Mohamed Abdel Dayem

CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem has a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has led CPJ missions to Egypt and Yemen.

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Several tallies, one conclusion on Turkish press freedom

December 8, 2011 4:13 PM ET

Press freedom in Turkey is under assault. Thousands of criminal cases have been filed against reporters, the Criminal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act are used routinely to silence critical news coverage, and Kurdish journalists face constant persecution. Today CPJ released its annual prison census, which tracks cases of journalists jailed for...

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Courage in documenting Egypt's revolution

February 11, 2011 5:14 PM ET

Today, on its 18th day, the Egyptian revolution has finally achieved its goal, deposing Hosni Mubarak and his regime. Egyptian journalists who have courageously found ways to work under the yoke of Mubarak's censorship and repression are releasing a sigh of relief that they've held in for three long...

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Government lies are exposed in Egypt's Tahrir Square

February 1, 2011 12:18 PM ET

Hosni Mubarak's regime has had 29 years to perfect its always brazen but never convincing justifications for repressing journalists who expose the travesties he and his henchmen regularly visit upon the people of Egypt. It has also long enlisted state-owned media to disseminate the ruling party's half-truths and outright...

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Tunisian TV station's suspension reflects tenuous freedom

January 25, 2011 11:13 AM ET

On Sunday, the privately owned broadcaster Hannibal TV was forced off the air for more than three hours. The state-owned news agency Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) issued a statement stating that an arrest warrant had been issued for the station's owner on charges of "high treason" for an alleged...

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Freed! Fahem Boukadous released in Tunisia

January 19, 2011 9:16 PM ET

For those who have spent countless hours exposing and combating Tunisia's vast press freedom abuses, today is truly a glorious day. Tunisian authorities released the ailing imprisoned journalist Fahem Boukadous, a day after CPJ called on the transitional government to honor its pledge to free all political prisoners. Today, we...

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A year after siege, Al-Ayyam is sorely missed in Yemen

January 4, 2011 4:14 PM ET

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the multiday siege by Yemeni police and security personnel of the compound that houses the offices of the independent daily Al-Ayyam. During its assault on the headquarters of the critical daily, the government used automatic machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and heavy...

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In Yemen, press freedom worst in 20 years

July 16, 2010 3:51 PM ET

One opinion was relayed to me repeatedly by numerous journalists, lawyers, and human rights defenders during the week I just spent in Yemen: The crackdown against independent and opposition media in the country has not been this concerted at any time since the unification of the southern and northern...

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In Egypt, a deplorable press freedom climate

May 3, 2010 4:19 PM ET

Judging by what’s transpired in recent weeks, press freedom in Egypt is in a deplorable state. To hear that Egyptian police abused and illegally detained peaceful protestors who took to the streets on April 6 is par for the course. To read that police and plainclothes thugs also beat...

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Rejiba, award-winning editor, helps launch Attacks

February 16, 2010 10:06 AM ET

Naziha Rejiba, editor of the Tunisian online publication Kalima and a 2009 International Press Freedom Awardee, helped us launch the new edition of Attacks on the Press at a press conference today in Cairo....

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Jordan may extend repressive law to electronic media

February 2, 2010 10:13 AM ET

Jordan’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest judicial authority, issued an opinion last week stating that Web sites can be classified as “publications” and recommending that the Press and Publications Law be extended to online news sites and other electronic media. This decision, while not yet the law of the...

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