September 2019

CPJ Blog

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CPJ asks DC District Court to force release of intelligence community Khashoggi files

September 27, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday asking the court to release documents regarding Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, which the U.S. government claimed in court documents are exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests....

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Kashmir’s news media faces existential crisis amid restrictions, arrests

September 24, 2019 12:54 PM ET

On August 5, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir after stripping the state of its limited autonomous status under the Indian constitution. A month later as the restrictions continued, CPJ India Correspondent Kunal Majumder traveled to Srinagar, Kashmir’s...

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Bolivia’s forest fires expose risks for environmental reporters

September 23, 2019 11:44 AM ET

When Pablo Ortiz, a veteran reporter for El Deber, the main daily in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, set off to cover massive forest fires, he didn’t realize how dangerous the assignment would be....

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CPJ joins call to UN rights council for end to press crackdown in Turkey

September 20, 2019 1:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 12 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations calling on the member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge Turkey to end its repressive policies against independent reporting and free speech....

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CPJ joins call for new Council of Europe head to prioritize press freedom

September 19, 2019 3:09 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 21 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations in sending an open letter to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric yesterday, calling on her to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists among the council’s 47 member...

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Q&A: OONI Explorer team unlock the web’s untold censorship stories

September 17, 2019 1:04 PM ET

The internet is not one network, but thousands of interconnected networks. How can anyone know how they are controlled without inspecting them all? In 2012, the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) set out to do just that. A program run by the Seattle-headquartered Tor Project, OONI created OONI...

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Press freedom situation in Turkey remains highly restrictive, despite some room for very cautious optimism, joint mission finds

September 13, 2019 10:28 AM ET

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined an international press freedom mission to Turkey that met with journalists, civil society, diplomats, the judiciary, and government officials. The visiting delegation voiced concern about the continued crackdown on journalists in the country and the need for the authorities to protect...

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‘Project Miroslava’ finds flaws in Mexico’s investigation of journalist murder

September 12, 2019 1:17 PM ET

An in-depth investigation into the March 23, 2017 killing of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea found grave omissions, flaws and irregularities in authorities’ investigation of the murder....

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In new Cuban internet measures, journalists see a trap

September 12, 2019 7:21 AM ET

International media announced the dawn of legal private Wi-Fi in Cuba this July. But a decree published the same month signals that content controls are expanding alongside access, local journalists and bloggers told CPJ....

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Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

September 9, 2019 11:19 AM ET

“Ever since I started working as a journalist nine years ago, I have been under constant pressure from my family, my tribe, and my community to give up journalism. Friends have been asked by security forces to sever ties with me,” said freelance journalist Guhdar Zebari, when he met...

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CPJ joins letter to Pope Francis urging focus on human rights during Mozambique visit

September 4, 2019 9:50 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 14 other human rights and freedom of expression organizations sent an open letter to Pope Francis yesterday, on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique, urging the pontiff to publicly support the protection and promotion of human rights as the country prepares...

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‘The threats follow us home’: Survey details risks for female journalists in U.S., Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Ask any female journalist about harassment or safety while on assignment and they’ll likely have a story to tell....

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Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

In June 2016, an attacker was terrorizing women on a jogging path in Edmonton, Canada. A video journalist at a large Canadian broadcaster was assigned to cover the story on the night shift. Multiple sexual assaults had been reported and the man was still at-large....

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Why newsrooms need a solution to end online harassment of reporters

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Stef Schrader was on vacation in Germany last year when spam messages started to flood her inbox. Seeing random emails from Macy’s—and job alerts for the position of “Chief Idiot”—she realized someone had signed her work email up to dozens of email lists....

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