January 2013

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India withdraws charges against journalist Naveen Soorinje

January 31, 2013 4:36 PM ET

Although Naveen Soorinje is still in jail, there may be some good news. Today, 86 days after his arrest, the state cabinet in Karnataka decided to withdraw charges against him....

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NYT reports Chinese hacking: one battle in large war

January 31, 2013 4:33 PM ET

The New York Times reported Thursday that, after four months, it has expelled what it believes to be China-based hackers from its computer system and has, so far, kept them from breaking back in. The paper said a group had been "infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its...

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Conflating critics with terrorists in Turkey

January 31, 2013 1:39 PM ET

The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is quick to brand critics as "terrorists," and that's one of the main reasons that Turkey was the world's worst jailer of the press when CPJ conducted its recent census of imprisoned journalists. This week, the prime minister and two pro-government...

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Tajikistan blames censorship on complaints by citizens

January 31, 2013 1:16 PM ET

In the last year, CPJ has documented a disturbing trend of attacks against the press in Tajikistan: the frequent blocking orders that the State Communications Agency has issued to local Internet service providers. Delivered in most instances via text message, the orders urge the ISPs to block nationwide access to...

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Nepal takes one step toward justice for Dekendra Thapa

January 30, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Lau Tzu once said: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In Nepal, getting to that first step has been a tumultuous process. Tomorrow, a court in the western district of Dailekh is expected to formally begin hearings in the 2004 murder case of journalist...

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Journalist Assistance helps record number in 2012

January 30, 2013 11:49 AM ET

An increase in press freedom violations last year created a surge of need among journalists, driving a record number of assistance cases for CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program in 2012. More than three-quarters of the 195 journalists who received support during the year came from East Africa and the Middle East...

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Repression deepens as Correa heads to new term

January 29, 2013 3:27 PM ET

One result of President Rafael Correa's high-profile campaign to demonize the country's private media can be seen on the desk of José Velásquez, news manager at Teleamazonas, a private Quito television station often critical of the government. Among the documents piled high on his desk are lawsuits, which used...

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Sri Lanka's Black January: Year two

January 29, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Black January commemorations in Colombo have become an annual event. Tuesday's demonstration was the second. The protest aims to recall the series of killings and attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka in recent years, many of them occurring in Januaries past. All of them have gone untried and unpunished,...

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Humanitarian law, ethics, and journalism in Syria

January 29, 2013 9:45 AM ET

A small number of journalists reporting from Syria have recently interviewed prisoners of war under highly coercive circumstances. In doing so, they have ignored the protections that are due to prisoners under international humanitarian law, or IHL....

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Lukashenko can unshackle Khalip, a 'victim of the regime'

January 28, 2013 5:02 PM ET

Is Irina Khalip, the prominent Belarusian journalist, free to travel? President Aleksandr Lukashenko, whose government prosecuted her on bogus charges of creating mass disorder, says that she is. That Khalip has not, the president said, shows that she would prefer to be known as a "victim of the regime."...

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Will Israel respond to query on targeting Gaza journalists?

January 28, 2013 12:34 PM ET

On December 2, CPJ sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requesting an explanation for airstrikes on media facilities during the November 2012 military action in Gaza. The strikes damaged two media buildings and killed and injured a number of journalists. Israeli officials said the military targeted...

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In Mali, a war 'without images and without facts'

January 25, 2013 11:54 AM ET

The French army is often called la Grande Muette, or "the Great Silent." The war in Mali confirms the French military's well-deserved reputation of being secretive about front-line actions. "Locking the information is more in the culture of the French army than of the U.S. army," says Maurice Botbol,...

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Two years on, Mubarak's tactics still haunt Egypt media

January 24, 2013 5:45 PM ET

On the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 revolution, Hosni Mubarak's footprints are still present in many areas of the public sphere--and media are no exception. President Mohamed Morsi needs to cease using Mubarak-era tactics of silencing his critics with criminal charges such as defamation. ...

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Preparation helps freelancers survive, thrive

January 24, 2013 11:01 AM ET

When the story is so important but the risks are so high, journalists must keep safety at the forefront of their thinking. That's especially true for freelancers who often do not have the support of a large news organization. Preparation, peer networking, and smart planning can help improve the...

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In Sri Lanka, justice for Eknelygoda is a waiting game

January 23, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Three years ago, on January 24, 2010, columnist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda vanished on his way to work to cover the final campaigning in Sri Lanka's bitterly contested presidential election. He has not been heard from since. The pro-opposition website he worked for, Lanka eNews, has been repeatedly attacked, its...

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New term to settle Obama legacy on leaks, whistleblowers

January 23, 2013 10:41 AM ET

As pundits debate how Barack Obama will tackle guns, climate change, immigration, and the debt ceiling in his newly inaugurated second term, press freedom advocates are left questioning how the U.S. president will handle another, no-less-controversial issue: the treatment of whistleblowers and officials who leak information to the media....

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Press freedom: Barometer of the Turkish model

January 22, 2013 5:52 PM ET

With Turkey recently in the spotlight because of its press freedom record--including dishonorable distinction as the world's worst jailer of journalists--many international observers wonder how Ankara will overcome its image crisis and whether it will choose to resolutely base its broad strategic ambitions on the respect of global standards...

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Jailed Tibetan filmmaker shifted to better conditions

January 22, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Some news which appears to be good from China, and some that isn't: Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been moved to a women's prison where conditions are not as harsh, according to his friends and associates at the Switzerland based group Filming for Tibet. They say that Wangchen has been...

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Talking international law and conflict journalists

January 22, 2013 2:31 PM ET

What is the humanitarian function of journalism in wartime? How does international humanitarian law protect journalists? Why is impunity the most important challenge facing journalists working in conflict zones?...

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Burundi journalists march to support Ruvakuki

January 16, 2013 4:22 PM ET

At 8 o'clock Tuesday morning roughly 50 Burundian journalists silently marched around the courthouses in the capital, Bujumbura, and the offices of the justice minister, protesting the imprisonment of their colleague, Hassan Ruvakuki. "They sentenced him to three years without following the law," said Patrick Nduwimana, one of the...

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Greek journalists targeted from all sides

January 15, 2013 5:15 PM ET

Greek journalists are on the alert since five small bombs exploded Friday on the doorsteps of the homes of several journalists in Athens. Although the makeshift devices only damaged the buildings' entrances and no one was hurt, the attacks appear to be warning shots in a tense social context...

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Audio slideshow: A look at missing journalist James Foley

January 11, 2013 1:44 PM ET

James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, was abducted in Syria in November. His colleague and friend Nicole Tung, a freelance photographer, spoke to CPJ about her experience working and traveling with Foley. A petition appealing for Foley's release can be signed here....

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Yahoo HTTPS mail not a moment too soon, nor too late

January 9, 2013 5:50 PM ET

I remember sitting with a Yahoo employee in 2009, talking about the lack of protective encryption on Yahoo's Web mail accounts. Like many, the employee had been caught up in the news of how Iranians were using the Internet to document and protest the presidential elections in that country, and...

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In Southern Weekly versus censors, cautious optimism

January 9, 2013 5:47 PM ET

There is cautious optimism among China media watchers this morning over the news that a deal has been struck between censors and protesting journalists at China's Southern Weekly news magazine, which is also known as Southern Weekend. The journalists will not face reprisals for their protest, and propaganda authorities...

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Amid rape furor, journalist still in jail for exposing assault

January 8, 2013 12:27 PM ET

Even though members of the Karnataka state government have provided broad assurances that they will drop charges against Naveen Soorinje, the young journalist remains imprisoned two months after he was arrested for exposing an assault on women by Hindu extremists. Welcome to Incredible India, where a journalist can be...

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In China, rebellion grows over Southern Weekly

January 8, 2013 12:17 PM ET

In the past few days, Chinese journalists and their supporters have launched startlingly direct opposition to Communist Party rule, protesting a heavy-handed move by Guangdong's provincial propaganda department to unilaterally replace a Southern Weekly editorial on constitutionalism with pro-Party bromides. Defying censors' directives, media organizations around the country continue...

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Vietnamese blogger reports sexual assault by officials

January 7, 2013 10:57 AM ET

Vietnam's crackdown on independent bloggers hit a new low in recent days with reports of sexual violence perpetrated by state officials against a prominent online reporter.  ...

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Southern Weekly journalists air anger with Chinese censors

January 4, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Staffers at the Guangdong-based Southern Weekly magazine have publicly expressed their outrage at the heavy handed intervention of propaganda officials who unilaterally rewrote a New Year's editorial calling for improved constitutional rule in China. A piece extolling the virtues of the Communist Party ran in its place. Sixty staffers posted an...

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Pakistan's problematic record on Internet restrictions

January 3, 2013 11:20 AM ET

The fleeting nature of YouTube's availability in Pakistan this weekend--the site, which has been banned in the country since September, was unblocked for a whole three minutes--is only the latest emblem of Islamabad's erratic and confounding approach to Internet censorship. Those who have been hoping for less opaque tactics apparently...

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