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Iran targets Telegram app as it seeks to control news ahead of May election

May 15, 2017 5:26 PM ET

Iran has a history of cracking down on the independent press ahead of elections, with authorities arresting journalists and forcing reformist outlets to shut down. As Iranians prepare to vote in presidential and city council elections on May 19, authorities have turned their attention to Telegram, arresting several channel...

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Bahrain denies accreditation to journalists

May 4, 2017 1:39 PM ET

Bahrain has over the past year refused to grant accreditation to several of its own citizens who report for foreign and independent media, including those working for The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, France 24, and Monte Carlo Doualiya. It has on multiple occasions not granted media visas to foreign...

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Families of jailed journalists in Egypt await outcome of latest trials

May 1, 2017 11:46 AM ET

Every two weeks Mohamed al-Fakharany prepares to visit his brother, Abdullah al-Fakharany, in prison. He packs food, clothes, books, and, most importantly, written responses to his older brother's letters. Mohamed al-Fakharany, who told CPJ that he has never missed a visit, was only 11 when his brother-- the executive...

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Collapse of state institutions leaves Yemeni journalists vulnerable

April 24, 2017 5:40 PM ET

A journalist dies mysteriously in Yemen after receiving threats because of his work, and the resulting autopsy raises more questions than answers. A columnist in the same country is sentenced to death on espionage charges in an opaque trial....

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Egypt's state of emergency may act to further silence press

April 11, 2017 5:54 PM ET

Hours after two bombs ripped through packed Palm Sunday services in Coptic Churches in Alexandria and Tanta on April 9, killing nearly 50 people, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency. The measure is in many ways an extension of what has already been in...

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As Egypt-U.S. relationship moves forward, jailed Egyptian journalists left behind

March 30, 2017 5:57 PM ET

Among the things Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to discuss during their April 3 meeting in Washington is Egypt's fight against terrorism. Egypt's government has broadly interpreted this fight to include jailing dozens of journalists, including photographer Abdelrahman Yaqot, who a few...

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CPJ joins call to renew mandate of Iran human rights rapporteur

March 16, 2017 10:39 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 human rights groups calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A vote on the resolution is...

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How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

December 15, 2016 2:34 PM ET

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now "fake" journalism, the question is not academic. The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists....

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'People talk as they please' Sisi says in comments on Egypt's press freedom record

November 28, 2016 3:06 PM ET

In Egypt last week a journalist was barred from travel without official explanation, a reporter was accused of criminal defamation over a 2015 investigation on child prostitution, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi defended Egypt's freedom of expression record. An appeal date was also set for the Journalists' Syndicate leaders...

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Hunger-striking journalist injured in prison uprising

November 21, 2016 11:56 AM ET

News of the hospitalization of an imprisoned photojournalist after security forces cracked down on an uprising in Borg al-Arab prison tops the list of attacks on the press last week in Egypt. Also last week: Two leaders of the Journalists' Syndicate were sentenced to two years in prison each...

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