April 2014

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A message from son of Vietnam blogger Nguyen Van Hai

April 29, 2014 10:52 AM ET

In preparation for today's Congressional Briefing on Media Freedom in Vietnam, organized by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and featuring a panel of Vietnamese bloggers and others, CPJ has been in close contact with the family of Nguyen Van Hai, a blogger who has been in jail since...

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu is missing

April 28, 2014 5:25 PM ET

On April 15, 1989, Hu Yaobang died. Hu had been general secretary of the Communist Party from 1982 to 1987, and recognized for his leanings toward economic reform in China. His death led to demonstrations around China, some of them in Tiananmen Square. On June 4, 1989, Tiananmen became the...

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Video: CPJ warns of impunity in Iraqi Kurdistan

April 24, 2014 12:22 PM ET

On Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists expressed its concerns over the press freedom climate in Iraqi Kurdistan at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. where we launched our special report, "Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists." You can watch a video of the...

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A verbatim threat from Pakistan, and more

April 23, 2014 2:26 PM ET

Here is a cut and paste email message sent to staffers at The News, in Islamabad. We have their explicit permission to use it. Actually, they requested that we use it, in the hope that publicizing it will somehow protect them....

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In Bangladesh, journalist summoned for criticism of court

April 23, 2014 12:31 PM ET

It's not the first time, and it likely won't be the last: Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal has demonstrated little tolerance for criticism of its activities. Last week, the tribunal launched contempt of court proceedings against Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for his blog posts on the court. ...

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Trials, not tribunals, needed in Pakistan

April 21, 2014 5:09 PM ET

Raza Rumi is alive. It appears Hamid Mir will survive. Shan Dahar is dead....

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Ukraine

April 18, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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Politkovskaya murder trial proceeds with third jury

April 17, 2014 10:03 AM ET

More than seven years after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the prominent Novaya Gazeta journalist, a jury is hearing the case against five defendants in the killing. The suspects were first announced in 2011, but proceedings did not begin until July 2013, amid controversy. Three of the current defendants...

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In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

April 17, 2014 9:53 AM ET

In Pakistan, reporting on the military intelligence services or insurgent groups or machinations within political parties is the normal grist for the media mill. A lot of the coverage relies on reporters with inside sources. The sources use the media as a battleground for their infighting, relying on sympathetic reporters...

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Censorship in India on the rise amid elections

April 16, 2014 12:50 PM ET

This month, Indians are voting in the largest election in history. It's an exciting exercise in democracy, but it comes against a grim backdrop: censorship in the country is on the rise, according to a quarterly report by the South Asian media watchdog, The Hoot....

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Crimea

April 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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Slideshow: Covering protests in Venezuela

April 14, 2014 10:26 AM ET

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared...

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Journalists in Japan face threats 3 years after Fukushima

April 11, 2014 11:10 AM ET

At the end of last month, an evacuation order declared during the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant power plant meltdown was lifted for residents of a small town in Fukushima Prefecture, the first time an area so close to the site was declared suitable for habitation. Yet, three years after Earthquake Tōhoku...

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Confronting the suffering in Vietnam's prisons

April 10, 2014 12:49 PM ET

Dinh Dang Dinh, a former Vietnamese schoolteacher and blogger, died on April 3 from cancer of the stomach. Near death, he had been released from his six-year prison sentence on March 21, and allowed to return home to die in Dak Nong province in Vietnam's Central Highlands. His crime,...

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Meeting commitments in Pakistan

April 7, 2014 1:54 PM ET

A few days after our CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and secured commitments to combat threats to journalists in Pakistan, I sat down with reporters from the country's most restive regions, who described in detail the conditions in which they work. ...

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20 years after genocide, Rwanda safe, clean, undemocratic

April 7, 2014 12:48 PM ET

"Do not forget the genocide," said the voice of a state broadcast announcer in Kigali crackling through a cheap car radio, referring to the organized slaughter 20 years ago of more than 10 percent of the population. "We are all one now," he said, speaking in Rwanda's common language...

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Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism

April 2, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Morocco's inclination for wielding terrorism accusations against journalists and news outlets who report on extremist groups has extended to Spain, where authorities are investigating El País newspaper and one of its journalists at the behest of the Moroccan government....

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Unprecedented response to Mexican journalist's murder

April 2, 2014 12:38 PM ET

The disappearance and murder in Veracruz from February 5 through 11 of local journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz remains mired in controversy. In mid February, after Jiménez's murder, a group of journalists traveled to Veracruz and investigated the authorities' response to the journalist's killing. On March 19, the...

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