February 2020

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Nigeria’s communications regulator sued over warrantless access to ‘call data’

February 26, 2020 6:17 PM ET

Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative, a Nigerian nongovernmental organization, filed a lawsuit on February 25 against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over regulations granting warrantless access to telecom subscribers’ information, including “call data." The suit claims that accessing the information “violates and will likely further violate” Nigerians’ constitutional right...

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'The goal is to make us stop writing’: Turkish journalists on attacks and threats

February 25, 2020 3:07 PM ET

Eight months after he was attacked outside his Ankara home with baseball bats, Yavuz Selim Demirağ still has trouble sleeping. “The worry of suffering another attack at any minute messed with my psychology. Sometimes I feel like I am being followed,” the Turkish journalist said. “In the end, the...

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Threats draw near, damaging Mexico City’s reputation as safe haven for reporters

February 24, 2020 12:13 PM ET

Emir Olivares was almost too stunned to speak when, on December 6, he found two men in the bedroom of his apartment in Mexico City....

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Freedom at a high cost for Vietnamese blogger Tran Thi Nga

February 24, 2020 11:54 AM ET

When Vietnamese blogger Tran Thi Nga was arrested by authorities on January 21, 2017, she did not know at the time it would likely be the last time she would ever be in her home in northern Ha Nam province....

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After WhatsApp spyware allegations, Indian journalists demand government transparency

February 24, 2020 9:06 AM ET

In the summer of 2019, Saroj Giri was preparing a lecture on the panopticon—an 18th century system to surveil an entire prison from a single viewpoint—when a message lit up his phone. It was from WhatsApp, warning Giri that someone had tried to hack the popular messaging app to...

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CPJ joins letter calling on Togo government not to shut down internet

February 21, 2020 2:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 27 other press freedom and human rights organizations in a letter dated February 19 calling for authorities in Togo to maintain the stability and openness of the internet and social media platforms....

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Iran harasses, intimidates journalists ahead of parliamentary elections

February 20, 2020 5:18 PM ET

Elections are always problematic for journalists in Iran, as the government attempts to threaten the press into silence. The parliamentary elections on February 21 are no exception....

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Journalist Valley Rose Hungyo on running the only daily newspaper for Nagas in Manipur

February 20, 2020 5:11 PM ET

Editor Valley Rose Hungyo founded the bilingual Tangkhul and English Aja Daily, the only daily newspaper among the Naga people in India’s northeastern Manipur state, in the early 1990s with her late husband. They saw a need for a Naga-language paper, amid a media scene in the state dominated...

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Manipur's ex-journalist chief minister pursues Imphal Free Press for defamation

February 20, 2020 7:05 AM ET

On the morning of February 1, instead of working on her usual assignments for the Imphal Free Press, journalist Babie Shirin drove with the newspaper’s publisher Mayengbam Satyajit Singh to a court on the other side of town. On arrival, they were arrested, then granted bail on a bond...

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How Nigeria’s police used telecom surveillance to lure and arrest journalists

February 13, 2020 12:24 PM ET

As reporters for Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba told CPJ they spoke often over the phone. They had no idea that their regular conversations about work and their personal lives were creating a record of their friendship....

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CPJ welcomes call for targeted sanctions to protect journalists

February 13, 2020 10:24 AM ET

When the U.K. launched an initiative to support media freedom in the waning days of Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as foreign minister, CPJ was skeptical that this government-led effort would be more than a feel-good campaign. However, we chose to engage, given the current vacuum of leadership on press freedom...

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New laws obstruct work of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico

February 11, 2020 2:01 PM ET

In July 2019, anti-government protesters gathered on the streets of Puerto Rico, motivated in part by the work of investigative journalists who had obtained and published over 900 messages exchanged by then Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his allies that disparaged political opponents and the island’s citizens. Before Rosselló gave...

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CPJ joins call for Turkish authorities to lift advertising ban on leftist dailies

February 7, 2020 9:51 AM ET

CPJ joined representatives from the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, the Journalists Union of Turkey, and the European Federation of Journalists yesterday in a joint statement calling for Turkey’s Press Ad Agency, the state regulator of government ads in print media, to lift its ban on advertising in...

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Pakistan broadcast regulator proposes sweeping control of internet news programs

February 5, 2020 12:00 PM ET

Munizae Jahangir knew she’d be prevented from putting Mohsin Dawar on her nightly “Spotlight” talk show on Aaj TV, an Urdu-language Pakistani station. Dawar, an elected member of the national assembly, is a leading figure of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), which aims to boost the rights of the...

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