December 2019

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Nepal’s hard-fought press freedom at risk amid restrictive bills, government pressure

December 26, 2019 11:22 AM ET

Last year, when Raju Basnet was covering landgrabs in the Nepali city of Lalitpur, he knew he was playing with fire. His reports in the weekly Khojtalas alleged that powerful people, including government officials, were involved in the scheme and Basnet had already received multiple warnings to back off...

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In Turkey, reporting is a daily struggle

December 26, 2019 11:11 AM ET

Turkey is notorious as a leading jailer of journalists worldwide, a fact that can overshadow the other problems for its press. Alongside the risk of arrest, journalists must contend with daily interference. From police denying reporters access to courtrooms, arbitrarily moving them on or forcing them to leave certain...

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to ensure safety of journalists covering corruption

December 20, 2019 11:00 AM ET

CPJ and four other international organizations today sent a letter to Kyrgyzstan authorities demanding they stop harassing local journalists who have covered alleged official corruption, and urging authorities to investigate threats and attacks against journalists....

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Salvadoran President Bukele’s anti-press rhetoric echoes Trump

December 19, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Mariana Belloso, a Salvadoran journalist and radio presenter, was home after work with her family on June 30 when she was retweeted by the president, she told CPJ in October. Then the abuse began....

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Ten years for justice in Maguindanao case is too long: We can do better

December 19, 2019 12:00 AM ET

Never Forget. This became the rallying cry among journalists, freedom of expression activists and human rights defenders as they demanded justice following the massacre on November 23, 2009 of 58 people in Maguindanao. The attack, in which 32 journalists and media workers were killed, was the single deadliest event...

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Q&A: Isma’il Kushkush and Sophia Cope on U.S. court ruling against warrantless border search

December 17, 2019 12:24 PM ET

Journalists crossing U.S. borders face a particular set of challenges, as CPJ has reported extensively. The U.S. government claims sweeping authority to interrogate travelers and search electronic devices without a warrant under what is known as the “border search exception.” CPJ has called this a chilling prospect for reporters...

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Q&A: Leona O’Neill on the aftermath of Lyra McKee’s killing in Northern Ireland

December 17, 2019 12:01 PM ET

Leona O’Neill was reporting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate on April 18, 2019, the night Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet. Considered a rising star in the British and Irish media, McKee was the first journalist to be killed in Northern Ireland since 2001, CPJ noted at the...

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When it comes to protecting journalists, Mexico’s safety mechanism comes up short

December 17, 2019 11:59 AM ET

Gildo Garza sighs when he speaks of the institution that is supposed to protect him. “I feel disappointed, depressed, desperate, and alone,” he said. “I no longer have any hope in a system that was supposed to help me build up a new life or get my old life...

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Iranian journalist imprisoned, fired, and forced into exile over a single word

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

In October 2018, authorities arrested Pouyan Khoshhal as he drove through the northern Iranian city of Rasht, by the Caspian Sea. The reason for the journalist’s arrest: his use of the word “death” instead of “martyrdom” to describe a Shiite saint in an article for the reformist newspaper Ebtekar....

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‘I could be jailed at any moment’: Turkish editor in limbo over terms of prison release

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

If somebody is legally under house arrest but in practice not, are they free? Semiha Şahin, an editor at the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), confronts this question—and the legal ambiguity that it poses—every day. A Turkish court released the journalist under house arrest in June, pending the outcome...

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For the sake of press freedom, Julian Assange must be defended

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

Nine years ago this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists took a stand on one of the most polarizing figures in journalism. We wrote President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, urging them not to prosecute Julian Assange....

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Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework--the only journalists behind bars for their work in their countries, according to CPJ’s latest prison census--don’t tell the whole story of their governments’ crackdowns on freedom of expression....

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Hungary’s media control unprecedented in EU, joint mission finds

December 3, 2019 3:06 PM ET

Since 2010, the Hungarian government has achieved a degree of media control unprecedented in an EU member state, seven international organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement released today. The organizations urged the EU “to take all available measures to respond.”...

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