August 2014

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CPJ signs joint letter to Bahrain calling for Ahmed Humaidan's release

August 29, 2014 2:00 PM ET

Today, CPJ joined 10 local and international organizations in sending an open letter calling on King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the Bahraini government to release photojournalist Ahmed Humaidan and dismiss all charges against him. The letter calls on the government to fulfill Bahrain's obligations under international law and...

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After journalist killings, potential violations in Gaza must be investigated

August 28, 2014 6:41 PM ET

After 50 bloody days of conflict, it looks like a ceasefire may finally take hold in Israel and Gaza. Recently Gaza has been one of the deadliest places in the world for the press. According to CPJ research, at least seven journalists and media workers were killed on the...

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Solidarity in wake of Foley's murder inspires jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy

August 26, 2014 5:59 PM ET

Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since December. He is waiting for an appeal hearing on his seven-year sentence for "conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood," but it is the murder of American freelancer James Foley, rather than his own unjust sentence, that has made...

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Public outcry can make big difference for Washington Post journalist jailed in Iran

August 26, 2014 12:32 PM ET

I met Jason Rezaian in 2003, at Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. We were among the handful of Iranian-American journalists then freelancing in the country, and we were both motivated by the desire to help improve the understanding between Iran and the U.S. Over the years, I...

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Memorial gifts for James Foley

August 22, 2014 1:57 PM ET

CPJ is deeply honored by the gifts we have received in memory of James Foley - a great journalist and friend to many at the organization. One hundred percent of these gifts will go to CPJ's Emergency Fund to provide direct aid to journalists at risk. If you would like...

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James Foley - a journalist's journalist

August 21, 2014 5:22 PM ET

Amid the tributes and war stories that followed the brutal beheading of James Foley this week, one memory from a fellow hostage shone a light on a side of his character that his audience might not have seen: his empathy not only for the people he covered but also...

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New charges against Ethiopian publications further diminish critical voices

August 20, 2014 4:00 PM ET

Five independent magazines and a weekly newspaper have been charged by Ethiopia's Justice Ministry, a move that may add to the long lists of shuttered publications and Ethiopian journalists in exile. In a press release issued August 4, the ministry accused the journals of publishing false information, inciting violence,...

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Journalist's death in North Caucasus calls for independent investigation

August 19, 2014 6:21 PM ET

On July 31, 26-year-old reporter, blogger, and civil activist Timur Kuashev disappeared in Nalchik, the regional capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkariya. When such news breaks in the volatile region--where journalists and human rights defenders are slaughtered regularly and with impunity--families prepare for the worst. The next...

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Kenyan journalists, CPJ launch new initiative to improve security

August 18, 2014 5:42 PM ET

Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists in collaboration with local media organizations launched a journalist security guide and protocol designed specifically for the Kenyan press. The initiative stems from research conducted in 2013 by the same group of organizations, the Kenya Media Working Group, in light of acute and...

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Two years and no word of Osama al-Habaly

August 18, 2014 2:09 PM ET

It's been exactly two years since citizen photojournalist Osama al-Habaly disappeared into regime custody as he crossed from Lebanon back to his home country of Syria. His friends and colleagues tell CPJ they have not heard a definitive word about him since....

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Nigeria regulator gives broadcasters 48-hour directive

August 12, 2014 1:33 PM ET

Requirements from Nigeria's broadcast regulator that radio and television stations nationwide should give notice of any live transmission of political programs has angered some journalists and raised questions about implementation....

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As elections approach, fear of more attacks on Congolese press

August 11, 2014 12:44 PM ET

Map by Rachael Levy. Sources: Congolese organizations, news reports, and CPJ research. Not all data has been independently verified by CPJ. Tensions are rising in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after a government official announced recently he would support a change in the constitution to allow President Joseph...

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Restrictive broadcast policy in Bangladesh raises concerns

August 6, 2014 6:13 PM ET

This week, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet approved a restrictive policy governing Bangladesh's broadcast media. While the policy calls for the creation of an independent commission to oversee electronic media--a positive step, in principle--it's unclear how and how quickly the commission will be formed. Meanwhile, the policy restricts what...

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Q&A: Pakistan's Hamid Mir speaks about climate for press freedom following attack

August 5, 2014 3:39 PM ET

In April, Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir was shot multiple times shortly after a CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to take several steps to improve journalist security. The investigation into the attack has yielded no accountability. And since the attack, two arrest warrants...

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A message from the Pakistan Taliban

August 4, 2014 6:04 PM ET

CPJ received an email message from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan-- the Pakistan Taliban--this morning. Signed by the "Media commission, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mohmand agency," the message was addressed to CPJ and our colleagues at Reporters Without Borders....

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Blasphemy charges, threats loom for outspoken journalist in Pakistan

August 1, 2014 12:16 PM ET

Forty-nine year-old magazine editor and publisher Shoaib Adil fled his home in the eastern city of Lahore last month and went into hiding with his wife and children. Adil faces threats and possible charges of blasphemy--a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death--in connection with a book he published in...

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