January 2018

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Conditions deteriorate for foreign press in China, FCCC finds

January 31, 2018 1:40 PM ET

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China annual survey, released this week, showed a steady deterioration of working conditions in China for the foreign press. The report, "Access Denied," documented increased efforts by Chinese authorities to deny or restrict foreign correspondents' access to large parts of the country in 2017....

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Ahead of elections, Brazil's police announce plan to crackdown on 'fake news'

January 30, 2018 10:35 AM ET

In November last year, Brazilian police stopped a truck on a highway in the center of the country and, after a thorough search, discovered more than six tons of marijuana stashed in false compartments. The truck had the name Romanelli on the side, but police said it was a...

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Mexico's special prosecutor says FEADLE is improving, but impunity continues

January 29, 2018 1:50 PM ET

For approximately two months, Mexico's office of the Special Prosecutor for Attention for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) led a nomadic existence after its building was damaged in a September 19 earthquake that killed almost 400 people in and around Mexico City. The agency now has a new...

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Why release of two journalists in Ethiopia does not signal end to press crackdown

January 25, 2018 4:08 PM ET

On January 10, radio journalists Darsema Sori and Khalid Mohammed were released from prison after serving lengthy sentences related to their work at the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Despite their release and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's promise earlier this month to free political prisoners, Ethiopia's use of imprisonment,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 22, 2018

January 25, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Journalists jailed Istanbul authorities on January 18 ordered Veli Haydar Güleç, the former board member for the shuttered TV10, and Veli Büyükşahin, a former TV10 chairperson and current columnist for the online newspaper Artı Gerçek, to be held in pre-trial detention, Artı Gerçek reported....

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How US vote to extend NSA program could expose journalists to surveillance

January 23, 2018 2:43 PM ET

The U.S. Senate last week approved a six-year extension to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), in a move that could put journalists at risk. Because people targeted by Section 702 are often of interest to the press as well as the NSA, journalists are...

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As German hate speech law sinks Titanic's Twitter post, critics warn new powers go too far

January 23, 2018 2:05 PM ET

The satirical magazine Titanic appears to have been an unlikely victim of Germany's recently adopted online anti-hate speech law, NetzDG. "We were truly surprised," the magazine's editor-in-chief Tim Wolff told CPJ, as he explained how Twitter blocked the Titanic account for 48 hours after the magazine republished a post...

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CPJ joins call for an effective investigation into murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

January 19, 2018 11:50 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a group of partner organizations to express concern over the lack of progress into the murder investigation of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Along with the journalist's family, the group of organizations calls on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

January 18, 2018 4:17 PM ET

Journalists in custody Police the southeastern city of Diyarbakır on January 12 detained Selman Keleş, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dihaber News Agency, and released him the next day on order of a local court, online newspaper Gazete Karınca reported....

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CPJ joins call for EU to stop surveillance software going to rights abusers

January 16, 2018 2:51 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a group of human rights groups in calling on the European Parliament to vote tomorrow in favor of legislation that could prevent surveillance equipment from going to rights-abusing governments....

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Ahead of March elections, Egypt extends state of emergency and tightens censorship

January 12, 2018 4:04 PM ET

The New York Times reported this week that Egypt ordered a criminal investigation into the paper over its report alleging that an intelligence officer told several TV hosts they should persuade viewers to accept President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The investigation comes in the...

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Mixed first year, but Global Magnitsky Act could be strong tool in fight for justice

January 12, 2018 12:08 PM ET

In December, the U.S. government announced the names of those it will penalize under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8, 2018

January 11, 2018 3:43 PM ET

Court rules journalists should be released, but they remain in custody Turkey's Constitutional Court on January 11 ruled that local courts should release from pre-trial detention Şahin Alpay, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, and Mehmet Altan, a former host for the shuttered Can Erzincan TV and...

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Lots of talk but little progress in Sri Lanka over journalist murders

January 9, 2018 3:16 PM ET

It was the police line-up from hell. Forget all those "Law and Order" scenes where a victim stands anonymously behind a one-way mirror. Sri Lankan journalist Namal Perera had to stand eyeball-to-eyeball with 42 army intelligence officers in April, each of whom, Perera explained to me while demonstrating his...

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In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 5:00 PM ET

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned "fake news" awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 1, 2018

January 4, 2018 3:16 PM ET

New decree shutters two more news outlets The Turkish cabinet on December 24 issued a decree that prompted the closure of Akdeniz Gazetesi and Isparta Çınaraltı Gazetesi, two local newspapers in the southwestern province of Isparta, the daily Evrensel reported. Under the decree, the papers were considered threats to...

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