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Djibouti journalist detained for covering demonstration

December 20, 2013 10:36 AM ET

Police arrested Mohamed Ibrahim, a journalist for the pro-opposition news website and radio station, La Voix de Djibouti (The Voice of Djibouti), on December 12, 2013, while he was covering a protest in the Balbala suburb of the capital, Djibouti City, according to local journalists. The demonstration was staged by women...

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Zambian editors charged with publishing false information

December 18, 2013 10:18 AM ET

Police detained two journalists of the Daily Nation on December 12, 2013, and released them on bail the next day. Richard Sakala, owner and editor of the paper, and Simon Mwanza, the production editor, were charged with "publication of false information with intent to cause public alarm" under Section 67...

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Journalists jailed for covering protest in Somaliland

December 12, 2013 1:39 PM ET

Police arrested four journalists on December 3, 2013, and detained them for nearly a week for covering a peaceful protest in the capital of the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, according to local journalists and human rights organizations....

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Explosive device thrown at journalist's home in Peru

December 12, 2013 11:12 AM ET

Unidentified assailants threw an explosive device at the house of a Peruvian journalist at 2 a.m. on December 10, 2013, according to news reports....

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Dutch couple released in Yemen

December 11, 2013 9:57 AM ET

Judith Spiegel, who reports for multiple Dutch outlets in Yemen, and her husband, Boudewijn Berendsen, were released six months after being taken hostage by an unknown group, the Dutch and Yemeni governments said in a joint statement on December 10, 2013....

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Republic of Congo regulators suspend three newspapers

December 3, 2013 4:08 PM ET

On November 13, 2013, the state-run media regulatory board High Council on Freedom of Communication (CSLC), suspended three private weeklies from circulation for nine months in connection with articles they published that were critical of the authorities, according to news reports. The 11 members of the council are hand-picked by...

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Photojournalist briefly detained in Ethiopia

December 3, 2013 12:44 PM ET

Police in Ethiopia's western region of Gambella on November 1, 2013, detained Robin Hammond, a freelance photojournalist with dual U.K. and New Zealand citizenship, while he was on assignment for U.S. magazine National Geographic, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Nigerian journalists barred, threatened for covering trial

November 20, 2013 4:49 PM ET

Armed state security agents on October 24, 2013, in the commercial capital, Lagos, barred journalists from covering the arraignment of 17 suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and being members of a proscribed organization, according to news...

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Liberian publisher Sieh freed, news outlet reopened

November 20, 2013 4:41 PM ET

A court in the capital Monrovia on November 18, 2013, officially ordered the release from prison of FrontPageAfrica publisher Rodney Sieh and the reopening of the offices of the private daily newspaper, according to news reports. The newspaper will resume its daily publication on November 25, 2013, Sieh told CPJ....

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Three journalists injured in Karachi bombings

November 15, 2013 3:47 PM ET

At least three journalists were injured during three consecutive explosions in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi on November 13, 2013....

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In Senegal, journalists convicted of defamation

November 14, 2013 4:05 PM ET

A court in Dakar, the capital, on August 14, 2013, sentenced Mamadou Biaye, former editor of the private daily Le Quotidien, and Bastien David, an intern reporter for the paper, to one month in prison each on charges of criminal defamation, Agence France-Presse reported....

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Mozambique soldiers assault journalists

November 11, 2013 12:35 PM ET

Soldiers from the Mozambique Defense Force (FADM) beat up two journalists from Independent Television Mozambique (TIM) who were reporting on a confrontation between the military and locals in a town close to the capital Maputo on November 7, 2013....

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In Peru, two journalists handed suspended jail terms

October 25, 2013 5:20 PM ET

Two Peruvian journalists in the central Peruvian city of Ayacucho who had reported on alleged government corruption were convicted of criminal defamation, fined, and handed suspended jail sentences in two separate cases on October 21, 2013, according to news reports....

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Togo shuts down private radio station permanently

October 2, 2013 10:52 AM ET

Togolese authorities shut down the leading private Radio Légende FM on August 27, 2013, after suspending the station for one month in connection with its coverage of concluded parliamentary elections, according to news reports....

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Nigeria attacks news websites for their news coverage

October 2, 2013 10:35 AM ET

The Nigerian government on September 27, 2013, accused two leading independent online news websites--the Abuja-based Premium Times and the New York-based Sahara Reporters--of publishing frequent reports that "incite mutiny" within the military and undermine ongoing military operations against terrorist activities in northern Nigeria, according to news reports. ...

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Journalist covering Greenpeace ship detained in Russia

October 2, 2013 10:13 AM ET

On September 18, 2013, British freelance journalist and former videographer for The Times of London Kieron Bryan, 29, was detained along with Russian freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and 28 Greenpeace activists and ship crew members off the north coast of Russia. Bryan was covering a Greenpeace demonstration in protest of...

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In Peru, journalist handed suspended jail term

September 26, 2013 11:11 AM ET

Peruvian journalist Humberto Espinoza Maguiña was convicted twice in two consecutive days in September 2013 on charges of defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. He received a two-year suspended prison sentence and was fined US$2,000 in damages....

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Libyan journalist allowed medical treatment abroad

September 10, 2013 5:20 PM ET

A judge in Tripoli on August 21, 2013, lifted the travel ban placed on Amara al-Khatabi, editor of the daily Al-Ummah, and ordered the return of the journalist's passport, al-Khatabi's lawyer, Ramadan Farag Salem, told CPJ and human rights organizations. ...

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Ghana's Supreme Court jails journalist for contempt

September 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET

On July 2, 2013, nine judges on Ghana's Supreme Court convicted Ken Kuranchie, editor-in-chief of the Daily Searchlight, of criminal contempt in connection with his critical articles. The journalist was sentenced to 10 days in jail, according to news reports....

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Radio station in Guinea raided, attacked

September 9, 2013 12:05 PM ET

A radio station in the eastern Guinean city of Kankan was raided and attacked twice in three days in mid-August, according to news reports. At least three journalists reported being briefly detained....

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Chadian editor given six-month suspended jail term

September 5, 2013 11:16 AM ET

Juda Allahondoum, editor of the private weekly La Une based in the capital, N'Djamena, was convicted of criminal defamation on July 30, 2013, and sentenced to a suspended prison term of six months, Allahondoum and his lawyer told CPJ....

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Chadian journalists given suspended jail terms, released

September 5, 2013 11:13 AM ET

Three Chadian journalists jailed for several months in the capital, N'Djamena, while facing prosecution on defamation and anti-state charges, were handed suspended jail terms and then released, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Malawian minister assaults broadcast journalist

September 3, 2013 10:47 AM ET

Bodyguards for Economic, Planning and Development Minister Ralph Jooma assaulted Raphael Mlozoa, journalist for the private Zodiak Broadcasting Station, on August 25, 2013, in the southern town of Mangochi, according to news reports. The minister accused Mlozoa of false reporting and ordered his security staff to confront Mlozoa, the reports...

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Bomb explodes outside journalist's house in Montenegro

August 15, 2013 2:13 PM ET

An explosive device detonated outside the Berane home of Tufik Softic on the night of August 11, 2013, according to news reports....

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Two journalists released from prison in Rwanda

August 9, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Two Rwandan journalists were released from prison in June and July 2013 after completing their jail terms, according to news reports....

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Palestinian journalist released after two years

August 8, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Israeli authorities released Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa, a correspondent for Shihab News Agency, on August 5, 2013, after holding him in administrative detention for nearly two years, according to news reports....

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UAE authorities release Egyptian journalist after a month

August 6, 2013 3:40 PM ET

The Emirati authorities released the Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda on August 4, 2013, after holding him incommunicado without charge for a month, the journalist told CPJ. Security officials told Fouda that his UAE residency was revoked and took him to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, where he flew to Cairo...

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Journalists attacked and threatened in Tunisia

August 5, 2013 10:11 AM ET

Several Tunisian journalists reported being harassed, threatened, and attacked during the three-day protests following the July 25, 2013, assassination of opposition leader Mohamed al-Barahmi, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Gambian photographer detained for six days

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

Plainclothes officers of the Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) arrested Pa Sulay Jadama on June 20, 2013, at the premises of the Banjul Magistrates' Court and detained him incommunicado for six days, according to news reports....

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Guinean journalist assaulted while covering attack

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

A group of persons with disabilities attacked Alhasane Bah, a journalist with the media group L'independent-Le Democrate, on July 4, 2013, as he attempted to photograph the group attacking another person with disabilities, according to news reports. The attack occurred near the Faycal Mosque in Donka district....

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Government official publicly whips Nigerian journalist

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

An identified State Security Service agent publicly flogged a reporter on July 3, 2013, while he was on an official visit to the Benue State Government House to deliver a press invitation to the state governor's chief of staff, according to news reports....

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Assailants attack Honduran TV journalist

July 24, 2013 3:57 PM ET

Unidentified assailants attacked a television host in the city of Puerto Cortés on July 17, 2013, according to news reports....

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Ivory Coast police interrogate journalists over sources

July 9, 2013 1:27 PM ET

Police in the economic capital of Abidjan summoned two journalists with the weekly L'Eléphant déchaîné on June 28, 2013, and interrogated them for more than six hours, Agence France-Presse reported, citing their lawyer....

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Iraqi journalists accused of stealing notebook released

July 2, 2013 5:23 PM ET

Three Iraqi journalists were released on bail June 20, 2013, after being held for two weeks by the Ministry of Defense for purportedly stealing an official's notebook....

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Gabon suspends 3 newspapers

July 1, 2013 6:13 PM ET

Gabon's state-run media regulatory agency, the National Communications Council, suspended three newspapers on May 29, 2013, according to news reports. ...

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Guinean journalists report being attacked in Conakry

June 27, 2013 3:49 PM ET

At least four journalists were attacked in separate episodes on June 19, 2013, amid clashes in the Guinean capital, Conakry, between opposition militants and supporters of President Alpha Condé, according to CPJ interviews and news reports. The clashes erupted between opposition groups, mostly of Peul ethnicity, and the Guinean ruling...

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Al Jazeera TV crew briefly detained in Niger

June 20, 2013 11:58 AM ET

Security forces in southwestern Niger detained for 48 hours a four-member crew of Al-Jazeera English TV while they were covering the conditions of refugees displaced by armed conflict in Nigeria, the Qatar-based station reported....

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Yemeni daily convicted, acquitted of defamation in two cases

June 7, 2013 1:10 PM ET

In two separate sessions on June 6, 2013, the Specialized Press and Publications Court found a Yemeni daily guilty of defamation charges in one case and innocent in another, according to news reports....

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Authorities pursue legal action against Egyptian journalists

June 3, 2013 12:22 PM ET

The Al-Dokki Criminal Court on May 28, 2013, sentenced Islam Afifi, former editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour newspaper, to a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$1,431) after convicting him of libel against Essam al-Eryan, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Eryan filed a complaint against Afifi after the journalist published a report...

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Peruvian journalist convicted in criminal defamation case

May 31, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Alcides Peñaranda Oropeza, editor of the Peruvian daily and magazine Integración, was sentenced on May 21 in the city of Huaraz to a two-year suspended prison sentence and 10,000 soles (US$$3,662) in damages on charges of criminally defaming Cesar Álvarez Aguilar, governor of the northern Ancash region, according to news reports....

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Journalist who reported on crime attacked in Peru

May 31, 2013 4:52 PM ET

Peruvian journalist Jorge Alberto Moncada Mino was attacked by unidentified assailants in the city of Chiclayo in the northern department of Lambayeque on May 24, according to news reports. Moncada, who reports for the daily El Ciclón de Chiclayo and Radio Caliente, was entering a store near his home to...

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Algeria blocks two newspapers from publishing

May 29, 2013 12:18 PM ET

Algeria's Ministry of Communications on May 18, 2013, ordered two newspapers, the daily Mon Journal and its Arabic counterpart Djaridati, to remove two pages from their next day's editions that focused on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health, according to news reports....

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Two journalists shot at New Orleans parade

May 21, 2013 4:43 PM ET

Two journalists were shot and wounded during a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans on May 12, 2013, that left 19 people injured, according to news reports....

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In Egypt, journalists face prosecution, attacks, detention

May 13, 2013 12:33 PM ET

The editor-in-chief of the daily Al-Watan, Magdy el-Galad, and a reporter for the paper, Ahmed el-Khatib, were referred to a criminal court on May 8, 2013, for publishing a "false report that could disturb public peace," according to news reports....

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Malian army expels French journalist from Gao

May 9, 2013 10:58 AM ET

A French freelance reporter has said she was expelled from the city of Gao after reporting on allegations of human rights abuses in a nearby town, according to news reports....

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Three journalists briefly abducted in Libya

May 3, 2013 11:09 AM ET

Three television journalists were briefly abducted in Libya in April 2013, according to news reports....

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Belarus police briefly detain two reporters at a rally

April 30, 2013 11:23 AM ET

Police in Minsk on April 26, 2013, detained for three days two reporters for the Poland-based Radio Racyja, according to the local press. The journalists, Gennady Barbarich and Aleksandr Yaroshevich, were taken into police custody on disobedience charges after reporting on a state-authorized rally, called Chernobylskiy Shlyakh, in commemoration of...

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Bangladeshi journalists attacked while covering extortion

April 25, 2013 4:23 PM ET

At least five journalists reported being attacked on April 13, 2013, while covering alleged extortion by students at Dhaka University in the capital. News accounts said the students had been extorting money from drivers of vehicles in the surrounding area, but did not offer further details....

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Abducted Italian journalists reported freed in Syria

April 15, 2013 3:53 PM ET

The Italian Foreign Minister announced in a statement on April 13, 2013, that four Italian journalists abducted in northern Syria on April 4, 2013, had been released. News accounts reported that the journalists were believed to have been held for more than a week by the rebel group, Jabhat Al-Nusra,...

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Journalists in Egypt attacked amid street violence

April 12, 2013 5:07 PM ET

At least four local Egyptian journalists were physically attacked during a weekend of street violence that began April 5, 2013, according to news reports. The reports said an international journalist was also briefly detained....

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Palestinian photographer shot in face with rubber bullet

April 12, 2013 11:12 AM ET

Israeli forces shot Palestinian freelance photographer Mohammed al-Azza, 23, in the face with a rubber-coated bullet on April 8, 2013, in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, according to local news reports. Al-Azza was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent several surgeries to repair the broken bones in his...

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Sky News Arabic crew attacked in Syria

April 10, 2013 5:31 PM ET

Syrian security forces assaulted and briefly detained a Sky News Arabic crew on Monday, April 8, 2013, according to correspondent Khalil al-Hamlu. In a live broadcast, al-Hamlu said his crew was reporting on a car bomb in central Damascus when Syrian security forces confronted the group. The crew were beaten...

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Indian journalists attacked while covering hospital violence

April 9, 2013 1:32 PM ET

Several journalists were attacked in an altercation with doctors and medical interns outside the Agartala Government Medical College in the state of Tripura on April 5, 2013, according to news reports. The journalists had arrived on the scene to cover allegations by family members of a patient who the relatives...

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Four Iraqi newspapers attacked by unknown assailants

April 5, 2013 5:48 PM ET

The Baghdad offices of at least four independent daily newspapers were attacked on April 1, 2013, with the assailants destroying equipment and injuring several employees....

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Offices of Tamil-language daily attacked in Sri Lanka

April 3, 2013 3:57 PM ET

Six masked assailants on April 3, 2013, attacked the offices of a Tamil-language newspaper in the town of Kilinochchi in the Northern Province, injuring several employees and damaging equipment, according to news reports....

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Palestinian journalist pardoned for insulting president

April 2, 2013 10:08 AM ET

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pardoned Al-Quds TV journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh on March 28, 2013, the same day that a West Bank appeals court upheld his one-year sentence for insulting the presidency, according to news reports....

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German journalist shot in Syria, evacuated to Turkey

April 1, 2013 1:36 PM ET

Jörg Armbruster, a correspondent for the German public broadcaster ARD, was seriously injured by gunfire during a military clash in Aleppo on March 29, 2013, according to news reports.  After emergency surgery inside Syria on the same day, Armbruster was transferred by ambulance to Turkey, where he was treated by...

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Journalist detained briefly in the Maldives

March 27, 2013 1:13 PM ET

Sun Media reported that one of its journalists was briefly detained by police for photographing a government building in Malé, the capital, on March 26, 2013. The media group is based in the Maldives and covers local and world news for online, print, and radio....

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Violence in Guinea leads to attacks on journalists, outlets

March 20, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Several journalists and news outlets covering political unrest in the capital, Conakry, were attacked in late February and March 2013, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Ukrainian journalists attacked in event in Kiev

March 19, 2013 12:01 PM ET

Ukrainian nationalist activists disrupted a book presentation in Kiev on March 14, 2013, and attacked journalists and other individuals present, according to news reports....

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In Turkey, journalist freed from prison pending trial

March 12, 2013 11:17 AM ET

A court in the city of Adana released Özlem Ağuş, reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), from prison on February 25, 2013, pending a trial, DIHA reported. The journalist was imprisoned on March 6, 2012, on charges that included membership in the banned Union of Communities in Kurdistan,...

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Gunmen shoot at offices of two news outlets in Mexico

March 7, 2013 5:29 PM ET

Gunmen shot at the offices of the daily El Diario de Juárez and the television station Channel 44 in Ciudad Juárez early in the morning of March 6, 2013, according to news reports. The attacks resulted in slight material damage to the buildings, but no injuries....

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Saudi Web manager released after a year in prison

March 6, 2013 4:55 PM ET

News accounts reported that Jalal Mohamed al-Jamal, manager of the local news website Al-Awamia, was freed from prison on March 5, 2013. It was unclear why the journalist, who was jailed without charge for more than a year, had been released....

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Celebrated China journalist leaves newspaper

March 6, 2013 1:40 PM ET

Veteran investigative journalist Wang Keqin left his job at a prominent Chinese newspaper on February 25, 2013. An Agence France-Presse report citing two journalists who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal said that Wang was pressured into leaving by management at the Economic Observer....

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Newspaper editor attacked in Russia's Nenets region

March 5, 2013 5:00 PM ET

On February 11, three unidentified assailants attacked and beat Victor Nedosvetey, editor of the regional newspaper Nepravilnaya Gazeta, in the city of Naryan-Mar, capital of Russia's northwestern Nenets Autonomous District, his news outlet reported....

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Israel extends detention of Palestinian cartoonist again

March 1, 2013 4:41 PM ET

A military court in the city of Ashkelon extended the detention of Mohammad Saba'aneh, a Palestinian cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, on February 28, 2013, for a second time, according to news reports. His detention was extended for eight days, Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported citing the cartoonist's lawyer....

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Attacks against journalists reported in Bangladesh protests

February 28, 2013 2:33 PM ET

News accounts reported that several journalists were injured in February 2013 protests that swept the country following a prison term handed to a senior leader of an Islamist opposition party....

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Court frees Indian journalist held on terrorism charges

February 27, 2013 3:42 PM ET

Police arrested Muthi-Ur-Rahman Siddiqui on August 29, 2012, and accused him of being involved in a terror plot to kill Hindu nationalist leaders and journalists in Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka. Siddiqui worked as a reporter for the Deccan Herald and covered higher education....

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Gunmen harass two journalists from Chadian paper

February 13, 2013 10:37 AM ET

Two editors of the private trimonthly Abba Garde (The Sentinel) were harassed and attacked in N'Djamena, the capital, in December 2012, according to local journalists and news reports. Local journalists told CPJ they believed the attacks were in reprisal for the paper's critical coverage of the government....

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Egyptian court bans YouTube for one month

February 11, 2013 5:37 PM ET

The Cairo Administrative Court ordered the government-run National Telecommunication Regulation Authority (NTRA) on February 9, 2013, to ban YouTube for one month after the website failed to remove a video widely considered anti-Islamic, according to news reports. Similar judicial attempts to block websites have been overturned on appeal in the...

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Three journalists briefly detained in Nigeria

February 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET

Four men in plainclothes claiming to be police officers briefly detained three journalists inside an office of a college in Aka Offot, a suburb of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, on February 6, 2013, according to local journalists and news reports. The journalists were reporting on allegations of...

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Kashmir restricts cable TV, Internet service

February 11, 2013 2:33 PM ET

Authorities in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on February 9, 2013, ordered citizens to remain indoors and restricted mobile Internet service and cable television across several districts in the lead-up to a controversial execution of a militant from the region, according to news reports....

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Benin TV director pardoned for offending president

February 8, 2013 10:34 AM ET

Berthe Cakpossa, director of the private Canal 3 TV, was pardoned by President Boni Yayi on January 31, 2013, two weeks after a court sentenced her to jail and fined her for "offending the head of state," according to news reports....

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Vietnamese blogger released from psychiatric institution

February 7, 2013 11:02 AM ET

Vietnamese blogger Le Anh Hung was released on February 5, 2013, about 12 days after he was arrested and held against his will in a psychiatric institution in Hanoi, the national capital, according to news reports....

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In Nigeria, soldiers attack journalist covering demolition

January 23, 2013 10:01 AM ET

Two soldiers beat Laolu Harolds, assistant editor of the daily Nigerian Tribune, on January 8, 2013, while he attempted to take pictures of soldiers demolishing local shops in Oyo state, according to news reports. The soldiers were affiliated with the government's demolition task force team, the reports said....

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Brazilian police investigating murder of radio host

January 14, 2013 1:23 PM ET

Two unidentified men shot Renato Machado Gonçalves as he was returning home with his family at night on January 8, 2013, in the city of São João da Barra, in northern Rio de Janeiro state, according to news reports. Machado's six-year-old niece was also injured in the attack, the...

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Third journalist reported killed in twin blasts in Quetta

January 11, 2013 3:25 PM ET

Police, emergency workers, and at least three journalists were killed in a bomb blast on January 10, 2012, that occurred 10 minutes after an initial explosion near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, according to news reports and CPJ sources....

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Ethiopian judge rejects Reeyot Alemu's final appeal

January 8, 2013 5:58 PM ET

In a ruling that lasted five minutes, a new judge appointed to the Ethiopian Court of Cassation in the capital, Addis Ababa, rejected on January 8, 2012, an appeal filed on behalf of award-winning journalist Reeyot Alemu, according to local journalists. ...

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Kazakh reporter says he staged his own abduction

January 8, 2013 1:50 PM ET

A journalist in Astana, the capital, said in a press conference on January 4, 2013, that he had staged his own disappearance in December to attract government attention to ongoing abuses in the country, according to news reports. Local journalists and press freedom organizations condemned the act, which they said...

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In Ghana, journalists attacked after presidential elections

January 7, 2013 2:48 PM ET

Several journalists reported being attacked in the aftermath of Ghana's contested presidential elections on December 7, 2012, according to CPJ interviews, news reports, and local press freedom organizations....

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Senegalese journalist handed suspended prison sentence

January 3, 2013 6:34 PM ET

On December 18, 2012, a judge convicted editor El Malick Seck of weekly news magazine L'Exclusif of criminal defamation over a column critical of Sidy Lamine Niasse, the chief executive of private media group Walf, according to news reports....

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Crime reporter assaulted in Malaysia

January 3, 2013 6:07 PM ET

Malaysian crime reporter Ang Kean Siang, a journalist at the local Guang Ming Daily Chinese-language newspaper, was physically attacked on December 30, allegedly by members of a local civilian voluntary patrol unit, after taking pictures of a woman who appeared to have fallen to her death from an apartment building...

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