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CPJ calls for withdrawal or modification of Hong Kong extradition bill

May 13, 2019 11:25 AM ET

Hong Kong, May 13, 2019 -- The Hong Kong government should withdraw a proposed bill amending its extradition law that potentially exposes journalists and others in Hong Kong to criminal trial in mainland Chinese courts, or modify the bill to include additional safeguards to prevent arbitrary rendition, the Committee...

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Journalists injured in election-related violence in West Bengal

May 10, 2019 10:43 AM ET

New Delhi, May 9, 2019 -- The chief election officer of West Bengal should immediately intervene to prevent attacks on journalists covering the ongoing elections in the state, and the state government should ensure that those involved in the attacks are held accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Singapore passes 'fake news' legislation that threatens press

May 9, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Singapore parliament's passage of legislation that could be used to stifle reporting and the dissemination of news, and called for the punitive measure's immediate repeal....

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Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo freed by pardon in Myanmar

May 7, 2019 12:24 AM ET

Bangkok, May 7, 2019-- Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released today from a Yangon prison in Myanmar as part of a presidential pardon, after spending more than 500 days behind bars, Reuters reported. The journalists were released in a mass amnesty of prisoners granted today...

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Myanmar military sues The Irrawaddy for criminal defamation over conflict coverage

April 25, 2019 11:32 AM ET

Bangkok, April 25, 2019 -- Myanmar's military should drop its criminal defamation case against independent news outlet The Irrawaddy over its coverage of the conflict in the country's Rakhine state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippine news and human rights organizations accused of 'plot' against Duterte

April 24, 2019 2:31 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Philippines President Roderigo Duterte providing information to The Manila Times, a local daily, alleging that media and legal groups orchestrated a "plot" to discredit and oust him....

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Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

April 22, 2019 11:31 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment today after the Myanmar Supreme Court upheld Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's convictions. Reuters reported that the Supreme Court justice said the appeal was rejected and did not elaborate further....

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Two sentenced to death for 2018 killing of Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand

April 17, 2019 4:22 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Afghan government to deliver justice through a fair and transparent process after two suspects were sentenced to death for the killing of Kabul News journalist Abdul Manan Arghand....

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CPJ mission finds increased intimidation, shrinking space for free press in the Philippines

April 15, 2019 11:30 PM ET

Manila, April 16, 2019--A Committee to Protect Journalists mission to the Philippines, led by Board Chair Kathleen Carroll, found increasing levels of intimidation and a shrinking space for the free press in the country. The mission--joined by Peter Greste, director of the Australia-based Alliance for Journalists' Freedom (AJF), and CPJ...

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Tandav News editor Giri investigated under Nepal's cybercrime act

April 15, 2019 5:29 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Nepal to not pursue charges under the country's cybercrime act against Arjun Giri, the editor of the weekly Tandav News, who was briefly detained today....

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