Asia

2020


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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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Journalist Ariful Islam freed after arrest, beating, and conviction in Bangladesh

March 25, 2020 1:50 PM ET

In the evening of March 13, 2020, men in paramilitary uniforms accompanied by local administrative officials in Kurigram District, in northern Bangladesh, raided the home of Ariful Islam, the area’s correspondent for the English-language Dhaka Tribune daily, and arrested him after allegedly finding illegal drugs in the house, according...

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Journalists assaulted by police amid coronavirus lockdown in India

March 24, 2020 4:30 PM ET

New Delhi, March 24, 2020 – Authorities in India must stop assaulting journalists and allow them to do their work freely and without restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Beijing dismisses Chinese news assistants working for U.S. bureaus

March 20, 2020 4:09 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2020 -- The Chinese government should immediately reverse the dismissals of Chinese employees working for U.S. news organizations in Beijing, and stop creating obstacles to news gathering by foreign outlets in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China expels at least 13 US journalists in retaliatory move

March 18, 2020 10:55 AM ET

Taipei, March 18, 2020 -- Chinese authorities should immediately suspend efforts to expel American journalists, cease retaliatory measures against U.S. media operations, and resolve differences with the United States through negotiations rather than attacks on the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

March 17, 2020 2:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020 -- In response to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs notice that it will revoke the press credentials of U.S. citizens working as journalists for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post whose visas expire by the end of...

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Myanmar military sues Irrawaddy editor Ye Ni over Rakhine conflict report

March 17, 2020 10:50 AM ET

Bangkok, March 17, 2020 -- The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan broadcast regulator cuts distribution of Geo News after CEO’s arrest

March 13, 2020 2:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 -- Pakistan authorities should immediately lift restrictions placed on Geo News and allow it to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist missing in Bangladesh following defamation suit

March 13, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 -- Bangladesh authorities should spare no effort to locate missing journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, and should not allow a criminal defamation case to proceed against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ demands Pakistan release Jang Media Group CEO Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

March 12, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 12, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should immediately release Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the CEO, owner, and editor-in-chief of the Jang Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police attack and detain journalists covering protester vigils

March 10, 2020 11:45 AM ET

On February 9, 2020, police officers arrested two journalists in Tseung Kwan O New Town, in eastern Hong Kong, while they were covering a vigil for Chow Tsz-lok, a university student who died in November 2019, according to news reports....

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Myanmar army files criminal defamation complaint against Reuters over Rohingya killing report

March 10, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Bangkok, March 10, 2020 -- The Myanmar army should drop its criminal defamation complaint against the Reuters news agency and should stop using legal threats to intimidate the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese blogger who was abducted in Thailand sentenced to 10 years in prison

March 9, 2020 9:35 AM ET

Bangkok, March 9, 2020 -- Vietnamese authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Truong Duy Nhat and should release him immediately from prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India temporarily bans 2 news channels over coverage of Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 2:25 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- The Indian government should immediately lift the 48-hour ban imposed on Malayalam-language news channels Asianet News and MediaOne TV, and must stop arbitrarily censoring coverage of sensitive topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian reporter M. Karthi attacked, threatened in Tamil Nadu

March 6, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- Indian authorities must swiftly and transparently investigate an attack on journalist M. Karthi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists harassed, attacked while covering Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 11:40 AM ET

More than a dozen journalists were harassed or physically attacked while covering riots that broke out in northeast Delhi in late February 2020, according to news reports and journalists and their colleagues, who spoke to CPJ....

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Pakistan government suspends advertising in 2 independent media groups

March 2, 2020 1:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should grant government advertising to outlets without regard for their editorial stances, and should lift the suspension of advertising in the Dawn and Jang media groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy media founder Jimmy Lai over illegal assembly

February 28, 2020 8:20 AM ET

Taipei, February 28, 2020--Authorities in Hong Kong should drop legal charges against Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Media, and stop harassing journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in India

February 25, 2020 3:25 PM ET

Also available in हिंदी में and اردو میں Demonstrations are continuing across India following the introduction of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019, as reported by The Guardian. Violence has escalated with at least four people killed yesterday, and at least 10 people killed and over...

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Indian journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani receives death threats after BJP officials share edited video

February 24, 2020 3:25 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2020 -- Bharatiya Janata Party officials must cease inciting online harassment against journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, and Indian authorities should ensure that threats against journalists are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jammu and Kashmir police question three journalists amid social media ban

February 19, 2020 12:48 PM ET

New Delhi, February 19, 2020—Jammu and Kashmir police have summoned three journalists this month, including photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, who was questioned about social media activity, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. In January, after a lengthy communications shutdown in the region, the Indian government restored access to under...

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China expels 3 Wall Street Journal journalists over opinion headline

February 19, 2020 10:55 AM ET

Taipei, February 19, 2020 -- Chinese authorities should immediately restore the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal journalists and allow the media to report freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist murdered after warning of threats against him

February 17, 2020 12:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 17, 2020 -- Pakistan authorities should take swift action to launch a thorough and credible investigation into the murder of journalist Aziz Memon, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Memon, who worked for the privately-owned Sindhi TV channel KTN News and the Sindhi-language Daily Kawish...

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Pakistan government secretly passes strict social media regulations

February 13, 2020 4:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 13, 2020 -- The Pakistan government should immediately roll back a set of social media regulatory measures that were passed in secret, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan threatens journalist Gul Bukhari with terrorism charges, extradition from UK

February 12, 2020 11:29 AM ET

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should withdraw their threats to bring terrorism charges against journalist Gul Bukhari, and should stop harassing journalists at home and abroad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian police detain journalist covering citizenship protests

February 11, 2020 2:15 PM ET

New Delhi, February 11, 2019 -- Indian authorities should drop their criminal investigation into journalist Mohammed Mubashiruddin Khurram and allow reporters to cover protests without fear of arrest or detention, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Philippines solicitor general petitions to strip news broadcaster ABS-CBN of its franchise

February 11, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, February 11, 2020 -- Philippine Solicitor General Jose Calida should withdraw a petition asking the Supreme Court to cancel television news broadcaster ABS-CBN’s franchise agreement and should stop all legal harassment of the media organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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US journalist Michael Yon barred from entering Hong Kong

February 10, 2020 4:05 PM ET

On February 5, 2020, immigration authorities at Hong Kong International Airport barred journalist Michael Yon from entering the city, according to news reports and Yon, who spoke to CPJ by telephone from Chiang Mai, Thailand....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the coronavirus outbreak

February 10, 2020 12:00 PM ET

Updated March 25, 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and the number of cases continues to rise globally, according to the WHO. The John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center is a safe and reliable resource to keep...

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Chinese video journalist Chen Qiushi, who covered coronavirus, missing in Wuhan

February 10, 2020 11:55 AM ET

Taipei, February 10, 2020 -- Chinese authorities must immediately account for the whereabouts of journalist Chen Qiushi, and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Malaysian journalist charged over coronavirus Facebook posts

February 6, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, February 6, 2020 -- Malaysian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias and allow reporters to freely cover and comment on the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh attacked, harassed

February 4, 2020 1:57 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that several journalists were attacked, threatened, or had equipment taken while covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on February 1....

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Kashmiri journalists, news outlets still offline after India partially restores internet

January 28, 2020 1:59 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2020—Internet access was partially restored in most of Jammu and Kashmir on January 25, but service remained slow and social media platforms and many local news websites remain blocked, The New York Times and other outlets reported. In a statement circulated to CPJ and news...

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Cambodia upholds espionage investigations into ex-Radio Free Asia reporters

January 28, 2020 8:42 AM ET

Bangkok, January 28, 2020--A Cambodian appeals court today rejected a request made by two former Radio Free Asia reporters for state prosecutors to drop a reinvestigation of espionage charges pending against them, according to a report by their former employer....

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American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson detained in Indonesia

January 22, 2020 11:20 AM ET

Bangkok, January 22, 2020 -- Indonesian authorities should immediately release journalist Philip Jacobson and drop any criminal charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists beaten, detained while covering protests in cities across India

January 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Beginning in December 2019, hundreds of thousands of people across India protested against new laws that they allege discriminate against Muslims in the country, according to news reports. Demonstrators and police attacked journalists covering the protests, and authorities detained reporters covering them, according to news reports and journalists who...

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India should restore internet in Kashmir as court orders shutdown review

January 10, 2020 1:50 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2020--The Indian Supreme Court ordered a review of the legal process used to implement the ongoing shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir today. The ruling affirmed that freedom of speech “using the medium of internet is constitutionally protected."...

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Bangladesh blocks Sweden-based news website Netra News

January 3, 2020 3:11 PM ET

Beginning on December 28, 2019, Bangladeshi authorities have blocked domestic connections to Netra News, a recently launched news website based in Sweden, according to a report by Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and Netra News editor-in-chief Tasneem Khalil, who wrote to CPJ via email....

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Thai court sentences journalist Suchanee Cloitre to 2 years in jail for defamation

January 3, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Bangkok, January 3, 2020 -- Thai authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Suchanee Cloitre, and should stop charging reporters with criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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