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Nicaraguan police arrest journalist Orlando Chávez in León 

Nicaraguan police detained Orlando Chávez, the director of the independent news radio show “El Metropolitano,” along with his brother and sister, after raiding their home on May 19, 2024, according to the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa. News reports said police arrested the journalist’s siblings, Obed and Merary Chávez, for alleged obstruction and confiscated their phones….

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Lesotho courts dismiss lawsuits seeking closure of 2 newspapers, defamation cases ongoing

Two privately owned newspapers in Lesotho—the Lesotho Tribune and Lesotho Times—faced separate lawsuits in February and March 2024, seeking to shut them down, according to the publications’ owners who spoke to CPJ. In late March, the courts dismissed both lawsuits, but the newspapers still face defamation cases in connection with their corruption coverage. Mergence Investment…

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Documentary filmmaker Shin Daewe speaks during an interview in 2016.

Myanmar jails filmmaker Shin Daewe for life for buying a drone

Award-winning Myanmar documentary filmmaker Shin Daewe is serving a life sentence on charges of illegal possession of an unregistered drone, a criminal offense under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Law, according to news reports. Shin Daewe was arrested on October 15, 2023, while picking up a video drone she had ordered online to use for filming a documentary, according…

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Local journalist Sean Roubens during an interview with VOA Creole Service, March 30, 2024. (Photo: Courtesy of Voice of America)

Haitian journalist, YouTuber kidnapped by gang members, released

Local journalist Sean Roubens was kidnapped on March 14, 2024, by a gang in Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and held for 17 days before being released unharmed on March 30. Roubens, 42, is a veteran fixer, assisting foreign journalists and social media personalities seeking to report on Haiti’s gang violence. At the time of…

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Journalists' damaged and abandoned equipment is seen at a hotel after unidentified men disrupted vote counting in Edo State on February 17.

Nigerian soldiers hit and detain journalist Dele Fasan, thugs attack 3 journalists covering election

On February 23, at least seven soldiers arrested and handcuffed journalist Dele Fasan and hit him with a gun as he filmed at the scene of a planned protest in Nigeria’s southern Delta State, according to news reports and Fasan, who spoke to CPJ by phone. Fasan, regional bureau chief for the privately owned Galaxy…

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Rare rebuke for Chinese police who harassed state journalists covering gas explosion

Police blocked and harassed reporters from the state-owned broadcaster CCTV at the site of a fatal gas explosion in Sanhe, a city in China’s northern Hebei province, on March 13, 2024, according to news reports. The explosion was triggered by a gas leak at a restaurant, which killed seven and injured 27. During a live…

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Journalist Greyson Chapita, seen here in 2020 at a Malawi Broadcasting Corporation control rooms in Blantyre, had his laptop searched by Malawi police on February 15, 2024. (Photo: Courtesy of Greyson Chapita)

Malawi police seize equipment from journalists amid ‘fake’ Facebook page investigation

On February 13, officers from Malawi’s Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigations department seized cell phones and laptops from 14 Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) journalists, according to news reports, the Malawi chapter of regional press freedom group Media Institute of Southern Africa, South Africa-based rights group Campaign for Free Expression, and four of the affected journalists, who spoke to CPJ. The…

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Edmonton police arrested Indigenous journalist Brandi Morin on January 10, 2024, and charged her with obstruction in connection with her reporting on a homeless encampment police raid. (Screenshot: CTV News)

Canadian journalist arrested, charged with obstruction while reporting 

On January 10, 2024, police in Edmonton, Canada, arrested and charged Indigenous journalist Brandi Morin with obstruction in connection with her reporting on a homeless encampment raided by police, according to social media posts from Morin and Ricochet, the publication for which she was on assignment.   Morin was in the encampment conducting interviews for a story about the Indigenous-led…

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Iraqi journalist Omed Baroshky speaks to media after his release on bail on February 22, 2024.

Iraqi Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky charged with defamation over Facebook post

Three police officers arrested Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky from his home in the northwestern city of Duhok at around midday on February 22, 2024, on charges of defamation, the journalist and his lawyer Revving Hruri told CPJ. Baroshky was released from the city’s Zirka prison at around 10 p.m. on bail of 3 million dinars…

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Police stand guard in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 25, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Nepali journalists Aishwarya Kunwar, Puskar Bhatt arrested under cybercrime law

On February 10, police in Kanchanpur district of western Sudurpaschim province arrested Aishwarya Kunwar, a reporter for the privately owned news website Nigarani Khabar, and Puskar Bhatt, a correspondent for the privately owned broadcaster Mountain Television, following their reporting and social media commentary on allegations of police misconduct, according to the local advocacy organizations Media…

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