June 2015

CPJ Blog

More signs of Myanmar's toughening stance on media

June 26, 2015 3:49 PM ET

Myanmar’s parliament yesterday voted against several constitutional amendments that keep the military’s veto power intact, dealing a blow to hopes for fuller democracy, according to the BBC. And outside the legislature authorities are accelerating the pace at which they undoing democratic reforms....

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Securing the newsroom: CPJ, journalists, and technologists commit

June 25, 2015 6:06 PM ET

It's second nature now for reporters rushing to a dangerous assignment to grab a helmet and vest. Physical security whether covering conflict or quakes is readily understood, if not always adequately implemented....

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Radio Free Asia reporter's brothers in China face anti-state charges

June 24, 2015 3:00 PM ET

This week, Washington D.C.-based Uighur journalist Shohret Hoshur, sent CPJ a message saying that on May 28 charges had finally been brought against two of his brothers, Shawket and Rexim, who have been detained since August. Hoshur, who works for the U.S.-government funded Radio Free Asia (RFA), is convinced they...

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Blogger in Singapore faces financial ruin following defamation suit

June 23, 2015 1:54 PM ET

"If we want our freedom, we have to fight for it," wrote blogger Roy Ngerng last year after he was sued for defamation by Singapore's prime minister. The case was sparked by a blog post in which Ngerng allegedly suggested Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had misappropriated funds in...

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In censored Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi filled a journalistic void

June 17, 2015 4:34 PM ET

On the third anniversary of the arrest of liberal activist and writer Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, his supporters all over the world are working hard to prevent what may lay ahead: the completion of a 10-year, thousand-lash sentence. To be effective in changing Badawi's future, it is important...

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UN report promotes encryption as fundamental and protected right

June 16, 2015 1:22 PM ET

On Wednesday, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye will present his report on international legal protection for encryption and anonymity to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report is an important contribution to the security conversation at a time when some Western leaders are...

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Dieu Cay on solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and his fight for press freedom

June 16, 2015 10:43 AM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Held in solitary confinement and stripped of his human rights, Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai suffered greatly during his six and a half years in prison. The 63-year-old outspoken critic of the repressive Vietnamese government was granted early release from a 12-year sentence last year, thanks in part...

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Baku 2015: Press freedom, Azerbaijan, and the European Games

June 11, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Tomorrow 50 countries are due to take part in the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, but Azerbaijan's most prominent journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, will not be at the celebrations. The award-winning investigative reporter has been in jail since December on retaliatory charges over her writing on...

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Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment

June 9, 2015 2:57 PM ET

Incarcerated blogger Ta Phong Tan has been on hunger strike since May 13 to protest the mistreatment of political prisoners at the prison where she is being held in Vietnam's central Thanh Hoa province, according to news reports. It is believed to be the third time Tan has fasted in...

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In Indonesia, promising steps on Papua access but more work needed

June 8, 2015 9:59 AM ET

Last month Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, announced his intention to allow international journalists access to restive regions including Papua and West Papua--an issue the Committee to Protect Journalists has long advocated for....

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In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back

June 1, 2015 11:32 AM ET

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago, his socialist government was tightlipped about the diagnosis. Then in June 2011 a source in Havana, Cuba, where Chávez was being treated, told Nelson Bocaranda, a veteran columnist for the Caracas daily El Universal, that...

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Status update: Facebook users now have access to PGP encryption

June 1, 2015 11:18 AM ET

Today Facebook announced on its blog a new set of features adding support for the PGP email encryption system. The changes allow users to post their public email encryption key to their Facebook profile, inviting others to encrypt future emails. In a move that significantly bolsters security, it is also...

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