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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came the day after the United Arab Emirates used the threat...

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CPJ joins call for Georgia to investigate case of exiled journalist forcibly taken back to Azerbaijan

June 7, 2017 3:01 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 22 international rights organizations in calling on Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to ensure that the case of Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist living in exile in Tbilisi who is now in custody in the country's capital, Baku, is fully investigated. CPJ documented...

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Óscar Martínez: Trust and safety for journalists and sources is vital in El Salvador

June 7, 2017 10:10 AM ET

Óscar Martínez knows first-hand the dangers of reporting on crime and gang violence. The co-founder of Sala Negra (Black Room)--an investigative reporting project run by the El Salvadoran new outlet El Faro--says he and his colleagues have been threatened and harassed for their hard-hitting coverage. But, Martínez says, their...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 4, 2017

June 5, 2017 1:19 PM ET

Chair, editor of shuttered newswire released after week in detention A prosecutor in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır yesterday released Zekeriya Güzüpek and Mehmet Ali Ertaş, the former chair and editor for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), the news website Gazete Sujin reported yesterday. Police detained the...

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Released recording highlights polarized atmosphere for Brazil's political reporters

June 5, 2017 12:18 PM ET

The release of a private conversation between a well-known journalist and his source has shaken the journalistic community in Brazil and highlighted the increasingly polarized and uneasy terrain in which political reporters work....

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Myanmar: One year under Suu Kyi, press freedom lags behind democratic progress

June 5, 2017 11:11 AM ET

When Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her long-persecuted National League for Democracy party won elected office in November 2015, bringing an end to nearly five decades of authoritarian military rule, many local journalists saw the democratic result as a de facto win for press freedom....

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For Mosul journalists, no work or safety in post-Islamic State Iraq

June 1, 2017 5:41 PM ET

For nearly three years, Mosul journalist Mohammad Talal al-Nuaimi lived in constant fear of being discovered and killed. The seizure of Mosul by the militant group Islamic State, or IS, in early June 2014 and the subsequent targeting of local journalists had forced him into hiding. He was unable...

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CPJ joins call for Egypt to stop blocking access to news websites

May 30, 2017 2:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 20 human rights and press freedom organizations in calling on Egyptian authorities to stop blocking access to Mada Masr and the 22 other news websites. The letter, sent May 26, says the blocking of the sites violates international standards....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 28, 2017

May 30, 2017 12:51 PM ET

Chair and editor of shuttered news agency arrested Police in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır on the night of May 31 arrested Zekeriya Güzüpek, the former chair of the board of the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), and Mehmet Ali Ertaş, a former Kurdish-language editor at the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017 10:51 AM ET

Two journalists arraigned, finance manager released A court in Istanbul arraigned Gökmen Ulu and Mediha Olgun, journalists for the secularist, nationalist daily Sözcü, one of the last remaining widely circulated newspapers to be consistently critical of the government, on charges of "committing a crime in the name of a...

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