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Censorship tightens in Egypt as el-Sisi prepares for re-election bid

March 12, 2018 10:34 AM ET

Ahead of elections in Egypt later this month, in which President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is seeking a second term, the authoritarian leader's government has further clamped down on press freedom, issuing warnings to the media and arresting critical journalists on "false news" charges. Even satirical TV shows have not...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

March 7, 2018 4:47 PM ET

From imprisonment, sexual violence, cyber harassment, and even death, CPJ has documented threats faced by women journalists across the globe....

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Changes to Jordan's hate speech law could further stifle press freedom

February 20, 2018 12:29 PM ET

Recently proposed amendments to Jordan's 2015 cybercrime law, including a vague and broad definition of hate speech, will further stifle press freedom on the pretext of protecting the country's citizens, and could result in further self-censorship, several Jordanian journalists told CPJ....

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Ahead of March elections, Egypt extends state of emergency and tightens censorship

January 12, 2018 4:04 PM ET

The New York Times reported this week that Egypt ordered a criminal investigation into the paper over its report alleging that an intelligence officer told several TV hosts they should persuade viewers to accept President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The investigation comes in the...

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In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 5:00 PM ET

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned "fake news" awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled...

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In Houthi-controlled Yemen, silence, exile, or detention; at least 13 journalists held

December 28, 2017 9:45 AM ET

Torture. Denial of medical care. Repeated interrogations and accusations of collaborating with enemies: Yemeni journalist Youssef Ajlan's story of his detention, which lasted over a year, hews closely to those of many journalists imprisoned for their work....

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Islamic State recedes but threats to journalists in Iraq and Syria remain

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

After three years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, the militant group Islamic State has been forced out of large swathes of territory. But local journalists and press freedom groups with whom CPJ spoke said that the defeat of Islamic State doesn't necessarily mean that journalists will be any...

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CPJ calls on UN to support resolution on human rights in Iran

November 7, 2017 4:35 PM ET

CPJ, along with over 30 Iranian and international human rights organizations, has called on the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a proposed resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran next week....

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Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

October 17, 2017 7:00 PM ET

The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania's five privately owned news stations to shut down for "failing to fulfil their financial agreements" with the country's broadcast regulator, local media reported....

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Press at risk as EU-based companies export surveillance software to hostile regimes

October 10, 2017 6:02 PM ET

In August, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told the daily newspaper Information that the government had authorized sales of online surveillance software to several Middle Eastern countries. While acknowledging the potential for human rights violations that could result from the use of these tools, the minister said that Denmark...

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