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Letters   |   Myanmar

CPJ urges Myanmar to reform laws restricting press freedom

CPJ writes to Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw to urge him to prioritize reforming laws that restrict press freedom.

May 31, 2016 10:05 AM ET


Alerts   |   Myanmar

Myanmar journalist's home targeted in bomb attack

Min Min, editor and general manager of the online Root Investigative Agency, speaks to reporters in Sittwe, Myanmar, in this 2014 file photo (Root Investigative Agency).

Bangkok, March 16, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an independent, high-level investigation into the bombing of a journalist's home in western Myanmar and for the perpetrators to be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

March 16, 2016 10:41 AM ET


Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

Impact   |   Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Paraguay, Syria

CPJ newsletter: November 2015

Today is #GivingTuesday

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December 1, 2015 11:44 AM ET

Alerts   |   Myanmar

Five Myanmar journalists freed from prison as part of mass amnesty

Bangkok, July 31, 2015--Five journalists jailed on anti-state charges in Myanmar were released on Thursday in a presidential amnesty of nearly 7,000 prisoners, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the journalists' release but calls on Myanmar authorities to release all other journalists imprisoned in the country.

Alerts   |   Myanmar

Myanmar media owner attacked by slingshot-wielding assailants

New York, July 17, 2015--The owner of a media group in Myanmar was attacked on Tuesday by slingshot-wielding assailants, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on authorities to prosecute the perpetrators.

Case   |   Myanmar

Myanmar detains, obstructs journalists from reporting

On May 31, 2015, Myanmar's navy questioned and briefly detained several journalists. The journalists, who were in small boats, were attempting to reach a remote island off Myanmar's southwestern coast where a ship carrying hundreds of migrants had drifted, according to news reports.

July 8, 2015 8:30 AM ET


Blog   |   Myanmar

More signs of Myanmar's toughening stance on media

Myanmar’s parliament yesterday voted against several constitutional amendments that keep the military’s veto power intact, dealing a blow to hopes for fuller democracy, according to the BBC. And outside the legislature authorities are accelerating the pace at which they undoing democratic reforms.

Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Latvia, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2015

CPJ launches annual publication Attacks on the Press

At a U.N. press conference on April 27 to launch CPJ's annual publication Attacks on the Press, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon called on the U.N. Security Council to include in its May 27 debate on Journalist Safety a warning to states that they should not use national security as an excuse to jail, harass, or censor journalists.

The last three years have been the most deadly for the press, according to CPJ research. One of the reasons is the developing "terror dynamic"--non-state actors targeting journalists with violence while governments restrict civil liberties and press freedom in response. This phenomenon was amply documented in essays published in this year's edition of Attacks on the Press.

The book, which emphasizes reporting and analysis by CPJ staff and outside experts, features essays on multiple threats facing the press: the conflict in Syria, where freelancers and local journalists must adapt to an environment in which they are targets; terror and criminal groups, in countries as Syria, Nigeria, and Mexico, which document their own atrocities and disseminate them through social media; and crackdowns on the press in Ethiopia and Egypt, where governments use the threat of terror to justify repression. Several essays in the book also look at the impact of surveillance in more democratic societies, including those in Europe. The book also includes CPJ's list of the 10 Most Censored Countries.

The print edition of Attacks on the Press is published by Bloomberg Press, an imprint of Wiley, and is available for purchase.

May 7, 2015 4:24 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore

For clues to censorship in Hong Kong, look to Singapore, not Beijing

Wong Wing-yin, a reporter for Hong Kong's public broadcaster, RTHK, is escorted to safety during a pro-government protest on October 25, 2014, during which three journalists were assaulted. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

When journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014, got word that protesters were having problems with cell phone service, it appeared to be a familiar response from governments across the world to dissent.

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