February 2019

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Mission Journal: One year on, Ján Kuciak murder seen as turning point by Slovak press

February 28, 2019 4:52 PM ET

Black-and-white portraits of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, set amid unlit red candles, were the first things to greet me when I entered the building housing Aktuality, the news website where Kuciak, an investigative reporter, worked until his murder on February 21, 2018. One flight up is the newsroom...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 24, 2019

February 28, 2019 12:45 PM ET

RSF Turkey representative in court Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative for the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), was in court in Istanbul on February 25 alongside Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a columnist for the leftist daily Evrensel and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and Ahmet...

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Dark side of sports journalism as fans harass female reporters online

February 28, 2019 11:10 AM ET

"I say we put her email address in all the porn sites. From FSU with love," one user wrote on 247Sports.com, a CBS message-board about college and professional sports. The FSU stands for Florida State University and the "her" is ESPN investigative journalist Paula Lavigne....

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CPJ, RSF call on Nicaragua to release two journalists held on terrorism charges

February 21, 2019 2:46 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of two independent journalists in Nicaragua, and called on Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release them and drop all charges against them....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 17, 2019

February 21, 2019 12:48 PM ET

Appeals court upholds Cumhuriyet verdict An Istanbul appeals court on February 19 upheld the terrorism-related convictions of staff from the daily Cumhuriyet who were earlier sentenced to five years or less in prison, according to reports. CPJ condemned the decision. The decision means that at least six defendants, including...

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Iraqi militias use threats, violence to keep Basra press in line

February 19, 2019 1:43 PM ET

"You work against us. In your work, you criticize militias. We watched your videos and you talk against us. You will pay the price for it," an anonymous voice said on the other end of the line to freelance reporter Azhar Al-Rubaie....

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Chhattisgarh's plan for journalist safety law could be template for all India

February 15, 2019 12:32 PM ET

Every day for two years, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav must walk the 50 or so yards from his home to the Darbha village police station in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, to sign a register. Just one missed day could immediately land him back in prison as he awaits trial on anti-terror...

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

February 14, 2019 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In early February, Nigeria's federal government denied...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 10

February 14, 2019 2:41 PM ET

Police detain two journalists in separate raids Police on February 12 detained Salih Turan, a freelance journalist who formerly worked for the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America and the Kurdish service of the Russian-state-funded outlet Sputnik, on accusations of "making propaganda of a [terrorist] organization" on social media...

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CPJ joins call for Turkey to release jailed journalists

February 14, 2019 9:10 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 47 members of the European Parliament and other press freedom organizations to call on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press and the mass imprisonment of journalists....

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Council of Europe report finds journalists face obstruction, violence

February 12, 2019 8:30 AM ET

The Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists today published its annual report, "Democracy at Risk."...

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Ghana won't have press freedom without accountability

February 7, 2019 1:46 PM ET

Three bullets, fired at close range by two assassins on a black and blue Boxer motorbike on January 16, 2019, killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, according to Sammy Darko, a lawyer working on Divela's case. Darko told CPJ over the phone that bystanders saw it happen. Ghana's media...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 2, 2019

February 7, 2019 1:36 PM ET

Court convicts parliamentary deputy and editor Barış Yarkadaş An Istanbul court on February 7 convicted Barış Yarkadaş, the parliamentary deputy for the main opposition party CHP and former chief editor of the online newspaper Gerçek Gündem, of "violating the secrecy of private life" and handed him a suspended 10-month...

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