May 2020

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NY Times reporter Davey Alba on covering COVID-19 conspiracy theories, facing online harassment

May 21, 2020 12:42 PM ET

Over the course of Davey Alba’s career as a tech reporter, her beat has transformed from covering the latest gadgets and phones to investigating the creeping influence and massive power wielded by tech companies over peoples’ everyday lives. As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, Alba, who...

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CPJ joins call condemning threats against journalists in Northern Ireland

May 20, 2020 1:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 20 free expression groups, activist organizations, and journalists in a joint statement condemning recent threats against journalists working for the Sunday Life and Sunday World newspapers in Northern Ireland....

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CPJ joins call for reform of EU defamation law

May 20, 2020 1:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 25 other press freedom organizations today in sending a joint letter to the European Commission calling for reforms to European Union law on defamation....

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CPJ joins call urging Burundi to maintain internet access during elections

May 19, 2020 12:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday joined 30 other rights organizations in a joint letter urging the government of Burundi to ensure that the internet remains accessible before, during, and after the presidential elections scheduled for tomorrow....

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Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan tell CPJ of obstruction and opportunities covering COVID-19

May 18, 2020 11:40 AM ET

On May 10, Saman Barzinji, the health minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government, announced that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer posed a threat to the region, and that the area would gradually reopen, according to news reports....

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On third anniversary of his murder, Javier Valdez’s wife calls for justice in open letter

May 15, 2020 1:05 PM ET

Today, on the third anniversary of the murder of her husband, Mexican reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas, journalist Griselda Triana wrote an open letter calling for justice and describing the ordeal of her family in the wake of his killing. The letter was published in several Mexican news outlets and...

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Surveys seek to understand impact of COVID-19 on journalists

May 13, 2020 8:59 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has partnered with the International Center For Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University on the journalism safety and press freedom aspects of their joint Journalism and the Pandemic Project, which today launched an online survey to track the COVID-19...

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First Draft’s Aimee Rinehart on fact-checking coronavirus misinformation

May 12, 2020 9:15 AM ET

While digital communication enables the public to receive critical information about the COVID-19 pandemic in real time, the same tools are enabling an “infodemic” of misinformation that “can hamper an effective public health response and create confusion and distrust,” according to the United Nations....

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Liberia’s journalists wary as authorities announce new press passes, threaten shutdowns

May 7, 2020 4:29 PM ET

When the coronavirus arrived in Liberia, local journalists knew what it meant to report on a deadly, infectious disease; six years earlier they had donned personal protective equipment (PPE) to report on the Ebola crisis, Musa Kenneh, the Press Union of Liberia’s secretary general, told CPJ. But this time,...

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COVID-19 lockdowns pose challenges for imprisoned journalists observing Ramadan

May 7, 2020 3:30 PM ET

This year, the Islamic month of Ramadan, which started on April 24 and will continue through May 23, is particularly challenging for Muslim journalists in jail to observe safely, their family members and friends told CPJ....

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YouTube censors independent Nicaraguan news outlets after copyright complaints from Ortega-owned media

May 6, 2020 2:03 PM ET

Miguel Mora, director of the independent Nicaraguan news outlet 100% Noticias, oversaw its move online after its television broadcast license was revoked by the government in April 2018. He and his colleagues transferred their archives onto two YouTube accounts and used them to continue documenting the government’s repressive response...

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CPJ joins letter calling on UN Human Rights Council to maintain pressure on Eritrea

May 6, 2020 1:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 23 other free speech and human rights organizations in a letter sent yesterday urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea....

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CPJ joins letter expressing concern about Kyrgyzstan media restrictions during pandemic

May 6, 2020 1:05 PM ET

CPJ and 23 other members of IFEX, a global network of free expression organizations, sent a letter yesterday expressing concern over the press freedom implications of Kyrgyzstan’s COVID-19 state of emergency, which has been in place since March 22....

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CPJ joins letter calling on Colombia to strengthen protections for journalists

May 6, 2020 12:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists on May 4 joined more than 100 civil society organizations in an open letter calling on Colombia’s National Protection Unit to adopt measures to ensure the safety of journalists and other human rights defenders under increased threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Halifax Examiner’s Tim Bousquet on covering a mass shooting in a pandemic

May 6, 2020 8:57 AM ET

When news broke that a gunman had killed at least 22 people in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19, the Halifax Examiner, a small independent local news website, began piecing together how the deadliest mass shooting in Canada’s history had occurred....

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In Brazil, Rio’s community journalists face daily challenges informing favela residents about COVID-19

May 5, 2020 11:46 AM ET

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Gizele Martins and Raull Santiago—community journalists from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas—worked to bring accurate news and information to the local population and to give visibility to their struggles. Their organizations are among dozens of media groups founded by residents of Rio’s favelas and other...

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Malaysian journalist faces six years in prison over COVID-19 Facebook posts

May 5, 2020 10:15 AM ET

When Malaysian journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias criticized a government decision to allow a cruise ship with Chinese tourists to dock and disembark at the coastal city of Penang in late January, a time when China was at the epicenter of the COVID-19 global pandemic, she was criminally...

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Journalist in Rohingya refugee camp describes bracing for coronavirus without access to internet

May 4, 2020 4:55 PM ET

Ro Sawyeddollah has lived in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, since he fled Myanmar along with thousands of other ethnic Rohingya in 2017, where the U.N. found that Rohingya live under threat of genocide....

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Network shutdowns restrict reporting during COVID-19 crisis

May 4, 2020 1:15 PM ET

The Global Network Initiative, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations of which CPJ is a member, issued a statement yesterday calling on governments to refrain from shutting down internet access amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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CPJ joins letters calling on US Senate to increase Magnitsky Act funding

May 4, 2020 12:00 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists recently joined 50 democracy, human rights, and anti-corruption organizations and experts in three letters urging U.S. Congressional leaders to retain and increase funding and capacity for the enforcement of the Global Magnitsky Act....

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