May 2019

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 26, 2019

May 30, 2019 1:13 PM ET

More journalists beaten in Turkey On May 25, three men beat Selahattin Önkibar, a columnist for the ultranationalist opposition news website Odatv, near his house in Ankara, the leftist daily Evrensel reported. Önkibar is the fifth journalist to be attacked in Turkey this month, in apparent retaliation for their...

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Results of India's election climate for journalist safety are in

May 23, 2019 3:47 PM ET

Journalists across India are at risk of physical and digital attack in retaliation for their reporting. And during election campaigns, these dangers can increase. As the country went to the polls in recent weeks, CPJ's India correspondent Kunal Majumder traveled to Guwahati, Imphal, Agartala, Raipur, Bijapur, and Hyderabad to...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 19, 2019

May 23, 2019 3:25 PM ET

7 journalists sentenced in Özgür Gündem trial An Istanbul Court on May 21 sentenced seven journalists from the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem to prison after they were convicted of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the Mezopotamya News Agency reported....

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Q&A: Taiwan's digital minister on combatting disinformation without censorship

May 23, 2019 11:33 AM ET

Audrey Tang prefers precise language. During an interview, Taiwan's minister without portfolio - Tang's name card simply says "digital minister" - makes a swift correction when we mention the term "fake news." The preferred term is "disinformation" because, Tang says, it has a legal definition in Taiwan: "That is...

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'We face a different danger,' war photographer Paul Conroy says

May 22, 2019 3:47 PM ET

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict....

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Rappler-CIA plot claim is attempt to cut funding, Philippine journalists say

May 21, 2019 3:22 PM ET

First were the politically motivated state charges that funding provided to the news website Rappler by a U.S. philanthropic foundation represented a violation of constitutional provisions barring foreign control or ownership of Philippine media....

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Journalists fighting fake news during Indian election face threats, abuse

May 21, 2019 1:15 PM ET

The six-week-long voting period in India's national and provincial elections concluded this week, with results expected on Thursday, according to news reports. For journalists, the campaign has brought a familiar deluge of online abuse....

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Uribe lawsuit part of 'systematic campaign to silence me,' Colombian reporter Coronell says

May 20, 2019 11:26 AM ET

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia's most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 12, 2019

May 16, 2019 3:16 PM ET

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Ankara and Antalya At least six men used baseball bats to beat Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, in Ankara on the evening of May 10, the same day that he appeared as a guest on a political talk show...

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Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

May 15, 2019 10:50 AM ET

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, declared himself interim president....

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Human Rights Council should address Tanzania crackdown

May 13, 2019 2:35 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other non-governmental organizations today sent a letter to member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, asking them to address the crackdown on human rights in Tanzania at the 41st session of the council....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 5, 2019

May 9, 2019 5:48 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to 10 months in prison An Istanbul court on May 7 sentenced Cansu Pişkin, a reporter for the leftist daily Evrensel, to 10 months in prison for "making a target of a civil servant for terrorist organizations," the television news website Medyascope reported. The court suspended Pişkin's sentence...

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Mexico's press question president's commitment to press advertising reform

May 8, 2019 6:00 PM ET

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico's presidential elections last year with a promise to drastically cut the millions of dollars the government spends on press advertising each year, it appeared to signal the end to an opaque system that has been criticized as a way for governments to...

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Egypt tests new censorship law with handling of al-Mashhad website block

May 7, 2019 2:44 PM ET

Magdy Shandi, editor-in-chief of the Cairo-based independent newspaper al-Mashhad, planned to send 30 journalists to report from polling stations while votes were being cast in Egypt's constitutional referendum between April 20 and April 22. He ended up ordering them to stay away, he told CPJ in a telephone interview...

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Bulgaria's press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

May 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to...

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López Obrador's anti-press rhetoric leaves Mexico's journalists feeling exposed

May 6, 2019 11:30 AM ET

During his daily press conference on April 15, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters, "If you go too far, you know what will happen." López Obrador clarified his remarks the following day, saying he meant that the public would hold reporters who unfairly criticize the government to...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 28, 2019

May 2, 2019 12:57 PM ET

Cumhuriyet appeal rejected by local court An Istanbul court on April 30 rejected a stay of execution request from lawyers representing eight staff from the daily Cumhuriyet, the news website T24 reported. The lawyers asked authorities to not act on a local appeals court ruling that upheld their sentencing...

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Letter calls on Putin to not approve Russia's 'sovereign internet' bill

May 1, 2019 11:22 AM ET

CPJ and a coalition of international human rights and press freedom organizations called on President Vladimir Putin to not approve legislative amendments known as the "bill on a sovereign internet" that could lead to further limitations on internet and media freedom in Russia....

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CPJ joins letter urging Trump administration to address targeting of journalists at border

May 1, 2019 9:05 AM ET

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined more than 100 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials expressing deep concern over recent actions by the department's law enforcement agencies--Customs and Border Protection and...

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