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CPJ joins call for Russian government to drop foreign agent bill

November 18, 2019 2:38 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined nine other international press freedom organizations in signing a statement urging Russia to drop draft legislation that would add individual journalists and bloggers to the country’s list of “foreign agents.”...

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CPJ joins statement welcoming changes in inquiry of Daphne Caruana Galizia killing

November 15, 2019 2:55 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined eight other international press freedom organizations today in a statement welcoming an announcement that the Maltese government and the family of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have agreed on the membership of the board appointed to investigate the circumstances of Caruana Galizia’s 2017 killing,...

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Laws, cheap web filters arm Russia to block news, says Censored Planet

November 7, 2019 11:36 AM ET

When Daniil Kislov tried to view the website of Fergana from his computer in Moscow on November 1, his browser showed him the now-familiar notification that the independent news outlet he directs had been blocked by order of Roskomnadzor, the national agency that regulates the internet in Russia, he...

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CPJ deepens database of attacks on the press

November 7, 2019 11:10 AM ET

He couldn’t have known it at the time, but when a Moroccan court sentenced editor Mohammed al-Herd on August 4, 2003, to three years in prison, he was emblematic of a new trend, one that would accelerate and continue to the present day....

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CPJ joins call to end impunity in killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

October 16, 2019 11:34 AM ET

Two years after the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and one year after CPJ joined five other organizations in an international press freedom mission to Malta, CPJ and nine other groups once again demanded an end to impunity for the heinous attack and renewed calls to...

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‘I was the first to lose my freedom’: How police protection impacts Italy’s investigative reporters

October 10, 2019 11:51 AM ET

Explaining the sudden presence of two grim-looking bodyguards in a way that wouldn’t scare her children was never going to be easy for Federica Angeli, a reporter for la Repubblica. So when Angeli returned home with police protection for the first time in July 2013, she tried to turn...

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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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