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Afghan journalist killed; Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility

March 18, 2019 1:40 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the killing of Afghan journalist Sultan Mahmoud Khairkhwah and calls on authorities to investigate his killing and improve the safety of journalists in the country....

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Afghan journalist wounded in assassination attempt

March 12, 2019 1:16 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Afghan authorities to swiftly investigate the attempted assassination of journalist Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi in Helmand province today and bring the perpetrators to justice....

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Indian court issues fine, threatens jail time over opinion piece

March 11, 2019 4:48 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned a fine imposed by the Meghalaya state High Court on the publisher and editor of Meghalaya-based daily The Shillong Times....

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Indian government threatens to invoke Official Secrets Act against news outlets

March 11, 2019 2:29 PM ET

The government of Narendra Modi, through Attorney General K K Venugopal, on March 6, 2019, threatened to invoke the Official Secrets Act against daily newspaper The Hindu and news agency Asian News International (ANI) for critical reporting on a fighter jet deal in which the government has been accused...

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Myanmar journalists held, assaulted by mining company over news coverage

February 28, 2019 10:31 AM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harassment, detention, and assault of two journalists in Myanmar on February 26 and called on the country's authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and hold those responsible to account....

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White House setting wrong example at Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi

February 27, 2019 11:11 AM ET

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019--The White House today barred four journalists from covering a dinner in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing "sensitivities over shouted questions," according to news reports. The unusual move came a day after Vietnamese officials relocated the White...

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Jammu and Kashmir government pulls advertisements from two major newspapers

February 26, 2019 1:34 PM ET

New Delhi, February 26, 2019--The state government of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir should reinstate its advertisements in two major local newspapers or provide an acceptable explanation concerning its decision not to do so, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who runs...

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CPJ condemns 15-day ban on Thai TV news station

February 13, 2019 11:43 AM ET

Bangkok, February 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the decision by a Thai media regulator to suspend the broadcasting license of Voice TV for 15 days and called on the country's military government to allow all media to report freely on the nation's politics....

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CPJ condemns arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa on cyber libel charge

February 13, 2019 7:49 AM ET

Bangkok, February 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Philippine authorities to immediately release and drop all pending charges against Maria Ressa, executive editor and founder of the critical news website Rappler....

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Pakistani journalist arrested for critical Twitter posts

February 9, 2019 1:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, a TV host for Din News, a privately-owned Urdu-language news station. Razi was arrested and taken into custody this morning in Lahore, according to...

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