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Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

October 17, 2017 7:00 PM ET

The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania's five privately owned news stations to shut down for "failing to fulfil their financial agreements" with the country's broadcast regulator, local media reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 15, 2017

October 16, 2017 12:54 PM ET

Police conduct house raids, arrest at least 7 journalists Turkish police detained at least seven journalists from leftist and pro-Kurdish media outlets during house raids that took place yesterday in Istanbul and today in Ankara, according to the independent news site Bianet....

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US withdrawal from UNESCO is blow for press freedom

October 13, 2017 1:44 PM ET

The U.S. government's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has a mandate to promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image [and] to foster free, independent, and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online," will make the world less...

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Two-fold risk for Serbia's women journalists as attackers target their work and gender

October 12, 2017 12:06 PM ET

"In the past five years I was publically called many things. I was an old hag, a sterile, cheap Soros' prostitute, a hooker, not f***ed enough, in need of a good prick, and destroyer of the Serbian Orthodox Church," said Tatjana Vojtehovski, a Serbian television journalist with a large...

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CPJ meeting with Gianforte is disappointingly brief

October 12, 2017 11:51 AM ET

When Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte agreed to donate $50,000 to CPJ as part of his settlement with Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, whom he body slammed during a congressional race in May, I reached out to set up a meeting to see if Gianforte was serious about his hope that...

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Press at risk as EU-based companies export surveillance software to hostile regimes

October 10, 2017 6:02 PM ET

In August, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told the daily newspaper Information that the government had authorized sales of online surveillance software to several Middle Eastern countries. While acknowledging the potential for human rights violations that could result from the use of these tools, the minister said that Denmark...

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Ecuador's Moreno opens new era in relations with media

October 10, 2017 1:55 PM ET

Less than a month after taking office, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno engineered a ceasefire in the decade-long battle between the government and the nation's independent news media by inviting a group of radio, TV, and newspaper editors to the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Two media workers released from state custody, trial ongoing A Turkish court yesterday released Şirin Çoban and İlker İlkan, two employees of the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, from state custody during their first trial hearing, according to the online newspaper Gazete Karınca. The trial is ongoing....

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US Treasury Department decision risks future of two Panama newspapers

October 4, 2017 5:38 PM ET

La Estrella de Panamá has kept Panama's citizens informed since 1849. Now, as the country prepares for elections next year, the existence of the major newspaper, along with that of its sister title, El Siglo, may depend on the U.S. Treasury Department....

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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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