January 2014

CPJ Blog

Terror charges for Al-Jazeera in Egypt prompt outcry

January 31, 2014 10:15 AM ET

Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined other leading international media freedom and human rights organizations, including Article 19, Index on Censorship, and Reporters Without Borders, in calling on the European Union and United States to demand Egyptian authorities drop charges against Al-Jazeera journalists and release those under arrest....

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More light shed on 'China's tougher tactics'

January 29, 2014 1:57 PM ET

Since CPJ blogged on Monday that tougher tactics are emerging in China toward local and foreign media--and the situation looks to get worse--a few more developments have arisen....

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Obama must chart clearer course on surveillance policy

January 28, 2014 5:19 PM ET

Tonight President Obama has another opportunity to redirect the country's out-of-control surveillance programs during his annual State of the Union address. He should seize it. The president's much-anticipated January 17 speech about U.S. surveillance policy, which came in response to outrage over National Security Agency spying, left much unsaid--and...

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Journalists to be under digital surveillance at Sochi

January 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Journalists will be central targets of the extensive surveillance program introduced by Russian authorities in Sochi in connection with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that begin February 7....

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Tougher tactics emerge in China's media crackdown

January 27, 2014 6:27 PM ET

Late in 2013, Time's Hannah Beech posted a great blog on the magazine's website around the time that about 24 foreign journalists were worried that the visas allowing them to work in China might not be approved: "Foreign Correspondents in China Do Not Censor Themselves to Get Visas," she...

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South Sudanese towns suffer information vacuum

January 27, 2014 2:33 PM ET

"This is the worst situation I ever reported since I started reporting in 2007," BBC Media Action producer Manyang David Mayar told me after he left the restive town of Bor, Jonglei State in South Sudan. Forced to walk long distances carrying his suitcase on his head to escape...

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Put Syrian press freedom on Geneva agenda

January 22, 2014 12:31 PM ET

Today the Committee to Protect Journalists joins 15 other press freedom and media development organizations calling on the participants of the Syrian peace conference in Geneva to include freedom of the press and expression as "fundamental cornerstones in any viable political settlement."...

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Venezuelan economic controls lead to newsprint shortage

January 17, 2014 3:30 PM ET

Although nearly all Venezuelan newspapers have websites, many of their readers like to get their news the old-fashioned way: on paper. But that's getting tougher every day amid a critical shortage of newsprint....

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Correa steps up fight; hacking alleged on both sides

January 17, 2014 12:10 PM ET

Seven months after Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa flirted with the idea of offering asylum to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, intercepted communications and leaked emails are again making headlines in the Andean country. This time, the story is not about international surveillance but a window onto the...

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Tunisia constitution needs stronger free press guarantees

January 16, 2014 4:55 PM ET

Human rights groups and legislators are praising the third and final draft of Tunisia's new constitution as one of the most liberal charters in the Arab world--and for being arrived at by a remarkably consensual process among political parties, especially if compared with neighboring Egypt and Libya....

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Obama's legacy on the line with surveillance policy

January 15, 2014 2:55 PM ET

When President Obama takes the lectern to discuss U.S. surveillance policy, as he is expected to do Friday, those hoping for sweeping reform are likely to be disappointed. As reported in The New York Times, the president appears poised to reject many of the recommendations of his Review Group...

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No justice 3 years after Wali Khan Babar murder

January 14, 2014 1:04 PM ET

Three years have passed since the murder of Geo TV journalist Wali Khan Babar in Karachi. While no justice has been found in Babar's case, his death has not been forgotten. Journalists Beena Sarwar, Umar Cheema, and Malik Siraj Akbar along with CPJ's Bob Dietz commemorated the anniversary of...

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On Internet freedom, India's perilous trajectory

January 13, 2014 2:18 PM ET

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world's newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access...

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Thai laws on body armor put journalists at risk

January 13, 2014 12:17 PM ET

For the past several weeks journalists and media organizations in Thailand have been preparing for a fresh round of confrontation between anti-government protesters and government security forces. An attempt to paralyze the nation's capital through a protester-led, month-long shutdown began today....

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Shan Dahar's death underscores impunity in Pakistan

January 9, 2014 5:08 PM ET

After more than a week since journalist Shan Dahar's death, it remains unclear whether he was killed in an accident or targeted for murder--and if targeted, why. The confusion serves as yet another example of how weak investigations and a lack of accountability have become the hallmarks of journalist killings...

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Ethiopian journalist on prison odyssey needs medical care

January 9, 2014 12:47 PM ET

"When I grow up will I go to jail like my dad?" This was the shattering question that the five-year-old son of imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Woubshet Taye asked his mother after a recent prison visit. Woubshet's son, named Fiteh (meaning "justice"), has accompanied his mother on a wayward tour...

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Staff of Hong Kong's Ming Pao fights leadership change

January 8, 2014 2:30 PM ET

Hong Kong's besieged media were dealt another blow this week, with news that the editor-in-chief of the city's once most trusted Chinese-language newspaper will be replaced with a potentially pro-establishment editor. ...

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India's independent journalism in doubt in election year

January 6, 2014 3:31 PM ET

With the dawn of the new year, India is looking ahead to a national election in May. Recent developments raise questions about the quality and quantity of independent news coverage of the polls as local media come under greater political influence....

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