October 2019

CPJ Blog

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African Union must act on Cameroon’s human rights violations

October 29, 2019 12:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 64 other civil society organizations in calling on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to address serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon, including the jailing of journalists....

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Q&A: Moroccan press freedom advocate and NSO Group spyware target Maati Monjib

October 29, 2019 1:45 AM ET

Pegasus, the cellphone spyware tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group, is one of the most powerful surveillance systems governments can buy, experts say. Researchers who study it have detected “45 countries where Pegasus operators may be conducting surveillance operations,” and detailed its capabilities: whoever tricks the target...

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Restrictive terms of Shawkan’s release from Egyptian jail highlighted to UN

October 25, 2019 1:14 PM ET

On October 10, Mahmoud Abu Zeid turned 33. It was the Egyptian photojournalist’s first birthday out of prison since his August 2013 arrest. But in spite of his celebrated freedom in March, the police monitoring conditions of his probation have, in effect, rendered his release obsolete....

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India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter

October 24, 2019 1:30 AM ET

On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the...

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Legal threats prompt journalists to take creative approaches to investigative stories

October 23, 2019 2:30 PM ET

When BuzzFeed News reporters Jane Bradley and Katie J.M. Baker began investigating claims of sexual misconduct by self-help guru Tony Robbins in early 2018, they did what any journalist would do, and reached out to people who might know about the allegations....

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Nigerian military targeted journalists’ phones, computers with “forensic search” for sources

October 22, 2019 9:21 AM ET

Hamza Idris, an editor with the Nigerian Daily Trust, was at the newspaper’s central office on January 6 when the military arrived looking for him. Soldiers with AK47s walked between the newsroom desks repeating his name, he told CPJ. It was the second raid on the paper that day;...

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CPJ joins call to end impunity in killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

October 16, 2019 11:34 AM ET

Two years after the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and one year after CPJ joined five other organizations in an international press freedom mission to Malta, CPJ and nine other groups once again demanded an end to impunity for the heinous attack and renewed calls to...

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Forced out of jobs and sidelined, Bolivia’s independent journalists see their audience slipping away

October 10, 2019 4:15 PM ET

Amalia Pando was once a ubiquitous presence on Bolivian radio and TV, hosting some of the country’s most popular news and political commentary programs. At age 66, she’s still at it, but her audience is a sliver of what it once was....

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‘I was the first to lose my freedom’: How police protection impacts Italy’s investigative reporters

October 10, 2019 11:51 AM ET

Explaining the sudden presence of two grim-looking bodyguards in a way that wouldn’t scare her children was never going to be easy for Federica Angeli, a reporter for la Repubblica. So when Angeli returned home with police protection for the first time in July 2013, she tried to turn...

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CPJ joins statement of concern over safety of Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell

October 7, 2019 2:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), a Colombian press freedom organization, in issuing a statement on October 4 expressing concern for the safety of journalist Daniel Coronell....

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