March 2017

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As Egypt-U.S. relationship moves forward, jailed Egyptian journalists left behind

March 30, 2017 5:57 PM ET

Among the things Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to discuss during their April 3 meeting in Washington is Egypt's fight against terrorism. Egypt's government has broadly interpreted this fight to include jailing dozens of journalists, including photographer Abdelrahman Yaqot, who a few...

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In pivotal election year Kyrgyz media face verbal assaults from president and legal action

March 28, 2017 1:57 PM ET

In Kyrgyzstan, once Central Asia's most liberal country, President Almazbek Atambayev is tightening his grip on critical voices, including independent journalists and foreign media....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 26, 2017

March 27, 2017 10:23 AM ET

Istanbul court orders release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists Istanbul's 25th Court for Serious Crimes today ordered the release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists imprisoned in direct relation for their work following the July 2016 failed military coup, according to news reports. The court did...

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CPJ joins call for Belarus president to stop harassment of journalists, protesters

March 23, 2017 11:56 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 48 rights organizations, sent a letter on March 22 to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, condemning the detention and harassment of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and members of the country's opposition party....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2017

March 20, 2017 9:37 AM ET

Security forces detain reporter in southeastern Turkey Security forces in the southeastern province of Mardin today detained Dihaber reporter Murat Verim, the news agency reported. Dihaber said the arrest was part of an ongoing terrorism investigation....

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UK's proposed Espionage Act will treat journalists like spies

March 17, 2017 11:41 AM ET

Journalists in Britain are becoming increasingly alarmed by the government's apparent determination to prevent them from fulfilling their mission to hold power to account. The latest manifestation of this assault on civil liberties is the so-called Espionage Act. If passed by parliament, it could lead to journalists who obtain...

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CPJ joins call to renew mandate of Iran human rights rapporteur

March 16, 2017 10:39 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 human rights groups calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A vote on the resolution is...

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

March 14, 2017 6:09 PM ET

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 12

March 14, 2017 12:41 PM ET

Editor sentenced to nine years in prison The 7th Court for Serious Crimes in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır yesterday sentenced Aydın Atar, former news editor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat, to nine years, four months, and 15 days in prison on charges of "propagandizing...

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CPJ calls on Homeland Security secretary to reject password proposal

March 10, 2017 12:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's suggestion to a committee hearing that the U.S. could request social media profile and password information as a condition to entering the country. Such requirements would have an impact on journalists by undermining their ability...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5

March 6, 2017 10:17 AM ET

Erdoğan says jailed Die Welt correspondent 'German agent,' Kurdish separatist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 3 said that Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt and a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey jailed in Turkey since February 14, was a "German agent"...

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