March 2016

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How RightsCon brings press freedom, technology and social change together

March 28, 2016 5:36 PM ET

This week in San Francisco, CPJ's Technology and Advocacy teams will participate in RightsCon 2016, an annual conference focusing on human rights and technology. Organized by digital rights group Access Now, RightsCon is one of the most important regular gatherings on technology policy, and the conference has been the...

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Three simple steps to protect shared Twitter accounts from hackers

March 28, 2016 3:30 PM ET

In my previous blog post I reviewed the results of a poll asking journalists if they used two-factor authentication to protect Twitter accounts from being hacked. But the importance of robust security isn't limited to personal Twitter accounts....

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After Venezuelan elections, Globovisión shows more defiant stance

March 23, 2016 6:27 PM ET

When Venezuela's opposition broke the ruling party's 17-year stranglehold on power by winning control of congress in December, the political earthquake created editorial aftershocks at the 24-hour news station Globovisión....

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'What's two-factor?' How journalists can protect themselves from Twitter hacks

March 23, 2016 4:52 PM ET

When The Associated Press's verified @AP account was hacked three years ago, CPJ's senior security adviser Frank Smyth and I noted that for individuals faced with that situation, the best course of action is to request a password reset, tweet at Twitter staff, and pray. The best advice is...

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CPJ joins call for Egypt to end its persecution of journalists, civil society leaders

March 23, 2016 10:32 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 14 other organizations in calling on Egyptian authorities today to halt the persecution of journalists, press freedom advocates, and civil society leaders. Restrictive measures have included travel bans, asset freezes, and the re-opening of a five-year-old investigation into the foreign funding of human rights...

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Mission Journal: Rise in journalist arrests tarnishes Jordan's image as reformist

March 22, 2016 10:45 AM ET

The phone call came just as our conversation about the escalating crackdown on Jordanian media hit its stride. Lina Ejeilat, the co-founder of the news website 7iber (pronounced hebber), apologized and said she had to take the call. It was 7iber's lawyer and it was important. For years the...

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Closure of news site underscores Malaysia's press freedom crisis amid 1MDB scandal

March 21, 2016 1:02 PM ET

On March 14, The Malaysian Insider abruptly closed its editorial operations less than a month after the state media regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, blocked local access to its news site....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 20

March 21, 2016 9:17 AM ET

Istanbul court rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Istanbul court's decision today to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and...

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A missed opportunity at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

March 18, 2016 8:01 AM ET

On March 8, the Appeals Panel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon reversed the September 18 conviction of Karma Khayat, a journalist who had been ordered to pay a €10,000 (USD$11,064) fine because her channel broadcast interviews with confidential witnesses....

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Gado blames government pressure as cartoonist's contract at Kenya's Nation ends

March 17, 2016 5:47 PM ET

For 23 years Godfrey Mwampembwa has been a prominent and quick-witted observer of the political scene in East Africa. But all that changed last month when the cartoonist, known as Gado, was told his contract at Kenya's biggest newspapers, the Nation, would not be renewed....

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As US-Cuba relations thaw, what's next for the island's independent press?

March 16, 2016 3:57 PM ET

"Our hope is that President Obama will meet journalists working for the alternative media, not just to cover his visit, but to start a dialogue," said Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, director of Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) a website focusing on climate change and the impact of natural disasters on...

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CPJ joins call to renew Iran special rapporteur mandate

March 16, 2016 1:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 34 other organizations in calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to vote in favor of renewing the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 13

March 16, 2016 11:14 AM ET

Prosecutors preparing charges against media owner, pro-government newspaper says Turkish prosecutors are preparing a case against media owner Aydın Doğan and his daughter, Hanzade Doğan Boyner, claiming they ran a fuel-smuggling ring, the pro-government daily newspaper Akşam said in a front-page story yesterday. Akşam said prosecutors were seeking a 23-year...

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China's overseas critics under pressure from smear campaigns, cyber attacks

March 11, 2016 5:57 PM ET

"I think my actions ... have harmed the national interest. What I have done was very wrong. I seriously and earnestly accept to learn a lesson and plead guilty," said Chinese journalist Gao Yu during a televised confession on the state-run channel CCTV in May 2014....

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'We are at a critical juncture,' Tolo TV's head of news says after bomb kills seven

March 10, 2016 3:47 PM ET

For people outside of Afghanistan, the January 20 attack on the Tolo TV van, which killed seven people and wounded about two dozen more staffers, was just one more horrendous event in a series of bombings, military skirmishes, attacks, counter attacks, and standoffs around the country. The attack was...

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Thailand aims to hollow out foreign press with new visa restrictions

March 10, 2016 10:43 AM ET

Senior Southeast Asia representative Shawn Crispin this week presented CPJ's concerns about new media visa restrictions for foreign reporters based in Thailand to a group of Bangkok-based ambassadors. The controversial measures, announced last month by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are scheduled to come into force on March 21....

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Gambia should free ailing, arbitrarily detained journalist

March 9, 2016 11:20 AM ET

CPJ today joined with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to call on Gambia to free Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, managing director of the independent radio station Teranga FM, who has been charged with sedition and "publication of false news." Ceesay has been hospitalized twice since the beginning of 2016. Read...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

March 7, 2016 4:38 PM ET

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate....

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Journalists not welcome: Across Europe, press and migrants increasingly barred

March 7, 2016 1:01 PM ET

"The press is not allowed in refugee centers." The message from the Greek government could not have been clearer. "No permission will be given to television crews and reporters to enter such premises that hosts refugees," Yannis Mouzalas, the minister in charge of immigration policy, said in a February...

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Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech

March 3, 2016 8:00 AM ET

The Chinese microblogging site Weibo has a huge following, with around 100 million users posting every day. For those living in China, one of CPJ's 10 most censored countries, the social network offers the chance to discuss and share news that is often blocked in mainstream outlets....

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The business of censorship: Documents show how Weibo filters sensitive news in China

March 3, 2016 8:00 AM ET

When journalists at the Guangdong-based Southern Weekly found that their 2013 new year editorial had been changed, without their knowledge, to exalt the virtues of the Communist Party, they took their outrage to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo....

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'Prison is the equivalent of a death sentence for him,' son of journalist jailed in Iran says

March 2, 2016 12:34 PM ET

The son of imprisoned Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz says his father's health has deteriorated and he has lost a worrying amount of weight since being sent to Evin prison last November. In an interview with CPJ, Mehdi Saharkhiz said his father, who is due in court this week, has...

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