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Philippines issues arrest warrants against Rappler's Maria Ressa, other executives

March 28, 2019 8:29 AM ET

Bangkok, March 28, 2019 - Authorities in the Philippines issued today arrest warrants against news website Rappler editors and executives, including executive editor and founder Maria Ressa, for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls on Maldives to empower commission on enforced disappearances and murders

March 27, 2019 4:08 PM ET

CPJ writes to the speaker of the People's Majlis, asking him to strengthen press freedom in the Maldives and commit to pursuing justice and ending impunity by calling for a vote on a bill to grant investigative powers to the presidential commission on enforced disappearances and murders.

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Myanmar Supreme Court to hear appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

March 24, 2019 5:27 PM ET

Bangkok, March 25, 2019 -- The Supreme Court of Myanmar will hear an appeal by the lawyers of jailed Reuters news agency reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone on March 26, according to a statement from Reuters seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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India elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

March 22, 2019 1:28 PM ET

India is scheduled to hold national and provincial elections from April 11 to May 19, 2019. As the country celebrates over 70 years of democracy, journalists are under pressure from attacks, harassment, cyber bullying, and government restrictions. At least five journalists were killed in relation to their work in...

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Labor rights website editor Wei Zhili arrested in China; another is missing

March 21, 2019 1:47 PM ET

Taipei, March 21, 2019 -- Chinese authorities should immediately release ILabour.net editor Wei Zhili and ensure that editors and reporters will not be arrested for reporting on workers' rights....

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Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who disappeared in Thailand, imprisoned in Vietnam

March 21, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, March 21, 2019 -- Vietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release detained blogger Truong Duy Nhat and allow him to travel freely outside of the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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