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In the UK, ‘Megxit’ and Downing Street briefing change put focus on press access

January 14, 2020 5:20 PM ET

Journalists and press associations in the United Kingdom this week debated issues of access and what constitutes “credible media,” as royal correspondents scrutinized the fall out from “Megxit”—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plan to step back from royal duties and the pool system of news coverage—and the Society...

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In Turkey, reporting is a daily struggle

December 26, 2019 11:11 AM ET

Turkey is notorious as a leading jailer of journalists worldwide, a fact that can overshadow the other problems for its press. Alongside the risk of arrest, journalists must contend with daily interference. From police denying reporters access to courtrooms, arbitrarily moving them on or forcing them to leave certain...

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to ensure safety of journalists covering corruption

December 20, 2019 11:00 AM ET

CPJ and four other international organizations today sent a letter to Kyrgyzstan authorities demanding they stop harassing local journalists who have covered alleged official corruption, and urging authorities to investigate threats and attacks against journalists....

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Q&A: Leona O’Neill on the aftermath of Lyra McKee’s killing in Northern Ireland

December 17, 2019 12:01 PM ET

Leona O’Neill was reporting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate on April 18, 2019, the night Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet. Considered a rising star in the British and Irish media, McKee was the first journalist to be killed in Northern Ireland since 2001, CPJ noted at the...

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‘I could be jailed at any moment’: Turkish editor in limbo over terms of prison release

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

If somebody is legally under house arrest but in practice not, are they free? Semiha Şahin, an editor at the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), confronts this question—and the legal ambiguity that it poses—every day. A Turkish court released the journalist under house arrest in June, pending the outcome...

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Hungary’s media control unprecedented in EU, joint mission finds

December 3, 2019 3:06 PM ET

Since 2010, the Hungarian government has achieved a degree of media control unprecedented in an EU member state, seven international organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement released today. The organizations urged the EU “to take all available measures to respond.”...

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Malta must avoid political interference in Caruana Galizia investigation

November 26, 2019 3:03 PM ET

CPJ and nine other international press freedom organizations today released a joint statement reiterating that the investigation into the assassination of Maltese blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia must be independent and free from political interference....

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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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