Asia

2018

  

Live Stream – Press Behind Bars: Undermining Justice and Democracy

Event scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 28, 2018. Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon, Reuters President and CPJ board member Stephen J. Adler, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who represents the imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, speak on a panel at the 73rd…

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

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's acting Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung attends the World Economic Forum in Hanoi on September 12. A Vietnamese court has sentenced a journalist to four years in prison over his coverage of evictions. (Reuters/Kham)

Vietnam jails journalist for four years over coverage of evictions

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 order, which is a criminal offense…

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Drop in journalist killings in Pakistan masks decline in press freedom

CPJ report finds military pressures media to self-censor Washington D.C., September 12, 2018–Pakistan’s press is under pressure as the country’s powerful military quietly but effectively encourages self-censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its report, “Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, journalists’ fear and censorship grow even as fatal violence declines.” The report will be…

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Acts of Intimidation:

Divided and alone, Pakistan’s press finds safety in numbers To compensate for the unwillingness or inability of government institutions to create a safe atmosphere for the press or tackle the ongoing issue of impunity in the murder of journalists, several independent organizations, including the Freedom Network, Media Matters for Democracy, the Pakistan Press Foundation and…

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Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, journalists’ fear and censorship grow even as fatal violence declines

As killings of journalists in Pakistan decline so too does press freedom, as the country’s powerful military quietly, but effectively, restricts reporting by barring access, encouraging self-censorship through direct and indirect acts of intimidation, and even allegedly instigating violence against reporters. Journalists who push back or are overly critical of authorities are attacked, threatened, or…

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Acts of Intimidation:

About This Report This report was written by CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. CPJ’s multimedia producer Mustafa Hameed contributed research and reporting, and produced the accompanying documentary “Acts of Intimidation.” CPJ traveled to Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, and Okara in February 2018, to meet with journalists, editors, and media groups.

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Acts of Intimidation:

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:

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A Thai policeman stands inside the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on September 10, 2018, during a forum to discuss alleged human rights abuses by the military junta in Myanmar. The discussion was shut down by the Thai authorities. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Thai authorities shut down foreign press club event on Myanmar

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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A Chinese Muslim woman reads a newspaper along a street in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. China arrested a Uighur editor and newspaper directors for being 'two-faced' in July and August 2018. (AFP Photo/Goh Chai Hin)

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

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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