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CPJ joins call to UN rights council for end to press crackdown in Turkey

September 20, 2019 1:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 12 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations calling on the member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge Turkey to end its repressive policies against independent reporting and free speech....

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CPJ joins call for new Council of Europe head to prioritize press freedom

September 19, 2019 3:09 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 21 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations in sending an open letter to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric yesterday, calling on her to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists among the council’s 47 member...

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Press freedom situation in Turkey remains highly restrictive, despite some room for very cautious optimism, joint mission finds

September 13, 2019 10:28 AM ET

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined an international press freedom mission to Turkey that met with journalists, civil society, diplomats, the judiciary, and government officials. The visiting delegation voiced concern about the continued crackdown on journalists in the country and the need for the authorities to protect...

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CPJ joins call for Russian authorities to end harassment of journalists covering Moscow protests

August 22, 2019 2:46 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Russian authorities to end their harassment of journalists covering opposition protests in Moscow. Protests have taken place on four consecutive Saturdays in July and August after the local electoral commission’s decision to ban...

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Kazakhstan's move to control internet prompts censorship, surveillance concerns

July 25, 2019 1:49 PM ET

A state-controlled internet service provider in Kazakhstan is requiring at least some of its subscribers to submit to having their internet traffic intercepted when they use specific websites--including social media sites, email and messaging services, and Google News, according to research published this week by Censored Planet, a project...

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For Turkish journalists in Berlin exile, threats remain, but in different forms

July 18, 2019 5:16 PM ET

For Can Dündar, sitting in the audience of a theater performance near Dortmund in Germany in May was an emotional moment. In an interview with CPJ, he recalled how during the premiere night, he watched the main actor on stage playing a journalist as he was imprisoned in Turkey,...

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'It should not be accepted as normal': Female journalists on harassment, intimidation in the Netherlands

July 15, 2019 10:30 AM ET

The Netherlands is generally considered to have a positive press freedom reputation, but when the independent Dutch Association of Journalists released the findings of its survey of over 350 female journalists in May, over half said they had been subjected to intimidation or violence in their work and around...

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Albania's journalists tread fine line when covering organized crime, politics

July 5, 2019 10:00 AM ET

The intersection of organized crime, corruption and politics in Albania is impacting the country's press. During a joint mission by a coalition of press freedom organizations to Tirana in June, CPJ Europe Correspondent Attila Mong spoke with journalists about challenges including threats, attacks, political interference, and legal harassment....

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CPJ joins letter to EU's Mogherini urging release of Kyrgyz journalist Askarov

July 1, 2019 3:30 PM ET

CPJ joined seven other human rights and freedom of expression groups in writing a letter, made public today, calling on the government of Kyrgyzstan to release journalist and rights advocate Azimjon Askarov....

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CPJ welcomes resolution demanding investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia killing

June 27, 2019 2:00 PM ET

CPJ joined other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations today in welcoming a resolution condemning the lack of progress in determining responsibility for the October 16, 2017, car bomb killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia....

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