March 2018

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CPJ joins call for Ethiopia's prime minister-designate to ensure journalists' immediate release

March 30, 2018 11:25 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 40 civil society organizations, yesterday sent a joint letter to Ethiopia's prime minister-designate, Abiy Ahmed, urging him to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of recently arrested journalists, and human rights defenders....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 26, 2018

March 29, 2018 4:31 PM ET

Pro-Kurdish newspaper seized A government-affiliated insurer and fund manager took over one of Turkey's last remaining pro-Kurdish dailies, Özgürlükçü Düşünce, on March 28, and Istanbul police detained at least 27 of its staff members, according to news reports....

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CPJ joins call for EU diplomats to monitor Maltese trial into Caruana Galizia killing

March 23, 2018 12:14 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with seven other press freedom organizations, today sent a joint letter urging EU diplomats in Malta to monitor the ongoing trial of three suspects arrested in relation to the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2018

March 22, 2018 4:41 PM ET

Media sales Doğan Holding, one of Turkey's largest conglomerates, on March 21 announced that it would sell its media assets to the pro-government Demirören Holding, according to news reports....

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Censorship, surveillance, and harassment: China cracks down on critics

March 20, 2018 11:39 AM ET

Hours after the Chinese Communist Party proposed a constitutional change last month to lift presidential term limits, any words or phrases that remotely suggested President Xi Jingping was seeking a life term were blocked from social media. Censors targeted everything from "Emperor Xi," "The Emperor's Dream," and "Dream of...

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After murders of Kuciak and Caruana Galizia, investigative journalists band together for justice

March 15, 2018 5:42 PM ET

The assassinations of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October and of Ján Kuciak in Slovakia last month have elicited an outpouring of support from journalists determined to honor the memory of their colleagues by fighting back with the weapon they wield best: journalism....

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YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia

March 15, 2018 3:43 PM ET

With claims to more than one billion users consuming content in 76 languages, Google's YouTube has become a core part of most media outlets' dissemination strategy. And although there are 88 localized versions of the service, YouTube.com remains the largest and most influential platform for reaching a global audience....

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Journalists covering protests in US risk getting caught up in police kettling tactic

March 15, 2018 3:18 PM ET

On September 17 last year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk was covering protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing in 2011 of man named Anthony Lamar Smith. At about 11 p.m., officers formed a line across Washington Avenue near Tucker Boulevard in downtown...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 2:09 PM ET

Supreme Court says Can Dündar should face retrial Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals on March 9 ruled that Can Dündar, former chief editor of the daily, Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the paper's Ankara representative, should face a retrial on charges of "obtaining secret information with means of espionage," Euronews...

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Journalists covering US white supremacists must weigh risks to selves and families

March 15, 2018 11:04 AM ET

Michael Edison Hayden was one of the first foreign journalists on the ground after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015-- the "ground was still shaking" when he arrived, he said. He's reported from the disputed territory between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, and gone door-to-door in Phoenix, searching for a...

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to end restrictive media practices

March 14, 2018 3:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 28 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kyrgyz authorities to drop defamation lawsuits and to end the practice of using disproportionate fines, travel bans and other harsh penalties to punish critical media outlets and journalists....

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Mission Journal: In Poland, some journalists fear worst is yet to come

March 12, 2018 6:00 PM ET

Entering the historic site of the Gdansk shipyard, one cannot miss the wooden boards hanging over the famous gate No. 2. Handwritten in 1980, they display the list of demands of the strikers led by Lech Walesa, the founder of Solidarity, the independent trade union movement that pushed for...

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Censorship tightens in Egypt as el-Sisi prepares for re-election bid

March 12, 2018 10:34 AM ET

Ahead of elections in Egypt later this month, in which President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is seeking a second term, the authoritarian leader's government has further clamped down on press freedom, issuing warnings to the media and arresting critical journalists on "false news" charges. Even satirical TV shows have not...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5, 2018

March 8, 2018 5:20 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court today sentenced at least 22 journalists to prison on terrorism-related charges, according to news reports....

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On International Women's Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

March 7, 2018 4:47 PM ET

From imprisonment, sexual violence, cyber harassment, and even death, CPJ has documented threats faced by women journalists across the globe....

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CPJ joins call for European Commission to fight impunity in journalist killings

March 6, 2018 1:41 PM ET

In a joint letter today, addressed to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, 17 international media freedom organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, called on the Commission to ensure thorough, effective investigations into the murders of investigative journalists Ján Kuciak in Slovakia and Daphne Caruana Galizia in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26, 2018

March 1, 2018 2:36 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court on February 28 sentenced Ahmet Altan, the former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf, to five years and 11 months in prison for "insulting the [Turkish] president," and "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the online newspaper Diken reported....

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