Attacks on the Press in 2013

Attacks on the Press in 2013: Nepal

February 12, 2014 1:34 AM ET

While Nepal dropped off CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free, progress in the country remained tempered. The government led by then-Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai pressured prosecutors to drop their investigation into the 2004 murder of radio journalist Dekendra Thapa. While...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Pakistan

February 12, 2014 1:33 AM ET

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won general elections in May, though the vote was marred by violence, including bomb blasts targeting polling stations. The Pakistani media's nonstop election coverage made news organizations full-fledged partners in the democratic process, intrinsic to the first civilian transfer of power after the completion of a...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Philippines

February 12, 2014 1:32 AM ET

Violence and threats against journalists, particularly in provincial areas, remained widespread as President Benigno Aquino's vow to end impunity in media murders went unfulfilled during his third year in office. At least three journalists were killed in 2013, one of whom was radio reporter Fernando "Nanding" Solijon. A police officer...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Sri Lanka

February 12, 2014 1:31 AM ET

Journalists and news outlets working outside government-approved news media remained under constant pressure and faced attacks even as Sri Lanka prepared to host the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay slammed...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Thailand

February 12, 2014 1:30 AM ET

Thailand's clampdown on press and Internet freedoms continued in 2013 as large anti-government street demonstrations undermined political stability. Broadcast journalists were threatened with arrest by authorities for live streaming protest speeches. At least two local and one foreign reporter were assaulted by protesters over perceived pro-government bias in their coverage....

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Vietnam

February 12, 2014 1:29 AM ET

The Vietnam government's campaign of repression against online journalists intensified this year. Sixteen of the 18 journalists behind bars had published blogs or contributed to online news publications, according to CPJ's annual prison census conducted December 1. In January, a group of five independent bloggers were sentenced to long prison...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Europe & Central Asia

February 12, 2014 1:28 AM ET

Front-line reports and analytical essays by CPJ experts cover an array of topics of critical importance to journalists. Governments store transactional data and the content of journalists' communications. Media and money engage in a tug of war, with media owners reluctant to draw China's disfavor and advertisers able to wield...

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A Sliver of Hope Emerges for a More Independent Press in Turkey

February 12, 2014 1:27 AM ET

The Gezi Park protests force some independent-minded journalists to confront the media's unwillingness to take on the government. By Nicole Pope...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Azerbaijan

February 12, 2014 1:26 AM ET

As Azerbaijan prepared to assume the 2014 chairmanship of the Council of Europe—the largest European intergovernmental human rights and democracy organization—the authoritarian regime of President Ilham Aliyev shamelessly trampled on press freedom at home. The authorities continued to stifle critical voices, target free expression on the Web, and sentence reporters...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Belarus

February 12, 2014 1:25 AM ET

The authoritarian regime of Aleksandr Lukashenko made a few concessions this year while trying to improve relations with the U.S. and the European Union. Authorities reversed their repressive stance in several high-profile cases, including dropping criminal defamation charges against one journalist and allowing Irina Khalip, a reporter serving a suspended...

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