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Two reporters charged for spreading ‘false information’ about COVID-19 in the Philippines

April 3, 2020 4:10 PM ET

Bangkok, April 3, 2020 -- Cavite City authorities in the Philippines should withdraw their criminal complaints against journalists Mario Batuigas and Amor Virata, and refrain from threatening journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong government reprimands RTHK broadcaster over question about Taiwan

April 3, 2020 3:10 PM ET

Taipei, April 3, 2020 -- The Hong Kong government should let Radio Television Hong Kong report freely and without official harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ sends letter calling on new Malaysian prime minister to respect press freedom

April 2, 2020 3:40 PM ET

His Excellency Muhyiddin YassinPrime Minister of MalaysiaPrime Minister's OfficeFederal Government Administration CenterBangunan Perdana Putra, Putrajaya 62502Malaysia Sent via email to [email protected]

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Uttar Pradesh starts criminal probe into The Wire editor for alleged 'discord' during COVID-19 lockdown

April 2, 2020 1:25 PM ET

New Delhi, April 2, 2020—Police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh should immediately withdraw criminal complaints against Siddharth Vardarajan, editor of news website The Wire, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The police opened a criminal investigation into Vardarajan on accusations of spreading discord, enmity, and rumors...

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Myanmar orders dozens of news websites blocked in crackdown on ‘fake news’

April 2, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, April 2, 2020 – Myanmar should lift its order to block news websites and cease all efforts to censor the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan court overturns murder convictions in Daniel Pearl case

April 2, 2020 8:45 AM ET

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2020--In response to the decision of the Sindh High Court in Pakistan to overturn the murder convictions of four men accused in the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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Indian Supreme Court denies government request for prior censorship of COVID-19 news

March 31, 2020 5:41 PM ET

New Delhi, March 31, 2020 – The Indian government should stop trying to censor news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Myanmar editor faces life in prison for publishing interview with insurgent group

March 31, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Bangkok, March 31, 2020 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately release journalist Ko Nay Lin and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippines COVID-19 state of emergency includes prison time for spreading ‘false news’

March 27, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Bangkok, March 27, 2020 -- The Philippine Congress should repeal a recently enacted regulation that imposes criminal penalties for spreading ‘false news’ about the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Thailand declares state of emergency, imposes press restrictions

March 26, 2020 9:50 AM ET

Bangkok, March 26, 2020 -- Thailand should uphold press freedom and refrain from harassing and restricting reporters while emergency rule is imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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