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Egypt tests new censorship law with handling of al-Mashhad website block

May 7, 2019 2:44 PM ET

Magdy Shandi, editor-in-chief of the Cairo-based independent newspaper al-Mashhad, planned to send 30 journalists to report from polling stations while votes were being cast in Egypt's constitutional referendum between April 20 and April 22. He ended up ordering them to stay away, he told CPJ in a telephone interview...

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In Egypt, 'freedom' ends daily at 6pm for Shawkan and Abdelfattah

April 2, 2019 4:27 PM ET

Relief over the release of Egyptian journalists Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, and Alaa Abdelfattah from prison last month has been clouded by the conditions of their freedom. "I am happy to see your joy over my release, but I am unfortunately not free," Abdelfattah wrote to his...

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Infographic: Journalists named in Guardian report on torture in Saudi jails

April 1, 2019 3:14 PM ET

Individuals detained under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's crackdown on dissent, including at least four journalists, are being abused and tortured in Saudi prisons, according to medical assessments prepared for King Salman and leaked to The Guardian....

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Barred from covering unrest, Algerian journalists hold own protests

March 29, 2019 12:16 PM ET

In a Q&A with CPJ, Algerian journalist Lynda Abbou explains why protests that have swept the country in recent weeks were a pivotal moment for journalists frustrated at censorship....

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists are victim of political tension

March 21, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Mission journal: Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan are under pressure from authorities in the autonomous northern Iraqi region, with news outlets shuttered and critical reporters arrested. With government formation talks underway, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado travels to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok to hear from...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ highlights jailed female journalists

March 7, 2019 6:15 PM ET

On International Women's Day, CPJ has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ's prison census are women. At least one of those--Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan--was...

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Iraqi militias use threats, violence to keep Basra press in line

February 19, 2019 1:43 PM ET

"You work against us. In your work, you criticize militias. We watched your videos and you talk against us. You will pay the price for it," an anonymous voice said on the other end of the line to freelance reporter Azhar Al-Rubaie....

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Sudan responds to anti-Bashir coverage with censorship and arrests

January 17, 2019 3:37 PM ET

"We were all journalists, so we went to work. We wrote about what happened to us that day," Ashraf Abdelaziz, editor-in-chief of the privately owned al-Jarida daily told me over the phone this week, while recounting how he and his colleagues reported on their own arrest while still in...

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Damascus journalist has a million stories but none she can safely report

November 12, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Joudy Boulos has a million stories she wants to write. But as a Syrian freelance journalist living in Damascus, her ability to report is severely limited by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is so dangerous that "Joudy Boulos" is a pseudonym the journalist sometimes uses when...

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How the Saudis may have spied on Jamal Khashoggi

October 31, 2018 10:33 AM ET

Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi Arabian dissident, can still remember the time Jamal Khashoggi, the storied Saudi journalist, unfollowed him on Twitter. It was in 2015, and Khashoggi had been tapped to head a new TV network called Al-Arab, a partnership between a member of the royal family and...

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