June 2014

CPJ Blog

Sri Lanka must end media restrictions to facilitate reconciliation

June 30, 2014 12:24 PM ET

This month, in the wake of anti-Muslim sectarian riots in the southwest, the Sri Lankan government pressured local journalists to hide the truth by not covering the violence. Those brave enough to report it had their equipment destroyed and were threatened or physically attacked, according to media reports. Since the...

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Worrisome curbs on free speech emerge since Modi's election

June 26, 2014 12:41 PM ET

Earlier this month, Indian authorities arrested seven people for publishing a photo of India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, alongside figures such as George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and Adolf Hitler, under the headline, "Negative Faces." The seven, who could face lengthy prison terms if convicted, are but the...

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Ecuador's year-old media law stifles in-depth reporting

June 24, 2014 10:57 AM ET

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa generated little actual news during a two-day trip to Chile last month. So Ecuador's four main newspapers did the obvious: They published short wire service dispatches about his visit....

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Egypt's Shame

June 23, 2014 11:28 AM ET

This morning a judge in Egypt convicted journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced them to between seven and 10 years in prison. All three were working for Al-Jazeera when they were arrested six months ago, but have a wide...

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Conditions for international reporters deteriorating in China

June 17, 2014 10:58 AM ET

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China released at the end of May its annual report on conditions for international journalists working in the country. As we have done in the past, we're posting this year's report as a PDF. The takeaway is that conditions have certainly not gotten better and...

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A year after Snowden revelations, damage persists to freedom of expression in Pakistan

June 16, 2014 3:25 PM ET

In Pakistan, where freedom of expression is largely perceived as a Western notion, the Snowden revelations have had a damaging effect. The deeply polarized narrative has become starker as the corridors of power push back on attempts to curb government surveillance. "If the citizens of the United States of America...

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Nigeria targets independent newspapers

June 12, 2014 5:07 PM ET

Nigerian authorities have been waging widespread attacks on nearly a dozen independent newspapers under the cover of fighting terrorism. By last weekend, no fewer than 10 newspapers had their operations nationwide disrupted, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of newspaper sales....

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At the UN, let's talk about journalist murders in plain language

June 11, 2014 3:00 AM ET

The U.N. Human Rights Council was established in 2006 as a replacement for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which folded in the face of criticism that it gave a platform to many states with poor human rights records. Only time will tell if the U.N. Human Rights Council will...

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Update: Journalists can still safely use TrueCrypt

June 10, 2014 3:46 PM ET

Journalists who use the popular encryption tool TrueCrypt can relax. There is no evidence of any new or dangerous vulnerability in TrueCrypt, despite a recent scare over its integrity....

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Time to end a five-year crackdown in Iran

June 10, 2014 3:22 PM ET

This Thursday, CPJ will launch a social media campaign calling for the end of the press crackdown that began on June 12, 2009, the day of Iran's tumultuous presidential elections....

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When Pakistan's largest news channel becomes the news

June 6, 2014 4:29 PM ET

Today, Pakistan's most watched news channel, Geo News, was ordered off the air and fined by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Earlier this week, CPJ documented an attack on Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, by six masked men--the latest in a series of attacks,...

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EU 'right to be forgotten' ruling will corrupt history

June 4, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Google has taken its first public steps to comply with a troubling ruling by the European Court of Justice establishing a so-called "right to be forgotten" throughout the European Union. The ruling, on May 13, requires that search companies consider individuals' demands to remove Internet links that reference them, and...

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Q&A: Indian journalist Sudhir Dhawale discusses his release from prison

June 3, 2014 4:00 PM ET

After languishing in jail for 40 months, Mumbai-based journalist and activist Sudhir Dhawale has walked free. Dhawale was the only journalist in jail in India in late 2013, according to CPJ's annual prison census. With his release, there are currently no other journalists behind bars in the country for work-related...

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Press freedom is now el-Sisi's choice

June 3, 2014 2:02 PM ET

Egypt's newly elected leader, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, will have to face many challenges as president, including the real crisis that confronts freedom of the press in the country. Things were never good for the press in Egypt, but they have worsened significantly since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted last summer....

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