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Andrew Levinson

Andrew Levinson served as CPJ's media officer from 2007 to 2010, promoting the organization's work on multiple platforms.


Press freedom in the news 12/01/08

December 1, 2008 11:41 AM ET

South Africa's Mail & Guardian has more coverage of the Mikhail Beketov case today. Beketov, an editor of a Moscow-based newspaper, was brutally beaten and left for dead more than two weeks ago and remains in a coma. The Houston Chronicle also has a story on Beketov, as well as...

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Press freedom in the news 10/29/08

October 29, 2008 12:34 PM ET

The launch of the Global Network Initiative, a set of principles outlying how Internet companies should conduct themselves in countries that stifle free speech, is making news this morning with the official Web site, Globalnetworkinitiative.org, going live today. Forbes.com, TechNewsWorld, and PCMag.com are all running stories about three major tech companies and...

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Press freedom in the news 10/27/08

October 27, 2008 12:41 PM ET

The New York Times has updated coverage of the alleged poisoning of human rights lawyer Karinna Moskakleno in France. The article reports that French authorities have declared the poisoning a result of an accident, despite the fact that Moskalenko fell ill only days before she was set to attend pre-trail...

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Press freedom in the news 10/24/08

October 24, 2008 12:36 PM ET

The deaths of two Croatian journalists, killed when a bomb exploded beneath their car Thursday in Zagreb, is getting extensive coverage across the region today....

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Press freedom in the news 10/23/08

October 23, 2008 12:43 PM ET

The Web site Wired PR News has more coverage of Afghan journalism student Parwez Kambakhsh's 20-year jail sentence for blasphemy. The story cites our October 21 alert condemning the sentence....

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Press freedom in the news 10/22/08

October 22, 2008 12:09 PM ET

Yesterday's 20-year jail sentence of Afghan journalism student Parwez Kambakhsh is getting additional coverage today....

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Press freedom in the news 10/21/08

October 21, 2008 11:05 AM ET

In the Philippines today, the news that charges have been brought against the alleged masterminds in the murder of Philippine journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat is running in many of the country's major news outlets....

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Press freedom in the news 10/17/08

October 17, 2008 11:28 AM ET

The jailing of Vietnamese journalist Nguyen Viet Chien continues to be in the news today with the legal Web site Jurist and the South Korean-based news site Digital Chosun both running stories about the two-year sentence the journalist has received....

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Press freedom in the news 10/16/08

October 16, 2008 11:07 AM ET

Coverage of the arrest and jailing of Nguyen Viet Chien, a journalist with daily Thanh Nien, for breaking news on a state corruption scandal is making news today. Taiwan's The Straits Times is running the Agence France-Presse wire story on the incident, and Radio Australia has a short news item about the jailing on...

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Press freedom in the news 10/15/08

October 15, 2008 11:05 AM ET

The attempted poisoning of Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Moskalenko, who is representing the family of Anna Politkovskaya, is the focus of a story in The New York Times this morning. The article cites our alert on the incident and raises concerns about the poisoning, which sickened Moskalenko only days...

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Press freedom in the news 10/10/08

October 10, 2008 10:35 AM ET

The Associated Press has coverage today of the detention of two journalists working for the Jordan Times who had been detained by Syrian officials when they tried to enter the country from Lebanon. The Wall Street Journal is also running the AP story. Also today the Web site of the...

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Press freedom in the news 10/08/08

October 8, 2008 1:59 PM ET

The Associated Press has coverage today of our letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressing concern at the growing violence Venezuela. The Spanish-language Web site of Univision is also running the AP story. The South Africa-based Web site Daily Dispatch Online has a story today about the troubled Zimbabwe media.  Also making news today is the institution of a telephone hotline...

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Press freedom in the news 10/07/08

October 7, 2008 11:54 AM ET

The Web site of news channel France 24 is reporting that today, on the two-year anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, more than 200 people gathered in Moscow for a vigil. The story cites our alert from yesterday that criticized Russia's decision to try three men accused in the murder case in a military,...

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Press freedom in the news 10/06/08

October 6, 2008 12:09 PM ET

Agence France-Presse has coverage of the arrest and subsequent release of Ali Ilyas Abdullahi, a Somali radio journalist. Abdullahi was detained by police in the Somali capital Mogadishu over the weekend after reporting on a mortar attack at the home of a government official. Also making news today is an...

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Press freedom in the news 10/03/08

October 3, 2008 11:05 AM ET

Voice of America takes an extensive look at free speech in Malaysia on its Web site this morning. Focusing on the recent sentencing of high profile blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, the article looks at how the government is using various laws, including the Internal Security Act, to silence critics. CPJ...

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Press freedom in the news 10/02/08

October 2, 2008 2:42 PM ET

Fox News reports today that the U.S. government has given visas to two Cuban journalists who had been barred from re-entering the country despite holding accreditation for the United Nations. The Web site Caribbean Net News carried our alert, which we released earlier this week. Also in the news, The...

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Press freedom in the news 10/01/08

October 1, 2008 11:57 AM ET

Our special report on press freedom in Mexico, "The Disappeared," has received a great deal of coverage in the Spanish-language press since its release yesterday. The report is covered in the Mexican dailies Excelsior, El Financiero, Tabasco Hoy, and La Cronica de Hoy. It was also covered in the Argentina-based...

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Press freedom in the news 9/30/08

September 30, 2008 11:48 AM ET

CPJ's September 26 letter to Russian President Dmitry Mededev is receiving additional coverage in both the English and Russian press today. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting has a story posted to their Web site and the Russian daily newspaper Novye Izvestiya is also reporting on the letter. The Huffington...

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Press freedom in the news 9/29/08

September 29, 2008 10:53 AM ET

CPJ's letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which raised our concern over Russia's denial of admittance to international journalists, received coverage in various news outlets today. The English edition of The Moscow Times is running an article and the Russia-based Web site Lenta News has coverage of the letter in...

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Press freedom in the news 9/25/08

September 25, 2008 10:39 AM ET

The Canadian Press has coverage of the release of CTV reporter Jawed Ahmad, who was freed from U.S. detention on September 22. The article quotes Ahmad as saying that he believes the Canadian military "told them I was a risk." The piece also mentions our alert urging the U.S. military...

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Press freedom in the news 9/24/08

September 24, 2008 11:00 AM ET

CPJ's letter to Spanish President Zapatero urging him to pressure Cuba on jailed journalists received significant coverage in the Spanish language press. Radio Marti ran a piece on the letter and the Spanish Web site PR Noticas has a story online. Cubaencuentro also has news coverage of the letter.Also today,...

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Press freedom in the news 9/23/08

September 23, 2008 11:25 AM ET

Reuters is reporting that Iraqi Kurdistan's Parliament has passed a revised media law that protects the rights of journalists in the region and abolishes criminal defamation. CPJ travelled to the region in May to protest a much harsher version of the media law, and presented recommendations to Kurdish President Masoud...

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Press freedom in the news 9/22/08

September 22, 2008 3:22 PM ET

The failed assassination attempt against Iraqi Journalist Syndicate head Muaid al-Lami is the topic of various news stories today. Reuters reported that a bomb exploded as al-Lami left the front entrance of the syndicate's headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday. The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Voice...

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Press freedom in the news 9/19/08

September 19, 2008 11:20 AM ET

Our announcement of the 2008 International Press Freedom Award winners has gotten coverage today, with stories running in the Arab, African, and Asian press. The Philippine-based Pinoy Press has an article about the awardees, and The Zimbabwe Independent reports on the winners but leads with the news of Beatrice Mtetwa...

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Press freedom in the news 9/18/08

September 18, 2008 10:44 AM ET

In the news today the Canada-based Web site Asian Pacific Post has a news brief about the imprisonment of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, also known as Dieu Cay. The brief cites CPJ's condemnation of the 30-month sentence given to him on September 11. Also today, New York's Lower Hudson...

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Press Freedom Awardees draw attention

September 17, 2008 1:07 PM ET

We announced the 2008 International Press Freedom Award recipients on Tuesday, and the news has been well-received worldwide. Bilal Hussein of Iraq, Danish Karokhel and Farida Nekzad of Afghanistan, Andrew Mwenda of Uganda, and Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez of Cuba will all be honored by CPJ on November 25 for their courageous...

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Press freedom in the news 9/15/08

September 15, 2008 11:02 AM ET

The kidnapping and subsequent death of four Iraqi journalists in Mosul on assignment for Al-Sharqia TV is the subject of numerous stories from the weekend and this morning. Both AP and Reuters released stories updating the situation. Voice of America also had coverage. The Los Angeles Times has an entry on...

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Press freedom in the news 9/11/08

September 11, 2008 10:51 AM ET

The Web site OneWorld has continued coverage of the release of filmmaker Andrew Berends, who is back in the United States after being detained in Nigeria since August 31. Berends is safely at home after a week of questioning by the Nigerian military; however his translator Samuel George is still...

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Press freedom in the news 9/10/08

September 10, 2008 10:28 AM ET

The Web site Lower Hudson Journal has coverage of the release of filmmaker Andrew Berends, who had been detained in Nigeria since August 31. Berends flew from Nigeria to Germany last night after spending 10 days beign questioned by the Nigerian military on suspicion of espionage. His Nigerian translator,...

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Press freedom in the news 9/9/08

September 9, 2008 11:09 AM ET

The San Francisco-based Web site Indy Media has posted another article about the arrests of journalists at the GOP Convention last week, with specific attention paid to the case of Democracy Now! reporter Amy Goodman. CPJ reported on the arrest of Goodman and other journalists covering the RNC last...

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Press freedom in the news 9/8/08

September 8, 2008 1:29 PM ET

In the news today, Reuters is covering the provisional weekend release of American filmmaker Andrew Berends in Nigeria. Berends was arrested on espionage charges by the Nigerian military along with his translator Samuel George on August 31. VOA News and The Lower Hudson News are also running stories about his...

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Press freedom in the news 9/5/08

September 5, 2008 10:42 AM ET

The Washington-based Web site One World is running a piece about CPJ's and other rights groups' condemnation of the arrest of journalists in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention. The article quotes CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, who expressed his concern that "police in St. Paul prevented journalists...

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Press freedom in the news 9/4/08

September 4, 2008 12:10 PM ET

Killings and attacks on journalists in the North Caucasus region of Russia continues to be in the news today, with Philadelphia-based newspaper The Bulletin running a story about the violence. Web site Reclaim the Media has reporting about the arrests of various journalists covering the RNC, and mentions our...

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Press freedom in the news 9/3/08

September 3, 2008 11:03 AM ET

The news of the arrest American filmmaker Andrew Berends in Nigeria is the focus of stories in The New York Times and the African Press Agency this morning. According  to CPJ's research, Berends and his Nigerian translator, Samuel Geroge, were both arrested by Nigerian authorities on August 31.  Violence...

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Press freedom in the news 9/2/08

September 2, 2008 12:25 PM ET

Both the BBC and The International Herald Tribune have coverage of protests at the funeral of slain Russian journalist Magomed Yevloyev. We released a statement yesterday about the death of Yevloyev, the owner of Ingushetiya Web site, who was found dead after being taken into police custody. Roza Malsagova,...

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Press freedom in the news 8/29/08

August 29, 2008 11:08 AM ET

Philippine blog The Mindanao Examiner has an open letter to President Gloria Arroyo that is critical of her approach to press freedom in the country, one of the most deadly for journalists. The Sun Star has an update on their blog Arroyo Watch that examines her comments critical of...

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Press freedom in the news 8/28/08

August 28, 2008 10:18 AM ET

The International Herald Tribune has picked up an Associated Press report about the arrest of a Colombian politician in the murder of Nelson Carvajal, a broadcaster for Radio Sur killed in 1998. The Pakistan Times and the Kashmir Observer are both covering the continued violence in Kashmir and mention...

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Press freedom in the news 8/27/08

August 27, 2008 12:04 PM ET

The Washington Post has an column from Joe Davidson today that expresses concern about the CIA recruitment of journalists at a recent conference. Davidson discusses how the line between journalist and spy is often blurred abroad and how reporters like CPJ board member Terry Anderson have found themselves taken...

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Press freedom in the news 8/26/08

August 26, 2008 10:40 AM ET

Agence France-Presse is covering the abduction of two foreign journalists, their fixer, and driver in Somalia. Australian Nigel Brennan and Canadian Amanda Lindhout, along with their Somali support staff were kidnapped outside Mogadishu as they traveled to report on local humanitarian aid camps. We released an alert urging their...

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Press freedom in the news 8/25/08

August 25, 2008 11:04 AM ET

As the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing came to an official close yesterday, many news outlets are looking at back what the Games mean for human rights in China. The Canadian Press has a piece arguing that nothing has changed, despite the pleasant face China put on for its...

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News Wrap for 8/22/08

August 22, 2008 1:16 PM ET

The Philadelphia Daily News has a story this morning about two video bloggers arrested by police in Beijing this week. The New York Times also has coverage of the arrests, along with  details about overall press harassment during the Games. CPJ issued an alert on Thursday, protesting both the...

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News Wrap for 8/21/08

August 21, 2008 11:00 AM ET

Topping the news this morning is the release of Iraqi cameraman Ali Al-Mashhadani, who had been held by US forces without charge for three weeks in Iraq. Reuters is reporting that Al-Mashhadani was released early Thursday after being held "because he has been assessed to be a threat to...

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News Wrap for 8/20/08

August 20, 2008 10:51 AM ET

China returns to the forefront this morning as the Olympic Games are nearing an end. The Associated Press has a story about human rights groups' frustration at the lack of outcry, along with protests against myriad rights abuses. The story quotes CPJ's Asia program coordinator, Bob Dietz, who is...

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News Wrap for 8/19/08

August 19, 2008 11:01 AM ET

On a quiet news day, South African Web site Business Day has a story outlining the situation in Zimbabwe, and looks at how limiting press freedom has inhibited peace in the country. In other news out of Africa today, the AllAfrica Web site is running an opinion piece about...

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News Wrap for 8/18/08

August 18, 2008 11:14 AM ET

All the major Philippine news outlets are covering the news this morning of the shooting death of another possible journalist. Inquirer.net, GMA News, The Mindanao Examiner, and ABS CBN are all covering the news that Ronaldo Anjo Julia, who may have been a part-time radio broadcaster, was shot and...

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Frank Smyth on the FBI and shield laws

August 15, 2008 12:49 PM ET

CPJ's Washington Representative Frank Smyth has a posting on The Hill Blog today about how the FBI went through back channels to obtain phone records of New York Times and Washington Post journalists in Indonesia in 2004. The news that the FBI director is set to testify in front...

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News Wrap for 8/15/08

August 15, 2008 11:19 AM ET

The Miami Herald is covering news out of Colombia that TV network Telesur has again been accused of having ties to FARC rebels. A journalist for the network has been fingered by the government after his name was allegedly found on confiscated FARC computers. CPJ is quoted in the...

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News Wrap for 8/14/08

August 14, 2008 11:07 AM ET

BBC News has coverage this morning about the media's reaction to Israel's decision to clear the soldiers involved in the death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana. The "Editors' Blog" on British site Journalism talks about Reuters' "dissatisfaction" at the verdict and the Middle East Online Web site has a...

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News Wrap for 8/12/08

August 12, 2008 10:30 AM ET

The conflict in Georgia is making headlines this morning with The Georgian Times Web site running a news brief on press casualties that quotes our alert from yesterday. RFE/RL also has a story online that quotes our coverage of the death of three journalists and the disappearance of two...

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News Wrap for 8/11/08

August 11, 2008 10:20 AM ET

On The Huffington Post this morning, Magda Abu-Fadil has a blog entry that closely examines the situation for journalists in Mauritania and mentions our alert on the bloodless coup and how it might affect the domestic media.Also this morning, the Web site The Editors Weblog has a short article...

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News Wrap for 8/8/08

August 8, 2008 10:40 AM ET

With the arrival of 8.8.08, the Olympics begin. But even with the fireworks and fanfare, China's human rights record is still the focus of many news reports today, including coverage from Agence France-Presse, an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer, reporting from The Chicago Tribune, and a blog as well...

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News Wrap for 8/7/08

August 7, 2008 10:20 AM ET

The Bangkok Post has coverage of our alert from last night that called for a full government investigation into the killing of Thai journalist Athiwat Chaiyanurat. Also out of Thailand, reaction to President Bush's speech in Bangkok takes center stage across the news media today. CNN.com outlines Bush's comments...

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News Wrap for 8/6/08

August 6, 2008 10:31 AM ET

Yesterday's shooting of Philippine journalist Dennis Cuesta is still the focal point of a series of stories this morning. GMA News is running a follow-up piece, the Philippine Daily Inquirer's site, Inqurier.net, has a story outlining the international media's response to the incident, and The Macau Daily Times also has...

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News Wrap for 8/5/08

August 5, 2008 10:24 AM ET

Reuters is reporting that an unnamed gunman fired on a Philippine radio broadcaster earlier today in Manila. The journalist, Dennis Cuesta, was not killed but is in critical condition in a local hospital. This continues an unfortunate trend in the Philippines, a country that we rank as the sixth most...

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News Wrap for 8/4/2008

August 4, 2008 10:29 AM ET

With the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games only four days away, attention in the news media continues to center on the issues of openness and freedom in China. The Miami Herald has an editorial in today's edition of the paper that wonders if the Chinese government...

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News Wrap for 7/31/08

July 31, 2008 10:25 AM ET

The fallout continues from yesterday's revelation that China will not honor its promise to have unfettered Internet access. Sally Jean Kearney has a blog post about the issue on The Huffington Post this morning and Bloomberg updates their coverage as well with a news item called "Beijing Censorship 'Betrays' Olympic...

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News Wrap for 7/30/08

July 30, 2008 10:05 AM ET

China's recent decision to reverse its pledge for open and uncensored Internet access during the upcoming Olympics is the topic of many stories around the world this morning.Agence France-Presse is running a wire story outlining the concerns surrounding the controversial policy switch. The First Post, a Web-only magazine based...

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News Wrap for 7/29/08

July 29, 2008 9:52 AM ET

ESPN's "Olympics Photo Wire" highlights China's failure to meet basic press freedom standards with a shot of a foreign journalist working in Beijing. ESPN points out that despite promises to the contrary, many Internet sites will be censored or blocked, even for foreign reporters.The Guardian's "Greenslade" blog takes a...

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News Wrap for 7/28/08

July 28, 2008 10:28 AM ET

The International Herald Tribune takes a looks at the recent murder of Cambodian journalist Khim Sambor, who worked for one of only two opposition papers operating in the Southeast Asian country. The article also examines the overall press freedom climate in Cambodia as the nation held presidential elections over the...

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