Asia

2019


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Pakistani journalist sentenced to five years in prison under anti-terrorism laws

December 31, 2019 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 31, 2019—Pakistani authorities should immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against journalist Nasrullah Chaudhry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chaudhry was convicted under anti-terrorism laws and sentenced to five years in prison on December 21 over the alleged possession of banned literature, according...

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Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province arrest Daily Jurat reporter Ajeeb Lakho

December 26, 2019 4:43 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 26, 2019—Police in Sukkur, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, should immediately release Ajeeb Lakho and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In the Philippines, convictions finally achieved for Maguindanao massacre

December 18, 2019 11:33 PM ET

Bangkok, December 19, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a Philippine court’s decision to hold to account the mastermind, his brother and 26 accomplices of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre....

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At least 3 Hong Kong journalists denied entry to Macao to cover Xi visit

December 18, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Taipei, December 18, 2019 -- Authorities in Macao should allow all journalists to enter and report freely from the territory, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists attacked by police, disrupted by demonstrators while covering protests in India

December 17, 2019 1:40 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2019 -- Indian authorities must ensure the safety of all journalists covering protests across the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladeshi court orders 3-day detention of editor Abul Asad

December 16, 2019 4:08 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2019 -- Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release editor Abul Asad and must protect news outlets so they can report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists beaten by unidentified groups, interrogated by police in Sri Lanka

December 16, 2019 11:20 AM ET

New York, December 16, 2019 -- Sri Lankan authorities must thoroughly investigate several recent attacks against journalists, hold those responsible to account, and ensure that journalists can report freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport

December 10, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Beirut, December 10, 2019 -- Malaysian authorities should disclose their reasons for holding Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Duterte threatens to shut down Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN

December 5, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Bangkok, December 5, 2019 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government should not show bias in renewing broadcasters’ licenses and should cease threatening the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Demonstrators block entrance to Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, call for staffers to be hanged

December 3, 2019 12:26 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2019 -- Pakistan authorities must prevent demonstrations against the Dawn newspaper from turning violent, and should investigate death threats made against its staffers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Epoch Times printer damaged in arson attack in Hong Kong

November 22, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Taipei, November 22, 2019 -- The Hong Kong Police Force should conduct a fast and thorough investigation into the arson attack on the Epoch Times newspaper’s printing company, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Pham Chi Dung detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

November 22, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, November 22, 2019 -- Vietnamese authorities should immediately release journalist Pham Chi Dung and drop any pending charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian police accuse journalist Nellutla Venugopal of being part of a Maoist conspiracy

November 20, 2019 12:25 PM ET

New Delhi, November 20, 2019 -- Police in India’s Telangana state should immediately drop their allegations against journalist Nellutla Venugopal and stop harassing journalists for their political leanings, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist Dindo Generoso shot and killed in the Philippines

November 11, 2019 10:58 AM ET

Bangkok, November 11, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of radio reporter Dindo Generoso in the central Philippines, and called on Philippine authorities to identify the motive behind the killing and bring all of the perpetrators swiftly to justice....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering unrest in Hong Kong

November 8, 2019 4:09 PM ET

Police and protesters continue to clash in Hong Kong, especially on the weekends. Incidents in recent months that CPJ is aware of include journalists hit by pepper spray, tear gas, or projectiles fired from crowd-control weapons; police briefly detaining journalists; and demonstrators attacking journalists whom they believed were affiliated...

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Indian government threatens to cancel journalist Aatish Taseer’s overseas citizenship

November 7, 2019 1:50 PM ET

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 -- The Indian government must cease making threats to revoke the overseas citizenship of journalist Aatish Taseer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, arrest 2 journalists covering protests

November 4, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Taipei, November 4, 2019 -- Police in Hong Kong must stop attacking and harassing journalists and ensure the safety of reporters covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist Benjie Caballero shot in the Philippines

November 4, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 -- Philippine authorities should conduct a fast and thorough investigation into the shooting of journalist Benjie Caballero, determine if the attack was connected to his reporting, and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian police accuse publisher of treason in 25-year-old case

November 1, 2019 1:24 PM ET

New Delhi, November 1, 2019 -- Karnataka police must immediately release Indian publisher Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian journalists reported among targets of alleged NSO Group WhatsApp hack

October 31, 2019 2:29 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that several journalists in India have been notified that they were among the targets of suspicious WhatsApp contact that may have been used to install advanced surveillance technology on their phones. Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week...

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Pakistan media regulator walks back ban on news anchors expressing personal opinions

October 28, 2019 1:35 PM ET

On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country’s nominally independent media regulator, issued an order posted on its official Twitter account prohibiting news anchors from expressing opinions, stating that anchors hosting news programs “should not appear in talk shows,” and saying that news organizations would...

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Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin detained following coverage of Hong Kong protests

October 25, 2019 12:24 PM ET

Taipei, October 25, 2019 -- Chinese authorities must immediately release journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan denies entry to CPJ's Steven Butler, forces him to return to US

October 17, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2019 -- Last night, Pakistani immigration authorities denied entry to CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, citing a blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior....

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CPJ calls on Hong Kong chief executive to establish body to probe police violence against journalists

October 9, 2019 4:58 PM ET

CPJ writes to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to urge her to use her authority to take the steps necessary to launch an independent body that can investigate repeated attacks on journalists by Hong Kong police.

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Telugu journalist Ravi Prakash arrested after refusal to remove online interviews

October 8, 2019 1:53 PM ET

New Delhi, October 8, 2019 -- The government of India’s Telangana state must immediately release Ravi Prakash, founder of independent Telugu news website Tolivelugu, and ensure he is not harassed because of his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cambodian court delays verdict, orders new investigation of ex-Radio Free Asia reporters

October 3, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Bangkok, October 3, 2019 -- Cambodian authorities should drop all charges against Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and stop their campaign of harassment against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Pang Pui Yin released on bail following arrest by Hong Kong police

October 2, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Taipei, October 2, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should drop all charges against journalist Pang Pui Yin and cease harassing journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, projectiles at journalists covering protests

September 30, 2019 11:24 AM ET

Taipei, September 30, 2019 -- The Hong Kong police force should stop firing pepper spray and projectiles at journalists covering protests in the city, and should hold those responsible for such actions to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Unidentified men assault journalist from pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong

September 25, 2019 10:38 AM ET

Taipei, September 25, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the recent assault of an Apple Daily reporter and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police attack Indonesian journalists covering protest in South Sulawesi

September 25, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, September 25, 2019 -- Indonesian authorities should carry out a thorough investigation into the police assaults of reporters covering protests in Makassar and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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Indonesia should restore internet access in restive Papua region

August 22, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Bangkok, August 22, 2019—Indonesian authorities should immediately restore internet access to the provinces of Papua and West Papua and refrain from imposing any restrictions on journalists covering civil unrest in the region, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani news program cancelled amid defamation suits from prime minister

August 21, 2019 4:20 PM ET

On August 6, 2019, Pakistani broadcaster Channel 24 HD cancelled the “Najam Sethi Show,” a news and political commentary program, after the broadcaster’s management received a phone call from an unidentified individual demanding the show be dropped, according to Najam Sethi, the show’s host, who spoke with CPJ on...

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At least 2 journalists detained amid tensions in Jammu and Kashmir

August 16, 2019 3:44 PM ET

New Delhi, August 16, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian government to immediately stop its harassment of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir and to allow them to work freely. Authorities have detained at least two journalists in the past week amid tensions and the communications...

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Hong Kong protesters assault journalist from China’s Global Times

August 14, 2019 12:12 PM ET

Taipei, August 14, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an assault on a Chinese reporter covering pro-democracy protests at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday....

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CPJ calls on authorities in Shenzhen, China to release labor journalists

August 9, 2019 1:57 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to authorities in Shenzhen, China, calling on them to release Yang Zhengjun, Wei Zhili, and Ke Chengbing--editors for the labor news outlet ILabour.net--and cease all legal proceedings against them.

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American journalist shot, critically wounded in Philippines

August 9, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, August 9, 2019 – An American journalist working in the Philippines was shot and critically wounded on August 6 while retrieving his daughter from school in the northern province of Ifugao, according to his outlet and other press reports....

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Video journalist injured by tear gas canister at Hong Kong protest

August 5, 2019 3:53 PM ET

Taipei, August 5, 2019—Hong Kong authorities should investigate reports that police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward journalists and ensure that the media can cover protests without fear of injury or arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir

August 5, 2019 3:15 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at reports of a communication blackout and the arrest of a journalist in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state amid an escalating political crisis....

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Chinese court sentences journalist Huang Qi to 12 years in prison

July 29, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Taipei, July 29, 2019 -- The Mianyang Intermediate People's Court today sentenced Huang Qi, publisher of the human rights news website 64 Tianwang, to 12 years in prison on charges of "deliberately leaking state secrets," and "illegally providing state secrets to foreign countries," according to a statement published on...

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Journalists charged with incitement for live-streaming land protest in Cambodia

July 26, 2019 9:35 AM ET

Bangkok, July 26, 2019 -- Cambodia should drop incitement charges against two local journalists and stop using legal threats to intimidate and harass reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cyber libel trial opens against Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

July 25, 2019 10:55 AM ET

Bangkok, July 25, 2019 -- Philippine authorities should drop pending cyber libel charges against Rappler editor Maria Ressa and cease their legal harassment campaign against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Espionage trial to begin for former Radio Free Asia reporters in Cambodia

July 24, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Bangkok, July 24, 2019 -- Cambodia should drop espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia reporters and stop using anti-state charges to harass journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists attacked by counterprotesters in Hong Kong

July 22, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Taipei, July 22, 2019 -- A group of masked individuals beat journalists, demonstrators, and passersby with sticks and metal rods at Hong Kong's Yuen Long metro station after an anti-extradition bill protest concluded last night, according to news reports. At least 45 people were injured in the attacks, according...

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Pakistani broadcaster Geo News blocked amid prime minister's visit to Washington

July 21, 2019 10:55 AM ET

New York, July 21, 2019 -- Pakistan's most popular news channel, the privately owned Geo News broadcaster, has been forced off the air or had its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country, according to reports on social media and the broadcaster's managing director, Azhar Abbas,...

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Radio anchor Eduardo Dizon shot and killed in the Philippines

July 15, 2019 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, July 15, 2019 -- Philippine authorities should conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the killing of radio broadcaster Eduardo Dizon, determine if it was connected to his journalism, and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hyderabad police detain Mojo TV's Revathi Pogadadanda

July 12, 2019 2:36 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 12, 2019--Hyderabad police should immediately release journalist Revathi Pogadadanda, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pogadadanda, the founder and former CEO of independent news channel Mojo TV, was forcibly taken to a police station this morning, according to news reports....

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Former official assaults Indian journalist, family in Gujarat

July 10, 2019 11:20 AM ET

On July 6, 2019, three men assaulted Harshad Ahir, Valsad bureau chief of privately owned daily Gujarat Mitra, and his wife and infant child at their home in Gujarat's Valsad district, in western India, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via phone, and news reports....

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Indian investigative agency questions Greater Kashmir editor Fayaz Kaloo for 6 days

July 9, 2019 3:28 PM ET

New Delhi, July 9, 2019--Indian authorities should stop harassing journalists and employees of the Greater Kashmir newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fayaz Kaloo, the editor-in-chief of the privately owned newspaper--one of the leading dailies in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state--was questioned for nearly a week by...

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TV news channels blocked in Pakistan after airing opposition speeches

July 9, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 -- Pakistan authorities should immediately unblock broadcasts of privately owned news channels Capital TV, 24 News HD, and the Abbtakk News Network, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pro-democracy underground station Citizens' Radio vandalized in Hong Kong

July 2, 2019 12:30 PM ET

Taipei, July 2, 2019 -- Authorities in Hong Kong should swiftly investigate the vandalism of the Citizens' Radio office and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian government drops advertisements from major newspaper groups in apparent retaliation for coverage

June 28, 2019 3:20 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2019 -- The Indian government has cut off advertisements to three major newspaper groups--The Times Group, ABP Group, and The Hindu--in apparent retaliation for their critical news coverage, according to news reports....

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Kashmir editor Ghulam Jeelani Qadri arrested over 1992 case

June 28, 2019 12:50 PM ET

On June 24, 2019, police in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir arrested Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, the editor of privately owned Urdu-language daily Aafaq, as part of a 27-year-old criminal complaint against him, according to news reports....

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Indian journalist G. Muthuvel attacked, threatened after reporting on police officer

June 27, 2019 11:45 AM ET

New Delhi, June 27, 2019 -- Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu must promptly investigate and prosecute those behind the attack on journalist G. Muthuvel and protect him from further attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Myanmar authorities shut down internet access in Rakhine and Chin states

June 24, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, June 24, 2019 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately restore internet access to Rakhine and Chin states and ensure that connectivity is not interrupted in the future, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist Muhammad Bilal Khan stabbed to death in Islamabad

June 19, 2019 5:00 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2019 -- Pakistani authorities should swiftly investigate the killing of journalist Muhammad Bilal Khan in Islamabad to determine the motive and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist facing incitement charges for reporting on alleged power blackouts in central India

June 19, 2019 3:15 PM ET

New Delhi, June 19, 2019 -- Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel should immediately intervene to ensure that police drop charges against journalist Dilip Sharma and direct officials in his state to respect press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China refuses visa application for critical American journalist

June 19, 2019 11:12 AM ET

Taipei, June 19, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' refusal to issue a journalist visa to Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a reporter who has covered China's influence abroad....

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Journalists assaulted in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka states in India

June 17, 2019 12:58 PM ET

Three journalists were assaulted in two Indian states on June 11 and 12, 2019, according to news reports....

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Hong Kong police attack journalists with batons, tear gas amid protests

June 14, 2019 3:41 PM ET

Taipei, June 14, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should immediately and thoroughly investigate police use of tear gas on journalists and allegations that officers hit and pushed journalists with batons during protests on June 12, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uttar Pradesh police arrest third Nation Live journalist on accusations of 'defaming' chief minister

June 13, 2019 3:55 PM ET

New Delhi, June 13, 2019--Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should immediately intervene and instruct state police to cease arresting journalists under defamation accusations after news reports of a new arrest earlier this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police arrest journalists for airing 'defamatory content' against Uttar Pradesh chief minister

June 9, 2019 12:55 PM ET

New Delhi, June 9, 2019 -- Authorities in Uttar Pradesh must immediately release Nation Live journalists Anuj Shukla and Ishita Singh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police open criminal investigation into Indian journalist Vishweshwar Bhat

June 7, 2019 11:40 AM ET

On May 26, 2019, Bengaluru police opened a criminal investigation into Vishweshwar Bhat, the editor-in-chief of privately owned Kannada-language newspaper Vishwavani, after a complaint was filed against him by a member of the state's ruling Janata Dal (Secular) party, according to Indian news portal The News Minute....

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Police raid Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters, seize documents over Afghanistan reports

June 5, 2019 12:29 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the Australian Federal Police raid on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Sydney today and called on authorities to immediately return any documents or other property seized. In a statement, police said the raid was related...

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Indian journalist Pratap Patra attacked over sand mining investigation

June 4, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New Delhi, June 4, 2019 -- Indian authorities should swiftly investigate the attack on journalist Pratap Patra and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Australian police raid home of Sunday Telegraph journalist Annika Smethurst

June 4, 2019 11:55 AM ET

New York, June 4, 2019--Australian Federal Police today raided the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, a politics editor for the Sunday Telegraph, and searched her property, computer, and cellphone, according to news reports. In a statement, police said the search warrant was part of an investigation into the alleged...

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Pakistani reporter Gohar Wazir detained in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after covering Pashtun demonstrations

May 28, 2019 5:38 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 28, 2019--Pakistani authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Gohar Wazir, a reporter with private satellite TV station Khyber News, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nepal government proposes bills that endanger press freedom

May 23, 2019 4:40 PM ET

May 23, 2019, New York -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about measures proposed by Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli's government in the Federal Parliament of Nepal that threaten press freedom, and urged legislators and the government to amend the proposals in accordance with civil...

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Myanmar reporter detained without charge since May 15

May 22, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, May 22, 2019 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Nanda, a broadcast reporter with the local privately owned Channel Mandalay TV news station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks

May 15, 2019 11:50 AM ET

New York, May 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty....

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Myanmar journalist Aung Marm Oo in hiding as police seek his arrest

May 13, 2019 12:02 PM ET

Bangkok, May 13, 2019 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately cease harassing and threatening to arrest Aung Marm Oo, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Rakhine state-based news agency Development Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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Civil case filed in US over murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

April 15, 2019 3:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2019 -- Today, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, unsealed a civil lawsuit against former Sri Lankan Defense Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a dual U.S.-Sri Lankan citizen, seeking damages for his alleged involvement in the...

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Australian journalists could be jailed for allegedly violating court's gag order

April 11, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about summons issued by the Victoria state supreme court in Australia to 23 journalists and 13 news organizations to appear on April 15 and face possible prison sentences or fines. The journalists and outlets allegedly...

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Indian court gags news outlets from reporting 'derogatory' information about candidate

April 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

A Bengaluru court on March 30, 2019, issued a gag order to 44 Indian news outlets as well as Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo, barring the outlets and platforms from publishing "defamatory and derogatory" content about Tejasvi Surya, a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to independent...

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Singapore 'fake news' legislation endangers press freedom

April 2, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, April 2, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on the Singapore parliament to reject legislation that would force online platforms to take down or amend news or information authorities deem as false....

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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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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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CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to drop charges against journalist

February 7, 2019 11:53 AM ET

New York, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist Aasif Sultan and release him from jail after local news outlets reported that formal charges were filed against him today....

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Two radio journalists shot and killed in northern Afghanistan

February 6, 2019 5:18 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Afghan authorities to promptly investigate and bring to justice those responsible for yesterday's killing of two journalists in Taloqan, the capital city of northern Takhar province....

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Japan prevents freelance journalist from traveling to report in Yemen

February 6, 2019 1:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Japanese government to allow freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to leave the country to conduct reporting. Tsuneoka was stopped by immigration officials at Tokyo's Haneda Airport while trying to leave Japan for a reporting trip to Yemen...

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CPJ calls on Thailand to account for missing Vietnamese blogger

February 6, 2019 12:15 PM ET

Bangkok, February 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat, publicly report on that investigation's findings, and take all measures to ensure that the journalist has not been illegally abducted or detained....

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Indian TV crew assaulted by Hindu far-right protesters over Sabarimala shrine coverage

February 1, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Two journalists from independent Telugu-language news channel Mojo TV were harassed and assaulted by members of a right-wing group in the city of Hyderabad, India, on January 23, 2019, one of the reporters told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reporter Prathibha Priyadarshani Mukkera and camera person Bhanu Mudhiraj were...

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Taiwan accuses Beijing-sponsored Hong Kong newspapers of disseminating misinformation, opens immigration investigation into journalists

January 30, 2019 8:48 AM ET

On January 17, 2019, Taiwan's presidential office issued a statement on Facebook accusing Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper funded by Beijing, of fabricating a story alleging that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen secretly sent an envoy to advise three Hong Kong independence activists. The Taiwan government is currently...

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CPJ condemns conviction of human rights journalist Liu Feiyue in China

January 29, 2019 9:23 AM ET

Taipei, January 29, 2019--The Suizhou Intermediate People's Court in Hubei province today sentenced Liu Feiyue, founder of the human rights news website Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, known in Chinese as Minsheng Guancha, to a five-year jail term for inciting state subversion, according to news reports....

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India bars journalists in Jammu and Kashmir from covering Republic Day event

January 29, 2019 9:04 AM ET

New Delhi, India, January 29, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir to stop restricting press coverage of events in the restive state, after 10 photo and video journalists from local, national, and international media organizations were...

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Four Kashmiri photojournalists hit by pellet-gun fire from Indian security forces

January 23, 2019 11:58 AM ET

New Delhi, January 23, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state to fully investigate an incident yesterday in which four photojournalists were hit by pellet-gun fire from security forces in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state. The journalists were hit while covering a...

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CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir governor to release journalist Aasif Sultan

January 15, 2019 3:03 PM ET

CPJ calls on the governor of India's Jammu and Kashmir state to release journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been held by state police since August 2018, and drop all legal proceedings against him.

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Conviction obtained in 2002 murder of Indian journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti

January 11, 2019 2:03 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 - India's Central Bureau of Investigation obtained convictions today in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti, editor of the Hindi-language newspaper Poora Sach, according to news reports. The CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana state, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the...

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Radio broadcaster killed under suspicious circumstances in the Philippines

January 11, 2019 8:38 AM ET

Bangkok, January 11, 2018--Philippine authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of Filipino news broadcaster John Michael Decano and bring the assailant to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters' reporters

January 11, 2019 7:39 AM ET

Bangkok, January 11, 2019--A Myanmar court upheld today the conviction of Reuters news agency reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both of whom are serving seven year sentences for violating the Official Secrets Act, Reuters reported....

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Indian government expels two foreign journalists for visa violations

January 9, 2019 9:35 AM ET

Two foreign journalists were barred from entering India for allegedly violating visa rules in late December 2018 and early January 2019, according to press reports. On December 28, 2018, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that Cathal McNaughton, the chief photographer with Reuters' Delhi office, had been denied reentry...

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Journalist arrested, others beaten during Bangladesh elections

January 2, 2019 5:15 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Hedait Hossain Molla, a reporter who was arrested in Khulna yesterday in relation to his election coverage, according to news reports....

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