refuses to renew BuzzFeed reporter's visa

August 22, 2018 12:31 PM ET

Taipei, August 22, 2018--The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to renew the visa of BuzzFeed's China bureau chief, Megha Rajagopalan, according to a tweet from Rajagopalan and news reports....

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Cambodian journalists released on bail but espionage charges remain

August 21, 2018 12:27 PM ET

Bangkok, August 21, 2018--Two former Radio Free Asia journalists were granted bail in Cambodia today by Phnom Penh's Municipal Court, according to news reports. Uon Chhin, a videographer, and Yeang Sothearin, previously a news editor at the U.S. Congress-funded station, were arrested on November 14, 2017 and held in...

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New Nepali criminal code threatens press freedom

August 20, 2018 4:21 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 20, 2018--Nepal's government must repeal or amend the new criminal code that came into effect on August 17 to remove provisions that severely threaten press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese videographer beaten and harassed in prison

August 20, 2018 11:56 AM ET

Bangkok, August 20, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the recent abuse of imprisoned Vietnamese videographer Nguyen Van Hoa, and called on Vietnamese authorities to stop beating and harassing jailed journalists....

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CPJ welcomes repeal of Malaysia's "fake news" law

August 16, 2018 10:53 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018--The Malaysian parliament today repealed a law imposing criminal penalties for "fake news" that had been enacted earlier this year by the previous government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to news reports....

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Voice of America staff briefly detained in China

August 14, 2018 4:50 PM ET

Voice of America Mandarin Service correspondent Yibing Feng and his Chinese assistant, Allen Ai, were detained for about six hours on August 13, 2018, by security personnel after they tried to conduct an interview in Jinan, Shandong Province....

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Media worker killed, telecom connections destroyed in Afghanistan

August 13, 2018 4:56 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2018-- Mohammad Daud Anwari, a media technician for the state-run broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan, was killed on August 10 during an attack by the Taliban on Tape-e-Television, an area of Ghazni city where many local media antennas are located, the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC)...

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Gujarat police beat up photojournalist, charge him with looting and rioting

August 9, 2018 4:15 PM ET

New Delhi, August 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a brutal attack on photojournalist Pravin Indrekar by police in the Indian state of Gujarat, and called on the state authorities to withdraw charges of looting and rioting that police filed against him....

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CPJ calls on Maldives to drop fine against opposition-aligned Raajje TV

August 9, 2018 3:39 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Maldives authorities to withdraw fines against and stop targeting the opposition-aligned broadcaster Raajje TV. The Maldives Broadcasting Commission yesterday fined Raajje TV 2 million Maldivian rufiyaa (US$130,000)-- the largest amount it can impose-- for airing a politician's...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Bangladesh

August 7, 2018 3:46 PM ET

On July 29, two students were killed, and 12 others injured when a bus plowed into a passengers waiting at a stop in Dhaka. Since then, daily demonstrations that started in Dhaka have spread throughout Bangladesh. Thousands of students have demonstrated on the streets of Dhaka at major traffic...

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Bangladesh orders Shahidul Alam held 7 days; more than a dozen journalists attacked

August 6, 2018 5:42 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately halt widespread attacks on journalists covering ongoing student protests in Dhaka and to release photographer Shahidul Alam from jail....

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Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam detained after post about Dhaka protests

August 5, 2018 6:18 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2018--A group of men who said they were from the detective branch of Dhaka police today took Shahidul Alam, a photographer, commentator, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia organization Drik and Pathshala Media Institute, from his home, hours after he posted a video to...

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Maldives acquits two men accused of abducting missing reporter Rilwan

August 3, 2018 1:38 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2018--A Maldives criminal court yesterday acquitted two men accused of abducting Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a reporter for the news website Minivan News, who has been missing since August 2014, according to news reports. The court found Alif Rauf and Mohamed Nooradeen not guilty of forcing...

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Journalists in Bangladesh attacked and beaten covering local election

August 1, 2018 6:12 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned violence against journalists covering local elections in the Bangladesh city of Sylhet, and called on authorities to identify and hold the attackers to account. At least four journalists were beaten, allegedly by police and supporters of the ruling...

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Journalists covering alleged illegal sand mining attacked in India's Punjab state

August 1, 2018 3:13 PM ET

New Delhi, August 1, 2018--The Punjab state government must ensure a thorough and credible investigation into an attack on News18 Punjab journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Filipino journalists beaten, arrested while covering labor strike

August 1, 2018 10:38 AM ET

Bangkok, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the detention of five Filipino journalists and the attack on at least one reporter by police and private security guards in Bulacan province's Meycauayan City and called for an independent investigation that brings the perpetrators to justice....

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Malaysia withdraws sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

July 31, 2018 11:53 AM ET

New York, July 31, 2018--A Kuala Lumpur court yesterday dropped nine sedition charges against Malaysia's political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, according to news reports. If convicted, Zunar, who was honored with CPJ's 2015 International Press Freedom Award, could have been jailed for up to 43 years....

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CPJ condemns pre-election news censorship in Cambodia

July 30, 2018 12:13 PM ET

Bangkok, July 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Cambodian government's move to block news websites ahead of yesterday's national elections and called for an end to the state's censorship and harassment of the media....

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China sentences political cartoonist to 6 years and 6 months in prison

July 26, 2018 2:16 PM ET

Hanoi, July 26, 2018--A Sichuan province court on July 13 sentenced Chinese freelance political cartoonist Jiang Yefei to prison for six years and six months on charges of "inciting subversion of state power," and "illegally crossing a national border," during a secret trial, according to the U.S. Congress-funded Radio...

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Bangladeshi editor injured in attack outside courtroom

July 24, 2018 5:35 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned Sunday's attack on editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia, a city in Bangladesh, and urged the authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice....

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Afghan AFP driver killed in suicide attack while traveling to work

July 23, 2018 3:52 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which at least one media worker was killed....

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Radio broadcaster killed in the Philippines

July 23, 2018 11:36 AM ET

Bangkok, July 23, 2018--A Filipino radio reporter was shot multiple times and died from his injuries on July 20 in the town of Daraga, in the country's central Albay province, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing and called on Philippine authorities to...

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Pakistani police arrest, beat Norwegian TV reporter covering political rally

July 17, 2018 2:35 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to allow journalists to carry out their work without fear of reprisal. Journalist Kadafi Zaman, a reporter for Norway's TV 2, told CPJ he was arrested and beaten by police while covering a political rally...

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Vietnam suspends local news website on accusation of false news

July 17, 2018 12:10 PM ET

Bangkok, July 17, 2018 - Vietnamese authorities yesterday suspended and fined local news website Tuoi Tre Online on accusations that it published false information, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to immediately and unconditionally lift the ban....

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Indian investigative agency questions Kashmiri journalist over interview with separatist leader

July 16, 2018 4:36 PM ET

New Delhi, 16 July, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) to respect press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir and stop harassing Kashmiri reporter Auqib Javeed and the local daily Greater Kashmir....

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Chinese police arrest critical blogger Chen Jieren

July 11, 2018 10:32 AM ET

Taipei, July 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to immediately release Chen Jieren, an independent blogger who frequently published articles critical of the Communist Party officials on his blog, Jieren Guancha (Jieren Watch)....

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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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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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Eight South Korean journalists denied entry into North Korea

May 22, 2018 3:20 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on North Korea to allow journalists access to cover the dismantling of a nuclear test site in the country....

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In India, Kashmiri photojournalist faces harassment, threats

May 22, 2018 1:58 PM ET

Masrat Zahra, a Kashmiri freelance photographer, told CPJ that she faced online harassment and threats after a photograph of her, captioned with the word "mukhbir"--meaning "spy" or "army informer"--was circulated on social media around May 16, 2018....

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Pakistani authorities disrupt distribution of Dawn newspaper

May 22, 2018 11:38 AM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--Pakistani authorities should immediately halt any restrictions on the distribution of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Distribution of the newspaper has been disrupted in many parts of the country in recent weeks, Dawn editor Zaffar Abbas told CPJ....

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Fiji charges newspaper, journalists with sedition

May 21, 2018 2:33 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Fiji authorities to drop sedition charges against the weekly Fiji Times, three newspaper executives, and an opinion columnist. A High Court judge tomorrow will make a final ruling in the case after a panel of three High...

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Two Chinese journalists attacked in Henan Province

May 18, 2018 2:39 PM ET

Assailants on May 13, 2018, attacked Hu Xiaoli and Yu Tao, the host and cameraperson, respectively, of a local television show, "Xiaoli's Here to Help," as they were filming for a story about a real estate dispute in Henan province's Kaifeng City, according to the state-owned news website China...

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Chinese police detain Hong Kong journalist

May 16, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Taipei, May 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to stop harassing and detaining journalists and to explain why they detained and injured a cameraperson reporting on a human rights lawyer's court hearing....

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Hong Kong journalist beaten covering 10-year anniversary of Sichuan earthquake

May 15, 2018 10:29 AM ET

Taipei, May 15, 2018--Chinese authorities must investigate and bring to justice those responsible for an attack on i-Cable TV reporter Chan Ho-fai in Sichuan Province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist appeals 22-year sentence on terrorism, defamation charges

May 10, 2018 5:26 PM ET

Washington D.C., May 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to withdraw all charges against journalist Shabbir Siham, who is appealing a sentence of 22 years in prison and a 500,000 rupee (US$4,300) fine by an anti-terrorism court in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region....

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Police in China arrest farmer over article alleging corruption at Yili Group

May 9, 2018 11:13 AM ET

Taipei, May 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Chinese authorities to immediately release Guo Yuzhen, a dairy farmer in Shanxi province whom police detained after she wrote an article alleging that one of the country's largest dairy producers exploited farmers....

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Mumbai court sentences crime boss, 8 others to life in jail for journalist murder

May 2, 2018 11:29 AM ET

New Delhi, May 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a Mumbai court's convictions today of nine people, including the mastermind of the murder of investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey nearly seven years ago. A court that hears organized crime cases found crime boss Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, alias Chhota Rajan,...

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Radio reporter killed in the Philippines

May 2, 2018 11:13 AM ET

Bangkok, May 2, 2018--A Filipino journalist died today of injuries sustained in a shooting attack on April 30 in Dumaguete City in the island nation's central region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the shooting and called on authorities to identify those responsible and swiftly...

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Thai magazine editor freed after seven years in prison

May 1, 2018 1:11 PM ET

News editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was released from Bangkok Remand Prison in the Thai capital on April 30, 2018 after serving a sentence for lèse majesté, according to news reports. Reports said that Somyot was greeted by a small group of family and supporters and appeared to be in good...

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In Afghanistan, at least 10 journalists killed in one day in bombings and shooting

April 30, 2018 2:12 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned multiple attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 10 journalists in one of the deadliest days CPJ has recorded for the country's press....

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Malaysia issues first 'fake news' conviction

April 30, 2018 12:28 PM ET

Bangkok, April 30, 2018--In a verdict with grave implications for press freedom, a Malaysian court today handed down the nation's first conviction under its recently enacted "fake news" law, according to press reports....

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At least 8 journalists killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

April 30, 2018 7:27 AM ET

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned today's double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which at least 25 people were killed, including at least eight journalists, according to media reports. The second blast, about 30 minutes after the first, appeared targeted at journalists...

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Indian freelancer receives graphic threats following false accusations against her

April 26, 2018 4:29 PM ET

New Delhi, April 26, 2018--Indian authorities must immediately conduct a swift and thorough investigation into threats against the investigative freelance journalist Rana Ayyub, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ayyub began receiving an onslaught of anonymous, graphic threats via social media after a parody Twitter account on April...

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In Afghanistan, Kabul News journalist shot dead on way to work

April 26, 2018 3:09 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Afghan authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdul Manan Arghand and to ensure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice....

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Prosecution witness: Myanmar police planned 'trap' for Reuters reporter

April 20, 2018 11:12 AM ET

New York, April 20, 2018--A prosecution witness in the case against two imprisoned Reuters journalists in Myanmar today testified that a police chief ordered officers to trap one of the reporters by handing him "secret documents" during a meeting, according to Reuters and other news reports....

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In India, gasoline-filled bottle thrown at journalist's home

April 19, 2018 4:17 PM ET

New Delhi, April 19, 2018--Authorities in India's northeast Meghalaya state must identify and bring to justice those who attacked the house of Patricia Mukhim, editor of the local Shillong Times newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two unidentified persons on April 17 threw a gasoline bomb at...

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Two journalists assaulted in West Bengal state, India

April 11, 2018 12:55 PM ET

New Delhi, April 11, 2018--Authorities in West Bengal state must identify and bring to justice those who assaulted Biplab Mondal, a photojournalist with the Times of India Kolkata city bureau, and Manas Chattopadhyay, a reporter with the regional ETV Bharat television channel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China arrests journalist for 'spreading rumors' after he reported on Yili Group

April 6, 2018 3:54 PM ET

Taipei, April 6, 2018--Chinese authorities should immediately release from custody journalist Zou Guangxiang and stop harassing the media for doing its job, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls for full access to Geo TV to be restored

April 3, 2018 4:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April, 3, 2018--CPJ today expressed concern over reports that the privately owned Pakistani television channel Geo TV is not accessible throughout parts of the country including Karachi, Lahore, and Multan, despite government assertions that authorities have taken no steps to block it....

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Chinese journalist released from prison

April 3, 2018 11:25 AM ET

Chinese authorities released freelance journalist Qi Chonghuai from prison in Shandong province on February 13, 2018, after he served over 10 years, according to Radio Free Asia....

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Indian authorities must investigate deaths of journalists hit by car

March 29, 2018 4:03 PM ET

New Delhi, March 29, 2018--Authorities in India's Bihar state must conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of Navin Nischal, a stringer for the Hindi-language daily Dainik Bhaskar, and Vijay Singh, a freelance contributor to local magazines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian reporter hit by truck, dies after investigating 'sand mafia'

March 27, 2018 1:25 PM ET

New Delhi, March 27, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities to determine the motive and bring to justice those responsible for the death of journalist Sandeep Sharma in central India's Madhya Pradesh state....

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Malaysian Parliament to vote on 'fake news' bill

March 26, 2018 4:01 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Malaysian Parliament to withdraw a draft bill on fake news. Under the proposed Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, anyone convicted of creating, circulating or publishing fake news online or on social media could face a 10-year jail...

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In Maldives, at least three journalists detained over protest coverage

March 16, 2018 4:47 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital, Malé....

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Chinese authorities briefly detain RFI correspondent in Beijing

March 16, 2018 10:55 AM ET

Police in Beijing detained French journalist Heike Schmidt, the China correspondent for the French Foreign Ministry-funded outlet, Radio France Internationale, for about an hour on March 9, 2018, and confiscated her tape recorder, according to the journalist's outlet....

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At least two journalists injured as police in India break up rally

March 14, 2018 1:31 PM ET

New Delhi, March 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in northeast India to investigate the beating of at least two journalists by police who broke up a student rally on March 10....

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India releases photojournalist Kamran Yousuf on bail

March 13, 2018 3:47 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and calls on Indian authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Yousuf was granted bail by a National Investigative Agency (NIA) special court in Delhi on Monday and...

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Pakistan releases journalist on bail

March 12, 2018 1:41 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza and calls on Pakistani authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Authorities released Raza from prison on March 10 after an Anti-Terrorism Court in Punjab province...

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Indian court delays photojournalist's bail hearing

March 8, 2018 12:51 PM ET

New Delhi, March 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities to grant photojournalist Kamran Yousuf bail. The bail decision was expected March 7, according to news reports, but has not been handed down yet. Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir region, who contributes...

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Sri Lanka's telecom authority blocks social media sites, messaging apps

March 7, 2018 11:44 AM ET

New Delhi, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sri Lankan authorities to restore access to social media and messaging applications. Citing Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senartne, Reuters reported that the government today asked service providers to block the networks amid anti-Muslim riots and violence. Sri Lanka...

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Vietnamese journalist threatened with prison goes into hiding

March 5, 2018 11:22 AM ET

Bangkok, March 5, 2018--Vietnamese authorities should stop threatening and drop any pending charges against journalist Pham Doan Trang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today....

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China detains relatives of RFA Uighur service journalists

February 28, 2018 2:46 PM ET

Taipei, February 28, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is alarmed by news that Chinese authorities have detained at least nine relatives of four U.S.-based journalists for Radio Free Asia's Uighur service....

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Singapore draft law aims to censor reporting on terror attacks

February 28, 2018 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2018--Draft anti-terrorism legislation under consideration in Singapore would imperil press freedom by banning journalists from covering terror attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippines bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

February 21, 2018 11:30 AM ET

Bangkok, February 21, 2018 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Philippine government's decision to ban the news website Rappler from covering official presidential events, and calls for an immediate end to all government harassment of the independent online publication....

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Indian authorities say jailed photographer Kamran Yousuf not 'real journalist'

February 16, 2018 1:21 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to immediately drop charges against photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and release him....

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Reporters beaten, robbed while investigating allegations of pollution

February 8, 2018 2:32 PM ET

A group of men on January 25, 2018, assaulted and robbed two television journalists while they were reporting on allegations of industrial pollution in Hebei province's Quzhou county, approximately 260 miles southwest of Beijing, according to news reports....

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Amid political turmoil in Maldives, press comes under attack

February 5, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Maldivian authorities to stop threatening and harassing news outlets and allow them to operate freely. An opposition-aligned TV station and independent news website have come under threat of closure and cyberattack, respectively, amid an escalating political crisis....

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Pakistan orders closure of US-funded Radio Mashaal office in Islamabad

January 19, 2018 4:06 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani authorities to immediately reverse the order issued to close the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)....

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Wife of critical Chinese-American journalist disappears in China

January 18, 2018 3:18 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the disappearance of the wife of a critical American-Chinese journalist and today called on police in China to disclose whether they have her in custody. Chen Xiaoping told CPJ that his wife, Li Huaiping, disappeared on September...

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India charges photojournalist arrested in Kashmir in September with sedition, other crimes

January 18, 2018 12:39 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2018--India's National Investigation Agency today charged photojournalist Kamran Yousuf with criminal conspiracy, attempting to wage war against India, and sedition, according to news reports. Authorities charged Yousuf alongside 12 others accused of anti-state activities, reports said. Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir...

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In India, Dalit activists harass journalists during hospital interview

January 17, 2018 12:13 PM ET

A group of Dalit activists harassed two journalists at an Ahmedabad hospital on January 7, 2018, and deleted a recording of an interview, according to one of the reporters. Damayantee Dhar, a reporter for The Wire, told CPJ that she and Brendan Dhabi, a reporter for the Ahmedabad Mirror,...

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Philippines threatens further legal action against Rappler

January 16, 2018 11:42 AM ET

Bangkok, January 16, 2018--The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission's order yesterday to revoke the registration of news website Rappler represents a clear and immediate danger to press freedom in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippines revokes registration of news website Rappler

January 15, 2018 10:25 AM ET

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an order by the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke the certificate of incorporation of the critical news website Rappler, which effectively required it to close down....

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Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping attempt

January 10, 2018 5:04 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Pakistani authorities to investigate today's attempted abduction of journalist Taha Siddiqui, and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Myanmar charges two Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act

January 10, 2018 7:23 AM ET

Bangkok, January 10, 2018--Prosecutors in Myanmar today charged two Reuters reporters with violating the Official Secrets Act, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the criminal indictment and called on the authorities to drop the charges and release the reporters....

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Police file complaint against journalist and newspaper following data breach exposé

January 9, 2018 3:27 PM ET

New Delhi, January 9, 2018--Indian authorities on January 5 filed a criminal complaint against the English-language daily The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira, a day after the paper published Khaira's report exposing a possible vulnerability in the country's vast national identity system, according to news reports....

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Myanmar must free Reuters journalists, drop investigation

January 8, 2018 10:45 AM ET

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Myanmar authorities to cease all legal proceedings and release from jail two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, whose work involved reporting on conflict-ridden Rakhine state. The two were arrested December 12 on suspicions of...

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