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CPJ calls on Thai prime minister to restore press freedom

September 23, 2019 12:29 PM ET

CPJ wrote to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, urging him to restore freedom the press in Thailand.

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Uttar Pradesh police arrest, investigate multiple journalists since August 31

September 18, 2019 1:55 PM ET

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, have arrested, investigated, and filed complaints against journalists in several separate incidents since August 31, 2019, according to news reports and the journalists, who spoke to CPJ....

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CPJ concerned about Pakistan media court initiative

September 18, 2019 11:13 AM ET

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019 -- Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved an initiative to establish specialized courts aimed at resolving media-related issues, the government announced yesterday, according to news reports. The proposal drew swift condemnation on social media from human rights and press freedom organizations....

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Hong Kong police hit journalists covering protests with tear gas and pepper spray

September 9, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Taipei, September 9, 2019 -- Hong Kong police must cease their unprovoked use of tear gas and pepper spray against journalists covering protests in the city, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani barred from leaving India

September 4, 2019 11:50 AM ET

New Delhi, September 4, 2019 -- Indian authorities should allow journalist Gowhar Geelani to travel freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Maldives journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla killed by Al-Qaeda group in 2014, commission finds

September 3, 2019 1:25 PM ET

New Delhi, September 3, 2019 -- Maldivian authorities should prosecute those responsible for the 2014 killing of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, including the planners of the attack as well as any government officials who interfered in the investigation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Singapore prime minister threatens to sue The Online Citizen for libel

September 3, 2019 10:30 AM ET

Bangkok, September 3, 2019 -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong should drop his legal threat against news website The Online Citizen and cease his government’s long-running legal harassment of independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China refuses to renew Wall Street Journal reporter’s visa

August 30, 2019 12:05 PM ET

Taipei, August 30, 2019 -- Chinese immigration authorities should immediately reverse their decision to refuse the visa renewal of Wall Street Journal reporter Chun Han Wong and allow foreign and domestic journalists to work without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Myanmar court to hear appeal in defamation case against journalist Swe Win

August 29, 2019 10:08 AM ET

Bangkok, August 29, 2019 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Myanmar’s Mandalay District Court to hear an appeal that could reopen a criminal defamation lawsuit against editor Swe Win....

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Australian blogger Yang Hengjun arrested in China on espionage charges

August 28, 2019 1:25 PM ET

Taipei, August 28, 2019 -- Chinese authorities should immediately release Yang Hengjun and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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