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Tweaking a global source of news

February 20, 2018 3:42 PM ET

The only way Abdalaziz Alhamza and his fellow citizen journalists could get out news from the Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria to a global audience was by posting materials on Facebook and YouTube. "They were the only way to spread news since many militias and governments prevented most,...

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Dangers from inside the newsroom

February 16, 2018 6:49 PM ET

By Christiane Amanpour/chief international correspondent for CNN and CPJ senior advisor In November, I stood before top news media executives in the United States and called on them to stamp out sexual harassment in their organizations. "The floodgates are open," I told the audience at the annual International Press...

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The president's phantom threats

February 15, 2018 4:01 PM ET

During his tumultuous campaign, Donald Trump declared war on the press, pledging to "open up our libel laws" and impose fines on critical journalists if elected. Within a month of taking office, he vowed to go after leakers, comparing them to Nazis, and urged then-FBI director James Comey to...

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CPJ calls on Honduras to reject law regulating online speech

February 8, 2018 4:26 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 50 international and local digital rights organizations and media outlets, joined calls on Honduran lawmakers this week to reject a proposed law that would regulate online speech....

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Weinstein-BlackCube surveillance claim exposes aggressive tactics to kill a story

February 7, 2018 2:26 PM ET

Those with deep pockets can go to great lengths to push back against journalism they find objectionable. Billionaire Peter Thiel deployed a team of lawyers in a move that bankrupted the news site Gawker in 2016--and last month President Donald Trump's lawyers tried to block the publication of an...

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Venezuela's anti-hate law provides Maduro with another tool to intimidate the press

February 6, 2018 5:15 PM ET

In what journalists fear could be a taste of things to come, Venezuela's new anti-hate law was enforced for the first time against a news organization on January 30, when Yndira Lugo, the editor of Diario Región, was called before government agents for questioning....

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Ahead of elections, Brazil's police announce plan to crackdown on 'fake news'

January 30, 2018 10:35 AM ET

In November last year, Brazilian police stopped a truck on a highway in the center of the country and, after a thorough search, discovered more than six tons of marijuana stashed in false compartments. The truck had the name Romanelli on the side, but police said it was a...

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Mexico's special prosecutor says FEADLE is improving, but impunity continues

January 29, 2018 1:50 PM ET

For approximately two months, Mexico's office of the Special Prosecutor for Attention for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) led a nomadic existence after its building was damaged in a September 19 earthquake that killed almost 400 people in and around Mexico City. The agency now has a new...

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How US vote to extend NSA program could expose journalists to surveillance

January 23, 2018 2:43 PM ET

The U.S. Senate last week approved a six-year extension to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), in a move that could put journalists at risk. Because people targeted by Section 702 are often of interest to the press as well as the NSA, journalists are...

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In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 5:00 PM ET

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned "fake news" awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled...

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