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Ahead of inauguration day, Brazilian media braces for Bolsonaro

December 27, 2018 11:45 AM ET

Long before one of their photographers was harassed on election night in Brazil, the editors at Fortaleza newspaper O Povo were meeting with their readers and staff to discuss the increasingly polarized environment and how to deal with it....

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In Mexico, 'narcopolitics' is a deadly mix for journalists covering crime and politics

December 19, 2018 12:00 AM ET

It was 3 p.m. on January 13 when Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez stopped at a traffic light in Nuevo Laredo, in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Two men approached the car of the well-known newspaper columnist, opened the driver's door, and stabbed him more than 20 times in front...

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Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela's journalists into exile

December 18, 2018 12:08 PM ET

When Ewald Scharfenberg, the founding editor of the Venezuelan investigative news website Armando.Info, holds editorial meetings, he pulls out his mobile phone. That's because most of his reporters are in Venezuela while Scharfenberg lives and works in neighboring Colombia....

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Journalists fleeing threats at home trapped in ICE detention over US asylum seeker policy

December 12, 2018 12:00 AM ET

When Cuban police escorted Serafín Morán Santiago on to a plane to Guyana in 2016, they warned the journalist he could be jailed for 15 years if he tried to return. Authorities there had already detained and tortured him for his reporting. But when he was attacked in Guyana...

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Panic buttons, cameras, and a gun under the desk: Local newsrooms update security in wake of Capital Gazette attack

November 14, 2018 10:58 AM ET

The Capital Gazette shootings in Annapolis in June, in which a gunman killed five staff, forced many newsrooms across the U.S. to reassess the security of their offices. While journalists acknowledged that threats come with the job, the shooting comes in a year of increased hostility toward the press,...

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CPJ joins call for Brazilian presidential candidates to condemn threats against journalists

October 26, 2018 3:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined five other rights organizations to call on Brazilian presidential candidates to denounce the threats and violence against journalists covering the electoral campaign, and urge their supports to stop harassing reporters....

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The path(s) to justice in Jamal Khashoggi's murder

October 23, 2018 3:41 PM ET

In an emotional address to Turkey's parliament today, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a savage and premeditated act and demanded that Saudi officials be brought to Turkey to stand trial. Most of the information about the investigation that has emerged has come...

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How Brazil's 'ethno-communicators' are helping indigenous people find their voice

October 5, 2018 5:12 PM ET

The people who run Radio Yandê, a Brazilian digital portal dedicated to indigenous issues, have many words to define what they do, but even though the site has stories, video and audio, none of those definitions include the word journalist....

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CPJ's Joel Simon speaks at Press Behind Bars panel

September 28, 2018 2:13 PM ET

Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon addressed a panel event at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2018. The event highlighted global press freedom violations and the jailing of journalists in countries around the world, with a specific focus...

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Google complicity in Chinese censorship could endanger press freedom elsewhere

August 17, 2018 1:45 PM ET

In 2010, after four years of offering Chinese users a heavily censored version of its search engine, Google decided it would no longer block search results at the request of the Chinese state. "Our objection is to those forces of totalitarianism," Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, told The New York...

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